Online Backup vs Cloud Storage – How To Use Both In Your Technology Strategy

I’m pretty sure you’re using some kind of cloud storage service, if not multiple services. I’m also hoping your employ some sort of backup strategy for ensure you can get back up and running without loosing any data in case of a disaster.

What’s that? You thought online backup and cloud storage were one in the same? Well, you’re a little right. You could use cloud storage to backup your files. But that’s where the similarities end. The two have very different use cases, but that doesn’t mean you have to pick on or the other.

Here is a breakdown of both online backup and cloud storage and how you can benefit from including both in your technology strategy.

#TechTips: Consolidate Cloud Storage With Mover

I use cloud storage to synchronize all my business files across all the devices I use on a daily basis (I’ll write about the difference between cloud storage and online backup later). Of course, I have accounts (and files) on just about all the major cloud storage services.

Remembering which document, image, or form is on which storage account can be a task in and of itself. So one of the things on my “BrothaTech To-Do List” before 2015 is to organize and consolidate my cloud storage — I first thought I was going to manually move folders and files. Doing a quick web search, I found a pretty handy service called Mover that will automate the process.

Practical Ways To Develop A Better Small Business Security Strategy for 2015

You know good and doggone well you need better security practices. Now you don’t need to go as far as to hire a bad-ass security firm that employs ex-con hackers that have been given a 2nd chance to wipe the slate clean by helping the little guy go up against super bad criminals (plot for every techie show for the past 10 years) to see if they can hack your blog, social media accounts, or online invoice service.

On the flip-side, it’s probably a good idea to take a serious look at your security strategy. You can even add it to your little “Vision board”. Here are some quick tips to get your small business security straight for the 0-1-5

#EventTech: Pull Off The Perfect Holiday Event With Technology

‘Tis the season for holiday parties. Some of us just like to get together with close family and friends. Others look forward to the ratchety rambunctiousness of their annual corporate function. There are more festive folks who love those “Ugly Sweater” parties, while there are people like me who are doing push-ups and crunches right now in order to jettison that Thanksgiving weight to get into “suit and tie” shape for a swanky, ‘dress code strictly enforced’, shindig…ya dig?

If you’re planning a holiday event, you on the other hand, might be currently stressing out over RSVP numbers, event locations, whether or not to go open bar, getting contracts signed…and all the other little (but major) intricacies that make up a successful or dreadful event.

Have no fear, there is some cool technology that can make your holiday event planning easier to execute, and more enjoyable to attend.

4 Ways To Speed Up Your Computer Without Being A Geek

‘Tis the season to start adding new tech to your gift wish-list. As a result, I don’t doubt that folks will bum rush the mall gift-wrapping people with new computers that need to be wrapped ASAP. Who doesn’t like to wait until the last-minute, then pay somebody to do something you could have done for free? #America

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of new hot tech just because. Let’s be honest: Do you REALLY need a new computer? I’m sure the number one reason why you  think you need a new computer this holiday season is because “I’ve had it for a while and it runs slow”.

Nine times out of ten, the problem isn’t the computer’s age, it’s your neglect “I’m just being honest”. So here are some easy, non-geeky things you can do to add some speed to your old computer…and consequently add something else to want to your gift wish-list.

#TechTip: How To Use Spotlight To Control Your Mac

I like to consider myself a minimalist when I comes to my tech. I keep stuff simple as possible…probably because I get easily sidetracked.

As a result, I consider myself a pretty heavy Spolight user when I need to find something on my Mac, just so I can keep my desktop super clean and free of a bunch of icons. So let’s just say I was super geeked when I found a dope Mac trick that lets Spotlight fans like me quickly shutdown, restart, logout, or put my computer to sleep.

Not Using a VPN While Browsing the Web on Your Mobile Device? Think Again

It’s all about the data…and everyone (and I mean everyone) wants to know what you’re doing, where you’re going, what you’re reading, and what you spend you money on when you browse the innanets on your smartphone or tablet.

Let them tell it, they use this information “to provide you with a better experience”. C’mon, Son. We know why they want the data – To either figure out how to sell you more stuff, or to sell your data to make more money while the buyer of your data figures out how to sell you more stuff.

If you’re not really feeling folks all up in your mobile data, deploying a VPN may just keep your data under lock and key.

#TechTip: How To Deal With Business Cards

I’m headed off to a networking event, and the business cards will be flowin’. Even though I’m not a fan and have tried, and tried…and tried to get rid of using business cards, but…

Just when I thought I was out they pull me back in -

Since I WILL be handed business cards, and feel lame for not reciprocating for the foreseeable future, here is how I deal with business cards the geek way.