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The Heartbleed SSL bug in the news

You may have heard about the recently announced Heartbleed Bug that affects the OpenSSL cryptographic software library: an important component of the security infrastructure of the Internet.  This bug makes it possible for encrypted information (such as usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, and the encryption keys themselves) to be captured.  This is a threat that should be taken seriously, and U.S.NEXT is taking immediate steps to protect our customers by ensuring that our systems are running non-vulnerable versions of this software. 

Practicing What We Preach

We continually tell our clients about the importance of keeping their website looking current and up-to-date, because most likely more people see their website – their virtual “door front” – than their physical door front each day.   We’ve known for over a year that we need to practice what we preach, but like the cobbler’s children, we’ve been putting our client sites ahead of our own.

The Power of the Internet

Just over a week ago, my daughter came home with a letter about a Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the American Heart Association at her school and an envelope for donations. In looking at the envelope, I saw a place to sign up to accept online donations.  I signed up that night intending to send out the link the next day.

What to Consider When Considering the Cloud

Deciding whether to move applications and databases to cloud technology is not an easy decision. Here’s an excellent recent article by Nathan McNeill entitled “To Cloud or Not to Cloud? The Answer Is Not Binary” about factors you should consider:

Anyone who has worked in technology for any length of time knows that computers are really only as smart as the people utilizing them. In fact, quite a lot of the work in computer science today is attempting to impart to computers the human ability of dealing with ambiguity.

U.S. NetworX is now U.S.NEXT!

U.S. NetworX is now U.S.NEXT. Our name has changed to better reflect what we do as a company.

Why the name change? Our company is an Internet-focused company; and as you know, the world of the web changes fast! Our employees are always looking ahead at what new innovations are coming next.  With that in mind, we thought our name should reflect more of who we are and what we do.  The name U.S.NEXT identifies our company as the future of online services.

Are you burned out?

Not too long ago I read an insightful article by Jeffrey Gitomer about job burnout. His idea is that burnout is a self-imposed feeling that can be overcome by (1) assessing the situation you are in and (2) taking whatever action is needed to rectify the problem.  Gitomer says to begin by asking you reality-based questions:

QUESTION #1 – How much do you love your job?

QUESTION #2 – What is the BEST part of your job?

Social Media Experts On Every Street Corner

Not a day passes that I don’t get an email from someone who is purporting to be an SEO or social media expert, and the number keeps growing. An article by B.L. Ochman recently appeared on the Ad Age site with some interesting facts:

As a public service, I like to periodically check in on the number of self-proclaimed social media “gurus,” “ninjas,” “masters” and “mavens” on Twitter. Why? Well, it seems like an important metric, an indicator of something.

How Safe Are Mobile Payments?

Daniel Bortz at usnews.com recently raised the question of mobile payment security: For some consumers, paying at the checkout line becomes a lot simpler when they can forgo the plastic card and pay with their phone. Mobile payment applications like the Isis Mobile Wallet, Google Wallet, Square, and LevelUp turn your cell phone into a payment source: Just store your debit card or credit card information on the phone and scan the device at checkout. “Consumers like the convenience factor,” says Sarah Jane Hughes, a commercial law professor at Indiana University. But is this new form of payment safe?

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