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Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Travel Without Fear of Hacking

Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Travel Without Fear of Hacking

Cyber threats are everywhere. If you’re one to travel, then you’ll encounter many of these threats on public Wi-Fi networks. Therefore, remote workers need a secure way to access company files. Here are three tips to protect your digital assets while traveling.

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Tip of the Week: You Won’t Believe These 4 Common Items that Mess With WiFi!

b2ap3_thumbnail_wifi_interruptions_400.jpgWireless Internet access is something that a lot of people take for granted, yet we all complain about shoddy Internet connections from time to time. Little do they know that some of the most common issues with their wireless connection could be ordinary appliances and other conflicting technologies. You might be surprised by what they are!

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Tip of the Week: 5 Shockingly-Easy Ways to Improve Your WiFi Signal

b2ap3_thumbnail_tip_for_wifi_400.jpgWouldn’t it be nice to boost your WiFi signal and access it from anywhere in and around your office? Sometimes the solution is purchasing a new, more powerful router, but you might be able to get more out of your existing device by improving the placement of it.

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Connectify Turns Your PC Into a WiFi Hotspot [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_wifi_hotspot_virtual_router_400.jpgDo you need a WiFi signal? If you’ve got a PC with a wireless card, then you’ve got what it takes to download Connectify and turn your PC into a WiFi hotspot. These days, with everyone being so dependent on WiFi, having an additional WiFi hotspot can come in handy.

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Tip of the Week: How to Broadcast WiFi From Your Android Device

b2ap3_thumbnail_broadcast_from_smartphone_400.jpgSometimes you find yourself in a pinch and you really need a WiFi signal for your laptop in order to complete a task. If you’ve got your smartphone handy, then you can easily turn your device into a WiFi hotspot and give your laptop the wireless Internet signal it needs. Here’s how you can accomplish this from your Android device.

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Tip of the Week: Who’s Leeching Service from Your WiFi Network?

b2ap3_thumbnail_stealing_my_wifi_400.jpgWireless connections like WiFi can be tricky at times. Either they don’t work, the connection isn’t a very good one, or there are too many people using it for it to be effective. Whatever the reason, you can bet that there are people using your WiFi who shouldn’t be can be. This can lead to many problems including security concerns, slow browsing speeds, and more.

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Tip of the Week: How to Securely Connect to Public WiFi

b2ap3_thumbnail_wifi_security_400.jpgAs the Internet of Things and BYOD make headlines in the technology world, more and more devices are connecting to wireless networks. While this means that technology continues to grow more mobile, it also means that threats are given new avenues to access countless devices, many of which might contain information of a personal nature.

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Are You Being Hacked by Your Neighbor’s Cat?

b2ap3_thumbnail_hacked_by_neighbors_cat_400.jpgYes, you read that title right. If your WiFi isn't protected, you can be hacked by the furry little creature that wanders around your backyard when you're not home. Coco, a Siamese cat from Washington, D.C., was able to discover dozens of weak or unprotected WiFi networks in his neighborhood with his high-tech collar.

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Make WiFi Passwords a Thing of the Past

b2ap3_thumbnail_wifi_security_400.jpgThe wireless router is something that has been around for a long time now, and you might still have yours from when you first got wireless Internet installed in your office. If this is the case, you owe it to yourself to upgrade to a newer model. Besides increasing the speed of your wireless connection, there are a few security benefits to updating your router.

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Can You Live without WiFi?

b2ap3_thumbnail_nowadays_wifi_is_a_basic_human_need_400.jpg70 years ago, psychologist Abraham Maslow published his pyramid theory on human motivation called "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs." At the top of the pyramid is self-actualization. Before this can be achieved, a person needs things like esteem, belonging, safety, and basics like food and water. Because people change, we feel that it's time to update Maslow's need pyramid and add a new layer: WiFi.

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4 Xbox One Features for Your Business. Wait. What?

b2ap3_thumbnail_xbox400.jpgIn a recent marketing ploy by Microsoft that is nothing short of genius, the new Xbox One is pitched as a tool that can help your business. The beauty of this strategy is that it allows for businesses to write off the $499 Xbox One as a business expense. Here are four new Xbox One features that allow for this clever budgeting move.

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Travel With Free Wi-Fi

Everybody likes the free goodies in a hotel room, tiny shampoo bottles, coupons to nearby restaurants, and HBO top the list. Wi-Fi however, our favorite goodie, sometimes fails to make the complimentary goodie list. It seems a little messed up to us, that hotels (the place you work and sleep) charge you for Wi-Fi while Burger King gives it away for free, but we have found a Wi-Fi loophole to help you out.

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