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What have we learned from the last six months? Trust no one

How many people do you trust with your credit card information? Or your social security number? For most people, the answer is zero (unless you’re married, in which case the answer might still be zero). What many don’t realize is that there are far more damaging security risks than a stolen credit card number. Namely, your internet browser. We don’t often fully appreciate how much our browsers know about us. We use them for our email, shopping, sensitive company data, and yet we leave our browsers more vulnerable than the wallets in our pocket. The truth is a compromised browser might have you wishing you’d just lost your wallet.

Even though we’re always looking out for pickpockets, hackers may well be just as ubiquitous. Following the post-COVID digital boom, the last six months have seen a sharp rise in cyber attacks taking advantage of the security gap that comes with shifting entire enterprises to a remote environment. Companies scrambled to introduce short-term fixes like scaling existing VPNs to connect employees to a central network, but the cost and complexity meant that this approach simply wasn’t going to work to support long-term remote operations. In fact, many companies struggled to expand their efforts to implement VPNs as a remote security measure that could support today’s mobile workforce, and as a result, it is likely that this outdated technology will be  abandoned altogether in the near future.

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Why investing in customer education is imperative to your business

Despite advances in software and excitement about what products and services can do today, implementation often remains a barrier. Companies are hesitant to spend money on something that requires a significant time investment to figure out, and leaders want to ensure that new software purchases don’t sit on the shelf because employees lack the knowledge to fully leverage their capabilities.

If software vendors hope to remain competitive in today’s SaaS-based world, they must be prepared to address customers’ adoption issues and fears. If a service is not being utilized for whatever reason, organizations won’t have to look far to replace it. Sales and customer retention increasingly depend upon delivering comprehensive product education. This has become a new business imperative, sparking an evolution in how training is deployed.

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Why every government should have a cybersecurity minister

The world has witnessed the worst kind of cyberattacks that have threatened our personal privacy, stolen private information, and cost billions in lost business and productivity. The past five years have seen increased cyber attacks from home hackers, and with the pandemic, the risk has only increased alongside remote working. The risk of cyberattacks calls for the necessity of establishing proper safety measures, such as by naming a cybersecurity minister for governments to protect the people and organizations.

The only way to secure the internet is for all governments to take a serious approach to cybersecurity. That means establishing a cybersecurity minister in each government to oversee cybersecurity practices in their own country. This is the only way for governments to be confident that every country is up to date on cybersecurity practices.

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Summer is here and data still needs to be protected

The summer of 2021 is upon us and everyone is excited to get back out and enjoy national parks, oceanfront beaches, amusement parks, campgrounds and so much more. With a large number of employees still working from home and taking time off this summer, it is still critical to protect your organization's data as it travels for summer holiday.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise and continue to be a disruptive force affecting everything from financial institutions, healthcare to SLED (state and local government and education). Due to the rise in remote work prompted by the pandemic, attacks are up 148 percent. 

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3 ways to streamline your document processing with AI

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While Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gained traction with enterprises in other industries, insurance providers have been slower to adopt. In 2016, research by Deloitte noted that less than 2 percent of insurance companies were currently investing in artificial intelligence technologies.

This same research noted that overall funding in AI development was projected to reach $47 billion by 2020. Today, as AI has become prevalent, more and more insurance companies are looking for advanced solutions that will help them effectively process their repositories of day-to-day paperwork and the unstructured data they contain. Intelligent Document Processing (IDP) platform solutions that leverage AI technology are uniquely positioned to help these companies realize significant gains.

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IObit Uninstaller 11 lands with permission management, Windows 11 support and more

Just about every computer in use around the world has a hard drive that contains at least some software that isn’t used or needed. You can, of course, remove apps you don't want by using the Apps & features section of Settings, but this is not guaranteed to get rid of every last trace of any given app.

And this is precisely why software unsinstallers like IObit Uninstaller 11 are so valuable. This tool monitors installations so it knows exactly which files have been added or changed, making it much easier to completely remove apps during uninstallation.

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5 questions to consider before choosing an app platform

If you have an idea for an app, the first significant consideration is which app platform to use.

Both Android and iOS have positive growth potential, so there’s no need to be concerned about the platform’s longevity, but there are a few factors to consider, including app performance, budget, audience reach, and platform security.

