Are All Hackers Monsters? The Answer Will Surprise You

Ask the average person to describe a hacker or “cybercriminal,” and chances are you would probably get a stereotype straight out of Hollywood: a guy with a vaguely Eastern European accent sitting in a cramped, dark room, dressed like the Unabomber or an extra from Mr....

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How Will Net Neutrality Affect Me?

As the New Year begins, one of the biggest topics in the tech field is net neutrality. After the FCC voted to end net neutrality in December, the Internet erupted with a variety of theories as to what would happen to Internet access in the coming year. As with most...

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How Mailsploit Just Made Phishing Easier

Ever since the first email was sent through the Internet, people have been trying to find a way to make the most money off the revolutionary technological advancement. Soon after that, nefarious individuals tried to find a way to take advantage of this through illegal...

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Why You Should Document Your Network System

For many of us in the IT world, we enjoy working on computers, building networks, designing programs, and implementing new systems. But when it comes to the “paperwork” side of the business, many of us tend to lag behind and let those tasks fall between the cracks....

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Backup Horror Stories

Ask someone to name something scary, and chances are you'll hear about fears of spiders, snakes, or creepy clowns. But in today’s society, with cybercrime on the rise, you’ll probably also find “loss of computer data” on that list of fears. We’ve become so reliant on...

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The Magic of Leave-Behinds: Leaving Lasting Impressions

We’ve all seen them. More than likely, you have several in your house. Take a look around. How many pens do you have bearing a company logo or slogan? Keychains? How many business cards to you carry around in your wallet or purse? If you’ve been to a career fair, then...

Customer Reviews, an Essential Component to your Business Strategy

Customer reviews have become an integral part of marketing, consumer influence and branding. The principal of social proof is alive and well, with over 75% of purchases being influenced by some type of social influence. The opinions of real people who have actually...

3 Tips on How to Protect Your Computer from Hackers

For many people, theft goes beyond the actual loss of an item. It’s painful because of the loss of privacy and the invasion that it constitutes. But when the stolen item is a laptop or tablet, that invasion of privacy can go much deeper. It’s possible that if your...

Top Concerns for IT Directors in 2018

When you look back at 2017 and see all the Internet nightmares that occurred, it’s easy to see why IT directors have had their blood pressure steadily rise. Last year saw the rise of ransomware, including the WannaCry hack that impacted everything from businesses to...

How to Improve Your Business with Email Marketing

Business is booming. Or at least we hope it is. And you’re looking for new ways to improve your bottom line, drive sales, engage your audience and grow the company. But marketing is expensive. And these days every dollar spent needs to count. Spending hard-earned...

2017 Saw More Cyber Attacks Than Ever Before

The year 2017 seems to have broken all kinds of records, from movie ticket sales to digital downloads. But one concerning trend was that 2017 saw more cyber attacks than any other year before it. This yearly increase is a trend that has been ongoing for about the last...

Tips on How to Protect Your Identity after the Equifax Hack

All the high-profile hacks in 2017 made it difficult to keep track of how severe and widespread many of the hacks actually were. Certainly one of the most troubling was the Equifax hack – it was one of the largest to date and involved a credit agency that people...

Are All Hackers Monsters? The Answer Will Surprise You

Ask the average person to describe a hacker or “cybercriminal,” and chances are you would probably get a stereotype straight out of Hollywood: a guy with a vaguely Eastern European accent sitting in a cramped, dark room, dressed like the Unabomber or an extra from Mr....

Federal Employees Aren’t Immune to Data Breaches

While there have been a lot of high-profile hacks in the past few years, many still don’t believe that they themselves could one day also become victims of data breaches. But the reality is that just about any person could potentially be hit by one of these attacks...

April Roundup: 15 of our Favorite Productivity Tips

Happy Friday! Where did April go? It has just flown by. As the week/month comes to a close, it's always good to reflect on what you got done and see how far away you are from accomplishing your goals. Which got us thinking — how about we make our April roundup post...

Cyberattacks Threatening Professional Sports Teams

One of the biggest industries in the United States is professional sports. The National Football League (NFL) posted earnings of over $13 billion last year. For Major League Baseball (MLB), the number is $9.5 billion. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has...

5 Ways to Protect Your Data on Facebook

The recent testimony of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, before congressional investigators has only underscored what many of us have known for a while—social media can be potentially dangerous when it comes to the data that is being collected on you by outside...

What is GDPR and How Does It Affect You?

In the last decade, data has become king, and one of the biggest issues for cyber security experts has been protecting that data. With several high-profile hacks including the Equifax breach, it is obvious that hackers are targeting data storehouses in an attempt to...

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Local Promotion Guide

In this day and age, having an online presence can be the best thing you do for your business. People search for what they need through search engines, typing in certain keywords to help them find businesses or services in their area. This is where local SEO...

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Get The Most Out Of Your Online Shop Using Shopial

Do you have a shiny new online shop, with a service like Shopify or Etsy, but aren’t making your sales goals? Promoting your items on Facebook is one idea, but what if your store actually existed on Facebook? We’ve discovered a new tool called Shopial that will allow...

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Easily Find The Images You Need To Make Your Posts Pop

Post any images on social media recently? You might’ve spent more time than you wanted searching for the perfect image to go along with you post. Image posts get 179% more interactions than text only posts. A no-brainer for trying to convert some of your social media...

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Easily Create Entertaining Videos for Promotions

Video content is shared on Facebook more than any other post type, averaging 89.5 shares per video. Creating a video to promote your golf course seems difficult or unapproachable if you don’t have experience. It doesn’t have to be difficult if you find a decent tool...

