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Boost productivity with 5 apps

 

 

Description: Productivity_Dec09_AFrom email to document storage, and even voice communication, almost every business system is connected in some way to do the Internet. Connecting to the Web is without a doubt an important tool that many businesses have come to steadfastly rely on. A common problem workers run across however is being distracted by sites like Facebook, Wikipedia, etc. when they need to crack on and get their work done.

 

If you find yourself being distracted by all the wonder the Internet has to offer when you are trying to work, there are a number of apps you can use that can really help you focus. Here are five.

 

Anti-Social

For many, one of the biggest distractions is social media. Sites like Facebook, Twitter and even YouTube, can turn out to be incredibly distracting when you really need to focus. As you can probably tell by its name, Anti-Social is an app that turns off, or blocks access to social sites.

 

With this app, you can configure the social sites you would like to block, and even pick other sites that are not social media related, to be off-limits for a set period of time. If you finish your work before the set time, you can restart your computer to remove the block.

 

The app can work on Windows, OS X and even Ubuntu, and costs USD$15. You can download a free trial, and if you like, pay to upgrade from the app. Visit the Anti-Social website to download the app, or learn more.

 

Focus Me

If you are looking for an app that can block not only websites, but also programs on your computer, Focus Me could be what you're are looking for. One of the interesting features of this app is that it reminds you to take breaks away from your screen, which is great for your health.

 

Focus Me has three modes: Block Mode which blocks, closes or minimizes specified programs, websites, and browser tabs. Focus Mode blocks all windows, programs, and apps, except for any you have selected. Take a Break allows you to set up specific times where the app will block all programs, including the Internet, forcing you to take a break.

 

In order to unblock programs, you enter a password. The app works on Windows and costs USD$18. Visit the Focus Me site to learn more.

 

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Does your password policy work?

 

Description: Security_Dec09_AAs a business owner you probably have more than one issue on your mind at any given time. One challenge many owners and managers worry about is the security of their organization and the systems used. One of the weakest links, security wise, is the password, as these can be quite easy to crack. This is why many companies introduce password policies. However, quite often these policies are not effective.

 

If you are in the process of implementing a password policy, or are looking for a way to ensure that your business is as secure as possible, you need to be aware of at least four common password policy pitfalls.

 

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The external hard drive

 

Description: Security_Nov25_CThe Internet has become an integral part of all businesses, with some companies employing remote workers. Many business owners and managers also check their email or connect to office systems while on the road, maybe even connecting to the Internet on the many open or public Wi-Fi networks available. While these connections are useful, they can pose a security risk to many businesses.

 

If you or your employees work outside of the office, and rely on, or frequently connect to public Wi-Fi connections, there are three security dangers you should be aware of.

 

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Should businesses look into patterns?

 

Description: Bi_Dec02_CEstablished small and medium business owners often have to deal with obstacles along the way, such as their sales and profits levelling off, or their companies not growing as fast as they had in the past. These are common issues that many businesses face. While it can be tough to break through this period of stabilization, there is one tactic that could help: Analyzing your previous data to spot patterns that can help shed light on how your business is doing.

 

In order to move your business forward and grow, you should analyze and try to interpret the data in your organization. This includes everything from previous financial statements, year-on-year sales figures and numbers, and even KPIs or estimated Vs actual figures. By looking into this data, you will eventually begin to find patterns which can be useful in not only helping you figure out the current state of your company, but in identifying where it is going.

 

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