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Backups can save your business

Backups are more common than you think. Every day you most likely have a backup in place, whether it be someone who can cover for you to watch your puppy if something interrupts your schedule or even that spare tire that is in your car in case of a flat.

Backup and recovery plans apply to just about everything that you can think of in your daily life. Let’s focus on your business now and look at top reasons why you really need to have a secure and reliable backup solution.

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Going digital: Common sense for successful businesses

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Inevitably, the world will change once we have fully emerged from lockdown. With a heightened sense of hygiene and further concerns about workplace safety, employers will need to look closely at ways to reduce contact and move towards what is being touted as the Low Touch Economy. But how can this happen with as little disruption to business as possible?

One of the key ways to help aid in this transition is to embrace digital. Going digital has long been presented as a choice for companies -- now, it’s less a choice and more a necessity to remain relevant and to keep up with the modern age. We take a look at some of the methods business owners will need to adapt for their companies to embrace the "new normal", with a focus on digital saviors.

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Why cloud adoption requires an organization-wide culture change


In the space of a year, society has transformed beyond recognition because of COVID-19 and cloud-first for most organizations is now an imperative. To this point, by the end of 2021, 67 percent of all enterprise infrastructure will be cloud-based. But what does this mean for organizational culture, will it change -- and should it change? After all, now cloud adoption is greater than just the IT department. Whether it be a heavier reliance on the accounting team, closer collaboration with the business teams, or better information sharing with the internal IT team, cloud changes the dynamics of team interactions.

Today, an organization's existing culture can strongly predict the potential for cloud success; likewise cloud adoption does have the potential to also alter the company’s culture. It can dramatically change the day-to-day work of individual IT team members, but with the willingness to adjust employee skillsets, a wide range of opportunities can become available as a result of cloud.

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How Artificial Intelligence is set to revolutionize industries

There’s no denying that technology has been the key to evolution for almost every industry. From transport to gaming, sports to healthcare, improvements to processes and capabilities have been attributed to rapidly innovating technology. This is particularly prominent in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). What was once reserved for sci-fi movies is now actively a part of our everyday lives, and it’s set to pave the future -- perhaps autonomously!

In this article, we take a look at how AI is set to ignite several key industries.

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Preparing your network and employees for a safe return to the office

With the vaccine rollout continuing and positivity on the horizon due to significant reduction in COVID-19 cases, companies are now planning how to return workers to the office safely. To start, employees will most likely return to a hybrid workplace, one where they rotate in and out of the office, part of the time in the office and work from home the rest of the time.

Securing your network and employees will be critical during transitions. While small businesses may perceive this to be a matter of going back to "business as usual" and resuming normal IT operations, there are a number of complexities brought on by the mass exodus out of office that need to be considered. Just as in the beginning of the pandemic, cyber criminals will almost certainly increase their phishing attempts and other malicious attacks, taking advantage of overlooked network vulnerabilities and resource-thin IT teams. To protect their networks, employees and critical data, companies will need to create plans and introduce new safety protocols to ensure security as employees transition between working from home and in the office.

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LibreOffice 7.2 is here with a long list of changes and improvements

Serving as a handy reminder that Microsoft Office is certainly not the only office suite out there, LibreOffice 7.2 has landed. There are a sizable number of changes in this latest version of the free, open-source office software including support for Apple M1 chips.

While there are lots of under-the-hood changes that are concerned with optimization, stability and improving compatibility with Microsoft Office, there are also plenty of things which are rather more obvious. This includes a new LibreOffice Dark theme, and a new batch of templates.

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Why big data warehousing is the next frontier for boosting CX

It’s been decades since the term "the customer is always right" placed customer experience (CX) at the heart of every transaction, but delivering excellence in CX hasn’t become much simpler with the passage of time.

Customers effectively expect businesses to read their minds, and they don’t have much patience for those that fail. A recent PWC survey concluded that one-third of consumers would abandon a brand they love after just one negative experience, showing just how high the bar is set for CX.

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6 developments in autonomous tech, coming soon


As more industries find themselves searching for viable solutions to common problems, they look towards automation. The concept of artificial intelligence (AI) has evolved over the years, and new applications for automation are emerging. It seems as though the world is moving towards automation rapidly, and industries will need to adopt this technology to stay ahead of the competition.

Continue reading to learn more about six autonomous technologies being developed that will change the way industries operate. They will contribute to higher levels of efficiency and productivity by complementing existing technologies.

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