BROSIX https://www.brosix.com Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:23:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://www.brosix.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-favicon-32x32.png BROSIX https://www.brosix.com 32 32 Secure Communication for Remote Workers https://www.brosix.com/blog/secure-communication-remote-workers/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:30:56 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11939 Overview In the ever-changing modern workplace, remote work is on the rise, and forecasted to further grow with time. From 2012 to 2016, the number of American employees working remotely rose from 39% to 43%, meaning fewer face-to-face interactions and more virtual communication through email, instant messaging and conference calls. The worker driven demand for remote work has also increased in recent years alongside a better understanding of the benefits that a flexible work approach can bring to businesses when used in the correct way. Apart from fully remote employees, there is also an increasing amount of part time remote workers and work-related travel, leading to employees embracing a mix of remote and in person interactions. This mixed approach can lead to a number of benefits, including reduced overhead and increased employee engagement. According to a recent Gallup poll on the American workforce, employees who spend 60 percent to 80 percent of their time offsite reported being the most engaged of all employees, including those who do no remote work. Concurrent to this rise in remote employees, concerns over cybersecurity in the workplace continue to grow. This presents a challenge to businesses looking to take advantage of the numerous benefits of working with remote employees. Addressing this challenge is therefore of the utmost concern to businesses with remote workers. The Issue While the benefits of remote work are increasingly understood, this approach also comes with potential risks, the most pressing of which is cybersecurity. Cybersecurity threats continue to grow, highlighted by a seemingly never-ending list of news stories around data breaches, hacking and ransomware, to name a few. Creating a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy is a challenge for any business, especially those with a flexible work policy that allows employees to connect from different locations. With an increasingly dispersed workforce and ever increasing cybersecurity risks, businesses are rightfully concerned with the security of remote workers’ communication. Security measures that work well in a single physical environment, such as an in office intranet and direct observation of employees’ work, are not feasible when dealing with remote workers. Another approach is necessary, one that offers a high level of security to workers’ communication regardless of where they find themselves in the world. The need for a flexible private network that both ensures security and privacy in team communication, and is easily accessible regardless of location, is higher than ever. The question then arises, how can businesses ensure a flexible work environment which encourages collaboration while not sacrificing security? The Solution Working remotely does not necessarily mean increasing the risk to cybersecurity. There are several ways to approach the issue, but some are more desirable than others, for example Instant Messaging (IM) programs that provide secure private networks for businesses. Private IM networks accessible to employees regardless of their location are one of the best solutions for providing secure communication to remote workers. To take one example of an industry leading secure IM program, Brosix Instant Messenger provides businesses with the highest level of […]

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How can Bitcoin Dealers Ensure that their Communication is Encrypted? https://www.brosix.com/blog/can-bitcoin-dealers-ensure-communication-encrypted/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:47:26 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11891 Overview Since its inception in 2008 as a cryptocurrency, Bitcoin has dramatically increased in terms of value and popularity. This currency and the market surrounding it is forecasted to continue its unprecedented growth. In the last 5 years alone the number of total transactions per month has increased roughly tenfold and the price of one Bitcoin reached a high of nearly $20,000. As the industry continues its astronomical growth, an ever-increasing amount of people are beginning to deal in Bitcoin. Despite the relative volatility of the price, these Bitcoin dealers are attracted to the market for a number of reasons: the potential for high returns on their investment, the peer to peer nature and lack of a middleman, the lack of government intervention and regulation, and the relative level of privacy in transactions, to name a few. The potential benefits from dealing in Bitcoin are certainly numerous, and given these benefits the number of people becoming Bitcoin dealers is growing. With an increase in the number of people involved and the overall attention paid to Bitcoin, successful dealers must become even more conscious of the security and privacy of their interactions on the market, including their online communication. The Issue Unfortunately, as with any high growth and high-profit area, Bitcoin has encountered several security issues. The nature of Bitcoin is such that peer to peer Bitcoin dealing is for the most part unregulated, one of the attractive points for many people operating in the Bitcoin market. This ensures a high level of privacy when dealing with Bitcoin, but can also lead to security challenges. This lack of regulation presents the opportunity for ill-intentioned actors to abuse the systems surrounding Bitcoin transactions. In the past years, several different types of attacks have surfaced in Bitcoin networks, including deanonymization of clients, and unauthorized and double spending. While many of these have been taken care of through across the board security measures, other security issues require vigilance on the part of Bitcoin dealers.  Several governments are also making moves to regulate Bitcoin, something that most in the market are rightfully concerned about and do not want to see. The desire to avoid government interference and ensure private peer to peer exchanges was one of the main reasons cryptocurrencies were created in the first place. These developments further emphasize the need for Bitcoin dealers to ensure that their communication is encrypted, in order to avoid their communications falling into the wrong hands. Security and privacy continue to be of the utmost importance in Bitcoin, meaning that anyone dealing in Bitcoin should be making efforts to provide an experience that is not prone to cybersecurity threats or unwanted attention. One essential element of this is secure communication. The logical question thus arises: how can Bitcoin dealers guarantee that their communication is encrypted? The Solution The Bitcoin industry essentially operates on security and privacy, and these areas are still highly valued by clients. Blockchain, the digital ledger used in Bitcoin dealing, operates using cryptology and therefore […]

