Small Biz Tech Buzz, Issue #103, October 27, 2017

Hello! And welcome to the current volume of the Small Biz Tech Buzz.

Each issue is short, to the point, and easy to digest. Have a look, save a link here or there, and get back to your busy day!

Here’s today’s tech tip to take you into the weekend, and it’s especially for those of us who just upgraded to the shiny new iPhone 7.

The iPhone 7 doesn’t have an actual button for the Home button. Instead, the ‘home’ button is a sensor on the home screen that runs via what Apple calls a “Taptic Engine”. This means that the sensor “blends” into the home screen, but it works like the button on an Apple Watch; that is to say, it feels just like a button when you press it.

Did you know you can subtly change that artificial click feeling? Here’s how: Go to Settings >General >Home Button. You’ll see 3 options of click feel to test out. Pick the one that feels right, and then the Done option in the top right-hand corner.

That’s it!

I share a new, helpful tip in each and every issue of the Small Biz Tech Buzz. Got a tech question you’d like me to answer in this newsletter? Send it along! You can reach me via the ‘Contact’ tab at the top of the screen.

With that, enjoy the rest of the interesting links I’ve gathered for you here today. Enjoy your weekend!

To your continued success,

 

 

 

Tim Gillen

Founder and President, Terrapin Networks

Up North Biz and Tech News

small business and technology news from around Northern Michigan

In a new effort to promote the state, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. is publishing an annual magazine, Mich., that aims to convince companies to move to Michigan.

TN Customer Highlight:  To help local businesses remain compliant with the tax code, Padgett of Traverse City is offering free assessments. With the guidance of an experienced financial professional and tax preparer, businesses throughout the community can file taxes confidently.

As Michigan economy grows, so does tourism. An improving economy is contributing to a strong tourism season in Michigan.From state park camps reservations to national park visits… tourists drove a solid Michigan summer tourism industry, data shows. 

The Grand Traverse Bay YMCA is a nonprofit. But its management team uses sound business techniques to ensure it can accomplish its mission to the fullest. “If we’ve got a good business model, we can stretch a dollar,” said Jay Buckmaster, president and CEO.

Uber, the app-based ride-hailing service, announced it will begin offering “UberX,” the company’s ridesharing product, in the Traverse City area. “We know local residents have been calling out for ridesharing and Uber is thrilled to launch today in Traverse City,” said Uber spokesperson Charity Jackson in an announcement on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

From Around the World

small business and technology news from everywhere else

Stiff Competition: How To Get Your Small Business Noticed Online: Here are five tips for getting your site the most exposure to help you measure up to the competition.

Thanks for reading! 

If you’re new to me, or to my company Terrapin Networks: We’re a ‘boutique’ tech services firm that serves only small companies. While most IT support firms are after the larger side of ‘small business’, we only team up with companies with 1-15 computer users. It’s our specialty, and we’ve put some great tech services and products in place that really help smaller companies use technology to the fullest while protecting and optimizing their tech systems.

We’ve been at this since 1990 (a lifetime ago in the world of technology!) when I saw in our own small business how the tech types of the day didn’t seem to get what we’re up against in running a small company. We set out to fill that need, and 27 years later we’re still the dependable and trusted resource for small companies all over our wonderful Northern Michigan.

In keeping with this Small Biz Tech Buzz theme, I’ve put together a short report on 6 Don’ts and a Do You Should Consider When Seeking Tech Services For Your Small Business.  Check it out here. Small business owners tell us it’s pretty handy.

And if you ever have any questions regarding technology, I’m always available for a chat.

I hope you enjoy the selection I’ve articles I’ve put together for you today. If you’d like to see more or to join the conversation, you can follow along with Terrapin Networks on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Tech Buzz, Issue #101, October 13, 2017

Hello! And welcome to the next volume of the Small Biz Tech Buzz.

The Small Biz Tech Buzz is a ‘newsletter’ of sorts that contains a short list of current business tech articles I think would be of use to you, the owner or manager of a small company. I include tech tips, small biz news, and nifty ‘hacks’ that I have personally found to be useful. I’m pretty sure you will, too!

Each issue is short, to the point, and easy to digest. Have a look, save a link here or there, and get back to your busy day!

Has your small business or company been in the news recently? Spotted something interesting you think other readers might enjoy? Please, send it along! I’ll make sure to include it in the next newsletter.

To your continued success,

 

 

 

Tim Gillen

Founder and President, Terrapin Networks

Up North Biz and Tech News

small business and technology news from around Northern Michigan

Hans Voss presents a solid argument for Amazon’s new headquarters to be in Traverse City. What do you think? He says, “I’ve formed a committee of local leaders to lead Traverse City’s application. We’ll have some stiff competition of course … and dozens of other cities are expected to submit bids. But as far as I am concerned, Traverse City is the best place to live in the country, so I figure we have a shot.” Click here to read the full article. 

