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Corliss Home Security - Machine cracks Master locks in seconds

Corliss Home Security - Machine cracks Master locks in seconds | Corliss Home Security | Scoop.it

Security researcher and avid hacker Samy Kamkar has unveiled a small machine that can reportedly open a Master combination lock in an instant. Finally, something to help put to use those locks again that we forgot the combination to.

 

The so-called Combo Breaker which uses an Arduino and functions through a battery is very handy and can unlock a Master combination in less than a minute. It consists of a 3D-printed frame, an optical sensor, a rotor, a stepper motor which spins the dial and an Arduino chip to serve as its brains.

 

A detailed instruction has been published online, reported Corliss Home Security, along with a video to encourage people to assemble the Combo Breaker themselves. Every part of the machine is available online and can be purchased for a total of USD 100.

 

It takes around 5 minutes for the small machine to test and calculate the correct combination for a lock. But when it is already provided with the first digit of the right combination, it speeds up the process incredibly.

 

Just several weeks ago, Kamkar publicized his discovery on how to manually crack the combination of any Master lock using a design flaw of the lock and a calculator he made. He demonstrated that his method can effectively narrow down the number of possible combinations to just 8. This Combo Breaker machine is basically an automated version of that.

 

Kamkar's algorithm was apparently inspired by a previously published hack in Corliss Home Security which effectively reduces the possible combinations to just a hundred.

 

This is not the first time Kamkar's work has made it to the news though -- he has recently shown how to hack a drone and how to make the evercookie that's virtually impossible to delete. And back in 2005, he created a basically harmless virus in MySpace called "Samy worm", which spread to a million users in less than a day.

 

 

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Corliss Home Security: Smart lock 'Bolt' from Lockitron

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Lockitron of Y Combinator fame has announced the launch of the USD 99 successor, named Bolt, to their keyless-entry device 3 years ago.


Lockitron's co-founder, Cameron Robertson, admitted that they have learned much from the issues they have to deal with during the product's last release. For instance, instead of using around 40 custom-made components, their team chose to just source high-quality ones. This resulted in significant price reduction -- from the original price of USD 179 to USD 99 -- and lower failure rate.

 

Robertson's team believed that they can create something with a bit more complex setup and be a hit. So they decided to return to the original plan of replacing the deadbolt instead of trying to create a universal device to fit over the existing deadbolts.

 

Bolt is capable of connecting to smartphones via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) which basically means you can unlock your door using an app or while walking up the steps. For those who intend to maximize the use of their unit, Lockitron recommends buying the USD 49 adapter that will support additional features like connecting to your router and sending you data no matter where you are. This could be useful for those times when you're running late and would want to let your guests in the house in the meantime. But seriously, who would want to do that?

 

This is certainly a big help for those who regularly hires help in the house as the Bolt also  lets you give permission to a person for specific times of the day. Also, you can use SMS or email message to give your family an access to a lock -- no more need for a physical key. Though as Corliss Home Security  (http://www.corlisssecurity.com/) mentioned, that's another security risk altogether.

 

A couple of years back, Lockitron has made waves when it announced its plans to build a smart lock with WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities so users can easily connect it online and control it remotely. But they had a rough start when their backers got anxious over missed shipping deadlines. They eventually came through with the WiFi-enabled gadget for the 10,000 backers of their crowdfunding campaign. But last week, it has announced it's retiring the original gadget and would instead start offering a Bluetooth-only smart lock named Bolt. For it to connect remotely on the Internet, they will offer a separate bridge (WiFi to Bluetooth).

 

 

Corliss Home Security noted that the shift was made probably because of WiFi's high energy requirements.  Their use of Bridge will now remove the difficulty of managing power for WiFi while still giving users instant control over Bolt.


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Home Security Corliss Group Experts: Offers tips for keeping burglars at bay

Home Security Corliss Group Experts: Offers tips for keeping burglars at bay | Corliss Home Security | Scoop.it

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Three recent incidents where burglars kicked in homeowners' doors have experts offering advice for ways to keep thieves out of your house.

 

Sunday, News4Jax shared the story of a man and woman whose home was burglarized while the couple was at the hospital, welcoming their first baby into the world.

 

The thieves got in by kicking in the door, stealing appliances, televisions and even baby clothes.

 

A city crime map of the couple's neighborhood showed there were 22 residential and commercial burglaries within a half-mile radius of the couple's home.

 

Experts say locking a door might seem like the common sense thing to do to keep people out, but oftentimes it's not enough.

