Monday, October 16, 2017

Tech Security Black Monday

It's not a good day for IT security. Two vulnerabilities were announced today, one affecting WiFi for almost everyone, and another that affects public key encryption.

Those who know me are aware that I often relate to most conversations about IT security as alarmist, and often find measures taken in Enterprise security to be self-defeating.

But this time, it's different.

This time the scope of these vulnerabilities is so widespread that many are calling this Black Monday.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Robodialer Defense

Sure, you could hide your phone number from view, and refuse all calls except those from numbers on your carefully crafted whitelist. That's one way to keep robo dialers from interrupting your life and work.

But why should you skulk in the shadows, eyes cast downward in defense against callers who might simply be an annoying disruption to your "flow" but who are very likely the shock troops for disreputable or dishonest businesses?

You can read at Gizmodo, or at CBS News about measures you can take. But what irritates me about many of the suggestions is that they constitute an inconvenience for me, or for my callers. I am not satisfied with letting the polluters extort time and effort from me or from my people. (You may have guessed that from my attitudes in my earlier article, Passwords Must Die.)

So let's talk about something you can do that doesn't take much effort (beyond initial setup) and that might provide considerable entertainment. In fact, this might be the most fun you can have with your telephone receiver down.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Top 10 Web Hosts All the Same

I think the word is out! "You can't believe anything you read on the Internet." (By the way, if you haven't heard that, it's true!) And that means this article too. Don't believe it. Don't believe me, don't believe Huffington Post, don't believe RedStatesResurgent.com (band name, I call it!), don't believe Snopes, or Politifact, or even NPR.org.

Consider this the truth. If you're reading this on the Internet, you can't believe it. Don't believe any of them. Don't believe me.

So what can you believe? And what does that have to do with reviews for web hosting companies?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Location Based Services - Roaming Soon Near You

The buzz has been building for years now, and this trend has probably taken strong roots and is ready for an explosive outbreak.

Location-based services are not new. We've had Foursquare long enough that they've had time to pivot and rebrand their service into Swarm. Some observers believed it would be the Next Big Thing after Twitter, but somehow it never fully caught fire. (Although I confess that I'm a dedicated Swarm player and I do appreciate my friends who participate. I get an interesting and unique perspective on their adventures in life.)

Here's what happens next in this world...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Are You Playing Evernote?

If you haven't heard about or tried Evernote, you can probably ask your kids.

This Silicon Valley company made a big splash in schools when many teachers from middle school through high school adopted it as a favorite online study tool for students.

If I just told you what it does, you might not be impressed, or you might wonder what it offers that you don't already have. But when you talk to advocates for this note-taking and organizing tool, you might get the impression that there's a lot going on.

So here's what it's all about...

Monday, March 14, 2016

Be Not Afraid of This Cloud

We've talked here about the Cloud before and it's likely that we'll be talking about it again. Whether you're ready for it or not, no other advance in business computing has had this big an effect since the dawn of the Internet in business.

So if you want to get ahead of the curve, and be ready for a technology that empowers your business, this is a good time to talk about it. We talked earlier about the what the cloud really is. It's most certainly more than just a decision about whether you'll put your business documents on Google Docs, or store your backups on Dropbox servers. Those are just the leaky edges of a trend that will engulf IT strategies for at least a decade.

Here's how to think about the cloud...

Monday, December 21, 2015

About Cloud Storage

What do you know about Cloud Storage? Everyone is talking about it, some people are using it, some aren't sure if they are, and as with any major shift in technology or computing, there's a lot of folklore and wives tales swirling around the concept. So let's talk about it straight.

Straight Talk

The questions on everyone's lips are, "Is it safe to use cloud storage," and "how will this change what I do when I save documents and media files," and "which cloud storage choice is best for me?"

In the first place, when we talk about cloud storage, we're actually talking about a place in some company's data center where your data resides. This is in contrast to your own hard drive in your own safe, secure home computer or home office.

But is it safe? Cloud storage seems to put your data out of your reach, and in someone else's control. How can that be good? On the other hand, just how safe is your data on a hard drive at home? Let's tell the truth about that first.