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How to Organize Remote Meetings That Don’t Suck https://www.brosix.com/blog/organize-remote-meetings-dont-suck/ Thu, 08 Feb 2018 12:00:59 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11893 Has your company done away with in person meetings? Did you come to find that these were nothing more than a waste of time? Are you now scheduling remote meetings with your team? While there is no denying the fact that in person meetings are a dying breed, it doesn’t mean you can completely give up on these get-togethers. After all, there are instances when you need to communicate with your entire team or company at the same time. Inc. published an article entitled “Great Companies Are Making All Meetings Optional.” In this piece, the author discussed the benefits of optional meetings, including the potential for this strategy to make useless get-togethers a thing of the past. Here is an excerpt to keep in mind: “Atlassian’s infographic shows that the average employee spends 31 hours a month in meetings and considers at least 50 percent of them a complete waste of time. Ninety-one percent daydream, 75 percent do other work, and 39 percent sleep during at least some of them. And unnecessary meetings waste $37 billion a year.” Check out those numbers. Are you scared that these could be having a negative impact on your company? If so, it’s time to move to a remote meeting structure. When making this move, it’s essential that you understand what you should and shouldn’t be doing. In other words, you don’t want to organize remote meetings that suck. Easy enough, right? Here are some tips to help you organize product meetings that keep all participants engaged from start to finish: Use the Right Technology The biggest mistake you can make is using the wrong technology. For example, no one wants to call into a conference line and sit on their phone. This is an old school way of doing things. In today’s day and age, the right technology for remote meetings is an enterprise instant messenger. Here’s why: It’s more effective in getting people involved It’s easier to communicate in more than one form (such as text and voice) It gives everyone the opportunity to easily share information with one another, such as in the form of screen sharing The technology you use can be the difference between success and failure when it comes to remote meetings. You don’t want to come up short in this department. Set a Time Limit Neglecting to set a time limit is the same as setting yourself up for failure. Let’s put it this way: you don’t want your remote meetings to drag on and on, as this will lead to a situation in which the participants stop paying attention. If it’ll take you 30 minutes to get through everything, make sure you don’t go over by a single second. Just the same, if you can condense 30 minutes of information into 20 minutes, you should do so by all means. Fast meetings don’t necessarily mean you have to rush. They simply mean you have to get to the point and stay on the right track. Let […]

