Top 10 Safe Computing Tips
July 3, 2017

Top 10 Safe Computing Tips

Just when you thought you were finally comfortable with the computer, along comes another thing to learn...security. With more and more people online, it's no surprise that we have to be increasingly careful about what we do and where we go online. Also, we need to understand at least a little about safe computing and avoiding things like spyware. Spyware is one of those unfortunate side effects of computer technology and can have serious cause damage, both online and offline. These programs cause anything from annoying advertisements to appear at random to monitoring your web surfing and keystrokes so others can steal your info. But you don't have to be a computer scientist to combat this growing problem. Some basic safe computing tips will help you avoid spyware and other similar internet nasties.

As scary as the idea of spyware might sound, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. First, there are quite a few things you can do to reduce the risk of a spyware infection or avoid it altogether. And for the most part, all of these things are plain old good computer security practices anyway and apply to issues besides spyware, making this a good list to for all computer users to review. Here are some preventative measures you can take:

1.Keep your software up-to-date
This mainly includes your operating system (Microsoft Windows for most of us) and your web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, etc.). Usually, most of these programs can be set to automatically update themselves or prompt you when an update is available. Go ahead and take a few minutes to do that whenever you're prompted. It can save you hours of headaches in the future if it helps protect your system.

2.Be cautious about which sites you download programs from
There are tons of free programs, movies, games and other software all over the internet. However, some of these programs (like the toolbar example mentioned above) are havens for spyware. All free programs aren't bad, but just like in the real world, be careful about "taking candy from strangers."

3.If you don't know what a program is, don't run it or install it
If you're on a Windows machine and see an unknown file ending in .exe, you probably shouldn't run it until you determine what that program is. To find out what a program might be, try going to Google and doing a search for that file name. It will only take a minute and could save you from a huge hassle later on.

4.If you're getting bombarded with pop-up ads, don't click on any of them. If you do click on them, you may inadvertently load a spyware program on your computer. This includes links that say something like "Click Here to Close." Use the little orange "X" in the corner of the window instead, and that will close the window without you needing to click on anything in the advertisement.

5.Don't click on any links that are in email SPAM
It doesn't matter what the offer is if you're getting emails and you don't know the sender or didn't subscribe to that site's newsletter, etc. then you should avoid the ads and delete the email. Some of those emails will just lead to more SPAM, and if they're offering software, the software can be riddled with spyware.

6.Another handy device is the wireless mini-mouse
Not Mickey's girlfriend, we're talking about a mouse that is a little smaller than the rest. Because it is wireless, it will fit into your bag a lot easier, and you will enjoy being able to point and click with a lot more ease. These also plug and play which means that you can just simply plug in the USB receiver, and off you go!

7.Keeping your laptop cool is a priority
If you think of it as not being a convenience, consider how inconvenient it would be if your laptop overheated, burned a hole in your best comforter and lost the pictures from the family reunion! A way to keep your laptop cool is needed. There are a couple of items on the market right now that will help. Fundamentally these are solid trays, much like a breakfast tray, with a built in fan. If you do a lot of work in bed, these are perfect.

8.Also consider a can of air as a possibility to keep your laptop nice and cool
Blowing out the fan and the keyboard periodically will help keep dust build up down. This is pretty significant. While not exactly a laptop accessory tip, here's a tip for you anyway" have your laptop cleaned up and serviced by a professional every so often.

9.Transporting your laptop is a major ordeal.
A hard laptop case is preferred to protect your screen and your laptop's guts. Unfortunately, it screams out that you own a laptop. Some people do not like that. There are backpack laptop cases that work well. At the very least though, make sure that they have some padding on the inside. As weird as it sounds, it's easy to forget there is a laptop in there, so making sure you have as much protection as possible is a good idea.

10.Remember when shopping for your laptop accessories to stick with what you will use often.
We all have our different needs, so some online comparative shopping on the various accessories will help you find what you need and make a little price comparison. Keep your laptop safe and humming right along and it will always be nice back. In some ways, it's like a faithful puppy, only without the taking it for a walk thing.

