So much of our life is now conducted online: online banking, online shopping, online socializing, etc. The internet has helped streamline the way we manage our personal business, but it has also presented new opportunities for hackers and cyber-criminals to gain access to our personal data. As their techniques become more refined, the need for strong password security to guard information becomes critical.
Hackers have multiple ways to get to your accounts and data. Some of the most popular include: (more…)
by Marla DiCarlo, CEO, Raincatcher
Almost all of the successful business owners and entrepreneurs maintain daily habits that help set them apart. While there is no secret to success, by taking time to examine the habits of top business owners, you can find ways to achieve your own goals. Although you may not be able to adopt all of these habits, this list may help guide you on your journey. Keep on reading for more information on the routines of successful business owners. (more…)
Quality video surveillance is particularly relevant to our government customers. While budgets can be less of an issue at the federal level, state and local governments often see cost as a significant barrier. This must be balanced with the very real need to ensure public safety.
Don’t fret. While there’s no doubt that IP video capabilities have caught-up to once-fanciful Hollywood renditions, there’s no reason a budget-conscious government customer can’t leverage high-quality IP video to protect citizens and enforce the law. (more…)
Many business owners do not put much emphasis on training and often consider it more of an expense than an investment. However, training your employees is extremely valuable to your business. While you may have to spend time and resources to send your staff to training, ensuring your employees know how to use the latest technology and tools helps your business run more efficiently. (more…)
by Joseph Alvarez, Content and Copywriting Specialist
As Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standards revisions pertaining to the alarm services industry come into effect October 2020, you can trust Bold with ensuring your compliance and enhancing your profitability. One recent UL revision is a requirement to implement high availability computer systems. (more…)
If you are heading out on a trip this summer, there’s a good chance you’ve put a lot of effort into your planning: choosing a destination, making travel arrangements, deciding on things to do and see, preparing a list for packing, etc. But what about the house you’re leaving behind? Summer is the peak time for home burglaries because criminals are watching for empty homes. Putting some extra planning into protecting your home before your trip can save you heartache later. (more…)
by Steve Carlin, Senior QA Engineer
While working on Manitou development and QA, I tend to run across small tips that will help solve issues or make things easier for Manitou users. I compiled a few of these for those of you who currently use the Manitou Web Client with Manitou 2.0 or 2.1.
The Google Chrome browser has an autofill feature that many of us find useful in our daily browsing; unfortunately, it can interfere with the functionality of the Manitou Web Client.
Autofill allows the browser to complete form inputs without user intervention. Within the Manitou Web Client, this can be problematic because filters and fields can be auto-filled with unintended data which, of course, can produce unexpected results. However, there is a simple way to disable this feature: (more…)
As the use of smart home technology expands, so does the prevalence of home security surveillance cameras. Modern homeowners see the value in being able to see their home on demand and are regularly looking at these products as a feature of their security system, whether through a security dealer or a DIY solution.
There are hundreds of camera options available on the market, so how do you know which one is the best option for you? The answer varies depending on how and where you are planning to use it. But there are some good considerations to keep in mind when you are making your decision. (more…)
By Caryn Morgan, Director of Training
What is Operational Excellence? Why should you and your business care about it?
Operational Excellence is more than a cool buzzword that pundits are bantering around these days. It is a shift in thinking. I am sure you have seen the memes with Richard Branson talking about treating your people well because when you treat them well they will treat your customers well. That is really the crux of what we are talking about with Operational Excellence. It is doing your business that much better than anyone else. That requires looking inward at everything you do and asking yourself, can we do things better? Can we be better?
There are three key elements to look at when you start down a path toward Operational Excellence: People, Process, and Plan. (more…)
by Josh Tafoya, Technical Trainer & Caryn Morgan, Director of Training
Bold Group is very pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated Manitou version 2.1! To help spread the word, we’ve been devoting the past few weeks on our Bold blog highlighting some of the exciting new features built into Manitou’s newest release. Some of the newly created features are long-time requests from several of our monitoring center partners. This week, we’re highlighting Linked Open/Close Schedules. (more…)