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OCR Releases Ransomware Guidance

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Phishing For Healthcare Records In The Cloud

Staff received an email, which appeared to be an official email. However, it was a phishing email that allowed an unauthorized third party access to a Wyoming Medical Center account.
 

Business Associate Agreements Are REQUIRED - Clinic To Pay $750,000 HIPAA Settlement.

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Moving Your Office Next Year? DON'T... Until You Read This First

November 19, 2015
Moving is always a big pain for those involved, but it doesn’t have to be a horrific, expensive experience.

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Your Computer Network Is Being Haunted

October 14, 2015
The National Cyber Security Alliance reports that 1 in 5 small businesses have been victims of cybercrime in the last year and this number is growing rapidly.

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Heritage Pointe of Teaneck to Host Bergen County Practice Manager Lunch and Learn Expo

September 11, 2015
For executives and medical practice managers from Bergen County New Jersey interested in learning about important CMS regulations, HIPAA compliance, security and topics that affect revenue, efficiencies and quality patient care.

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7 Lead Generation Strategies For Your Small Business

August 13, 2015
Introduction to 7 lead generation strategies you can use in your small business. Presented by Fernando Sosa from HaonTech.com

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Tips and tools for a digital spring cleaning

March 19, 2015
An excerpt from an article on The Record: "What you do back up on an external hard drive or cloud should also be encrypted, said Fernando Sosa, CEO of HaonTech, an IT consulting company in Teaneck that provides computer support to local small businesses." Full article here: http://ww... more

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OneDrive Offers FREE Unlimited Cloud Storage. Google, DropBox And Others Likely To Follow

November 2, 2014
Up until this point, no major cloud providers dared to put 'free' and 'unlimited' into the same sentence.

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TECH Employee vs TECH Entrepreneur

June 2, 2014
I was recently asked to do a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) presentation and share my experience as a tech 'entrepreneur' to students and their parents in a 'Family in Technology' event held at New Jersey Institute of Technology this past weekend. Although I was ve... more

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Lessons Learned From Target Data Breach

March 13, 2014
There are tons of tools and inexpensive software avaialble to help you backup your files and protect you from malware. But, like in Target's case...

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Is Your Business On A Home Router?

February 22, 2014
You can go to your local office supply store and pickup a cheap router, backup drive, etc., that gets the job done and saves your business a few bucks. But is your business network and data secure?

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Perfectly Legal Method For You To Save A Bundle Of Cash On Taxes, Computer Hardware, And Support

November 13, 2013
Thanks to a nice boost given to the 2013 tax deduction labelled "Section 179",  the Federal Government now enables you to buy up to $500,000 in machines, computers, software application, workplace furniture, automobiles, or various other tangible items and thereby LOWERING your taxabl... more

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How Much Does IT Cost?

October 5, 2013
Avoid making an emotional decision based on price and taking a leap of faith on the services proposed.

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7 Reasons To Get Rid Of Windows XP

September 7, 2013
Exorcise The Ghosts, Gremlins and Goblins Causing Problems In Your Computer Network.

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A Rose By Any Other Name

September 2, 2013
People want their problems and needs taken care of, they don’t necessarily know or care about the technical terms, widgets or solutions used to solve them.

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The 2013 Hurricane Season is Here!

August 18, 2013
Research indicates that storm surges from hurricanes and tropical storms will continue to rise. Is your business prepared?

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Lesson In Self-Defense

August 8, 2013
So you are telling me there is a chance? Just because you have anti-virus protection on your computer, it does not mean you are protected in all situations.

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Google Hangout - Video Conferencing With A Twist

July 26, 2013
Innovation is the key to your success. If you don’t innovate, you are a dime a dozen and become a commodity.

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What's Rotary About? Service Above Self

July 24, 2013
I choose to introduce people with what happens at the local club level first. The conversation typically goes like this...

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Answer To Nonprofit Funding Dilemma

June 18, 2013
A paradigm shift needs to happen in terms of where the money comes from. There is too much reliance and dependency on third-parties to handout grants and funds.

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Computer Self Defense

June 18, 2013
Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"

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Thanked By Teaneck Council

May 22, 2013
There are so many other people who willingly give back to the community.

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The End Of Windows XP

May 20, 2013
By running third-generation old technology, you are missing out on the new features of today’s hardware and software that help get your work done faster, easier and better.

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Break Fix Or Managed Services?

May 17, 2013
A car running on empty will eventually turn off. Your computers are no different. It is not a matter of "if" they will break, it's a matter of "when". Most issues can be prevented before they become serious or cause downtime.

