Are Apps Safe?  Tips to Protect Your Company's Mobile Devices and Data

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Aug 9, 2016 9:16:57 AM

The Pokémon Go phenomenon has attracted more daily users than Twitter, and the game app has been downloaded 100 million times. For the few of us who have not embraced the game with reckless abandon, it still may have piqued our interest. As a business, it may raise questions like how much time are employees spending to play the game during the work day?  You may also wonder if the Pokémon Go app is being downloaded on work devices or on your employees' devices that are used for work, and is that safe? Maybe that leads you to question the safety of any app downloaded on mobile work devices. We're glad you asked. 

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Topics: technology, cybersecurity, mobile data

Looking for a Better Deal on Internet Service? New Labels May Help

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Apr 12, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Have you been surprised by a large mobile service bill or do you wonder why you pay so much for slow Internet at home? New labels designed to give you straight-forward information about your mobile and fixed broadband services and associated charges may solve the mystery.  On April 4th, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the approval of the new broadband labels to "allow consumers to easily compare the services of different providers." The new, easier-to-digest labels should look familiar as they mimic the nutrition labels you find on food packages.

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Topics: Net Neutrality, broadband, internet, mobile data, fcc

More Tech, More Demand:  Is Wireless Policy Keeping Up?

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Feb 23, 2016 8:30:00 AM


Some of us are early adopters of new technology and some of us are a few steps behind, but we are all living in a world where wireless communication is becoming more ingrained in our daily lives. TECHPol has discussed the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) (See Blog: The Internet of Things Explosion:  Will Policymakers Dampen or Fuel It?) and how device-to-device communications are becoming more prevalent both in business and personal life. The promise of this new technology seems limitless, but its lifeline (wireless spectrum) is not. Spectrum is a finite resource; so what is being done to make sure we can stay on the path of rapid technological innovation that is so important to our economy? 

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Topics: internet, technology, spectrum, mobile data

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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