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From the category archives: Technology News

Tech is always evolving, and we're here to share our thoughts. Get your technology news from the experts at ThrottleNet. Read our technology news blog archives below.

The Anthem Breach and What It Means to You

More than 80 million employees across the country who currently have, or have previously had health insurance through Anthemwere in for a rude awakening recently when learning that the healthcare provider was the victim of what it calls a sophisticated cyber-attack.

The healthcare data breach is the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of data breaches impacting a wide-range of industries, and the Anthem breach was potentially one of the largest to ever impact a healthcare organization.

This is the second time in recent history Anthem, specifically, has been hit, as in 2010 they were fined $1.7 million for a computer breach that resulted in a similar disclosure of personal information for approximately 612,000 people, a miniscule attack compared to the one that occurred recently.  Early information indicates this single data security breach could affect more individuals than thelast five years of healthcare record breaches combined, according to research by Forbes.

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What the Sony Hack Attack Means For You

Could your business be the target of a cyberattack like the one at Sony? Do you have the proper safeguards in place to prevent a similar event from occurring at your company?

Mike Heil, CEO and Partner at ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv, to discuss the impact of the Sony attack and the action steps you can take to prevent a potential disaster at your firm.

Heil said businesses can reduce the likelihood of a major Sony type breach by addressing three top vulnerabilities. These include…

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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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St. Louis Has a Strong Tech Future

The St. Louis area is suddenly becoming known as a hot-bed for technology.

Mike Heil, a Partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to analyze the forces behind St. Louis’ rise as a technology hub spot and the future prospects for tech-related growth and employment.

Heil said that St. Louis is future proofing its economy by...

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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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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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What Now for Microsoft?

Microsoft has a new CEO. And while many experts and pundits are debating the appointment of Satya Nadella to lead this technology giant, one thing is clear, Microsoft continues to succeed as the dominant player in the business and enterprise marketplace.

Dozens of articles and commentaries have been critical of Microsoft's latest product offerings, and rightfully so. Clearly the company misread the market for tablet devices with the rollout of Windows 8, RT and the Surface. Targeting the student and education marketplace did not work. A lack of available apps is not helping the cause. However...

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Windows XP Is Gone, Were You Prepared?

Microsoft has announced it is ending support for its Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014.
The impact of this “end of life” decision could be disastrous for anyone operating on the XP platform.

Eric Aguado, Chief Operating Officer of ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to address this issue and provide some action steps XP users can take to avoid the onset of a system failure or computer virus infection.

Aguado said that while Microsoft has released plans to continue to support XP with its Security Essentials program it will no longer provide...

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Business Lessons Learned From The Target Hacker Attack

The news of the recent hacker attacks against Target and most recently Nieman Marcus provide a real wake-up call for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

These two join a growing list of breached companies that over the past months have included Snapchat, Skype, and Yahoo! just name a few. Many smaller firms also reported unwanted intrusions.

The physical impact of a hacking attack can be devastating. For instance malware can infect a desktop computer and reveal administrator credentials...

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End of Windows XP Support is Coming

In a few short months, Windows XP operating systems will reach the end of their life-cycle. After April 8, 2014, personal users and organizations still using Windows XP will be running it as unsupported software. Released in 2001, Windows XP is Microsoft's most successful operating system. After April of next year, this software’s life-cycle will have reached an end.

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