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The Importance of Backup and Recovery

Did you know that worldwide businesses lose customers and reputation when their data is lost or compromised? 

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On Nov. 1, 2018, the Government of Canada made it mandatory for all Canadian businesses to report data breaches. Twelve months on, the number of breaches has increased, and figures suggest that at least 28 million Canadians had been affected by these breaches by 2019. To put this into perspective, the current Canadian population is 37.59 million. More than half of the population is affected by this problem. In the news, we often hear of large corporations that experience data breaches. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) has confirmed that there are also “…significant volumes coming from small- and medium-sized businesses” (Global News). Data backup and security is something that every company, no matter the sector, should take seriously.

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Back to School: E-Learning Resources to Help Children, Parents, And Caregivers  

Schools have started again, but we have never seen learning like this before. Our current education system is experiencing an unprecedented difficult task. Parents are thankful for the hard work teachers and administrators are putting in, but still feel very apprehensive about the coming months. The educational sector has gotten more tech-savvy through the years, but nothing has prepared it for the current COVID-19 reality. 

 

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Adapting to the “New Normal”: Going Back to Work With COVID-19 Measures

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The Coronavirus crisis is far from over, yet many businesses are opening their doors again, after receiving appropriate directives from the government. There are pros and cons on either side of the opening/remaining closed argument. The pros of keeping businesses shut down are minimizing the risk of exposure and minimizing company liability. The major con is that staying closed hurts the business’ financial health and stability as well as the overall economy, as people need to be able to work to maintain their livelihood. Opening too soon and without the right measures in place could be catastrophic as there is still a lot to learn about this epidemic.

There is no right or wrong answer here, for employers and employees alike. If you fear the “new normal”, you are not alone. Read on, and inform yourself about your rights, and ways in which you can protect yourself both legally and health-wise. 

 

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Un-Spam Your Life: Tips & Tools For a Healthy Digital Life

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In recent weeks Google has seen more than 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19. 

 

Spam is annoying and dangerous. It’s also everywhere. With the current coronavirus crisis, cybercriminals are hard at work with securing domains and emails to take advantage of people’s fear and need for information. There has been a significant increase in both potentially malicious websites and scam emails being sent through the web. Emails like CDC-Covid19@cdc[.]gov. look like highly credible sources, but only lead to hackers taking advantage of your lack of knowledge. Hackers may even create content that you think is real, and while you are visiting their site, they have full access to your information. You may have seen the Coronavirus map below and might have thought of it as credible. Beware, because while you are viewing the map hackers are downloading malware onto your computer. 

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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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Picture Perfect: Tips for Any Photographer with Any Camera

As we know by now, images are far more effective at catching people’s attention than text. However, not any old image will get you noticed. With the rise of high quality cameras in smartphones, it seems that anyone can become a skilled photographer. But just because the technology has gotten more advanced, doesn’t mean the basic rules of good photography have changed. An image can be high resolution, colourful and in focus, but if you don’t follow these basic rules of design, your photo will fall flat.

Ensure Every Post has Value

Despite our first instinct to put the subject of our picture in the centre of our frame, a subject that is offset to one of these intersections is actually more visually appealing and more dynamic than a subject that’s photographed head-on. This is because the rule of thirds follows the natural eye movement that people experience when looking at an image for the first time. Here is an example of how we used this principle for Whole Home Solutions.

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Considering Lighting

Lighting can be the deciding factor between an outstanding photograph and a lackluster one. You always want your subject to have as much natural light as possible, as sunlight is usually always softer and more flattering than artificial light. If there isn’t enough natural light, you can get great results with properly placed light, but make sure that you don’t try to combine light sources in an attempt to brighten the image. Sunlight and artificial light are different hues and having them both in one image can cause a disruption in the white balance and negatively affect the colouring and atmosphere of the shot.

Also avoid flash whenever possible. We’ve all been on the receiving end of a shot that washes the colour out of our face, gives you red eye and looks the complete opposite of capturing a natural moment. These photos used for NuSkin+ Estetika is a great example of using light to create a soft and natural final product.

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Don’t Be Predictable

If your website is going to contain a lot of visuals (which it should to be eye catching for your viewers), you’ll want to keep the images new and exciting, so that viewers don’t get bored and to ensure every page will be uniquely eye-catching. Changing up the subject matter, angles, colours and depth of field are all great ways to get a diverse collection of images. Here are a few examples of how using close ups, different perspectives, and highlighting different colours can keep photographs that all have a common theme unique and stand out from one another.
With these tips in mind, get your camera out and start shooting! The best way to find out what works and what doesn’t is by practicing. And not to worry, if you’re too busy to have a photo shoot or are still lost behind a lens, that’s what we’re here for. Contact us today to see how SLK can help your business stand out with beautiful photography.

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