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How the Convenience of The Internet of Things Can Come Back to Bite Us

How the Convenience of The Internet of Things Can Come Back to Bite Us

While the Internet of Things has made many common tasks much easier through automation, it has also increased the potency of particular cybersecurity threats. For an excellent example, one only has to turn to the increasing prevalence of botnets that are powered by IoT technology.

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Tip of the Week: Resolve a Poor Internet Connection By Following These 3 Steps

Tip of the Week: Resolve a Poor Internet Connection By Following These 3 Steps

When the Internet goes down in the modern office, chaos ensues. The only way to subdue the panicked masses is to provide answers and to resolve the issue, ASAP. If you happen to find yourself in such an Internet-less predicament, then be sure to follow these three troubleshooting tips.

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The “S” in HTTPS is More Important Than You May Think

The “S” in HTTPS is More Important Than You May Think

It would be an understatement to say that security, particularly encryption, is important while browsing the web. Though it was only recently that encryption became a major pain point for government regulation, encryption has been around for a very long time. The average user can get a taste of online encryption through the average website security certificate.

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The Internet Dramatically Changed the Publishing Industry. What About Your Field of Expertise?

The Internet Dramatically Changed the Publishing Industry. What About Your Field of Expertise?

It’s well-known that publishers are a major component of an author sharing their work with the world, but recent innovations threaten to disrupt the status quo of the industry. Like many industries, the publishing industry has been changed significantly by the introduction of new technologies that afford writers more liberty when producing their work. What can the business owner learn from these changes?

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In the Midst of Chaotic Financial Markets, Technology Remains a Constant

b2ap3_thumbnail_history_of_it_in_finance_400.jpgNot that long ago, the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange was filled with business-tie clad gladiators, climbing over each other in what looked like a capitalism-induced mosh pit. The Open Outcry pit had its language, its own weather, its own smell. Nowadays, these pits are more subdued. They still are populated with people, and some are gesturing to buy and sell, but most of the transactions are done digitally. It is this role where the computer has changed the way financial markets work; from the ground up.

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3 Ways the Internet is Changing Things, for Better AND for Worse

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_pros_cons_400.jpgWe’ve all become so adapted to the conveniences of the Internet that it’s difficult to remember what society was like before it. This becomes especially obvious when watching old movies. How odd is it to see characters do pre-Internet activities like go to the library to research information and use a phone book? These are just some of the ways that the Internet has dramatically changed society, for better and perhaps for worse.

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Do You Use Steam for PC Gaming? Watch Out for this New Malware!

b2ap3_thumbnail_steam_malware_problems_400.jpgMalware has traditionally targeted industries that are exceptionally profitable. For example, hackers like to target retailers for their wealth of financial credentials. One of the most profitable industries, entertainment, is also subject to similar torment, including Steam, the PC gamer’s most valuable tool for gaming binges.

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Google Fiber and the Race to Provide Consumers With the Fastest Internet Possible

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_fiber_400.jpgYour business relies on a steady Internet connection to maintain operations. The inner workings of your cabling infrastructure are what ensure that you constantly have access to both online and offline networks for your organization. Most businesses utilize the services of major cable companies like Time Warner Cable and Comcast to facilitate this need, but some cities around the United States have access to another option: Google Fiber.

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Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon, Which Video Service Makes the Best Gift?

b2ap3_thumbnail_streaming_media_400.jpgSometimes it’s a pain trying to figure out what you’ll be getting your loved ones during the holiday season. Thankfully, there are some relatively fail-safe options for those who love entertainment, like watching television or going to the movies. A subscription to the right video-streaming service might be able to help you save a trip to your local department store and all of the madness that comes with it.

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How Fishing Nets May Be the Greatest Security Threat to the Internet [Video]

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_under_the_sea_400.jpgMany countries around the world have access to the Internet, but have you stopped to consider how this service is deployed and connected to countries on different continents? Well, this is only made possible by the countless miles of wire laid beneath the surface of the ocean, all around the world. In fact, it’s somewhat unnerving to think that international communications depend on the structural integrity of cables submerged at the bottom of the sea.