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Why you need Identity Access Management
June 29, 2017

Why you need Identity Access Management

A growing number of details have gotten computerized in right now?s earth, such as how individuals deliver and authenticate identification. Identity access management software, access provisioning, and identity and access governance all assistance to control and manage how folks are acknowledged across unique pc techniques. Access provisioning and identity and access governance also identify how much facts that users have entry to.

The technologically enabled business world finds the digital entities playing an important role on how users interact to a networked environment. With increasing threats to the networks from inside and outside, the organization needs to manage the users efficiently while providing them access to the networked resources. To curb the presence of various threats affecting the corporate networks and their crucial data the IT experts have worked out solutions to provide a continuous access to the users.

Globalization and spread of the business across wide geographical regions through mergers and acquisitions have only made identity and access management solutions more complex. As enterprises do not store and use identity information in one place but in multiple directories under different departments and countries has further increased the complexity of security issues and the need for data protection solutions.

Identity management has been defined as the process for managing the entire lifecycle of people, systems and services with the help of emerging technologies to control access to company resources. Access management on the other hand relates to the process of regulating access to information through policy-based regulations and restrictions. Together, the combination of processes, technologies, and policies enabled by software to manage user identities throughout their life cycle is termed as Identity and Access Management solution.

However, today's business growth with e-commerce and web presence has paved the way for identity and access management has to emerge as a vital aspect realizing benefits such as cost savings, management control, operational efficiency. Enterprises need to work out solutions to provide access to the application available in the system both through the in-house systems as well as modern day mobile devices. With most of the enterprises opting for anywhere anytime access to the corporate networks to ensure business continuity the enterprises also need to ensure mobile security.

The identity and access management components are further classified under separate categories such as

authentication
authorization,
user management and
central user repository (Enterprise Directory).

This helps to work on the goal of providing right people right access to the resources. However, for the IAM framework which consists of people, processes and products to function flawlessly enterprises should ensure genuineness of data without compromising on the security of the business critical information.

In today's technologically heterogeneous environment, Identity access management is the security discipline that addresses the mission-critical need to ensure access to resources across and to meet the compliance requirements.

This security undertaking for any enterprise is business-aligned, and
requires business skills, besides technical expertise. Gartner like the leading service providers recommends IT leaders take a four-phase approach which includes Strategy and Design, Control Integration and Sustenance and Optimization for an end-to-end services for Identity and Access Management practices that can support secure business processes.

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Threats and Vulnerabilities in Network Security
June 29, 2017

Threats and Vulnerabilities in Network Security

Given the accelerated pace of growth in technology and the fact that our everyday life is almost entirely connected to the Internet, Network Security is becoming a critical player in protecting our intellectual and civil rights against the threats and the vulnerabilities of networks.


To develop a better understanding of threats and vulnerabilities in network security, first, we need to understand what these terms stand for.

In Network Security, a vulnerability is a certain weakness or flaw that may or may not be exploited, but nevertheless, they provide a way to the attacker to gain access to our hidden information.


A vulnerability is actually the intersection of three things: first, there has to be a system flaw, one that will play the role of the door in the attack. Then this flaw has to be accessible to the attacker, otherwise, it won't be of much use to the attacker. the last thing is how capable the attacker is to exploit this vulnerability.

Subsequently, a threat is everything we try to protect ourselves against for fear of an attack. It is the tool that has the ability to exploit the vulnerability and cause damage to our system or security like worms, viruses and trojans.

To better understand these two concepts, let's use the recent WannaCry or Petya attacks as an example, they are both very similar anyway. The vulnerability there existed in the SMB protocol which is a file sharing protocol that's very commonly used especially to share files from a server to smaller computers within an organisation. The threat, however, was the ransomware, WannaCry or Petya, that spread mostly via emails and started self-replication and searching for new victims.

Now that we understand what vulnerabilities and threats are, let's us learn more about what are the most common vulnerabilities and threats across the network and how can we protect ourselves against them.



