Tech Tip

Windows 10 Tip: Modify sleep settings

Is your Windows 10 computer going to sleep and showing a black screen too quickly? It can be frustrating if it goes to sleep and locks after only 10 or 15 minutes of idle time. Here's how you can modify your Windows 10 sleep settings. Go to Start. Type "sleep". Choose Power & sleep settings when it appears. Under the Screen and Sleep sections, choose how long you want your computer to wait before turning off or going to sleep. You can have different times depending on whether your computer is on battery power (not plugged in) or plugged in.…
OXEN Technology
June 12, 2017
Tech Tip

Counting in Excel with COUNTIF

Maybe you have a list in Excel and you want to know the number of times repeating items appear. Say you have a list of contacts with their company names, and you want to know how many times a company appears (which is the number of contacts from that company on your list). There's an Excel formula for that, called COUNTIF! Create a Legend First, you need a list of unique company names only to create a "legend". You can get this by copying the Company column and pasting it into another column. Then select the new column and go…
OXEN Technology
May 29, 2017
Tech Tip

Blue Light Exposure and Windows 10 Creators Update Night Light

Exposure to blue light from digital devices, such as your phone and your computer screen, can have harmful effects. You may want to lower the blue light coming from your computer. The effects of blue light This is not to say that blue light is inherently bad all the time. In fact, you are naturally exposed to blue light by the sun. It helps regulate your circadian rhythm (your natural sleep and wake cycles), boost your alertness, aid with memory and cognition, and elevate your mood. But prolonged chronic exposure to unnatural blue light can have a negative effect. Because…
OXEN Technology
May 15, 2017
Tech Tip

Changing a Word document’s style set

Have you ever wanted to switch the formatting of your Word document? Maybe you have a style set applied but need to switch to your company’s style set to match your branding. This is how you can quickly find the style sets and choose the one you want to use in Word 2016. Click the Design tab on the Ribbon. In the Document Formatting Group, choose a style set by clicking on it.To see all the options, click the More down arrow on the right. Style sets are grouped into 3 categories in this expanded list: This Document (what is…
OXEN Technology
May 1, 2017
Security

First Quarter 2017 Update on Cybersecurity

Bob Gentzler, President, OXEN Technology I want to give you a short update on what OXEN Technology is doing on the cybersecurity front and the capabilities we have built to improve our security efforts. It seems like every day we read about another cybersecurity breach. Lost credit card information, hacked emails, corporate or national security information stolen by insider or external actors. Cyber espionage and security attacks have become sophisticated and big business. We have reluctantly learned a new language: ransomware, “phishing”, malware, HIPAA (in healthcare), PCI (for credit card protection), and PII (personally identifiable information) to name a few.…
OXEN Technology
April 18, 2017
Tech TipWireless

8 Things You Can Do To Make Your Wi-Fi Better

Having difficulty with your Wi-Fi? Maybe your speeds are slow or you’re having trouble with the connection dropping. Here are eight tips for improving your Wi-Fi, to be better, stronger, faster! 1. Put your Wi-Fi router in the best place. Don't put it behind large objects or inside of a cabinet. Don't put them next to brick walls or metal, which can interfere with the signal. Put it out in the open, hopefully with direct line-of-sight to other devices. If your router is right next to a device, consider an Ethernet cable connection. 2. Switch to a stronger signal. If your…
OXEN Technology
February 6, 2017
Security

5 Email Security Tips for Employees and Organizations

We send an astonishingly huge amount of email: over 205 billion emails per day. And the number is still growing.1 Email is a critical communication tool for businesses. It's also a gateway for hackers, viruses, and other nasties. Here are 5 email security tips for keeping your email and your information secure. 1. Stay watchful and cautious It's easy for an unauthorized person to email you and pretend to be a vendor or business partner. Be cautious and double-check before responding to sensitive requests. 2. Understand junk and spam filters Learn how to use your junk email folder and your organization's…
OXEN Technology
October 3, 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…
OXEN Technology
July 12, 2016
Announcements

We Took the Leap: HTS is OXEN Technology Now!

At Heartland Technology Solutions we’re proud to say we’ve been a consistent pillar for our clients over the past 31 years. It’s with our future in mind that we recently navigated a brand refresh. In this process, we wanted to be true to our roots, firm in our beliefs and clear in our mission so that we can continue to serve our clients with excellence. With that said, we’re excited to announce... Heartland Technology Solutions is now OXEN Technology! (more…)
OXEN Technology
May 25, 2016