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Group Chat Messaging: Could it Work for Your Business? https://www.brosix.com/blog/group-chat-messaging-work-business/ Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:17:56 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11666 Are you searching for a better way to communicate with your team? Is efficiency and productivity on your mind? Are you willing to experiment with all types of technology, hoping to find something that works for the majority of your company? While there are many opportunities in today’s day and age – ranging from text messaging to social media to email – you should never overlook the power of an instant messaging application. Many people never give this a second look because they don’t realize the true power of instant messaging. Instead, they assume that this provides nothing more than the ability to send and receive text based messages in real time. This may be the foundation, but it goes way deeper than this. For example, Brosix offers a variety of group chat messaging features, all of which are built to help companies communicate in a more efficient and effective manner. Why it Could Work From the outside looking in, you may struggle to understand how group chat messaging could benefit your company. This is why you need to give one of these programs a try. It’s not until then that you can fully realize what’s available to you. With Brosix, you gain access to many high level features, some of which will immediately transform the way your team communicates. Here are some of these features, including what they can do for you: Chat rooms. Do you ever have the urge to schedule a conference call or in person meeting with multiple people? While this may be a way of life for your business, you don’t have to remain stuck in the past. You can use a chat room to hold a real time conversation with multiple members of your network, all with the idea of boosting productivity. Broadcast message. Are you seeking a way to share an important announcement with everyone on your contact list? While an email could do the trick, you never know if it will reach everyone in a timely manner. With Brosix, however, you have the opportunity to send a real time announcement without any hassle. Text conference. It doesn’t matter if you need to collaborate on a project with a large group or if you simply want to discuss an issue in the office with a couple of coworkers, you can use the text conference feature to do so in a fast, efficient, and safe manner. Tabbed chat. Let’s face it: there will be times when you need to separately communicate with more than one person at the same time. This can be a challenge with other forms of communication, but not when you’re using Brosix. With tabbed chat, you can keep track of multiple conversations in one window. Not only does this increase speed, but it also makes the best use of your screen space. How to Get Your Team Involved The biggest issue with instant messaging is that your team may not be as excited about this as you. Subsequently, you may […]

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Evolution of Instant Messaging https://www.brosix.com/blog/evolution-of-instant-messaging/ Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:29:37 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11728 Instant messaging technology has come a long way since day one, with more advancements expected in the years to come. As a user, it’s important to understand how this technology has changed, as it gives you the knowledge necessary to use it to your advantage in the future. In the infographic below, we’ve highlighted the evolution of instant messaging, including many of the top moments spanning from 1961 through present day. Share this Image On Your Site </p> <p><strong>Please include attribution to https://www.brosix.com/ with this graphic.</strong></p> <p><a href=’https://www.brosix.com/blog/evolution-of-instant-messaging/ ‘><img src=’https://www.brosix.com/files/docs/Evolution-of-Instant-Messaging.jpg’ alt=’Evolution of IM’ 540px border=’0′ /></a></p> <p>

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The Benefits of Taking Your Team Offsite https://www.brosix.com/blog/benefits-taking-team-offsite/ Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:21:35 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11697 Are you the type of business owner who is always looking for new ways to become more productive and efficient? Do you work hard, day in and day out? Do you expect the same from your team? There may come a time when you realize that you can only get so much work done before you burnout. This is a very real possibility. And it’s also something that can have a negative impact on your health, your company, and your relationship with your team. With all this in mind, it may be time to learn more about the many benefits of taking your team offsite. This is exactly what it sounds like: you plan an activity away from the office, all with the idea of changing the scenery in hopes that it will improve productivity down the road. If this sounds like something that can cause more harm than good, it’s because you’re not looking at it in the appropriate manner. Here are some of the top benefits of team offsite activities: 1. A Clear Mind The more time you spend in the office the more difficult it is to clear your mind. In fact, you may soon find yourself at a point of no return. You realize that the only way to get back on track is to step away from your work for a bit. Even if you’re feeling okay, don’t overlook the fact that your team may not be in the same frame of mind. There may come a point when you realize that one or more employees need some time away to clear their mind and get a new perspective on their work. This is where a team offsite can really help. It doesn’t matter what type of activity you plan – from a day at the park to an overnight camping trip – it’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the office. 2. Team Building Let’s face it: team building is every bit as difficult as it sounds. You know what you’re trying to accomplish, but it doesn’t mean everyone on your team will be on the same page. This is why you should consider an offsite activity that focuses on team building. At first, your employees may not be onboard with the idea. This is particularly true if they don’t always get along. Fortunately, once they realize that the activity can help them, most people “go all in.” If team building is something your company desperately needs, don’t try to make progress in your office. Instead, opt for an offsite activity. Tip: there are companies that specialize in corporate team building activities. You can rely on them to set up everything for you. This way, all you have to worry about is the end result. 3. Fun, Fun, and More Fun It doesn’t matter how much you enjoy your job, there may come a point when you are no longer having as much fun as you would like. […]

