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Microsoft's "Socl" Is Closing Down
March 08 2017 0 comment

Microsoft's "Socl" Is Closing Down

2010 was the year when everybody tried to compete with Facebook. Remember Google Buzz, Socl, Daily Booth? So many other other social network projects even died before 2009... but what went wrong? In most cases it was lack of security and fun or helpful features.
Let's take the little-known platform called Socl as an example, this social network claimed not to compete with Facebook or Twitter directly, but rather augment these services : " Socl is actually quite complementary to such sites. Socl features a suite of “apps” which enable people to express and share ideas through a variety of post types, organized into collections Posts on Socl are extremely easy to create and share (on Socl and on other networks)." 
In case you do not know what it is about, you can create "from rich visual collages to short animated media, express yourself through posts that take seconds to create, collect and share (on Socl, as well as Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter). " So, it works basically as an App, rather than a social network.  
Still to this day it is very confusing to figure out what exactly they wanted to build in the first place, (a facebook-like network with a pinterest-like platform with features we can find in so many other apps?) we think that is one of the reasons why is closing on March 15th: " Socl has been a wonderful outlet for creative expression, as well as a place to enjoy a supportive community of like-minded people, sharing and learning together. In supporting you, Socl’s unique community of creators, we have learned invaluable lessons in what it takes to establish and maintain community as well as introduce novel new ways to make, share and collect digital stuff we love.  From the very beginning, we’ve been amazed by your creativity, openness, and positivity. Thank you so very much for sharing your inspirations with us. "
 
Were you part of this social network? Will you miss them?  Tell us your experience!

 

3 High Risk Habits Within Your Company You Need To Stop Designed by Freepik
February 16 2017 0 comment

3 High Risk Habits Within Your Company You Need To Stop

A recent report found that more than 90 percent of employees engage in at least one form of poor data security. And at least 23 percent of respondents admitted they would take data from their company if it would benefit them. Equally alarming is the fact that from new employees to C-level executives all expose organizations to security threats because of their bad security habits.
You might be wondering: "How do I fix that?" "What equipment or security tools should I buy?"
 
We recommend giving a higher priority to identify and fix internal risks rather than buying at first the most expensive security tools and new technologies to protect your company from external threats because the most alarming harms are withing organizations and that is where they need to be stopped.
Some mistakes employees make are hardly noticeable and all of them can be reduced to one: poor data security. Pay attention to the following habits, as these are some of the most important ones leading to security disasters:
 
Weak Passwords
Are you still using "12345" "password" or the name of the software/ app as a password? (e.g. "gmail2017")
We all know how much of a pain it is to create and remember a new passwords, but there are ways to keep track of them and use one individual strong password for all your accounts*. When using one easy password to open everything you are creating an easy target for hackers and viruses. Your accounts can be easily compromised without you even noticing.
Have you used lastpass? give it a try, you can create, store and share passwords in a secure way.
 
Sharing Login Credentials
Employees often fall victims of convenience. When colleagues want to quickly and easily access certain information, businesses often rely on sharing credentials instead of creating a unique personal login for each user. Nearly 50 percent of respondents in a recent survey of office workers have shared credentials with multiple users. This leaves the company vulnerable to a data breach.
Our advise: Each employee should receive a checklist of the services and applications needed for her or his daily duties when joining the company . All departments should work together during onboarding to create a separate account for that user and software set.
 
Shadow IT
What is Shadow IT? It happens when employees download unauthorized applications to their work computers or mobile devices. It also can occur when they subscribe to Software as a Service (SaaS) applications without IT approval. Sounds familiar?
Many employees feel really attached to their work computers eight hours or more a day and start to think of that workstation as their own personal device. Their intentions may be harmless -- perhaps they want to download a popular music-streaming application or a consumer file-sharing tool to store and coordinate information. But doing so without first consulting IT contributes to the problem and puts the company at risk.
 
Data breaches or cyber threats are not always preventable, but education and resources to break these bad habits are a great starting point to operate with more confidence knowing your data is protected. 
Want more information? What about a full assessment to determine where we can start fixing these issues in your company? Contact us today for more details!

 

Chrome 55 Will Make HTML5 The Default Experience
January 09 2017 0 comment

Chrome 55 Will Make HTML5 The Default Experience

Adobe Flash Player has been an important part of web browsing for a long time, but it is also responsible for performance issues and unstable browser experience, most of the time leading to unresponsive web pages.
With the promise of making browsing faster, Google will replace Flash in Chrome and roll users to HTML5. The transition already began, but not all users will be affected immediately:
“To ensure a smooth transition, not all users and sites will be affected immediately. HTML5 by Default and the associated user prompts will be introduced gradually. HTML5 by Default will first be enabled for 1% of Chrome 55 Stable users. This will happen in the “next few days”, and the feature has already been enabled for those on the Chrome 56 Beta version."
 
This is similar to some changes Google made last September, when some Flash content with Chrome 42 became click-to-play. This had an immediate impact for users improving page load times and saving battery power.
 
"In December, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites which only support Flash. For those, you’ll be prompted to enable Flash when you first visit the site. Aside from that, the only change you’ll notice is a safer and more power-efficient browsing experience." 
 