The weather may be getting colder, but that doesn’t stop the local agriculture economy from thriving. Area farmers markets are still in full swing, especially in the Cadillac region, as this 9&10 article shows.  

Munson Medical Center’s Smith Family Breast Health Center began using a General Electric Pristina 3-D in September that aids in the detection and diagnosis of disease.“It’s going to be an amazingly good advancement in technology,” said Dr. Charles Weitz, the medical director for breast imaging at Munson.

From Around the World

small business and technology news from everywhere else

Don’t think your small business will get hacked? You’re wrong, says the Chicago Tribune. Here’s why. 

Protect Your Small Business From Cyber Attacks With These Free Tools: Sometimes, all it takes are a few tech tweaks to get your business safe and secure. Entrepreneur.com has some free tools that can get you going. 

Weekly Tech Tips

helping you stay on top of the tech game

woman hand holding the phone with system smart house

Both Apple and Android released new phones in the last few months; if you switched from one platform to another, here’s how to make that change seamless. 

Thanks for reading! 

If you’re new to me, or to my company Terrapin Networks: We’re a ‘boutique’ tech services firm that serves only small companies. While most IT support firms are after the larger side of ‘small business’, we only team up with companies with 1-15 computer users. It’s our specialty, and we’ve put some great tech services and products in place that really help smaller companies use technology to the fullest while protecting and optimizing their tech systems.

We’ve been at this since 1990 (a lifetime ago in the world of technology!) when I saw in our own small business how the tech types of the day didn’t seem to get what we’re up against in running a small company. We set out to fill that need, and 27 years later we’re still the dependable and trusted resource for small companies all over our wonderful Northern Michigan.

In keeping with this Small Biz Tech Buzz theme, I’ve put together a short report on 6 Don’ts and a Do You Should Consider When Seeking Tech Services For Your Small Business.  Check it out here. Small business owners tell us it’s pretty handy.

And if you ever have any questions regarding technology, I’m always available for a chat.

I hope you enjoy the selection I’ve articles I’ve put together for you today. If you’d like to see more or to join the conversation, you can follow along with Terrapin Networks on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Tech Buzz, Issue #100, September 29, 2017

Hello! And welcome to the current volume of the Small Biz Tech Buzz.

The Small Biz Tech Buzz is a ‘newsletter’ of sorts that contains a short list of current business tech articles I think would be of use to you, the owner or manager of a small company. I include tech tips, small biz news, and nifty ‘hacks’ that I have personally found to be useful. I’m pretty sure you will, too!

Each issue is short, to the point, and easy to digest. Have a look, save a link here or there, and get back to your busy day!

Has your small business or company been in the news recently? Spotted something interesting you think other readers might enjoy? Please, send it along! I’ll make sure to include it in the next newsletter.

To your continued success,

 

 

 

Tim Gillen

Founder and President, Terrapin Networks

Up North Biz and Tech News

small business and technology news from around Northern Michigan

Our friends at Promethient, Inc., a provider of human-scaled climate control solutions, have secured lead funding from Boomerang Catapult of Traverse City. In describing Promethient, CEO William Myers said, “Imagine an office chair being able to tell by the GPS on your phone that you’re in the parking lot and it’s time to warm or cool your chair to the temperature you’ve programmed—and you can fine-tune it as much as you want to during the day.”

photo via TraverseTicker.com

The first-of-its-kind program in Michigan will debut in Traverse City this month, offering students a hands-on opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers with local business owners. Read “New Program Aims To Connect Youth With STEM Careers” on The Traverse Ticker

photo via chase.com

This story is part of The Pursuit, a series in which small business owners share insights on how they build their enterprises—and follow their dreams, brought to you by Chase for Business. This week it’s all about Moomers, the best ice cream parlor the rest of the country has never heard of. Read the article “The best ice cream parlor you’ve never heard of” on the JPMorgan and Chase website

photo via 9&10 News

Traverse City commissioners approved a two-year agreement for the National Cherry Festival, with some stipulations on the management of the festival. Read “Traverse City Commissioners Approve Agreement, Changes For National Cherry Festival” on 9&10 News

From Around the World

small business and technology news from everywhere else

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The Internet of Things is innovating the way we live our lives and run our businesses… but they’re also making hacking more prevalent than ever. Here’s what happened when hackers broke into a casino via its IoT-enabled fish tank. Read “How a Fish Tank Helped Hack a Casino” on the Washington Post

Photo: James C Best for NYT.com

DropItLikeItsHotspot, Abraham Linksys; innovative WiFi names are nothing new, but some people are taking them to another level, and raising their small business profile along with it. Read “Everyone Is Trying to Outdo Each Other With Cute Wi-Fi Names” on the New York Times

image via pexels.com

New technologies are opening a new era in automation for manufacturers—one in which humans and machines will increasingly work side by side. Read “Human + machine: A new era of automation in manufacturing” at McKinsey.com

Weekly Tech Tips

helping you stay on top of the tech game

woman hand holding the phone with system smart house

Keep your iPhone running longer on a single charge with these battery-saving tips. Read 11 ways to improve iPhone battery life with iOS 11 on CNET.com

Thanks for reading! 

