Protect Your Network

How midsized firms can shore up holes in their computer networks

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In March, Hannaford Bros., a Scarborough, Mass.-based supermarket chain, announced someone had hacked into its computer system and exposed 4.2 million debit and credit card numbers, resulting in more than 1,800 fraud cases. Affecting customers in five different states, the data breach underscores–via a very public example–the need for robust network security for all companies regardless of size.

Michelle Drolet, CEO at Towerwall Inc., a Framingham, Mass.-based provider of advanced information security solutions, attributed the problem at Hannaford to malware, a program or file designed to specifically damage or disrupt a system. “The hackers were able to use computer code to infiltrate the system and capture the sensitive data,” Drolet says.

Hannaford isn’t alone in its plight. According to Scott & Scott, L.L.P., a Dallas-based law and technology services firm, 85% of businesses have experienced a data security breach, and of those, fewer than 43 percent had an incident response plan in place. The results can be devastating: Seventy-four percent reported a loss of customers, 59% faced potential litigation, 33% faced potential fines, and 32% experienced a decline in share value.

Midsized firms are particularly vulnerable to network security breaches, Drolet says, because most don’t have security personnel or engineers on staff to serve as a “second set of eyes” for their networks. Without that layer of in-house security, Drolet says, companies can quickly become victims of criminals who are looking to corrupt, steal, and share critical information stored on networks.

Take passwords, for example. According to Bill Carey, vice president of marketing at Siber Systems Inc., the developer of password and identity management software RoboForm, every new password that is issued can effectively decrease the level of network security for a company. And when employees start writing them down, the security becomes even more lax.

“It can turn into a conundrum pretty quickly,” Carey says. Add in the fact that many companies offer remote access for employees, trading partners, and other entities, and the situation becomes even more complicated. “It’s an issue that companies of all sizes are dealing with as they strive to make information more accessible to employees.”

To avoid such calamities, Drolet says companies should use a system of “evaluating, establishing, educating, and enforcing,” beginning with an internal look at exactly what you want to protect.” For example, is it intellectual property related to human resources or engineering applications? Is it sensitive customer data or employee information?

Once you have decided what you want to protect, look at those areas carefully to find out how they can be compromised, Drolet says. A company that has a high number of trusted relationships with other firms that tap into its data are advised to look carefully at patches, firewalls, and anti-virus technology located at those shared gateways.

“Poke holes at the critical areas to see just how someone can break in,” Drolet explains. She adds that once those holes have been identified, the next step is to create a remediation plan to protect those

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  • http://databreach.wordpress.com/ jack parler

    Nice post. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  • walstonja

    A lot of meat very informative!

  • Mr. Chike

    Thanks for the information Mel! Wasn’t aware Dell had as many Small Business support systems as they have, definitely worth looking into now! 

  • Cherry

    Good information! Didn’t know Dell does all of this.

  • Nlewis1

    Great information about Dell!

  • The Security Lady

    How can I integrate Dell products with my MAC server et al?

    • That Hunt Girl

      Just what I was thinking!

    • Brandi E.

       I don’t we can. They are pushing DELL because of the partnertship they with this program. MAC has their own IT department or you could even go to the Apple store for any issues.

      • Brandi E.

         I don’t think we can is what that should have said!

  • Lateashasmith

    This is some really great information

  • Jerome Espy

    Good information. I love the idea of utilizing cloud-based software solutions. It helps minimize data loss issues.

  • Bcrauls

    Thanks for educating us on your company’s products.

  • http://twitter.com/msceofx Melissa Turner

    Good information.  Nice to have some direction on new technology to help my business grow!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Burks/1459308198 Heidi Burks

    dell is great for small business

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L4DMC43NUOJUM6CZ2ZSFXORNBI David

    Good info on Dell products

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ransford-U-Mollison/1271383346 Ransford U Mollison

    Nice piece. Thank you.

    I agree it is important for us to do our homework and know what we are buying and how our software complements our hardware. I see the value in looking to our industry tto get an idea to what we need when it comes to technology.

  • Ezola Briscoe

    This was some great information.

  • Jorge

    Great info. This program is amazing. Thanks DELL for your support.

  • Jorge

    30′ since I saw Mr. Parker class and not points either not badge, something is wrong but I don’t see a way to connect with the remote assistance, emails to smuinfo@blackenterprise.com always are rejected. Is this happening to somebody else. How you solve it? Thanks.