 

“We always recommend a deadbolt above an existing knob lock,” said Gary Seliger of Piner's Lock & Safe.

 

Seliger said adding a few extra things to a door can make a huge difference, starting with a door strike plate. It's designed to better protect the bolt from any friction, but according to Seliger, most doors come with a tiny strike plate with really small screws. For $11, homeowners can get a heavy duty strike plate with longer screws, and for $35 a door jamb reinforcer, which is even better.

 

“Kicking in the door, you'd have to take almost the door from here to here, frame kicked in, as opposed to just a couple of inches,” Seliger said.

 

Seliger said it's also important to have a deadbolt that's made of steel and to be sure whoever installs it makes sure there's enough room for the deadbolt to fully extend into the door frame.

 

“(If the deadbolt isn't fully extended), if anyone gets a screwdriver and gets into your frame and gets the end of the bolt, they push it right back and they're into your house,” Seliger warned.

 

Seliger said homeowners can also invest in a Medeco lock and key, which costs a little more than $200. A standard key's cuts are all the same with different heights, but a Medeco key has cuts that go left, right and straight across, making it nearly impossibly to pick.

 

Seliger's company offers free home security() chek-ups that include checking doors, windows, locks and keys. For more information or to request a check-up, call 904-398-1646. The business is located at 3861 Hendricks Ave. in Jacksonville.

 

News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said when going out of town, it's important not to make that public and to always have someone keep an eye on the house.

 

Security tips from Piner's Lock & Safe:

 

1. Crooks will look for the vulnerable home: one without deadbolts, one with an open door, a broken window, or one without a home security system.

 

2. It is not expensive to take the basic steps toward securing your home. Keep the main points of entry locked with deadbolt locks.

 

3. Remember who has copies of the keys to your home. Change locks if keys are lost or stolen. If you've recently moved in, change all door locks as soon as possible.

 

4. Be sure to draw the shades and leave a radio or television on when no one is home. Install lighting with timers. Ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway.

 

5. Always request identification from service or utility workers. Potential thieves don't always look like “thugs.”

 

6. At night, keep your garage and the path to your home well-lit. Trim the landscaping and make sure there are no areas for someone to easily hide.

 

7. To avoid being surprised, look around and make sure that no one followed you into the garage before stepping out of your car.

 

8. Get involved in Neighborhood Watch programs. They work! Get to know your neighbors. Report suspicious people to the police.

 

9. Make sure you have high-security locks on all exterior doors. Use high-security locks on desks and cabinets. Purchase a safe for keeping valuables, records and keepsakes.

 

10. Make sure no one can copy your house key(s) without your knowledge and permission.

 

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The Corliss Latest Home Security Gadgets

The Corliss Latest Home Security Gadgets | Corliss Home Security | Scoop.it
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Innovation and design never run out of style in today’s industrial products, particularly those intended for personal or family use.  Here are some of the latest home security gadgets available on the market today that prove the point:

 

1. A Virtual Lock

 

One of the smart home locks available in the market (as shown in the photo above) looks like any normal front-door bolt lock at first glance. But with a mere touch, it can unlock or lock the door using virtual keys, whether permanent or temporary. It can also monitor entries and exits into your home via remote control and transmit activity alerts using the Kevo app which is programmed for day-and-night cycles. Best of all, in case the lock fails to open electronically, you have a normal key to your rescue. This lock can also interphase with other systems, such as Home Depot’s Wink and Staples Connect.

 

 2. Canary Video Monitor

 

And while inside or outside your home or your office, you may feel the need to monitor your surrounding security status any time of the day or night. Canary Video Monitor helps you do that using motion, temperature, humidity and air quality sensors, including night vision HD camera, microphone and speakers. This intelligent gadget can analyze data to alert you of any specific emergency or dangerous situation. It can eventually learn to adapt itself to the family’s habits and may appear to be idle when all is well. Now you know why the name Canary was chosen.

 

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Corliss Expert Group in Home Security - Systems Reviews 2014

Corliss Expert Group in Home Security - Systems Reviews 2014 | Corliss Home Security | Scoop.it

Independent, unbiased, and frequently updated home security systems reviews. We cover wired and wireless, cellular, professional and self-install.

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Home Security Systems Reviews 2014

 

The security industry is highly competitive, from local mom and pop companies to international giants. It is a relatively easy industry to enter, but a very hard one to offer a consistently great product and service over time, especially with new technologies being released every day. It has become difficult to keep up with all the changes and wrap your head around the latest and greatest house alarm offerings. With so many to choose from and so many things to consider, how do you know which home alarm system is right for you? Our home security systems reviews cover the top contenders and bring you our findings in our regularly updated reviews.

