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Top 8 Considerations to Master Hybrid Work (Both In-Office and WFH)

As vaccine distribution ramps up, a safe return to our offices will soon be possible. Based on all indications, however, almost none of us are going to have 100% of our teams in on office 5 days a week; now that we know working from home works, most...
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How to Protect Your Law Firm from a Data Breach When Working from Home (WFH)

In the three decades that we’ve been serving the technology and security needs for law firms, we have never seen such dramatic, rapid change as we did in 2020 when COVID-19 sent us all home. While the pandemic will (eventually) pass, many of the law...
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WFH Best Practices: How to Maintain Productivity and Security

  After a year of WFH, most business leaders have firmly established their stance on the practice. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter (and Square), told his employees in a May 2020 email that they could WFH forever. While Netflix employees remain WFH as a...
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Top 5 Tips to Reduce Video Fatigue While Working from Home

Before the pandemic, the number of daily Zoom users peaked at 10 million. That number has since exploded to over 300 million—and Zoom’s market value now surpasses the top seven airlines combined at nearly $50 billion. It’s no big surprise that...
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COVID-19 Scams on the Rise: How to Stay Safe

A pandemic is a scammer's dream. We at Optimal Networks have been serving the IT and cybsersecurity needs of law firms and associations in the DC Metro area for nearly 3 decades, and we've never experienced a time like this before. As we all look out for...
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Top 8 Teleworking Considerations for Executives

As more organizations shift to teleworking in response to the coronavirus outbreak, many business leaders find themselves navigating brand new territory. Even if part of your workforce regularly works from home at least part of the time, having your...
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How to Block Spam Emails in Microsoft Outlook

Spam! Those annoying, useless email messages that clutter up your Inbox. Even if you have a spam filter in place, a few spam messages are bound to slip by. Fortunately, Microsoft Outlook makes it very simple to block spammers and prevent them from...
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Finding a Fit: Top 13 Questions to Ask Your IT Team

Whether you're starting the search for an IT firm or looking to strengthen your partnership with your existing IT team, it's important to determine how your needs as an organization align with what a particular provider will deliver.  We've reached the...
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Windows 7 End of Life: What Your Business Needs to Know (and Do)

As you’ve probably (hopefully) heard by now, Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 as of January 14, 2020. For the past three decades we’ve managed technology systems for small and mid-sized law firms and associations in the DC Metro area. Over...
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The Anatomy of Comprehensive Ransomware Protection

What will it take the city of Baltimore to recover from its recent ransomware attack? Over $18 million. Atlanta won’t be surprised: it cost $17 million for them to recover from their attack last year. There’s a reason we keep seeing more and more about...
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