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Remote Working Success

Some are very familiar with the methods and techniques to successfully work from home while others might abruptly be trying to operate remotely. Fortunately, there are multiple tools that offer reliable solutions for anyone accustomed or new to remote work. Below are some of the solutions Verify! has implemented to achieve remote working success. APPLICATIONS FOR REMOTE…

Best Practices for Business and Personal Use On One Device: Part Two

CONTINUED FROM BEST PRACTICES FOR BUSINESS AND PERSONAL USE ON ONE DEVICE: PART ONE   3. SOCIAL ENGINEERING If you’re unfamiliar with the term, social engineering refers to the act of deceiving or impersonating a person so as to steal private information and/or money, or to install malware onto their device(s). As an all-too-common practice,…

Best Practices for Business and Personal Use On One Device: Part One

Technology has untethered us from the traditional nine-to-five, as today’s digital landscape allows business owners and employees alike to work remotely, customize hours, and multitask like no generation has done before. From a single device, we are able to access the resources needed for both our personal and professional lives. The practice of using a…

Here’s What You Need to Know About the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger

We’re in turbulent times when it comes to the telecommunications industry. Whether it’s the looming effects of the net neutrality repeal, the ever-growing list of data breaches, or the monopolistic nature of mega corporations, those following technology news are buckling up for a bumpy ride. While it’s been in the works for some time now,…

Is My Cell Phone Bill Tax Deductible?

Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or a tender-footed entrepreneur, tax time often comes with a level of uncertainty. Much of this confusion stems from what expenses are deductible and how to best maintain a healthy bottom line. While I don’t have your tax filings in front of me, I can help you answer one…

Multi-Factor Authentication: What Is It?

WHAT DOES MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION MEAN? Multi-factor authentication is an additional layer of security added to your login process. This ensures an unauthorized user is not able to login to your account. Two-factor authentication requires two pieces of confirmation to gain access while multi-factor authentication requires two or more pieces. Factor examples are passwords, PINs, fingerprints,…

Your Cellphone is an Easy Target for Hackers

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you know that hacking is nothing new to technology. However, a new strategy has hackers simply needing your cellphone number. HOW THEY DO IT Even if you’re conscious of your safety and security, you likely give out your cellphone number as contact information. The hacker finds…

Bring Your Own Device Advantages and Disadvantages: What’s Right for Your Business?

The term Bring Your Own Device, BYOD, was first used in 2004 and began more common use in 2009. Personal devices include cell phones, tablets, and laptops that employees bring to work and connect them to the corporate network. Employees request BYOD because it allows them flexibility in choice of devices and there’s no need…

Using Cell Phones as a Tool for Business

The first cell phone was successfully used in 1973 and has paved the way for innovative devices over the last 45 years. Cell phones have widely been used for business since their creation, but the smartphones of today have become an irreplaceable tool in business and life alike. Smartphones bring flexibility, access to technology and…

How to Retain Privacy While Using Technology

According to a study published in 2016 by the Nielsen Company, Americans spend on average 10 hours and 39 minutes per day using technology. Whether it’s for work or play, it’s important to stay informed about your rights to privacy and how best to protect yourself in a world brimming with online threats. The advancement…

Telecommunications Stock Trends

Over the last few years the telecommunications sector has seen a negative progression in stock value. We will look at five different telecommunication companies including Charter Communications(CHTR), Windstream(WIN), Frontier Communications(FTR), Verizon(VZ), and AT&T(T).  The overall trend remains negative throughout the industry, although needs for wireless service and fast internet remain on the rise. Competition between…

An internet without net neutrality

Net neutrality was a Federal Communications Commission (or FCC) regulation that ensured all internet traffic would be treated equally.  This meant you could check your email, stream movies on Netflix, or shop on Amazon – and your internet service provider would treat all of your web traffic in an equal and unbiased manner.  It also…

How to Email a Cellphone

Do you need to send someone an email, but you are unsure of their email address?  If you have their cellphone number, then you’re in luck!  You can still use your email account to send an email directly to their cellphone. First things first, to send an email to someone’s phone, you will need to…

Moving Forward with Assistive Technology

On May 8, 2018, Google began its three-day developer festival known as Google I/O. This festival gives developers a chance to explore and work with Google Experts, and to also get a first look at their latest advances. This year’s keynote showcased Google Duplex, the technology behind their new Google Assistant element. Google Duplex is…

What is Spoofing?