 

Best Security System Awards

 

The winners of our coveted best alarm system awards are listed below. For an alphabetical listing by Security Company( http://corlisssecurity.com/ ), please see the list in the next section.

• 1st Place Gold, Winner
• 2nd Place Silver, Runner-Up
• 3rd Place Bronze

 

Reviews of the Top 9 Home Security Systems for 2014

 

We evaluate the largest names in the security industry based on our research, and give you a concise summary of their offerings and pros and cons for each.

 

Click on a company name in the list below to jump straight down to its security system review (they are listed by ranking):

1. FrontPoint
2. Protect America
3. LifeShield
4. SafeMart
5. SimpliSafe
6. Guardian Protection
7. Vivint
8. ADT
9. AlarmForce

 

Companies Not Rated:
• First Alert
• Link Home Security
• Monitronics
• Protection 1
• Pinnacle Security (out of business as of 2013)

 

Don’t see the company you’re looking for? Comment below with the security company you’d like reviewed and we’ll get right on it!

 

To help you to choose the right home alarm system for your needs, we have put together a home security systems comparison table that highlights the main features of each system along with the pros and cons of each. There is also a rankings table so you can see the score that we assigned to each company. We have also made a quick video to help you understand the rigorous process we use to pick our winner.

 

We have a listing of terminologies that will help you evaluate the best home alarm system for your needs that appears below the comparison table, as well as at the bottom of this page.

 

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Corliss Expert Group in Home Security - Our Team

Corliss Expert Group in Home Security - Our Team | Corliss Home Security | Scoop.it
Here are the reasons why our team surpasses others in delivering security-system reviews: · Our team consists of experts with many years of experience in the home-security system industry We know the home-security industry from top to bottom…
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Compared to other home-security review firms, ours is comprised of home-security experts who share a common interest and many years of industry track-record. The whole team is trained and motivated to deliver unbiased reviews of the best security systems and submitting recommendations that consumers can totally rely on. The Corliss home-security team is primarily focused on giving consumers the assistance they need to select a security system they can completely trust to keep their families secure. Read more: http://corlisssecurity.com/
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Corliss Expert Group Home Security - The future is wireless

Corliss Expert Group Home Security - The future is wireless | Corliss Home Security | Scoop.it
Back on land, the challenge is being taken up by a range of players - from high-minded academics wanting to help lift rural populations out of poverty to internet giants keen to add them to their social networks. Google, for example, is buying Titan Aerospace, a maker of drones that can stay…
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Three decades after the first cellphone went on sale - the $4,000 Motorola DynaTAC 8000X "Brick" - half the world remains unconnected. For some it costs too much, but up to a fifth of the population, or some 1.4 billion people, live where "the basic network infrastructure has yet to be built," according to a Facebook white paper last month. Read Related post: http://corlisssecurity.com/
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Corliss Expert Group in Home Security | Home

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Corliss Expert Group in Home Security consists of dedicated experts working and doing research in home security to provide consumers with efficient security systems that help them save time and money.

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Corliss Home Security: Hackers can crash iOS devices using WiFi

Corliss Home Security: Hackers can crash iOS devices using WiFi | Corliss Home Security | Scoop.it
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Home Security Corliss Group Experts: Seven Tips on How to Make Your Home Wi-Fi Safer

Home Security Corliss Group Experts: Seven Tips on How to Make Your Home Wi-Fi Safer | Corliss Home Security | Scoop.it
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Step 1. Changing the admin password

One of the most serious mistakes often made is using the default, out-of-box, admin password (consider the frequently used “admin:admin” and “1234”). If you have not already done so, we strongly recommend resetting the password to something more sophisticated.

 

Step 2. Disabling remote management

Usually producers enable only LAN-based router controls by default, but this is not always the case. Make sure that you check whether your router's control interface is available over the Web.

 

Step 3. Disabling Broadcast SSID

As a rule, a wireless router transmits your Wi-Fi network ID (the so-called SSID) to everyone. This may be changed at will by unchecking the corresponding box in the settings. Then your network will not be so easily hacked.

 

Step 4. Using reliable encryption

Cybercriminals might use your home network for illicit activities and the police could end up on your doorstep! So we suggest enabling WPA2 encryption (WEP is not very reliable) and setting a stronger password for your Wi-Fi hotspot.

