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How to deal with COVID-19 and Working from home

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken the world by storm. Many of us are worried about the current climate and how to proceed in these uncertain times. Globally, businesses and individuals are doing their best to adapt to the changing situations, with many staying indoors for health and safety reasons. As many businesses shift from offices to remote work, employees at all levels attempt to adapt to the new reality.

For those that are able to work from home, it can sometimes be daunting changing a routine. Being used to commuting, changing space and environment, breathing different air, staying home can feel daunting. Moreover, office communication and transparency, agenda setting and collaboration are all key in bringing a company forward. As we all attempt to move forward together, Here are some tips and free tools for your business to use to make remote work and working from home a little easier.

Most of these tools are free to use, they may have different pricing packages and trials available, so as you get into a new routine, find what works best for you and your employees.

 

Task Management Tools

Asana: With its incredibly easy-to-use interface, Asana doesn’t add much to your routine and helps you stay on top of the most essential tasks to handle. You can add subtasks, attachments, and create different projects for tasks so they remain divided and organized.

Slack: Slack combines to do lists and organization with team communications. It brings direct messaging used most often in social media in order to enhance productivity at the company level. When the whole team is working remotely this can be a very efficient way to check in and discuss projects. You can also integrate different apps like Google and Asana into your Slack profile, that way you don’t have to continuously switch tabs and pages, everything is on one platform.

 

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Utility Tools

Every Time Zone: When working with individuals and teams that are scattered among different time zones, Every Time Zone becomes a necessity. You can customize the time zones you see according to the different locations your colleagues are in.

 

Sharing Tools

Applications part of Office 365

 

Office 365: Office 365 offers an array of benefits for those working remotely. From saving on the cloud to creating docs on the go, Office apps can help you create projects and keep your files organized and ready to view/download.

GSuite: GSuite can help you keep all your essential documents remotely, while also sharing them with colleagues and collaborators. Google Docs is useful for teams that work on the same item collaboratively, as edits can be made in real time by all individuals signed onto the document, and those with editing permissions. With lots of free storage space, GSuite can become very useful to keep documents at the ready and organised for all to use.

Dropbox: Similar to cloud functions in Office 365 and Google Drive, Dropbox helps individuals work with each other by sharing files easily through the app/website.

Box: With advanced security controls and an easily navigable interface, Box makes it easy to keep files safe and easily accessible. Creating workflows is easy and thanks to the approval function, employees can easily hand off work to the managers/directors for approval.

 

Communications/Meeting Tools

Team Viewer: This tool comes handy when conducting meetings remotely. It allows participants to share a screen, take control and present their ideas collaboratively.

Skype: Part of Office 365, Skype allows individuals to hold voice or videocalls. Skype allows offers Meet Now function where individuals can join a call even without having a Skype account, the call is joined through a shared link. This facilitates remote communications tremendously.

 

Remote Access Tools

Logmein: Logmein allows you to remotely access your computer from any device allowing individuals to have everything they need at their fingertips.

Team Viewer: Another great function of Team Viewer is that it allows you to log into your computer and access your files remotely.

These are just some of the many resources that are out there for project/time management, communications, and file sharing. All these websites are recommended by the SLK and are safe and easy to use. If you need any assistance in finding resources that fit your specific needs or need assistance in installing them, don’t forget we are just a phone call away ready to help!

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New Website Launched for Tacey Atkinson

Tacey Atkinson, like many other independent entrepreneurs, was at a loss. She had spent months working with unreliable website builders only to be left with a product that still did not meet her standards. She had a clear vision, a modern site that kept her “customers first” mission at the focus. Frustrated she turned to her peers hoping for some advice, luckily she was able to get a referral to SLK by a previous client. SLK was quick to act. Click the link to find out how we helped Tacey show her passion in an elegant way.


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New Logo and Website Launched for Hodur Construction Inc

John wanted a new elegant website with the ability to manage his content and projects in house. With a fresh modern logo and website John is now able to keep his content fresh and updated as projects are completed. Having multiple galleries based on each project allows his visitors to see all stages of a project and to see the potential of their own next project. John's visitors now have a direct avenue to contact him and to start the process for their next big project. Click the link to find out how we helped John show his passion in an elegant way.


