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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Four must-have Chrome extensions

 

Pretty handy as it pops out the box, there are ways to make Chrome even better: extensions. Perhaps the only real problem with extensions, however, is that you really are spoiled for choice. That’s what we’re here to help with. Check out our top four extension pics which make Chrome truly shine.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 16, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Hosted and cloud: Not the same thing

Is a hosted application or service the same thing as a cloud one? It may seem that way, but simply put, it just isn’t. However, this is a commonly-made mistake. Let’s have a look at the differences between these two methods of delivering applications or services.

Starting with cloud solutions, the general point is usually this: If it is in someone else’s data centre, then it is a cloud solution.

Except, there is more to it than that. While this is necessary, it isn’t sufficient to earn the ‘cloud’ name. Indeed, just being in someone else’s data centre is far more likely to make it a hosted service. That’s because this is precisely what is meant by ‘hosting’. Just like when you host a guest, so too an application or service in someone else’s data centre is a ‘guest’ which is just looked after by that host.

There are other qualities which make a solution ‘cloud’ rather than hosted. It starts with that service being hosted in a remote data centre, and the list keeps going. Additional factors include:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 9, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Top tools for better and easier security

Very little is secure on the internet these days and for proof of that, just wait for the next email you receive from a trusted company – LinkedIn, LastPass, or pick one – asking you to change all your passwords because… hackers have been at it again!

The thing is, remembering passwords has to be one of the great challenges of our age, particularly since any half-way good one requires the abilities ofMnemosyne. And it’s not just a password issue, either. With the internet demonstrably insecure, can you even depend on password strength alone to secure sensitive details, like credit card numbers?

Yes, there is good news, because there are a number of apps available for that (and this post lists our top 3 picks).  

Take at least some of the hassle out of forgotten passwords and the ongoing challenge of coming with a new one, protect your transactions and take advantage of public wifi without the risk with these three easy-to-use tools:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Aug 2, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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What's this 'digital transformation' thing really about?

There’s so much hype around ‘digital transformation’ that, in typical tech industry style, it’s quite possible that the very meaning is lost as everyone assumes that everyone else knows exactly what it’s all about. Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a step back to the basics: just what is digital transformation – and why is it important?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Windows 10: To upgrade or not upgrade?

There is precious little time remaining to take advantage of Microsoft’s Windows 10 free upgrade programme. As July 29 approaches, so too does the deadline for those still on Windows 7 and 8 to upgrade at no cost. Making the move will not only save you money, but Windows 10 represents a stable, mature and above all, better experience than anything which has come before.

Upgrading, of course, is a more complex consideration for business PCs than it is for personal ones.

The major issues are twofold:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 19, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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What makes IT projects successful?

If you want to know about failed IT projects, you don’t have to look very far. In fact, if the Standish Group’s Chaos Report is to be believed, over two-thirds of all software project will fail. Let’s set that aside for the moment and instead consider the other side of the coin – the brighter side. What makes IT projects successful? Check out these five top factors that we believe are essential for a decent shot at getting it done on time, within budget and with a satisfactory result.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 12, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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The secret world of APIs

Whether you’re a tech-head or a businessperson, or just someone who uses technology regularly in your daily life (in other words, all of us), APIs work for you every single day. But they are also invisible to nearly all of us, doing their vital thing out of sight and out of mind.

So, just what is an API and why does it matter?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jul 5, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Top 3 apps guaranteed to save you money

Have your friends or colleagues suggested a ‘must have’ budgeting app that you found to be a waste of time? We’ve collected three of the best apps that you can start using right now that are going to keep your money where it should be, your pocket!

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jun 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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How data security relates to CFO's

Data security should be everyone’s concern, but when it comes to senior executives, the responsibility goes up a few notches. And it’s not just the CEO and the CIO who need to be abreast of it, but also the CFO – the person in charge of the finances.

Security breaches are commonplace. While the high-profile ones will make headlines, there are millions of far smaller ones which don’t – but that doesn’t mean they haven’t happened. The problem is growing, too, as the number of records exposed in data breaches rose by 97 percent in 2015. It’s not hard to see why: hackers make money by targeting information, with whole companies set up for this purpose.

So, as a CFO, what do you need to consider when it comes to information security? Here are our top five things you need to know:

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jun 7, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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Five ways we (mis) understand big data

Big data is a phrase we see regularly these days but…do we really know what it is? Like many concepts in the technology industry, the answer to what big data is, is likely to depend on who you ask. There are plenty of misconceptions and misperceptions of just what big data is and what it can do.

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