What Small Business Owners Need to Know About Technology

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In part 1 of this series, “What small business owners need to know about technology”, we talked about internet connectivity for your business.

In part 2, we are going to talk about Firewalls and why you need a great one. Don’t worry if you don’t know what a Firewall is or what it does because I am going to explain everything in very non-technical terms.

Let’s pretend for a minute that the Internet pipe that we talked about in part 1 is a road into a subdivision and all of the houses in that subdivision represent all of the computers in your business. Then let’s pretend that cars on that road represent internet traffic and how it moves in and out of your business. Since our subdivision is not gated, our employees can drive their cars anywhere they want to go AND people that don’t live in your subdivision (ie. Don’t work for your business) can drive into the subdivision. OK, let’s break from the analogy for a minute. Can you imagine how dangerous that could be your business?

OK, back the analogy. Think of a Firewall as putting a security gate. Now, this security gate is going to stop every car and make sure they are a welcome guest. If they aren’t welcome, they can’t get into the subdivision. This is how most firewalls function today, and it’s just not enough to fully protect your business.

The Firewall that I recommend you use not only has a security gate, but a security guard with a dog. The firewall that I want you to use includes features like intrusion detection and prevention, traffic inspection, website content filtering, and VPN capabilities. To use our analogy, the gate would stop the car, the security guard would check the driver’s license, check the trunk, use mirrors to look under the car, and the dog with sniff every inch of the car to make sure it was clean. You see, most viruses and malware that affect your business productivity today are gotten from legitimate websites that have been hacked. Your employees do not even have to click on anything to get these viruses; just going to the site can infect the PC. How many viruses has your company gotten this year?

Our security guard and dog have another job as well. Not only are they going to check cars trying to get into our subdivision, but they are going to check cars leaving it as well. If your company does not want your employees driving down to Amazon, Facebook, or Career Builder, then we can tell our security guard to not let them go there. I am not joking about this one, a couple of weeks ago we had to block Netflix at a company because someone was watching movies at work.

Another great feature that I recommend that you look for is a firewall device that can provide load balancing of internet connections. If you remember from part 1, we talked about the speed of a cable modem and the reliability of a T1. What we do for our clients is install a T1 and cable and plug them both into our firewall device. We then configure all of the internet traffic to run over the cable and when the cable goes down, it automatically fails over and routes all of the traffic out the T1. So we have speed and reliability.

Actions Steps:

  1. Find out what type of Firewall you have.
  2. Ask if it provides intrusion detection and prevention. Remember the security guard. If not, I highly recommend replacing it.
  3. Ask if it provides website traffic inspection. If not, please replace it before some virus infects your network.
  4. Find out if it provides Website Content Filtering.

Learning About Technology of Food

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The technology of food transport has been revolutionized from time to time. Today, people can enjoy the benefits of this technology. For instance, when it is in the dead of winter, consumers can easily find tropical fruits on the supermarket. Also, with the innovations of food transport technology today, it is possible for you to eat asparagus from Argentina, strawberry from Honduras, or apple from New Zealand, simply by buying on the supermarket near your house. For getting more knowledge about technology of food transport, you can take a look at the following information.

Let us start from the history. Until the 19th century, this transport technology was dominated by sea transport. However, during the 1800s, the railway and the steamship revolutionized the continental transport and also food trade. Moreover, during the 20th century, along with the invention of construction of highways and automobile, this technology became more efficient and cheaper.

Moreover, food processing such as freezing, canning, dehydration, and introduction of food preservatives also has advanced food preservation in food transport. However, refrigeration could play important role in the technology of food transport when with fresh foods. Refrigeration is also allowed for the food transport to grow. So, any perishable items can also be kept fresh while in transit. The refrigerated cargo is very important in the freezing food, especially meat.

Furthermore, sea transport is the most common system nowadays. There are so many foods that shipped in the temperature controlled of sea ship containers. These containers commonly come with insulation layers and also refrigerator units that built into them. This food transport system allows the shippers to transport blueberries, avocados, pears, apples, asparagus, and melons from the Pacific East to many markets in the Europe and U.S.

