Security

20% of Businesses Attacked by Ransomware Shut Down

John Rokes This next article on the continuing, growing threat of ransomware attacks comes courtesy of our very own John Rokes. John has spent 35 years in project management and enterprise IT and now brings that expertise to OXEN Technology clients. John constantly reviews industry buzz and writes about it in his own blog at InfoSec for the Small-Medium Sized Organization. This article is republished from that work. Ransomware Attacks Are Increasing A new report found that nearly 40 percent of businesses had been victims of ransomware attacks in the past year. Security Magazine says that at least a third…
OTWAdmin
September 1, 2016
Business ProductivityTech Tip

How to turn off Clutter in Outlook / Office 365

Clutter is a mailbox management feature of Office 365 for Business. (If you don’t have an Office 365 for Business subscription, you will not have this feature.) It analyzes how you process your email and then moves “unimportant” or low-priority email from your Inbox into a special folder, to save you the time of doing this yourself. Essentially, it sorts emails it thinks you will already ignore into a secondary Inbox. If you already have an email spam protection tool running, Clutter may be overkill. If you’re tired of fishing emails out of the special folder or forgetting to check it…
OTWAdmin
August 22, 2016
Business ProductivityTech Tip

How to Use Field Codes in Microsoft Word

If you have ever inserted a date or a page number into a Word document, you have used field codes. Despite their heavy use, many people are unaware of the full range of codes available. What Are Field Codes? A field code is “smart” text – once inserted, they can automatically update when needed. There are hundreds of field codes for various purposes, one of the most common being the codes for page numbers and the current date. Any time the information updates (a page is added, or the date changes), the field will automatically update. You don’t need to…
OTWAdmin
August 17, 2016
Business ProductivityTech Tip

Delete an Excel Table without Losing Data or Formatting

Let's say you've created a table in Microsoft Excel. You don't want the Excel table, but you do want to keep the data or formatting. The solution is simple: convert the table back to a data range. Note: For this to work, you need to have an already completed table. Click anywhere on the table. This displays the Design tab under Table Tools on the Ribbon. A cell in the table must be selected for the Design tab to be visible. Then, on the Design tab, in the Tools group, click Convert to Range. Click Yes. Now you have a data range without table options. And that’s it!
OTWAdmin
August 10, 2016
Managed ServicesTestimonialsVideos

Computer Support for a Great Community Organization

Creating a strong community organization requires strong computer support. With three locations serving the Joplin area, Juan "Cookie" Estrada has a lot on his plate at the Joplin Family YMCA. "Our members are our focus," Cookie says assuredly. "We need to bring our younger members the services they want in order to foster life-long relationships with them." A Partner for Computer Support Means More Time for Mission www.joplinfamilyy.org Estrada has opted to let OXEN Technology take IT off of his plate so he can focus on the YMCA mission.  That mission is to provide programs that promote healthy spirit, mind and body for…
OTWAdmin
July 27, 2016
Business ProductivityTech Tip

Simple Excel Formulas: SUM and AVERAGE

Excel can be a powerful tool for your business, but it can also be daunting with its many formulas, charts, and formatting. Here we’ll take a look at two simple but very useful Excel formulas, and how to make them work for you. Follow these tips to add up numbers or average them! Adding Up Numbers You have multiple columns or rows of numbers. You don’t want to have to add them all up on your calculator, and you don’t want to have to re-add them if the numbers change. The simplest solution? Use AutoSum! To add up a row or…
OTWAdmin
July 25, 2016
InfrastructureTestimonials

Walnut Communications, Small Town…Big Tech ISP

Annual Walnut Antique Show As I drove into Walnut, Iowa (pop. 773), many people were out and about. Businesses were busy preparing for customers. There was an unexpected buzz in the air. That weekend, over 40,000 antique aficionados would descend upon this small town and enjoy one of the biggest antique festivals in the Midwest. "The whole town gets involved," said Bruce Heyne, General Manager at Walnut Communications, an Internet Service Provider (ISP). 100 Years of Service Walnut Communications has been one of the pillars of this small farm community since 1915. As technology progressed, so did they. Heyne proudly pointed to…
OTWAdmin
July 18, 2016
Security

Defend Yourself Against Ransomware: Email Attachment Filtering

We recently noted the increase in ransomware attacks that OXEN Technology has dealt with. As a follow-up, we want to make you aware of a tool that helps protect your network environment against these types of file-hostage attacks. This tool allows for email attachment defense and filters email attachments that are able to enter your environment. Why Email Attachment Filtering? Why does filtering email attachments defend against ransomware attacks? Because infected document attachments have become an easy method for cybercriminals to use. The cost to create and deliver them is small and the opportunity is large. Unsuspecting users click on…
OTWAdmin
July 12, 2016
Announcements

OXEN Strong: Handcrafted by our team member

Here at OXEN Technology, we’re still finding and replacing items with our old company name (did you hear? We recently changed our name!), and that means many of our signs and office artwork will be exchanged with new ones this year. Our Harlan office is excited to have a new artwork sign – made by our own OXEN engineer Nate Paxton! He used his own two hands to make this sign, and we wanted to share it with you too. Look at that detail! We think he had fun making it and telling us the story of its creation, which…
OTWAdmin
July 1, 2016
Business Productivity

Get to know Windows Control Panel: Using the Sounds settings

Sometimes you’ll have a problem with your computer’s audio playback, or wonder why your sound is recording at too low a volume. This tip will show you how to find the Sounds options in Windows Control Panel, where you can check your settings and make adjustments. Go to Control Panel. (What is Control Panel? How do you find it?) If you’re viewing by Category, go to Hardware and Sound > Sound. If you’re viewing by icons, go to Sounds. The Sound window will appear. There are four tabs across the top (Playback, Recording, Sounds, and Communication). Playback: Setting default speakers…
OTWAdmin
June 27, 2016