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Mythbusters: All Data Encryption is the Same, Right?

Many small businesses opt for wireless networks; they provide the connection you need and are easier and less expensive to set up than a wired network. But that convenience can cost your company in compromised security and lost data if the network isn’t appropriately encrypted.small_business, wireless, wireless network, WLAN, security

Although most wireless LAN (WLAN) equipment comes with many settings preconfigured, encryption isn’t one of them. In this latest installment of Mythbusters, we explain why the encryption protocol you choose—Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)—makes a difference.

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Keep passwords safe and secure with password management

A password manager can encourage users to adopt unbreakable passwords

As users, we know that we should use complex, secure passwords that aren’t easily guessed words from the dictionary like ”admin” or personal dates to protect our systems. Nonsensical words and phrases that substitute digits and symbols for letters, such as ”45Monk3y t1m3 fun!,” are the most secure. But we also know how difficult it can be to create several unique, strong passwords—and even harder to remember them all.

To encourage employees to create passwords that are hard to crack but easily remembered and used, you can provide them with a password management system. Password management is both a standard company-wide policy for developing passwords, and, for many companies, a password manager application you add to your security arsenal as part of your small business security policy.

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Ask Cisco: What networking equipment should I buy for an easy-to-maintain, reliable network?

As a small business owner, there’s no end to the questions you need to address—and you may not have the answers for all of them. Where technology is concerned, we can help. Ask Cisco is a new series in which we answer a question from small business owners like yourself about networking-related issues that have you stumped.

As always, we’d love to hear from you about the new series. You can post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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IT Company Provides Personal Touch

In this final installment of our four-part customer testimonial, we take a look at Valley Sleep Center’s relationship with Invision Technology Solutions. The Cisco certified partner took the time to educate Valley Sleep Center employees about the latest technological innovations while also understanding their needs to build the right network. To further optimize the buying experience, the partner helped Valley Sleep Center utilize advantageous Cisco financing options. As a result, the company was able to upgrade affordably. We hope you enjoyed this customer case study. What can the right network do for your business?

Part One of the Valley Sleep Center

Part Two of the Valley Sleep Center

Part Three of the Valley Sleep Center

Watch Part Four>>

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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Network?

Answering these six questions can point you in the right direction

Most small companies invest in the very best networking equipment they can afford when they first build their network, choosing a router, a switch, and a server that will support the business they envision growing in the near future. But has that future come and gone for your company? Even the best small business networking gear needs to be upgraded at some point—the trick is knowing when that time is.

Here are six questions to ask yourself about your network. If your answer to any of the questions is “yes,” then it may be time to upgrade.

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