Scan files as PDFs with your smartphone

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Have you ever needed to scan a document on the go? Ever wanted to scan your receipts and keep virtual records of all your paperwork that you can access from any device? How about instantly scanning a document you need while you are at your clients? 

Google Drive does that. 

Instructions: Scan Documents as PDF's with your Smartphone

  1. Open the Google Drive app .
  2. In the bottom right, tap the + symbol in the blue circle .
  3. Tap Scan .
  4. Take a photo of the document you'd like to scan. Adjust scan area: Tap Crop . Take photo again: Tap Re-scan current page . Scan another page: Tap Add .
  5. To save the finished document, tap Done .
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Your scanned document is stored in Drive as a PDF, and you can find it with Google’s powerful text and image search or organize into folders as needed. 

Add Appointment Slots to your Google Calendar

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Did you know that you can turn blocks of time on your Google Calendar into appointment slots that others can book? It's brilliant. 

The best part - those slots can be shared via a public calendar through your email signature or embedded onto your website so clients, co-workers, partners and more can book time with you. 

Here's how you do it:

  1. In the day or week view on your Google Calendar, click anywhere in the calendar grid.
  2. In the pop-up, click Appointment slots and enter your details.
  3. When you're finished, click Create slots.
  4. Send the URL (at the top of the appointment slot details page) to anyone who might want to book an appointment.

Your appointment block shows as a single event on your calendar, with a grid symbol in the top-left corner. As people book appointments, they'll appear as regular events overlapping the appointment block.

Checking Google Chrome Security

Welcome to another 5-minute tech tip ... fast and easy tech tips for businesses that make your life easier. Really.

Of all the programs you use on your computer, I pretty much guarantee that most of you use your web browser the most. From research to email and social media to cloud programs, backup, storage and more, your web browser gets a work ot during the day.

We all know that good things and not-so-good things can happen when you are browsing the net. From ransomeware to viruses it can be a scary place and it can also be a window into your computer activity. 

Step one - use a secure browser. 

In case you didn't know, we recommend all our clients use Google Chrome. Other than the fact that Chrome is just awesome ... its amazingly secure and that's good for business. 

Check your Google Chrome Security in 4 easy steps:

Google Chrome automatically updates to the latest version every time you start it up, so you can get the most up-to-date security protection without any extra work.

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click the 3 bars and go to >> Settings.
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings.
  4. Under "Privacy," adjust your settings:
    • To manage how Chrome handles content and permissions for a site, click Content settings.
    • To delete information from your browsing activity, such as history, cookies, or saved passwords, click Clear browsing data.
    • Uncheck any of the privacy settings boxes you don't want anymore like Autofill passwords and forms. 

 

Congratulations, you've just given your browser a clean bill of health!