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Tips to Protect your Privacy Online

Please protect your privacy on the internet! Here are a few tips to increase your privacy online!

  • Do not share more than you need to
  • Guard your information by protecting your computer
  • Create strong passwords
  • Save sensitive business for your home computer
  • Look for signs that a web page is safe
  • Monitor what others post
  • Do not post anything online that you would not want made public

Spammed Out

What is a Spam Filter?
A spam filter is a program that sorts through your incoming mail. It identifies the junk mail, which is also known as spam. In the simplest configuration, a spam filter passes junk mail to a spam folder, and legitimate mail to the inbox. The user can review the assignments and correct mistakes. The program will remember corrections and avoid making those mistakes in the future.
Spam is not only annoying for users but can also spread viruses, Trojans, and perpetuate fraud schemes.  At Tight Solutions, we can help eliminate spam and its risks to your business. Call us at 913-991-6655 for a free consulatation!

What is a Wi-Fi Network?

Wi-Fi, or wireless, is a mechanism for wirelessly connecting electronic devices. It is used for sharing information between computers which are not connected through wires or cables. It works by broadcasting network traffic over radio waves.
Tight Solutions can help your business set up a Wi-Fi network safely and securely. We provide custom wireless solutions to fit the needs of your unique communications requirements. Contact us for a free consultation with a technician!

What is Anti-virus Software?

Anti-virus software is a program that searches your hard drive for viruses. It is used to prevent, detect and remove these viruses from your computer. Computer viruses are software programs that are designed to interfere with your computers operations. It may record, corrupt, or delete data; or spread to other computers through the Internet. In order to prevent viruses, your anti-virus software has to be updated regularly. You can set up most types of anti-virus software to update automatically.
However, Anti-virus software can slow down your computer because it scans every file you open in real time, therefore; it is important to choose the right software! At Tight Solutions, we recommend Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s FREE!

How do Americans Use Their Cells?

According to the latest survey conducted by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 83% of Americans own a cell phone and these devices affect the daily life of the user. Below you will find some interesting data regarding how cell phones are used by the owner.

  • 51% of cell phone users used the device to obtain information they needed right then and 27% of cell phone users said they had trouble obtaining information they needed because they did not have their cell phone accessible
  • 40% of users said they used their cell phones in an emergency situation
  • 42% of cell owners used their phone for entertainment when they were bored
  • 29% of cell owners turned their phone off for a period of time just to get a break from using it
  • 20% of cell owners experienced frustration because their phone was taking too long to download something
  • 16% had difficulty reading something on their phone because the screen was too small
  • 10% had difficulty entering a lot of text on their phone
  • 13% of cell owners pretended to be using their phone in order to avoid interacting with the people around them
  • 73% use their phone for text messaging and taking pictures
  • 35% of Americans have a smartphone (Many activities—such as downloading apps, watching videos, accessing social networking sites or posting multimedia content online—are almost entirely confined to the smartphone population)

Follow this link to read the full report
http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Cell-Phones/Key-Findings.aspx

Tablets in the Workplace

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon and you’re reading the news outside, not via paper but on your iPad. Apple has promoted this device as an object of leisure for home users but tablets are making their way into the corporate world. The iPad which has largely had the market to itself, is finding competition in other tablet devices that are tailored for the office setting. These new tablets are expected to give iPad a run for its money in the workplace. Neither the iPad nor any other tablet has displaced the PC, yet, but forecasters expect that the popularity of tablets will soon eat into PC sales. Ted Schadler with Forrester Research expects that tens of millions of tablets will be used in the workplace by 2015. “That’s huge growth,” Mr. Schadler said. “It will be the fastest uptake of any device in the enterprise ever. Faster than PCs, faster than laptops and faster than smartphones.”

How to Help Your Children Use the Internet More Safely

In these days, children have access to many social networking sites. They have the ability to blog, chat, post online profiles, play games and browse through videos and pictures. Many children have a difficult time making the distinction between real life and on-line life which can make them vulnerable. Below you will find tips on how to help your child use the internet more safely.

  • Communicate with your children about their experiences
  • Set your own house Internet rules
  • Ensure your kids don't use full name
  • Educate yourself about the site
  • Ensure your kids follow age limits on the site
  • Insist that your children never meet anyone in person that they've communicated with online only, and encourage them to communicate only with people they've met in person
  • Be wary of other identifiable information in your child's profile
  • Consider using a site that is not very public
  • Be smart about details in photographs
  • Teach your children about cyberbullying

It is important to teach our children that WHATEVER they are doing online can be viewed by ANYONE with an internet connection.

Passwords

Many people find themselves annoyed when they have to enter their password multiple times during the work day and find themselves even more annoyed when they have to change their password to meet the length and complexity requirements many networks have. In the world of IT, Passwords are critical parts of security.Here are some common reasons to use them:

  • to prevent unauthorized access to important information
  • to guarantee security of personal information
  • to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts, such as computer and email accounts
  • to be able to use various Internet services securely

Please understand that Passwords will not protect you! But random passwords will! The key to password strength is length and complexity. An ideal password is long and has letters, punctuation, symbols, and numbers. Follow the suggestions below to create a strong password.

  • whenever possible, use 14 characters or more
  • the greater the variety of characters in your password, the better
  • use the entire keyboard, not just the letters and characters you use or see most often

Remember, the more obscure your password, the tougher it will be to crack!
 

The Speedy 4G

Smartphones that run on the speedy 4G network allow users not only to check email but also allow them to watch movies, stream music, play games and access live events. As more users gobble up this data, providers are realizing that their networks will be overburdened and may be charging extra to heavy data users. Currently, Verizon’s monthly plan offers two gigabytes of data for $30. If a user watches 20 minutes or more daily of a Netflix movie on a 4G network, they will be over their plan and an extra gigabyte of data will cost the user $10. AT&T and Verizon are both phasing out their unlimited data plans and moving to a tiered data plan. Sprint still has unlimited data but expect that to change soon.
The bottom line is that most users don’t know how much data they are actually using and can easily go over their data plan. Any time you are connected using data provided by a cell tower goes against your data plan. However, users can avoid paying extra by simply waiting to they are on a Wi-Fi network.
Smartphones on the 4G network allow us to get more data but remember the pipeline is getting smaller and smaller which may end up costing users more.