    • Lucubrate75

      The answer to the points problem may be in the rules, which I believe have change in order to deny that there is a problem with the points system, it states as follow: COMPLETION OF A TASK DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE ENTRANT HAS BEEN OR WILL BE AWARDED THE POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT TASK. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO REJECT, DISQUALIFY AND OR REMOVE ANY ENTRANT AND/OR THE POINTS (OVER 5,000 OF MY POINTS HAS BEEN REMOVED) ASSOCIATED WITH ANY TASK FOR ANY ENTRANT THAT VIOLATES THESE OFFICIAL RULES WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATION OR WARNING SO THAT EXPLAINS IT IN A NUT SHELL THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING POINTS OR HAD POINTS TAKEN AWAY MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE RULES HOW? YOU WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU SO YOU CAN JUST STOP CRYING AND WORRYING ABOUT IT, JUST DEAL WITH IT AN MOVE ON. I READ THE RULES CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW I VIOLATED THEM, I KNOW I’M A BIT OF A REBEL AT TIMES, SO I QUESS I HAVE BEEN EXPEL THAT IS WHY THEY REMOVED MY POINTS LOL I HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY ONE THING FOR SURE THEY ARE GOING TO REMEMBER MY NAME http://lucubrate.co

  • Jorge

    this is what I get when I tried to get some assistance Sorry, we were unable to deliver your message to the following address.

    :
    Mail server for “blackenterprise.com” unreachable for too long

    thanks

  • Favort2

    Thanks !!! Very useful information.

  • http://www.blacklegendseries.com/ Merletta J. Martin

    Thanks you

  • http://www.blacklegendseries.com/ Merletta J. Martin

    Thanks

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JHSEZ3ZQBAN4WQGUYVT6Z7W644 Love

    Great tips, thanks

  • Patcouncil

    I watched this 4 times and did not get any points.  There have been a few other areas, I did not get points in.  Did this happen to anyone else?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701318451 Anjela Childs

      I haven’t rec’d points on a lot of things since the 1st day of class.  I’ve pretty much given up on the points system lol

    • Fuzzy Spritz

      Yes, this is my 4th time and I sent an email earlier. I haven’t heard anything. In any case, I’m here for the courses so as long as I can hear it that’s fine with me :-) I just hope that it wont prevent me from listening to the other upcoming courses. 

    • Vellejohnson

       Same here! This is my 4th time! I watched around lunch and thought it was the traffic, but just watched and the same so I hope they update it for everyone….

      • Stepfanwilliams

        Same here I have watched this several times as well and not getting points for this and a from my daily post on fb as well

        • Rrenee9

          I haven’t received any points either and this is my 4th time watching the video. Also, I’m only receiving 40 points for logging in instead of the 100 for each login…

          • Lucubrate75

            The answer to the points problem may be in the rules, which I believe have change in order to deny that there is a problem with the points system, it states as follow: COMPLETION OF A TASK DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE ENTRANT HAS BEEN OR WILL BE AWARDED THE POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT TASK. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO REJECT, DISQUALIFY AND OR REMOVE ANY ENTRANT AND/OR THE POINTS (OVER 5,000 OF MY POINTS HAS BEEN REMOVED) ASSOCIATED WITH ANY TASK FOR ANY ENTRANT THAT VIOLATES THESE OFFICIAL RULES WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATION OR WARNING SO THAT EXPLAINS IT IN A NUT SHELL THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING POINTS OR HAD POINTS TAKEN AWAY MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE RULES HOW? YOU WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU SO YOU CAN JUST STOP CRYING AND WORRYING ABOUT IT, JUST DEAL WITH IT AN MOVE ON. I READ THE RULES CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW I VIOLATED THEM, I KNOW I’M A BIT OF A REBEL AT TIMES, SO I QUESS I HAVE BEEN EXPEL THAT IS WHY THEY REMOVED MY POINTS LOL I HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY ONE THING FOR SURE THEY ARE GOING TO REMEMBER MY NAME http://lucubrate.co

      • Cortinai

        yes, this has happen to me as well. Not  getting points for watching video and signing on daily. They really need to fix it. I sent an email and still waiting to here from someone.

    • Mitzi

      Yes, this has happend to me from the beginning.  I have logged in and completed everything that we’ve been told to do but I’m way behind in points.  Hope they get this worked out soon.

      • Katreesa

        I thought I was the only one having these problems. Hopefully it will get fixed. However I am glad to have learned what I have thus far.

