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Apple Security Is Not That Strong These Days

Are you wondering how many Mac viruses there are out there? Well, despite all the efforts they exist, but thankfully, they are out in the wild very rarely. You know about many viruses that are targeting Windows but Mac viruses are very rare. Mac`s security measures are very tough and hard to come through, but they are not completely uncrossable. Mac security is far superior to Windows. Below we are going to present you several malware variants that are attacking Mac computers.

Word Macro Viruses

Users of desktop PCs know all about macro viruses. This is a virus that is put inside of a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document, and if the user opens and runs it, all havoc arises automatically. Mac versions of this software had no macro support until 2011. After that, they were re-introduced. In 2017, several macro viruses were found in some word documents. Users of Mac are pretty safe from these viruses because the system will warn them about potentially harmful documents.

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Crossrider

In February 2018, users of Mac were warned of a new malware that looked like an installer of Adobe Flash Player. It has been identified as an OSX/Shlayer or Crossrider by two different sources. After the installation is complete, the Crossrider will install a copy of Advanced Mac Cleaner which will tell you something about numerous problems in your system.  It is a fake antivirus. Even uninstalling the software will not save your Mac from suffering.

CookieMiner

CookieMiner malware is the one that is uses cryptocurrencies. It has been discovered in January 2019. It may steal the personal data, and use it for unlocking cyberwallets through a browser. Plus, it can have an insight into iTunes backup that is containing all the text message, and by trying to connect all pieces of them together and use them for gaining information through which it can access cyberwallets.

Bing Redirect

Bing redirect is a hijacking software that is going to show Bing page in your browser, and change some information about your current software and its settings. If you want to remove Bing redirect, you can find a solution to your problem on the internet. It is not a hard job to do.

OSX/Pirrit

This virus was a part of cracked versions of Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft office docs that could be found on the internet. It will install countless amount of software in a victim`s Mac and consume its resource without any limits.

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MacDownloader

In 2017, some researches found a MacDownloader software that is trying to disguise itself as an update of Adobe Flash. While the install is in the process, you will be alarmed that you have some malware on your Mac. If you try to resolve the situation you will endanger your personal data like passwords, PINs, usernames, and credit card numbers. However, the threat is not active now because the server of this malware is now offline.

Mshelper

In 2018, researchers found mshelper which is a malware that is targeting the operating system of Mac. By accumulating the unnecessary processes in the system, it will eat the resources of the operating system and increase heating of the machine itself in the process.

Rising rates of the contest: Huawei Appeals to the Court for the USA

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Recently the US authorities have forbidden national agencies to collaborate with companies, that use the equipment of Huawei Technologies (HT). It followed that HT appealed to the Texas District Court claiming that the US authorities are acting illegally, and the imposed limitations are unconstitutional. Guo Ping, a company executive, noted that the National Congress did not give any proofs to support the accusations.

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The company considers unconstitutional the prohibitions to US national structures from buying HT equipment, appealing section 889 of the National Defense Act. Meanwhile, private companies of different size are asked to use reliable communication systems or even try free sip account as provided here.

Growing Support

The US authorities have called other governments to abandon the company`s equipment when creating fifth-generation mobile networks for security reasons. In their opinion, the company can collaborate with the intelligence service of China and use its equipment for cyber espionage. Also, US defense experts have expressed concerns about the company’s involvement in the submarine cables laying. They believe that the Government of China will be able to intercept traffic and even interfere with the Internet work with the HT equipment.

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 NATO`s Respond

NATO is aware of the potential “security implications” of using Chinese 5G infrastructure and is currently evaluating possible risks.  Close consultations on this issue, in particular, the security of investments in 5G networks are holding,” stated NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The commander of NATO forces in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti, said that the North Atlantic Alliance could break the link with its German counterparts if they decide to work with HT in developing 5G.

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Submarine Communication Cables

Struggling for the global networks control opened a new front in the US-China relationship. US defense experts are concerned about the vulnerability of submarine cable systems, which can be used for espionage. As Huawei is involved in the creation of the system, the situation becomes even more complicated.