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What Is Cloud Computing And Why Should Your Care?

May 11, 2013
With the recent introduction of cloud-based office applications like Office 365, Google Apps and thousands of other SaaS applications, it’s becoming unnecessary for some businesses to purchase and maintain an onsite server.

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Rise and Shine - Welcome to The Grind

May 11, 2013
Some goals are easily achievable when we remove the distractions that prevent us from doing them in the first place.

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The Answer To Your Problems...STOP IT!

April 11, 2013
Afraid to take risks, move on or make commitments because the time is not 'right'? Worse yet, can you relate to a hamster on a spinning wheel? You are not alone.

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How To Avoid The Top 4 Budget Busting, Stress-Inducing Mistakes When Moving Your Office

March 15, 2013
Moving is always a pain in the rump, but it doesn’t have to be a horrific, expensive experience.

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Press Release: HaonTech.com Joins Dell's PartnerDirect Program

March 4, 2013
Microsoft Partner Forms Strategic Partnership With DELL And Delivers Comprehensive Best-in-class Cloud Solutions, Hardware, Software And Network Support.

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Bluetooth Headsets Have Come A Long Way

February 28, 2013
They were just either too heavy, uncomfortable, awkward looking or simply did not provide an acceptable sound quality for me without breaking the bank.

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It's Time To Break Up With Your Old Tape and USB Drives

February 12, 2013
Don't be caught by surprise! Most people don't realize that ALL tape and hard drives fail at some point. But what's really dangerous is that most companies don't realize it happened until it's too late.

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Why I Have No New Year's Resolution

January 2, 2013
Although it is important to set milestones and specific dates to reassess yourself and plan for the future, I don’t believe New Year resolutions are the case and are taken as seriously as they could be.

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Tis The Season To Be...HACKED!

December 8, 2012
Don't get caught off guard when checking your email. Hackers constantly send virus infested emails, called "Phishing", disguised as coming from legitimate businesses and organizations like The Better Business Bureau, IRS, banks, UPS or retail stores.

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Free Live Webinar That Answers All Your Questions About Cloud Computing

November 19, 2012
How Cloud Computing Can Cut Your IT Costs by HALF, Provide Automatic Disaster Recovery and Free You To Work from Anywhere On ANY Device

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The Gap Between Your Customer Service 'Teeth'

October 27, 2012
A big problem arises when "efficiency" takes over common sense and processes, scripts and automated systems run your customer service department.

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Spreadsheet-itis. Common Illness And How To Get Vaccinated.

October 22, 2012
Stop wasting so much time with spreadsheets and spend your time taking care of your core business instead. Your business can be working smarter with the right tools.

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New Service Aims To Replace Your Phone Number With Your Name

October 8, 2012
In a previous blog post, I briefly explained how domain names are really a user-friendly way of avoiding to remember numbers called Internet Protocol addresses, or IP addresses.  For example, the actual address of Google is http://74.125.226.224 . Go ahead and enter this IP address in your brow... more

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What's All The Buzz About Cloud Computing?

September 28, 2012
You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “cloud computing” being used over the past couple of years, and you may be wondering what all of the buzz is about. First, let’s make sure we’re talking about the same thing when we say “cloud computing,” as there is a good... more

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Make your iPhone 4S lighter and sleeker

September 14, 2012
Here is a great example of how some people fall victims to good marketing.  Thinking it is "better, faster, lighter" is already programmed into their minds.  However, on their defense, the phone shown to them is not in a case.  I have yet to see a person with an iPhone that ... more

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Why did the GoDaddy outage affect my website?

September 11, 2012
Even if your website is not hosted by GoDaddy, your website domain name (i.e. www.mycompany.com) might be registered through them.   GoDaddy hosts about 5 million websites and has over 50 million domain names registered through them. Domain names are user-friendly names used to address websites and... more

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Protect your accounts with Google 2-Step Verification

August 10, 2012
One would think that a simple username and password is sufficient to lock unauthorized people from accessing your accounts.  However, have you ever wondered how safe are the websites and services that use your login information? Have you ever wondered how 'safe' are the actual companies behind ... more

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Prevent Burnout if You Work From Home

June 8, 2012
Workers who trudge into an office every day are jealous of individuals who work from home. After all, the work-from-home crowd does not have to battle rush-hour traffic, hear office gossip, or smell the day-old fish their fellow employees are microwaving in the office cafeteria. What these office w... more

