A new year is right around the corner. While 2020 presented us with significant challenges, it was also an instructive and educational 12 months. New terms like “physical distancing” entered our everyday lexicon, while peripheral concepts like remote work went mainstream. Data breaches and privacy issues continued to dominate the headlines, while all of us had to learn new videoconferencing platforms and virtual meeting etiquette.
Through it all, our QuickTips column kept readers informed during one of the topsy-turvy years in recent memory. Enjoy this retrospective of the most popular subjects from 2020. All of us at CMIT Solutions wish you a safe and healthy New Year celebration.
1) 12 Tips for Successful Teleconferencing.
Millions of North American workers have had one to two weeks to get used to telecommuting. That means mastering a handful of platforms, apps, and other tools—along with highlighting a set of standards for online etiquette. Read the full article.
2) Tax Day Is Coming. Here's What You Need to Know.
Tax Day is just over a month away. And whether you’ve already filed your taxes or plan to wrap things up at the last minute, it’s time to be smart with your financial information. Read the full article.
3) 7 Ways to Prep for Back to School.
The return to school in 2020 looks quite a bit different than it has in past years. Millions of kids across North America will be returning to the classroom over the next few weeks. But many will be doing so virtually, either for all of part of the upcoming fall semester. Read the full article.
4) The New Year Hasn't Slowed These New Email Twists.
Many of us have resolved to take our email security more seriously. Maybe we’re unsubscribing from all those promotional messages, being more thoughtful with our replies to colleagues, or striving for that elusive state of inbox zero. Read the full article.
5) Ready Yourself Now for Remote Work and Other Requirements.
The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has already affected hundreds of thousands of people on every continent. A prolonged epidemic could include school closures, remote work requirements, and quarantined populations. Read the full article.
6) Here's What You Need to Know About the End of Windows 7.
Earlier this month, Microsoft ended support for Windows 7, the operating system that debuted 11 years ago. The legacy OS will no longer be backed by Microsoft’s technical support, software updates, or security patches. Read the full article.
7) 8 Ways to Avoid New COVID-19 Scams.
Millions of people across North America have changed their daily work routines. Unsurprisingly, hackers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic with phishing emails, phone calls purporting to be from the IRS, and fake web links. Read the full article.
8) Block Those Spam Texts Once and for All.
First came robocalls, those pesky and persistent calls supposedly from charitable organizations, financial institutions, or customer service representatives. Now, robotexts—messages sent to mobile phones using an autodialer—are also proliferating. Read the full article.
9) 5 Tips to Keep Your Business Safe
Coronavirus cases are steadily growing, and millions of people are getting used to social distancing and self-quarantine. Hackers are also having a field day: on March 16th, cybercriminals tried to break into the Department of Health and Human Services. Read the full article.
10) Work Faster with These Keyboard Shortcuts.
We’re all looking for ways to make our day more efficient. Keyboard shortcuts offer the lowest barrier of entry for quick workarounds. Anyone can learn them, on any kind of machine, in applications of all kinds. Read the full article.
At CMIT Solutions, we’ve spent 2020 helping North American businesses navigate significant changes to the workplace. If you need help with remote work protocols, mobile device management, or network security, we’re here to help. Together, we’ve made it through a challenging year by focusing on all the good that brings us together. Here’s to more of it in 2021.