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Ciracom has been serving the Virginia area since 2000, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: How to Pick the Best Wireless Headphones for You

Tip of the Week: How to Pick the Best Wireless Headphones for You

A reliable pair of headphones is swiftly becoming an office necessity, and wireless capabilities have improved enough to make a wireless set comparable to its wired counterpart. However, there are plenty of other considerations for you to make when selecting a pair to help boost your productivity. For this week’s tip, we’ll review some of these deliberations.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Dead Giveaways That an App is Fake

Tip of the Week: 4 Dead Giveaways That an App is Fake

The applications on a mobile device allow us to use that device in a number of ways, from productivity, to entertainment, to networking. However, despite the efforts of Google to keep out the riff raff, the Google Play Store has plenty of malware available to download in the guise of a desired app. Today, we’ll review a few tricks to help you spot them before pressing ‘Install.’

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Tech Term: Spam

Tech Term: Spam

Spam: it’s something that just about every computer user has heard of, and knows is bad. However, how much do you really know about spam? For today’s Tech Term, we’ll slice into the different types of spam, as well as some theories as to where the term itself originated.

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Tip of the Week: Improving Your Online Privacy

Tip of the Week: Improving Your Online Privacy

Most users are aware that their browsers offer a “secure” browsing experience. Google Chrome has Incognito mode, Microsoft’s Edge browser allows you to surf the Internet “InPrivate,” and Apple’s Safari offers Private Browsing as well. The trouble is, these “secure” browsing options aren’t actually all that secure. For today’s tip, we’ll discuss ways to actually keep your Internet browsing private.

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Tip of the Week: What Kind of Computer Fits Your Needs?

Tip of the Week: What Kind of Computer Fits Your Needs?

In the current business environment, a computer of some sort is a necessity. However, it is important that you select the right one. After all, it wouldn’t do to not have the capabilities that your business requires, but why spend extra for more than you need? For today’s tip, we’ll guide you through the computer selection process so that you can make the best choice for you, without doing too much damage to your budget.

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Tip of the Week: Use the Lessons Learned in 2017 to Improve 2018’s Cybersecurity

Tip of the Week: Use the Lessons Learned in 2017 to Improve 2018’s Cybersecurity

2017 was chock-full of security threats, attacks, and breaches. Therefore, 2017 was also chock-full of lessons to be learned regarding business cybersecurity. For this week’s tip, we’ll review a few lessons that hopefully weren’t missed.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Reasons to Consider Using Microsoft Edge

Tip of the Week: 4 Reasons to Consider Using Microsoft Edge

Chances are, if given the choice, you would choose Google Chrome over Microsoft Edge for your web browsing needs. Knowing this, Microsoft has enabled users to customize their Edge browsers to suit their needs a little more. For today’s tip, we’ll go over how to set up these features and settings.

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Tip of the Week: Five Ways to Use Your Android Phone Faster

Tip of the Week: Five Ways to Use Your Android Phone Faster

More businesses are moving to mobile technology than ever before, and one of the most popular solutions to this phenomenon comes in the form of Android smartphones. Android devices actually have quite a lot of hidden features that you’ll want to consider so that you can get the most out of your technology. Here are some efficient tips to help you get more productivity out of your Android device.

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Tip of the Week: How ‘StarWars’ Can Compromise Your Data’s Security

Tip of the Week: How ‘StarWars’ Can Compromise Your Data’s Security

If you think about it, password security is an interesting phenomenon. The odds are that a user knows the importance of using a strong password, as well as the potential consequences of using weak ones. Yet, time after time, people would rather go with passwords that are easy to type and remember, as opposed to adding a few simple security measures.

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Tip of the Week: Two Apps to Help You Manage Incoming Business Cards

Tip of the Week: Two Apps to Help You Manage Incoming Business Cards

Business cards have long been part of business etiquette. In the late Renaissance period, visitors were announced with special cards that signified the arrival of the guest and reminding the recipient of their social obligations. The Industrial Revolution transformed these into trade cards, and the professional business card as we know it got its start. Today, the business card is a useful networking tool, even though transferring the information into a phone can be a hassle.

