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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.

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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?

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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?

 

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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. 

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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.

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Should I Use a Password Manager? What You Should Know About Tools Built for Protecting Passwords

http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/man-recalling-gm519189110-90409787 Using a password manager - ThrottleNetPassword managers like LastPass, Dashlane, Zoho and True Key provide an easy way to go about remembering and protecting passwords, but are they safe? Should you be using a password manager? 

A password manager is a very useful and effective tool in helping users generate and store confidential login information for all of the sites that you can’t keep track of. 

One of the most important best practices of password protection is to never use the same password twice – but sometimes it’s just easier to use the same password for your personal Facebook account as you do for your cloud access at work. 

The best password managers don’t just store your precious access keys, but they have functionality built in to randomly generate the perfect password – one with a combination of letters, cases, numbers and special characters that you would never remember on your own.

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