Which Is Right For Your Business: Fiber, Copper Or Standard Cable?

Although there are really only three main choices for a wired internet connection for businesses, the process of figuring out which is best for you can nevertheless be very confusing. That’s mostly because a “cable” connection can mean different things depending on where you are located. Just about all cable companies have fiber optic cable in their systems, but not all will run it directly to your business. Continue Reading

  • 09/30/2016
  • IT

Understanding POP, IMAP, Exchange, and Webmail

When you set up an email account, you’re likely to see a confusing choice of protocols. There are four main ways to receive email on your computer. One of them — webmail — is obviously different and relatively easy to understand. The other three — POP, IMAP, and MAPI (Exchange) — require a bit more explaining. Here’s a quick overview of what they’re all about, without getting too deep into technical details. Continue Reading

  • 09/23/2016
  • IT

6 Myths About Data Encryption

Encryption is an essential tool in keeping data safe. It’s not the whole answer, though, and the Internet is full of misleading information about it. Sometimes it’s portrayed as a magic bullet, sometimes as a waste of time. Truth is always more complicated than myths, so let’s look at a few myths and get a perspective on them. Continue Reading

Can You Benefit From Unified Threat Management?

Keeping a business’s computers secure is a complicated job. It involves firewalls, security software, spam filtering, router configuration, VPNs, and more. What if you could put it all together and have one security product that covered all the bases? That’s what unified threat management (UTM) offers.

UTM can come in a hardware appliance or a software package. A UTM appliance is typically a router and firewall in one box, with additional functions to handle all aspects of security. UTM software provides a suite of applications which the administrator can manage through a console. Some cloud UTM services are available, though they aren’t common yet. Continue Reading

Circle: A Device for Parental Control

In order to control the use of internet in their homes, some people go the lengths of actually unplugging the router after hours. Parents often take extreme measures to control children’s use of internet because they know that both the stimulation from continuous internet use and particular troublesome content will have a bad effect on children’s attitudes and development. The internet is a wonderful educational tool. Schools increasingly expect children to use it to support their learning. However, in many ways, the internet is like a city street and after hours it may have a dark side. Continue Reading

The Importance of Time Management in the Workplace

When you’re working at a business, there are quite a few things you need to keep track of. For example, the number of customers you’re bringing in on a daily basis, and whether you are reaching your goal(s) in the amount of sales. However, these are only a few things which are important in the workplace. It’s not just about increasing the number of sales or bringing in more customers, but you also need to manage your time wisely. Continue Reading

  • 08/30/2016
  • IT

The Importance of Disaster Recovery

Believe it or not, the business world can be very unpredictable. Sometimes, it’s best to expect the unexpected. Customers come and go, your business plans may change suddenly, or the company could end up having budget issues. With that said, this is why it’s important to have a contingency plan for these incidents. After all, the way you’re running things in the workplace, may be subject to change in a few years. Generally speaking, that’s the nature of owning a business. Continue Reading

Endpoint Security: What It Is and Why It’s Important

Endpoint security is defined as the process of securing various endpoints on a data network, often involving end-user devices like mobile phones, iPads, desktop PCs, and laptops. Additionally, hardware can also be considered an endpoint. An example of this would be servers in the data center. An exact definition of an endpoint largely depends on who you ask, as every security leader has a different idea. Basically, though, endpoint security tackles those risks that are presented by various devices connecting to a main network. Continue Reading

Dealing With Ransomware

When you’re working at a business, it’s always important to be knowledgeable of the tips and tricks hackers can use to steal your information. Whether they’re setting up a fake website that asks you to enter your social security number, or are sending you an email that appears to be from a coworker, there’s more to protecting your network than simply having the right security. You have to be aware of the ways your information can be stolen as well. With that said, ransomware is one of the most dangerous programs, and should be prevented at all costs. Continue Reading

Mac vs PC: The Choice is Yours

Several products, subjects, and issues in the world come down to a choice between two competitive entities. In other words, are you a Coca-Cola drinker or a member of The Pepsi Generation? You could be a proud Yankees fan or a loyal Red Sox fan. What about Republican versus Democrat? Ooh, that’s a particularly hot-button one these days. Forget about that for now. How about this one: Mac vs PC?  Continue Reading

  • 07/29/2016
  • IT
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