5 Tips that will Boost your Network Security

How good is your network security? Many people assume that it’s fine because they haven’t had to deal with viruses or malicious attacks, but you might be more unprotected than you think. If you use remote utilities and require a functional network at all times, you should take the steps outlined below to protect yourself. Not only will this keep you safe from viruses, but it will also protect against other malicious attacks that might slow your network down.

1: Configure and Protect your Firewall

Having a good firewall is a must for any business, but you need to make sure that you configure it properly. Make sure that you test any and all software that will be used remotely via a remote gateway before you put it into practice. You should make sure to close off all ports that don’t need to be open in your firewall, but you also don’t want to accidentally block anybody who is legitimately using remote access. You should also make sure to password protect your firewall. Many people make the mistake of assuming that a firewall can’t be breached, but if you don’t add security to who can access it, you might find your first line of defense in network security taken over by hackers.

2: Keep your Firmware Updated

Typical routers used by small businesses usually go out of date within a year. Because of this, it’s a good idea to check for firmware updates to your router and firewall at least once a year, and preferably once every six months. You can check for updates by opening the router admin screen. Many products come with an even easier option to check for updates, which can be put right on your network administrator’s desktop. Each time you update the firmware, you should also make sure to check out the manufacturer’s website. Most router and firewall suppliers have a news section that can keep you up to date on all the latest developments and whether any security issues have been raised lately.


The Rental Software Phenomenon and How it can be of Use to You

Have you ever wondered why business software can’t be rented like television shows, movies, and video games can? If you still wonder that, you may have missed out on a recent phenomenon sparked by Adobe and a handful of other software developers: the concept of software as a monthly rental. Through this new service, you are now able to use several key pieces of business software on a subscription basis rather than as a one time purchase.

How it Works

The idea of software as a monthly subscription has been thrust into the forefront of the business world by Adobe, which has made Photoshop and other programs in the Adobe suite available for monthly rental. Under the current plan, you pay a monthly fee for the ability to use Photoshop CC on your computer. The current fee is $30 a month, but you can also get a discount by buying on a yearly basis, which will cost $240 for the full year. Other programs, such as InDesign and Illustrator, are also available, and the price increases based on how many programs you want to include. Other companies have followed suit, with Microsoft releasing Office 365, which can be rented for $100 per year.


9 of the Best Reasons Why You Should Use Web Conference

This is a guest post by Justin at NYC

Many businesses are trying their best to accomplish as much work as they possibly can in the least amount of time. Deadlines can be overwhelming and the sooner they come, the more you are able to come up with ways to maximize your own time as well as your company’s money.

Companies have always been on the search for ways on how to increase their productivity and efficiency. One of the ways that have proven to be very effective is holding conferences online instead of making use of company resources on travel expenses. Listed below are 9 of the best reasons why you should consider online web conferences and how they can benefit you and your company.


The Past, Present, and Future of Wi-Fi

If you’re like most people, who have at least one device that uses Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet. We’re well past the days when getting online meant using a phone cable and hearing the screeching sound of a modem whenever you got started. Nowadays, people use Wi-Fi for everything fr om casual Internet use to business networking. Where has Wi-Fi been and wh ere will it be going in the future? This article will explore its past and present as well as things still to come.

A History of Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi was born in 1985 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated a specific radio frequency for industrial, scientific, and medical use. This frequency was later used by AT&T for cashier systems, allowing stores to tap into their databases through the radio frequency without having to have an actual connection. In Australia, a scientific research project designed to detect exploding mini black holes ended in failure, but the byproduct was a breakthrough in Wi-Fi technology. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CISRO) obtained patents to clear up garbled radio signals from the experiment, and a broader online application was discovered in the process.


Technology: Are You Trying to Outsmart The Recruiter?

This is a guest post by Nancy Anderson at

A technology recruiter can be your biggest ally during your job search, but you must build a good rapport and avoid damaging it with any of the common mistakes made by job applicants. When applying for tech jobs, it is important to make yourself look like the best candidate, but it is also crucial that you don't resort to tricks and unsavory tactics. Avoid using these tactics in your job search, as they could hurt your chances of landing the job you really want.

Resumes with inaccurate information are red flags for a technology recruiter, as inflating past job titles and making your duties sound more important than they really are makes it look like you are lying to get the job. Chris Fields once saw a resume with the title "Senior-Junior IT Associate," which was a red flag because it didn't make any sense. You can use action verbs and strong writing to convince a technology recruiter to interview you, but you should never use fake job titles or exaggerate the importance of the duties you performed in past positions.


Telecommuting: When and How to Use It

Have you ever wanted to work from home? These days, it’s much easier and more common than you might thing. Telecommuting is an arrangement that your company might make with certain employees in which the employee does not physically travel to a specific office but instead works remotely. Telecommuting should be handled carefully, however, as some issues can crop up. The best way to handle this is outlined below.

Pros and Cons of Telecommuting

Telecommuting is a very good way to maximize the productivity of certain employees. Rather than pay somebody for the hours they spend at a desk, a worker instead receives payment based on work that gets done. It can also be very useful for employees who need to balance their work with a complex family life or difficult schedule caused by illness and treatment. On the other hand, the negatives of telecommuting include a loss of routine, since the remote user isn’t necessarily available at all times during the business day. Remote users also get less interaction with colleagues, which can negatively impact those whose positions require a constant flow of discussion and exchange of ideas.


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