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Tip of the Week: Why You Should Keep a Closer Eye on Your Android Permissions

Tip of the Week: Why You Should Keep a Closer Eye on Your Android Permissions

Downloading an app is a fairly straightforward process on an Android device. Access the Google Play store, find the app, and press install. However, when you first try to use the app, things can sometimes become more complicated as your phone starts asking you for vague permissions. For today’s tip, we’ll explore what these permission requests are actually asking for.

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Tip of the Week: Use Excel to Create Eye-Catching Visuals

Tip of the Week: Use Excel to Create Eye-Catching Visuals

Spreadsheets are excellent ways to communicate a lot of information in a concise format. However, the big problem is that a spreadsheet alone isn’t very visually appealing. To remedy this, you can add other visual elements, like charts, into your Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. For today’s tip, we’ll go over some of your options.

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Tip of the Week: Lost Internet? Don’t Lose Productivity!

Tip of the Week: Lost Internet? Don’t Lose Productivity!

It’s safe to say that most businesses today rely on the Internet, as do most of the humans who work at them. Therefore, when the cable suddenly goes out and their connection is lost, many employees may find themselves struggling with a downtime incident. There can be many causes to a lost Internet connection, with just as many ways to identify and resolve it.

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Tip of the Week: How To Use Excel To Its Full Potential

Tip of the Week: How To Use Excel To Its Full Potential

Microsoft Office is arguably the most popular document suite in the world. Businesses of all sizes use them extensively in their daily operations. In fact, many employers require potential team members have advanced knowledge of various Office applications in order to qualify for a vacant position. Still, despite being so widely used, only a fraction of users are aware of the application's true capabilities or which features and formulas they could use to make their daily tasks and processes easier to manage.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Ways to Speed Up Your Chrome Browser on Android

Tip of the Week: 4 Ways to Speed Up Your Chrome Browser on Android

Chrome is an excellent browser to use, especially when the device it is used on is powered by Android. However, you may have noticed that your Chrome for Android browsing seems to slow down, making your mobile computing more aggravating than it has to be. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over a few ways to bring Chrome for Android back up to speed.

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Tip of the Week: Cleaning Your Computer Is a Delicate Process

Tip of the Week: Cleaning Your Computer Is a Delicate Process

We often think of technology as something that is meant to help us, all without doing anything for it in return. The problem with this mindset is that you need to take care of your technology if you want it to keep your business ahead of the game. We’ll go over some technology maintenance tips to ensure that you know how to take care of your business technology--primarily your office workstations.

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Tip of the Week: Email Should Be A Tool--Here’s 3 Ways To Keep It Under Control

Tip of the Week: Email Should Be A Tool--Here’s 3 Ways To Keep It Under Control

Email has been one of the primary correspondence methods for businesses for several years. In addition to communicating with your team, clients, and peers, emails also bring you the latest blog in a subscription, or sales and marketing messages from prospective vendors. With dozens of emails flowing in throughout your day, emails can become a distraction that results in a significant loss of productivity. These three tips can help you cut down on time that you waste when compulsively checking your emails.

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Tip of the Week: Victims Of November 2014 Scam Can Get Fraction Of Funds Back

Tip of the Week: Victims Of November 2014 Scam Can Get Fraction Of Funds Back

In November of 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that “two massive telemarketing operations” had been temporarily shut down after collecting over $120 million by “deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services.” It wasn’t long before these companies lost significant court judgements to the FTC, but by then, the money was gone.

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Tip of the Week: Getting The Most Out Of Your Smartphone’s Battery

Tip of the Week: Getting The Most Out Of Your Smartphone’s Battery

Have you found that your smartphone battery doesn’t last as long as it should? If you’re a business owner who uses your mobile device very frequently, you might notice a rather significant change in the quality of your device’s charge over time. How can you make sure that this decrease in power doesn’t create problems for your productivity?

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Tip of the Week: Using Word to Create Company Letterhead

Tip of the Week: Using Word to Create Company Letterhead

There’s a lot to be gained by utilizing a company letterhead on your correspondence and other printed materials, especially in terms of company recognition and professional impression. Utilizing Microsoft Word makes it easy to add this detail to your documents. For this week’s tip, we’ll show you how easy it is to create a letterhead in Word.

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