Is the Internet the New Wild West?

The internet is the 21st century version of the Wild West.

Instead of beaver fur, the digital frontier is trading in stolen credit card information and hijacked passwords. Old fashion duels with pistol in hand have been replaced with keyboards and complex coding. And robbing identities has become more exciting than robbing banks.

It doesn’t seem like anything is getting better, either. Every time security advances, digital threats find some new, innovative way to be more malicious than ever. The two are constantly neck and neck; while no one ever truly wins, people do lose. read more

How to Use Your Chronotype to Crush Work

We all have an internal clock that ticks to its own beat, influencing when we’re most productive and most prone to sleep. Yet few people harness their natural rhythms for maximum work efficiency. Yes, there’s actually a best time to do everything: from scheduling a meeting to asking for a raise—even binge-watching Netflix.

So what’s a chronotype?Chronotypes are genetically pre-determined. Everyone has an internal circadian rhythm and chronotypes are the identifications of these rhythms.There are four chronotypes: dolphins, who are light sleepers and commonly suffer from insomnia; lions, who tend to wake early with lots of energy but get exhausted by early evening; bears, who track the rise and fall of the sun and need 8 hours of sleep each night; and wolves, who are most energetic inthe evenings and don’t like mornings. read more

8 Things You Can Do to Make Monday Your Most Productive Day

Mondays don’t have to be the worst, most painful day of the week.

In fact, use Mondays to set the tone for your week. Monday is when you decide where you want your week to go. You set your own priorities. You remind yourself of your goals. And you put habits into motion that will get you there quickly and effectively.

But how?

Do these eight little things, and you’ll be off to the races:

1. Make a list of everything you want to get done, and group similar items together.

This theory comes from Tony Robbins. He calls it “chunking.” It is an incredibly effective productivity technique. read more

3 Tips to Manage your Workload During the Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again: you start to see a dip in productivity and begin to experience migraines on a daily basis. And between holiday shopping and overloading on carbs, it’s not a surprise you have no energy to do anything, let alone be productive.

So the goal here is not to help you be productive (because we know that’s not going to happen). Rather, the goal is to help you steer clear of migraines and to prevent your workload from morphing into the all-consuming blob.

Here are 3 quick tips to keep your sanity intact and under control this holiday season. read more

Change the Way You Work with These 4 Tech Advancements

Not even considering how the digital realm has affected our personal lives, let’s talk about how it’s affected our workplace. Things have really changed since technology came into the picture. Here are our four top ways technology has changed the way you work.

Your reality is now virtual.
Virtual reality technology took the world by storm because it became something no one ever thought it would be—affordable. You can thank Samsung and Google for that. For this reason, virtual reality will probably have a major influence on how we do business, from training employees and traveling the world to product demonstrations and new customer experiences. read more

How Your Personal Social Media Affects Your Business

Potential customers can easily tap into your personal life with a simple click, so it’s important to represent your company 24/7. For everyone in this digital age, your personal social media profiles are impressions of your business. This means less late-night selfies and more professional posts. What is your social media presence saying about your company? Here are a few possibilities:

It’s educational with a hint personality.
Keeping customers informed and educated should play a key part in your social media strategy. With that being said, your personal social media outlets are a great way to start a conversation, because you never know who’s watching. Twitter is the perfect outlet to share industry articles, the latest technology finds or your own daily apple-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away advice. This type of social media approach will make you look professional and passionate about what you do, and will gain you a niche following. read more

Why It’s Important to Have a BYOD Policy

Because mobility and accessibility are crucial to your competitive edge, you don’t have the option to eliminate all those connected devices accessing your company database and sensitive client information. BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, is a major security concern for businesses of all types.

Here are a few good tips to keep your data private but your staff mobile.

Remote Wipe
If a member of your team loses their phone or if their laptop is stolen, you need the ability to remote wipe their data. Even if someone has physical access to the device, they won’t have full access to your company’s database or the ability to view confidential documents. The only caveat here is that a remote wipe usually deletes everything from a device, including personal documents, photos, and music. So make sure your staff knows the consequences of a remote wipe before they store irreplaceable images or music on their laptop or phone. A good alternative is to suggest a cloud storage option, so even if a device gets wiped, personal data is safe on the cloud. read more

6 Great Apps to Get Productivity Roll

When it comes to simplifying your job, collaboration and communication are key. And with millions of apps out there just waiting to make your life easier, simplifying your workload is a piece of cake. Why work the manual way when you can automate your tasks and use digital applications to streamline your processes? Here are six of our favorite collaborative apps.

1. Slack
Slack sums up their app in three simple words: Be less busy. This ultimate messaging application gives teams an easy-to-use portal where they can have real-time conversations, direct messaging or private group chats for confidential topics. You can also share files by simply dragging and dropping them to anyone (Slack also syncs with Google Drive, Dropbox or Box for easy sharing). Set up all notifications to run through this one app—from social media to support requests. Offering all the tools you need to get down to business, Slack keeps you from switching back and forth between apps. And, if you ever need to find something, every conversation, file and notification is searchable within an archive. read more

4 Ways to Look Completely Unprofessional

As human beings, we consciously notice things that make us seem unkempt, unwise, or unsanitary. In other words, we actively have a tendency to notice things that appear unprofessional.

There are things we do every day that we look back on and regret. Or, at the very least, wish we would have done a little differently. It could be anything: how you responded to an email, the way you phrased something, how it looked when you walked across the room, what you wore, how you sneezed, the way that pasta made your breath smell, etc. read more

What Can the IoT Give You?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is real, it’s growing, and most consumers interact with it on a daily basis. Think of all the data collected from consumers, companies, and devices. Now imagine all of that data being connected in a network of information, an ecosystem of devices that talk to you, each other and the world around them—that is the definition of the IoT. But what is it doing for you? Here are the good, the bad, and the ugly truths of what the Internet of Things can bring to your business. read more