Category: Business

PCI Compliance Post-Target and Neiman Marcus

Since 2006, PCI compliance has been the leading standard for payment card data security. A business is considered PCI compliant when it follows specific guidelines that increase controls around cardholder data. These guidelines aim to prevent exposure of cardholder data and reduce credit card fraud. However, with the recent Target and Neiman Marcus breaches, PCI…

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VPNs and Your Online Privacy

As more ISPs and government entities monitor Internet activity, users rely on services such as virtual private networks (VPNs) to protect against monitoring Internet browsing. Several VPN services offer users a way to browse the Internet anonymously and avoid being tracked to their home or office. If you don’t want your information “sniffed” on the…

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When Do You Know It’s Time to Switch to VPS?

A virtual private server (VPS) gives you the freedom to control your own web server without the high costs of a dedicated machine. VPS is generally more expensive than shared hosting, but a better choice for many growing businesses. Blogs, e-commerce sites and content sites can all benefit from VPS when traffic increases and shared…

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Is Windows 8.1 Worth The Upgrade?

Windows 8 is only a year old, and already Microsoft has released Windows 8.1, an upgraded and fixed experience that takes inspiration from user criticism of Microsoft’s great experiment. Unlike other versions of Windows, which often received large upgrades in the form of Service Packs within the first year, 8.1 represents a substantial and immediately…

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What Are The Best Alternatives To Windows Server 2003?

The big news in the tech press now is the end of life for Windows XP. Less publicized, but probably far more important to the operation of many small businesses is the end of life for Windows Server 2003, which happens on July 14, 2015. While that date may seem comfortably distant, transitioning a business…

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Which OS Should Your Company Upgrade To In A Post-Windows XP World?

On April 8th of 2014, Windows XP will officially reach its end of life as per theMicrosoft Windows lifecycle factsheet. At that point, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP with patches, bug fixes, security updates, or any kind of technical assistance except for those customers paying for extended support. With extended support prices easily…

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