BROSIX https://www.brosix.com Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:52:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.brosix.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png BROSIX https://www.brosix.com 32 32 Encrypted Communication: Yes, it’s Important https://www.brosix.com/blog/encrypted-communication-yes-its-important/ Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:25:50 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11638 It’s easy to believe that every instant messaging application is the same as the next. This is particularly true when it comes to security. For example, if you have never faced a serious security concern in the past, you may assume that this will never happen in the future. Unfortunately, it’s this line of thinking that can lead to trouble. Encrypted communication is every bit as important as it sounds. An instant messaging program that doesn’t provide this feature is one that you should avoid at all costs. If you don’t, you’re taking a big risk every time you send and receive a message (or file). Are You New to this? If you don’t know the first thing about encrypted communication you’re not alone. Many people find themselves in this position. Fortunately, you don’t have anything to worry about. This is quite simple to understand. Here’s a basic definition, as shared by TechTarget: “In computing, encryption is the method by which plaintext or any other type of data is converted from a readable form to an encoded version that can only be decoded by another entity if they have access to a decryption key. Encryption is one of the most important methods for providing data security, especially for end-to-end protection of data transmitted across networks.” Now, do you see why this is such a big deal? If you don’t use an application with encryption, it’s much easier for your data to be hijacked by a hacker – and that’s not a risk you should be willing to take. What’s the Solution? Now that you understand the importance of encrypted communication, the next thing you need to do is find a solution. As noted above, you should only consider technology that uses encryption. This is where Brosix comes into play. We’re serious about security, which is why we use AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with 256-bit keys. This is as good as it gets. Here’s some additional information from our website: “All communication channels are direct, peer-to-peer, between the users and are not routed through Brosix servers. In some cases, if user firewalls do not allow direct connection, data is routed through Brosix servers. In these rare cases, the channels through the servers are built in a way that Brosix cannot decrypt and see the user data that flows.” In other words, you don’t have anything to worry about. We take care of everything for you, making it easy for you to send and receive messages with confidence. Furthermore, we take encryption to the next level by using these techniques: All Brosix channels use separate encryption keys All keys are negotiated over an encrypted channel Each key is negotiated on channel creation It’s these types of things that will give you even more peace of mind – and there’s nothing wrong with that. Final Thoughts You should never assume that your enterprise instant messenger is using encrypted communication. Instead, you need to check on this before you send your first message. What […]

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Top Tips for Working Remotely: You Don’t Want to Forget These https://www.brosix.com/blog/top-tips-working-remotely-dont-want-forget/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:47:17 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11622 With a growing number of people working remotely, it may not be long before you have your opportunity to do so. While this may be a bit scary at first – especially if you don’t have any experience working from home – there are a few steps you can follow to put yourself on the right track. Above all else, you need to remember one thing: just because you are working remotely doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. You still have a job to do, and you need to dedicate yourself to working in a productive and efficient manner. If you’ll be working remotely in the future or are already doing so, here are five tips to keep in mind: Set a Schedule One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a remote worker is assuming you don’t need a schedule. This is one of the quickest ways to find yourself falling behind on your work. Just the same as working in an office, you need to know when you’ll arrive at your desk and when you’ll call it quits for the day. Although you have more flexibility with your schedule, you still need something in place to keep you in order. Setup a Dedicated Office Space This is easier said than done for some, but it’s something you should definitely look into. Can you convert a spare bedroom into an office? How about a room in your basement? What about a closet? If none of these things work for you, it may be time to find a quiet space in your home that can “pull double duty.” For instance, you can use your bedroom to sleep at night but work during the day. It may not be the ideal arrangement, but it could work nonetheless. Stay in Touch With Others It may not bother you at first, but over time you’ll find just how difficult it can be to work alone. It’s essential to remain in touch with others, such as your coworkers, clients, and prospects. There are many ways of doing so. Maybe you use an enterprise instant messenger for communicating with your team. Or maybe you set up lunch dates every now and again with local clients. Even if you enjoy working alone, there’s no replacement for human interaction. You need this if you want to reach peak performance. Don’t Slack Off Since there is no one looking over your shoulder, it’s easy to slack off. Maybe you decide to sleep an extra hour in the morning. Or maybe you decide to leave for the day a couple hours early. While you want to take advantage of the flexibility, don’t let this drag down your performance. Remove Distractions from Your Office This is a huge problem when working from home, as there is always something to distract you. From the television playing in the background to the kitchen pantry full of food, there will be temptations all around. By removing distractions from your office, […]

