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November 19, 2020

Article by: PCS

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you and your family are healthy and safe as we enter this holiday season. Typically, I am bittersweet when the year is ending. I’m going to safely assume that we ALL are waiting for 2020 to end. More people have been working from home than ever before. This has changed the way companies need to secure their networks and the amount of infrastructure needed to operate efficiently and to leverage their investment in technology fully. I’m proud to say that so many of our clients are functioning very well during these difficult times.

I’m going to share some tips and tricks on staying safe while shopping online this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Apple has released its newest iPhone, and I’ll share the review with Fox 29 and, lastly, some ideas to stay connected.

Staying Connected

It has been nine months since I have included an event list in our newsletter. People would question how our team could be at so many places at once. We now have the opposite problem. Many indoor gatherings are not permitted, and it is getting too cold for outdoor events or golfing. It is important, though, for everyone to stay connected and still find ways to promote their business.

As many of you know, I’m an owner of Jerseyman/Phillyman and also very proud to be on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey. Both of these organizations are doing a great job of helping to connect folks. Jerseyman/Phillyman has been sponsoring a mix of outdoor events and virtual programming. The Chamber has done an amazing job with its virtual programming and keeping us all informed about what is going on legislatively with the virus and programs available to help small-business owners.

I recommend connecting with folks on LinkedIn via Zoom or some other sharing service. One thing I invested in was a light for my desk and my Zoom meetings, and it has made a big difference. If you want to get creative with your background, you can also purchase a green screen. I have seen people do some fun things with that.
Some other ideas:

· Make it a goal to connect with one new person a day – even if it is just for a 15-minute introduction call.
· Check out Lunch Club – it’s a free service that helps you to connect with folks from around the U.S. and also locally. I have met some great people on that service.
· Who is someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while? Pick up the phone and give them a call.

Also, I would use this time to update information on your LinkedIn and other social media platforms. I know many of us are guilty of not doing that. When you update your profile, your network will be alerted and might give one of your peers a reason to reach out and connect.

For more information on Jerseyman/Phillyman – https://jerseymanmagazine.com/

For more information on the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey – https://www.chambersnj.com/


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Black Friday and Cyber Monday

You can find some of the best deals of the year on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Black Friday has become more about online shopping than going to the mall in recent years. With COVID-19, I predict that online shopping will far eclipse in-store sales. This also creates opportunities for hackers to steal your banking information, credit card information, personal information, and more. Let’s stay safe, and here are some tips: PCS

1.  Create a separate email address for all of your online shopping. This will be an easy way to track your orders and spending. Also, it will prevent your main mailbox from being flooded with ads trying to sell you more things.

2.  Watch out for deals that are “too good” to be true.

3.  Only buy from reputable websites, and if your browser says the SITE IS NOT SECURE, do not put in your credit card information.

4.  Use a different password for each site and set up two-factor authentication if it is available.

5.   Have a separate credit card with a lower spend amount and use it just for online shopping.

6.   Do not use a debit card for online shopping.

It is essential to be aware of what you are doing and where you are going. Please make sure that you have an anti-virus and malware protection program in place. The Internet is not a safe place and clicking one link or mistakenly giving away your username and password can cause you problems for years and years to come.

All of the details for ALL of the new iPhones – click here for the story

As of 11/13/2020, Apple has released all versions of the new iPhone12. I was fortunate enough to go on Good Day Philadelphia with the little known brother of Tim Cook, Mike Cook. This will give you the information you need regarding all of the new iPhones.