Amazon now lets you use Venmo… and other small business tech news this week

Amazon now lets you use Venmo… and other small business tech news this week

Here are five things in technology that happened last week and how they affected your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Amazon now allows customers to make payments through Venmo.

Amazon recently announced that customers will now be able to use Venmo on its platform to make payments. Last week, the new option to select customers was rolled out and will be available to all users in the US on both the mobile app and Amazon’s website by Black Friday in November. (source: technology crisis)

Why this is important to your business:

It is critical to make sure that you provide as many payment options as possible to your customers. Even Amazon is now accepting Venmo and continuing to flirt with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. My recommendation is to accept PayPal because with it you can also take various other forms of payment. But it is also important to accept additional services such as Apple Wallet and Google Pay. Don’t let your customers turn away from you because the payment method they chose wasn’t available.

2 – There’s a really new and compelling reason to switch your business to Google Workspace now.

Google Workspace users will be able to get more out of their subscriptions due to the massive expansions that are being made to the platform. Google announced that those who subscribe to the office suite will now enjoy 1 TB of secure cloud storage compared to the previous 15 GB. The update also includes smarter emails with mail merge tags and other customization options. (source: technology radar)

Why this is important to your business:

This is definitely an interesting new offering, given the huge amount of file space your business may need. But it brings Google pretty much in line with what the biggest competitor Office 365 has to offer.

3 — PayPal gets more logins with secure passkeys.

Payments platform PayPal recently announced that passkeys will now be added as an updated, passwordless way to securely log into the platform on a Mac, iPad or iPhone. PayPal passkeys rolled out to US customers last week and will be available to other countries early next year. (source: the edge)

Why this is important to your business:

So what is a passkey? according to TechTarget:

Passkeys are a new type of login credential that eliminates the need for passwords. Authentication requires either a biometric authentication – such as a fingerprint or facial recognition – or a PIN or swipe pattern used with Android devices for access. The passkey works on one’s device, so users cannot use passkey functions on another device without a QR code. Users can scan the QR code from their phone and use Face ID or Touch ID to sign in from another nearby device. The passkeys were generated using the Web Authentication API security standard that uses public key cryptography for access. Each key is unique and generated using encrypted data for added security – think of a digital copy of a keycard.

Say goodbye to passwords, folks. Prepare your business for security changes like these that rely on biometrics and some form of multi-factor authentication.

4 – The FBI warns that this ransomware group targets poorly protected VPN servers.

The FBI is warning users of an increase in ransomware attacks by a group known as Daixin Team that target poorly secured VPN servers. The FBI has issued a statement along with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding attacks affecting the public health and healthcare sectors since June and has warned providers to immediately implement secure VPN servers. (source: ZDNet)

Why this is important to your business:

My advice is to send this warning to the technical support team to assess the security of your VPN client. Of course, if you’re already hosting your apps and data by a reputable managed services provider, they’re likely to be scattered about all of this.

5— According to the PC World tech review website, the Dell XPS 13 looks great but lacks performance. Or is it?

The team at tech review site PC World recently reviewed the Dell XPS 13 and gave it a rating of three stars out of five. According to the review, the laptop’s slim and compact design matches a “machined aluminum chassis, solid and beautiful” and is comfortable to use. However, limited computer ports, a 720p webcam, and generally mediocre performance overshadowed the look. (source: computer world)

Why this is important to your business:

Definitely a lukewarm review. But that’s just one opinion. Dan Ackerman from CNETFor example, he says the laptop is “thin, powerful for anyone who would envy a MacBook.” My opinion is that I’ve owned XPS laptops for years (I currently have two) and will buy another when the one I’m writing this column for eventually dies. I love the product line and find it reliable and well supported.

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