1. USB Drives:

These innocent-looking little devices have the potential of spreading threats like a plague. While they might not seem like it, they are actually the fastest way for a threat to spread across a network. By default, Windows allows most programs to run automatically, giving the malicious ones an authority they can abuse.

How to avoid that: There are actually two key things to do here. the first is to change the Window's default autorun policies to deprive threats of their power. And the second thing is to scan the USB driver first against all sorts of threats before opening it and browsing through its content.


2. Weak passwords or bad storage:

Even though passwords shouldn't be really on our list of vulnerabilities, they way most of us deal with their passwords and critical information drastically changes this fact. If your password isn't good enough or you're storing it as it is, chances are they'll be the easiest prey for any attacker.

How to avoid that: To avoid bad storage, you should rather encrypt your data and information before storing them, sure you don't have to use a strong hashing function like SHA-1, but anything well secured will be fined. Also, you should try making your password well past 10 characters, this way it will be hard to crack using either dictionaries or brute-force techniques. Including foreign words and symbols at random places helps a lot, and if memorising such hard passwords is a bothersome task, you can use a password manager for the mission.



3.Missing Patches and Updates:

Missing patches and security updates often make your device more vulnerable to attacks, as the vulnerabilities existing in a system may be invisible to the naked eye, and they get updated as soon as the get discovered. The SMB protocol vulnerability, for example, existed in windows every since the Windows XP version, it's been there ever since and it disappeared somewhere around windows 10. Nonetheless, Microsoft was forced to release security updates for the older versions of Windows, and the ransomware kept sniffing out for unpatched devices to propagate.

How to avoid that: This can be simply avoided by following the healthy practice of keeping your device updated with the latest security updates available. It's certain that installing every single patch out there is a little bit of paranoia, but keeping up with security updates is a wise thing to do.



4.Wireless Access Points:

Wireless access points are commonly known to be a gate that could be exploited if not correctly configured. Wireless AP attacks have been known for some time, and there is a type of attackers who specialise in this attack, driving a van around the city to get into the parameter of an AP then searching for a vulnerability to exploit and causing damage. TJ stores paid direly for one these attacks, as it causes an estimated loss of $500 million dollars, so don't underestimate its power. 


How to avoid: Always keep your wireless AP correctly configured and be sure to follow the same procedures of keeping your passwords when it comes to your wireless connection's password. There are many tutorials online on how to properly configure a wireless connection so make sure to be well versed on the subject.

In the end, there are many other types of vulnerabilities and threats that may be specialised based on what you do on the network, but you can always reach the knowledge you need if you search well. Never underestimate the possible risks of not taking the proper measures or course of action regarding your personal network security. Always look at the bigger picture of things, because there are things that prefer to stay hidden. Be safe.

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Mobile Device Security
June 28, 2017

Mobile Device Security

The need for mobile application testing has become extremely important following expansion of the telecom sector. New mobiles are launched daily with multiple operating systems, software applications and hardware specifications. There are many third party applications that are compatible with the advanced mobile versions. All these call for mobile application testing. In this article, we shall develop some ideas about mobile application testing:



Understanding Mobile Application Testing:

The first prerequisite is thorough understanding of the applications put for testing. You need to check whether it is developed by a third party or in house. In case of in house software, testing is generally performed simultaneously. In case of third party application, it involves complete review of functions, structure, update frequency, stress, security, support options necessary etc. Mobile application testing examines the devise for all features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, games and others. The security perspective, accessibility and performance must be understood clearly and authenticated. The focus should be on the type of platforms the applications are meant for and the high risk areas involved as well as the targeted audiences.


Different Types of Mobile Application Security Testing:

Functional Testing: The functionality of the software and integration with OS platforms, devise and technology is preformed in this case. The testers look into the intended functional results, compatibility issues and ability to ensure users enjoy a fulfilling experience.

