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Questions about Digital Storage

While the User Friendly Team decides on if they want to do any more episodes for this season of the radio show, we have some questions from our website and social media that Bill Sikkens, our Technology Expert, had planned on answering. The first one was from Gary Lanson of Nashville, TN: – Should USB drives be used for storing files? There is a wide variety of USB drives available, and as time goes on larger drives are becoming more affordable. And Bill Answers: - USB Memory sticks are designed for temporary storage and transfer of files. These devices can be easily lost or damaged and as such are not recommended for long term storage or archival purposes. Bill makes a very good point, but I have to admit that I keep a good many files on USB drives for quick and easy access just because I don’t have my backup drives sitting around at arms reach. These drives tend to house the same files for many years. I am pretty good about not losing items, but some of these drives can be incredibly small. So if you are a person likely to lose stuff, perhaps it would be wise to select a drive that is more colorful and bulky. Our next question is from Betty in Atlanta, GA: - I have a number of CD’s with personal information. How do I destroy them so they can’t be stolen out of the trash? Can they be erased? Bill’s response: - CD’s, DVD’s, and Blu-ray media created is in most cases permanent to the disc once written (there are some exceptions to this, but for this purpose rewriteable media works the same way). For

Dropbox – scanning for copyright?

How does that innocent looking icon on your desktop really work? Everyday new tools come out of the cloud for us to use to make work and everyday life just a little bit easier, and Dropbox is just one of those neat tools that did just that.  One no longer has to be networked together, or have a huge email file capacity, or a giant thumb drive to pass documents between computing systems.  One can simply use Dropbox, but is there something insidious going on?  Yes?  No?  Maybe?  With so much concern about privacy and Internet rights going on perhaps you should read the article posted on techcrunch.com and make a decision for yourself. Here's the link to read all about the latest concerning Dropbox.

By |March 31st, 2014|Categories: Data Storage, Mobile Apps, Security|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dropbox – scanning for copyright?

Your Home Router may be the Next Target

Read Kim Komando's article about router security. The bad guys don't even have to show up at your house anymore to get in and rob you.  Who are these fantastic sounding criminals?  They are hackers, and they are using your everyday appliances to get into your personal space and steal vital data from you or perhaps just use your location for their crime.  And apparently your home router is letting these guys in through various back doors! This is important stuff because no one wants to be violated, victimized, or unwittingly be the site for ongoing criminal activity that hurts others.  The damage can be expensive and very stressful, and that is why we want to make sure that our Team Members and clients all are made aware of what is going on.  This is the first part of winning this battle.  Knowing that it is possible to be hacked and learning measures to prevent these events from happening is the first vital step to securing your home router. So that's why we are sharing this article on how hackers are targeting your personal router and the steps to help prevent such an intrusion into your private space.  Just click the link to read more. http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/03/15/hackers-now-targeting-your-router/?intcmp=features

By |March 17th, 2014|Categories: Data Storage, HIPAA, Privacy, Security, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Your Home Router may be the Next Target

More Technology Talk on KCBS – Feb. 28 at 9:30Am Pacific Time

KCBS is the World’s First Broadcasting Station.  The station started out as a hobby of scientist Charles Herrold.  Herrold and his engineering students scheduled their first programming in 1909 on a 14 watt transmitter in San Jose, a full 12 years before radio licenses were issued. KCBS is also among the most honored radio stations in the United States, winning every major national award for excellence in broadcast journalism. These awards include the Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia Award, five Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence from the national Radio-TV News Directors Association, the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Crystal Award for public service from the National Association of Broadcasters. It is with great pride that Cumulus Technology will now take part in that long pioneer history of radio technology, and be alongside shows such as 60 Minutes and Face the Nation.  KCBS is now 105 years old.  The interview will be conducted by 30 year veteran of Northern California Radio, Stan Bunger. To check out the interview tune in at 9:30Am Pacific Time on 740 AM and 106.9 FM in the San Francisco Bay area or listen via the Internet.  Just go to the link http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/station/kcbs/ and click the "LISTEN LIVE" button on the right hand side of the website.

Cyber theft: First three weeks of February – 360 million stolen and abused credentials

Is your data secure? Are you HIPAA compliant? The amount of data theft is rising, or at least it is becoming more public.  Either way, the security concern over keeping your personal data as well as your company's data is now even more vital since cyber criminals are starting to discover that these databases are hackable.  Just recently one of our own clients had a cyber attack upon his business, and the only reason why his vital data was not stolen was that a proper firewall had just been installed.  If you are considering a software security upgrade, now is the time to do so.  Most especially if you are part of the medical, banking, or even retail industry.  Cyber theft is a reality that you cannot afford to ignore. Here is another article from the BBC that is worth reading. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-26351123

By |February 26th, 2014|Categories: Data Storage, HIPAA, Privacy, Security, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Cyber theft: First three weeks of February – 360 million stolen and abused credentials

Nanostructuring in Glass – sounds like Star Trek

I get asked many times if I like my job.  The answer to this question is a very much “YES” – and a big part of what I like is the fact that I get to see, work with and contribute to leading cutting edge technology on almost a daily basis.  It has been said by my team that a lot of today’s tech may relate to the television show “Star Trek” as life imitating art. While life may feel like it we still don’t have our Warp Drive ships.  We are, however, seeing devices that were presented as science fiction in the early 1990’s when the second franchise of the show aired as “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.  Out of that today we have fully networked computers, the Internet’s World Wide Web (the Internet itself existed during the start of the show, however, the Word Wild Web was developed about halfway through its run.)   Things like mobile phones and tablet computers have also appeared on the general landscape since then. One bit of technology from the show relates to the amount of storage and retrieval that type of a computer system would require.  Today on average a computer has around a terabyte of storage, and you can readily buy capacity in the 3-4 terabyte range.  Current storage in that range consists of mechanical storage devices that use platters that spin to store information.  The estimate maximum life of this type of storage is estimated to a few decades maximum, and in many cases due to mechanical failure and accidents is much shorter.  It looks like this fact may be changing, and like the television show in a way that wouldn’t of been perceived of

By |January 16th, 2014|Categories: Data Storage, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Nanostructuring in Glass – sounds like Star Trek