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
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
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
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
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