    • Ron Davis

      It appears that this is problematic for more than a few of us.  Maybe they did not anticipate the response and the system is overloaded.  Still no excuse from an organization that aims to be a leader in professionalism for minorities..

      • Jorge

        I hope Tech people answer to us if they can recover our points for days signed in and las class in without poins?

        System overload for sure!

        • Lucubrate75

          The answer to the points problem may be in the rules, which I believe have change in order to deny that there is a problem with the points system, it states as follow: COMPLETION OF A TASK DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE ENTRANT HAS BEEN OR WILL BE AWARDED THE POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT TASK. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO REJECT, DISQUALIFY AND OR REMOVE ANY ENTRANT AND/OR THE POINTS (OVER 5,000 OF MY POINTS HAS BEEN REMOVED) ASSOCIATED WITH ANY TASK FOR ANY ENTRANT THAT VIOLATES THESE OFFICIAL RULES WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATION OR WARNING SO THAT EXPLAINS IT IN A NUT SHELL THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING POINTS OR HAD POINTS TAKEN AWAY MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE RULES HOW? YOU WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU SO YOU CAN JUST STOP CRYING AND WORRYING ABOUT IT, JUST DEAL WITH IT AN MOVE ON. I READ THE RULES CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW I VIOLATED THEM, I KNOW I’M A BIT OF A REBEL AT TIMES, SO I QUESS I HAVE BEEN EXPEL THAT IS WHY THEY REMOVED MY POINTS LOL I HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY ONE THING FOR SURE THEY ARE GOING TO REMEMBER MY NAME http://lucubrate.co

    • Bee Fields

      Yes, this continues to happen to me also.

    • Rrenee9

      Yes, same here. I’ve watched this video again for the 5th time and still no points. I’ve also contacted Tech support and they responded with “we’re urgently working on this and hope to have it resolved soon”. It took them several days to come up with that. I am also only receiving 40 points for logging in. I’m in it for the knowledge but it should be fair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701318451 Anjela Childs

    Didn’t get points AGAIN :-/

    Info was good

  • Mrazq1

    I’ve been contemplating getting a cloud. I think it’s time for me to make a move. Great information! Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500905412 Jay ‘Komplikated’ Veal

    Great tips. I love the cloud services.

  • Eric B

    Watched video several times and signed out and did it again and still no points. SMH. Like others on here. This seems to be happening not just with this video but when signing in and other things as well.

  • Cozzett Bradford

    since day one you don’t get the points that you should..but I look at it as
    I’m continually being motivated each day that I log in., However I would like
    my points.

  • Janice

    My points are not recording for this lesson either and I’ve reviewed this at least 4x also.

    • Lucubrate75

      The answer to the points problem may be in the rules, which I believe have change in order to deny that there is a problem with the points system, it states as follow: COMPLETION OF A TASK DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE ENTRANT HAS BEEN OR WILL BE AWARDED THE POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT TASK. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO REJECT, DISQUALIFY AND OR REMOVE ANY ENTRANT AND/OR THE POINTS (OVER 5,000 OF MY POINTS HAS BEEN REMOVED) ASSOCIATED WITH ANY TASK FOR ANY ENTRANT THAT VIOLATES THESE OFFICIAL RULES WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATION OR WARNING SO THAT EXPLAINS IT IN A NUT SHELL THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING POINTS OR HAD POINTS TAKEN AWAY MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE RULES HOW? YOU WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU SO YOU CAN JUST STOP CRYING AND WORRYING ABOUT IT, JUST DEAL WITH IT AN MOVE ON. I READ THE RULES CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW I VIOLATED THEM, I KNOW I’M A BIT OF A REBEL AT TIMES, SO I QUESS I HAVE BEEN EXPEL THAT IS WHY THEY REMOVED MY POINTS LOL I HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY ONE THING FOR SURE THEY ARE GOING TO REMEMBER MY NAME http://lucubrate.co

  • Vettiej

    Yep, the points did not show up for me me as well. W
    as is up with that?

  • Rhonda U.

    Thanks Mr. Mel for the great tips! Just what we needed to keep making things happen!!

  • Jacardo01

    Well, looks like there is a problem with points as I can see in the last comments, I wrote early about it but maybe we don’t have nobody reading this or for sure must be a technical issues , lets wait that anybody from DELL or SBU any statement.

