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BUSINESS TECH

I N F ORMATION

TECHNOLOGY FOR TODAY’S BUSINESS

In this article I’ll continue our look at tools that each business should have. In addition to a Smart Phone, Broadband Internet Service, a certified firewall appliance and a reliable data backup solution, each business also needs the following;

You need to make sure that your network cabling is done by trained, competent professionals and not by people who simply pull wires.

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There is a notion that all Antivirus software are good. In fact some can be a downright hoax!

Professionally installed network cabling Antivirus software • IP camera surveillance An email Server

NETWORK CABLING Many businesses are not aware of the critical nature of the network cabling infrastructure that they install to serve their computer network. There are strict standards in the industry that govern how these cables are to be installed for best performance. Many times contracts are awarded based on who provides the cheapest bid for installing the network cabling without regard to the fact that their slow network may be caused by poor and sub-standard cabling installations. The standard that governs computer cabling in commercial buildings is the ANSI/TIA/ EIA 568 Standard. Many business owners do not realize that a kink or twist in a network cable can cause significant negative network performance. 10 |

BusinessFocus • October/November 2011

ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

The thinking that all antivirus software are equal, allows some businesses to feel comfortable about using “free” versions of Antivirus software. Companies that offer “free” antivirus software inevitably have a paid version as well. If we stop for a moment and consider that scenario, then it is safe to conclude that the paid version has something of value that the “free” version does not have. Right!? If that is the case then we can surmise that the “free” version does not give full protection. So why then do you feel safe with a “free” antivirus software? Would you trust the use of a dingy to travel to North America by sea? So why trust the security of your data with “free” antivirus software. If you have “free” antivirus software or no antivirus software, your system could be currently compromised and you would not even know until it is too late. Personally I prefer ESET Nod32 Antivirus because it has demonstrated an uncanny ability to detect most security threats.

Business Focus Antigua Issue 40  

As 2011 comes to a close and we enter 2012, the forecast for the world economy continues to be news of job cuts and hints of a "double dip"...

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