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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 21:22

Is Big Brother Watching You, and Do You Mind?

Big brother is watching

Internet privacy is no new issue. Between malicious hackers trying to breach private information, governments trying to regulate it, and organizations trying to track as many metrics as they can, the Internet continues to chug along for the most part just fine. Are YOU concerned about Internet privacy?

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 21:21

Data Backup: An IT Consultant's Nightmare

Is staying in business important to your company?

We don't want to be sensationalistic here, but there is a serious real-world link between data loss and staying in business. Let's look at some statistics.

Sometimes when your workstation feels bogged down, a relatively cheap and simply hardware update can make a huge difference in performance. Adding more RAM (Random Access Memory, often just referred to as memory) can be a game changer for your bogged down PC.

At Acclamar, we hate seeing our clients suffer from slow computers, bogged down networks, and other computer issues that prevent work from happening seamlessly. That's why we are so passionate about proactively safeguarding your network BEFORE issues happen, in order to prevent expensive downtime.

Twitter is a fantastic networking resource for professionals, brands, and businesses. Having a strong presence on Twitter can mean more traffic to your website and an easy way to get in touch with customers and prospects. The hardest thing about diving into social media is knowing what to say. Here's a quick list with a few ideas to get you started.

Friday, 03 February 2012 21:18

Answer Your Office Phone from Home with VoIP

There has been a growing trend where businesses are allowing more employees to work from home or other remote locations. Technology makes this possibly by letting users remote into their work environment securely as if they were sitting at their desk at the office. VoIP phone solutions can even bring the worker's office phone to them, no matter where they are.

<p>Microsoft OneNote makes it very easy to take and organize all of your daily notes. Today we're going to show you how to ensure your OneNote Notebooks are backed up so you don't risk losing any information in the event of a computer issue.</p>
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<p>OneNote behaves differently than your standard Microsoft Office App. Where a Word doc or Excel spreadsheet is a pretty standard file, OneNote doesn't bug you with questions like 'do you want to save your note?' or 'where would you like to save your notes?' It just takes your information and next time you open up OneNote, it's still there (one of the many conveniences found in OneNote). However, it's very important to understand how this works so you can be sure your notebooks are being backed up properly.<br /><br />Open OneNote and click on the <strong>File</strong> menu on the top left, then go to <strong>Options</strong>.<br /><br />On the sidebar on the left, select<strong> Save &amp; Backup.</strong><br /><br />First, you'll have some options on where certain elements in OneNote get saved. There's your Unfiled Notes Section, your Backup Folder, and the default location of your newly created Notebooks. You can modify these so they save in any directory you want.<br /><br />You will want to make sure the Backup Folder is somewhere on your company's network, on a server and in a directory that gets backed up by your company's backup solution. If the backup is sitting on the same computer you are working on, if your hard drive crashes you may never see your notes again.<br /><br />Below you can also adjust how often the Notebook backs itself up and how many copies it keeps. This means if something terrible were to happen (like a whole bunch of meeting notes being deleted accidentally) you can go back to a previous version and likely retrieve them. We recommend bumping up the number of backup copies to 5, maybe even a little more.<br /><br />Looking to make sure all of your day-to-day data is backed up? Contact Acclamar at 703-270-1007 to make sure your network is utilizing best practices and a reliable, testable backup system.</p>

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