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Google Patents: Now and Then

June 6, 2012
Interested in a smartphone that flashes LED lights at you when you have an incoming call? How about a mug that looks like a crayon? Good news. Inventors have filed patents on both of these items. You are able to look at them online by visiting Google Patents. The Wonderful World of Google Patents ... more

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OpenStreetMap: Possible Threat to Google Maps

June 1, 2012
Online mapping has been dominated by Google Maps for some time. Nevertheless, OpenStreetMap is gaining fast. Though it is only 8 years old, it is clear that the people at OpenStreetMap are competing for the title of most-used web map service. OpenStreetMap is a digital world map, which allows users... more

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Hands-Free Connectivity with Project Glass

May 30, 2012
We can already compute on the run, thanks to our tablet computers and smartphones. However, Google isn’t content. The online search giant is in the middle of testing its Project Glass initiative, what you most likely think of as Google glasses. Maybe you’ve seen coverage of Project Glass... more

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Tricks to get More out of Gmail

May 25, 2012
People and businesses regularly use Gmail these days. This makes sense, as it is easy to use, free, and Google makes good products. If you use Gmail, you are likely not using it to its full potential. Gmail has several tools that make it easy to keep your email tidy. We have outlined a few below and... more

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The Future of VoIP

May 23, 2012
Do you know what VoIP is? VoIP is short for Voice over Internet Protocol, and it is a technology that allows people to make calls via the Internet rather then use a traditional landline. VoIP is very affordable and can save businesses, of any size, between 30 and 50 percent on their phone expenses. ... more

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Online Music-Streaming Services

May 18, 2012
Many of us get our entertainment, news, and pay our bills via the Internet. So, it’s not a big surprise that we access our music over the Internet as well. Many individuals subscribe to on-line music-streaming services that are either free or cost money. The advantages are many. People don’t have to... more

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The Kinect: A Home Run for Microsoft

May 16, 2012
Remember when Windows was considered cool? It’s been a long time. However, the Kinect – a motion and voice-sensing device originally meant as a nifty feature for the Xbox gaming console – could help Windows recapture its long-lost coolness quotient. Not surprisingly, a version of ... more

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Change Your Interview Strategies to Find the Right Employees

May 11, 2012
There are lots of people looking for jobs today. However, as an employer, you’re not looking for just anyone. You would like to hire the best, most inventive employees to work at your business. You recognize that your company is only as strong as your workers. How do you hire the most suitable... more

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Is Business Travel on its Way Out

May 9, 2012
Traveling for business is not fun. We’re frequently rushed, we don’t eat well, and we have to deal with the hassle of airports and long-term parking. It is not surprising that a great many companies opt toward videoconferencing instead of traveling. As videoconferencing technology improv... more

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Is Your IT Guy Holding You Prisoner?

May 4, 2012
If your IT guy went away, would you know where all the passwords, data, software licenses and disks, key codes, and other important information were stored?

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Photoshop Alternatives

May 2, 2012
Adobe Photoshop is an excellent photo manipulation tool. With it, businesses can create professional looking marketing materials quite easily. The biggest issue with Photoshop is the price. A person looking to buy it can spend more then $600 for newer versions. This is not feasible for many small bu... more

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The Future of the Battery

April 27, 2012
Your smartphone is wonderful. It can steer you to that trendy new fusion restaurant if you are lost. It can play your favorite sitcom as you head to work on the train. It will play your favorite song at the touch of a button. But it can’t do any of this if its battery is dead.   A Better Battery o... more

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Another Look at Bing

April 25, 2012
Google is the household name with regards to searching the Web. However, it may not be the best search engine out there. Microsoft launched Bing, a competitor, in 2009 and it shouldn’t be dismissed. While most Internet users still use Google as their primary search engine, Bing has many features tha... more

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How To Effectively Manage Remote Workers

April 18, 2012
Thanks to improved technology, an increasing number of employees have the ability to carry out most or all of their work from home. Smartphones, tablet computers, teleconferencing, and WiFi-equipped bookstores and coffee shops have made this achievable. This presents a huge advantage for employers: ... more

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Save Time With These 5 Smartphone Apps

April 13, 2012
Your business keeps you busy. You are juggling three projects simultaneously for your employer. You’re on the road more often than you are at home, and your day planner is covered in ink. You would like smartphone apps that will make your life easier, not complicate it. Luckily, there is a host of s... more