The other technology is called air transport. It is known as the fastest transport method that commonly used for transporting valuable highly perishable items like specialty meats and lobster. However, this method is now used for variety of less perishable vegetables. The transit time of air transport is mostly spent on the tarmac in order to wait for lifting off and docking.

How To Stop Thinking About Technology

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Is technology always on your mind? It need not be. It’s a wide world out there for you to venture and experience a lot of other fun stuff which may be missing from your life. Please stop thinking about technology for a while. This article gives you seven ways for that. Read on to find out.

Here they go:

1) Life is not only about cell phones and digital screens. The more you focus on them, the more UV rays radiating from them deteriorate your eyesight and may even lead to blindness. It is so much better to spend time, cuddle and chitchat with your family members for a greater while.

2) You don’t want to be contacted every five minutes by your family or friends. Switch your cell phone off and enjoy the scenes and sceneries around as you drive on the highway. Let your hair down, drive carefully and enjoy the beauty of life.

3) There are so many fun activities to do instead of sitting slump on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and watching the TV. Be active and join the volunteers team of your community and do some volunteer work for instance, mowing the highly grown grasses of your environment and planting new seeds for growing trees. Working as a team and spending time in mother nature will definitely raise your spirits and make you look forward to doing more of it again and again.

4) Instead of staying addicted to technology, engage yourself in one or two hobbies in your spare times. It can be cooking new recipes or plotting a fiction story whatever you love and spend your time fruitfully. It will definitely broaden your outlook and you will be wiser day by day as you engage more in hobbies you love.

5) Instead of opening your digital screens, borrow books from the local library and make time for reading them. It may be anything you like to read in your niche or a niche you are beginning to get interested. You become learned by the number of books you read every month and you will soar to great heights.

6) Instead of staying glued to technology, find a way to better your fingers at playing the piano which gets little attention in the piano space of your home. Get more musical sheets and play more and more until you are ready to play in a concert for fund-raising reasons for sick children or adults near about your community. God will acknowledge your good intentions and shower on you with more blessings.

7) Instead of chatting with new modern girls or celebrities, control yourself, get real and buy roses for your spouse to show how much you love her and how much you appreciate her contribution to the family, without whom your life would be empty.

These are seven special reasons why you need to stop thinking about technology for a while, be manly, carry out responsible activities as a spouse, parent, colleague or Boss and make the most out of everything from your life.

Things a Child Knows About Technology

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How do you feel about your kids? Ever felt they are smarter than you about Technology? How could you tell? Do you have living proof? This article demonstrates this fact. Read on to find out.

Here are a few examples:

1) Your kid is faster than you at figuring out and playing computer games. They know better when to hit enter, spacebar, ESC key and arrow keys. In fact, they are better than you at playing these games.

2) Your kid is better at discovering new stuff about your cell phone, which you never knew existed. Take all the help you need from your kid.

3) Your kid knows the easiest way to find information by giving a search on Google bar. They will use simple non-connecting words and yet they will find the required information.

4) They will find a way with other digital gadgets before you and work on them intelligently. In fact they can pace up with technology faster than you. So be sure to interact with them.

5) How about a toy car, train or Lego set? After you have shown them the main theme behind them, they will be more creative and discover further innovative stuff about them and show you which will surprise you very much.

So never underestimate your child. Play and laugh with them with digital gadgets or toys. You will always have a lot to learn from them. They will teach you in a way that you can never teach them.

The five ways I demonstrate here really exemplify to you how amazing kids can be. So feel great that your kids are smart and the more they grow up, the more they will outsmart you. Take it easy and as fun. There is nothing much to worry about. You just get smart too by learning and picking up cues from them.

Never belittle them or hush them away. Encourage them always their creative and bright sides with Technology and they will grow and mature in ways that you may have never imagined. It is your duty to bring out the very best in them. So help them with their curiosity and inquisitiveness about Technology. They will feel gratified and fulfilled, which in turn will give you immense joy and bliss.

So feel great to be proud parent and everything will fall into place. No matter what, you, along with your special kids, will thrive!!