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How to Setup and Use System Restore on Windows 10

We have all had that time when your Windows computer just had a hiccup or has shown an error screen. Luckily there is a System restore option that can sometimes come to the rescue. The only down fall to this is it must be setup before it can be used. Continue reading to see how you can setup System Restore to recover from some catastrophic errors.

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New Website Launched for European Monuments

European Monuments needed the ability to showcase the amazing hard work and dedication that goes into creating each one of a kind piece at their Oakville location. Using high resolution images and beautiful galleries partnered with a clean and modern website has given them the ability to reach a boarder audience. Having an open line of communication and the ability to keep the content fresh and up to date was just one way we helped bring their outdated website into this responsive world. Click the link to find out how else we helped this estabilished business stand out in the heart of Oakville.


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New Website Launched for First Choice Office Moving

First Choice Office Moving needed a website that would set them apart and showcase why they are the only place in GTA for your office moving and office furniture needs. First Choice's dedication to providing the best experience when moving your office or when fully furnishing your new or old office was the foundation to creating a simple and modern website. Providing all the informaiton in an easy to read platform that was responsive on any device allowed them to manage the site on the go. Click to find out how else we helped First Choice bring their idenity to a broader audience.


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New Logo and Website Launched for Embrace Health Services

Arlene needed the ability to spread her message to a greater audience. With a fresh new modern logo and easy to manage website, Arlene is able to show her passion for all things health and to build discussions around important topics that affect everyone. Having a blog allows her to raise awareness for issues that are affecting society in this modern age. Click the link to find out how else we helped Arlene bring her message to life.


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New Website Launched for Edges Skate Sharpening

Kyle needed a website that would set him apart and showcase why he is the best place in Milton to get your skates sharpened. Kyle's passion and dedication was the foundation to creating a modern and clean website that was fully responsive plus easy for him to manage. Big and bright images make Edges website a pleasure to view. Click the link below to find out how else we helped Kyle bring the right edge to Milton's skating scene.


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New Website Launched for Danmare Group Inc

Easy to manage, clean, responsive and professional, plus the ability to have a direct line with clients on any device is what set Danmare's website apart from everyone else. Danmare needed the ability to change their content to reflect all projects as they are completed. We choose the bright blue and grey from their logo to bring life to their outdated site.


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New Website and logo for First Class Fleet Services / First Class Spring & Suspension

 

Letting your customers know what you’re really about can go a long way. When First Class approached SLK to revamp their logo and create a custom website, we knew people had to get a glimpse of the hard work and professionalism that goes on behind the scenes. We were able to do this by incorporating high quality photography into the website and letting the pictures speak for themselves. Visit our portfolio to read more on how SLK helped First Class Fleet Services / First Class Spring and Suspension stand apart.

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Tips to Strengthen Your Passwords

 

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Whether it’s for social media, work, shopping, or your own business, you have a password. Hopefully, more than one. But are those passwords really as secure as you think they are? Recently even Bill Burr, regarded as the father of the modern password, has said even he has regrets on the advice he gave on password strength.

So how do you improve your passwords to make sure they are as secure as they can be? Here are some simple tips:

1. Use multiple passwords

You’ve probably heard this before but are you actually putting it into practice? Creating a new password for every account you have may seem tedious at first but there is nothing worse than a hacker getting a hold of one of your accounts and now having access to all of them. A good tip for creating multiple passwords is to stick to a central theme to create passwords for certain sites. For example, all of your social media passwords may start with the letter “H”, or maybe all your work accounts have a fruit related word in them.

 

2. Keep it simple… sort of

When we say keep it simple we don’t mean name your passwords “Password!1”. Use difficult to guess yet easy to remember words or phrases rather than a short, complicated string of numbers, letters, and symbols. Speaking with CBS news, Burr said “It's probably better to do fairly long passwords that are phrases or something like that that you can remember than to try to get people to do lots of funny characters,".

The trick here is the length rather than the complexity. The longer the password the harder it is for a hacker to brute force their way into. That said, it doesn’t hurt to add a few numbers and symbols into your passwords, just try to put them in less predictable places.

 

3. Do not share your passwords!

Again, if this one seems obvious to you, that’s a good thing. You should never share your passwords with anyone, not even close friends. Sharing your passwords either online or in public increases the potential of someone learning your password that you didn’t intend.

