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What Is Net Neutrality and How It Will Affect You?

Do you understand the meaning of “net neutrality”?  Do you have an opinion of how government and business can work together to maintain free, open high speed access on the Internet despite more and more traffic?

Mike Heil, a partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss net neutrality and why it’s becoming a major issue.

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Will Chip Technology Really Make Your Credit Card More Secure?

By George Rosenthal

The government is promising to make your credit cards more secure. In fact they are going to require that every card have an embedded chip built-in by fall of 2015.

The goal is provide better security than the old swiping method and hopefully avoid the problems of fraud caused by hackers at Target and other retailers. 

The old swipe machines will eventually be laid to rest...

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It’s Time to Put Down the Shovel and Stop Digging IT Holes

Are you married to the old ways of managing your technology even though new solutions can improve performance while saving you time and money?

Mike Heil, a partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the mistakes business owners make by continuing to throw dollars at the same old, out-dated technology. 

Heil said there are four reasons why business owners continue to dig themselves deeper into an IT hole.

These include…

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Bring Your Own Device Security Risks & BYOD Policy: Making It Work for Your Business

bring your own deviceTechnology is making Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD) a part of everyday office life. More and more companies are allowing BYOD, and many of those companies are actually encouraging employees to bring their personal smartphones and tablets to the office.

A BYOD policy isn’t an employer giving their employees permission to waste away the day playing Angry Birds, or kick back and watch the big game like the kangaroo in the Dish Network commercial. Bring-your-own-device is a privilege for many employees and companies expect their employees to use their devices for work-related activities.

There is a huge trust factor that goes into BYOD, and it’s not only related to keeping employees engaged and focused on the task at hand. Bring your own device security issues are another factor to consider.

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Securing the Internet of Things

securing the internet of thingsThe “Internet of things,” or IoT for short, is quickly becoming a commonly used phrase by folks in the technology world. It’s a buzzword that relates to everyday objects that we wouldn’t normally expect to be connected to the Internet becoming well…connected to the Internet.

There are so many cool, somewhat bizarre, but also, very intriguing objects out there that have fallen under this general umbrella called the Internet of Things that have become connected.

Now, cars, thermostats, wristbands, watches and refrigerators are all online – and more and more devices are finding ways to utilize the Internet.

The Internet of Things is great. It’s trendy, it’s a phenomenon, and in many cases, the Internet of Things makes our lives easier, helping us accomplish tasks quickly and efficiently using “things” that can receive data and process commands from a remote location. Who hasn’t wanted a refrigerator that tells you you’re running low on ice cream? Did you even know a refrigerator could do that? Well, now you do, and you want one, now.

Just like computers, things connected to the Internet need to be secure. As the Internet of things continues to evolve, Internet of things security is something we have to become more and more aware of.  We’ve seen machines attack before in the movies, after all.

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When It Comes to IT: Don’t Settle for a Jack of All Trades

Is your IT person a jack of all trades but a master of none of them?

Kevin Banks, Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the mistakes business owners make by entrusting anything and everything related to technology to just one person.

Many companies make the mistake of...

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Three Scary Network Killers

Are you aware of the three scariest concerns that could bring down your computer network?

Todd Budde, Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) with ThrottleNet appeared on TNtv to discuss the three most harmful scenarios he has seen that can quickly turn your IT network into a total disaster. 

The three include...

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Virus Protection: Do I Need An Anti-Virus Solution For My Business?

do i need an anti virus solution?Some small businesses think they can get away without utilizing virus protection or anti-virus solutions on their machines. “My business is too small to be compromised,” they say. “I don’t have that much information, anyways,” “Virus protection is too expensive.”

They ask “Do I need an anti-virus solution?”

The fact is, yes. All businesses, regardless of size need some type of anti-virus solution in place to keep business operations running smoothly and productivity high.

The next time you wonder about virus protection, remember this. Hackers are after one thing: data. It doesn’t have to be big data, either.

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Why You Should E-Cycle & How Your Company Can Get Involved

how to recycle electronics in st. louisAs many of our current customers know, ThrottleNet is a huge advocate of e-cycling, and has made a commitment to e-cycle whenever given the opportunity, either for ourselves or for our clients.

When companies go through hardware refresh cycles, they are often left with a heaping quantity of old computer equipment that takes up space and serves no real purpose. The fact is, many business owners don’t know how to recycle electronics and do not know of a computer recycling center in their area.

For most, it’s out with the old and in with the new, but what happens to the old?

Electronics are just like any other re-usable material, just like plastic or paper. The problem is, computers aren’t exactly biodegradable and while e-cycling requires special steps and commitments, it’s becoming more and more important for companies to step up and join in these initiatives.

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Should You Be Banking On Apple Pay?

By George Rosenthal

Apple Pay is here.  This is the company’s big attempt to turn your iPhone into a wallet. It is also Apple’s attempt to grab a portion of the $4 trillion payments industry.

How does it work? First you will need an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. These phones have special “NGC” chips which are needed to pass details of payments to the retailer.

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