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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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6.4 Billion Devices to Be Connected to the Internet By Year’s End!

b2ap3_thumbnail_iot_initiatives_400.jpgThe Internet of Things is a trend that has been a long-time coming. Some of the devices it brings are great for productivity and efficiency, but others are still relatively useless. Regardless, it’s estimated by the IDC that global Internet of Things (IoT) spending will exceed $1.3 trillion by 2020. With such a large amount of capital being invested in IoT devices, your organization will need to know all there is to know about the Internet of Things.

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Game Changer: New Li-Fi Technology Transmits Data via Light!

b2ap3_thumbnail_lifi_is_amazing_400.jpgWiFi and Wireless Internet connections are an integral part of any workplace infrastructure. They essentially allow workers to pick up their wireless technology, like smartphones, tablets, or laptops, and connect to a network from any location with a connection. This convenience was previously unprecedented, but now a new technology threatens to usurp WiFi’s coveted throne; Li-Fi, wireless Internet connections delivered via light.

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Tip of the Week: You Won’t Believe These 4 Common Items that Mess With WiFi!

b2ap3_thumbnail_wifi_interruptions_400.jpgWireless Internet access is something that a lot of people take for granted, yet we all complain about shoddy Internet connections from time to time. Little do they know that some of the most common issues with their wireless connection could be ordinary appliances and other conflicting technologies. You might be surprised by what they are!

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The Internet is Finally Making Its Way to Every Classroom

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_for_eduction_400.jpgThe Internet is etched into the very being of society, from the workplace to the home environment. It’s critical to ensure access to tools, resources, and contacts, among countless other functions. However, one place where the Internet has struggled to take foothold is in the classroom. Believe it or not, there are tons of classrooms all over the country that don’t have reliable access to the wonders of the Internet.

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YouTube Now Offers a Premium Paid Service, Is It Worth the Money?

b2ap3_thumbnail_youtube_red_streaming_400.jpgYouTube has been a monstrous hit for Internet video enthusiasts ever since its creation, but just recently, it was announced that YouTube now has a premium service called YouTube Red. Now you can watch viral videos and other great entertainment flicks in a whole new way. Still, this change has some people concerned over what it means for their current YouTube watching habits. What do you get with a YouTube Red subscription, anyway?

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