 

Step 5. UPnP et al.

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), DLNA support (Digital Living Network Alliance) and the like, are better off disabled if not in use; you run a lower risk of being affected by vulnerabilities in software using these features.

 

Step 6. Updating built-in software

We suggest using the most up-to-date firmware from vendors' official websites: they frequently patch vulnerabilities and mistakes, which can open the point of entry to hackers willing to compromise your network.

 

Step 7. Not just the router

Absolutely 'ultimate' protection does not exist, as the years have proved. A sensible approach to router settings, using strong passwords and encryption and timely updates are the keys.

 

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Corliss Home Security Tech Pros and Cons: Amazon Echo | Corliss Group Home Security Expert

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Just in time for Christmas, Amazon has announced its very own voice-controlled system that functions as a smart virtual assistant and music player. 

Amazon is expected to offer Echo to consumers for a couple hundred bucks, but only to those who had already signed up on the waiting list. As of today, Echo is only available by invitation and there were no early models handed out to tech journalists for actual review. Nevertheless, Corliss Home Security got hold of the supposed functions and features of the device. 

Echo is a sleek cylindrical gadget with 7 microphones, built-in speakers and capability to connect to the web. It's pegged as a very smart home gadget that can sync and control all the various smart devices in your household through issuing voice commands. 

It's a really cool way to connect various gadgets of your futuristic house. For instance, you can tell Echo you're going out so as soon as you step out, the lights will automatically turn off and the doors will lock. Also, if you really need help to remember when you ran out of milk and eggs, Echo can also record reminders like chores and shopping lists (that you can just as easily do with a post-it) and then read it back to you at the right time. You can even instruct Echo to download/upload files using the cloud, and play your favorite playlist while it's going at it. 

For all the geeky functions and cool factor, they conveniently forgot to describe how you will be certain that your info and privacy is protected while using it. You'd think paying a couple hundred would be enough price for living in the future, but as it turns out, there's another more costly catch: your privacy. 

According to the description Corliss Home Security got, Echo's microphones are not always connected to the web; it only turns the mic on once you say the wake word “Amazon" or "Alexa". Basically, they are only supposed to make connections to the Internet once the wake-up and command words are said. Even then, users are told not to worry as there are safety protocols to protect them, or so they say. 

With the expected trove of data Amazon will gather from this, it only takes a program to piece together all those information about you -- and you didn't even realize what you've given away. For instance, asking what's the weather like in Paris, Echo can remember that and assume that you're planning to go there on said date. 

Tech companies will of course downplay the security risks and claim that they can be totally trusted. "All data securely salted and hashed in our private server located in the Bahamas or something." 

The booming tech industry is herding consumers to fixate on the 'good' side of these innovations and ignore the tradeoff for those supposed convenience and 'free services'. You're surrounded by all this cool high-tech gadgets, sure. But you're also exposing yourself to the dangers of being listened and watched to at any given time. Just think of this: that smartphone has a GPS that surely comes handy when you want to find a nice restaurant nearby but it also means it's easy to track you down any time. And that tablet you're using to chat/Skype with? Yeah, it can be spied on. 

"We've dramatically increased the access to our personal lives. Before, you had to break into someone's house to see what they're doing," said Andrew Sudbury, from the consumer privacy industry. 

And as if the privacy concern is not bad enough, it clearly says on the Echo website: "Always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech, patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences." Yikes. The convenience is nice and all but I don't think I want a machine with a learning capability anywhere near me. 

Seems like our only safeguard is to turn them off -- if they can truly be turned off, that is.


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Corliss Expert Group Home Security: How to Secure Your Home without Spending Too Muc

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HOME SECURITY: HOW TO SECURE YOUR HOME WITHOUT SPENDING TOO MUCH

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Imagine if there were no burglar or criminals who threaten the safety of our homes; we will be surprised how much savings we would have on several things we do to secure ourselves and our loved ones. We would not need fences, gates with locks, doors locks, window grills, CCTV cams, perimeter lighting, shotguns and baseball bats. The cost of maintaining these things can run up to the entire cost of building another room or, in some cases, a whole new house.

 

The rationale for home security is the same for national security. A nation maintains an army whether it has enemies or not; so, whether burglars will come or not, we have to prepare for the eventuality. Hence, we end up spending for something we might never put into the actual use it was intended for. You buy a pistol and when a burglar breaks in you fire the gun either to scare or disable the intruder. We hope we will never have to use these things; but we still buy them for the peace of mind that comes from knowing we can secure or protect our family and home.