While the United States take measures against HT to prevent it from creating 5G mobile communication networks, it is strengthening position in creating a submarine cables system that carries almost the entire amount of Internet information. Joe Kelly, a spokesperson for Huawei, noticed that the company is privately owned and “no government has ever asked for anything that would endanger its customers or business.”

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 Plans for Future

The Chinese company has developed its own operating system in case of inability to use the Android OS and Windows due to a conflict with the US authorities.

The techno giant began its work on creating an alternative OS in 2012. It was a necessary measure for responding to the US investigation over HT and ZTE activities, suspected of spying for Beijing’s Government.

Huawei Technologies is still one of the world’s largest telecom companies. The annual revenue of the company reaches $ 100 billion, and net profit is over $ 7 billion.

The Flip Side of the Buying Instagram Followers

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We are witnessing that Instagram is taking first place among the social media from Facebook, slowly but surely. Today, it is one of the best-known and most-usable platforms for social media. Instagram is a very fun social network, but building a good, popular profile can be a hard thing to do.

It is very significant both for business profiles and individual ones to have a popular page, which is well-known in the community. Most of the time, publishing interesting content is not going to be enough for a profile to become popular. We think that buying followers is the right thing to do, and we are going to make you a list of reasons why you should do that.

Increases the Visibility of the Profile

The first benefit that comes with buying followers is the increased possibility of a profile to be seen to other profiles that are not following it already. With increasing the number of followers on your profile, your profile will circulate around more unknown people, and there is a high possibility that a significant number of them will start following your profile.

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Also, increasing followers means that you will increase likes on your Instagram posts. When you have a big number of likes, there is a bigger possibility of your profile appearing on Instagram`s Explore tab. The tab is seen by hundreds or thousands of profiles who are not following you at the moment. If your content is good and interesting enough, you will probably gain more followers.

Fast Track to Credibility

Instagram has more than 700 million profiles, so it became hard to see which ones are real, and which ones are not. Ones who have little followers usually prove not credible and authentic. Also, usually, these profiles are pretending to be someone else, and are called “profiles who are catfishing”. Ones who have a significant number of followers are the ones you can trust.

That means the profile is the real thing. However, there is a small possibility of them being fake, but it is way less likely. As we already said, building a successful and popular profile is not easy. So, by buying followers, you can increase your credibility as well as almost immediately. This is especially important for newly created profiles.

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Boosts Business

The most important benefits of buying Instagram profiles is boosting your business profile. We can say that this benefits the final result of two previous ones. This social network became a very good place to start your business. According to statistics, and common sense as well, the biggest benefits from buying followers can be seen on the business profiles.

When you have a business profile, and a large following base, people who would potentially do some business with you, will see you as a credible potential partner. Also, people tend to work with someone that is recommended to them by someone else, who they trust. So, the conclusion is, the more followers you have, the more potential business partners you have. It’s that simple.

How to Get My Streaming Content?

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Cutting the cord may not seem to be an easy decision in the beginning since the user would have a lot of apprehensions. Few of those would include, what next after cutting the cord, how do I watch my favorite content on TV and many such doubts are raised in the minds of the cord cutters.

But there is a simple answer to all of these. You don’t need to worry since the advancement in the technology has bought forth varied options in front of the cord cutters. The TV antenna, streaming devices, online network sites, streaming services, and many such options are now readily available.

All we need to is to make the right decision in regards to which of these options would suit our entertainment needs. For those of you who plan to go in for the streaming content, below we present a few steps on how you can get your streaming content either on TV or any other device.

Get a streaming device:

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The first step for viewing the streaming content is to get yourself a streaming device. This device would allow you to watch any of the streaming services on your TV. For those of you who already have a smart TV then they are all set.

In case of a smart TV, all you would need to do is download any of your favorite streaming app such as Hulu, Amazon, Netflix any others. Once it is downloaded, then you are good to go ahead and watch your favorite content on TV.

However, for those of you who do have a smart TV, then you would need a streaming box. There is a lot of streaming boxes available in the market. Few of the options include, Amazon or Roku.