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Keep Team Communication Safe with a Private IM Network https://www.brosix.com/blog/keep-team-communication-safe-private-im-network/ Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:21:46 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11615 Are you concerned about safety and security every time you communicate with someone at your place of employment? Do you have reason to believe that you could be doing something that puts your information at risk? Are you hoping to change all of this for the better in the near future? In today’s day and age, it’s more important than ever to keep team communication safe. If you neglect to do so, you may soon find that an outsider has accessed your internal data – and that’s not a situation you ever want to face. A data breach is every bit as bad as it sounds. For instance, the Equifax data breach has been in the news for several months now. The Federal Trade Commission has even commented on this, noting the following: “Here are the facts, according to Equifax. The breach lasted from mid-May through July. The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people. And they grabbed personal information of people in the UK and Canada too.” Although your company may not be as big as Equifax – in regards to how much data you store – this goes a long way in showing that something bad could happen if the wrong person gets their hands on your data. With all this in mind, it’s more important than ever to keep team communication safe. One of the top ways of doing so is with a private IM network. Here are some of the many things to consider when selecting an enterprise instant messenger for internal communication: Website SSL Encryption This is a must in today’s day and age. Brosix, for example, strongly believes in this security measure. Here’s what we have to say about SSL encryption on our website: “Brosix strongly believes in securing all of its webpages with 128-bit encryption using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). This is an internet standard for securing sensitive data communication.” You never want to use an IM unless this security measure is in place. Option to Build a Private Network The problem with some instant messaging applications is that anyone can join the network. This means your team could be communicating with outsiders, some of which may not have the best intentions. You must be able to build a private IM network. With this, you have full control over who is part of the network and who is on the outside looking in. Data Compression and Encryption Another area in which Brosix excels, data compression and encryption is an absolute must. Here’s how we describe this: “All Brosix communication channels are compressed and encrypted using AES 256-bit. This ensures that encrypted content can only be interpreted by an authorized user.” It’s easy to believe that data compression and encryption is unnecessary, but don’t underestimate the power of hackers in today’s day and […]

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How to Keep Company Data Confidential https://www.brosix.com/blog/how-to-keep-company-data-confidential/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:03:15 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11613 Do you have a system in place for keeping company data confidential? Is this something you have overlooked in the past? Are you hoping to make changes for the better in the immediate future? In an overall sense, you may not see any reason to put too much time and effort into this. You’ve avoided trouble in the past, and you would like to think that this will remain the same in the future. However, here’s something you need to remember: trouble is lurking around every corner. In today’s day and age, hackers are willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want. For example, Uber recently paid $100,00 in ransom after 57 million accounts were hacked. If it can happen to a company like Uber, it can happen to yours. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep company data confidential. Be Careful How You Communicate One of the biggest mistakes you can make is overlooking the importance of safety and security when communicating with coworkers, clients, and prospects (among others). For example, not all instant messaging applications are as secure as they should be. As a result, every time you send or receive a message or file, you’re putting your company at risk. This is why Brosix – a company that devotes itself to security – has become so popular among companies of all sizes (in every industry imaginable). Here’s what we have to say about security: “Brosix was built on the premise that instant messaging communication should be 100 percent safe and secure. This has lead to a product that provides the best of the best in regards to data security, allowing customers to communicate in a secure environment.” If you can’t communicate in a secure environment there’s a problem. You should never feel this way. How Are You Storing Your Data? Hackers know all the tricks, making it possible for them to access your network as to steal confidential information. This is why you should have a clear idea of how you’re storing your data, both online and off. In 2017 alone, many of the world’s top brands have been a victim of a data breach. This doesn’t even take into account the many smaller (and less known) companies that have found themselves in the same position. Tip: don’t focus all your time and energy on how you’re storing data online. You need to have a system for safely storing information offline, as well. Final Thoughts Unfortunately, it’s more difficult today than ever before to keep company data confidential. There are people out there who will do whatever it takes to gain access to your information, all with the idea of using it to their advantage. On the plus side, there are steps you can take to avoid trouble. An example of this is using a secure instant messenger to communicate and to send and receive files. If you have any concerns about data confidentiality, there is no time to waste. You need […]

