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Reciprocal Technologies has been serving the Indiana area since 2013, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Smartphones of 2022 - The Flagships

Smartphones of 2022 - The Flagships

The smartphone has ushered in a revolution for communication and productivity, and in today’s world, it’s critical that we keep an eye on the developments in smartphone technology to ensure workers stay competitively productive and ahead of the game. Let’s examine three of the flagship smartphone devices for early 2022.

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VoIP is the Solution to Growing Communications Costs

VoIP is the Solution to Growing Communications Costs

Investment in communications is one way that any company can improve operations and everything that comes along with them. There are many options out there to improve communications, but few have the same impact on your bottom line as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

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Your Technology Expenses Aren’t All the Same

Your Technology Expenses Aren’t All the Same

When budgeting capital for your company’s technology, it isn’t always simple to know how much to allocate. In fact, a lot of times it can be a convoluted and troublesome experience. Our consultants spend quite a bit of time and effort working out workable budgets for our clients and today, we thought we would talk about how we come about our figures to comprehensively support a business’ technology.

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Organized Teams are Better at Collaboration

Organized Teams are Better at Collaboration

If your business could make money based on its process, you’d never need to worry about results. Unfortunately, things don’t work that way. You need to bring a product or service to market and sell it in order to make enough revenue to continue doing business. With the results-based nature of things, it becomes essential for the good of your company that you optimize your team’s ability to get things done. Today, we’ll talk a little bit about how collaboration gets better when your team is organized. 

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How to Make Your Chrome Browser Look Like Windows 11

How to Make Your Chrome Browser Look Like Windows 11

One of Google’s latest updates allows users to change many of their menus to Microsoft’s Windows 11 style, and while this might seem a bit surprising at first glance, it should come as no surprise that Google and Microsoft might work together to push both of their products. Microsoft’s Surface Duo smartphone, for example, runs Android technology, and now Chrome can be customized to the tune of Microsoft software.

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Is Now the Right Time to Upgrade Your Business’ Technology?

Is Now the Right Time to Upgrade Your Business’ Technology?

Technology changes so rapidly that it can be difficult to gauge whether or not you should be upgrading right away or examining other options for the same purposes. How can you avoid investing in the wrong solution as a result of the excitement that a new idea or concept can bring? It all starts with knowing what within your organization needs to change.

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4 Tools Any Business Can Use to Improve Security

4 Tools Any Business Can Use to Improve Security

Network security is not the easiest thing to implement for your business, and you definitely need someone trained in this topic to be the one behind the wheel. Thankfully, the correct solutions can make this much easier to pull off. Here are some of the best and most important security solutions you should be considering for your organization.

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Are Your Smart Speakers Always Listening?

Are Your Smart Speakers Always Listening?

Many people use smart speakers throughout their day-to-day lives, whether it’s as a personal assistant or to control their home entertainment system. However, one of the topics up for discussion is how secure these devices actually are and whether or not we should be concerned about them. Just how secure are your smart speakers and what can you do about their security?

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You Know What You Do, but Do You Know Why?

You Know What You Do, but Do You Know Why?

One of the main reasons a business finds success is their proficiency in bringing the products or services they offer to market. By better understanding why your company does what it does, you can create the processes you’ll need to run a better business. Let’s take a look at how to best do that. 

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Basic Troubleshooting Techniques are Good to Know

Basic Troubleshooting Techniques are Good to Know

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, technology just doesn’t want to cooperate. This frustration often leads users to contact the help desk, which is fine, but sometimes there are small things you can do to resolve issues that you might not have thought about doing. These simple steps might save you a bit of time and help to resolve your issues faster and more efficiently.

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There Are More People Working from Home than Ever

There Are More People Working from Home than Ever

When the COVID-19 pandemic started to surge across the world, much of the workforce shifted to remote operations, but it has become clear over the past several months that this shift is likely temporary, forcing many employers to consider the hardest question of all: what will it take to get people back in the office? A report from Gartner suggests that it’s not as easy as it sounds, and in fact might be moving in the opposite direction to what employers are hoping.

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Taking a Look at the Optimal Privacy Settings In Your Browser

Taking a Look at the Optimal Privacy Settings In Your Browser

Most businesses use the Internet to conduct many of their day-to-day operations, and the most-used ways that people interact with the Internet is through web browsers. That said, there are some ways that you can make sure you are using the Internet in the most secure way possible. Here are some extra steps you can take to work toward these protections.

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What is an NFT and Why Does it Exist?

What is an NFT and Why Does it Exist?

Cryptoassets have been on the rise, and with it has come the term “NFT.” But what is an NFT, and why does it matter what it is for a small business like yourself? Let’s examine this concept in a bit greater detail through the use of a hypothetical situation.

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4 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe on Social Media

4 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe on Social Media

It’s a well-known fact that successful businesses and influencers in any chosen industry utilize social media to an extent, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tik Tok, Instagram, or otherwise. All that said, however, in this connected world, one has to be aware of how this connection can influence cybersecurity. What are some ways you can keep yourself safe while using social media for either your business or your personal brand?

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Managed Services Significantly Helps Handle Unforeseen Circumstances

Managed Services Significantly Helps Handle Unforeseen Circumstances

While it might be terrifying to imagine a scenario in which your business were to suffer a devastating event that threatened its future, you as a responsible business owner must consider any and all possibilities. If you don’t, all of the hard work and investment you have made in your company could be for naught. Technology is one aspect of your company that must be examined with intense scrutiny and prepared for with preventative measures to keep your future secure.

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Managing Your Remote Staff Correctly Has Major Benefits

Managing Your Remote Staff Correctly Has Major Benefits

With remote work standing front and center for the past couple of years, it’s no wonder that a conversation has begun about the benefits and shortcomings of it. It is now clear that remote work is something that is not going away anytime soon. Let’s take a look at how businesses might retain remote operations without making too many sacrifices in the process.

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New Report Shows that the Cloud Isn’t Killing In-House Infrastructure

New Report Shows that the Cloud Isn’t Killing In-House Infrastructure

We talk a lot about how the cloud is growing in utilization, and considering the circumstances of the past 18 or so months, it’s not surprising. However, what might be surprising to you is that this movement to the cloud is not necessarily to the detriment of the on-site data center. In fact, there are several reasons why businesses still consider in-house data centers to be the ideal solution. But why is this?

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Multi-Factor Authentication Needs to Become the Gold Standard

Multi-Factor Authentication Needs to Become the Gold Standard

It’s no secret that passwords have long held center stage when it comes to data security, but if we’re to be honest, a password just isn’t sufficient to protect your business. Don’t get us wrong: passwords remain immensely important, but their role has diminished with the availability of other, more advanced security features. One of these features is something called multi-factor authentication.

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A Few Considerations to Help You Make Better Technology Decisions

A Few Considerations to Help You Make Better Technology Decisions

When you run a business, solid decision making is crucial to achieving success. This goes from hiring and managing your staff, dealing with your prospects and customers, and procuring tools and resources that make your business possible. Today, technology is not only important, it is a major consideration when hashing out your yearly (or quarterly) budget. Let’s go through a couple of tips on how to make the best technology decisions for your company.

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Windows 8.1 Is Running Out of Time. Here’s What You Need to Know

Windows 8.1 Is Running Out of Time. Here’s What You Need to Know

With the release of Windows 11 on the horizon, it is important that businesses looking to implement it start to consider not only their hardware, but their strategy to upgrade away from their current operating system. But that’s a topic for another day—we’re focused today on the folks who don’t even have Windows 10 yet and are still stuck in the days of Windows 8.1, an OS expiring in 2023. Don’t get caught unawares without a plan to upgrade.

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