These are some of the cheaper alternatives if you do not plan to spend too much money on just the device. Apple TV is another option but again it would be pricier in terms of other devices.

Once you get the streaming box in place then you may need to install the required apps for starting your streaming services.

You would need to go through a procedure of creating an id wherein details such as user id, password and so on would need to be updated. However, this is a one-time process.

What to watch?

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Once the streaming device is in place, the next big question is which streaming option would be suitable since there are a lot of big names available in the market. All of them promise to provide original and unique content.

You all must be aware about Hulu, Amazon, Netflix which are the leaders in the online streaming services. They also produce their own shows. Apart from these three, there are other streaming services as well.

You would need to go through their package and the channels that are available in their respective package.

It would be worth to go in for the free trial pack so that you are well aware of the content that is shown in those services along with the other features such as DVR recording, storage and so on. There are also certain premium channels such as Showtime and HBO.

You can also subscribe to them separately or at times they are part of a few of the streaming services. The online streaming services provide a combination of movies, TV shows, Live shows, games and so on. Based on your viewing habits, you would need to make the choice.

Live TV:

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For those of you who prefer to have an alternative of the cable TV then there are certain Live TV’s available in the market which provide Live content to its viewers. However, you can get the content in less than $100 per month.

Services such as, DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, Youtube TV, Sling TV offer quite reasonable pricing along with good amount of channels for you to enjoy. But you would need to check whether these services include your local channels as well.

There are some who prefer to watch live sports whereas some do not. In case if you are happy not catching up with every game and just want to go in for the playoffs or primetime then a Live TV access would be more than enough.

It provides you access to some of the major broadcasting network such as ESPN and others. However, if you are a sports buff then probably things would start to get expensive.

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There are also league specific online streaming services such as NFL Game Pass, MLB or NBA League Pass. These giants mostly carry each and every game however they need not be live.

When it comes to watching the streaming content, then there are multiple choices and a lot of picking to do. For those of you who have been used to watching cable TV then initially things may not seem easier since the streaming services do not have 100 plus channels for you to scroll through.

But surely, streaming is considered to be one of the convenient methods of watching sensible TV. It not only allows you to reduce the monthly bill amount but at the same time, it stops the habit of mindless scrolling through the channels. You pay only for those channels that you prefer to watch.

JetSmarter – Easy Way To Flying Private

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Let’s face the truth; sometimes commercial airlines can be annoying, to say the least. From having to pack lightly to avoid extra charges, to having to pay for a seat, to risk it all by getting bumped off your flight, flying with commercial airlines is annoying, to say the least.

While everyone loves it when they arrive at their destination, sometimes the stress that comes with flying commercial airlines is more than an inconvenience.

This is why a recent trend has emerged where people fly private. That’s right, people are hiring private jets to get away from the increasing number of inconveniences that come with flying commercial.

One such member of our community is JetSmarter which offers private jet rental all from the clutch of their app. A recent study was conducted, and the study found out that more people are choosing to pay more to get a better service.

According to JetSmarter, their membership database has increased by 110% in the last year meaning that more and more people are subscribing to the idea.

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But what exactly can service such as this offer you?

JetSmarter gives you two ways you can fly through their service, private and shared.

In order to fly private, you will need to find and book the entire jet through their app. You will have to book each seat in order to make it private, otherwise, you can book as many seats as you like and still fly shared. This option usually cots more, since you will need to book all the seats. The second option is to fly shared by finding a jet and booking a flight and tickets. You can book as many seats as you like and enjoy the low-prices in the meanwhile. Flying with JetSmarter can be really cost-effective for your budget. You can fly first class at a much cheaper cost than what you would normally if you fly commercial.

When registering with JetSmarter, you can eighter pay as you go, or you could buy the JetSmarter Membership.

