Archive for October 5th, 2012

Control – fundamental for effective IT security

A fundamental part of any effective IT security policy is the control you have over the network.

Where this becomes challenging is the introduction of the human element; both internally from staff who might not always know best and externally from people who do not always have the best interests of the firm at heart. The more control you have, the better positioned you are to protect the network from problems.

If you are at the head of an organisation’s IT team, then the ultimate responsibility for looking after its digital information is in your hands; this is a real burden especially in modern society, with computers being so powerful and harbouring such a lot of data.

Clear policy

The starting point of any high-control IT security policy is to make everything clear. This begins with your own mind, so make sure that you understand and can explain which processes are allowed in the workplace. With this is in mind you can begin communicating the policy to staff, who will probably have differing levels of IT knowledge.

If you can, it can really help to work alongside one or two of the employees who will be using the system, since they can give you invaluable information about how a staff member might react to certain advice and whether guidelines may cause problems in terms of their day-to-day operations.

Awareness

A major part of your control will come from knowing who is using what and how they are utilising it. With the help of inventory software, you can list all the devices connected to your network, as well as certain software details. These specifications should aid you in identifying problems; for example, linking a certain device or operating system with an issue.

Awareness of the technology you are dealing with can also have a significant impact on how you would go about solving something that has gone wrong – without knowing what is in use you are giving yourself a handicap in some senses.

Foresee issues

Being proactive rather than reactive is important in any job and it is no different in the world of IT. By keeping up to date with industry news and expert commentary, you should be able to foresee a number of troublesome issues, for instance, viruses or technical problems associated with certain devices.

However, your research does not stop there; you can also help yourself by trying to be present in company meetings when processes are being altered, as you may see an obstacle on the horizon – giving you plenty of time to produce a solution.

About The Author:-

John Stephen is a consultant. He is also an IT Support Technician, Internet Marketer and he loves to research with access software. He recommends http://www.kaseya.co.uk/ which provides the resources on strategic business goals while maintaining the availability, security and stability of your IT environment.

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10 Safety Tips On Twitter

The issue of security your Twitter account is very relevant, since the service began to pick up considerable speed and popularity. Twitter – is not just a microblog, it is a complete marketing tool, which stores the set of confidential information. In the last few years has increased the number of Twitter accounts breakups. It becomes a real problem. That is why on this issue should be paid special attention. In this article, you can see 10 rules that will protect your staying online, allow you talk comfortably and enjoy each new tweet.

1. Do not disclose personal information.

Maybe, it’s one of the most important rules. Do not publish private addresses, telephone numbers, passwords and all, what you consider important and personal. Thus, you tell about yourself all that you want to hide.

One more thing – Geo Tagging. When this function is enabled, the tweets will be published with your place position in that moment. Don’t use it at home.

If you run your twitter account for a limited number of people, you can hide your news feeds.

2. Use private Twitter account.

You can use private twitter account. The idea is that you are limiting the number of people who can read your tweets y yourself. It is suitable for sending personal messages or system data / parameters.

3. Carefully choose the applications that have access to the account.

Check and try not to run the application page. Be sure that you can trust the site or service that requests a password or authorization. Be careful, because this is the most popular way to get the password of your account.

4. Change your passwords every six months.

Better even often. Regularly change your passwords and use different passwords for different services. Use complex and long passwords, which have punctuation marks, numbers, symbols. Such passwords are the most difficult to crack.

5. Do not use unfamiliar links to read Direct Massage.

It is the second most popular way to lure the user into a trap and get a password or personal data.

Many links are specially shortened to mask the original page. But there is a solution.

6. Use the Services to open short links.

There is not a lot of such services, but they will help you in finding a threat. One of the most popular is a plug-in for Firefox LongURL Mobile Expander. For those who do not use Firefox, there are special web-based applications and Unhid Untiny.

7. Block spam and report about it.

Thus, you are not only caution others but also help yourself, because after pressing the «Block spam» you are unlikely to get to the page of this Twitter user again.

8. Do not click on the ads that promise you a lot of followers.

At best, it will only advertising, and at worst, you will lose your account.

9. Use antivirus and firewall.

Though Twitter viruses are not as many as usual Trojans and other “ills”, but still be careful: do not download suspicious files from the network. There are many new clients for Twitter so be careful when you’re setting the next novelty to your computer.