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Top Tips for Communicating Better in 2018 https://www.brosix.com/blog/top-tips-communicating-better-2018/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:38:08 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11699 Are you seeking new ways to improve the way you communicate at work? Have you come to find that this could do wonders for you, your team, and your company in general? Do you know which steps to take in the months to come? It’s one thing to say that you want to communicate better in 2018, but another thing entirely to make this happen. Before you do anything, you need to make sure your entire team is on the same page. Just because you want to make a change doesn’t mean that everyone else feels the same way. Once you have this detail in order, it’s time to take action. It’s time to realize once and for all that you can communicate in a more efficient and effective manner. So, with all that in mind, let’s examine three ways to communicate better in the year to come: 1. Use an Instant Messenger Many companies struggle with interoffice communication because they don’t have the right tools in place. Rather than get involved with the latest and greatest technology, they continue to rely on “old school” techniques that have been passed by many times over. You can protect against this by using an instant messaging application, such as Brosix. Here’s what we have to say about instant messaging on our website: “Group and encrypted chat, file transfer, screen-sharing, screen-shot, whiteboard and more for your team collaboration. Reap the benefits of instant messaging with full control of your chat network and secure communication channels.” Easy enough, right? That alone should give you a clear idea of what you get when you implement an enterprise IM application. 2. Communicate from the Road Even with fewer people traveling for business, often as a way to save money, it doesn’t mean you’ll never find yourself on the road. There’s a good chance you’ll be traveling at some point in the new year. Even so, it doesn’t mean you can slack off in regards to the way you communicate. Communicating from the road is easier than ever before, thanks to advanced technology. For example, you can install an IM app on your smartphone. Or maybe you want to use text messaging as your primary mode of communication. If you want to communicate better in 2018, you must make sure you’re able to do so from the road. 3. Take Advantage of Your Smartphone Do you remember the early days of cell phones? Back then, you couldn’t do much more than make and receive phone calls. However, as things changed, smartphones became one of the best ways to communicate with people at your place of employment. Pew Research Center has this to say about the number of Americans using smartphones: “Roughly three-quarters of Americans (77%) now own a smartphone, with lower-income Americans and those ages 50 and older exhibiting a sharp uptick in ownership over the past year, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in November 2016. Smartphone adoption has more than doubled since the […]