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5 Business iPhone Apps to Install for 2018 https://www.brosix.com/blog/5-business-iphone-apps-install-2018/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:48:31 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/blog/?p=1427 With 2017 quickly coming to an end, there is no better time than now to turn your attention to the new year. This means many things, including taking a strong look at the technology you have in place. Do you use an iPhone for business? Are you looking for ways to get even more functionality out of your smartphone? If you answered yes to both of these questions, you need to learn more about the thousands of business iPhone apps that are currently available for download. Since you don’t have time to learn more about each and every one, we’re here to help. Here is a list of five business iPhone apps you should consider installing before 2018 arrives. With these on your side, you’ll find your business in good hands: Evernote Scannable “Scannable moves paper forward. Scan contracts, receipts, business cards, and any paper that comes your way. Save or share documents instantly and move on.” Why continue to bog yourself down with paper? There’s enough available technology that you should never find yourself in this position. The Evernote Scannable app will go a long way in helping you better organize the many documents in your business life. Airtable “Airtable is the easy way to create your own organizational databases. From indie filmmakers to cattle farmers, creators and creatives around the world are using Airtable to organize their lives, their way.” Do you find it challenging to remain organized? Is your business taking a toll as a result? This is where Airtable comes into play. With this app, you can create easy to use organizational databases. Once you have one of these in place, there’s no looking back. Brosix There are times when you need to communicate with your team while you’re on the go. There are also times when text messaging and phone calls don’t make sense. This is where Brosix comes into play. With the Brosix iPhone app, you gain access to features such as text chat, offline messages, send and receive files and photos, and phone calls. Best yet, everything is safe and secure, meaning you don’t have to concern yourself with this as you communicate with your business contacts. Minute “Paperless meetings the easy way. Minute makes meetings simple, clever and collaborative. Before, after and even during the meeting. “ There’s nothing worse than wasting time in meetings. This has a way of killing productivity. Since meetings are a necessary evil at times, you want to make the most of each one. A minute can help. Use this iPhone app to run efficient meetings, regardless of the reason or number of attendees. Buffer “Save time and manage all your social media in one place. Buffer is a simpler way to schedule posts and track the performance of your content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.” Social media is big business in today’s day and age. If you’re using social media in any way, you’ll want to download the Buffer iPhone app. This allows […]

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5 Office Productivity Killers to Avoid https://www.brosix.com/blog/5-office-productivity-killers-avoid/ Fri, 24 Nov 2017 10:39:06 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/blog/?p=1473 Do you find yourself ready to work the moment you arrive at the office in the morning? Does it often take you a little while to get up and running? Are you seeking ways to boost productivity, day in and day out? There is no shortage of office productivity killers, so you need to have a clear understanding of which ones could get in your way at some point down the road. While no two people or office settings are identical, here are five productivity killers that could pose a challenge: Radio There is nothing wrong with listening to some tunes every now and again, but too much of this can kill your productivity. Here’s what you need to do: work without the radio on for a few days to get a better feel for how this impacts your productivity and overall level of efficiency. If you experience an improvement, it’s time to turn the radio off for good. Internet With so many benefits of using the internet, it goes without saying that you’ll want to take advantage of this technology as often as possible. However, you don’t want to find yourself searching online for silly cat pictures or checking your email every other minute. The internet is a must for most companies, but you don’t want this to hold you back in regards to your productivity. Coworkers Let’s face it: it’s easy to kill time when you have the opportunity to converse with coworkers. This is even more so the case when you have to walk from one office to the next to talk. There are ways around this, such as by using an instant messenger. With this approach, you can avoid a situation in which you spend too much time talking face to face about things that have nothing to do with work. Food There is no denying the fact that you will get hungry throughout the day. And there is no denying the fact that you need to eat in order to keep fuel in your body. However, you don’t want to graze as the hours go by. Not only does this kill your productivity, but it can have a negative impact on your health. Do yourself a favor and stick to eating at designated times, such as your lunch break. Games Believe it or not, a growing number of companies are offering games at the office. They see this as a way to engage employees and keep them happy. While there is nothing wrong with this approach, here’s something to remember: things can quickly take a turn for the worse if you spend more time playing and not enough time working. Conclusion These are far from the only office productivity killers, but they are definitely among the most common. You don’t want one or more of these to drag you down, so make sure you do whatever it takes to stay on track. What are your thoughts on these productivity killers? How do you deal with these […]