Have you noticed an influx of calls from unknown numbers to your home or cell phone? How many of those numbers appear to be from a local line? Telemarketers, robocallers and even scammers have started to spoof their caller ID. But what is this “spoofing” that they’re using? In this case, spoofing is the process…

Verizon Wireless’ Safety Mode

WHAT IS SAFETY MODE? Safety mode is a free optional feature that some new Verizon Wireless data plans have. It allows cellphones to keep using data at reduced speeds after their data allowance has been used for the month. Whether it is turned on or off, this feature applies to the cellular account as a…

April 2018

UNDERSTANDING YOUR UTILITY BILLS Have you ever looked at one of your company’s bills and wondered what you’re paying for? You are not alone! Truth be told, your service providers aren’t really interested in helping you understand your invoices. They know that business just like yours require utilities such as electricity and internet to operate.…

25 Battery Saving Tips

Use a wall charger: If you have the ability try to avoid USB cable charging from a computer or vehicle. Wall charges are faster, and your charge will last longer. Adjust Screen Time Out: Long screen timeouts mean your screen will stay lit longer after you have stopped using it. Set it to a lower…

How to Protect your Wi-Fi Hotspot

1. ENABLE WPA2 ENCRYPTION Many of the newer Wi-Fi Hotspots come with default security measures already on turn on. Usually the manufacturer enables WPA-PSK encryption, but the default encryption strength might be set to outdated standard, such as WEP encryption, to allow for compatibility with older cellular devices. Enable WPA2, if available on your device,…

February 2018

WE LOVE WORKING FOR YOU Do you love the work you do? We sure do! We have the unique ability to help your business save time and money. Unfortunately, we can not directly increase your revenue, but we can decrease your expenses and increase your internal operational efficiency. Making your money work harder for you…

Cleaning Up your Bottom Line

There are three general approaches to increasing your business’ profitability. You can increase your revenue, decrease your expenses, or increase your operational efficiency. These approaches can easily be broken down into several different strategies, but for big picture purposes we’ll focus on these three and how to get started. Increasing your business’ revenue can require…

2017: A Year in Review

As we sit back and reflect on this past year, we had another exciting and fulfilling year hear at Verify! In February, we were lucky enough to be featured in Erie County Executive, Kathy Dahlkemper’s 50 in 50 campaign. Her mission was to showcase a wide array of employers that have planted roots in Erie…

December 2017

MERRY CHRISTMAS During the Christmas season, more than ever, our hearts are full of gratitude for our clients, business associates, and friends who have made our progress and growth possible. It is in this Holiday spirit, that we sincerely say “thank you” and wish you all nothing but the best for the New Year ahead!…

Telecom: Business Expense or Tool?

According to Google, telecommunication (or telecom, for short) is defined as “communication over a distance by cable, telegraph, telephone, or broadcasting.” Here at Verify!, the telecom accounts we most commonly manage are for local phone service, long distance phone service, toll-free numbers, and internet access. In today’s day and age, it would seem that most…

Why Telecom Contracts Need Negotiation

Anytime we audit a telecom account, we don’t just look at what services our customers currently have. We also take an in-depth look into their current and previous service contracts. To clarify, when we say telecom, we are referring to telecommunication services such as local phone, long distance phone, as well as internet services. During…

7 Ways to be a Happier Business

TIP 1: Treat your business like a business, not a hobby. Managing your team, services, and keeping up with customer service all while trying to keep your expenses down is serious business, regardless of whether you own/manage one small size company or a large size with multiple locations. So, treat it as such. Here are…

Wi-Fi Differences Between 2.4 and 5 GHz

With all of the emerging technologies over the past decade, Wi-Fi connections are now broadcasted on more than one frequency. The traditional 2.4 GHz band was the norm for decades, and is still used by many common household appliances such as microwaves, baby monitors and garage door openers. The newer common band used for Wi-Fi…

Utilities Deserve an Audit too

Electricity and natural gas are priced based on a rate that is constantly fluctuating. Both services are considered a commodity, and their rates have already changed countless times since you’ve read these first two sentences! We strongly urge business customers get a contract on their gas and electric services. Having a contract on utility accounts…

Limitations of Verizon’s Unlimited Data Plan

Verizon Wireless’ new unlimited data plan made a lot of waves when it was announced last week. While it is exciting that that have jumped back on the “unlimited data” bandwagon, they have a lot of limitations and requirements for this new plan. We went through the fine print, and here’s what business customers need…

Happy Holidays

THIS PAST YEAR WAS FULL OF BIG STEPS AND BOLD MOVES FOR VERIFY!: We launched our WE GIVE initiative to help feature local nonprofits from our region. Erin and Deadra went “Over the Edge” and rappelled 14 stories, raising $2,037 for Gaudenzia Erie. We sponsored and presented the 2016 New Business Award at the Commitment…