    All the weekend were problems and today we the last class, I hope this answer the comments from: EricB, Patcouncil, Mitzi, Vellejohson,StepfanWilliams,Fuzzy,Anjela,VettieJ,janics and Cozzeta.

  • Jacardo01

    Because : Mail server for for “blackenterprise.com” is unreachable , I wrote a message to Mrs. Lynette in her web page, telling her about  this situation.

    Lets wait maybe today somebody give us an answer!

  • Idris

    Same here too

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Curtis-Payne/1800342177 Curtis Payne

    very interesting and helpful
     

  • TGPNorth

    What is going on with the points?  I’ve contacted Tech Support and have received absolutely NO response.  I’m only getting 40 points for logging in every day (when it says you’re supposed to get 100 points.  And, I’m not getting points for completing these video courses.  Something is askew with this along with the supposed “Leaderboard”.  No way anyone could have gotten all those points already. . . sigh.

    • Ron Davis

      I have had the same problems and tech support told me they would look into it also…but no response.  I dont get response for facebook likes, tweets, etc.  Based on the point scale I easily and missing 1500 points.  Though I am in it for the knowledge it certainly is not fair if a tech issue is causing many of us, as it seems, to not be able to accumulate points towards the prizes.

      • Cortinai

        I agree with u Ron.

      • istudy2

        The knowledge is miniscule, I want my damn points, I don’t like being treated unfair, trying my best not to become angry

        • http://www.webdezinz.com/ lowster11

          you should take your own advice and ”
          JUST STOP CRYING AND WORRYING ABOUT IT”

          • Lucubrate75

            I did which is why I’m finally getting my points. are you? You’re late coming in to this don’t you think?

          • http://www.webdezinz.com/ lowster11

            cool – at least your finally getting something out of this then. I was to the point of asking if I could donate my points to you.

            Well, good luck with the rest of the coarse and just relax, you still have a chance at a prize?

          • Lucubrate75

            OK Thanks, I have bigger fish to fry at missionsmallbusiness.com I need 300 points vote Lucubrate deadline June 30th Good Luck to you too I think I know who will win here anyway.

    • L.Love

      I was wondering the same thing. I wasn’t getting points for logging in, sharring the videos and asking experts questions??? IDK and some of the leaders I was trying to add the points the first week and couldn’t figure out how they were in the lead?

      • istudy2

        THAT’S IT WE ARE WORKING FOR THEM FOR FREE ALL THIS SHARING, TWEETING, POSTING, ADVERTISING FOR THEM FOR FREE. AND WHO WORKS FOR FREE????? VOLUNTEERS AND SLAVES. EVERYONE SHOULD GET THE SAME AMOUNT OF POINTS SINCE THEY CLAIM WINNING IS BASED ON A DRAWING ANYWAY “F” THE POINTS JUST GIVE EVERYONE THE SAME AMOUNT OF POINTS WHO VIEW THE COURSES. SINCE I HAVE ADVERTISE BE UNIVERSITY FOR FREE NOW I’M GOING TO START ADVERTISING MY COMPANY LUCUBRATE FOR FREE PLEASE VISIT MY WEBSITE SIGN MY GUESS BOOK SO I KNOW YOU WERE THERE THANK YOU AND HAVE A BLESS DAY  http://lucubrate.co

    • Brandi E.

       I’m having the same issue. I have watched this video 6 times and I have not gotten the credit.. I’m getting annoyed..

      • Jorge

        we are in the same , I also saw the 2 videos again to do the complete training, nothing!

      • Nettiespillbox

        yes me too, I watched it 4 times on different days and still didn’t get the points.

      • http://twitter.com/Provrbs31Woman A.Putman

        I’m having the same problem with points and this video in particular.  If you make any headway with it, please post the solution. I’ll keep trying and dpost if I get a solution also.

        • Lucubrate75

          The answer to the points problem may be in the rules, which I believe have change in order to deny that there is a problem with the points system, it states as follow: COMPLETION OF A TASK DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE ENTRANT HAS BEEN OR WILL BE AWARDED THE POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT TASK. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO REJECT, DISQUALIFY AND OR REMOVE ANY ENTRANT AND/OR THE POINTS (OVER 5,000 OF MY POINTS HAS BEEN REMOVED) ASSOCIATED WITH ANY TASK FOR ANY ENTRANT THAT VIOLATES THESE OFFICIAL RULES WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATION OR WARNING SO THAT EXPLAINS IT IN A NUT SHELL THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING POINTS OR HAD POINTS TAKEN AWAY MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE RULES HOW? YOU WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU SO YOU CAN JUST STOP CRYING AND WORRYING ABOUT IT, JUST DEAL WITH IT AN MOVE ON. I READ THE RULES CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW I VIOLATED THEM, I KNOW I’M A BIT OF A REBEL AT TIMES, SO I QUESS I HAVE BEEN EXPEL THAT IS WHY THEY REMOVED MY POINTS LOL I HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY ONE THING FOR SURE THEY ARE GOING TO REMEMBER MY NAME http://lucubrate.co

