6 Holiday Travel Tech Tips

Holiday traveling can be a challenging experience with planes, trains and automobiles.  For many, work follows them no matter how far they try to get away.  Before setting out the airport or hitting the highways, here are a few ideas on keeping your technology in order while on the road this holiday season. 

1. Backup Before You Go
iphone beachMake sure you have a good backup of all your devices.  If something were to happen to your technology while you are traveling it would be much easier to recover that data when you return.  Cloud-based backup systems can also provide some access to files that you may have forgotten while traveling.

2. File Your Travel Documents
Keep your travel plans, hotel confirmation, the contact information of your credit card company, phone numbers and other important trip information stored in a secure cloud notes program.  I like to use Evernote because I can add PDFs, emails, cell phone pictures and text notes, but you may already be using Apple’s Notes or Microsoft’s OneNote Online.  If your gear gets lost or stolen you’ll have access to your information online in one of these cloud-based apps from any device.

3. Stay Protected
Some travelers are required to get vaccinations before they go overseas.  In the same way, tech-savvy travelers should get the latest virus updates installed for their systems too.  Be sure to turn on the password protection options for your electronic devices, as this will ensure the data on your devices is much safer if they were to get lost or stolen.

4. Mark Your Stuff
Your name was written all over your gear back when you went to summer camp.  Well, your mom had it right, so be sure to label your equipment with your cell phone number.  That number on your electronic devices will be the easiest way for that Good Samaritan to call you with your lost gear. 

5. Find Your Friends
Apple iPhones and iPads have a feature called Find your Friends or Share my Location in Messages.  Once enabled the software provides an easy way to keep track of family and friends, provided you are within cell coverage.  Knowing the location of members of your group can be useful at the airport, amusement park or at the beach.

6. Power-up
Remember to bring all the proper power cords and an extra extension cord for your smartphone, cameras and laptops.  Being properly equipped for power during your vacation can make a big difference in getting that access you expect versus blowing a few hours of your precious time looking for Dell power adapters at grandma's house.  If you do lose a power cord, just ask the hotel front desk or housekeeping for a replacement.  You won’t be the first to do so, and it’s likely that they will have a pile of cords in a box with housekeeping. 

Ease Technologies provides IT support services and cloud solutions for organizations in Baltimore, Washington or Fairfax. Watch our Ease Cloud Workspace video and learn how our secure cloud offering can be your virtual office wherever you go. 

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[Webinar] Are you ready for the Internet of Things (IoT)?

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ios 10It is estimated there are already 6.4 billion devices as a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) which will more then triple by 2020. Businesses, governments and home users are quickly adopting these devices being used across the Internet. 

The Internet of Things will be effecting  everything from how we monitor the health conditions of a family member, how crops are managed, the way we commute, supply chain management and countless other ways effecting all of us.

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Cyber Security: Risks and Planning for Executives Webinar

Cyber Security: Risks and Planning for Executives Webinar
May Lunch and Learn Webinar

If you think cyber thieves are only targeting the enterprise accounts in the Baltimore-Washington Region, think again.  The recent wave of ransomware and other compromises impact organizations of all sizes.  Last week the FBI reported that the little-known CEO Fraud scam has cost businesses more than $2.3 billion in losses over the past three years alone. 

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Widely under-reported are the attacks on small and medium-sized firms to their financial departments, intellectual property and sensitive client data. Cyber thieves are using increasingly sophisticated malware and social engineering techniques to target your business.
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Windows 10 - Are You Ready to Upgrade?

Enjoy a repeat of our March Lunch and Learn Webinar: Windows 10 - Are You Ready to Upgrade?  In the program we discuss: Why Upgrade?, Free Upgrade Details, Top Features, Upgrade Readiness, Windows 10 Demo and a Q&A of attendees.  The program is hosted with members of our help desk and account support team.

A technical note: the last 10 minutes during the Q&A the video is lost, but our program continues. 

If you are looking for a better technical service provider give Ease Technologies a call today.  Ease provides quick and patient support to your technical issues.  Our customers appreciate our innovative ideas and educational programs like this webinar.  Call us today to learn more at (301) 854-0010
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Demystifying the Cloud [Online Webinar]

Cloud ServicesDid your office productivity grind to a halt during last weeks winter storm? Are you interested in innovative ways to securely work remotely from any device?

Participants in the webinar will learn how advances in cloud services can provide employees of all size firms the ability to securely work from anywhere.

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