Beacons 101

August 19, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

One word: Beacons. That would be the word that Mr McGuire would whisper to Benjamin if The Graduate were released in 2014 instead of 1967. Beacons. What’s a Beacon? A beacon is a small, key chain sized object that contains a button battery and a BLE (Bluetooth® low energy) chip. They can be almost any [...]

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0 beacons, mobile technology,

Cryptolocker Ransomware Protection

August 5, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

The one-year anniversary of the nasty Cryptolocker ransomware’s release into the wild is just weeks away. Cryptolocker is still encrypting and ruining many people’s hard drives with the resultant losses of cherished photos and important files. For the uninitiated, Cryptolocker is Windows malware which encrypts your hard drive and then offers to unencrypt your files [...]

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Microsoft, Security,

Google Analytics App Released

July 31, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

Do you obsess over your search engine optimization? Great news! You can increase your obsession with Google’s newly released Google Analytics app for the iPhone. This sharp, easy-to-read app allows you to monitor all your web and app data anywhere, anytime. The three sample screens on the iTunes description have me thinking this may become [...]

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apps, Google, SEO,

Disposing of Point-of-Sales (POS) Systems

July 29, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

A few weeks back I posted on disposing of Android phones. This week brings news from security researchers on the hazards of improperly wiped point-of-sales (POS) systems. As with the used phones, a researcher bought a used POS and went to town exploring it. You aready know what happened, right? Yep! He extracted employee Social Security [...]

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hospitality business, Security,

Review: Samsung Galaxy S

July 24, 2014 Timothy Tablet Technology

Business Insider, one of my daily professional reads, posted a slide show review of the Samsung Galaxy S tablet. The review focused on 11 things you could do with the new Galaxy S tablet that you can’t do with an Apple iPad. Among the highlights: Running two apps side by side. One of the more frustrating [...]

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Android, tablets,

Essential Google Analytics Filters

July 22, 2014 Timothy Online Presence

The Arkansas SBTDC has long recommended small businesses take advantage of Google Analytics for monitoring their websites. While most websites have installed the HTML tracking fragment, fewer have gone further to configure Google Analytics to their business model. One of the best and easiest configurations is to set up simple filters to improve the quality [...]

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Google Analytics, online marketing, online presence, small business,

Microsoft Ending Windows 7 Support On Jan. 13, 2015

July 15, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

Woah! Deja vu! Didn’t Microsoft just end support for Windows XP? Yep! And if you upgraded to Windows 7, you may just get the opportunity to upgrade again. Microsoft is ending mainstream support (patches and fixes) for most users of Windows 7 on Jan. 13, 2015. Business users who purchased an extended service agreement will [...]

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Microsoft, Security,

Disposing of Android Phones

July 9, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

Now that Android phones have been available for several years, many users are upgrading and disposing of their old phones. Before tossing it, how do you ensure your old phone has been cleared of all personal data? How can you be absolutely sure that all photos, address books, emails, texts, and documents have been irretrievably cleared [...]

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Android, apps, Security,

Evernote for Training

July 1, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

I recently returned from mLearnCon 2014 where I discovered a novel use for the popular Evernote app: Training! Evernote is ideal for quickly developing short visual aids for common tasks. Here’s how to get started. First, take a photo of each step in the task. Then import the photos into Evernote in the task sequence. Second, add a [...]

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apps, Evernote,

Smartphone and Tablet Security: How to Defeat Phishing, Stealing and Rogue Apps

June 24, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

The Arkansas State University SBTDC pinned a short but useful article from Inc. magazine, Tracking (and Thwarting) the Latest Mobile Threats, to their technology board on Pinterest. The piece focuses on three major tactics used against mobile phones and tablets: phishing, stealing, and rogue apps. Phishing (or WiPhising, the mobile version) is the most common and easiest [...]

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mobile technology, Security,

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