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Stories by John Brandon

5 steps to take when a data breach hits

By John Brandon | 08 October, 2014 00:46

The IT industry has an answer to almost every security problem. Need to lock down an app server to ward off hackers? There's likely a product available for that. Same goes for making sure a stolen Android phone uses strong authentication to keep a hacker from stealing data.

4 smartwatches (almost) ready for business use

By John Brandon | 01 October, 2014 23:07

If there's any segment of the population that might gravitate to the smartwatch trend, it's business users. With a quick flick of the wrist, you can see the time, your meeting schedule and even whether you're running late for a flight. Many business folks already wear a watch to keep track of the time during a hectic day filled with meetings and other appointments. Plus, a smartwatch is an extension of the smartphone we already rely on for business trips (and just about everything else).

6 strategies for cancelling a major IT project

By John Brandon | 09 September, 2014 23:42

In the recent book 'Think Like a Freak', well-known authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner touch on a difficult topic for those in charge of IT budgets and project development: What if your project fails?

5 Ways to Improve Your Social Media Campaigns

By John Brandon | 04 September, 2014 23:22

Over the past few years, those in charge of branding and communication for large companies have realized that social networking can be an effective marketing tool. Sure, there's still multi-million-dollar ad campaigns that run during football games and the print advertisements in major national magazines. However, at a more granular scale, it's often the individual tweets and connections with customers that can have the most impact. asked social media experts to share their best tips for achieving social media success on sites such as Facebook, and Twitter.

5 Uses for the Surveillance Robot of Tomorrow

By John Brandon | 13 August, 2014 23:44

Robots are essentially a self-contained tribute to the wonders of technology. The most advanced models use fast computer processing, high-definition cameras, artificial intelligence and long-range sensors, all of which give you a pretty good idea where technology is heading. In some ways, a robot even provides a glimmer of the future car and future IT advances.

How to survive 4 cloud horror stories

By John Brandon | 11 August, 2014 09:01

Horror stories don't just happen at the movie theater. In a few cases, companies make a big play to use the wrong cloud application or experience widespread outages in their connection to cloud storage.

4 Small Computers Ready for Mass Enterprise Deployment

By John Brandon | 22 July, 2014 23:16

When the goal is to deploy computers in mass quantities to keep employees productive, nothing beats an ultra-slim desktop computer. Laptops and tablets are helpful for remote works and mobile computing – but on the desktop, these systems are about the size of your hand and don't take up too much space. They are designed from the get-go for remote management and easy tech support, and they come with fewer moving parts (for example, there's no optical drive).

Is Linux Dead for the Desktop?

By John Brandon | 08 July, 2014 23:19

For executives in charge of desktop deployments in a large company, Linux OS was once hailed as a savior for corporate end users. With incredibly low pricing -- free, with fee-based support plans, for example -- distributions such as Ubuntu Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise offered a "good enough" user interface, along with plenty of powerful apps and a rich browser.

In Pictures: 10 Microsoft research projects

By John Brandon | 27 June, 2014 08:52

An early look at cutting-edge technology being developed by Microsoft

5 Innovations That Make Video Surveillance More Effective

By John Brandon | 18 June, 2014 03:43

Criminals get a little more sophisticated every day. Fortunately, so does video surveillance technology. Here are five options to consider for your business, no matter the size.

The Next Heartbleed: 5 security vulnerabilities to watch

By John Brandon | 10 June, 2014 00:57

By and large, the major websites hit by Heartbleed have recovered. So have the bad guys, who are undoubtedly plotting their next move. Here, security experts offer their take on five large-scale, Heartbleed-level vulnerabilities for which CIOs should prepare.

6 Top Enterprise Workgroup Printers

By John Brandon | 14 May, 2014 22:44

Is your office paperless? Didn't think so. Consider one of these six printers, then, for the workgroups in your enterprise.

5 New Wireless Technologies for Today's Businesses

By John Brandon | 21 April, 2014 23:47

Wireless technology changes quickly. This matters if you're running a business, as faster Wi-Fi can improve employee productivity as well as customer service. These advances in wireless tech are therefore worth watching.

Six amazing advances in cloud technology

By John Brandon | 15 April, 2014 02:09

The Cloud is more than just dirt-cheap data storage and lightning-fast apps. These six innovations show that it's possible to manage servers, develop applications, run virtual machines and even sequence the human genome using cloud technology.

Beyond Meritocracy: 6 Ways IT Employee Performance Evaluations Are Changing

By John Brandon | 01 April, 2014 02:07

Neither employees nor their managers look forward to annual performance reviews. That's why experts suggest using methods and tools that provide valuable, real-time feedback on how employees are doing.