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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.

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.

ThrottleNet Named Best In Value in 2014 by Small Business Monthly

 

 

ST. LOUIS, MO – October 8, 2014 – ThrottleNet, an IT firm based in St. Louis, MO has once again been named one of the top local companies for customer value by St. Louis Small Business Monthly, a magazine providing business ideas, strategies and insights for CEOs, CFOs, presidents, owners and other top executives  to help them grow their companies.

 

 

Future Alternatives to Passwords: Is Change Coming?

 

alternatives to passwordsOver time, technology changes. 10 years ago, cloud computing didn’t exist. Neither did iPhones. The PlayStation 2 was the most advanced gaming system of all time and hybrid vehicles were just hitting the market.

There is no doubt that technology is evolving at a faster clip than ever before. Recently, there was news that credit cards would begin using pin and chip technology to cut down on identity theft, but credit card security is just one aspect of our identity, and just one piece of information that is stored online. What about password encryption?

Combat Spam: Email Spam Filtering Techniques For Business

how to stop spam emailIn business, junk email is more than just an annoyance. Spam takes many forms; from irrelevant marketing emails about purchasing office equipment you do not need to annoying emails every time a random member of a LinkedIn group replies to a post. Junk email can really add up if you aren’t careful about managing it.

How to Avoid IT Gimmicks

Is your IT company trying to lock you in on a three year contract? Do they ask you to pay a premium for the privilege of speaking to the owner of the IT firm?

Mike Heil, a partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how to watch for unnecessary gimmicks as IT firms attempt to secure your business. 

His tips include…

Flying Past Cloud Computing Challenges – What Cloud Customers Seek In A Vendor

cloud computing challengesHere at ThrottleNet, we feel there are many advantages of the cloud. The cloud gives businesses the flexibility to access their files anytime, anywhere. It is easy to use, simple to set up, scalable and affordable.

Overall, the cloud is great for companies… and it takes up a whole lot less office space than a room full of servers.

While the concept of the cloud has been aroud since the 1950’s, it didn’t become a reality for private customers until 2008. Since cloud technology is still relatively new, it is no surprise that a recent Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)  cloud survey shows that there is a great deal of confusion amongst executives about the cloud – how it works, what it does and what the advantages of the cloud really are.

Maintaining Privacy with Mobile Security

Are your mobile devices truly secure? Do your employees download dozens of apps that could possibly compromise your business and client information?  

Aaron Oliver, Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how to maintain business security with mobile devices.

Oliver said the controversial news about the Facebook Messenger application is a good example of how an app can generate privacy concerns and raise red flags among its users.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3: Should You Buy It Now?

surface pro 3

Microsoft has launched the Surface Pro 3. The device is touted as the first tablet which can fully replace your laptop with a desktop experience.

The company calls it nothing short of revolutionary with a kickstand, optional click-in keyboard, and multiple ports including full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSD™ card reader.

The major benefit is that you can...

Your Taxes: What Will You Pay? Part Two

Do you have a well thought out tax strategy? Are you planning in advance for the best possible returns for not only this year but next year as well?

Doug Mueller, President of Mueller Prost PC, a St. Louis accounting firm, appeared on TNtv to discuss how to save money on future tax returns.

In the part two of a three-part TNtv segment, Mueller discussed the importance of developing a strategic plan to...