10. Press Log out button when you leave.

Just do not give to the “bad boys” an opportunity to use your twitter account in their treacherous plans. Also, better not to left unattended mobile phones and other equipment, which has access to Twitter.

Author bio: Korah Morrison is a specialist of context advertising, social marketing and copywriter at Essay-Point.com. She writes articles on various topics that deal with internet marketing, web design, branding and business promotion in the internet.

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How can you make your email marketing really pop?

These days many businesses are opting to promote their brand online. Email marketing, social media and pay-per-click ads are helping them do this, but with increased take-up comes increased competition. With email marketing in particular, businesses have to do a lot to stand out from the crowd – or risk a junk folder fate.

So how can you beat off your competition and make your email marketing a real success?

Design

It’s sad but true – most of us would judge a book by its cover. Therefore if an email looks drab, dull and boring, the chances of it catching someone’s attention are lessened. However, it’s also fair to say that you must speak to your target audience… which, if it’s a highly technical bunch, might respond better to less in-your-face email designs.

Whatever design you opt for, ensure it runs well across all devices. Things such as the rendering speed and HTML graphics need to be optimised across tablets, mobile phones and desktops, so take this into account during the design stage.

Content

The key here is ensuring every single email you send to your database is relevant, of true value to the recipient and also wanted. If the latter is overlooked (i.e. recipients are sent emails without their permission) your chances of ever having a sale from that person are very low indeed. It’s all about respect and building a trusting relationship built on value.

There’s that word again – value. High-quality content is not only well-written and concise; it should answer some questions for your recipients too. Or, it should offer them something that they can use to their advantage, or that they can use to educate themselves. It’s no use sending out incessant e-shots promising big sales or discounts, unless it’s actually what your audience wants. Sure, they might want discounted shoes but if you send it once and they don’t follow through, don’t keep pestering them!

Regularity

Send emails too often and your email address will be marked as spam. Send emails too infrequently and recipients won’t remember who you are.  Balance is the operative word here. Opting for one email per week will ensure you stay within your recipients’ radar, but won’t become relegated to the dreaded junk folder. Of course, if you find during your measurement/tracking that certain recipients respond to your calls to action often, then you might want to up the frequency just for them. Think carefully before doing this though, so as not to upset a loyal fan.

The beauty of measuring the efficiency of your email marketing is that you can use information such as this to your advantage, so don’t dismiss tracking or measurement as a waste of time – it could actually save you time and make you more money!

Author bio:Stuart Wooster writes for email marketing companies and has worked within digital marketing since 2007.

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Apple applications takes care of users in a riot

Apple has surpassed itself once again by providing users with care and safety. After Apple’s medical applications such as the Depression checker and its collaboration with Mercedes Safety Collision design users thought that they had seen everything but Apple surprised them once again by issuing an application that sends help to users in a riot.

According to a technology reporter in Edinburgh, if you know where to run to in a riot it could potentially save your life. This application does just that for you. The application designed by Salvatore Laconesi is a blessing for Apple users. With rising riots all over the world and London’s very own riots last year were quite traumatic for the population and keeping that in mind the application has been designed to safeguard people. Necessity is the mother of inventions; that’s perfectly right and applicable to this situation as well.

The application although not publicly launched will combine data from differed social networking websites and take that information to its users by informing them which areas are suffering highly and which are still safe. Once users point their phones they will see a color interface that shows highly dangerous areas by lighting up in different colors.

If there is potential damage the interface will light up to the color red and warn its user to take other directions. The application was unveiled and demonstrated at the Technology, Entertainment and Design; TED and the application designer; Laconesi said that this application could help people stuck in riots and save quite many lives.

According to the little talk Laconesi had with BBC the application was built due to the increasing activist movements around the world. London, Syria, Egypt and many other countries have faced violent riots and although many people try to take part in it, many just want to stay in their homes, safe and sound but then you cant sit at your home the whole day. People have to work and buy necessity items and once a riot starts it feels as if you’re stuck in the worst possible nightmare. Laconesi told the British channel that they used the information available from the riots done in UK, Tunisia and Egypt and transformed the collected data into an application that would help Apple users stuck in a perilous situation.

