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google vs microsoft

Updated: August 29th, 2017

When it comes to cloud-based productivity software suites, small businesses have two main alternatives: Microsoft Office 365 and G Suite (formerly called: Google Apps for Work).

Currently, there’s a fierce competition among the world’s biggest software companies. Google is seeking to attract more customers with increased storage space and tight integration of Google Suite with Chrome OS, Chromebooks, and Android devices.

Microsoft, on the other hand, is adding more features like powerful spreadsheet analytics and a revamped version of Skype for Business to its web-based office suite, to attract more sophisticated business users.

In this comparative review, we will be looking at various aspects of these two software bundles and offer our recommendations on the one you should use for your business. Read more

windows xp

It’s no longer news that Microsoft will no longer continue servicing Window XP users by providing regular updates or defense for that product after April 8, 2014. What we expect to hit the headlines is the numerous bugs and attacks, users of this product are expected to face on a daily basis.

According to a security vendor F-Secure, here are nine things die-hard XP users can do to protect their machines from such expected attacks.

Tip #1: Do not install any third party software you do not use or need at the moment and quickly uninstall any if you already have them installed. The older the installation, the more vulnerable it will be to attack.

Tip #2: Uninstall and disable all browser plugins for third party software. Turn off all your default settings and set your browsers to always ask you what to with PDFs and other software instead of just opening them by default.

Tip #3: Patch your Microsoft office fully if you have it installed on your machine to reduce its chances of endangering your device by exposing it to external attacks.

Tip #4: Always make use of an anti-virus like McAfee, Bit Defender, Avira and the rest and ensure that your installed firewalls are regularly updated.

Tip #5: Windows XP usually comes with the Internet Explorer browser, but cannot support the latest versions beyond IE 9 thus making the security features available in IE 10 and 11 obsolete for it. It’s highly recommended that you install another current browser like Mozilla and make it your default browser.

Tip #6: Install the latest updates which happen to be the final ones for Windows XP so that your machines can start this new unsupported phase of their lives free from the latest known malware or attacks.

Tip #7: Always Isolate your XP machines by placing them on separate networks so you can easily protect your modern devices from any attack which might result from your vulnerable XP devices.

Tip #8: Always place your computers on trusted networks behind a NAT router which often acts as a firewall for hardware.

Tip #9: If you can afford it, just consider upgrading your devices to a supported operating system to save yourself the hassles.

In conclusion, Windows XP installations are much more difficult to repair once they have been compromised than other known operating systems which make it a matter of necessity for anyone running his systems on such an obsolete system to consider these tips that can easily help prevent his devices from being exploited.

collaboration software

Small businesses need collaboration software to ensure that there is a smooth flow of communication within the organization and an excellent way of sharing information. Most businesses today rely on teleworkers and contractors to keep their business going.

Collaboration software will enable a company or organization to have the following:

1. Smooth and fast transfer of accurate data
2. Well-managed projects
3. Easy and fast access to important data and documents when employees or partners need them
4. Better flow of work
5. Improved handling of invoices

Nowadays, there is collaboration software that are purposely made for small businesses. Using the cloud platform, pricing for the software is based on the number of people who are going to use it. Organizations with few employees will spend less than those that have many employees. Read more

small business server

Small businesses have been relying on Microsoft Small Business Server for their day-to-day operations. This server can be used by a maximum of 75 people, and combines several applications to come up with all-in-one business solutions at a price that is highly affordable. It has all features frequently used by businesses and it helps them operate smoothly. It has Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SQL Server2008 R2 Express.

Unfortunately Microsoft decided to go on a different route with their Server 2012 platform and left out some important components like Exchange. Business owners, employees, and clients were dismayed by this move and they were faced with the question of how to go on operating smoothly without the all-in-one Microsoft Small Business Server. Read more

drop box alternative cloud storage

These days, it’s absolutely important that every business have a medium for securing sensitive business data and records as the loss of such data can ruin or affect the smooth operations of these businesses. All such issues  have become history thanks to the evolution of cloud computing and storage systems which has made it easier for anyone to store and backup their files on servers hosted within the internet and which can be easily accessed from any part of the world as long as you’re connected to the Internet.

Dropbox is one cloud storage service provider that has revolutionized this industry in terms of how information can be shared and this has been of immense benefits to several small businesses. It has completely eliminated the need for expensive physical infrastructures usually used for storage. Read more