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Use Instant Messaging to Stay in Touch Over the Holidays https://www.brosix.com/blog/use-instant-messaging-stay-touch-holidays/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:38:41 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/blog/?p=1439 With so much hustle and bustle during the holidays, it can be easy to lose touch with co-workers, clients, and friends while they are on vacation or out of the office. However, many offices are slowly making the transition to a more mobile work environment, allowing for employees to stay connected and communicate in an efficient and productive manner. Instant messaging is one of the many tools that employees can use to stay connected during the holiday season. This doesn’t mean that you have to be available at all times, but it can go a long way in ensuring that you are available when need be – even when you are spending time out of the office and/or on the road. If you are unsure of whether or not instant messaging is the right choice for your company, here are some of the many benefits: Ability to create a private network, ensuring that only your employees are able to communicate with one another Option to use high level features, such as voice chat, video chat, screen sharing, and file transfer (and that is just the start) Use the technology on almost any device imaginable, including smartphones, tablets, and computers How does all of that sound to you? With the holiday season closing in, you don’t want to wait any longer to learn more about the best way to use an instant messenger during this time of the year. Adding to this, it’s imperative that you think long and hard about which application is best for you and your company. Brosix, for example, is one of the most powerful enterprise instant messaging applications. With this application powering the communication needs of your workforce, you can be rest assured that everyone will be able to stay in touch during the holidays. Opportunities to Use an IM During the Holiday Season Are you struggling to understand when an IM could come into play during the holiday season? Are you worried that you won’t be able to use this communication tool to stay in touch with your team? You are not alone. Anyone who doesn’t have much experience with an IM may wonder what it can do for them during the holidays. Here are some examples of when this makes sense: If you are traveling with your family for the holidays, you may still need to keep in touch with your team. Since you don’t want to spend too much time on the phone, it makes sense to use an IM application. If you are allowing your employees to work from home over the holiday break. Since you don’t want people to lose touch, you should make sure every employee has access to the instant messenger you choose. If you need to conduct high-end business from the road. For instance, you may need to do more than chat with coworkers. You may also need to share files and your screen. This is where an IM can really help. Now do you see some of […]

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Brosix 4.0 Released for Desktop Clients https://www.brosix.com/blog/brosix-4-0-released-for-desktop/ Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:40:58 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11551 The Brosix team is excited to announce the release of the automatic Brosix 4.0 update for Brosix Desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux). The update is part of our continuous efforts to provide our customers with a better experience, and will launch on November 27th. The update includes several major and many minor improvements outlined below: Performance Improvements: This update includes many minor improvements aimed at improving overall program performance. Contact Lists: We’ve reworked the contact list layout and updated it to show contacts’ images, which both users and administrators can change. Find out more about the new Brosix contact list view. Group Filters: We’ve added new group filters to the contact list, resulting in easier group navigation. New and Improved Emoticons: We’ve overhauled the available emoticons, updating the older ones and adding various new ones. Chat Room Controls for Ultimate Plan Customers: This update introduces a wide range of Enterprise controls for Administrators for the existing chat rooms, and is available only on the Ultimate Plan. The Administrators will have the ability to create new chat rooms, remove users from chat rooms, deactivate chat rooms and remove them from users’ contact lists, disable users’ ability to leave chat rooms, and set chat room images. NOTE: While the update will take effect on November 27th, we’d like to notify our customers with “Network” and “Corporate” installations that they should contact us in order to agree on the details of their update. Any customers who would like to delay the update are also requested to contact us directly. As always, we’re continuing to work on many other improvements that will be available soon. In the meantime we hope these changes lead to a better Brosix experience for you and welcome and feedback that you may have. The Brosix Team