Usability Testing: Usability testing is performed from the perspective of the customers and in this case the testers see if it is easy to understand this application. They also ensure individuals enjoy a good understanding and experience something different from the rest in the market. The usability testing also ensures the OS requirements are met.

Performance Testing: This helps in identifying problems related to speed, stress, display, network, graphical interface, power utilization and so on. The improvements are marked and limitations delineated.

Mobile Security Testing: Firewall problems and all penetrations are sorted out to ensure no one gets access to the information on the devise while you are using any particular application.

Crash Free Testing: Stability of the application and the ability to load is tested in this phase of testing. The testers also examine impacts on other applications that might lead to a poor user experience.

Peer Testing: Mobile application tests are performed in real time environments and the companions are challenged to find the drawbacks.



Two Key Challenges to Mobile Application Testing:


1. Diversity of Platforms: Varieties in shapes, hardware, sizes, and operating systems calls for sufficient knowledge in the field of mobile application testing.

2. Rapid Changes in Technology: The fast changing technology poses a challenge for the application testing experts. The older technologies get obsolete completely and new platforms are introduced by competing manufacturers. The testers are required to upgrade their knowledge and skills with the changing times.

These are the different types of mobile application testing, of which mobile security testing constitutes a very important part. Vulnerabilities, design flaws, protocol failures in any component of mobile applications, mobile devices and mobile infra components can directly affect the security. This calls for collaboration with the best of the breed information risk management solution providers to help organizations deploy secure mobile applications on different platforms and environments. Here is a look at the mobile security services provided by the best of the breed solution provider.

Mobile Application Security
Test for vulnerabilities in mobile application by mobile application's penetration testing (black/gray box), secure code review, reverse engineering and API's security testing. They also help to remediate the vulnerabilities.

Mobile Application Store Security
Security assessment for Internal Apps, External Apps, Open APIs (used to interface with external and internal apps in App Store), secure code review, malicious patterns verifications, device OS and dependent Telco's components security assessment.

Mobile Payment & Banking Security
Security assessment of Mobile Payment & Banking applications, secure code review, reverse engineering, payment gateways and application API/interfaces' security assessment.

USSD/DSTK Application Security
Security assessment for USSD/DSTK Applications, USSD Gateways, USSD Application Server Frameworks, secure code review, USSD log analysis, USSD based payment application's PCI-DSS and payment forum's compliance pre-audit.

Enterprise Mobile Data Management Services
They help clients for enterprise data fragmentation, Access Control for critical business data, access control for business applications usage, Mobile Content Management, Data storage encryption and authentication for fragmentized data.

Mobile Device Security
In this service, they perform Mobile Device's security configuration review (Secure access control, anti-virus, browser and Applications security and security manager's customized security settings); prepare customized device security policies and user awareness programs; security assessment of Mobile Platform and OS (Android, iOS, Symbian, Blackberry, J2ME and BADA).

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Protecting Data
June 28, 2017

Protecting Data

A corporation is built on more than hard work alone. The company has files, millions of them, that keep their websites running and their information secure. These files include data from investors, daily sales and profits and personal information about the clients and customers serviced by the company. When a company's business weighs heavily on data and the storage of that data, data protection can mean the difference between business as usual and the loss of corporate information.


There are two major styles of data backup. The hard drive backup and the virtual back up. The data protection solutions that are housed in a hard drive are a bit less secure than the virtual server due to the possibility of hard drive failure. Hard drive data protection is often housed within the walls of the company reducing the security even more.


The virtual data protection solutions are the most popular and the most effective. The information and data are stored on a virtual server, safe from the possibility of data loss. Virtual data protection is the safest data protection plan available to the corporation.
Data protection solutions are available for companies who have personal information that cannot be viewed by people outside of the company. This data protection provides encrypted storage either virtually or via a hard data protection to keep those safe documents safe.


Data protection does not stop at storing just business data. Data protection is also available for the corporation who needs to backup their files in case of an immediate emergency. Years of work can disappear in a second thanks to computer failure, storm damage or a hacking crime. With data protection, all files are backed up in a safe and secure location.


