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How the pandemic changed what it means to look ‘professional’ at work

April 12th, 2021 Posted by Employment, Life and Culture, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs) 0 thoughts on “How the pandemic changed what it means to look ‘professional’ at work”

“The pandemic has changed the definition of work attire and seems to imply different meanings when it comes to the pressures felt by men and women.”

Glenn Baruck, Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


It’s been over a year since many of us were instructed to grab our office essentials and move to work from our homes. A large part of working from home is the necessity of spending hours in virtual meetings, looking at each other in little boxes and being “on camera” frequently, which was foreign and often uncomfortable for many. This paradigm shift has brought some significant changes to the accepted definition of business casual and grooming standards. Insights say that norms are relaxing. That said, according to this article written by Kathleen Davis for FASTCOMAPANY, some data suggests that women are reacting differently from men to the new norms and feeling pressure to look professional despite the changes. This article and the latest episode of Davis and her colleague’s podcast go into depth on this interesting topic.    


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Michael Dell: ‘Yes, Remote Working Is Absolutely Here To Stay’

April 5th, 2021 Posted by Employment, Life and Culture, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Michael Dell: ‘Yes, Remote Working Is Absolutely Here To Stay’”

“Are remote workforces here to stay? According to Michael Dell, the answer is simple.”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


In the US, vaccinations are increasing, cities and states are easing into more open scenarios, new (often more contagious) COVID-19 variants continue to emerge, and testing is improving. The good with the not-so-good continues to be the norm. In the meantime, when it comes to the workplace, is working remotely here to stay? That’s the million (billion or trillion?) dollar question for companies of every type and size. Thanks to this article by Mark Haranas from CRN.com, we get a peek into the future of work from IT visionary Michael Dell’s perspective.


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Beware of fraudulent websites promising to help you get vaccine

March 29th, 2021 Posted by Life and Culture, Security & Surveillance, Technology 0 thoughts on “Beware of fraudulent websites promising to help you get vaccine”

“FOMOV is real and opens the door to cybercriminals and scammers. Get informed and be careful!”

Glenn Baruck, Chicago Voice and Data


FOMOV (Fear of missing out on the vaccine) is real and has millions scrambling to find a place where they can receive a shot. The good news is that vaccine supply continues to increase, allowing some states and local areas to expand vaccine appointment qualifications to include broader groups of people. Also, at the same time, more and more people are receiving their vaccinations. All great news! However, in many areas, vaccine appointments are still scarce and difficult to come by. This situation has created FOMOV and opened the doors for cybercriminals and scammers looking to take advantage of this fear. Already, over 96,000 fraudulent websites have by government agencies and are probably the tip of the iceberg!

If you have 5 minutes, watch this segment from the 3/29/2021 Today Show, it provides excellent insight about these scams and offers resources to help you find your shot too!  


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Protecting Yourself from Tax Season Scams

March 8th, 2021 Posted by Finance, Life and Culture, Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Protecting Yourself from Tax Season Scams”

“Cybercriminals know you’re scrambling to get your taxes done. Be careful; they are out to steal your identity and your money!”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


If you are like many Americans and me, just about now, you are scrambling to gather and organize all of your tax documents so you can file your taxes on time. In the meantime, while you are getting things together, cybercriminals are getting organized, too, as they implement the latest tax season scams to gain access to your identity and potentially your money. Tax fraud and tax scams are big business, as evidenced by the $2.3 billion in tax fraud identified by Internal Revenue Service in 2020 based on their 2020 Fiscal Year Annual Report. This article from Morgan Stanley provides excellent insight and tips on protecting yourself from these cybercriminals and what to do if you become a victim.


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Hackers go phishing for remote workers during pandemic

March 1st, 2021 Posted by Life and Culture, Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Hackers go phishing for remote workers during pandemic”

“Remote employees continue to pose cybersecurity challenges for organizations of all sizes. Get informed and then educate to help defend yourself.”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


One sentence is all you must read to understand the ongoing importance of cybersecurity for remote workers. Here it is: “The shift to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it a 300% increase in cybercrime. Wandera’s 2020 Mobile Threat Landscape Report stated that every three minutes, new phishing sites pop up.” Let that sink in for a bit, and you will know why IT managers and their teams are facing the most significant ongoing challenge of their careers.

Keeping informed is the beginning of the protection process. This article by Heather Stratford for SECURITY INFOWATCH.com sheds more light on the subject. Stratford includes excellent information and practical solution ideas to help you better prepare your remote teams and protect your organization’s assets.


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Apple iPad Pro Vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 7+: Head-To-Head

February 22nd, 2021 Posted by Life and Culture, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Apple iPad Pro Vs. Microsoft Surface Pro 7+: Head-To-Head”

“Not just fun and games, these 2-in-1 tablets are serious business contenders!”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


When it comes to business use, laptops continue to be the instrument of choice for mobile professionals who desire versatility, portability and computing power. However, there is a loyal and expanding following of business pros that are choosing 2-in-1 tablets as their go-to productivity tool as Microsoft and Apple continue to improve these machines, which makes them hard to ignore options.

Check out this just-released head-to-head of Apple and Microsoft’s latest offerings by Kyle Alspach for CRN.com for the pros and cons of each.


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