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KT Connections has been serving the Rapid City area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Net Neutrality Sneaking Back Into Social Consciousness

Net Neutrality Sneaking Back Into Social Consciousness

The COVID-19 outbreak has been a trying time for businesses and individuals, alike. Not much positive has come from it, as people, who typically band together in times of unease, are asked to stay away from each other. This has led to many people turning to their smartphones and Internet connections to communicate with the people they hold dear. With a national reliance on Internet connections there have been some new voices (and some familiar ones) advocating for the return of net neutrality. Today, we’ll remind you what net neutrality is and why this situation has people calling for a change. 

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ISPs Altering Service Strategies for Coronavirus

ISPs Altering Service Strategies for Coronavirus

In light of the coronavirus outbreak that swiftly swept across the globe, there have been efforts made by many telecommunications companies to make life easier for their customers. These customers are likely holed up at home, working remotely if possible. One way or another, they are going to want Internet access, and in a show of solidarity, numerous ISPs and cell carriers are delivering.

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Tip of the Week: How to Solve the Problem of Slow Internet

Tip of the Week: How to Solve the Problem of Slow Internet

Efficient use of modern information technology should make business faster and more agile. No matter how you set your business up, however, a slow Internet connection can be a real drag on business. Today, we wanted to go over some scenarios you should know about when your Internet connection is holding your business back; and, solid practices that you can use to get the Internet speeds you need to move business along efficiently. 

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What You Should Know About Bandwidth

What You Should Know About Bandwidth

Depending on the company, the Internet connection is perhaps the most important part of its IT infrastructure, especially if it has remote workers or multiple offices connected by a Wide Area Network (WAN). Other technologies such as VoIP, screen-sharing, and webinars also benefit from optimized bandwidth. Today, we’ll talk about bandwidth, what your company’s needs are, and how to get the Internet service that is right for you. 

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No Free Wi-Fi For You!

No Free Wi-Fi For You!

As the quantity of Wi-Fi compatible devices increases, the demand for wirelessly-transmitted networks follow. While wired connections might seem inferior, Wi-Fi’s accessibility brings a new challenge -- security.

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Tip of the Week: How to Secure Your Internet Browser

Tip of the Week: How to Secure Your Internet Browser

Most people today spend a lot of time on the Internet, which means that most people spend a lot of time using a browser. Little do they know, selecting the wrong one could easily put their cybersecurity at risk, along with dozens of other actions. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over how to make your Internet browser as secure as possible.

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Internet Rights Advocacy Is for More Than Internet Access

Internet Rights Advocacy Is for More Than Internet Access

Some people believe so much in something that they’ll commit their lives to make it better for everyone. The Internet, as one of the most impressive advancements of civilization, has a fair amount of people who take the time (or make a living) advocating on the various issues that face Internet users. These Internet rights advocates have begun to make a big difference on the way that businesses, especially those businesses that only exist on the Internet, can act. Today, we’ll take a look at Internet advocacy.

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How to Keep Your Employees On-Task While Online

How to Keep Your Employees On-Task While Online

For any business, it is crucial that time is spent effectively in the office for the sake of productivity. This productivity often requires the use of the Internet in order to take place, however, the Internet can also be a source of distractions for the user. As the authority in your business, you have to ask yourself...

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The Internet Brings More to Every Business

The Internet Brings More to Every Business

The Internet is incredibly important to the success of not only businesses, but countless users all over the world. In terms of the actual strength of the Internet though, people might not know just how many options there are out there that can provide access to this dynamic and feature-filled network. Thanks to the Internet, businesses all over the world have access to plenty of great services that enable them to accomplish as much as possible.

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This Week’s Tech Term: Responsive Web Design

This Week’s Tech Term: Responsive Web Design

Professionals who work in an office naturally have varying degrees of Internet use, but one thing remains the same: in an age where mobile devices are commonplace, what a website looks like on a smartphone screen is extremely important from a user’s perspective. This is called responsive web design, and this week’s tech term will provide an overview of what it is and why it’s helpful.

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Will Your Online Privacy Be Better Using Blockchain?

Will Your Online Privacy Be Better Using Blockchain?

Blockchain has been an especially hot topic as of late, especially with the recent meteoric rise in the value of most cryptocurrencies. With all the focus directed to Bitcoin, it is easy to forget that the blockchain has other uses - uses that are geared toward increased cybersecurity, transparency, and privacy.

