Security

What’s the difference between consumer and business-grade firewalls?

Why isn’t it a good idea to go out to your local Best Buy and get a consumer-grade firewall for your business? Can’t you save a few bucks this way, rather than getting a business-grade firewall? Well…you can. But there is a huge difference between a firewall meant for personal home use versus a business-grade firewall that’s equipped with the tools that a business needs for protection. A consumer-grade firewall won’t be the best solution for your business. Here’s why. What is a firewall? In networking, a firewall is a tool that “monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic”…
OTWAdmin
April 15, 2019
Tech Tip

Office 365 Tip: Adjust Your Teams Notifications Settings

Microsoft Teams is the successor to Skype for Business. You may be jumping straight into Teams or switching to it from Skype and want to ensure your notifications are tweaked to your needs. Here’s how to access your Teams notifications settings! Click your profile picture in the upper right corner. Choose Settings > Notifications. There are three categories for notifications: mentions (e.g. when someone @s you), messages, and other. For each type of notification, you can choose to receive one of these: Banner (a pop-up notification on your screen) Banner and email (the frequency of the email notification is set…
OTWAdmin
April 2, 2019
Testimonials

Strong Technology: Filling in the Gaps for Citizens State Bank – Hugoton

At OXEN, our goal is to simplify technology for businesses and organizations. This may mean managing a client’s entire IT infrastructure, but frequently it means supplementing a client’s existing IT staff with OXEN’s expertise. We aim to provide the best solution to fit a business’s needs and environment. Case in point: Citizens State Bank, in Hugoton, KS, has IT staff, but OXEN helps manage their network and assists on projects where our knowledge and capabilities can fill the gaps. Recently, when another provider struggled to upgrade their server, Citizens State Bank reached out to OXEN Engineer Ron Cannon, who was…
OTWAdmin
March 18, 2019
Backup

3 Reasons to Invest in a Strong, Trusted Backup Solution

A backup solution is like an insurance policy for your business. Data loss is a serious – and often devastating – problem for organizations. A good backup solution in place means less worry and hassle for you and your business… and it is protection against costly threats in the future that might otherwise harm your reputation, impair your ability to function, or put you out of business altogether. Here are three reasons you should consider a backup solution. Backed up data is safe from ransomware threats Ransomware and other types of cyberattacks are increasingly common – and small to medium…
OTWAdmin
March 11, 2019
Office 365Tech Tip

Going on vacation? Set up your Out-Of-Office Automatic Replies in Outlook

Before you head out the door for your afternoon off or that long-awaited summer vacation, take a moment to turn on Outlook’s Automatic Replies for your email. Email piles up while you’re out. It’s polite to let people know you’re away and who to contact during your absence. (Who knows, when you come back, it may all be taken care of for you! Or that’s the dream anyway.) Automatic Replies in Outlook Go to File > Automatic Replies. In the window that appears, select Send automatic replies. Select an optional time range for when you want your automatic reply to…
OTWAdmin
March 4, 2019
Tech Tip

Editing Table Cell Margins in Microsoft Word

If you do a lot of work in Microsoft Word documents, it can be very helpful to know where to find the various options for styling a table. Sometimes tweaking cell padding or cell margins is all you need to turn a difficult, cramped table into an inviting, easy to read one. Here’s how to modify the cell padding in a table. Let’s start with a table that looks like this. This is what many default tables look like in Word. It’s a little cramped. If you look closely, you can see that there’s cell padding on the left and…
OTWAdmin
February 25, 2019
Security

Moving away from Internet Explorer

Is Internet Explorer a “modern web browser”? Is it a web browser at all? Should you be using it? Due to a recent blog post from Microsoft on “the perils of using Internet Explorer as your default browser”, these puzzling questions have been getting a lot of attention. The gist is this: Microsoft is now on record as saying that Internet Explorer – Microsoft’s long-time web browser – is in fact not really a browser anymore. They don’t want you to use it like one. Microsoft’s Chris Jackson refers to it as a “compatibility solution”, implying that it is legacy…
OTWAdmin
February 18, 2019
Security

Why do you still need anti-spam and anti-virus protection?

It’s 2019. Do you really need to pay for anti-spam and anti-virus software for your company? Is there still a pressing need for these? And can you make do with free versions? We’ll cut to the chase with the answers: Yes, anti-spam and anti-virus solutions are still mandatory as basic security for any organization or business. And while you may go with free security products, you will get much better results with professional paid versions that receive timely updates to protect you from new and emerging threats. Professional, business-grade anti-spam and anti-virus software is still a worthy investment. It’s a…
OTWAdmin
February 11, 2019
Office 365Tech Tip

Office 365 Tip: Sharing links instead of sending copies

Ready to send off a file attachment to your colleagues for their review and feedback? Wait a second, because there’s a better way in Office 365 to more easily and seamlessly collaborate with others on the same document or project. Don’t send copies – send a link instead! The trick is to use OneDrive to store your files and then share a link with everyone to the file (or even a folder with multiple items). Just save your file in OneDrive and you can use the share link feature in Office 365. From Outlook While composing your email, go to…
OTWAdmin
February 4, 2019
Office 365

Office 365: The Right Choice for Better Business

People today want to be productive wherever they go. They want to work faster and smarter across their favorite devices, while staying current and connected. Simply put, they want to have business tools that work as hard as they do. With Office 365, you can modernize your workforce. Microsoft Office 365 is the right choice for your business Office 365 fits the way you work today and tomorrow. Beginning with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, Office 365 provides all the familiar Office applications you know, along with a dynamic set of secure cloud connected tools that help you communicate, collaborate,…
OTWAdmin
January 14, 2019