The pay as you go option allows you to book seats on flights and fly worldwide. On the other hand, the JetSmarter membership costs $2,500 and it is your ideal option if you fly more than once per year. There are also a few more perks that come with the membership such as:

  • Fly on both private and shared flights across the world
  • Create both private and shared flights across the world
  • Frequent discounts on pricing
  • You will have priority over non-membership users
  • Access to VIP events where you travel
  • Luxury partner benefits
  • 24/7 personal on flight service

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What are the options for jets?

Since JetSmarter is the leading service for private flights, they’ve partnered with some of the biggest heavyweights in the business. Pilots and aircraft are their priority and they offer some amazing options for flying private. You can fly with a heavy jet, super-midsize jet, midsize jet, light jet, and even a helicopter!

Furthermore, since JetSmarter flies between private terminals, the nerve-wracking experience of waiting 3 hours before your flight is no more! All you have to do is arrive at the airport 30 minutes before takeoff and you’re good to go! No more waiting the never-ending security lines, or boarding problems, flying with JetSmarter eliminates all of that!

The top 5 free and open-source hotel booking engines

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In the digital age, the travel industry has been turned upside down. With the ever-increasing booking platforms and private booking engines, the majority of travelers expect to be able to book a hotel online. Consequently, the hospitality software industry is thriving, with thousands of vendors across the globe offering a variety of different products and services to the hospitality industry.

There are currently thousands of booking engines to choose from. Most providers require a long-term contract and a minimum payment for 12 months of service. There is usually a setup fee involved, and many charges extra for any add-ons you may want your booking engine to include.

If you are in the market for a free solution, the choice is limited. What follows is a summarized list of the most popular options currently on the market:

1. Freetobook

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They have been in business for years. Based in Glasgow, they offer a free booking engine solution for hotels, hostels, BnBs, and cottages. Freetobook charges for collecting and storing your payment details, so it’s very useful if you just want to display your availability online and arrange to be paid later. They also charge for mobile bookings and offer additional paid features such as iCal integration and Google Hotel Ads.

2. Qlo

Qlo is an Indian-based open source provider. They offer a free and open source booking engine for. The software is based on PrestaShop and it’s written in PHP. Installing it however will require some technical skills, so it may not be suitable for the less tech-savvy.

3. Bedvine

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Bedvine is a U.K.-based hospitality software vendor. They offer a free cloud-based booking engine with the ability to receive payments online. They charge for more customization of the booking pages and priority support. The solution is suitable for small hotels, villas, BnBs and apartments.

4. Sagenda

A small and free booking engine offered as a responsive WordPress add-on. Sagenda is suitable for all accommodation providers and also businesses offering appointments (hairdressers, doctors, etc.). It includes a bookings dashboard and can generate personalized emails for your guests.

5. Skedda

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A booking and appointments engine offered for free for up to 10 items (rooms, slots, etc.). Additional paid features Skedda offers are the ability to receive payments online, backups, and various software integrations.

Do you have any experience with any the above-mentioned vendors? Let us know in the comments section down below.

From Policy to Reality: Planning Ahead to Improve Global Development

“No policy – no matter how ingenious – has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.”–Henry Kissinger

Policies, laws, and regulations are the foundation upon which every society is built. They bring order to chaos and enumerate the values of the people. But what happens when policies lack foresight? A foundation needs to fit the building above it, after all. In today’s rapidly changing world, it’s more important than ever that lawmakers keep one eye to the future or they risk implementing legislation for a world that no longer exists.

The question is particularly pertinent with regard to two key issues facing us in the twenty-first century: climate change and cybersecurity. In both cases, experts explain, lawmakers should be looking to take a proactive, rather than reactive, approach. Just as regular cancer screenings can reduce the ultimate cost of treatment, preventative policies on energy and cybersecurity will save society money in the long run.

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From the student climate strikes spearheaded by sixteen-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg to the Global Engagement Summit led by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen, Acting Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN, the growing threat of climate change and the urgent need to adapt efficiently, renewable energy sources are dominating conversations worldwide.

