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Wireless: How Often Do You Connect?

By Aaron Oliver

Wireless connectivity seems to be everywhere these days.  Most businesses are offering or touting free wireless connections. Because of this it makes it easy for the professional workforce to work from virtually anywhere, and we have grown accustomed to toting our laptops and tablets around with connectivity anywhere we go. You go for coffee or dinner and jump on the free Wi-Fi connection at the restaurant or cafe because it is faster than your mobile connection, and it saves you money on your mobile data package.

When businesses decide to offer free wireless, how do you think they accomplish it? Do they hire the best contractor or consultant? Sometimes yes, the business owner calls the correct person or company to come out and install a secure protected wireless network. However, often small businesses and cafes will call "their guy" who has setup multiple wireless networks and “knows all about them.” They go and buy a residential router form Walmart and plug it into an internet connection, and boom, that business now advertises "free Wi-Fi". The business owner has no idea that they have deployed their new free Wi-Fi without any kind of security or enterprise level features that they should be concerned about having.

How Viable is Hyperloop Travel?

Hyperloop travel from St. Louis to Kansas City

 

To woo Amazon, you must think like Amazon, and that’s by no means an easy task.

 

In September, 10 winners were announced and St. Louis failed to make the list. 
Included in the state proposal for HQ2, however, Missouri is dangling a Hyperloop route connecting St. Louis and Kansas with a stop in Columbia on land along the I-70 corridor.

The proposed route in Missouri would make it possible to travel from St. Louis to Kansas City in less than 30 minutes, allowing Amazon to pull together it’s talent base from both metropolitan areas. 

ThrottleNet looked into this high-tech transportation system and how it worked. Discover what we found. 

Understanding & Breaking Ageism in Tech

Breaking Ageism in Tech Industry

A new study from the job site Indeed.com indicates that over 40% of tech workers worry that they will lose their job due to their age, while roughly 20% of tech workers are constantly in fear that they could be replaced by someone younger and cheaper. 


Articles from other media sources back up the report’s findings on ageism in tech, with USA Today reporting that in many cases, those over 40 have trouble locking down a new job in tech. 

 
So does tech have an problem with older tech workers? Learn more about ageism in the tech industry, why it exists, and how to solve this problem.  

5 Cyber Security Awareness Tips for Business to Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month

5 Cyber security awareness tips

Since 2014, October has been billed as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit organization launched by the Department of Homeland Security. 

 

While NSCAM aims to protect the public at large, businesses can embrace the month of October as well, and use the month as a time to reflect on their own cyber security efforts and try to improve processes in time for the new year. 

In honor of NSCAM, get some cyber security awareness tips small business owners should take to secure their business, powered by your friends at ThrottleNet. 

ThrottleNet Continues Award Winning Year with 2017 Best In Value Recognition from St. Louis Small Business Monthly

ST. LOUIS, MO – October 5, 2017 – ThrottleNet continues another award winning year by securing recognition as a Best In Value company for 2017 in a survey of business owners by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. The magazine recently named ThrottleNet as the #1 IT Firm in St. Louis, and recognized ThrottleNet as a Best In Reliability company as well as Best In Customer Service.

“Best In Value” recognizes companies who exceed expectations in providing the best value to their customers. The winners are selected from nominations and comments from clients. The complete listing is published in the magazine’s October, 2017 edition.

 ThrottleNet and other winning firms will be honored at the Best In Business Awards luncheon October 24, 2017 at the St. Charles Convention Center. The firm is also featured in an article in Small Business Monthly’s Best In Business, Business Owners’ Guide, for 2017/2018.

 “The ThrottleNet Team is once again excited to be recognized for another award as we continue our rapid growth,” said George Rosenthal, President of ThrottleNet. “We are committed to providing the latest, most up-to-date technology solutions to help businesses grow their firms and, at the same time, exceed their expectations with outstanding, professional customer service. Our entire staff appreciates the excellent feedback from our clients as we celebrate all of our special accomplishments during 2017.”

Will Amazon Bring #HQTWO2STL?

