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Securing the Internet of Things

securing the internet of thingsThe “Internet of things,” or IoT for short, is quickly becoming a commonly used phrase by folks in the technology world. It’s a buzzword that relates to everyday objects that we wouldn’t normally expect to be connected to the Internet becoming well…connected to the Internet.

There are so many cool, somewhat bizarre, but also, very intriguing objects out there that have fallen under this general umbrella called the Internet of Things that have become connected.

Now, cars, thermostats, wristbands, watches and refrigerators are all online – and more and more devices are finding ways to utilize the Internet.

The Internet of Things is great. It’s trendy, it’s a phenomenon, and in many cases, the Internet of Things makes our lives easier, helping us accomplish tasks quickly and efficiently using “things” that can receive data and process commands from a remote location. Who hasn’t wanted a refrigerator that tells you you’re running low on ice cream? Did you even know a refrigerator could do that? Well, now you do, and you want one, now.

Just like computers, things connected to the Internet need to be secure. As the Internet of things continues to evolve, Internet of things security is something we have to become more and more aware of.  We’ve seen machines attack before in the movies, after all.

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When It Comes to your IT Guy Don’t Settle for a Jack of All Trades

Is your IT person a jack of all trades but a master of none of them?

Kevin Banks, Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the mistakes business owners make by entrusting anything and everything related to technology to just one person.

Many companies make the mistake of...

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Three Scary Network Killers

Are you aware of the three scariest concerns that could bring down your computer network?

Todd Budde, Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) with ThrottleNet appeared on TNtv to discuss the three most harmful scenarios he has seen that can quickly turn your IT network into a total disaster. 

The three include...

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Virus Protection: Do I Need An Anti-Virus Solution For My Business?

do i need an anti virus solution?Some small businesses think they can get away without utilizing virus protection or anti-virus solutions on their machines. “My business is too small to be compromised,” they say. “I don’t have that much information, anyways,” “Virus protection is too expensive.”

They ask “Do I need an anti-virus solution?”

The fact is, yes. All businesses, regardless of size need some type of anti-virus solution in place to keep business operations running smoothly and productivity high.

The next time you wonder about virus protection, remember this. Hackers are after one thing: data. It doesn’t have to be big data, either.

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Why You Should E-Cycle & How Your Company Can Get Involved

how to recycle electronics in st. louisAs many of our current customers know, ThrottleNet is a huge advocate of e-cycling, and has made a commitment to e-cycle whenever given the opportunity, either for ourselves or for our clients.

When companies go through hardware refresh cycles, they are often left with a heaping quantity of old computer equipment that takes up space and serves no real purpose. The fact is, many business owners don’t know how to recycle electronics and do not know of a computer recycling center in their area.

For most, it’s out with the old and in with the new, but what happens to the old?

Electronics are just like any other re-usable material, just like plastic or paper. The problem is, computers aren’t exactly biodegradable and while e-cycling requires special steps and commitments, it’s becoming more and more important for companies to step up and join in these initiatives.

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Should You Be Banking On Apple Pay?

By George Rosenthal

Apple Pay is here.  This is the company’s big attempt to turn your iPhone into a wallet. It is also Apple’s attempt to grab a portion of the $4 trillion payments industry.

How does it work? First you will need an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. These phones have special “NGC” chips which are needed to pass details of payments to the retailer.

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ThrottleNet Named Best In Value in 2014 by Small Business Monthly

 

 

ST. LOUIS, MO – October 8, 2014 – ThrottleNet, an IT firm based in St. Louis, MO has once again been named one of the top local companies for customer value by St. Louis Small Business Monthly, a magazine providing business ideas, strategies and insights for CEOs, CFOs, presidents, owners and other top executives  to help them grow their companies.

 

 

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Future Alternatives to Passwords: Is Change Coming?

 

alternatives to passwordsOver time, technology changes. 10 years ago, cloud computing didn’t exist. Neither did iPhones. The PlayStation 2 was the most advanced gaming system of all time and hybrid vehicles were just hitting the market.

There is no doubt that technology is evolving at a faster clip than ever before. Recently, there was news that credit cards would begin using pin and chip technology to cut down on identity theft, but credit card security is just one aspect of our identity, and just one piece of information that is stored online. What about password encryption?

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Combat Spam: Email Spam Filtering Techniques For Business

how to stop spam emailIn business, junk email is more than just an annoyance. Spam takes many forms; from irrelevant marketing emails about purchasing office equipment you do not need to annoying emails every time a random member of a LinkedIn group replies to a post. Junk email can really add up if you aren’t careful about managing it.

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How to Avoid IT Gimmicks

Is your IT company trying to lock you in on a three year contract? Do they ask you to pay a premium for the privilege of speaking to the owner of the IT firm?

Mike Heil, a partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how to watch for unnecessary gimmicks as IT firms attempt to secure your business. 

His tips include…

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