30 Oct 2020

Spaghetti Should be for Dinner; Zoom Should be for Cars

2020 has taken a toll on all of us in one way or another. For those businesspeople who work from home, the pandemic has greatly exacerbated PowerPoint and zoom fatigue. Countless studies have shown that video conference interaction is not a proper substitute for in-person interaction (though the risks of this still outweigh the rewards), and more video conferences tend to lead to more PowerPoints, which, if done the wrong way, can increase feelings... Read more...

23 Oct 2020

The Science Behind the Effectiveness Biden’s Eye Contact in Debate

If you happened to watch last night’s presidential debate, you may have thought at least two things: 1) Thank God this is the last one and 2) Does looking directly into the camera to make a statement make people feel more at ease or put off? Obviously not everyone will react the same to this tactic; however, even though consciously deliberate, Joe Biden effectively used the live video interaction to form a relationship and feeling of empathy with... Read more...

16 Oct 2020

Get Your Computer Fixed. Lose an Election.

Your computer stops working. All your remote working has taken its toll on a personal laptop you never indented to use this extensively. You panic because you can’t go into the office, and there’s nothing your remotely-working IT person can do when your machine can’t turn on. What to do? Ship it back to the manufacturer? It could take weeks. Call the Geek Squad or your local tech repair shop? This may be the least bad option at this point. So... Read more...

02 Oct 2020

No “October Surprises” at Our Optimize! FinTech Conference (Just Great Insights from Amazing Customers)

We at Tech Essentials realize this has been a doozy of a week in terms of news—mostly political and mostly bad. For those who needed a respite from Tuesday’s chaotic debate and the torrent of election-focused headlines, we offered a live virtual conference yesterday that highlighted how customers are using RPost’s RMail and RSign products to optimize financial processes, transaction automation and affordability with feature-rich e-sign and... Read more...

04 Sep 2020

Signs of the Times: Dealing with Lower Home Bandwidth and a Host of Other New Security Threats

As 2020 plods along, new tech challenges I never thought we’d face are becoming realities. First of all, as I’m sure many of you who share living spaces have noticed, home internet connections have become less than ideal during the 8AM – 12 noon timeframe. My kids’ virtual learning via video hogs so much bandwidth that my own video calls for business are cutting out (fortunately, virtual school is only half a day). Another, more insidious,... Read more...

28 Aug 2020

A Messi Situation: $800 Million Fax Misses Deadline, Should Have Used Email E-Delivery Proof

Soccer/Futbol superstar, Lionel Messi, longed for a transfer after a humiliating Champions League knock out loss to Bayern Munich. Where to go from here? Paris? Manchester? Luckily, he built in a back-door exit clause in his contract where, if he notified Barcelona brass before the end of the current season, any club with a big enough wallet that was courting him could avoid paying Barcelona a $800 million transfer fee—obviously a prohibitive sum.... Read more...

14 Aug 2020

A Brown Bag Lunch (on Us) for 2020

Remember the good old pre-pandemic days when you would get one of those internal emails about a “brown bag” lunch? Maybe, if you were lucky, your company would foot the bill for catering. At RPost, we would have our Thursday lunches brought into our LA office, and we all would commune to talk about everything from movies to the latest advancements in encryption technology—all in person and without masks. Imagine that. These “brown bags”... Read more...

07 Aug 2020

RMail: The N95 Mask of Email Encryption Software

Earlier this week, a house party in Beverly Hills, California made national headlines, as hundreds of revelers went maskless and practiced virtually zero social distancing. Worse still was that gunfire erupted later on in the party, and three people were shot. Parties like this are hardly limited to California, as it’s clear that people all over the nation (and world) are using rented ‘party houses’ as a substitute for the nightclubs that have... Read more...

26 May 2020

Email Impostor Trickiness Lures HR Staff to Change ADP Payroll Direct Deposits

In these strange economic times, impostors have identified an overworked company department. With Human Resource (HR) departments handling a new onslaught of employee concerns and issues, staffing changes, and remote work policies, email imposters have inserted themselves stealthily into their world. And, they have struck gold! CAUTION: This is complex trickery that usually results in $8-$10K mis-wired. It may be too complex for Friday afternoon reading,... Read more...

01 May 2020

“You’re Fired!” Fake Termination Emails Proliferate in this Climate of Job Insecurity

It was only a matter of time. Fresh off their latest exploits at trying to phish for sensitive financial account information, scammers have set their sights on people’s actual jobs. With jobless claims now topping 30 million and the unemployment rate headed for new highs, cyber criminals now have fertile ground for a brazen new scam. It goes like this: You receive an email with an unsettling subject line, “Your accounts have been terminated”... Read more...