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Office Holiday Decorations: Do They Boost Productivity? https://www.brosix.com/blog/office-holiday-decorations-boost-productivity/ Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:29:34 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11684 With the holiday season in full swing, people from one side of the world to the next are looking forward to spending time with friends and family, exchanging gifts, and getting in touch with the spirit of the season. While there is nothing wrong with this, here’s something to keep in mind: as your team turns their attention to the holidays, they may not get as much work done as you would like. It’s only natural to have some slow down at the end of the year, however, you want to protect against a complete collapse in regards to productivity. This leads to a very important question: can office holiday decorations boost productivity? On one side of things, you have people who feel that this is a big mistake. They want to keep holiday decorations out of the office, as they feel that these could become a distraction to workers. Conversely, there are others who understand that this is not exactly the case. They’ve come to realize that the use of holiday decorations can actually boost productivity. What do you think of that? Here’s How it Works Although every company and workforce is unique, you shouldn’t shoot down the idea of using holiday decorations to boost productivity. At the very least, you should give this a try the next chance you get. If you have questions about how this works, you aren’t alone. This is even more so the case if you have never experimented with this in the past. Here are three ways office holiday decorations can boost productivity, thus putting your company in better position to finish the year strong and hit the ground running after the calendar turns: A Better Mood Let’s face it: there is nothing worse than an employee who is always in a bad mood. If this is a problem that plagues your entire team, you’ll find that productivity is suffering – and that is exactly what you are trying to avoid. Holiday decorations, however, have a way of bringing joy to your team. With this in mind, they’re more likely to perform up to your standards. Employees who are always in a bad mood are employees who don’t have what it takes to meet your requirements in regards to productivity and efficiency. The use of holiday decorations may be all you need in order to turn those frowns upside down! Prove that You Care If you don’t decorate the office during the holidays, if you prohibit your team from doing this as well, it goes without saying that you will come across as being a holiday Scrooge. Is that the reputation you want? There are many ways to show your team how much you care about them, with the holiday season putting you in perfect position to do so. Not only should you decorate your office, but ask others to jump in and help. You could even give your team some time off to get in on the fun. Give Them Something to […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy New 2018 Year! https://www.brosix.com/blog/merry-christmas-happy-new-2018-year/ Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:45:19 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11668 As 2017 comes to an end we here at Brosix would like to take a moment to wish you a joyous holiday season and a happy new year! We hope that 2018 brings you both personal and professional success! We have a lot of exciting things on our agenda that we look forward to sharing with you in the year to come. Happy Holidays! The Brosix Team

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5 Ways Brosix Can Help Insurance Companies Boost Efficiency https://www.brosix.com/blog/5-ways-brosix-can-help-insurance-companies-boost-efficiency/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:19:35 +0000 https://www.brosix.com/?p=11663 It goes without saying that insurance companies have quite a bit of work on their plate. This holds true for every employee, from entry level positions all the way up to executives. For this reason, efficient communication is a must. Without this, employees will soon find that they are wasting time, thus resulting in lost revenue. Fortunately, there are many steps insurance companies can take to boost efficiency. One of the best is to implement an enterprise instant messaging solution, such as Brosix. In an overall sense, any company, regardless of size or industry, can use Brosix to improve the way they communicate. However, some companies, such as those in the insurance space, are more likely to benefit. So, with this in mind, let’s examine five ways Brosix can help insurance companies boost efficiency: 1. Faster Communication For many years, insurance companies have been relying on email to communicate. While this isn’t likely to change for good at any time in the near future, it’s more important than ever for these companies to look at other methods of communication. Instant messaging, for example, is a great place to start. As the name implies, this allows for real-time communication, as opposed to the delay that often takes place with email. Fast communication is a must in the insurance industry, and the best way to guarantee this is by ensuring that every employee (or most of them) have access to the same IM program. 2. Ability to Share Information Between Departments The biggest insurance companies have various departments. From claims to customer service, from sales to marketing, there are a lot of people working on a lot of things. There are also times when information needs to be shared between departments. For example, the claims department may need the assistance of the customer service team when dealing with an upset policyholder. This is why the ability to share information between departments is critical. While email and paper-based messages still have a place in the insurance industry, instant messaging is becoming more and more popular. This is the quickest way for people to share information with other departments, all without having to leave their desk or worry about something getting lost in translation. 3. Communicate On the GO Do you remember the days when communicating from the road was next to impossible? Now that most people are carrying a smartphone, it’s easier than ever to communicate on the go. Check out this statistic from the Pew Research Center: “Roughly three-quarters of Americans (77%) now own a smartphone, with lower-income Americans and those ages 50 and older exhibiting a sharp uptick in ownership over the past year, according a Pew Research Center survey conducted in November 2016. Smartphone adoption has more than doubled since the Center began surveying on this topic in 2011: That year, 35% of Americans reported that they owned a smartphone of some kind.” Even better is the fact that smartphone adoption should continue to grow in the years to come. So, since most people are […]

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