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Password Managers:  A Follow Up

If you don’t know your IP from your URL or your VLAN, this column is for you!  Welcome to In Plain English, where you’ll learn some techie stuff from a non-tech person who just so happens to have worked with a bunch of computer geniuses the last 25 years.   In last month’s column, I…

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Why trust a password manager?

I have a confession to make.  I’ve never used a password manager.  This should be shocking to you, since I work for an IT company whose job is to make sure our clients are following best practices.  Securing your private information is our top concern, but personally, I’ve been a long-time hold out.  I don’t…

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What is Bandwith?

Today’s Topic – What is Bandwidth? This morning, two of your kids were on their Chromebooks doing schoolwork on a math website.  Your spouse was logged into his work PC and taking calls on the VoIP phone he hooked up, and your dog was planted in front of your wide-screen TV, streaming cat videos from…

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What is an SSL?

If you don’t know your IP from your URL or your VLAN, this column is for you!  Welcome to In Plain English, where you’ll learn some techie stuff from a non-tech person who just so happens to have worked with a bunch of computer geeks for the last 25 years. Today’s Topic – What’s an…

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What is a Firewall?

Today’s Topic – What is a firewall? The term “firewall” originated in the 1800s to describe fire resistant walls used to slow the spread of fires.  Today, firewalls exist in airplanes, cars, ships, and buildings.  The term was adopted by the computer industry in the mid-1990s to refer to a network security device that monitors,…

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The What, Why, and How of “The Cloud.”

If you don’t know your IP from your URL or your VLAN, this column is for you! Welcome to In Plain English where you’ll learn some techie stuff from a non-tech person who just so happens to have worked with a bunch of computer geniuses for the last 25 years. Today’s Topic: The What, Why, and How…

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What’s an IP Address?

If you don’t know your IP from your URL or your DNS, this column is for you! Welcome to In Plain English where you’ll learn some techie stuff from a non-tech person who just so happens to have worked with a bunch of computer geniuses for the last 25 years. Today’s Topic: What’s an IP address? When you…

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