Posts Categorized: The Internet of Things

IoT Gifts Tips: What you need to know before you give a Smart Device as a Gift

Whether you’re giving or receiving, you need to see this. So-called smart speakers and activity trackers have become extremely accessible as this year’s holiday shopping season got off to a tremendous start between Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Thanks to the crazy sales, Internet of Things, or IoT gifts like the Google Mini could be purchased for as little as $10, and activity trackers like Fitbit were offered for as little as… Read more »

Avoid a Raw Deal: 5 Tips for Online Shopping Security

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Trying to get the hottest gift on Black Friday used to require getting up at the crack of dawn, racing to the nearest mall and struggling through a crowd of desperate deal seekers, only to leave with an incomplete shopping list and a serious lack of holiday cheer. Now, thanks to online shopping, gone are the days of risking life and limb to make sure that your little one gets their Turbo Man figure in… Read more »

Top Technology Tips:
#1 Don’t be intimidated, Embrace Technology

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Recently we started a discussion about technology tips for small businesses.  This week we will look at the most challenging of them all: Technology Tips: #1 Embrace Technology– Like there’s a choice in the matter. Computers, Internet, phones, fax, the Internet of Things, whether you’re a financier or a farmer, you can’t get by without technology.  The key is to know what technology to employ, and more importantly, whether you’re up to the task of… Read more »

Small Business Tech Tips for Today’s Digital Workplace

Why small business tech tips?  Because there are a lot of small businesses. According to the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council (SBE) and 2014 US census data, Businesses with less than 20 employees made up 89.4% of all American business.  When non-employer or sole-proprietor businesses were added to the group, the percentage hit 97.4. According to Forbes, small businesses are growing in every aspect, including new start-ups, productivity, profits, and payroll.  This is not surprising as… Read more »

Online Gaming Security:
Don’t Ignore the Risks – 13 Tips to Safety

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Online Gaming Security is a topic that many might overlook.  In his monthly security newsletter to staff, Jason Gay, Senior Director of IP/IT & Transport for OTELCO, offers some important information and tips for protecting yourself. Jason wrote: “While I realize that the topic this month, online gaming security, pertains to the security of your home computer and network, I do think it’s important to continue to be aware of the risks and threats from… Read more »