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Should Data Breach Notification Laws Change at the National Level?

national-data-breach-lawsAny day, we are expecting an executive order from the President aimed at cyber security, outlining which department heads within government agencies would be held accountable for maintaining and reporting on cyber security, while modernizing government equipment to minimize cyber security risks. While these are much needed, data breach notification laws at the national level are something we would also like to see addressed in the near future.

In Canada, where only 30% of CEOs in the country feel confident about their existing security measures, privacy laws are being updated to force companies to speak up. Australia has also agreed to new data breach notification laws recently. Should the same happen here?

 

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ThrottleNet Announces Two New Local 24 Hour IT Support and Assistance Programs

New Programs Provide Real Live Local Assistance Anytime You Need Them 

ST. LOUIS, MO -- February 9, 2017 -- ThrottleNet, an IT firm based in St. Louis, MO, announces two new local 24 hour IT support and assistance programs offering real around the clock help from real people in the St. Louis area.

Rapid Response is a 24 hour IT support program. It is designed to fix issues that can happen overnight and after normal business hours.

24 Hour Help Desk IT Support provides a live person to handle all issues by phone, remote chat or email. It provides business owners with a local resource to discuss any compelling issues that may occur, no matter what time of day.

 


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ThrottleNet Named Best In Customer Service for 2017 by Small Business Monthly

ST. LOUIS, MO -- January 25, 2017 -- ThrottleNet, an IT firm based in St. Louis, MO has once again been named one of the top local companies for Best In Customer Service 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.

This is the fifth consecutive year ThrottleNet has received this recognition. 

 

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What is the Future of Mobile Apps in 2017?

future-of-mobile-appsThe mobile app landscape is changing as brands look to gain an edge over the competition. Users are always on the lookout for new features, and apps stuck in the past simply won’t get the downloads they need to provide a positive return.

Users spend 90% of their time in apps compared to the mobile web, and app installs continue to climb year-over-year. However, users aren’t satisfied with the same-old, same-old, and that’s what causes 26% of installed apps to be abandoned after just one use.

Technology changes quickly, and brands behind apps are becoming savvier in understanding the needs of their audience. These are the reasons why we can expect to see increasing evolution in the app development space during the upcoming year and beyond. A recent article in Tech Republic details its predictions for the future of mobile apps in 2017, and how users will benefit.

Below is a run-down of 5 app development trends we expect to see the most of in 2017:

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What to Expect from the iPhone 8

Apple is expected to release the next generation of its iPhone series later this year.

The new iPhone 8 series, if rumors are correct, will be different in size and feel.

DigiTimes cited a source indicating Apple will launch three models in different sizes. These include 4.7, 5.5, and 5.8 inches. The phones are expected to be released in the second half of 2017.

The phones will have...

 

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Public Wi-Fi Dangers You Should Be Aware Of

dangers-of-public-wifiPublic Wi-Fi is becoming a necessity in coffee shops, shopping malls and sports stadiums, but just how secure is it? A recent video and article published by Android Authority explain public Wi-Fi dangers and just how vulnerable these systems are. With just a little bit of work, someone can easily capture data from a public Wi-Fi network without you ever knowing.

 

When using a public W-Fi hotspot, you are always running some risk, but the dangers of public Wi-Fi can generally be avoided if you follow these tips from ThrottleNet!

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5 Social Media Habits to Drop This Year

bad-social-media-habitsDon’t get us wrong – social media is a great thing but even great things can get out of hand.

In recent months, we have realized just how easy it is to start a wildfire with fake news, while we all know that person who takes too many selfies and that over-sharer who has just been plain obnoxious.

Now that it’s a new year, we can reflect on how we have used social media for good and not-so-good, and how a few simple changes to our routines can make online communities a better place for everyone.

Adjusting social media habits can increase your productivity and put you in a clearer frame of mind. You may not even realize your social media habits have gotten out of hand until reading on. Consider this a light-hearted intervention.

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Healthcare Technology Trends to Watch in 2017

healthcare-it-trends-in-2017The future of healthcare technology continues to evolve and present new challenges to those working in IT departments within the healthcare sector.

CDW recently released an article on 7 Health Tech Trends for 2017 in its Winter 2016 Edition of the Tech Health Report detailing the healthcare technology trends we should be looking out for in the new year.

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Twitter’s New Live Video Service-Will It Make An Impact?

First came Twitter’s Periscope. Then Facebook Live. Now comes full live video streaming again from Twitter.

Users now have the option of broadcasting straight from Twitter. Periscope will not be needed.

As reported in Fortune, Tweeters need not download the Periscope app.

The process seems easy to execute. Users can access the live feed by clicking on the “compose new tweet” link. Then click on the “live” button. A pre-streaming frame will then appear.

When ready, a user can hit the “go live” button. As with other applications watchers can interact by sending comments and hearts.

The future of Periscope is unclear.

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Lessons Learned from the Yahoo Breach-5 Ways You Can Protect Yourself from a Cyberattack

The recent cyber beach announced by Yahoo impacted around one billion people worldwide. Millions could have and may still be negatively affected.

In the most recent case, Yahoo announced users had their passwords and information stolen sometime in 2013. This followed a different cyberattack the tech firm announced in September.

Those who may not have seen the ill effects of these breaches may still be at risk. As their data gets circulated among a wide-range of cyber pirates, key personal information can be compromised. Checking accounts can be emptied and credit card numbers stolen.

In addition...

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