Most often, these data protection solutions back up data in more than one spot for added protection. The idea is to offer the most secure solution for the corporation. The data will be kept safe in a variety of locations far from the source of the data in order to prevent the possibly of wide scale loss.


When choosing a data protection solutions, the corporation will need to ensure the information being stored is held on a virtual or hard server with enough space for the growing amount of data collected. When data needs to be moved from one space to another due to a lack of needed room, data loss can occur. Securing enough space for future data and files means keeping that corporation even more safe.


Data protection and data backup can be a great way for any company to take a bit of that stress off their shoulders. There is an added sense of comfort when a corporation does not have to worry about daily, weekly or monthly data backups or protection thanks to the data protection solutions available today. Keeping businesses safe and running is the idea behind protecting data. Whether the company chooses hard drive data protection or virtual data protection, the solutions available for corporations today are essential to the life of the business.

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The innovation of Diversity in Cybersecurity
June 27, 2017

The innovation of Diversity in Cybersecurity

Computers have become indispensable elements of our lives at home and workplace the same. Dependence on these elements has been increasing day-by-day. But, among all this, the security of information shared or saved over the Internet has become a major safety concern. Cyber security is at the forefront of all the threats that organizations face today. Cyber crime has, in the recent past, grown with several incidences being reported from time to time. As more and more businesses are getting dependent on the internet, the number of threats that they pose is also increasing fast.

Cyber security is the defending of computers and their servers, mobile devices, electronic systems and the data from these malicious attacks. It is also known as information technology security or electronic information security. The term is expansive going and applies to everything from PC security to debacle recuperation and end-client training. Whether your firm is big or small, focusing on preventing a noble but losing proposition in a multi-perimeter world. Boundaries are porous, and there is a risk of theft, leading to a zero-trust environment. To keep all your data and information protected, hiring cyber security services will be your best bet. These services help businesses by detecting and remediating breaches faster. With their foolproof security penetration testing and other related techniques, these IT professionals are adept at finding a needle in haystack.

The dependence on these elements has been increasing day-by-day, be it for family unit clients, in mission basic space control, control matrix administration, therapeutic applications, or for corporate fund frameworks. But, among all this, the security of information shared or saved over the Internet has become a major safety concern. Cyber security is at the forefront of all the threats that organizations face today. Cyber crime has, in the recent past, grown with several incidences being reported from time to time. As more and more businesses are getting dependent on the internet, the number of threats that they pose is also increasing fast.

Imagine a scenario where your employee was sending product plans to market rivals . What would you do in such a situation? Searching for a breach is not an easy task. Saving your organization from insider threats is more important than external attacks as company information is more easily available to insiders. With quality cyber security services, identify and mitigate the inside threats and do a lot more to avoid these situations from surfacing.

Cyber security services can offer a great deal more than vulnerability assessments, offering highly specialized consultancy services to develop a plan for overhauling an organization's information security. This kind of service is fully tailored to the client needs and does not rely on off-the-shelf methods and documents. They take into account client organization's attitude to risk and business priorities. It can include not only computer security but also education and awareness measures to raise the profile of security among employees and partners. Cyber security services are both uncommon and highly sought after because of their ability to make a real difference to the cyber security of any organization that employs them.

Data backup is something that you should never trifle with. Not just you should back them up, you additionally should oversee them adequately. For instance, on the off chance that you are relying upon distributed storage for data, at that point, you are relying upon a remote area to store your information. This implies somebody can access your information effortlessly. Along these lines, it is vital that you scramble and secret key secure your archives before putting away them on a remote server.

Cyber security services can offer you a great deal more than vulnerability assessments, offering highly specialized consultancy services to develop a plan for overhauling an organization's information security. This kind of service is fully tailored to the client needs and does not rely on off-the-shelf methods and documents. They take into account client organization's attitude to risk and business priorities. It can include not only computer security but also education and awareness measures to raise the profile of security among employees and partners. Cyber security services are both uncommon and highly sought after because of their ability to make a real difference to the cyber security of any organization that employs them.

