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You Need Two-Step Authentication

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South Burlington, Vermont

It's as simple as this: if you don't know what two-step authentication is then you are at risk. Two-step authentication is a method of granting a user access using two or more 'authentication factors'.  An authentication factor can be as simple as a password.  Using a single authentication factor (a single text password) has become a weak means of protecting online assets.

Spear-phishing - Read E-mail With Care

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South Burlington, VT

Epsilon, a company entrusted with large amounts of personal information on customers for all sorts of businesses was recently forced to notify large numbers of customers of a potential data breach. Best Buy, Marriott International and Scottrade are just a few of the big names who relied on Epsilon to store e-mail addresses, personal names, marital status and other personal information. While much of this information may be public in some form, the breach itself puts linked personal information in the hands of people who have ways of using it against you.

Used Computers - Caveat Emptor

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South Burlington, VT

The desire to cut costs has lead a lot of businesses and individuals to consider used computers to replace previously failed PCs or act as basic data entry PCs as they expand. While this choice can yield positive results, it's important that consumers understand the pros and cons of used PC equipment and understand alternatives that are out there that can often times yield better options in both the short and long term.

Cut Costs With Creative Networking

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South Burlington, VT

While the economy slowly starts to regain momentum, a lot of us as small business owners learned a valuable lesson about frugality during the slowdown of the last few years. To that end, one large expense faced by businesses is their internal network infrastructure. At simpleroute, we specialize in creative networking solutions that can help you cut costs while remaining productive. 

Decline of Newsletters & Bulk E-mail

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South Burlington, VT

Every business needs to keep in touch with it's clients. The ease of communication enabled by email combined with the ability to send a single message to a large number of people made un-targeted mass emailings and newsletters an easy way to keep in touch. Today, however, users receive a huge amount of unsolicited bulk e-mail (UBE). Discerning between UBE and a newsletter that may be desired can be difficult for end users and as a result most users have become turned off to company mailings in general.

The Expense of Exchange

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South Burlington, VT

Exchange is something that we've grown to use as up until recently, there wasn't much of an alternative that provided similar services.  Exchange has always had an eye on scalability.  With it's inclusion into Microsoft Windows Small Business Server, Exchange started targeting small businesses as well.  

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