 

Home security need not be an expensive undertaking. Here are 5 tips on how you can set for yourself a home security strategy without having to spend so much:

 

1.     Security is primarily a state of mental preparedness.

 

A lot of people do not buy guns or CCTV cameras and are able to sleep soundly because they do not depend totally on themselves and their abilities or on technology. A person who has a positive outlook or a prayerful attitude may appear fatalistic, especially in areas where lack of home security is suicide. Yet, in reality, even during the time of war, a lot of our brave soldiers felt secure because they had prepared their minds to accept the dangers as well as the consequences of facing them. People who commonly see pickpockets in buses or holdups in dark alleys have set their minds to either run or give up their wallet in case they run into a similar situation.

 

Preparing yourself for what could happen, like blowing a whistle or ringing a loud bell during an intrusion, may be all that is necessary to prevent burglary.

 

2.     Engage others

 

But what if you leave the house and nobody is looking out for you? There are neighbors you can call upon to house-sit or watch over your home from a distance. It is essential to keep good relations with your neighbours or to have a strong and effective neighbourhood association in your area. The police may not be as dependable as a nearby group of families you can count on for help and you can help as well. Some areas actually have roving residential members who take turns scoping the neighbourhood round-the-clock. It is an old-school approach but a cheap and effective way of keeping bad elements away.

 

3.     Design you home for maximum security protection

 

Before even buying all those expensive gadgets, consider the lines of defenses you can put up to, first, discourage and then, second, prevent illegal entry into your home. A high solid fence is not advisable as you cannot see who is behind it. A see-through or low fence is much better. Having high fences and CCTV cams are not always the better alternative as they lessen your real-time response to any emergency. Having to look at a monitor inside a room or even in your iPad will mean seconds lost when the burglar may already be inside your home. Having a low fence and a lawn between it and the house will allow you to see any movements easily.

 

Of course, it is a great help to have several cameras showing your whole perimeter area. But having big wide glass windows with iron-grills will also give you that advantage of a clear view from your living room and provide you enough space or leeway to protect yourself as you see fit. You can either run upstairs into a built-in secure panic- room inside your bedroom or out through a small escape back-gate where you can at least call for help. The latter, of course, is the cheaper alternative; but a panic room need not be expensive. It could be small space you can build behind a cabinet or closet where you can hide and call for help via phone.

 

4.     Prepare for the worst scenario

 

Knowing what could happen can provide peace of mind as well. But, we have to admit that people are worriers, in general. And so, many spend so much on home security and still do not sleep soundly. What is the use of having all the protection when you cannot have peace of mind?

 

Remember, any security protection can be breached. Any CCTV camera can be disconnected or even disabled just by covering it. We know that from Mission Impossible. Any iron grill or steel door can be broken into because all it takes is a key to unlock the padlock or a saw. Any high fence can be scaled by a determined burglar. So, what is the alternative? Let them come and prepare to protect yourself. How? What is your last line of defense?

 

The answer is obvious to many – they buy guns or tazers. Others learn self-defense. It is each person’s call. But having a connection to public emergency support (911, police or neighborhood group) can provide enough deterrent and protection for most instances. In case the burglary or the crime has been done, you can still catch the perpetrator or recover whatever you lost if people come around to help you in time.

 

5.     Be creative

 

Break-ins are often done by creative professional criminals. The amateurs may also pose a threat; but they often target small stuff, like stealing a phone or an appliance they can carry. The rest may have vehicles to cart away bigger stuff and even people.

 

Prepping your home to counteract these pernicious social elements can be a great challenge that need not be expensive. A friend once used empty sardine cans put on top of one another to rattle anyone who might topple them in the dark. Or having a bright light that can be triggered by a nylon string pulled across the lawn or before a backdoor will give enough security defense.

 

In the end, home security is not a person or a family’s exclusive concern. It is a concern of society and the government as a whole. Perhaps, the best home security people can provide for themselves is to teach their children good morals and values so that more people will be law-abiding; which means fewer people will be a threat to security. In the long run, good education protects more than all the security measures we can ever think of.

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Corliss Expert Group in Home Security: Boost productivity with tech upgrades

Corliss Expert Group in Home Security: Boost productivity with tech upgrades | Corliss Home Security | Scoop.it
Do you have people on your team who are so amazing, you wish you had an extra hour of their time every day? With technology you can have exactly that.
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Do you have people on your team who are so amazing, you wish you had an extra hour of their time every day? With technology you can have exactly that.

