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Christmas Shopping Safety Tips – How to Know a Website is Safe to Buy From

christmas-shopping-securityIn just a few short days, the Christmas shopping season officially kicks off with the madness that is Black Friday before moving online with Cyber Monday.

‘Tis the time for deals, but biting on the wrong one can turn the calendar from Cyber Monday to Ticked Off Tuesday.

Christmas shoppers are the perfect victims for scammers, and as commerce has shifted online so have their deceptive tactics, but there are ways to stay safe this holiday season – just follow these Christmas shopping safety tips from your friends at ThrottleNet.

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5 productivity apps worth paying for

paid-productivity-appsThere are thousands of useful apps on the iOS app store and thankfully, many of them are free.

Many of us are conditioned to scoff at the apps in the repulsively high price range of $0.99. A dollar? For an app? No thanks, I’ll just go buy a $4 cup of coffee and inhale it in 20 minutes. 

This mindset prevents us from enjoying some seriously great mobile apps that can help us become more productive at home, work or on-the-go.

After taking a look at recent offerings on the app store we break down five productivity apps worth paying for. If you can get over sticker shock quickly read on to learn more about these amazing iOS apps.

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Smart Office Solutions: Applying Connected Home Technology to Your Business

smart-office-solutionsThe Internet of Things has massive potential to evolve how small businesses operate. Smart business technology can be applied to small businesses in virtually any industry, even those that do not consider themselves on the cutting edge of technology.

Home-based connected technology can be a game-changer in an office environment, and as technology continues to improve, smart office solutions are a wave of the future that small business owners simply can’t ignore much longer.

In this article, we’re not discussing iOT solutions specifically geared towards business, but how connected home technology can be used to make a small business smarter, more efficient and cost-effective, along with the important measures a small business needs to take to secure their smart office solutions. Think Arlo, Nest and Alexa and how they can be used in a small business setting.

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The Google Pixel: It's All About The Camera

 

Google's attempt at its first mobile phone, the Pixel, is starting to hit store shelves.

It is the company's first phone with its own design, hardware and software. It represents nearly a clean break from partners who assisted with the production of the Nexus brand of products.

The phone represents a change in appearance and performance from previous Android versions. This includes an attractive appearance with a fast and smooth one-piece aluminum design. It has a wedge shape to keep the camera flush.

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Small Business Cyber Security: An owner’s guide to common risks to IT security

network-security-risksAs a small business owner, managing all the risks to IT security yourself can make you go gray at an early age. From securing your files, who enters the building, who takes what home with them and everything else, there is a lot going on and a lot riding on small business cyber security.

It’s easy to overlook all of the small business cyber security risks that your company may not be addressing – either because you don’t know it’s a risk, you haven’t encountered it or your current procedures aren’t up to industry standards.

Here are some common risks to IT security and things that you can proactively do about them.

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Hiring an App Developer: How to Find App Developers that Align with Your Goals

 

hiring-an-app-developerYou have a great idea for a new business app and are ready to start hiring an app developer. While you generally have an idea of how you want your app to look and function, you don’t possess the skills needed to turn concept into reality. Hiring an app developer is the next step in the process after conceptualization, but how do you find app developers that align with your specific goals?

Every app is different and development truly never ends – as great apps often need constant updating to stay relevant in a hyper-competitive marketplace.

Hiring an app developer isn’t as simple as calling the company with the first result on Google – you have to partner with an app developer who gets you. Someone who is on the same page with your business, your goals and your vision to create an app that is a digital extension of your company and your values.

 

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

 

ST. LOUIS, MO – September 20, 2016 – ThrottleNet continues its banner award-winning year by securing recognition as a Best In Value company for 2016 in a survey of business owners by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. The magazine recently recognized ThrottleNet as the #1 IT Firm in St. Louis, rated them #3 in the Best In Reliability category and rated them among the top firms in St. Louis for Best Customer Service.

The Best In Value listing recognizes those companies who day-in and day-out provide the best value to their customers. The winning companies are selected from nominations and comments from clients. The complete listing will be published in the magazine’s October, 2016 edition.

 

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Technology in Real Estate: Overcoming Challenges of IT in Real Estate

it-in-real-estateTechnology in Real Estate is changing the way the entire industry works. Realtors are coming up with new and creative ways to not only market properties, but also interact with their clients on both sides of the transaction.

IT in Real Estate is not something anyone would have thought about 20 years ago, when the researching, buying and selling process was anything but digital. Today, everything is digital – from buyers researching homes to agents marketing homes and sellers receiving showing feedback from buyer’s agents through mobile applications.

While technology can replace many aspects of a real estate transaction, it cannot replace the agent itself – as the percentage of homebuyers utilizing agents has increased significantly in recent years. While the human element of the industry will never go away, technology in real estate changes the game – and every individual involved in the transaction – agents, appraisers, lenders and even home inspectors needs to be aware of the impact technology has on real estate.

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IT in the Financial Services Industry: Challenges from Technology & How to Overcome Them

technology-in-bankingTechnology in banking continues to grow at a rapid pace. At the forefront, we have come to expect a secure environment and easy-to-use online and mobile banking solutions, but there are so many exciting technological changes in store for the banking industry – one that depends on technology more than most.

Banking continues to change as we move into 2017. To think, the ATM was just introduced to the United States in 1969 – and mobile banking on apps has only been around since 2010. Because of rapidly improving technology and increased customer demands the banking industry faces several unique challenges. As a financial services IT consulting expert, we examine each of these challenges and how banks can overcome the hurdles technology in banking poses to them on a daily basis.

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How to Ensure Mobile App Engagement & Retention at Launch

mobile-app-engagementMobile app engagement and ensuring customer retention are perhaps the two most important hurdles app developers have to clear when designing, developing and launching a new mobile application.

Statistics show that 23% of users abandon an app after only one use. With all the time, effort, energy and financial investment that goes into app development, those numbers can deter a savvy business owner from going down the path towards mobile development.

Not every app is fail-safe from abandonment and poor mobile app engagement numbers. Back in July, Pokémon Go was demonstrating retention rates twice the industry-average, but has since gone quiet in boasting about those numbers.

So, how do you beat the odds and ensure your new business app doesn’t get abandoned and mobile app engagement stays strong months after launch?

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