Weekly Tech Tips


Are you at risk of summer thunderstorms frying your sensitive electronics? What is a “UPS” anyway, and why should you use one? How long will your network stay up when the lights go out?

Take a few minutes, grab a coffee, and read through the tech tips we’ve gathered this week – let us know which ones helped you!

Fun Tech Fact

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The first Apple logo was an image of Sir Isaac Newton sitting below a tree, with an apple about to fall on his head

Fun Tech Fact

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The first computer mouse was made out of wood, and got its name because the cord reminded creator Doug Engelbart of mice

What Are The Weekly Tech Tips?

As a seasoned Managed IT Services Provider, we’ve encountered a wide array of IT challenges and innovative solutions. Harnessing our extensive knowledge and experience, we curate the best tech tips each week, tailored for decision-makers, technicians, and everyone in between. We invite you to take a moment and explore the valuable insights we’ve shared this week. Our weekly tech tips post encompass time-saving shortcuts, industry best practices, cost-effective strategies, and IT approaches that fuel business expansion.

If any of our tips prove useful to you, we would love to hear your feedback. Let us know which tip(s) resonated with you and how they helped. We also encourage you to share your own tech tips, so we can consider featuring them in our future posts.

    Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality. –Dalai Lama

Tech Tips: For The Decision Makers

In the ever evolving landscape of business, the responsibilities placed upon business owners, IT directors, office managers, and other decision makers are extensive and critical for success. Not only do they grapple with the relentless demands of day-to-day operations, but also shoulder the weight of shaping their organization’s future through strategic decision-making.

“Tips for Decision Makers” delves into often neglected, yet crucial, tasks and decisions. Our mission is to empower decision makers with insights that can streamline processes, increase IT security, optimize resource allocation, and enhance overall efficiency. The smallest of improvements can yield significant dividends in the long run, which is why our tips address a wide spectrum of challenges and opportunities that decision-makers encounter.

Tech Tips: For Everyone

In today’s interconnected world, technology has become an inseparable part of our lives. It influences how we work, communicate, and unwind.

Whether you find yourself in a bustling office environment, working remotely from the comfort of your home, or simply seeking ways to optimize your personal tech experiences, each week we include a range of general tech tips and best practices cater to all these scenarios and more.

Keep Your Internet Running During a Power Outage

Often times when a power outage knocks out your WiFi / Modem, the signal from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) isn’t affected. This means that if you have a dedicated battery back up (a more simplified version of an Uninterruptible Power Supply, or UPS) just for your modem, router, and/or wireless access point, you will still have WiFi.

In fact, with how relatively little amount of power home networking equipment uses, even a $60 battery back up can keep the WiFi on for almost 2 hours!
In areas with poor cell signal, this can mean peace of mind that you will still be able to communicate via Internet connected devices during a power outage.

Additionally, you can also invest in separate, higher-capacity battery backups for desktop computers, monitors, TVs, and other devices. This not only shields these devices from power surges but also keeps them up and running on battery power during an outage. For home desktop computers this can give you the time needed to safely save and close out of any important files and shutdown the computer before the battery power runs out (preventing data loss or damage).

Easy Ways to Recycle Old UPS Batteries

You’ve taken the proactive step of safeguarding all your sensitive and critical electronics with appropriately sized battery backup units. However, when the inevitable moment arrives to replace worn-out batteries, what should you do? While cautious handling is necessary to avoid sparks or injury, the internal batteries are designed for user replacement. This means you can effectively prolong the lifespan of your battery backup unit without the need to invest in an entirely new one.

Most battery backup manufacturers, such as APC, often offer complimentary battery recycling programs. The process is simple: complete the form, print the shipping label, pack the old battery securely, and send it in for recycling.

Alternatively, you can explore options like local electronics retailers or your county’s recycling center. Be sure to research any restrictions, costs, or guidelines before disposing of the old batteries to ensure a seamless and responsible recycling process.

Tech Tips: For The Techs

The best techs are those who generously share the valuable tips they come across every day. This culture of knowledge exchange fosters growth and equips everyone to face new challenges.

When one tech invests a substantial amount of time in solving a complex issue, passing on the solution to their peers becomes a priceless time-saver for anyone encountering a similar problem. We believe in the power of collaboration, and if you have any tech tips you’d like us to share, we encourage you to leave a comment!

Who is Cyberficient?

More than just a catchy name, Cyberficient is a customer service focused Managed Services Provider (MSP) made up of seasoned tech professionals who pride themselves on being what your company deserves – the best of the best.

Our focus every single day is on our clients. We provide the guidance, support, and security in all aspects of technology that our clients need to succeed. Our guiding philosophy is that we’re not happy until our clients are happy. The growth and stability of your business is the cornerstone of our success.