Posted on 4/5/2018 11:03 AM By ThrottleNet
Facebook is working to restore its image with users following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, in which information on up to 87 million users was collected through a third-party application and passed on to a political consulting firm to help influence voter opinion.
The public outcry following Cambridge Analytica has caused users and businesses to leave the platform and stock prices to drop. Tesla & Playboy are among the businesses that have dropped Facebook altogether, while countless others have pulled advertising through the platform.
Analysts estimate that anywhere between 60% and 80% of small businesses have a presence on Facebook, with over half of all small businesses posting on Facebook every day.
Just as a business vows to protect any user data that flows through their payment systems and website, they also have a responsibility to safeguard the data of their customers who value them enough to like them on Facebook. If a massive data breach were to occur on Facebook, the responsibility would fall on Facebook; not the individual brand. However, some can’t help but feel guilty by association.
Should you go running for the hills and pull your business from Facebook? We don’t think so.
Posted on 3/17/2018 1:39 PM By ThrottleNet
It’s better to work smarter rather than harder, especially when the two roads take you to the same place. In many cases, that holds true for managing IT operations. For small businesses, maintaining and stabilizing infrastructure can keep you up at night especially when you lack the time and resources to gain control of your IT.
Regain your composure with these helpful tips for small business IT management from the experts at ThrottleNet.
Posted on 3/13/2018 1:31 PM By ThrottleNet
While cyber security has evolved quite a bit over the years, and assailants are taking advantage of more conspicuous ways to sneak into your network undetected, the “same old, same old” remains a risk to your business and personal security.
In this blog, we summarzied some of the most common internet security threats that everyone should be aware of, along with tips to protect yourself.
Posted on 3/4/2018 1:05 PM By ThrottleNet
New technologies are changing the way companies think about cyber security and how they protect their business from everyday threats. At the same time, many cyber security issues we’re already aware of are becoming smarter, making the landscape that much more difficult to navigate.
Recently, Cisco released its 2018 Cyber Security Report, which discusses the latest advances in the security industry and how organizations can protect themselves against mounting cyber security issues. It also includes benchmarking data from 3,600 Chief Security Officers highlighting the challenges their organizations face regarding changes in cyber security.
The full report is a must-read for anyone who has a vesting interest in protecting their business, but we’ve provided some of the cliff notes in this blog entry.
Posted on 3/2/2018 2:11 PM By ThrottleNet
Apple believes music begins at home.
It’s why they are launching the HomePod, to bring you a new musical experience right in your living room or, for that matter, any space you want it.
HomePod will be available in early February. Apple claims it can definitely rock the house. Don’t get confused. The HomePod is not an Amazon Echo or Google Home device in a different package. While it can serve as a home assistant, the difference is in the sound.
The tech giant says the HomePod is the ultimate music authority. It actually brings together Apple Music and Siri to “learn” your taste in music. It works through a combination of Apple’s engineered audio technology and advanced software said to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room.
The device features Apple’s A8 chip. The company claims it is the biggest brain ever in a speaker. HomePod comes with seven beamforming tweeters designed with a precision acoustic horn that focuses sound for directional control. Sound will be consistent from anywhere in the room no matter where you are sitting. Those who like a lot of bass will appreciate the high-excursion woofer with a custom amplifier. HomePod uses an advanced algorithm that continuously analyzes the music and dynamically tunes the low frequencies for what should be a smooth sound.
Posted on 2/21/2018 2:56 PM By ThrottleNet
IT automation is catching on as a commonly accepted practice by IT professionals to cut down on repetitive processes performed in both datacenters and cloud deployments.
Through automation, software is used to create instructions and processes that replace or reduce the degree at which humans are involved with managing an IT system.
In theory, just about every IT task can be applied some level of automation, but does not replace the need for humans to manage network infrastructure. Automation just makes managing IT easier. Automation is a method of enhancing how IT systems operate and making the most our of key personnel within your IT team.
How can your IT services benefit from an automated approach to IT?
Posted on 2/15/2018 2:50 PM By ThrottleNet
For one reason or another, hackers love the Olympics just as much as the casual sports fan.
The 2018 Pyeongchang games started off with a massive cyber-attack that those watching at home may not have been aware of. The attack, which was forged by an unidentified hacker (presumably either Russia or North Korea) causing internet protocol TVs to malfunction at the main press center, which was countered by organizers shutting down the games' servers to prevent additional damage.
With the Olympics servers offline, Wi-Fi at the Olympic Stadium and the website went down, preventing attendees from printing tickets to events.
The opening ceremony was to feature drones filming the ceremony, but those were unable to deploy.
The source of the cyber-attack was not revealed, but organizers and the IOC have an idea of who orchestrated the attack. However, they won’t point the finger, instead citing poor international best-practices.
Posted on 2/15/2018 9:01 AM By ThrottleNet
ST. LOUIS, MO – February 8, 2018 – ThrottleNet has once again been named a “Best In Customer Service” company by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. This is the 5th time ThrottleNet has received this recognition.
Those selected for Best In Customer Service represent the best of the best in maintaining the highest quality in product and service delivery. The recognition is based on nominations and comments from clients. The full list of businesses receiving this acknowledgement appears in the publication’s February, 2018 edition.
“ThrottleNet is excited to have once again been recognized as one of the best companies in St. Louis for customer service. It is a great testament to our ability to consistently deliver high-quality IT services on time and on budget,” said George Rosenthal, President. “The entire staff is committed to exceed our client’s expectations on each and every project. We do not take these awards lightly and appreciate the hard work of our team to help our customers achieve their business goals through better technology.”
ThrottleNet was recently named the #1 IT Firm in St. Louis by Small Business Monthly, an award it has won for two consecutive years. It has also been recognized as a “Best In Reliability” and “Best In Quality” company by the magazine which provides educational information and articles for CEOs, business owners and entrepreneurs. Each year Small Business Monthly honors the top local companies in 15 categories.
Posted on 2/8/2018 2:35 PM By ThrottleNet
Blame it on recent legislation, a greater understanding of cyber security, or the weather, but small businesses are poised to spend more money on IT budgeting in 2018 than ever before.
Along with a need to protect business, small business owners are making more IT investments to improve employee productivity and remain competitive in their marketplace.
According to a recent survey of 1,300 professionals conducted by TechTarget, 17% of companies expect to grow their IT budgeting needs by more than 10% in 2018. Another 23% expected a 5-10% increase, while only 11% expect their IT budget to shrink year-over-year.
Evolution in information technology is triggering companies to go beyond traditional VPN and on-site storage with their IT plans. To keep your small business ahead of the curve, consider investing in these items when putting together your IT budget for the new year.
Posted on 1/21/2018 8:00 AM By ThrottleNet
What good is an IT security policy if none of your employees know exactly what it means?
According to a recent study by Kaspersky Lab, 12% of employees claim to be fully aware of their organization’s IT security policies and rules. Just less than half of employees believe they share some responsibility in preventing cyberthreats within their company.
Among survey respondents, 24% did not believe their organization even had an established IT security in place, which is a completely different story.
For small business owners, these results are cause for concern, as cyber security threats like ransomware, phishing and even internal espionage grow more sophisticated by the day.
If employee security awareness wasn’t already a top concern, these results heighten the need to properly train employees on IT protocols and develop a policy if one does not exist.