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Equifax Has More Than One Bad Day

One of the biggest problems with all of the media attention given to corporate hacking is that after a while it almost becomes blasé. We become so used to hearing about yet another online invasion that has left customer data in jeopardy that we almost start to think...

Phones Vulnerable To Ransomware? Yes, They Are.

In 2014, Hollywood was turned upside down when personal photos of several high-profile actresses were hacked and released on the Internet. Apple quickly scrambled to fix the problem, citing that it was an issue with their “Find My Phone” app and the iCloud service. ...

KRACK Attack

It seems like every other day, we are hearing about some new hack or website attack that shows the vulnerability of different websites and network systems. But one recently hit the mainstream media, and for good reason. The recent “KRACK Attack” has garnered this...

Not Another Microsoft Patch Tuesday

If it’s Tuesday in your office, then chances are that means one thing: it’s time for another Windows patch/update from Microsoft. These have been rolling out pretty steadily for some time and it goes back to the business model of putting out a product that is not...

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Does Website Chat Work?

You’ve all seen them and most of you have probably used them under certain circumstances and conditions. We’re talking about popup web chats, also called live chats. Consider this.  What makes you want to begin the chat on some websites and you can’t close the window...

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Google Sends Out Warnings For Mobile-Unfriendly Websites

Google now has a new warning message they are displaying on websites that are not optimized for mobile use.  How is your site?  Have you received a warning like the one below? Hey, it’s not pretty! But we can help. Right now, these messages are really just a warning...

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How To Build An Email List

Great, you’ve completed reading our Email 101 blog post and now you want to build an email list.  That’s good news because building an email list is one of the cheapest, most cost-effective ways to start communicating with potential customers. If you’ve been doing...

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Why Negative Keywords Are So Important For Your Campaign

Even if you’ve never developed an Adwords campaign, chances are you have a pretty good idea how Adword works.   If not, here’s AdWords 101 in two sentences: AdWords works like an auction, and the way you get your ad in front of interested audiences is by bidding on...

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Email Marketing 101

Besides picking up the phone and cold calling, an email provides you the most direct line of communication for conversion to sales.  In fact, according to the Direct Marketing Association when you want to move from conversation to commerce, the art of drafting a good...

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How Small Businesses Can Build their Brand

Things are changing in the SEO and SEM world in 2015. The days of small, no-name companies ranking on top through the use of keyword optimization, link building and page optimization is no longer achievable. Today, small businesses need to spend more time building...

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Adwords vs. Bingads; Which to Choose?

When most businesses think of starting a PPC campaign the first thing that comes to mind is Google AdWords.  That’s because with owning 67% of the market share for PPC campaigns, Google Adwords is the leading choice for most businesses. It also boasts significantly...

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How to Determine Your PPC Budget

For many companies, they ignore the important step of establishing a budget for their PPC strategy.  Some companies think that as long as they're making money, all is good, so we’ll just spend, spend, spend. But budgeting is the real key to a successful PPC campaign....

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Google Plans To Penalize Doorway Pages

Google announced an upcoming change in their ranking algorithm for “doorway pages” and are advising users to stop using them. What are doorway pages? They are special pages designed to help a website rank for a particular keyword or phrase that has very little to do...

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Viewability Standards for Mobile Ads

Facebook, in conjunction with MRC, IAB and Nielsen are working on establishing viewability standards for mobile ads and hopefully these standards will help to define the difference between an ad impression served and an ad impression viewed. Why is the distinction...

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When Branding Fails

Brands fail, sometimes in pretty big ways and other times drip, by slow drip; but one thing is for sure, it happens more often than we think.  Just why do customers lose that lovin' feelin' for a brand and why do loyal customers leave and go elsewhere? As the...

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How To Make Your Company Look Big With Social Media

Have you ever thought about how people perceive your company? If you work out of your home many people won’t give you the time of day.  But there’s ways you can appear bigger than you really are with social media. Secret Entourage has collected 50 ideas to make your...

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Does Website Chat Work?

You’ve all seen them and most of you have probably used them under certain circumstances and conditions. We’re talking about popup web chats, also called live chats. Consider this.  What makes you want to begin the chat on some websites and you can’t close the window...

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Google Sends Out Warnings For Mobile-Unfriendly Websites

Google now has a new warning message they are displaying on websites that are not optimized for mobile use.  How is your site?  Have you received a warning like the one below? Hey, it’s not pretty! But we can help. Right now, these messages are really just a warning...

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What Does Your (Lack of) Branding Tell Potential Clients?

Branding is a very important aspect in the marketing circle. It has the power to push your business forward, giving you a competitive edge. A strong and well-defined brand will result in an increase in sales, customer loyalty, brand value, and most importantly, the...

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Does Traditional Marketing Work in a Digital World?

In a modern, digital world that currently revolves around the use of tablets, smartphones and laptops, it’s very challenging to think in an offline sense. Both traditional and offline marketing still have their clear advantages, but the method of choice for your...

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The Difference Between Branding and Marketing

A business operating amidst a competitive industry makes good use of attraction marketing in order to maximize selling potentials. This technique enables a potential customer to see what you are offering them and how it can actually be of benefit to them before making...

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Yes, we are still talking about mobile!

In 2008, an analyst at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers made a bold prediction. "Mobile to overtake fixed Internet access by 2014. According to the latest report from comScore, we’re way past the mobile tipping point. It’s not whether mobile marketing is important, it’s...

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Top 10 apps for mobile

Here’s the top ten apps for mobile devices, ranging from getting the scoop on local businesses to trying the best new restaurant in town to visiting a new city and looking for the best place to get a haircut. Want to know the closest coffee shop or gas station? When...

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