The Costs of Cyber Intrusion

Computer-Password-Security-Hacker

Last year hackers stole the personal information of over 70 million shoppers. Just as one store was healing from the attacks, another store was being cleaned of consumer information. Forty million credit and debit card numbers taken by cyber thieves in a matter of hours. The massive security compromise topped almost $1 billion dollars when the final price rolled in. Data security remains a critical problem. It started with a malware laced phishing tactic into employee email at a HVAC vendor. The vendor had all the retailer’s information and logins in order to maintain systems within the store. Hackers were able to pull those credentials and plunge into corporate networks, focusing on the company’s payment systems.
Security systems are a fragile entity. Consistent protocols need to be in place for managing access to networks. The very best practices incorporate a level of IT security known as “defense in depth” which audits and rotates systems so they have notice of any activity not within the norm. Critical infrastructure breaches happen at many financial institutions because the Business System Security audits (require by law) don’t cover potential risks. They leave the open door for cyber attacks to happen. There is a certain naivety rolling around even in lieu of all the breaches being witnessed. Cyber security has to be a diligent undertaking with the best of the best handling these entities. Remote access is a frightening concept, on a personal level and an institutional level.credit_card_phishing_focus_490353
Cyber Intrusion is defined as an ‘unauthorized act of spying, snooping, and stealing information through cyberspace’. A camera on an electronic device can be activated. A microphone can record all your private calls. There is spyware available, sent in an email as an attachment which if downloaded, will record every keystroke, every screen shot, and provide all personal information on you. It is called ‘Snoop ware’ and it can bypass all traditional anti-virus and firewall software. The program runs in the background in stealth mode and monitors all your activities. It knows your GPS location, your phone calls, your text messages, voice mail, and email. The diligence for security applies to the individual as much as it does to companies. This is layers of a cyber fight which most likely can never be one. Hackers will always find a victim. They will always try to be one step ahead of security protocols.
We live in a technological era where our money is cards and the transactions, handled online or on site are vulnerable. Every time you make a purchase, there is risk. There is not one solution to this problem. Security at its best is a separated and truly independent network making management work on a responsible auditing and alert system. Individual security is to maintain constant alertness when online, as well as keeping an eye on wherever else your information goes. We are not going back, so we must be steps ahead in a vigilant fight against cyber intrusions.

Hunting For the Best Mobile Hotspots

Wireless connectivity in phones may be even faster than your home connection. The brazen new network generations are increasingly outpacing any previous technology at such a fast rate it is almost humanly impossible to keep up. Mobile Hotspots are an awesome commodity to have as a one-size-fits-all solution. Being able to connect any device at any time, and anywhere…priceless.
Many hotspots can run expensive depending on your network, data plan, and nationwide connectivity. If you are a heavy downloader or streamer, this could run over a hundred bucks a month. Be sure to check your data plan and know your intended usage before you jump into the world of Netflix or YouTube.
Yet there are hotspots on the market today which are totally great gadgets to have. Here is a review on some of the best available.
Freedom Pop: Applaud for this 4G hotspot for it gets you online for free. There is no catch. The Photon itself is free, aside from the $89 security deposit (which you get back after you return the device). This plan is good for 500 MB of data per month. They do offer other inexpensive data plans and the Freedom Pop is tied into Clearwire’s to Sprints 4G LTE Network.
International Hotspots: If you are a wandering traveler or world businessman this little hotspot called TEP is a great choice. It uses OLED display and comes with competitive pricing with costs as little as $7 day.
Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MHS291L: Okay, so it comes with a 2 year contract and a $49.99 fee. However, its reputation precedes these two downsides. This little hotspot is the longest lasting hotspot ever tested. It is simple to get online and has an interactive status indicator which puts tons of useful information at your fingertips. Another bonus is the real- time data usage reporting (helpful if you are strict about staying within the limits of your own data plan).
The Samsung LTE Mobile Hotspot Pro: This one deserves honorable mention. Even at a price of $168 or $6.50 a month it outranks T Mobile’s last hotspot, the Sonic 2.0 LTE. Face it, Samsung makes everything solid; and this hotspot has a solid connection and long battery life. There could be improvement on this gadget as the interface provides no controls for the front LCD screen. Also, some have stated it has inaccurate data counter. Whatever the glitches, Samsung will adjust accordingly on the next go around. Still, a pretty good hotspot.fp
If you are not familiar with hotspots and the all the capabilities wrapped up in these little hand held portable devices, now is the time to learn. Much hassle, inconvenience, and cost can be saved by hopping on this growing technology bandwagon. If unsure on How to buy a Hotspot, we will be sharing the tops secrets with you. Stay tuned, hotspot

Password Choices

Password Choices

Passwords are our security online. They are simply a shaky ground between data protection and an invasion into your whole world. If you have ever been a victim of hacked email or credit cards, you know the repercussions are horrendous. The truth is, password cracking is getting worse, not better. The internet even offers amateur hackers’ websites for password generators and lists of the most common passwords people use.