Mr. Laconesi briefed that the data was collected from major social networking and other applications that shared their content on the internet. The basic information came from Flickr, Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter. As these portals are the major entertainment and social networking contenders in this time it is quite reasonable that data was collected from these information centers. Once a user writes a message about riots or anything related to that the application captures the information and processes it to give directions to its users stuck between them and tell them where the safe places are. Users can point their Iphones to any direction and whichever direction is dangerous the interface would light up red and whichever is safe would light up as green.

The system has already been checked during the UK riots that occurred last year as well as the student protests that took place in Milan and England. By checking the feasibility and validity of the application before hand, users will feel comfortable about using the application not only in the United Kingdom but in other countries around the world.

This application will certainly help Iphone users all around the world to stay safe once they’re stuck in a riot and find a safety haven from there.

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How Technology Has Evolved Us

Considering the pros and cons, I believe that we are lucky to be alive in this part of human history. The Information Age is the realization of the prolific, futuristic fantasies of the 1940s and 50s (well, no antigravity cars and moon colonies… yet), and the typical person living today has unprecedented access to so much information, as well as gadgets and gizmos made possible by one of the catalyst technologies of the digital revolution: the integrated circuit.

Because of these advances, our daily lives are also affected. We do things differently, ideally better, but that is not always the case. Below are a few choice then-and-now comparisons that show how things have changed compared to the recent past.

Mail

Mail has come a long way since the days of the PonyExpress. While actual mail is still sent and received in large volumes all over the world, electronic mail has made sending letters much, much faster (a reason why regular mail has been given the derogatory nickname, “snail mail”).

One of the downsides to this electronic mail is that it’s just too easy to send mail to so many people at once (no postage stamps needed), and so there came to be SPAM that fills your electronic mailbox with hundreds of advertisements and offers that you probably don’t need. This is way more irritating than the catalogs that they send to your real mailbox; at least you could use the paper for fish wrapping.

 

The Telephone

Conceptualized during the 1800s by various brilliant scientific minds of the time (including AlexanderBell and ThomasEdison), the telephone was a key piece of technology that paved the way for our modern information networks. The device was pretty straightforward, and it did not really do anything beyond.

Today’s phones are veritable mobile computing devices capable of sending and receiving many forms of data, keeping people connected to each other virtually anywhere in the world. The complexity and features of today’s phones vary from simpleandeasytousephone units to feature-packed, multitaskingsmartphones that blur the boundaries between a personal computer and a mobile phone.

Technologies that allow the smartphone to be your wallet, a monetary transaction device as well as your identification device (using biometrics), are already present. Soon, it will be the only thing you need to have in your pocket.

 

Conversation in General

With the introduction of so many new ways to interact with people, the regular banter of people began to take place while physically distant from one another. Granted, there were already telephones back then, but with the addition of text chatting, video conferences, and other online methods of communication, it is an ironic trend that people have become more distant from one another.

Twitter, one of the biggest social media networks on the internet, is a poster child for this trend. There is only so much you can convey in 140 characters, but it would seem that the character limit is more than sufficient for most people. Brevity is a good in certain situations, but not to the point when meaning is diminished because of it.

Food

Let’s stray from the communication-related technologies and move to another essential part of living: physical sustenance. It didn’t used to be the case that everything you ate came out of a can or plastic bag. More time and effort was made by the cooks to prepare food, and with more people now having malnutrition problems (morbidlyobese or skeletally anorexic), one could surmise that food eating habits were healthier back then.

It’s not all bad in the present, however. Thanks to technology-assisted methods of farming, we are able to enjoy just about any fruit or vegetable all year long. There are also safer methods of controlling pests, and the yield and quality of the produce have been vastly improved.

Cigarettes

Even one of the older vices of humanity gets a refresh. Despite all of the downsides to burning tobacco and inhaling the smoke, we have been doing it for quite some time. I don’t buy that it’s a purely chemical addiction; there’s the social dimension to this, and cigars, pipes, and cigarettes have always been romanticized as a mildly dangerous, but socially acceptable vice.

