When it comes to the world of startups and small businesses, the US reigns supreme. Between Silicon Valley and dozens of up-and-coming tech scenes sprawled across the likes of Denver, Austin, and Boston, America consistently dominates the startup space—in company count, zeal, and success.
But major cities can’t take all the credit—self-made millionaires and well-established brands are cropping up in small cities too, thanks to small businesses. Large cities certainly have larger networks and more talent—which help put companies ahead—but there are a number of small cities whose infrastructures support a vibrant startup ecosystem as well. ...
The advancement of technology has paved the way in turn for advancements in protections against cyberattacks and information theft. In many cases, it becomes necessary to have extra security features built into those protections—a safety net in case initial securities are violated and valuable data is exploited. As a business owner, you need to consider every risk when handling confidential material, particularly as advanced methods of hacking become more and more prevalent and that material becomes a target.
What is a VPN?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and provides security and privacy when connecting to the internet.
Normally, when you connect to the internet, you go through your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and your ISP can see what you’re doing. Most internet activity is innocuous, like looking up directions or reading the news, and ISPs generally monitor for things like malware and hacking attempts. When it comes to your business, however, you want what you access to remain confidential. This includes client and internal communications, financial statements, customer information, proprietary data, ...
Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are a business necessity today in order to secure and protect important data, like financial records, customer information, and other proprietary data. To create that privacy and security, business VPNs employ protocols, or a set of rules related to encryption and transmission of data between your devices and VPN servers. In other words, VPN protocols dictate how data is treated and routed across your business VPN network.
Today’s businesses no longer need to connect to the internet via cables that leave professionals chained to their desks. Wireless technology has made mobile first possible. Pew Research Center shows 77 percent of Americans owned smartphones in 2017—a dramatic increase from 35 percent in 2011.
People use wireless internet connections to communicate, work, and save money on data. Customers expect free Wi-Fi in-store and in waiting areas. Mobile commerce options allow your customers to bypass long lines, pay with mobile devices, and receive an overall better shopping experience.
Wi-Fi-enabled business devices keep your employees connected and operations running ...