Password Choices

Password Choices

There are so many programs available cheap to buy which can with one click of a unsuspecting file puts you under keylogging fire. You would not know if someone is receiving your every move from a remote log in. Other ways passwords are stolen is by simple carelessness on both the individual’s part and inside companies’ security networks.
Despite the warnings for people to not use predictable, common passwords, people are still doing it. Even the word ‘password’ is the number one people use for their security. The second one is still the numbers 123456. Besides there being free software tools to help in password cracking, so many other options exist that anybody can get your password. Another area of poor judgment is reusing your password. In the last two years, “hashes” (crack able passwords) to the tune of 280 million have been dumped, stolen, and then dropped on the open web. This information is exchanged on the black market and you won’t know it until your account is destroyed.

Some do’s and dont’s of password creation to remember:

  • Use a reputable password generator such as Norton Security Password Generator
  • Please do not reuse your old passwords. A hacker will have a field day on all of your accounts.
  • Don’t use number substitutions for letters in passwords; there is actually software now to crack this easy.
  • Don’t use a short password, this is a given (yet some people still do it). It is better to string together a group of words (perhaps a song title, book line,) and throw a couple numbers in.
  • Use a unique system for password recovery, like a secret email dedicated to only that. Also, sometimes the old school way of just writing your passwords down in a private notebook will prevent you from reuse.
  • Some people give bogus answers to security questions, this could backfire if a year goes by and you don’t remember those answers; another reason to write your information down. The human memory cannot be relied upon to be able to remember all the different passwords cruising around in our heads between online accounts, atm’s, stores, etc.

At some point, the password circus feels just like it sounds a never ending carousal of uncertainty. The news speaks of large corporations’ customer’s credit information getting hacked. We are vulnerable, and it is up to each individual to do as much as they can do to protect themselves. As well, we should expect some changes in business security measures for the sake of the damaging consequences involved for individuals. As technology advances, so does the skills of the dark net. Staying proactive in passwords will save you from their clenches.

Data Center Services

Data Center Services

Different types of data service have dramatically evolved over the past few years. New technologies and consumer activities are pushing the emerging markets fast. The average consumer is already using two or more devices to manage or connect to their workloads. Every time new ways come out to improve data center resources, the users gobble up the new technology and increase even a bigger demand for new and innovative ways to improve on data center services.

Data Center Services

Data Center Services

Before we talk about advanced data center markets, it is easier to begin with the initial types of data center services. What is a data center? The answer in simple terms is: the storage of data for processing, networking, management and distribution within an enterprise.

There are two categories for data center services; the services either provide to or from a data center.
Data centers have basically four general areas of service:

  • Support services
  • Technical Consulting services
  • Outsourcing services
  • Applications Services

Support services: These types of data centers provide technical support, and offer assistance in problem solving. They specifically address challenges with the servers, storage, and software and networking equipment. This can also include configuring technological equipment and its installation.
Technical consulting services: The services from this data center are focused on consulting integrations and providing expertise. These centers exist to offer input for organizations in making strategic decisions and systems integration. Guidance is given on selecting or designing new technology or sometimes redesigning existing technology; molding it to a new environment. Perhaps the company wants to select a new data center location, or exceed their automation. Technical consulting companies are experts in incorporation of offsite storage services on a network or redesigning data centers for cloud computing.

Data Center Review

Data Center Review

Outsourcing services: IT outsourcing occurs when a data center service contracts with an outsourcing vendor to provide IT service which would otherwise deliver in house. Such IT services could include security applications and management or disaster recovery, or just data storage. This can range from maintaining data, or hosting, as well into management of an entire data center tasks such as upgrading servers or backing up data.
Application Services: An Application services provides software-based services to other companies that access those services to other companies that access those services over a network. Examples of this would be web hosting or your email. Even your mobile environments and devices are integrated with application services which operate on a network. They help companies integrate or manage applications in their own networks.
Data Centers are a crucial part of what makes technology work and evolve. New technology in this area is a constant as users become savvier and more dependent on services from data centers.