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Constant Connectivity

April 11, 2012
Do you recollect what it was like to have downtime? Real downtime, when you could watch your child’s little league game without answering an email on your smartphone, or take your dog for a walk without texting. But is downtime a thing of the past? In a world which is so connected it seems like we a... more

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5 Ways to Work Efficiently in Excel

April 6, 2012
You would love to get that promotion, or maybe you are hunting for that elusive raise. Maybe you simply want to secure your job in this down economic time. But whatever the reason, you are looking for ways to wow your supervisor. What about Excel? The majority of us, no matter our job, use spread... more

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Security Challenges in 2012

April 4, 2012
As technology changes cyber-criminals adjust to it. Recently MIT’s Technology Reviewpublished an article regarding the biggest technology security threats of 2012. Most of us spend a lot of our time online: working, surfing the Web, or just chatting with friends via social media... more

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A Look at the History of the Computer

March 30, 2012
What would life be like without a computer? It’s tough to envision but it wasn’t that long ago that people didn’t have them. Now many of us carry multiple computers, i.e. laptops, e-readers, and smartphones. How did computers turn into such a key appliance in such a short amount of time? This is th... more

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The Growth of the Connected Car

March 28, 2012
New cars such as the Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX, and the Audi A6 allow travellers to connect to the Internet from the front seat. These Online connections over Wi-Fi or 3G networks allow motorists to enjoy streaming video, audio, spoken text messages, and current traffic information. We typically view t... more

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How Nanotechnology Changes our Lives

March 23, 2012
You have likely heard of nanotechnology, but might have almost no idea as to what it’s all about and just how it applies to you. Nanotechnology makes life easier for all of us; it’s not merely the stuff of science fiction. Essentially, nanotechnology is the science of dealing with matter on an atomi... more

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Google: Solve for X

March 21, 2012
We are all aware there are big issues in the world today; debt crises, illiteracy, climate change, are only a few. Google has assembled a team to come up with radical ideas to find answers to the world’s biggest problems, and they call the project "Solve for X". Tackling the biggest... more

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Take Advantage of Your Employees' Creativity

March 16, 2012
Do your employees share their ideas and views? Do they come to you with ways to improve efficiency or new revolutionary marketing ideas? If the answer is no, the creativity of your staff may be stifled. Today’s business world is very aggressive, so if your company is lacking in creativity and... more

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Explaining Pinterest, and Why You Should Care

March 14, 2012
Tired of social media? Ignoring it all together? Well, join the bandwagon, because it’s not going away! In fact a new site recently popped up that is rising in popularity: Pinterest. Pinterest is a little different than sites like Facebook and Twitter, since it focuses purely on the interests of the... more

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Help Your Career by Dressing for Success

March 9, 2012
It’s not an easy task to find a job right now. So when you do get called for a job interview you need to make the best impression. There is one simple way to do this: dress for it.   Does that surprise you? Despite our increasingly casual world, what you wear at the office can impact your career p... more

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Will Windows Phone Change the Way We View Microsoft

March 2, 2012
Microsoft is a household name. And Bill Gates is arguably one of the most important names in the technology field. But has Microsoft ever been “cool”? Not really, in the eyes of consumers it’s always fell a little short of hip, but Microsoft’s new software for smartphones may alter the way the compa... more

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Will We Eventually Say Goodbye to the Mouse

February 29, 2012
 Mouse-free computing is something we have just begun to taste. We have touchscreens on many devices including tablets, phones, and e-readers. These allow us to access the Internet; send texts, and emails all without a mouse. Is this the shape of things to come? Can we eventually leave the mouse in ... more

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Smartphone Charging Pads

February 24, 2012
You use your smartphone to buy movie tickets, download your favorite songs, and make online reservations at the new French restaurant. But, if your smartphone battery dies, you can not do any of this. And let’s face it, charging your smartphone the old-fashioned way is a drag. You have to plug... more

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Simplify Online Invoicing

February 24, 2012
 You launched your own catering business because you love to cook. You went into the bakery business to sell cookies and cupcakes. You didn’t open your own landscaping company because you love paperwork. Yet to be a prosperous small business owner, you cannot disregard the financial side of your bus... more

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Can a real-time threat feed really discourage cyber crime

February 24, 2012
 Cyber crimes happen daily, and everyday IT security companies track and record information around these attacks. Microsoft is upping its game and launching a real-time threat feed so that its fellow partners can study existing threats it finds and learn the best steps to proactively take against th... more

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New to Windows 7? Tips to Make You More Productive