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Tech Term: Routers, Defined

Tech Term: Routers, Defined

With businesses relying more and more on portability and mobility, it should come as no surprise that businesses also have to devote more time to the proper management of their wireless network. A considerable portion of this management is reliant on the router the business uses, as without the router, the business simply couldn’t have a wireless connection.

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Troubleshooting a Patchy Internet Connection

Troubleshooting a Patchy Internet Connection

Most businesses utilize the Internet in some fashion, and a slow connection can be a major annoyance and inconvenience. Thankfully, there are several ways that you can improve or troubleshoot your connection in the event that it’s suffering. Here are some of the ways you can make sure your Internet connection remains as consistent as possible.

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Tip of the Week: Surfing the Web, Securely

Tip of the Week: Surfing the Web, Securely

The Internet is often taken for granted, in both a professional and a personal capacity. You’d be hard-pressed to get anything done without it nowadays. This doesn’t mean it’s always safe to do so, however. There are many threats that lurk in the darkness of the Internet, and if you’re not careful, you could find yourself on the receiving end of them. We’ve put together some tips that can help you keep both yourself and your business safe while browsing the web.

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It's Time to Write a Eulogy for the Internet as We Know It

It's Time to Write a Eulogy for the Internet as We Know It

The Internet is prone to change. We all know this and have experienced it firsthand. Even though we may understand this reality, it can still be rather shocking when we’re confronted with it. The latest statistics show us how the current changes of the Internet have huge implications about how we’ll all interact with the web moving forward, which may spell doom for doing “online business as usual.”

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Internet 101: How Web Servers Work

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Even though more than 3.2 billion people are connected to the Internet, only a small portion understands where their online content originates. One well-known example of this confusion comes from a speech in 2006 by former Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), where he described the Internet as “a series of tubes.” To make matters worse, at the time of this infamous statement, Senator Stevens was the one in charge of regulating the Internet!

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The Top 6 Facts You Need to Know About South Dakota’s New Internet Sales Tax Law

The Top 6 Facts You Need to Know About South Dakota’s New Internet Sales Tax Law

South Dakota is getting a lot of national attention lately, thanks to the Legislature passing a law requiring many out-of-state online and catalog retailers to collect the state-mandated sales tax from customers. This law is a direct challenge to a 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling, making it quite controversial, and has generated lawsuits and heated debates from both sides.

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Is Your Business Using These 5 Important Communications Technologies?

Is Your Business Using These 5 Important Communications Technologies?

There was a time when the only communication device a business would have to worry about was the telephone. Now, thanks to the computer and the Internet, the average SMB has many more options. Every business owner serious about success will want to take advantage of multiple communication solutions. At the very least, your organization needs to use these five technologies.


The Telephone

To be sure, the telephone still plays a major part in the day-to-day operations of virtually every company. However, the different ways to use a phone have grown tremendously. For example, your business doesn’t even need a traditional phone line to make calls. Instead, you can use your Internet connection to make calls and do so much more with VoIP technology. The biggest advantage of VoIP (in our opinion): the average 60% reduction in your phone bill.

The Internet

The internet has been around since the mid-1990’s, so it’s not like we’re informing you about a new technology. However, what you may be surprised to learn is just how many modern communication solutions rely on the Internet. Therefore, it’s not a question of, “Should I get the Internet?”, but rather, “How much bandwidth do I need?” Otherwise, your communications solutions will cause some major bottlenecking issues.

Workstations

The workstation is like a communications hub for the modern office. Consider for a moment just some of the communications solutions that you can access via PC:

  • Email
  • Social networking
  • Instant messaging
  • VoIP (softphone)
  • Video conferencing
  • And more

With so many vital communication solutions tied to the computer, you can see why it’s crucial to have all of your machines maintained properly and be in good working order.

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Is Society Really Prepared For the Drastic Changes The Internet of Things Will Usher In?

b2ap3_thumbnail_ubiquity_data_400.jpgTechnology has changed the world. It has changed individual lives, businesses, and the way people communicate with one another. The main reason for this is that technology, and the use of it, happens everywhere. In fact, the world has seen a huge spike in the addition of microprocessors to ordinary objects which allows them to communicate with the digital world. This trend is known as ubiquitous computing.

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Hackers Take the Law Into Their Own Hands, Is This a Good Thing?

b2ap3_thumbnail_vigilante_hackers_400.jpgIn 2015, we saw countless hacking attacks against major corporations, from health insurance providers like Blue Cross Blue Shield and Anthem, to government offices, like the United States Office of Personnel. Due to the stigma associated with hacking, we often forget that there are a lot of hackers out there who try to use their skills for good--or, at least, less awful purposes.

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