Security Firms Recommend Disabling Java Due To New Exploit

Security researchers are recommending users disable Java on their computers after an exploit has been discovered that could possibly allow a malicious website to take control of your computer.

Java, a set of software tools that allows advanced features to run on websites, currently has a vulnerability that can allow an attacker to run unauthorized applications on a vulnerable computer. Being a zero-day vulnerability, antivirus firms and Oracle (the manufacturers of Java), have not had time to implement a fix, leaving both PC’s and Macs unprotected until a patch becomes available. Security firm Alien Vault as reported websites using this exploit are already showing up in the wild. Continue reading “Security Firms Recommend Disabling Java Due To New Exploit”

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Go Mobile or Stay Behind

In 2005, I received my first phone with Internet access: the Nokia 3650. I was at my son’s baseball game, and during a lull I decided to check out my work website. It took 2 minutes to appear and looked like one of those magazine clipping ransom notes you used to see in old TV shows. I tried using the Internet access a few other times with similar results: slow and completely unusable. I hoped for a day when I could use the Internet from a lawn chair just as easily as from my desk.

Of course, that day has since arrived. In fact, many of us can’t imagine a world where we aren’t able to check Facebook or read the news from our mobile devices. Sales of smartphones even surpassed PC’s last year, making them one of the most popular methods of connecting to the Internet. Mobile Internet is trending so quickly that many businesses are in danger of falling behind if they don’t start re-thinking their mobile strategies. Continue reading “Go Mobile or Stay Behind”

CES 2012 Overview: It’s Thin, Mobile, and Cloudy

Being a gadget hound, I’ve been ogling over the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show like an eight-year-old with a Toys “R” Us catalog before Christmas. The show is used to showcase the way technology is heading, and this year there is a clear message: Consumers don’t want to stay stationary. Continue reading “CES 2012 Overview: It’s Thin, Mobile, and Cloudy”

Windows XP hits 10, and is still the most used OS

Windows XP BirthdayMicrosoft released Windows XP on Oct. 25th, 2001…10 years ago this week. You can’t buy it anymore, Microsoft was forced by consumers to extend support for it until 2014 (despite the pleas to upgrade), and it’s still being used by the majority of the world’s PC’s. Why is a decade-old operating system still being used by so many people? Users will say things like “It’s simple. It’s reliable. It’s familiar…”; but the real reason Windows XP is still around: Continue reading “Windows XP hits 10, and is still the most used OS”

The New IT Department – Focused, Smaller, and Possibly Non-Existent

Are IT Departments Needed Anymore?IT Professionals aren’t as comfortable as they used to be.

During the technology boom of the mid-90’s, those working in IT were looked upon as the top of the food chain. They were amazing! They were miracle workers! They could accomplish anything using little more than their pocket protectors and some magic DOS commands.

Times are a changin’. PC’s are as user friendly as ever, cloud computing is replacing complicated office network setups, most hardware is to the point where you plug it in and it works…a lot of IT workers are starting to look like the Maytag Repairman. As a result, many small and medium businesses are focusing their computer staff on development, putting them on a contract basis, or getting rid of internal IT staffing all together. This is a great money saving idea in theory, but there is a flaw in the logic — with nobody running maintenance on the hardware, problems inevitably creep up and costly repairs can result. Continue reading “The New IT Department – Focused, Smaller, and Possibly Non-Existent”