March 2015
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What to Do in the Event of a Major Data Breach
5 ways to reduce distractions in the workplace and get more done
How to crop an image in
Photoshop CS5
Business Continuity Tip

Laugh a Little

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What to Do in the Event of a Major Data Breach
used with permission from Norton by Symantec
Nadia Kovacs

Stories of massive corporate data breaches in the media are becoming all too common today. So common that the FBI now considers cyber attacks on US companies one of its top law enforcement priorities. Unfortunately, as technology progresses and all of our information becomes more and more digitized, cyber attacks will continue to be an unfortunate part of our lives in the future. Corporations and even smaller businesses are an extremely attractive target to cybercriminals, simply due to the large payday of data that can be stolen.

What Can Cybercriminals Do With My Stolen Data?

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5 ways to reduce distractions in the workplace and
get more done

used with permission from Microsoft at Work

Having easy access to sites like Facebook on all our devices makes us all prone to higher levels of distraction. The Internet—and social media in particular—makes it all too easy to lose two minutes here, another 10 minutes there. Not to mention the time it takes to get back into the task we abandoned to check on the latest Buzzfeed cat video or read through a former high school classmate's political rant.

But your present self can fight your future self—and win—when it's most important.

Shut off the Internet

Productivity temporarily surges after taking a break, but constant mini breaks—checking news headlines here, Facebook there—are detrimental to getting work done. 57 percent of work interruptions come from social networks, text messages, and email. Freedom, a $10 computer app, blocks the Internet for up to eight hours at a time and forces you to restart your computer if you want to get back online. The app is Windows, Mac, and Android compatible, so you can use it across devices. Not ready to go so extreme? Its sister app,Anti-Social, blocks sites that lead down the unproductive rabbit hole, like YouTube and Twitter, while letting you remain online for research.

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How to crop an image in Photoshop CS5

It's very easy to crop an image in Photoshop, but in this short tutorial we'll show you how to make a free-form crop (the default method).

Free-form cropping

To easily crop a free-form area of an image. . .
  1. Open up the image in Photoshop
  2. Select the Crop tool from the palette (you can also select it by hitting C on your keyboard).
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Business Continuity Tip
Too Early to Prepare for Spring?

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow—prompting the chatter that winter will be with us for an additional 6 weeks. And while the accuracy of Phil's predictions may be questionable, the fact remains it's never too early to plan for what's ahead.

As we've seen over the years, the best time to prepare for severe weather—and any disaster for that matter—is always before they occur. Use these next few weeks (granted to us by Phil) to get a head start on what lies ahead this spring with these free spring preparedness tools including, flood preparedness, tornado preparedness, and tips for preparing for other spring weather.

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