Magpie Tech Tips

April 06, 2017
Having problems with Outlook? The culprit could be an Add-In. Learn how to locate a conflicting Add-In and how to fix the problem.
March 09, 2017
Consistent email signatures make your organization look professional. CodeTwo keeps you and your team looking professional at all times.
February 09, 2017
Google is getting serious about HTTPS, and so should you. Websites without HTTPS may soon get flagged as unsafe for users. Don't get left behind.
January 10, 2017
Think twice before accessing the Wi-Fi network on your next flight. If your computer isn't protected, a hacker on board could steal data right off of it.
December 06, 2016
Is your password guess-proof? Could someone guess it in 100 tries? If there's even a small possibility someone could, consider these tips for making and keeping strong passwords.
November 02, 2016
What happens when the platform you store your photos on decides to call it quits? Users of Seagate Lyve are asking themselves that very question.
October 07, 2016
Finding a USB drive when out in public might seem like a windfall. But watch out...it could have malware on it. Don't risk your information getting stolen. Don't plug it in!
September 08, 2016
Dropbox asked millions of its users to change their passwords. Why? Because they were hacked in 2012, but didn't make users aware at the time. If you use Dropbox, now's the time to change your password.
July 05, 2016
Not sure if an email is legitimate, or if it contains malware? Here's a quick way to find out within Outlook. Just be careful not to send it to anyone else!
May 26, 2016
Windows users have until July 29 to take advantage of the free Windows 10 upgrade. (You can still upgrade after July 29, but you must pay a license fee.) Here are the steps for upgrading to Windows 10.
April 29, 2016
Apple has stopped updating its QuickTime video player. Trend Micro discovered 2 bugs in QuickTime, leaving anyone who still has it installed vulnerable to attack. Solution? Uninstall it!
March 28, 2016
For years now, Mac users didn't have to worry about ransomware stealing their data. Now they do. The first ransomware for Mac OS has arrived.
February 23, 2016
Does your email bounce back for no reason? If you use personal email for business purposes, your email address might have ended up on a blacklist. Here's how it happens, and how you can check.
January 25, 2016
A Marketing Automation system helps businesses save time on their marketing, and still keep up. We gathered 6 marketing automation systems for small, mid-market and enterprise businesses use in this Tech Tip.
December 17, 2015
Take a moment before the New Year's Eve party to check your backups. Making sure they're stable and up-to-date now, means your data is safe and secure going into 2016.
November 24, 2015
Phone & laptop batteries do have a lifespan...but there are ways to extend it. Both through extenders and good battery management. Here's some advice to help keep your batteries running.
October 23, 2015
Office 2016 introduces new & improved features, including additions to Word. One new feature is Co-Authoring - multiple people working on a Word document simultaneously. Here's how you can start co-authoring.
September 25, 2015
Servers need a certain set of environmental conditions to run well. Many factors can disrupt or even damage them - heat, cold, dust, moisture, etc. Here's a list of risks to a server from the environment, and what you should do instead.
September 16, 2015
Have you ever found a negative review on Google Places for your business? Naturally, you'll want to get it removed. If the review is spam or fraudulent, Google has a process for reviewing and removing it. Here's how.
August 05, 2015
Windows 10 is here! You may have received an upgrade notice already. Please note that Windows 10 has a similar lifecycle to previous operating systems, so you don't have to upgrade right away. It won't be free for very long though...
July 14, 2015
Does your office use Exchange Server? SharePoint? How about Office? All of these applications - and more - are due for new versions, coming later this year or early next year. Here are the details on what to expect (and plan for upgrades).
June 04, 2015
Ever searched for a domain name to buy, then come back later & found it had been claimed by someone else? There's a name for this practice - Domain Name Front Running. Here's the details on what it is, why it happens, and how to avoid losing domains to it.
May 06, 2015
Mobile Internet access exceeded PCs in 2014. In response, Google added "mobile-friendliness" to its ranking factors in April 2015. Now sites that show up well on phones & tablets will rank better in mobile search than the sites that don't. How does yours look?
April 07, 2015
As if malware wasn't bad enough, ransomware has invaded the Web. It doesn't just infect computers...it holds them hostage! Here's what to know about ransomware, and ways to protect yourself.
December 02, 2014
Can you copyright website content? Should you? We asked Terry Church at Silicon Valley Law Group for the ins and outs of content copyright.
October 01, 2014
Have you seen the news about "Shellshock" yet? A bug in Linux and Mac OS X software which the media's calling "worse than Heartbleed." We think it's an issue, but not that bad. Here's why.
September 02, 2014
We just passed the "End of XP". Now it's time to consider the End of Windows 7. Microsoft will keep supporting WIndows 7 with security patches until 2020. But no more service packs after January 2015. Now is the time to think about what your computers will run after Windows 7.
July 27, 2014
What identifies an email as spam? Mail servers will scan for certain words, phrases or email elements to catch spam. Sometimes they grab a legitimate message because it has a few of those characteristics. Here's how to avoid getting caught.
June 29, 2014
Most cloud services are reasonably safe. Still, there are files you should never store out there in the cloud. Here's what types of files you should keep safely local.
May 28, 2014
When is your ISP's contract up for renewal? If you let it pass without review, you could get stuck in an auto-renewal and miss out on better rates. This Tech Tip explains how to avoid that.
November 01, 2013
It's 2013. Why do we still have a size limit on email attachments? Most offices still cap attachments at 10MB. There's a good reason for this...it has to do with a mail server's functions. Read our Tech Tip for the explanation.
October 26, 2013
Do your network cables look like spaghetti cascading down from the racks? If there's an issue, disorganized and unlabeled cabling can cause even more trouble. This month's Tech Tip gives tips on how to organize & manage network cables.
August 27, 2013
Last month we showed that major tech firms can and do share your information with government. What about third parties, like other companies? Privacy policies tell the story. It's better than the government data sharing...but not completely.
July 08, 2013
We've all clicked Yes on a Privacy Policy without reading it. But you should really know what's in that policy...especially when it allows a provider to share your data with the government. Here's what 5 such providers say about government data sharing.
May 29, 2013
If cyber-thieves are breaking into your network, how would you know? That's what Intrusion Detection Systems are for. These devices monitor network activity for anything out of the ordinary, and alert you if they sense something wrong. This Tech Tip covers our Intrusion Detection recommended product, and how it does the job.
April 10, 2013
Conducting an IT Security Audit helps you determine if there are security issues in your network. But what do you get from the audit itself? How do you use its findings to improve network security? A good audit will give you an action plan...and here's what it includes.
February 05, 2013
Does your office use a consumer-grade wireless router (like D-Link or Netgear) in the office? You may have trouble with your connections. Read our Tech Tip for the reason why.
May 30, 2012
"If I don't trust online storage sites, what should I use instead? What's the most secure way to share files outside my network?" For most files, sites like Dropbox are OK. But if you want secure file sharing, here are 3 suggestions.
March 02, 2012
"When you need to hire IT workers, what's a good average to figure on between IT employees to all employees? Is there an 'ideal ratio' for certain business sizes?" Debate varies widely on an ideal number of IT workers, but there are some good "rules of paw" to follow.
August 24, 2010
I've been receiving emails sent to administrator@mydomain.com. We don't even have an account for that address. These emails look legitimate... Phishing alert!
May 29, 2010
"Do we really have to put an 'Unsubscribe' address in our email marketing?" This is called an opt-out address. You should definitely include it. Otherwise you'll look like a spammer. And it is required by law.