Dan Gilbert is the owner of 100 companies. These are his personal “rules” of business and the way he encourages his companies to operate. Pretty sound advice! Click here to read more!
I wanted to share some good websites with you!
Home energy savers
Visit the US Dept of Energy site for tips for every room of your house!
Medicinal Plant Information
Visit the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website to learn about medicinal plants. Many of these items may be in your kitchen or garden! I have plenty of aloe vera plants to share with everyone!!
One of the best ways to refresh yourself when you hit the afternoon doldrums is to take deep breaths. (Yes, yoga and pilates instructors, I have been listening!!) Here is a site that guides you for a breathing break. This will also work well for meditation. Focus on the graphic and breathing to increase your focus.
I had another client get scammed last week by the “Microsoft noticed that your computer has a virus and we want to help” message that commandeers your computer.
MICROSOFT NEVER EVER CONTACTS YOU ABOUT A VIRUS OR PROBLEM
WITH YOUR COMPUTER! NEVER.
Do not call the number given in the message! Do not let unknown persons remotely access your computer. Do not give unknown persons your credit card info.
If you are ever in doubt, call me or text me at 480-433-9995 for help.
Or take these steps to get out of the lock.
Try to close your browser completely.
If that doesn’t work, hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to open your Task Manager and force the browser to close.
If that doesn’t work, power off the computer. Hold the power button down several seconds until it forces a shut down.
Unplug your modem. Then restart the computer. If the message shows up again, try to close it again. There is no Internet connection so it can’t do any harm at this point.
Shut down the computer again. Re-plug the modem. Turn on the computer. Open your browser.
If you see the message again, call one of my hardware referrals. Let them clean up the problem.
If you don’t see the message, say a gratitude prayer!
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Here is a cool site with lots of answers and lots of suggestions for you on all things tech – phones, online banking, Alexa, speakers, etc. The content ranges from simple “What is a platform?” to more complex “How to buy the right laptop.”
And it’s FREE!
Many of you use Google Maps on your website. You may receive a scary sounding email about the new Google Maps Platform and fees.
Have you ever considered switching over and using Office 365? This video gives an overview and examples of how Office 365 could benefit you.
Smartphone addiction is a real thing and while this article talks more about the younger generation, its not limited to them as I have seen some of my clients and friends with the same addiction. You know who you are! I encourage you to use this suggested method to break your addiction!
I completely believe we check email too often and put pressure on ourselves to respond instantly. What moments are we missing by putting this pressure on ourselves?
An excellent book on better email processes is “The Hamster Revolution” by Mike Song. Good, practical processes to spend less time on email and more time on the important things.
This is seems to be a popular question for all of our small businesses. When you can’t have both which will you choose? Let’s take a look!
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I wanted to share this article from my bank with you about protecting your cards and identity.
- Going paperless for accounting is safer!!
- PayPal provides extra protection for online purchases. You’ll need to compare their options with what your credit card offers. The combo of both is probably your best option.
- I had never heard the trick about testing for a skimmer at the gas pump.
Go to OptOutPreScreen.com and opt out of receiving those annoying preapproved credit card offers or insurance offers. The service is free for 5 years.
While you’re there, you can pay $2 for their Mailbox service which allows you to get off numerous direct mail lists. You can also opt out of Direct Mail Association (DMA) members’ email lists. Regretfully, most of the junk email you receive isn’t from DMA members. But every little bit helps!
PS – Don’t forget the National Do Not Call Registry to cut down on telemarketing calls! DoNotCall.gov