The modern cigarette isn’t one bit safer than just drying and rolling your own leaf, but technology delivers with the ecigarette. It doesn’t really contain any tobacco (it comes in just about any flavor, though), but it has nicotine, the chemical that gets you hooked. Acceptance of this new spin on an old habit is slow, but it’s getting there. People generally start with a disposable e-cigarette or two, and if they find it satisfactory, move onto more personalized “vaping” devices and their choice of e-juice flavors (the liquid you put into the e-cigarette that produces the vapor), and even the strength of nicotine your body prefers.

It Goes On and On

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg on how our march of progress changes the way we humans live. Ideally, these changes are for the betterment of us and our civilization, but as you can see, there are unforeseen negative ramifications that emerge with every change. That should not prevent us from moving forward, however. It is our imperative as sentient beings to move onward, take the good things we have learned, discard the bad, and continue our perpetual journey.

About the Author

Stacey Thompson is a professional writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a lover of weird little animals. She is based in San Diego, California, and is currently working with her friends on a blog, WordBaristas.

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Bad Piggies Review

When Rovio Entertainment announced that it was working on a spin-off version of Angry Birds, most of us imagined (at least me) that the game will be a revenge based title, where the pigs will be catapulted against the birds. But, it doesn’t turn out to be as imagined. Rovio Entertainment has opted a completely different concept and game play style that requires implementation of strategy and calculations. So, let’s look at how the game fairs.

 

Game Play:

 

Now Angry Birds was a game that revolutionized the touch based gaming class with its innovative feature of aim, calculate and attack based game play technique. But, Bad Piggies is far apart from its predecessor-counterpart. The game is all about helping and assisting the pigs, we tried to take down in Angry Birds, in escaping from an obstructive crash course.

 

The primary mission of the game is to build a vehicle for the pigs to drive them through an obstacle course. But, the vehicles need to be in accordance with the assigned pig and must be built, considering factors such as the pig’s mass, landscape, terrain and environment.

 

As soon as the game begins (after you pass all the home screen, main menu and etc.), it offers the players a tool box sort of chest that contains all the necessary inventories and tools required to build the vehicle. Some of the inventory items include balloons, wheels, umbrellas and rockets.

 

The game offers a grid space in which the players can build their custom vehicles using drag-and-drop mechanism and on completion, they just have to tap in the checkbox and start off with their primary set of missions and levels. Similar to Angry Birds and Amazing Alex titles, the game has several collectable items such as stars and eggs. The players can replay a particular level as many times as they want and try getting the maximum number of stars on a level, which is 3. Obtaining a star on a level makes the players eligible to qualify for the next level, but the total of 90 stars throughout the game will leave the players opting for more as play through.

 

If this game lacks in any part, it is definitely its pace! The game requires the players to spend some quality time to complete the levels as each level takes ample time to complete. Thanks to the slower game play. The first task, which is the ‘building a vehicle task’ is sure to take up some time and then the game play, where the vehicles slowly propel towards the completion, will really make the players come back after a break.

 

The game also features a hire-a-mechanic concept, where the players who are unsure of building the right vehicle can hire a mechanic and get it built. The game offers three mechanics after you give a Facebook Like to the developer page and further mechanics can be called for, but on an added cost.

 

The game’s core features include:

 

  • Over 60 levels of non-stop fun
  • Additional un-lockable levels
  • Up to 4 levels of Sandbox mode with a special-additional hidden Sandbox mode
  • Varied list of inventory items to create the perfect travel machine
  • A mechanic pig for building assistance

 

The Bottom Line:

 

If Angry Birds was all about crashing down on the pigs, Big Piggies is all about saving them from crashes. So, moving out of comparisons, Big Piggies is completely a game of a different genre and mechanics and is sure to offer decent fun to its players. With some interesting strategic game play features and loads of levels to play through, the game sure is a crowd puller and worth playing. It’s free and if you feel that the game’s slow pace is negligible, the game is just for you.

George Webber is a freelance writer who writes about the latest in Entertainment, Social Media, and Technology. Currently writing for http://www.1800cabletv.com – your gateway to the best cable companies across the nation. cable tv

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Dishonored Hands-On Preview

It’s a rare video game that keeps me up nights before it’s released, but there’s something about Dishonored. Some of the best games capitalize on a masterfully crafted setting and atmosphere: Silent Hill 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half Life 2, etc. Plus, I can’t resist a good dystopian future/dystopian alternate reality. And there’s no denying that I have a deeply morbid fascination with viral disease. Dishonored is everything that gives me the heebie jeebies, but God help me, I just can’t look away!