“We need greater initiatives,” says Oksana Prysyazhnyuk, an international business strategist and policy consultant. “Capturing emissions instead of switching to alternative sources of energy, such as solar and wind, is essential today. Due to the increasing levels of pollution and the low current rate of penetration of renewables, questions about the huge land footprint, transmission infrastructure, and intermittent nature of solar/wind resources need to be addressed.”While long-term promises are inspiring, they must be supported by practical, short-term policies that incentivize weaning off environmentally harmful energy sources and developing more efficient renewable energy sources.

The process is not without its challenges. Prysyazhnyuk notes that “in 2017, despite governmental support, wind and solar accounted for only 3.1% of total U.S. energy supply.” Part of the problem is infrastructure: “To replace a typical gas power plant of around 1000MW capacity with solar power, three to four thousand acres of land would are needed, an increase of 100 to 200 times the land requirement of a gas plant,” Prysyazhnyuk explains.

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And then there is the matter of getting the energy produced to the consumers who will use it. Although countries like Costa Rica and Portugal have made headlines for producing nearly all of their power from renewable sources, the United States faces unique challenges, in part because of its immense physical size. The windiest or sunniest areas in the U.S.are located far from electric load centers (e.g., the windiest areas of the U.S. are in the Great Plains of North/South Dakota and Montana, while the highest insolation regions are typically in the Nevada/Arizona high deserts). These areas need to be connected to population load centers via thousands of miles of high voltage transmission lines, which in turn require a plethora of environmental permits that can surpass similar issues for hydrocarbon pipelines.

Nonetheless, supplying all of America’s electricity with renewable energy is not only possible but urgently necessary. Prysyazhnyuk clarifies that solar and wind do not provide 100% reliable energy nowadays and a full switch to these sources will take a long time. In the meantime, policies must also focus on limiting the impact of the most harmful energy sources, such as coal. Within the power sector, coal accounts for 98% of Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions, 94% of mercury emissions, 86% of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions—while only accounting for 14% of all energy sources in the U.S. There is a great need to reduce energy produced from coal and ensure more efficient emissions capture from existing coal plants.

“Effective policymaking will have far-reaching effects and will bring innovative solutions to the most pressing environmental issues of our time,” Prysyazhnyuk says.  She points to the improved success of the 1990 Clean Air Act when compared with the 1960 version as proof that well-designed policies can have profound effects on the ground. “For the first time, the 1990 Act gave businesses the ability to bank and trade emissions quotas. This new policy paradigm enabled environmentally friendly businesses to monetize their existing best practices, as well as to encourage other enterprises to adopt eco-friendly measures based on the market-based incentives”.

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In addition to climate change, cybersecurity poses a novel and growing threat to American society. According to Ross Den, Security and Defense Solutions Consultant with Security Intel Inc. “We are facing an ongoing and increasing environment of Cyber Security attacks against the international affairs, energy, banking, and intellectual property sectors.”Most of the attacks are thought to come from countries who stand to make money off the incursions—Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and other developing countries. Already, stealth attacks of Western infrastructure is a benchmark of many states’ policies. Although direct and expeditious responses to such attacks are a daily staple in the American security machine, there is a more sophisticated option available: prevention, via proper monitoring and proactive measures. Security controls can detect, avoid, and minimize risk to nearly every imaginable sphere, including physical property, information, computer systems, and other assets.

So what’s the hold-up? “While these ideas all have a nice ring to them, companies and governments rarely develop and revise their long-term policies. Pure bureaucracy is the main enemy of each entire system, from energy source diversifications to cybersecurity. We have the invariable problem of policies and regulations that cannot grasp the speed of the modern world,” Prysyazhnyuk contends. “When all these broader technical factors are considered, the complete switch to renewable energy and secure society might take longer to occur. A strict, one-size-fits-all policy to unilaterally reduce the use of fossil fuels, such as higher taxes on petroleum, can provoke chaos, as we have observed in France. Instead, a more nuanced approach that reflects a sound understanding by policymakers of the contributions and challenges of the diverse energy sources would be far more effective. It will play its advantage in preserving the long-term health of the global environment while simultaneously nurturing critical economic development for the world’s most vulnerable people in a responsible manner.”