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How changing technology affects security
June 27, 2017

How changing technology affects security

The changing of technology is well in progress in the security business. Truth be told, the security business has been one of the steady pioneers in the mechanical evolving. The present is the world where numerous new alternatives are accessible, and the future holds considerably more guarantee.


The present frameworks have numerous basic, however significant, changes that make home security advantageous. Numerous security frameworks would now be able to be turned on and off with a key coxcomb; a similar way a great many people arm their auto alert. At the point when a security framework is appended to home lighting, this implies the property holder can go into a sufficiently bright house rather than a dim home where getting one's direction pauses for a minute or two.


Reconciliation with telecom and Internet innovation has made security frameworks more adaptable and capable than any time in recent memory they were. Previously, an alert had a viable range that harmonized with the volume of the caution framework's notice gadget. Today, a caution brings a fast reaction from the checking focus, calls to the mortgage holder and police and multi-faceted cautions given by the alert itself. The greater part of the electronically determined parts of this reaction occur at truly light-speed, which implies that no thief is sufficiently quick to escape.


Cell phones have been coordinated into a large portion of these frameworks, too. As individuals move increasingly far from landlines, caution organizations have reacted by making their frameworks versatile amicable as well as by including highlights that are conceivable in view of the portable innovation itself. Neglected to arm your caution in transit out? Arm it from anyplace on the planet with your cell phone. This sort of adaptability is important to the individuals who do a lot of travel. Obviously, a cell phone implies the caution administration can get in touch with you wherever you happen to be should they end up needing your help.Personal alarm devices are incredibly liberating for those with debilitating conditions. A fall out of a wheelchair or down stairs can leave some people incapacitated and unable to reach a phone. Security devices that allow them to signal for help with a device kept on their person is a great source of peace of mind. Many alarm systems allow the residents to speak with the monitoring center directly through the alarm itself, which means getting to a phone is not necessary and that a helpful voice can be found anywhere in the home.

However, these technological changes convey huge difficulties in security, as electronic data is liable to misfortune or adjustment to a far more prominent degree than paper records. HIPAA law, as the Security Rule, addresses some of these issues, in the help of the objective of protection and unwavering quality of electronic wellbeing data. The Privacy and Security Rules of HIPAA add up to right around 1000 pages, and keeping in mind that the legitimate, managerial and specialized assurance subjects are not entangled, unraveling them and actualizing activity arranges requires HIPAA legal counselors to work pair with HIPAA counseling substances to plan strategies and methods which will give the imperative level of security.

This is no little test during a time where s two-inch USB or "thumb" drive can hold a huge number of pages of restorative data and can slip from one's pocket as effortlessly as the switch which frequently turns up on the sofa pads. Additionally, in a universe of long range interpersonal communication, it is normal for people to do things they wouldn't typically do in an expert setting overlooking that electronic mediums like the web make data (delicate or something else) vast. When it goes out, it can go anyplace. Facebook, MySpace, and even content informing are extremely imperative contemplations on new controls and Privacy issues.


The HIPAA Security Rule addresses these stresses in requiring that Protected Health Information is encoded amid capacity and also amid transmission, as per the standards set up in a Guidance distributed by the Department of wellbeing and human administrations amid. DHHS has been commanded, by the corrections to medical coverage transportability and responsibility act in the HITECH Act, to make intermittent "spot reviews" of healing centers concerning protection and security. A healing center should acquire its HIPAA legal counselors in the office taking a shot at security defends path before this sort of an evaluation happens.

Add to all this the fact that many security systems incorporate both wired and wireless parts, and you have a situation where the technology is not only vastly improved over past models, but one in which installation is easier than ever. Professional alarm installers are now able to work with the designs of even the most unusual houses, with far fewer modifications to the structure than used to be required. Wireless means that sensors can be placed throughout the house, easily guarding every window and door without having to run a wire to each separate location.

