Computers - Is consumer grade equipment good enough?

Sure, it's enticing. You’ll save money right now if you run out to your local big box store or hop online and purchase that computer or that combo firewall/wireless router that's on sale. But is that money saved really worthwhile for your business in the long run?

They say that a penny saved is a penny earned, but when it comes to your businesses technology, that penny saved may cost you a lot more later on down the road.

The main reason is that the majority of equipment sold at the big box stores are for home users and aren't made for the higher demands of work environments. Think about it—is that computer that's on sale really going to meet the demands of your business, be compatible with your accounting and other software, last a long time, and really connect to your network? Probably not. Let's begin by taking a look at the most widespread piece of technology throughout any business in the country—the computer.

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Evolution of the web

Regardless of who claims to have invented the Internet, it is pretty well agreed that the technology became "real" in 1990 and the World Wide Web came into being in 1991.  And as we all know, over the past 22 years, the Internet has become the dominant communications and content medium all over the world. From the use of smartphones to tablets, to laptop and desktop computers, web searches, emails, and tweets touch virtually all of our lives and for some dominate our daily activities.

The folks in the Google Chrome group along with some others have come up with a beautifully designed two page graphical website that depicts the growth of the World Wide Web and the use of the Internet.  It's located at: www.evolutionoftheweb.com.  

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A business continuity plan - Reduce your worry

 used with permission from HP Technology at Work

When a business’s data is compromised, it’s just a matter of time before things begin to fall apart. As a result, the importance of having a business continuity plan in place is never clearer than during times like those. Sometimes known as a disaster recovery plan, a business continuity plan not only prepares your business for how to protect its data, but also how to prepare itself in the event of a catastrophic power failure or natural disaster. 

As far as protecting your business is concerned, a business continuity plan is also the least expensive option for small companies because it costs virtually nothing to produce. Utilizing tools such as HP Business Continuity and Recovery Services, and putting the plan into practice, will dramatically improve your chances of continuing operations during a significant event.

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What is BYOD?

 

A new acronym has been popping up in businesses  and business technology recently -  BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It’s  starting to become a hot topic of late because more and more businesses are allowing employees to bring in their own smartphones, notebooks, tablets, etc.  This trend can be attributed to the development of cloud technology and smartphones, specifically the iPhone, due to their ability to view and share documents anywhere.

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Watch out for job scams

Our friends at the Better Business Bureau sent out this post regarding job posting scams.  Hard to believe that there are those who will prey on those seeking employment.  Like everything these days, it pays to be vigilant. 

A savvy job seeker always checks out a business before going on an interview. But what happens when that company's name is just a cover for a scam? 

How the Scam Works:


An increasing amount of scammers are using the names of legitimate businesses and organizations to lure in job seekers.
 

In one recent example, scammers posted a help wanted ad on Craigslist for an opportunity at the real, Virginia-based "Association of Corporate Travel Executives."  When job hunters responded to the ad, imposters sent them checks to deposit. Consumers were told keep a portion of the check as their pay and to wire the rest to a third party via Western Union. Of course, the checks never cleared, and victims were out the money.
 

In another variation, scammers stole the name of a Better Business Bureau accredited, Ohio-based business FBN Construction LLC. Scammers sent emails to local consumers promoting a job opportunity at the company and encouraging applicants to fill out an online form on a fake website. The form asked for personal information, opening job seekers up to identity theft.

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