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How to Stay Motivated Over the Course of a Long Term Project https://www.brosix.com/blog/how-to-stay-motivated-over-the-course-of-a-long-term-project/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:46:26 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/blog/?p=1468 Are you concerned about the ability to remain focused over the course of a long-term project? Has this presented you with challenges in the past? Do you have reason to believe you could bog down again in the future? As difficult as it can be to stay motivated when a project drags on for many weeks or months, you must realize that remaining focused is important to a positive outcome. Despite the challenges, there are some simple tips you can follow to stay on track: Set Short and Long Term Goals Rather than look at the project as one big challenge, set both short and long-term goals. By taking this approach, you’ll feel good about your ability to move forward one step at a time. Tip: set your goals before the project ever starts. This will ensure that you know exactly what you’re striving for. Break Down the Project into Smaller Pieces This goes along with point #1 above. You don’t want to bite off the entire project at once, as you can soon become overwhelmed. It’s best to break down the project into smaller pieces, as this will help you move forward without the feeling that there is no end in sight. Take Regular Breaks This is hard to do, as you want to push forward as quickly as possible, but taking breaks throughout your day can go a long way in helping you stay focused. The end result is more efficiency and productivity from start to finish. Here’s an interesting passage shared by Health.com: “Researchers were not able to pinpoint the optimal number or length of breaks but found that timing is critical. The more hours that elapsed before a break, the less energized and the more symptoms of poor health workers reported when returning to the job. In other words, toiling through much of the workday before taking a breather is not as restorative as taking time out early in the day.” With this in mind, you need to think about more than taking breaks. You also need to plan your breaks based on what will work best for your body and schedule. Get Help from Others There will be times when you’re staffed with a solo project, meaning that you have to tackle one task after the next on your own. Conversely, there are times when you’re able to collaborate with others to ensure a high-quality final result. You should never shy away from getting help from others. For example, you could invite some of your team members into a group chat to discuss the current status of the project. Using a tool, such as Brosix, allows you to easily collaborate with coworkers in an efficient and effective manner. If there is help to be had, you need to take advantage. There is no reason to hold back. Remind Yourself of How Good it Will Feel to Finish As you work through your long-term project, it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that there […]

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5 Ways to Ace Collective Work https://www.brosix.com/blog/5-ways-ace-collective-work/ Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:46:20 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/blog/?p=1475 Are you the type of person who enjoys working on solo projects? Would you rather join up with a team to complete an important task? Do you find yourself dabbling in a little bit of both? Even if you enjoy working alone, there will be times when you have no choice but to join forces with a team. While this can bring forth a variety of challenges, there are steps you can take to make the entire process easier for everyone involved. If you want to ace collective work in the future, here are five things you should do: Make Sure Everyone is on the Same Page From the start, it’s imperative that every member of the team is on the same page. If even one person is lost and unsure of where they fit in, it could set back the entire project. Communicate with an Instant Messenger The way you communicate when working on a collective project can be the difference between success and failure. For example, using an instant messenger allows you to communicate in real time with every member of your team. However, if you opt for face-to-face meetings and phone calls, it could kill your productivity and cause the project to drag on. Provide Regular Updates Every member of the team should get into the habit of providing regular updates in regards to what they are doing and the progress they are making. With this approach, it’s much easier for everyone to stay on the same page. It also ensures that no two people are working on the same task. Set Short and Long Term Goals Collective work can be a challenge when you don’t have any goals in mind. Taking this one step further, everyone should be working toward the same goals. If you have one goal in mind but everyone else has another, it could slow you down and lead to lost time, money, and productivity. Set a Deadline for Completion This may not be the easiest thing to do, but it’s a step you definitely want to take. Without a deadline for completion, no one will have a sense of urgency. Instead, the project could continue to drag on one month after the next. You can change the deadline if necessary, but it’s a good idea to have something in place to start. Final Thoughts These are just a few of the many things you can do to ace collective work. Although you may not be the type of person who works well on a team, these steps will allow you to improve your efficiency along the way. Do you have any experience working on collective projects? What steps do you take to make sure every member of the team is on the same page all the time? Is there anything in particular that you try to avoid? Share your personal experiences and guidance in the comment section below. Your feedback can help others ace collective work in the future!

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