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Kramer Consulting has been serving the Crestwood area since 1995, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Internet of Things and it's first Cybersecurity law

It's happening, the internet of things has a cybersecurity law beginning in California. The security law will require a setting of password that comes from the start or prompts users to create one. You can read more in depth in this article from The Verge. 

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Looking to Grow your Business?

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Are you a business owner looking for the next leap in your company's growth? I just finished up a great read, by Louisville local Bennie Pollard, Small Business for the Rest of Us. Pollard shares from his own journey through adversity, triumph, goal setting, visualization and giving back to others. This book has some great 'nuts and bolts' that can be applied to any industry and calls to action for the business owner ready to make a change.

One of my favorite nuggets from the book is the admonition to think about your thinking. How many beliefs do we carry that are negative without considering their root and if there's any truth to them at all?  I took away some great notes to ask myself the next time fear, doubts or insecurities hem me in from daring to step out into what I know that I'm made for. 

Hop on over to the website for your own copy of the book and your future self will be cheering you on! 

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Happiness is Working with Great People

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Over the weekend we had our team together to reflect on some amazing company growth, chow down on some food together, watch the kids in the bounce house, and throw a few frisbees around. We are extremely blessed with the talented group of individuals that make for our incredible team at KCI. 

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We are also thrilled to recognize all the hard work and dedication of, Mary Anne Fitzgerald, our employee of the quarter! Way to go Mary Anne and thank you for all the long hours and the commitment to serve our clients. 

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Happiness is working with great people! 

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Technology can improve work-life factor

Has technology allowed you and your staff to work less or more from home? We are finding more and more companies seeing technology improve work-life factor and attracting top talent. CNBC shares several small business examples in this article, read by clicking here. 

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How do Google employees resist phishing hacks?

At KCI it is our pursuit to help our client build security awareness in every staff member. Phishing attacks target all users, therefore, all teams should have security awareness training and constant education on tactics of hackers.

Google is a very high target and yet constantly stays hack-proof. How? Actual legit 'security keys' are part of their success along with many other security measures. You can read more of their success story here.

How does your security plan for your business stack up? Contact us today if we can help you take your team to a deeper level of understanding their role in securing your company. 

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Keeping Your Electronics out of the Heat

The other day I saw fellow gym-mates with their phones in the sauna....Hmm...that doesn't seem like a good idea.

It's not good for them. Just as us humans can get overheated with too much heat and no option to cool down, so do our phones, laptops, etc.

Gizmodo shared this article about what heat does to your gadgets and best practices to protecting them this Summer. 

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How to: Reduce your digital Security Risks

You may feel safe and not-as-appealing to hackers if you have a small business, however, research over time and data from this Tech Republic article show that 50% of hacks are targeting small business owners.

Read over some of the reasons why and preventative measures you can take here

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10 things that Make a Great Boss

We are constantly listening to feedback from great research on what makes for a great boss. Google spent 10 years of study and then shared 10 things that make a great boss. 

Productive.

Results-oriented.

Good Coach. 

And many more made the list. Check it out here to assess your culture and your own personal leadership style. 

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Can our Phones Spy on Us?

It's a time in tech history when more are considering their privacy settings, their data being shared and questioning what technology can truly do.

This article shares some findings on capabilities of phones and the option to spy on the user. You can learn more here. 

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How-To: Keep your Smart Home Secure

Smart homes can enhance your life so long as you ensure they are highly secured. Read this article from Big Think to make sure you don't find yourself in a nightmare scenario. 

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Want to become an Expert at Life Organization?

Mondays make you feel crazy? Feel as though you could use a little help when it comes to organizing your agenda, to-do lists, and the never ending get-a-round-to-its?

Trello is a pretty awesome organization tool that can be formatted to work for you in a ton of various ways. Curious to learn more? You can find a few "power users" testimony and examples in this Lifehacker read. 

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How-To: Chrome Extension to take any website into 'Dark Mode'

Dark Reader is an app that allows you to take into website into 'dark mode.' 

Why use dark mode? There are many benefits to using this app such as being easier on your eyes as well as your computer's battery life. You can learn more in this quick read and see an example of how to adjust the settings. 

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Get the Most out of your Apple AirPods

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If  you've purchased Apple AirPods then you've begun to see how incredible they are. And they can do a ton! Lifehacker shared this artilce with tips on how to maximize your Pods, how to pair them with other devices, and more. Read lots of great helpful tips HERE. 

Photo: Patrick Allan Lifehacker 

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How-to: Join the 5 percent in control of their data

Protecting  your data is an important conversation going on right now. You are likely to be finding tons of emails updating you on various company's privacy policies. How many people actually spend time reading that stuff? Tech giants like Facebook and Amazon believe only about 5 percent actually update or respond to privacy update emails. 

The attached article does a great job of explaining simple steps you can take to protect your data and what privacy settings you should update. Geoffrey A. Fowler says, "On the internet, the devil's in the defaults." 

Take control of your data and don't fall into the 95 percent crowd not taking time to make small changes. You can read more tips and all the details of leaving default settings far behind you in this Washington Post article. 

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Give up the Password Formula

Often we are are offering support and tips for keeping passwords secure. When you create a password don't fall prey to the ease of a base password or password walking. You can read more about password creation and all the reasons you ought to use a password manager. 

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Take Time Off with the macOS 'Time Out' app

In a world with burn out, ever more goals and pressure for high productivity there are plenty of reasons to take regular breaks. Breaks can be defined in a variety of ways, but just stepping away from the computer is a great place to start. Lifehacker shares a great run through of the app 'Time Out' how it works, different setting options and more. Check out all the details here. Then take a time out break. 

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How-To: Hit Snooze online

Do you find yourself finding lots of good articles to read at once? Have you ever fallen down the rabbit hole of learning on the internet? Too many cat videos sucking away your productive time?

Snooze Tabby is here to fix the time sucks for a more opportune moment. Snooze Tabby is a Chrome or Firefox extension and will not only save the  link for you to come back to later in the day, but pop it back up for you to view as well. Find out the details and how to install by following here. 

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Does Apple care more about your privacy?

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Many customers are starting to reach out and learn just how much their tech partners know about them. Lifehacker provided a great article about how to contact Apple to see what data is tracked for you. If you are curious about the how-to simply click on the attached article and learn more. 

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All 336 Million Twitter Users need to Change their Passwords

After the discovery of an internal bug Twitter announced that all users should update their password as the bug may have it saved. You can read more from this CNN article. 

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Drop WhatsApp for your Privacy's Sake

Facebook and WhatsApp are all over the news lately and for good reason. This article shares why you should drop WhatsApp for your own personal privacy. Read more by clicking this Lifehacker link. 

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