Is the Sky the Limit When It Comes to The Cloud?

It seems more objects than not are connected to the internet in some way or another. Whether it’s traditional technology such as computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, or the less expected items such as household appliances, toys, cars, and drones; with an internet connection comes the opportunity to save information to what is commonly referred to as ‘the cloud’. But with so many internet-connected-things, surely the cloud is going to run out of space at some point, right? Just how much information can we store before the entire cloud ecosystem collapses? Or we need to look for a storage alternative? Should we be worried? Will the cloud eventually be as useful to us as the 1.44Mb floppy disk that used to fulfill all our storage needs at one point? There are other things that should concern us too, such as the costs and extensive use of energy required to power such …

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New Industry Tools That Could Change the Way You Do Business

Times have changed for financial advisors. The advent of new technology has made it possible for independent advisors and smaller houses to compete with larger firms, and for larger firms to have a global reach. Keeping up with that technology can be a challenge — but it’s vital for any financial advisor who wants to stay competitive. Today’s clients want savvy, responsive financial advisors who are comfortable with technology. Fortunately, new industry tools are easy to use and integrate to provide top-level customer service and performance. “You don’t have a shot if you’re not organized,” says Jason Lara, director of sales and strategy at Ebix. Here are some new industry tools that can change the way you do business. Client Management Being able to manage your clients through scheduling and CRM platforms, as well as provide them excellent advice through market research tools, are among the biggest benefits of using …

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Biometrics on the Rise

Fingerprint and retinal scans have moved from the realm of science fiction into everyday consumer and corporate security, and even more rigorous biometric options are on the way, experts say. Deloitte Global says more than a billion mobile devices will rely on fingerprint technology for access this year. New tech makes it possible to authenticate in less invasive ways, improving security across the board. “Behavioral and biometric authentication will make passwords obsolete, sooner than you might think,” says David Vergara, head of global product marketing at VASCO Data Security. “The death of static passwords is no surprise: They’re easily hacked or stolen, they’re hard to remember and they’re often reused from one site to another, maximizing the impact of breaches.” Here’s what you need to know about the role of biometrics. What Can It Be Used For? Biometrics can provide a high level of controlled access to physical places, such …

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