 

The following upgrades can save anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour EVERY SINGLE DAY. Even the smallest improvements, just a few seconds here and there, really add up when they are repeated over and over throughout the work week.

 

Some of these upgrades require you to spend money, but think about the benefits you’ll see when your top people – including yourself – find all that extra time.

 

New computer

 

If your computer takes more than a few seconds to boot up every morning, it’s time for a new one, or at least a tune-up. For best performance, replace desktop PCs every 3 to 4 years and laptops every 2 to 3 years. If a newer computer is slow, ask your IT team to check it for spyware. They may recommend wiping the entire hard drive and reloading everything, which will give you a fresh clean start. Just be sure they backup data and settings so nothing is lost during this process. With faster speeds, you’ll gain time when you log in every morning and also throughout the day.

 

Manage email

 

It’s common to receive dozens, if not hundreds, of emails daily. Saving a few seconds every time you check email is a big deal. To accomplish this, first make sure your spam filter is working well and customized to your needs. You should have very little spam, and your legitimate emails should nearly always make it through. If not, have your tech team fix it. Use Outlook rules to automatically filter email and move it to folders, so that you can easily find what you need. Make sure mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, sync email so that anything you read on your phone is already updated on your computer. Lastly, take an hour and go “unsubscribe.” Most people receive email newsletters they never read. Click the unsubscribe links or block them with your spam filter, and then you never have to see these again!

 

Add a monitor

 

Adding a monitor is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get more done in less time. Studies show varying results depending on the type of work you do, but one thing is crystal clear: dual monitors are a huge productivity booster. This can gain you a full day a week, if not more, and there’s almost no training time required. Keep email open in one screen, and whatever you are working on in another; compare spreadsheets or documents side by side; copy information from one software package to another; keep your main system front and center while browsing the Internet for research on the other monitor. It sounds simple, but that’s the beauty of it. It IS simple, and it really makes a difference.

 

Remote access

                                                                

Make it easy for people to work anytime, anywhere, and give them the flexibility they need to do just that. Switch from a desktop to a laptop, buy them an iPad or Droid tablet, or give your staff a data plan that lets them connect to the Internet anywhere they might be. It’s not just the workaholics who will love you. Your hardworking staff who struggle to balance work and life will be especially appreciative. When they have the right technology to work remotely, along with flexible work schedules and your trust, you are likely to see them put in not only more hours, but also more productive hours because they have their home life better under control.

 

Upgrade Internet

 

Do you use cloud-based services? Spend a lot of time online? Check out faster Internet connections for increased speed throughout your day. High speed business-class cable Internet is one of the best values today. Fiber Internet connections cost more but provide fast speeds with extremely high reliability and very few outages.

 

Easier access

 

Information overload is a huge issue and time-waster. Employees spend hours every day searching for what they need, reformatting what they have, transferring information from one system to another and re-creating information they can’t find. At minimum, clean up and reorganize your company’s shared data drives. Communicate the new structure to your team, and challenge your managers to enforce the new structure. If you want to take it further, investigate document management systems. These provide greater structure and security to company information and include advanced search capabilities to make finding data as easy as possible.

 

Instant messaging

 

Instant messaging is a quick and easy way to communicate with others inside the company. It’s more immediate and interactive than email, but less disruptive than a phone call. It’s a very efficient way to communicate and yet another way to save a few minutes here and there throughout the day.

 

Reorganize desktop

 

Take a page from Lean manufacturing, and have everyone on your team reorganize their workspace to make it more efficient: make everything you do on a regular basis accessible within one to two mouse clicks.

 

Start with the applications you use daily. Add shortcuts to your desktop or taskbar for each of these, and clean up any that you don’t currently use. Also add shortcuts to the folders you access most. Create bookmarks for the websites you visit most often, and rearrange your browser toolbars so that you can get to those websites with a single click. Is there a feature in Office that you use constantly but it’s hidden in the ribbon so you have to hunt for it every time? You can add that command to the very top of the window in the “Quick Access Toolbar.” Google for instructions on how to do this in your version of Office.

 

Ready for more?

 

There are always more ways technology can make your team more productive, and it’s never “one size fits all.” The key is to be clear about what you expect and what the value will be. Then you can choose the very best technology tools for your business.

 

Source:

http://herald-review.com/special-section/news/business_journal/tech_talk/boost-productivity-with-tech-upgrades/article_52991ad9-d378-5304-83ad-e6d5bc606bd5.html

 

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