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Heartbleed and Your Secure Passwords

heartbleed and secure passwordsOnce again, password encryption is back on the minds of Americans after the discovery of the Heartbleed Bug, which is being called one of the most serious bugs to ever hit the internet.

Heartbleed is a bug in OpenSSL that allows anyone to access and read any encrypted data sent between your computer and a server. This means your username, secure password and other confidential information, including credit card numbers could be at risk.  

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Retailers Now Offer Free Consumer Credit Monitoring But Is It Enough?

Retailers Target and Micheal's are taking major steps to regain customer confidence lost in recent data breaches. Those security breaches impacted millions of customers and caused numerous credit and identity problems for shoppers.

Both companies are now offering free services to combat future problems. Some include no-charge credit monitoring for one year, free annual credit reports, access to a fraud resolution agent should you be a victim of ID theft, and fraud resolution insurance up to $1 million to cover any costs that may occur.

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Life After XP: Microsoft Windows XP Support Officially Ends

Windows XP End of life notificationWe tried to warn you back in February. You didn’t think it was true. The truth hurts though. Your time has run out. April 8th has come and gone. Microsoft Windows XP Support is a thing of the past. The end of Windows XP has arrived. What’s next? 

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It’s Your Network, Not Theirs

Does your IT vendor believe they “own” your network? Do they offer a one-sized fits all solution without understanding the nuances of your network and your business goals?

Mike Heil, a Partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the need for business owners to thoroughly analyze their technology needs before investing in any type of hardware upgrade or change in their IT service plan.

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Lost in the Clouds

By Mike Heil

THE CLOUD!  You hear it proclaimed everywhere. Unfortunately, for many business owners, understanding its workings makes no more sense now than the first time you heard about it.

It causes you to stare at the sky and wonder what possible help or panacea exists to affordably revolutionize your business’ information technology portfolio.   The truth is your business really needs a piece of the cloud.  Here’s why…

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The IT Goat Simulator Is Here!

Finally, a video game simulation that embodies the IT nightmare we are working every day to rid from existence!  It’s like Coffee Stain Studios was reading our minds here at ThrottleNet HQ.  You can now experience horrible IT first hand with the latest in Goat Simulation technology provided by the game, Goat Simulator.  The latest offering by cutting edge Goat experts, Coffee Stain Studios, has been heralded online as a “Masterpiece,” and “Beautiful.”

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Where Is Your VCIO?

Is your technology is alignment with your overall business goals? Could your company benefit by utilizing the skills and experience of a Chief Information Officer (CIO) on a virtual basis?

Eric Aguado, a Partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the many benefits of utilizing a Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) as part of a company’s technology program.

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Why Is Your EMR Running So Slow?

Are you a healthcare provider with multiple locations and wondering why your Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system is getting bogged down or even come to a crawl?

Aaron Oliver, Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss why many EMR systems perform at extremely slow speeds at remote or satellite offices.

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Why The Smartwatch Is a No-Brainer for Business Use

Many of the tech giants are quickly introducing their version of the smartwatch. First it was Samsung. Now it's Google which has just announced "Android Wear", a version of their operating system designed specifically for wearable devices.

Google has apparently crafted the system especially for smartwatches. Motorola and LG have revealed their own versions of Android Wear wrist devices and more are about to follow.

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So You’re the IT Guy?

Have you been hired to serve as your company’s CFO but find you are spending 20 hours per week overseeing the firm’s technology operations?

Marc Arbesman, CIO of ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the potential problems involved with assigning this task to a non-IT professional.

He indicated that CFOs or controllers have a history of overseeing a company’s IT since the first computer applications were accounting based software packages. However times have changed.

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