But Google is not the first in this race, Facebook already started running all videos in HTML5 by default.
 
For more updates, follow us on our social channels!

 

Recommended Apps To Achieve Your Fitness Goals
January 11 2017 0 comment

Recommended Apps To Achieve Your Fitness Goals

New year, new resolutions. How easy it is to create resolutions, and how difficult to keep them! Sometimes we don't have time or our time is not well organized, whatever the case might be most of the time we end up giving up before we have started. Maybe we need a work out friend, or a personal trainer...or maybe we just need to organize our time with the right Apps.
There are thousands of Apps that can help us to achieve those -reocurrent- new year fitness resolutions, you can check them and chose the ones that better adapt to your lifestyle and goals. 
Here are some of the Apps we love, and will definitely use to stay this awesome all year long:
  • Google Calendar. Yes, our old friend has a new feature called "Goals" that can easily help you schedule work out times on your busy day. This new feature can also help you to learn a new language, or make time during the day for an activity you love and don't do because you think you don't have time. Google knows better, this feature will find you the time to do it.

 

  • Sworkit. Now that Google finds you the block of time you need to exercise, what do you do? Go to the park, to the gym, do yoga... the options are endless and if you don't really know what exactly you need to do, or what you like to do, this App will give you many options that you can do at home, at the park, at the beach, etc.

 

  • Nike + Run Club. If you LOVE running, this is perfect for you. It connects you with other people from around the world running at the same time as you. It also tracks your speed, place, location, distance, everything you need to control your runs. It also has a feature where you can set goals and it works as a personalized coach.

 

  • My Fitness Pal - Free Calorie Counter. This App is not new by any means but it gets updated every three months or so and it works wonders! It is simple yet super efficient, you just set your calorie goals and add your meals daily. This app will not only tell you how many calories you're eating but also how much sugar, protein and fiber you're eating from those calories. It is a great tool to know where your calories come from and lower the intake of foods we thought were healthy but are really not. 

 

  • Spotify. Yes, because music is life and you simply cannot work out without good music. It is scientifically proven that music helps you stay motivated. There are so many great playlists to chose from and there is also "Spotify Running" which is not exactly you typical playlist, it is like a library of DJ's instrumental mixes that would help you to stay focused. 
These are recommendations based on what our team loves, but we want to know, what do you love? what would you recommend to us? We would love to hear from you.

 

Office Security Systems
December 14 2016 0 comment

Office Security Systems

A secure environment is one thing everyone strives to obtain, especially with business safety. There are numerous and varied products and safety gadgets offered but with the wide and varied range of electronic security gadgets to decide from, it can be hard for some of us to establish which are best for our needs. Choosing the correct security gadgets and realizing how to get the maximum benefit from them can assist you drastically boost the safety of your business or home and everything inside it!
 
If you are looking to safeguard your property with a limited budget, there are a selection of security gadgets offered to you, especially if you are not inclined to invest a fairly large sum on stopping intruder access. In this case, create an appearance of a lot more elaborate security program, by making use of affordable security gadgets. One particular example is to strengthen doors as a preventative measure against an individual trying to kick them in, by buying door braces that are placed against the door to supply resistance against a forced entry attempt.
 
Some affordable security gadgets we like:
 
  1. Piper NV
This surveillance system makes sure no one slips by undetected with a precise built-in motion sensor and high quality microphone for loud sound detection. 
 
  1. August smart lock
Lock and unlock your door, create virtual keys for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your iOS or Android smartphone. 
 
Need a more complex security system? Give us a call today to start working on a customized security system for your home office or business. 

 

Today, I am Grateful For - Fill in the Blank -
November 22 2016 0 comment

Today, I am Grateful For - Fill in the Blank -

We have all been taught how Thanksgiving was originated... the story where the religious refugees from England - known popularly as the Pilgrims-  invited the local Native Americans to a harvest feast after a particularly successful growing season. The previous year's harvests had failed and in the winter of 1620 half of the pilgrims had starved to death.Luckily for the rest, members of the local Wampanoag tribe taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn, beans and squash (the Three Sisters); catch fish, and collect seafood.

A lot of things have changed since 1620 and nowadays we celebrate family union more than a successful harvest season. Although, one thing remains intact, and that is of course the food. Can you imagine a Thanksgiving without turkey or pumpkin pie? We can't!

Here are some interesting facts you can read before preparing your dinner:

  • The First Thanksgiving lasted for three days. Three days in a row. Eating. Why did they changed that?
  • On the West Coast of the US, Dungeness crab is common as an alternate main dish instead of turkey, as crab season starts in early November. 
  • Turkeys can swim. We don't mean in gravy - although it sounds delicious-  they can actually swim in water just like ducks. These magical creatures have its abilities while alive.
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey. Why? An eagle, he wrote in a letter to his daughter, had "bad moral character." A turkey, on the other hand, was a "much more respectable bird.
  • Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving too! But unlike us, their thanksgiving derives from ancient festivities in Europe that commemorated the abundance of the harvest and having enough food to survive the winter. 

Happy Thanksgiving from our EOX family to yours!