Internet of Things: A convenience-risk balancing act

December 29th, 2016

By Larry Velez, co-founder and CTO

There is a subtle but profound paradigm shift occurring in technology. Cloud-connected hardware is becoming the preferred standard, replacing self-contained hardware. It’s the Internet of Things and it’s happening in just about every industry across consumer and enterprise solutions.

Don’t wait! 3 easy steps to protect your Yahoo account

December 29th, 2016

Some time around August 2013, the email system of Yahoo was attacked and the records of more than 1 billion users were stolen. Information included names, birth dates, phone numbers and passwords which were encrypted with an easily broken form of security.

Ransomware demands more victims for freedom

December 28th, 2016

2016december28_security_aPopcorn Time is taking ransomware to a new level of devilish trickery by asking victims to give up two of their friends for a chance to rid their own computers of the virus. In cyber security this level of diabolical blackmail represents a new and scary trend for hackers.

AWS to launch “Glue” service

December 22nd, 2016

2016december22_business_aMany businesses and enterprises have long struggled with the drudgery and difficulty that is data analysis — especially data analysis in a cloud-based system. AWS (Amazon Web Services) may have just the solution to that problem. A new app, known as “Glue,” offers the opportunity for businesses to clean up data to help analytics run more smoothly.

Predicting cyber-threats in 2017

December 13th, 2016

hackerscybersecurity-170px-01As 2017 rolls in, the threat of more formidable cyber attacks looms large. Hackers and the cyber police will spend a lot of time outsmarting each other, while consumers of technology, individuals and businesses alike, anticipate the best security plan that can guarantee they sleep soundly at night.

5 tips to turn Instagram followers into buyers

December 12th, 2016

instagram-170px-01Did you know that your thousands of Instagram followers are a goldmine for potential sales? Yes, they are, but you can’t make the most of this goldmine by simply switching your posts’ filters from Clarendon to Valencia on a regular basis. Turning your Instagram followers into customers requires more than just a finely curated set of photos; it calls for marketing-savvy strategies that can engage current followers and attract potential customers.

Using automation in SMB marketing

December 6th, 2016

2016december6_business_aOne of the biggest innovations in business and technology is marketing automation. Previously reserved for well-funded enterprises, marketing automation is now accessible to small businesses, thanks to affordable cloud solutions. In fact, there are five explosively profitable benefits to automating some of your most mundane tasks.

What’s the future of technology? Our top picks from Wall Street Journal’s 3rd Technology Conference

November 30th, 2016

WSJDLive 2016 was held in Laguna Beach, CA, October 24-26. Photo posted by Scott Austin, WSJ Tech Editor,from Wall Street Journal Twitter feed, 10/26/16.

Wall Street Journal’s much anticipated WSJ.D Live Conference brought together some of the most recognized influencers, thought leaders and innovators to unveil their top predictions on the state of technology and where it’s headed in 2017 and beyond.

Looking ahead to 2017: Microsoft to end support for Office 2007 and Exchange 2007

November 30th, 2016

Photo Credit: Microsoft.

As you budget for 2017, note that Microsoft will end support for several of their most prominent products in 2017: The final security updates for Windows Vista is April 11, 2017 for and Office 2007 ends on October 10, 2017. Support of Office Exchange 2007 servers will also end in 2017. (For a full list of the Microsoft products reaching the end of support in 2017 click here.

Budgeting for system updates and technology replacement

November 30th, 2016

Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East 6.0 at the InfoAge Science Center. Photo by Dan Century, Flickr.

Top Tech Challenges for Nonprofits... This is the ninth and final blog (for now) in a series of articles addressing top technology challenges facing nonprofit organizations.