Tech Check

The State of Security

by Jeremy Lesniak It seems that I’m always writing about technology security. My articles are often full of advice about backups and infections. Unfortunately, as time has passed, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the frequency and severity of infections. The attacks are becoming more sophisticated and creative as users are becoming savvier. Let’s look […]

Tech Check: Building from the Ground Up 9.11.14

by Jeremy Lesniak I often recall the scenario of a client from years gone by. We repurposed some old hardware in multiple locations, yielding not one, not two, but nine copies of the client’s mission-critical data. I apply the same strategy with many clients today, never relying on a single physical location for backup. I can’t […]

Tech Check: The Case Against Technology

by Jeremy Lesniak What’s this? The technology columnist is writing a piece against technology? Surely that’s a typo. No, it isn’t. In my role as consultant on all things that plug into other things, I’m constantly looking for places that technology can make lives better, easier or less expensive. My job is not to find […]

Tech Check: Make the Most of Your Mobile Device

by Jeremy Lesniak A few weeks ago I gave a class with the Small Business Development Center on mobile technology and how to use it more effectively. The response was quite positive, so I thought I’d share some of those tips with you here. I don’t have the space to give you the whole course, […]

Tech Check: Everything You Need to Know About Heartbleed

by Jeremy Lesniak On April 7, 2014, security researchers announced the discovery of a substantial Internet vulnerability. Dubbed “Heartbleed,” this vulnerability threatened to affect a large portion of the Internet in a way we had not seen before. I’ve followed the incident closely and have put together a short explanation of the vulnerability and how […]

Tech Check: Why Most Computer Software Is Terrible

by Jeremy Lesniak We’ve reached a point in the tech world where hardware—the physical pieces we touch and hold and press—works pretty well. There’s always room for improvement, but technology has managed to fit the entire power of a desktop computer into something we can place in our pocket. And that amazing little phone operates […]

Tech Check: Newer Is Not Always Better

by Jeremy Lesniak   As I write this, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is getting ready to kick off in Las Vegas. As a tech fan, this is always an exciting time of year, and a busy one for those of us who write about technology. However, as a consultant to those who see tech […]

Tech Check: Holiday Technology Survival Guide, 2013 Edition

by Jeremy Lesniak The holiday season is now upon us, and with the season comes a number of challenges. I can’t help you reduce the stress of visiting family or tell you where to find great deals on gifts. I can, however, offer some help. Technology doesn’t disappear during the winter holidays, so it’s best […]

What You Need to Know About SEO

by Jeremy Lesniak  In a nutshell, SEO, or search engine optimization, is the practice of tuning a website so that it is a high-ranking result when someone uses a search engine. In other words, SEO is how you make your website show up on the first page of search results, be it Google, Bing or […]

Casting Shadows Rather Than Rainbows

by Jeremy Lesniak Many have asked me recently why I never commented on the National Security Agency (NSA) and the mass realization of the PRISM program. Surely everyone knows about the Orwellian surveillance machine that we are now all subject to, so I won’t explain the program here. There were a number of reasons I […]