Amazon has been in the news quite a bit over the course of recent months, most recently with its acquisition of Whole Foods. The company has shown a willingness to adapt to changing technology and innovate well beyond what is traditionally expected of an ecommerce company.

Poised for continued growth, Amazon needs more space, and has launched a continent-wide RFP process to find a home for a second North American corporate headquarters, which will equal the company’s original facility in Seattle.

HQ2 is expected to cost $5 billion to construct and operate, employing as many as 500,000. 

 

The RFP instructs cities to send “information “on behalf of your metropolitan statistical area (MSA), state/province, county, city and the relevant localities therein.” Because of this, it may be counterintuitive for the region to submit dueling proposals.

While bringing Amazon to St. Louis may be a pipe dream, we can dream, can’t we?

Every city that submits a bid to Amazon will have its strengths and weaknesses and St. Louis is no different. What are some of the reasons that Amazon could work in St. Louis?

The Latest on the Equifax Breach: How to Find Out If You Were a Victim & What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

 

Credit Bureau Equifax was the latest victim of a massive cyber-attack, the company announced last week.

 

Between May and July, hackers exploited the Equifax website to gain access to personal information of 143 million US consumers, including names, social security numbers and driver’s license numbers.

To add perspective to that number, about 250 million people over the age of 18 likely have a credit file. This attack was massive, affecting roughly 57% of all American adults.

The “good news”, if there is any, is that it appears credit card numbers of “only” 209,000 individuals (0.14% of victims) were exposed in the attack.

The attack also has some Equifax execs in hot water, as they sold their company stock days after the hack which was yet to be disclosed to the public. But for you, customers, how do you find out if you were affected by the breach and what to do if you were?

 

IoT Security in Your Business & Home

By Aaron Oliver

 

IoT, what is it? It is the "Internet of Things", and is basically all of the consumer and business appliances that people now days call smart. Your smart TV, your internet connected picture frame, your home or office security cameras, your Amazon echo, and Google home device. These devices have become the craze over the last few years as people rush to stay connected and try to make getting access to things and information quicker and more convenient. But is there a price to all this convenience, and what are the true costs?

Think for just a second about how many things are in your home and office that communicate over the internet in some form or fashion. A few years ago, the number of devices may have included just your computers and your phones and you could count the number of devices on one hand. If you think about it for a moment you may not even have realized that you now have 27 or even more devices in your home connected to the internet. 27 is the number of things I had in my home, and our small office has even more devices. So now I must ask you, who or what is making sure that these things are secure?

Well, the companies who sell you these devices, if they are reputable are probably thinking about security and even releasing patches and updates for the products you have in your home and office. But there are so many fly by night and small companies getting into the IoT space, and most of them are just worried about functionality and using watered down insecure methods of connectivity. This can lead to leaving your business and even your home network susceptible to attack and intrusion.

5 Disaster Recovery Planning Essentials for Your Business

With the Houston area still coming to grips with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Irma making landfall in Florida, disaster recovery planning is a timely topic for companies across the country. This is also an important topic here in the Midwest, where tornados and catastrophic floods along our rivers are prone to happen. 

Natural disasters can be absolutely devastating to a business, and those lucky enough to survive often face a long road towards rebuilding physical and digital infrastructure. 

No matter where your business is located, there is always some level of environmental risk beyond your control that could impact operations. 

Because of this, every company should have a rock-solid disaster recovery plan in place to help your business whether the storm.

Learn more about five disaster recovery best practices every business should be mindful of in this article. 

Would You Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone?

By George Rosenthal

Apple is ready to launch its highly anticipated iPhone 8.

The phone reportedly will have all types of new features and a new design. It will take the device to a new level in look and performance.

The price could also take an iPhone user to a new level. Apple’s 10th anniversary phone could cost you a grand or more.

Some reports indicate the phone will cost $999 with 64GB rising to $1,099 with 256 GB and topping out at $1,199 for a high powered 512 GB device.

Even at its lowest level the phone represents a whopping 40% to 50% increase over the $649 for a base model iPhone 7.

Paying a premium though for an iPhone is not new for many Apple fans. For example, those who purchased an iPhone 7 plus with all the bells and whistles may have already crossed the four figure threshold.