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Connectify Turns Your PC Into a WiFi Hotspot [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_wifi_hotspot_virtual_router_400.jpgDo you need a WiFi signal? If you’ve got a PC with a wireless card, then you’ve got what it takes to download Connectify and turn your PC into a WiFi hotspot. These days, with everyone being so dependent on WiFi, having an additional WiFi hotspot can come in handy.

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Tip of the Week: How to Deal with Internet Trolls

b2ap3_thumbnail_issues_with_internet_trolls_400.jpgLet’s face it: The Internet is filled with opinions, and several of them are undoubtedly wrong. Generally, most mature people will take these opinions with a grain of salt and move on. The other half of the population absolutely must respond. These responses are often less-than-friendly, and some of them are just trying to anger the original poster. We call these people Internet trolls.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Monitor Your Employee’s Internet Usage

b2ap3_thumbnail_your_query_is_blocked_400.jpgThe Internet is a vast and wonderful plain of many fruits and resources, but there are two sides to everything. It can also be a vile and disgusting place, with content that could make even the most hardened criminal flinch (or stare in astonishment). Keep your network safe by implementing a content filtering solution for your business.

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Upon Further Review, the FCC Reverses its NFL Blackout Rule; Fans of Net Neutrality React

b2ap3_thumbnail_nfl_fcc_400.jpgIt's football season! Many NFL fans are spending their Sundays glued to their TV sets cheering on their favorite team. This season, those in the tech industry who are concerned about net neutrality have also taken an interest in football--primarily due to a recent FCC ruling.

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How One Business Owner is Fighting Yelp in the Most Unconventional Way Possible

b2ap3_thumbnail_are_review_sites_good_400_20140926-181617_1.jpgOne California restaurant owner has recently taken on an interesting marketing strategy that goes against all conventional wisdom. Co-owner David Cerretini of the Italian restaurant Botto Bistro tells his strategy to USA Today, "I want to be the worst restaurant in the San Francisco area!" Strangely enough, his approach seems to be working.

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What a Software Licensing Nightmare Scenario Looks Like

b2ap3_thumbnail_licensed_software_400.jpgWhat's the licensing status of your company's software look like? If you've not been intentional about this, then your business may be using several unlicensed applications. You may be thinking, "Everything works fine. No big deal." Sure, it's no big deal--until you're caught!

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Europe’s Great Debate: The Right to Be Forgotten

b2ap3_thumbnail_do_you_have_the_right_to_be_forgotten_400.jpgOne of the hot topics in recent news is a concept in European courts about the "right to be forgotten." The ruling, passed in May 2014, suggests that search engines must consider requests for removal of content that is, according to ZDNet, "inadequate, irrelevant, or no longer relevant." In some circles, this ruling is seen as controversial.

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The Challenges of Keeping Up with Big Data

b2ap3_thumbnail_control_big_data_400.jpgWe're living smack dab in the middle of the data age. In fact, 90% of the world's data was generated last year. New devices and systems create crazy amounts of data, and every byte must be processed, stored, and catalogued in such a way that it can be easily retrieved from any device, anywhere. The IT industry refers to this as "Big Data," and how your business manages its data will determine your success in this new age.

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What is the Future for Net Neutrality?

b2ap3_thumbnail_net_neutrality_no_monopoly_400.jpgThe issue of net neutrality is a hot topic in the United States, but not many people actually know what it is and how it affects their day-to-day routine. This is certainly an important topic that shouldn't be ignored, as it might very well affect all end users.

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Eugene Goostman Program Supposedly Passes Turing Test

b2ap3_thumbnail_will_there_be_ai_400.jpgArtificial intelligence might not be a thing yet, but according to the results of a recent Turing test, it might very well be on its way toward becoming reality. A Russian team has put together a computer program named Eugene Goostman that may (or may not) be the first program to pass a Turing test.

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