          • http://twitter.com/Provrbs31Woman A.Putman

            Thanks for the reply. I have no idea how i violated any rules or regulations but I will still tune in. The informations is what I wanted in the first place.

          • Moremi Robinson

            I guess I violated the rules in the 1st week… lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1539521942 David Eugene Walls II

      I thought I was the only one, no response from tech support as well.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701318451 Anjela Childs

        I got a reply and they said, “We apologize for this inconvenience. We are urgently looking into this matter and will provide an update.”

        • istudy2

          THAT WAS A COMPUTER GENERATED RESPONSE! WE ALL GOT THE SAME CRAPPY REPLY

        • http://jconsultingllc.net/ Terran Jordan

           I’ve given up on accumulating any points! I’m just gaining the valuable knowledge from the sessions each week.  As for the prizes….God supplies my every need!

          • Shelia

            Exactly Terran. At this late date, I think the contest is over! I wont be receiving any points.However, the inforrmation is priceless.
            I hope the glitch in th system was resolved!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701318451 Anjela Childs

      I’ve been tracking my points.. I’m at 7445 and I’m missing points.  I should be well over 8000.  I haven’t rec’d 100 points yet for logging in, I don’t get points for all my tweets or FB posts and I still haven’t rec’d 350 for watching this video.  The leaderboard points high is definitely accurate.. except they should be higher
      Definitely sigh smh

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701318451 Anjela Childs

        that’s well over 9,000 points.. smh

      • Achante67

        I too am not getting all my points. I am definitely in it for the knowledge but it would nice to know that it was done fairly.

        • istudy2

          Oh Boo Boo all of you guys need to stop crying about it and take action,  Am I the only one who is trying to fight to be treated fair in this contest? What are you whimps afraid of, being expel? lol  Hell I have lost over 5,000 points started this contest on day one so I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore, no telling what I may do next, but I’m going to do something that’s for sure and crying about it is not one of them

      • Lucubrate75

        The answer to the points problem may be in the rules, which I believe have change in order to deny that there is a problem with the points system, it states as follow: COMPLETION OF A TASK DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE ENTRANT HAS BEEN OR WILL BE AWARDED THE POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT TASK. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO REJECT, DISQUALIFY AND OR REMOVE ANY ENTRANT AND/OR THE POINTS (OVER 5,000 OF MY POINTS HAS BEEN REMOVED) ASSOCIATED WITH ANY TASK FOR ANY ENTRANT THAT VIOLATES THESE OFFICIAL RULES WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATION OR WARNING SO THAT EXPLAINS IT IN A NUT SHELL THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING POINTS OR HAD POINTS TAKEN AWAY MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE RULES HOW? YOU WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU SO YOU CAN JUST STOP CRYING AND WORRYING ABOUT IT, JUST DEAL WITH IT AN MOVE ON. I READ THE RULES CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW I VIOLATED THEM, I KNOW I’M A BIT OF A REBEL AT TIMES, SO I QUESS I HAVE BEEN EXPEL THAT IS WHY THEY REMOVED MY POINTS LOL I HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY ONE THING FOR SURE THEY ARE GOING TO REMEMBER MY NAME http://lucubrate.co

    • http://www.facebook.com/holylamb.media.entertainment Antonio Baugh

      right hopefully next year if they have this ..things will be better in points system accounting… but the information is top-notch thankyou

      • Jorge

        I agree with you, but is important to consider that they are talking about technology, and the way their system is working is …. maybe they are using another brand PCs

      • istudy2

        Please spare us the BS teachers pet

    • Cortinai

      right!

    • Oldflim123

      I am in agreement with all of you. I am not recieveing all of my points nor am I hearing from tech support. Plus I have viewed the “Tools to get you to the next level” about 8 times or more now and have not been recognized as doing so.

