Data is growing exponentially. By 2020, it's believed that the digital universe will expand to 44 zettabytes. This is a staggering number: it will mean there are 40 times more bytes than there are stars in the observable universe. Businesses are going to need to adapt to a new, data-heavy world if they're going to survive.
More businesses than ever are going online to sell their services and their products. Some businesses are maintaining both a traditional brick-and-mortar store or office while also offering online services, while other businesses are setting up shop solely online. If you own a business or are considering opening one, you may find yourself wondering what types of businesses are online and thriving now. Here are a few of the types of businesses that are thriving online.
How fast is data consumption growing? Well, have you ever seen one of those petri dishes with a bacteria sample left in front of a time-lapse camera? It's growing that fast. Every day, someone finishes their day late at night looking at that last video, sending the last email or chirping one last tweet. And while they reach over to turn out the light and turn off the smartphone, someone on the other side of the world is starting up their daily routine, generating the same amount or more in data movement. Multiplied by the billions of people digitally connected around the world, the data movement size is growing exponentially each year.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. But why is cybersecurity awareness so important? Cybersecurity is constantly changing, with new threats emerging and new tools being released. Everyone needs to be aware of IT security today, and October is an excellent time to reflect on some of your risks and learn more about security-related best practices.
The Internet of Things (IoT) involves all those daily devices in your home that are interconnected via your home network. This year there is an estimated 26.66 billion Internet of Things devices online and that number will increase exponentially over the next decade. Today the Internet is not just about computers.
The days when everyone had to pile into the car to go shopping have been over for many years. Today’s modern retailer is running its business online where it can sell not just to one community, but to people all over the country and even the world. More and more, you're seeing the old-school giants closing their brick-and-mortar locations and entering the online marketplace. Consider some traditional retailers that are giving up some of their physical storefronts to survive in the digital world.
The Internet is a visual medium, so it’s not surprising that video tops the list of marketing must-haves for businesses. According to HubSpot, 87 percent of companies are using video to promote their brand in 2019. What is this obsession with video costing them, though?
Texas municipalities were recently stricken with ransomware attacks, to the tune of $2.5 million. Texas agencies have reportedly refused to pay the ransom, but the coordinated attack could spell trouble in the future for government agencies.
Internet service not only varies among service providers. There are important differences between residential and business Internet. For those not familiar with the distinctions between residential and business Internet, there could be unpleasant ramifications. Remember that Internet service has a lot more to it than price alone. Quality and type of Internet service includes upload speeds, download speeds, consistency of connectivity and strength of signal. This is why you should never choose your Internet service based on price, and you should always understand what kind of service you are choosing between residential and business Internet.
Every time you connect to the Internet with your device, there's a lot going on to make that connection happen. Primarily, data is being sent back and forth between your device and the Internet service provider's servers. You upload a video on Facebook, you sign in to Netflix to binge-watch your favorite show, you send an email to a friend — all of these things require data transmission, and the better your speeds are, the more efficiently you can make all these things happen. The PS LIGHTWAVE Speedtest page helps you keep tabs on just how well your connection is performing. Take a look at this helpful guide of FAQs to better understand the speedtest.