Small Business Hardware

If you are starting a small business, or expanding your existing business, here are some technology tips for planning your hardware needs. Remember that the minute you launch your website or hand out a business card you are visible to the world. Potential customers should see you with your best foot forward, but what do you need to make that happen? The right technology is a major step in the right direction. Let’s talk about some hardware: Computers Avoid the Cheapest: You may be tempted by the price tag on a computer, but remember that with computers you are paying …

An Introduction to Passwords

Most of us – especially those reading this blog – have used one or more passwords in the past 24 hours. Passwords protect our personal and business information, but how secure are they? The first computer passwords were developed in 1961 by MIT for CTSS applications. Since then, passwords have become ever more present and important. Some of us use one password for everything. The teachings of cyber security deem that one password for everything – no matter how secure or complex – is a vulnerability. This is because if a hacker were to breach a single site that does …

Introduction to Encryption

If your passwords are not encrypted, then you are leaving your data open to hackers. Encryption, simply put, converts readable strings of text into a secret code. Simple encryption might be “banana” as “21141141” where 1 = A, 2 = B, and 14 = N. Obviously encryption codes are well beyond this numeric system, but the concept is the same. When passwords are encrypted they are passed through a code that stores them in this illegible format and then returns them back to a readable format when being accessed for credentials. Computers are far better at quickly identifying patterns and …