      • Lucubrate75

        The answer to the points problem may be in the rules, which I believe have change in order to deny that there is a problem with the points system, it states as follow: COMPLETION OF A TASK DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE ENTRANT HAS BEEN OR WILL BE AWARDED THE POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT TASK. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO REJECT, DISQUALIFY AND OR REMOVE ANY ENTRANT AND/OR THE POINTS (OVER 5,000 OF MY POINTS HAS BEEN REMOVED) ASSOCIATED WITH ANY TASK FOR ANY ENTRANT THAT VIOLATES THESE OFFICIAL RULES WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATION OR WARNING SO THAT EXPLAINS IT IN A NUT SHELL THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING POINTS OR HAD POINTS TAKEN AWAY MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE RULES HOW? YOU WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU SO YOU CAN JUST STOP CRYING AND WORRYING ABOUT IT, JUST DEAL WITH IT AN MOVE ON. I READ THE RULES CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW I VIOLATED THEM, I KNOW I’M A BIT OF A REBEL AT TIMES, SO I QUESS I HAVE BEEN EXPEL THAT IS WHY THEY REMOVED MY POINTS LOL I HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY ONE THING FOR SURE THEY ARE GOING TO REMEMBER MY NAME http://lucubrate.co

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z2CEG22N2QJ3E3EIARGUIMRT6E Adrienne

      OMG I am experiencing the same thing. I have watched videos and my point snever change. How is everyone else getting so many points? i am so confused. What is really going on? I thought it was just me.

    • istudy2

      My point exactly, I say we stage a campus protest. LOL

  • Lindsay

    I had not consider Dell as a solution versus being just a product.  Great information.

  • http://www.VeronicaBlakely.com/ Veronica Blakely

    Great info.  I have got to lean how to use ‘Cloud’.  I keep hearing about it and this video was a good reminder.

  • 1robertamar1

    some good advice what is cloud is this  a dell soft ware
     

  • operationajax

    .363

  • http://www.facebook.com/operationajax1 Al Guerrero

      WOW!! All of the courses offered to date have been so informative!! Thanks Black Enterprise & Dell for the opportunity to participate/learn and hopefully profit from this huge bucket of knowledge!

    On another note, I would like to know what we need to do to rectify the point system. I have logged in on several occasions and have only received 45 points vs. 100 as outlined in the “how it works” tab. In addition, I have not received points for sharing/tweeting, clicking on “More Info” for Dell Products under Tools & for sharing videos 3 times per week. As previously mentioned, the info I have absorbed through the classes offered has be phenomenal. However, the point system isn’t working for many of us and as such puts a damper on the “fairness of the system”. As a competitive man [even as a kid] I would have liked to have been given the same opportunity, as others have, in the hopes of winning a prize.

  • MNSair

    All is that no matter what technology you have, you need to be good in your field, otherwise technology itself nothing. Do your home work first, polish your skills and then use technology in a right way.

  • Jonymor

    A good spot for a Dell add… I would recommend Dell for a small business or a start up business because Dell has  the best customer support of any of the big name computer makers.

  • Bscott2u

    great lesson

  • Bscott2u

    Another great lesson

  • Prprtys

    I too did not receive points for watching – Tools to get you to the next level – from software to hardware
    I watched it twice to see if the points would appear.  Strange that the “technology”
    is not working.

  • UfP

    We are definitely getting our technology on! Thanks Mr. Parker for the wonderful tips!!

  • Askmysecretary

    Great information and will implement many of these tips into my business

  • Askmysecretary

    I enjoy the information on this video and will implement much into my own service

  • http://www.heavensdisciples.com/ Rodney Burutsa

    Which Dell laptop has the most powerful sound card for music production, doesn’t overheat, and has a very quiet fan?
    I have an HP notebook which overheats all the time and has an extremely loud fan.

  • Cherry

    I have taken this course about 5 times and havent received my points. I havent received all my points for tweeting, posting, etc.. No word from tech support either.

  • Erica D.

    I’ve watched this video 5 times and still not points, either. #confused

  • http://twitter.com/Eugenewjr2 Eugene Witherspoon

    I like the Dell cloud solution.  Great service, it’s amazing how technology continues to change out world.

  • http://www.universityforparents.org/ Rhonda Ulmer

    Thanks Mr. Parker for the great advice! I was encouraged to do my homework. The latest technology is essential for a successful business. I will be checking out the Dell Cloud Business applications for sure.  