If using a group or company account where there is no individual access password, be sure everyone in the group is aware that this information is confidential. Furthermore, be careful of where you log in with your passwords. If you are on a public computer or using public Wi-Fi, you may not be as secure as you think. Think twice before signing in with your precious information.

 

4. Consider a password manager

There are a variety of free programs and web services out there that allow you to generate powerful passwords for every site you go to but only require you to remember one master password.

These managers are great for work or home computers where you may be frequenting several sites on a regular basis and don’t want to constantly try to remember everyone of your passwords.

 

So, the next time you're asked to create a password, keep these tips in mind and remember a strong password is hard to guess but easy to remember.

 

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Social media: Identifying the platform that works best for you

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For every busy social media marketer, there is an allure to scheduling the exact same social media messages across multiple platforms. It's easy and saves you a lot of time. But is it really the best way to reach your audience and increase your engagement?

Making slight changes/tweaks to your messages for each social network can help you engage your audience, and increase your reach and your engagement.

So how do you write social media content across multiple platforms? Here are tips to help:

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New Webiste and Logo Adjustments for Chasing Happiness

Word travel and life happiness is what made this website stand out. Redesigned logo and custom mockup let SLK transform this outdated website into an easy to manage outlet for Crystal to stay in contact with all her readers and followers. Visit our portfolio to read more of how SLK helped Chasing Happiness reach her audience easier.


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New Website for Hitherfield School

Elegance and a touch of nature is what made Hitherfield School’s website come to life. Freshened up the logo and a full mock-up allowed SLK the ability to transform their outdated site to a newly modernized and easy to use website that will stand apart from other private schools. Visit our portfolio to read more of how SLK helped Hitherfield School with the transition.


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New Logo and New Website for TWT Productions

SLK is happy to add to our ever growing family. We are proud to launch a new logo and website for TWT Productions. We were able to capture Tony's love for all things multimedia in the website and logo. Visit our portfolio to read more of how SLK helped TWT stand apart.


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Watch Out for Domain Phishing and Scams

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Whenever you receive an email or letter parcel asking for information regarding your domain and you are unsure about it, don’t hesitate to contact us for clarification. These emails are created to scare you into providing personal information without investigating. They use words and phrases like ‘final’, ‘failure to pay’, ‘failure to reply’, ‘and immediate attention required’. These are all used to trigger the fear of the unknown. Always remember to take some extra steps to verify when your personal information is requested.

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New Revive Skin Clinic & Boutique Website

Every time we launch a new website it’s always a momentous occasion for us. Our clients at Revive Skin Clinic & Boutique put their faith in us to create a website that showed the elegance and exclusivity of their business, and the treatments they offer. It was a great experience for all of us, and we look forward to continuing to help their business grow. Visit our portfolio to take a look at their serene and beautiful website.


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Typography and your website

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Now that we’ve gone over colour, let's look at another seemingly small element that can make a huge difference in the look of your website. And you’re looking at it right now, your website’s typeface and font.

Before we go any further, let’s clear up what we mean by those terms. Contrary to popular belief, font does not refer to the different names of different texts, i.e. Times New Roman, Helvetica, Cambria etc. Those are typefaces. Font refers to the different forms within a typeface, i.e. bold, italics, size of the letters etc.

It’s important to use a typeface to its full potential. A website can be completely transformed just by a simple typeface switch.

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Adding IMAP Email to Outlook YouTube Video

SLK has uploaded its first how-to YouTube video for adding IMAP email to Outlook. In this video you will get step by step instructions for configuring your Outlook 2010 with an SSL IMAP email account. With the growing need for access to email and the popularity of how-to videos, we wanted to make sure we had the best tools for our clients when making any transitions.

SLK’s YouTube channel will be a one stop place for all Email, Joomla, Magento and Computer tips, as well as some how-to’s that are relevant in today’s industry. Check back here for any updates or new releases.

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Manual Photography Cheat Sheet

 

Trying to wrap your head around photography can be very hard and time consuming, which is why we've created this handy Manual Photography Cheat Sheet. Print it out and keep it next to your camera, we promise you'll have fun and be amazed with the results.


 

 

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