Bethesda seems to be basing most of their advertising on vaguely disturbing imagery. The debut trailer depicts a large rat tugging loose flesh from a corpse hand. That’ll get under your skin. Between the images of wrapped bodies being dumped from airships into a veritable sea of dead and the fact that the infected bleed from the eyes, I think this game can be correctly labeled a psychological horror. I’m going to love it.

It’s no surprise that Dishonored is expected to be story-centric, but Bethesda isn’t about to let us down in the gameplay. Before beginning the demo, Bethesda’s lackeys made sure that I knew about Corvo’s abilities and how they can be used. The better powers, they explained, can be combined into a vast number of creative kills. We’ve all seen the “slow down time right after an enemy fires a gun, possess the enemy, and move him in front of his own bullet” trick. I also enjoyed the “putting an exploding blade trap onto a rat, possessing it and detonating it in the middle of a crowd of guards” strategy.

The nearly limitless violent fun you can have with these powers does contradict a bit with the fact that the developers seem to be encouraging us to take the nonviolent route. The entire game can be played without actually killing anyone, and the game changes a bit depending on how many people you decide to kill. Bethesda insists that players will not be punished for playing the way they want to, whether that be the sneaky way or guns a-blazing. However, they did say that violent acts may cause certain characters to turn against you, and failed to mention any direct punishments for being nice. I’m hoping it will come out equal, because even though I always choose the sneaky route (being an actual ninja), I enjoy moral realism. Sometimes being a nice guy does get you screwed over, so I expect some punishment for not killing in Dishonored.

The gameplay itself was smooth and enjoyable. The stealth-focused first person aesthetic was, according to Bethesda, inspired by PC hits like Deus Ex and Thief. One of the developers also worked on Half Life 2, and there are former BioWare developers on the team. It’s a good combination. Anyway, I started off with a mission to sneak into a warehouse and kidnap a scientist. I began nearby a couple guards, and their conversation as I snuck around them nicely outlined my motivation. One guard started off asking why they shouldn’t maybe give some medicine to the poor people instead of just to the rich, and another guard explained how the poor were like pigs, so who cares if they die?

It was clear that there were at least two ways in. I snuck in the back by going down to the canal and performing some first person platforming up to a metal walkway. Determined to challenge myself with a no-kill policy, I spent most of my time using the Divine Eye ability, which allows you to see through walls to locate nearby guards. Mana regenerates for low-level abilities like this, so there was no reason not to use it. This might get some complaints from people who don’t want to see the world in weird yellow-orange colors all the time.

I was able to get upstairs without disturbing any guards and came upon some tools, which I grabbed for later. After a bit of poking around and strangling people, I discovered a way to rewire the insta-kill force field with my tools, making so it would disintegrate anyone but me. After doing so, a guard that had been pacing around came to an unfortunate end. So ended my no-kill policy. That being said, I decided to try out some aggressive powers. Watching a pack of evil rats bring a grown man with a gun down is disturbingly awesome. This is made even better when his friend just stands and watches in horror once it becomes apparent that the rats are not afraid of bullets, and you sneak up behind him and cut his throat. With possession, kidnapping the scientist was a simple matter.

All in all, a satisfying adventure. Taking the sneaky route is very doable, though not what I would call easy. It took some serious patience to hang out and watch the pacing patterns of the guards to ensure that I wasn’t caught. A true no-kill policy will most certainly require many reloads. But us ninjas know – nothing is more satisfying then when that patience pays off.

The best thing about the gameplay was that I did feel as though I had many options about how I could proceed through the mission. Based on other hands-on previews I’ve read, it sounds like this is the norm. I have high hopes for the story that goes along with the eerie atmosphere, and I’m hoping The Outsider proves to be as fascinating a character as G-Man. As ever, I am skeptical about the moral choice system. I have been disappointed many times and I haven’t heard anything about Dishonored to convince me that its system will be any better. Regardless, after being only mildly interested in this steampunky new title (and only then because of my love for Bethesda), this demo sealed the deal for me. I will be picking it up on launch day.

Author Bio: Olivia Fraus is the Content Manager at CheatCodes.com, a provider of free cheats for PS3 and other major consoles.

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