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Downtime is important for Business Owners

It's easy to get sidetracked when you own a business! Most small business owners wear so many hats that they feel as though they simply cannot take time away, or the business may not perform well. The irony in that line of thinking is that, without taking time to decompress, unwind and truly relax, our productivity is actually lessened. And the summer season almost makes it worse, because as the day grows longer, there is a tendency to stay at the office, or at one's desk. Winter darkness is a reminder to shut down, so with longer days, it can become all the more of a temptation to just keep working. How often have we said to ourselves "I don't have time to exercise", or "I can't take this time off because I'm in the middle...

2017 – the year of the secure Internet!

If you have an E-Commerce site where customers are entering secure information like credit card info, you are likely already using a site secured by an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate. But if you don't have one - even if your site takes no information from the viewer - Google will now list your site as "Not Secure". Click here to read more about SSL and why you will need it....

“Can you hear me now?”

A new scam affecting credit cards has been reported, where a "robo-call" connects, the person at the other end mumbles something, then apologizes, and says "My name is <whatever> with the service department.  Can you hear okay me now?" If you get that call, DON'T ANSWER IT!  It's another credit card scam. (more…)...

How (and why) does a website get hacked?

What is always fascinating about website hacks is that it happens regardless of the organization’s size. According to Sucuri (a web security company that Valley Technologies uses as one of its security partners), it doesn't matter if you are a Fortune 500 or a small business selling cupcakes. The only difference is the why. Read the how's and why's (as well as the impact) in their article:  CLICK HERE  ...