The Best online Team Collaboration Tools for Business

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Many companies rely on messaging and obsolete business solutions to collaborate, and also spend hundreds of hours in meetings to ensure team alignment and communication. This results in a slow and inefficient organization that is not adapted to the current business climate. Skilled workers are now spread all over the world. Remote workers are increasingly relying on continuous connectivity, and expect faster access to information. As such, the sharing of information and professional work is essential to the communication and productivity of the company. With the collaboration tools available on the internet, employees can create, share and modify work files in real time. These web and mobile applications are easy to use. In particular, they make it possible to improve internal communication within the company. At the time of digitalization, a significant part of your work and projects is done online. Collaborative tools are multiplying, as such, the choice and use of collaborative tools become an indispensable part of your business. But which to choose? Don’t worry. We have listed 5 best online collaborative tools for Business.

1. HUBSTAFF

Main Function: Task management, Time tracking, project monitoring,

Price:  $5 – $10

Platform: Web, iOS, Android, Linux

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If you are looking for a collaborative tool for your project, Hubstaff should be your first choice. It allows team members to collaborate, manage projects, and assign priorities in a simple drag and drop list. It allows you to see all your team tasks and makes it easier for you to prioritize them. Hubstaff also tracks time of the assigned task with the desktop timer. It eases monitoring of the work through random screenshots, activity percentage, and internet monitoring. It integrates with several third-party project management tools like Trello, Asana, Redbooth, Podio, Github, etc. which makes time tracking of the project more convenient.

2. TRELLO

Main Function: Task management, Create boards and lists, flexible project management.

Price: $12.50

Platform: Web, iOS, Android

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Trello is another popular online service that allows you to organize your tasks, to-do sheets, discussions and ideas on one board like much other collaboration software. It is also very easy to communicate on specific project tasks using the Trello comment system. It also integrates with several other apps such as Slack, Github, Google drive, etc. You can also add checklists, labels, timelines to the tasks, and the notification system will keep you updated about the progress. It also provides file sharing facility. The latest addition to Trello has been the use of emoji which has taken team discussion into a whole new level.

3. REDBOOTH

Main Function: Task management, task assignment, project templates, workflow management, personal planning, design and development, Gantt charts.

Price: $9 – $15

Platform: Web, iOS, Android

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Redbooth is an online collaboration tool with a simple and intuitive interface that helps teams of any size to do work together and communicate in real time. The application allows you to use Gantt charts to help organize projects. It is also a great tool for agencies that need to interact with many clients at the same time. For each project, it is easy to set your own deadline, and the application will notify all connected persons about the approaching date. Rebooth also offers file sharing and synchronization with Google Drive, Gmail, and Outlook. It also provides video calling feature which makes the communication within the team more effective.

4. PODIO

Main Function: Task management, project monitoring, file sharing, project tracking.

Price: $9 – $14

Platform: Web, iOS, Android

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Podio is a collaboration tool that allows you to work on projects with the team. It helps in organizing projects, exchanging information between colleagues, maintaining communication with customers, processing sales and managing orders. Podio allows you to centralize documents, workflow, and communications in one place. You can share files, coordinate projects and tasks, organize your agenda or chat with your colleagues via instant messaging or video calls. It also integrates with third-party services and apps including Google Drive, Evernote, Zendesk, etc.

5. ASANA

Main Function: Task and workflow management, project templates, attachments, command pages, personal planning, design, and development.

Price: $9.99 – $19.99

Platform: Web, iOS, Android

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It is important for project managers to be able to quickly assess progress in the project using process visualization. Asana is a great way to break up projects into tasks and track them online to the very end. The application is configured for most projects. You can assign tasks, see who is working on what task, determine deadlines, discuss tasks and more as you progress through a large project. Asana also offers dozens of integrations with other applications. For example, you can sync Asana with your Google calendar to display your weekly schedule.

Online collaboration tools help your managers, the team of employees, and you yourself keep up-to-date on the progress of projects, which can change and which you cannot always keep up with. With the right collaboration tool, you can always keep track of your project, assess progress, discuss tasks, and are more likely to succeed in your business.

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