...open door to your home wireless?Written by Daviyd Peterson
This is not some new fangled techno-speak, it is a real tool to be used for protection of your wireless internet network and LAN. African American SMBs have to realize that if your Internet connection is on 24/7 then your network, and it is a network that your computer is connected to, is at risk. Any business that uses Internet to share or exchange information, news, or ideas with clients, vendors, partners, or other locations look in reflection of your monitor and realize that your business is an unintentional (or intentional) target.
You should already be aware of all thousands of bugs, viruses, denial of service attacks and other unfriendly items that lurk on internet and virtually try attacking every second. It's like having a screen door on your most valuable assets. Let's not repeat what you know about, let's look at a larger picture that should concern everyone - unknown. There are attacks that go unreported for various reasons, these are ones that major software and hardware vendors have no clue about and can only warn you after an attack is reported.
If your files, email, identity, client or product information are important to your african american business and you cannot afford a network being down for 24 hours. Then a firewall is what should be between internet and everything else. You need to expect an intrusion if you have a small amount or no network protection. Hackers have tools that search Internet 24/7 looking for a vunerable point to destroy. Overzealous marketers use similar tools to harvest information to use for spamming and unfortunately no one currently calls that a crime that we know as identity theft.
Startup Tips For Your First Home Based BusinessWritten by Kirk Bannerman
Over past few years I have helped thousands of people start their own home based businesses. Many of these folks have become quite successful and others, for various reasons, have failed to achieve success.
People starting out in their first home based business adventure almost always suffer information overload in early stages of trying to get their business up and running. I often refer to this as "taking a drink from a fire hose syndrome".
For first time home business entrepreneur there will be a great deal of "newness" to virtually all aspects of getting their business started. When you combine all of this "newness" along with natural sense of excitement and eagerness, it is easy to understand how people can easily fall prey to feeling of being overwhelmed and lost.
To a degree, confusion/frustration/overload situation frequently encountered in initial startup phase is often similar to old saying about trying to run before learning to walk.
The steepness (is that a word?) of learning curve depends not only upon particular type of business that is being undertaken, but also upon background and skills of person starting business. In any event, when first starting out, people will usually try to move forward too quickly.
I caution people to come to grips with reality and to be realistic in their expectations. Far too many folks read advertisements that are hype and imply quick money, and lots of it, from a home-based business start-up. It will certainly take at least a year, and in some cases two to three years, before you should expect to begin to truly make a significant profit from your business.