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Letter from the President

As the leaves fall from the trees and that ever-so-familiar cool breeze blows in, we are reminded that change is upon us. Much like the seasons, our businesses go through change frequently, and it’s those who are prepared for the change that seem to fair best. In this economy of information and technology, it shouldn’t surprise any of us that the only thing that is constant is change. Even with this paradigm shift, many in our organizations continue to fight the changes that are inevitable and end up prolonging the efforts. 

I wanted to provide three tips, borrowed from the seasonal changes, to help you lead your business well in time of change: 

Expect the change. We are not surprised by winter, as much as we may not like it. Having the mentality that the change is coming and that it will be tough for a while but eventually will lead to the desired state of being will help you get through the change.

Be prepared. When the leaves start to fall and the temperature plummets, we know that snow is coming. Choosing not to put the snowbrush in your car or pull out the winter jackets can cause you unnecessary pain. In your business, constantly scan the environment – internal and external – for signs of change. Your ability to prepare as much as possible for the change not only saves you aggravation but also allows you to control some factors.

Be flexible. Driving 70 on black ice because that’s the way you’ve been driving doesn’t make a lot of sense. Similarly, not giving yourself or your employees increased capacity to make the change is a recipe for disaster. Recognize that the most difficult challenge is not the change itself but the transition from “the way we’ve always done it” to the new way of doing things. Some will be able to understand and make the change quickly while others will take more time. Ensure you provide the training and flexibility so that each of your staff can adapt to the change well.

While change is dynamic and multifaceted, keeping these three things in mind will help you weather the change well.

I’d also like to wish you and your family best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us at Networking Technologies and Teceri,



James Bahm
President, Networking Technologies

How to Speed Up Wi-Fi in Airplanes

used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Christina Schubert

woman on mobile phone on airplane, wifi mobile airplaneWhen traveling in a pressurized cabin about 35,000 feet above the ground, one doesn’t give much thought to the engineering marvel that is the aircraft. Airplanes defy gravity and challenge physics. Yet these amazing feats don’t get much attention. What most passengers are concerned about is the Internet connection in these magnificent machines — and a slow one can infuriate the most patient traveler.

Thousands of people go to work each day to make the machinery behind air travel better each day. The airline industry is constantly evolving and introducing new technology to attract more customers. In recent years, one of the services added to air travel was in-flight Wi-Fi.

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Windows 10 Tip: Set Up Family Features on Your Windows 10 PC

used with permission from Microsoft
by Elana Pidgeon

windows 10 family features settingsDid you know you can add family members to each Windows 10 PC you sign in to with your Microsoft account faster than ever?

You can manage family settings online at account.microsoft.com/family, and changes will be applied to any Windows 10 device the child signs in to.

Set up a PC for people already in your Microsoft family

Select the Start button, then select Settings > Accounts > Family & other people. Select their accounts to add them to this PC. The first time they sign in, they’ll need to enter the password for their Microsoft account.

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Teceri News: Keeping Our Schools Safe

security cameraby Roy Alves
Country Manager, Axis Communications

Whether you are choosing a surveillance system for a primary school, a high school or an institute of higher education, you´ll find an Internet Protocol (IP) solution that fits the bill. IP cameras are increasingly being used in schools and other educational establishments for security surveillance and the remote monitoring of playground areas, corridors, halls and classrooms. Another common use is to offer surveillance as a marketing tool that allows parents or guardians to check up on their children anytime of the day.

Outside school hours, the same surveillance system can be used to remotely monitor school property and deter vandalism. A sophisticated, built-in motion detection system can generate an alarm, which automatically transmits images to your security operators giving them accurate, up-to-the-minute information upon which to base their decisions.

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The Dark Web: What Your Business Needs to Know

used with permission from FTC.gov
by John Krebs

You’ve heard about the “dark web” and wondered how it affects businesses — including small businesses. That was one of the topics addressed at an FTC conference earlier this year on identity theft. Recent headlines about high-profile data breaches have added even more urgency to the discussion. So why should the dark web matter to your company? Unfortunately, when a business suffers a breach, the dark web is often the next stop that sensitive data makes after it’s been stolen.

What is the dark web?

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A Short Guide to Data Security Practices for Your Business

Much has been said about data security practices and cybersecurity measures that businesses should follow. All the information and recommendations out there can be confusing and overwhelming. Large data breaches and multiple scary ransomware attacks have dominated the news for years now. Each time businesses have to ask, “Should we be worried? Are we a target? What can we do to defend ourselves?” So here’s a short beginner’s guide on keeping your data safe and your risks low.

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Control Access to Data Sensibly

used with permission from SBA.gov
by Thomas B. Pahl, Acting Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

personal info written over a file in a filing cabinetYou’ve conducted an information “census” to identify and locate the confidential data in your company’s possession. Then you determined what you need to hold on to for business purposes. What’s the next step? According to Start with Security, it’s time to put limits in place to control access to data sensibly.

It’s not a novel concept. 

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Networking Technologies Employee Highlight of the Month

Bob Lakner, Senior Account Executive

Bob LaknerBefore coming to Networking Technologies, Bob served as an Account Executive at Integrators of New Systems and Hitachi Data Systems, as an Enterprise Account Manager at HP, and a Systems Engineer at Tandem Computers. A Cleveland native, Bob, his wife Laura and son Kim make their home in Richfield, Ohio, where he enjoys shooting a round of golf when he can.Networking Technologies
Meet Senior Account Executive Bob Lakner who has been serving Networking Technologies’ customers in the Cleveland area since 2012. Bob comes along side his customer to help them drive business goals through advanced networking, virtualization and information management technologies. It’s evident that he loves to get to know people – to truly understand what drives them and in turn to help them succeed. While Bob earned his bachelor’s in accounting from The University of Akron, his passion for people drove an early career change from accounting and finance to information technology sales. He believes his success comes from always keeping in mind what his customers define as success.

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