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July 13, 2018

Last time, we discussed getting serious about your passwords. You’re not using your grandmother’s name plus three digits any more, right? Good. Now, let’s move on to another daily routine you’re not taking seriously. Your browsing. No, I’m not talking about your browsing history (side note, please clear your browser history now); I’m talking about the websites you visit. Here are a few smart steps you can take to prevent data br...

June 26, 2018

I studied network security in college. My early 20s were filled with tech-related acronyms and rooms full of computer fans. Day in and day out, my teachers, some of them former government technology professionals, preached security. We discussed firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, certifications…we never stopped learning about advanced security systems used all over the world to protect information. Now that I’ve been out in the real world for a while, I realize that they didn’t talk enough about one additional security component: People. People are the weakest point of any network infrastructure. So, I’m here to toughen you up...

June 12, 2018

Over the last few weeks, we’ve  described the differences among datacenter ratings and why, if you truly value your data, you’ll want it to be at Network Alliance’s Tier 4 datacenter. The final part of our in-depth look is a big one: Physical security. What good is all that redundancy (full fault tolerance!) if you don’t have physical protection? You can have two of everything—network cables, server, and power supplies—but it doesn’t matter if Joe (or Jane) Smith can walk in off the street and get to your data!...

May 31, 2018

A nice weekend of disconnect for many of us was ruined by an urgent bulletin from the FBI. Over 500,000 routers have already been infected with Russian malware. The malware seems to be aimed at hardware used in small businesses and home networks. The official list of infected devices includes NETGEAR, Linksys, and Mikrotiik routers, but even if your wireless router isn’t listed, we recommend following the FBI’s steps anyway. It’s always better to be safe, and the list of infected routers will only grow as more information becomes available.

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May 30, 2018

Just about every piece of information about you is transmitted digitally. As we all know, government can take some time to catch up to what is happening in the world of technology. A good example of this is the General Data Protection Regulation, a new set of terms that came in to effect for all European Union countries on May 25, 2018. The purpose of this new regulation is to “empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.” While the regulation was crafted by the European Union, it applies to all companies “processing and hold...

May 8, 2018

Your data is mission critical. Without it, you can’t work, and if can’t work, your business loses money. So, why take chances and leave your data at the mercy of a single internet service provider with one IT guy to unlock the closet door down the hall if something goes wrong? You could have full connection redundancy, 99.995% uptime, and armed guards protecting your data at Network Alliance’s Tier 4 datacenter. Today, we’re going to dive in to the connection side of things!

You already know that a Tier 4 datacenter can’t be take...

April 30, 2018

It’s April 30, and we’re having an office party with cake. No, we’re not celebrating a retirement or engagement. We’re celebrating the World Wide Web’s (WWW) birthday! On this day, way back in 1993, CERN put website software in the public domain. Just take a look at the first website to see how far we’ve come in 25 years! Entire generations have grown up with websites and now, as adults, we don’t remember life without them. The world has become a more connected place over the last quarter century.

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April 19, 2018

Tier 4 datacenters have at least two of everything. From servers, switches, and firewalls to generators, hard drives, and power outlets, there can be no single point of failure in a Tier 4 datacenter. All this equipment creates a lot of heat, the enemy of electronics. Those spinning disks need fans to absorb the heat and push it away from the equipment. Cooling is one of the biggest expenses a datacenter has. A Tier 4 datacenter isn’t exactly the most energy-efficient building out there, but you’ve already heard again and again that you can’t cut corners to achieve the highest tier rating.

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April 17, 2018

Free Food on Tax Day!Congratulations, you did it! You survived another tax season. You were dreaming of this day back in January when you were staring at mountains of papers and telling yourself you would definitely get started on filing tomorrow. Now, Uncle Sam’s got his paycheck, and hopefully you’ve got a little bit of a check yourself. But wait, Tax Day brings more than just mental relief, it also brings free food! Tons of restaurants and fast food shops are offering free food to anyone for one day only, to help celebrate the holiday.

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April 5, 2018

If the news about Facebook and political data firm Cambridge Analytica shocked you, then we’re sorry. But it’s not new news. Lots of firms have used data mining techniques for years. Your social media pages, even the stuff that isn’t public, are used by advertisers and data collection agencies (didn’t you think it a little strange that the Home Depot lawn mower ad showed up in your feed right after you googled it?). Some people avoid the issue completely by not using social...

 

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