  • Klsamuels29210

    I haven’t received any points as well and have taken courses over thinking its me. I am enjoying the technological information and the Cloud may be an all in one stop to use for a new beginner like myself.

  • UfP

    Mel you hit the nail right on the head with this video. Thanks for the great advice! I’m ready to take my business to the nest level.

  • Lucubrate75

    Happy to know I’m not the only one who is not receiving the earned points. I have also notice that I can not keep my information in my extended profile public, it keeps going to private so no one can log into my website http://lucubrate.co or send me an email. How cool is that? I think we sould all send a  letter to the publisher, emailing the tech support is not working, I lost over 5,000 points I have attended this university from day one, why is it that only certain students allow to get points? I don’t like being treated unfairly, as I stated before I’m a former high school teacher and one thing I know for sure is that you had better give a student a grade for the work they have done, or else all hell would break loose. Those of you who are not concern about getting your points may have never attended school a day in your life, or just not interested in winning any of the prizes.  

  • Angelyne M. Green-Davis

    another informative lesson

  • Kallen

    I have also not received points for this video in particular.

  • Lucubrate75

    The answer to the points problem may be in the rules, which I believe have change in order to deny that there is a problem with the points system, it states as follow: COMPLETION OF A TASK DOES NOT INDICATE THAT THE ENTRANT HAS BEEN OR WILL BE AWARDED THE POINTS ASSOCIATED WITH THAT TASK. SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO REJECT, DISQUALIFY AND OR REMOVE ANY ENTRANT AND/OR THE POINTS (OVER 5,000 OF MY POINTS HAS BEEN REMOVED) ASSOCIATED WITH ANY TASK FOR ANY ENTRANT THAT VIOLATES THESE OFFICIAL RULES WITHOUT ANY NOTIFICATION OR WARNING SO THAT EXPLAINS IT IN A NUT SHELL THOSE OF US WHO ARE NOT RECEIVING POINTS OR HAD POINTS TAKEN AWAY MAY HAVE VIOLATED THE RULES HOW? YOU WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE THEY WILL NOT TELL YOU SO YOU CAN JUST STOP CRYING AND WORRYING ABOUT IT, JUST DEAL WITH IT AN MOVE ON. I READ THE RULES CAN’T FIGURE OUT HOW I VIOLATED THEM, I KNOW I’M A BIT OF A REBEL AT TIMES, SO I QUESS I HAVE BEEN EXPEL THAT IS WHY THEY REMOVED MY POINTS LOL I HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY ONE THING FOR SURE THEY ARE GOING TO REMEMBER MY NAME http://lucubrate.co

  • Lucubrate75

    No Points = Visablity http://lucubrate.co

  • Moremi Robinson

    I wouldn’t mind one of those IPads lol

  • Kallen

    Still have not received my points for this video either.

  • Lucubrate75

    No points=Visablity for my company Thanks http://lucubrate.co

  • Jorge

    watching the video 1 more time, to see if I recover my points.5-28-2012

  • Sandra Butler

    I’m not getting my points even though Im doing my homework…

  • Lucubrate75

    Great I’m finally getting my points, and I’m getting my badges YES, feel kind of bad for putting up a fuss, but the sqeaky wheel gets oil, right?

  • Phoebe

    Good information,

  • Sandra Butler

    Do your homework to find out how to grow your businesss.. 

  • Sandra Butler

    Do your homework and use experts who can show how to grow your business…

  • Sandra Butler

    Boy watched this video about 10times…

  • Daks. J

    Good points

  • Donna

    Very knowledgeable information. Well demonstrated.

  • Zurriane

    Interesting Mel

  • csaunders4

    I definitely believe that if an Entrepreneur does not do their homework their not prepared to start a business. It takes a lot of planning to start a business let alone run one. Thanks for the tips. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=118403411 Tempestt Smith

    I’ve watched this so much, I think I know it line by line but still no points

  • Bobby

    Useful information.

  • http://twitter.com/soyoungco Sonya YYoung&Company

    Great presentation from Dell. Really learn alot about taking my start-up business technology to the next level.

  • http://twitter.com/soyoungco Sonya YYoung&Company

    Great presentation from Dell. Really learn alot about taking my start-up business technology to the next level.

  • Devonne

    Hepful information on getting good software and hardware to fit the type of businesss one has.

  • Michael125

    I like the fact Dell is there to help small businesses. I currently have two dell computers and I’m planning to upgrade them. I will also investigate the Cloud. I have heard alot about this software but dont know anyone who is using it.