Here's a short video about how does digital technological affect privacy and security.

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Cloud computing
June 27, 2017

Cloud computing

In the case you have proven to be not technologically knowledgeable, then cloud computing will possibly make you feeling confused not to mention despairing. The phrase has been slightly unclear, additionally anytime something is known to as a cloud, as a rule, it can be mainly because no one figures out the best way to effectively define it. If you are browsing for an easy to understand the description, take a deep breath and take it easy. Presently there are several people to assist you in grasping the term; you merely will need to perform your exploration and glance at a handful of various resources for the best descriptive information.


Cloud computing is simply defined as the next stage in the evolution of the Web. Shared resources are offered to computers, for example, applications, calculating infrastructure, business processes, and processing power. These kinds of resources are presented as a service on demand, anytime you require them.


Attempting to explain cloud computing is certainly troublesome, and it starts off with defining cloud. With a cloud, almost all the hardware, storage space and also services can come with each other to provide the computing service. A cloud gathers pretty much all this kind of software, storage plus a lot more across the Web (as a stand alone or sometimes consolidated on a platform) relying upon the demand from the customer.
In reality, cloud computing includes four different elements: the capacity to scale up or down due to its flexibility, automated provisioning or self-service provisioning, pay as you go style together with billing as well as metering, and APIs or application programming interfaces. All of this pooled mobility help to make it an appealing option to small along with large companies as well.


A large number of people can use and thus profit via cloud computing. Regardless if you are the end consumer that grasps little or nothing of the technology, the actual operators within the organizations that manage the info and service level or perhaps the service provider who does all the upkeep and IT, cloud computing is without a doubt used by lots of individuals.


To use cloud computing technologies, you don't necessarily need to find out everything regarding it. More often than not, individuals working with cloud computing never even know they're doing it, and may even not care less how the technology came into existence or even how it works.


At times cloud computing is puzzling, particularly when you find out how there are different kinds. Other than public and exclusive clouds, but you can get hybrid clouds. Hybrid clouds are usually a combination of both private and public, plus there can be varieties regarding all of them.


Regardless if you are a large or small company, it's possible to take advantage of cloud computing technology. Some bigger corporations including Amazon in addition to Google have got the majority of their own IT resources in the cloud. Despite your size, it can save you on cost, ability, space and also time. If cloud computing is a little too challenging for you to figure out, do your homework or maybe rely on someone else to be of assistance. You with thankful you did.

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Effective security practices
June 27, 2017

Effective security practices

Personal safety and security is something that many people do not pay much attention to on a daily basis. However, statistics reveal that individuals who hardly give importance to their surroundings and refrain from thinking about safety and security are more likely to become victims of crime than those who do. Keeping that in mind, one must regularly research safety and security tips to shield themselves as well as their families from any life threatening event. One should make it a point to address more attention to personal security since a person's life is at stake in a violent confrontation.


There are quite a lot of safety and security tips a person can read on the internet, newspaper, blogs, magazines, and practice them appropriately at home as well as at work. Individuals get to read about how essential it is when a person is alone at home that all locks on doors and windows be engaged. It is wise not to leave any area of a home open since it will surely attract criminals. To avoid such a situation it is best to install a home security system that will detect any unusual happenings taking place. Most of these systems can be accessed via the web from anywhere and at any time now.
Work security and safety is very essential for employers as well as employees. Useful safety and security tips are sometimes ignored by businesses which may lead to various unfortunate accidents. There are two types of safety concerns that need to be addressed in an incident debriefing when mishaps take place at work. The first is, "Could we have prevented this from happening?", and second, "Did we have a system in place that failed?"


Corporations need to train their respective departments accordingly; ensuring employees are working towards meeting their safety agendas appropriately. These organizations need to enlighten their supervisors to have customary work area safety inspections and evacuation drills. Some workplaces often deal train for hazardous materials that can be fatal for anyone coming across them but do little to address workplace violence or natural disaster preparedness. Staff meetings should touch upon these concerns on a regular basis. Every employee in a company should be trained properly in handling them to avoid accidents. Safety and security tips are it personal life or workplace must be taken and followed seriously!


