A “12 step” Program for small business security

If you’re a small to midsized business and you wing it when it comes to network management and security, then it’s not a question of if you will have a disaster, it’s merely a question of when. Why? Because malware, accidents and disasters are all waiting in the wings to pop out and make your life hell and cost you lots of money. Now I won’t lie to you, getting insulated from the bad stuff isn’t cheap, but if you think security and reliability is expensive, try fixing a disaster. Here are 12 steps that will, in the long run, make your business safer. Think you’ve got this covered? How many have you got in place? Continue reading

Major Cloudflare bug leaked sensitive data from customers’ websites

 Major Cloudflare bug leaked sensitive data from customers’ websites

Have you heard? A tiny bug in Cloudflare’s code has led an unknown quantity of data—including passwords, personal information, messages, cookies, and more—to leak all over the internet. If you haven’t heard of the so-called Cloudbleed vulnerability, keep reading. This is a scary big deal.

Let’s start with the good news. Cloudflare, one of the world’s largest internet security companies, acted fast when security researcher Tavis Ormandy of Google’s Project Zero identified the vulnerability.

The bad news is that the Cloudflare-backed websites had been leaking data for months before Ormandy noticed the bug. Cloudflare says the earliest data leak dates back to September 2016. It’s so far unclear if blackhat hackers had already found the vulnerability and exploited it secretly before Cloudflare fixed its code. Cloudflare’s clients include huge companies like Uber, OKCupid, 1Password, and FitBit. That means an incalculable amount of sensitive data has potentially been compromised.

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Dell pioneers ocean plastics packaging

pollution 1741148 640 Dell pioneers ocean plastics packagingDell is helping to keep the oceans free of plastic and has announced the technology industry’s first shipment of ocean plastics packaging, the result of an innovative, commercial-scale pilot program.

Dell recycled plastics collected from waterways and beaches for use in the new packaging tray for its Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, building on its broader sustainable supply chain strategy.

In 2017, Dell’s ocean plastics pilot will keep 16 000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean. Considering what a plastic bottle weighs, thats a lot of plastic.

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3 Technologies That Will Put Your New Year On The Right Track

optical fibers 586952 640 199x300 3 Technologies That Will Put Your New Year On The Right TrackIf you’ve been following any of the latest business and technology headlines, you’ve no doubt heard how 2017 will be the year that ground-breaking technologies like virtual reality and artificial intelligence will create new paradigms in our healthcare systems, schools, universities, and enterprises. Even small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) stand to gain immeasurable benefits from these technological advancements, helping managers to understand, manage and measure businesses operations and customer interactions in ways that were never possible before. We’ll have the opportunity to become more efficient, innovate faster and ultimately, make better decisions as long as we have the network foundation required to sustain this innovation.

Here’s a look at three types of technology that can help you establish the groundwork required to get ahead in 2017. Continue reading

How to Block Political Posts on Facebook & Survive 2017

flag 234610 640 300x211 How to Block Political Posts on Facebook & Survive 2017Learn how to survive the 2017 political chatter by filtering your Facebook news feed to block annoying political posts. While you’re at it, you can also filter out terms like AR-15, gun control, executive order, Muslim ban and others without unfriending everyone.

In less than two minutes, you can block political posts on Facebook. The major versions only work on the Facebook website on your computer (based on the browser you use), but we’ll share a trick to get rid of the worst political Facebook posts on your iPhone or Android as well.

You can edit the list of political posts you want to filter from Facebook according to your personal preferences. Use a list to remove all political Facebook posts, or simply filter out those that you don’t agree with or that irritate you to see.

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Scammers love online dating apps

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Just in time to cast a pall on Valentine’s Day, iovation — the Portland-based data authentication and fraud protection startup — reports that online dating transactions through website and mobile apps are one of the biggest areas for scams. And the largest portion of online dating scams, 18 percent, occur in the United States.

Based on its analysis of fraud indicators in billions of online transactions across different industries, iovation found that 1.3 percent of all transactions on online dating sites were fraudulent, slightly down from the 1.5 percent flagged last year.

By comparison, the rate of fraud across all industries, with the exception of gaming and retail, was lower than in online dating, at just 1.1 percent fraudulent activity for the year. While a few tenths of a percentage might not seem like a lot, if you imagine the 3 billion devices that iovation monitors daily making an just one authentication request per day, that amounts to 600 million additional attempts at fraud every day for online dating sites. Continue reading