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Talkin’ Tech: Security

Knowing some common terms can help your security efforts

Your network is a critical business asset that keeps your company competitive. You depend on your network for the most important aspects of your business—from delivering the applications employees need to do their jobs to providing the ability to communicate with customers, partners, and mobile workers. You can’t risk having your network—or the data that resides on it—compromised by a security breach or attack.

There’s a lot to know about security in order to protect your network. Following up to the previous Talkin’ Tech topic, this installment includes a list of the key terms you should be familiar with to help you understand and build your security strategy.

If there’s a term we didn’t include that you’d like defined, please let us know!

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Talkin’ Tech: Wireless and Routing

Defining key terms for understanding the basics of the technology that keeps your small business connected

You probably rarely think about it, but every time you receive an email from a colleague who’s travelling or a request for information from a customer via your website, you have a router to thank for making that connection. Likewise, wireless routers let you access the company network from anywhere in the office, allowing you to be more productive. Routers are essential for keeping your company connected to your business partners, customers, and remote employees.

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Talkin’ Tech: Unified Communications

Knowing the terms behind this technology can help you choose the right solution for your company.

Unified communications: It sounds like big business technology, but it has a lot to offer small businesses, too. Combining voice, video, email, and other communications products into a single integrated solution for real-time communication and collaboration can mean improved productivity and cost savings for your business.

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Talkin’ Tech: Switches

A new series that defines the terms behind the technologies that run your business.

When it comes to technology, there’s so much to know that it’s often overwhelming. As a small business owner, your brain is already overflowing with the myriad details and tasks involved in running your company. With our new Talkin’ Tech series, we define the basic terms behind a product category so that you can more easily understand and make decisions about the technologies that run your business.

In this first Talkin’ Tech, we tackle switches. The cornerstone of any reliable network, switches are the glue that connect your business to your employees, giving them access to the resources they need to do their jobs, including laptops, servers, printers, and storage devices. Switches are used to create a local area network (LAN). Although there are many different types of switches, the list below provides a glossary of the essential terms common to this category.

Stay tuned for the next installment of the Talkin’ Tech series next month, when we’ll take a look at the terms behind unified communications. If there’s a product category you’re interested in having defined, we’d love to hear from you.

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