February 22, 2012
Windows 7 represents a major improvement over past Windows operating systems. However, if you do not know how to use this most recent version of Windows properly, you’ll miss out on a number of goodies that’ll help you work more efficiently. By mastering a few simple tricks, you can get the most ou... more

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The Importance of a Healthy Company Culture: Part 1

February 22, 2012
Strategy is commonly at the forefront of a company’s focus. Strategy is not the only thing which makes a company prosperous. Culture also plays an important role. The culture of your company impacts your branding, your marketing success, and daily operations, all of which directly affect how t... more

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Ideas to Improve Your Company Culture: Part 2

February 22, 2012
Our last blog post explained the reasons why developing a healthy business culture is crucial for your brand. The positive effects of a healthy culture are numerous, while the consequence of letting the culture of your company decline can be very negative indeed. In our last post, we touched on ways... more

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Data Security: What You Need to Know

February 21, 2012
When looking at data security, you may think you have enough safeguards set up to protect your small business. After all, you most likely routinely update your antivirus software and other security protocols as well. And it’s not as if you’re a large company that needs to worry about hav... more

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Tech That Did Not Quite Make It

February 7, 2012
 We always read about the most popular gadgets on the market. But for every technology that changes our lives there is something that flops. It’s difficult to judge what the general public will take a fancy too, so companies take a risk every time they release something. Below we explore several... more

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Have a Computer Virus? Now what?

November 12, 2011
If you think you have a computer virus, take action right away. Don't leave it for when you have spare time. Depending on what virus your computer has, you will experience different symptoms. Some viruses make your computer useless or slow, some change important settings, others steal your personal ... more

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Receive Text Messages For Important Emails

October 21, 2011
Need a quick and convenient way to be alerted when you receive an important email? Simply setup your email client (i.e. MS Outlook) to forward your emails to your cellphone based on certain conditions. If you do not have a smartphone (yet) or for some other reason cannot check emails on your phone,... more

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iPhone vs. Android

September 13, 2011
The title of this article should really be 'iPhone vs. Android phones', or 'iOS vs. Android', otherwise we are comparing apples to oranges. Here's why: 'iPhone' is the brand name of the phone created by Apple Inc. which runs iOS mobile operating system.  iOS is the operating system.... more

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Should you buy or build a custom application?

August 23, 2011
This is a common corporate dilemma.  Businesses that do not have a dedicated IT staff usually turn to industry-specific commercial of-the-shelf (COTS) software or ready-made software solutions by third-party vendors.  Another option, but not as effective, is to use generic productivity software like... more

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Ready for a heat wave related power outage?

July 21, 2011
With the current heat wave hitting many US cities, many businesses can be caught off guard if they experience an unlikely power outage.  As power grids overload when a heat wave takes place, energy companies struggle to keep their systems up.    It might not be too late to be prepared for a power ... more

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HaonTech Starts Virtual Food Drive

July 8, 2011
We recently accepted the challenge to hold a Virtual Food Drive in support of the Food Bank For New York City. Through July 13 – just one week from today -- every donation made on our page will be doubled, dollar by dollar, by a generous Food Bank donor!  Please donate today to help us m... more

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How Are People Finding Your Events?

June 10, 2011
"It's true that we've been posting events on our website calendar for some time now, but it's difficult to ascertain whether the service has helped the program, because when attendees indicate (upon signing in) where they learned of the program it's usually from somewhere else." The ... more

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Finding The 'Right' Company For Your IT Projects

June 3, 2011
Choosing the 'right' company for your IT projects can be a difficult and daunting task if you do not know some IT best practices relevant to your project.

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HaonTech.com Is Now An LLC

May 10, 2011
We are very pleased to announce that as of 4/28/2011, HaonTech.com is now a Limited Liability Company (LLC).   As a result of this change of business structure from sole-proprietorship to LLC, we will be in a better position to support our customers, provide a faster response to requests for produ... more

Spreadsheet Mania

April 5, 2011
The truth is that spreadsheets may be an affordable and quick way to get your business process up and running. However, it may not be the best long-term solution.

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Your Company's Most Valuable Asset

February 22, 2011
No matter its size, your company’s data is its most valuable asset. Think about it: what would you do without your financial or customer records? How long could your business survive without access to the information you rely on every day? Yet many business owners who diligently insure their busi... more

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A Company Website Is NOT Optional

October 18, 2010
Today, having a functional and professionally designed website is fundamental to your business success. Think of it as a tireless salesperson, working 24/7 to attract visitors and sell them on your products and services. If you have no website to speak of—or if your current site is embarrassin... more

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