What you should take note of is that in everything you do, you could be opening up an opportunity for trespassers. Several people step outside their house and leave their doors and windows unsecured for instance, seeing that they would only be gone for a small amount of time. The problem is, these few minutes can be a lot of time for intruders to go into the house undetected. This is even more crucial if you are within the house. Locking doors and windows become a lot more important in this case because the danger becomes bigger when you have family members within


You must also inspect your entire territory and check if you have unlit areas that could conceal possible intruders. Keep your property bright, and if you would be going out and would not be going home until nighttime, leave a few lights on so that you can be certain that the house will not be in complete darkness when you get home. Better yet, you can install automatic light timers so that you do not have to be concerned about coming back to a house that's in total darkness. You could also set up motion sensing exterior lights, to warn you if someone is lurking throughout the house at night.


If you have security alarms installed, always keep them armed so that your home would be secure regardless of the time of day. You could also attempt to display your alarm window decals, as this is an efficient means of telling intruders that you have a security system in place, and it would be difficult for them to break in without getting caught successfully. With an efficient alarm system installed and the know-how that you need to keep your family safe, home security can be a lot easier than it looks.

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Securing network devices
June 27, 2017

Securing network devices

Do you know if your home network was setup correctly? Is your data safe? Do your network devices have the necessary security? This is some security questions that you need to ask when you have your network at home. Wired and wireless network connection is using different types of network security. If you do your banking online, purchase online, connect with friends, it is critical for you to review your network make sure that all possible security holes are fixed. Just think of this, a hacker that exploits the security vulnerability of your network can be on standby right now to steal some valuable information from your computer.

You can say that your network is setup correctly if you have the basic devices to make up a network and has security features at the same time.

Modem - Provided by your internet service provider (ISP) that is the source of your internet connection. Depending upon what device model you have, it normally comes with security for additional protection.


Router - Can have both wired and wireless capability, shares that internet connection. Some firewall serves as what they call a hardware firewall and software firewall.

Wireless Security - The basic wireless security options to choose from is WEP, WPA and MAC address filtering.


Network security gives you two kinds of protection. First, protection against malicious software, like virus and spyware and protection against hackers or people that can steal some sensitive information from your computer. Your network security is only as secure as the unsecured computer in the network. Meaning if you have three computers and one does not have the necessary security, the whole network will still be vulnerable from hack attacks. The worm is a malicious code or software that spreads from one computer to another using the network highway.

Operating system link Microsoft Windows 7 offers some more protection like windows firewall and windows defender. This is the basic securities that you need to consider when doing your network security review. With this protection securely on all the time, you will have peace of mind doing your banking and purchasing online because you know that you are fully protected. Besides this, you should also be familiar on how to avoid manual virus and spyware removal on your computer. 

So there is reason that wireless network security is so important. And there are two key areas where security is important:


Broadband Security - All Internet connections are vulnerable to some hacker attack. It does not matter whether your connection is an always-on broadband connection or dial-up. To protect your network from attack, you should turn on any available 'firewall' that is provided in your access point or router. A firewall is a term that is used on any device, hardware or software, that creates a barrier to access, from outside or from inside, on your network. There are highly sophisticated firewalls available but just by using the basic NAT router firewall can be effective.

Broadcast Security - As stated previously, you are broadcasting to the world your network's existence. You can physically lock your doors and windows of your home providing your home with a 'physical' security. Buy you cannot do this with transmitted wireless signals that penetrate the exterior of your home. Therefore, you have to provide air-link security, and this is called Wi-Fi protected access (WPA). There are several different modes of WPA available, and I have another article that discusses the differences and vulnerability of each.

There are two sayings about wireless network security. The first is that there is no such thing as an entirely secure network security system that is 100% safe, secure and foolproof. The second saying is that the best security system ever devised is worthless if it is not turned on.

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