If you’re new to me, or to my company Terrapin Networks: We’re a ‘boutique’ tech services firm that serves only small companies. While most IT support firms are after the larger side of ‘small business’, we only team up with companies with 1-15 computer users. It’s our specialty, and we’ve put some great tech services and products in place that really help smaller companies use technology to the fullest while protecting and optimizing their tech systems.

We’ve been at this since 1990 (a lifetime ago in the world of technology!) when I saw in our own small business how the tech types of the day didn’t seem to get what we’re up against in running a small company. We set out to fill that need, and 27 years later we’re still the dependable and trusted resource for small companies all over our wonderful Northern Michigan.

In keeping with this Small Biz Tech Buzz theme, I’ve put together a short report on 6 Don’ts and a Do You Should Consider When Seeking Tech Services For Your Small Business.  Check it out here. Small business owners tell us it’s pretty handy.

And if you ever have any questions regarding technology, I’m always available for a chat.

I hope you enjoy the selection I’ve articles I’ve put together for you today. If you’d like to see more or to join the conversation, you can follow along with Terrapin Networks on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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WannaCry 2017 Cyber Attack: “Its like a using last year’s flu shot for this year’s virus”

In response to the WannaCry cyber attack currently hitting Europe and parts of Asia, Tim went on the Ron Jolly Show on WTCM NewsTalk 580 this morning to chat about how you can stay safe. Click the link below to listen, or read the transcript below!

Tim: [about updating new software] At times, it’ll break other stuff, and you may not want to because it might make some other piece of software not work. And then you gotta go back in and fix that and you think aw the heck it’s working, I’ll leave it. But you don’t want to do that.
Security is layers. It’s like a flu shot. And you wanna do it. Last year’s flu shot won’t help you this year. So you gotta keep things updated.

Ron: Now, what do you do for your clients to help them avoid this? Is it that simple? Is it making sure they do their updates? What kind of things do you recommend?
Tim: There’s one other layer that’s a really critical layer. So, this particular one [ransomware] is kinda new, because this one ran this kind of an exploit without any user interaction. That’s what’s made this one quite different. It’s why so many hundreds of thousands were affected so quickly, primarily in Europe, so far. Now it’s starting to hit a little bit of Asia, not so much in the U.S. so far.
But what’s always been the issue with ransomware is when you click on an attachment in an email. and that runs a piece of software in the background, and thats what starts it all.
Ron: That’s how it gets into your computer?
Tim: Normally, yeah, but not this particular one. This particular one came in through an exploit in the operating system. So if you were on the internet, you could be exposed.

Ron: Ok.

Tim: Normally, up until this point, it’s basically been that the user makes the mistake. Someone gets an email and thinks, ‘hey, it comes from Ron Jolly, it must be okay’. But it didn’t come from you, it was spoofed to look like it came from you. I double click on the extension ; maybe it’s from UPS, we’re trying to ship it, here’s your invoice. you think, “I don’t know what this is but I’ll open it and see what it says”. And then in the background, quietly, something happens.

Ron: Oh boy
Tim: So you should be extremely careful when you’re opening up any kind of an attachment in an email.
But, for this particular attack, you need to stay updated.

Ron: Are Mac computers as vulnerable as Microsoft systems?

Tim: No. Well, not – the operating system is just as vulnerable. They have had their share of attacks, too. But if you’re a ransomware guy and you wanna get money, you’ve got somewhere along the lines of 30-40 to 1 of Windows-types of PC’s out there.

So your actual payload is – you have a much greater chance of making real money.

There’s fewer Macs. and that plays as much into it as anything. So the virus guys won’t go as much for Macs because there’s not as many people using them, for operating systems.

Macbooks, Macbook Pros, that kind of thing. They have their own problems, although they’re not as bad as Windows, I have to say.

Ron: If you do get a ransomware attack, other than paying the ransom, which doesn’t guarante your files will be freed up, is it like a virus, where you can bring it to a guy that fixes computers and have him do it?
T No, it’s not like a virus. It actually encrypts the files. and if you don’t have the encryption key, you don’t get your file back.

That’s why the backups [are important]. We have to restore from yesterday’s backup – or, in our case and like a lot of people like us, we do backups every few hours. If someone does something at 2 o’clock, I’m able to get the noon backup and do a restore from that.

That’s why, again, there’s another layer. Backups are a layer of security protection. And having many backups a day are a layer. So all that helps.

Ron: Make sure your updates are being updated, your Microsoft security essentials or whatever updates, and if you’re a business and you don’t have an IT person, even small businesses, Terrapin Networks, with Tim Gillen, specialiazes in protecting you from this kind of a thing.

Tim, we’ll catch up down the road, but thanks for your insight here today.

Tim:  You’re welcome, my pleasure, thanks.

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