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How Dedicated Network Connections For The Cloud Could Save Businesses A Lot Of Worry

Whilst the cloud has been utilised by companies all over the world, many business owners are still left feeling a little uneasy with the idea of having important data on the wrong side of their own personal security protocols.

The hybrid-cloud, an alternative to standard cloud computing, allows companies to retain some of their vital digital information in house by having total control and utilising their own defences against any potential security threat to their stored data.

Despite this, companies need more from the cloud to have the assurance that they don’t have to look after their precious data themselves.

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The answer could come from new network services, which are being offered by cloud-service providers to create a connection between the clients infrastructure and the PoP (Points of Presence) of the provider.

These dedicated connections, rather than the standard internet pathway, mean that clients would not have to share their bandwidth with anyone else, can increase and decrease their bandwidth as they please and benefit from easily-transferable data that eliminates internet insecurities.

These dedicated connections between provider and client are not new and are well tested, so companies can feel more assured about the data they store on the cloud by following up this type of data storage service.

For more information on Safe & Secure Cloud Storage Services, get in touch with Pronetic today and we’ll take you through our various technology options for your business.

Heartbleed – What Is It and What Should You Do?

Chances are you’ve been made aware of the threat posed by a rather troublesome online bug titled “Heartbleed”. Before you start rushing frantically about the office wondering if you need to sort out your antivirus settings or possibly even protect your bank account details, here’s where Google and other major online companies are at so far with regards to this worrying development.

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Heartbleed came to light a couple of weeks back after OpenSSL (a piece of software that deals with security purposes throughout the web) was compromised through one of its built-in features, known widely as heartbeat. Heartbeat exchanges data between website and PC to give your computer assurance that the site is active. Whilst the feature should only ever send back the same amount of data as it receives, hackers have found a way of requesting increased amounts of data that could potentially include passwords, cookies, logins and other personal information.

It’s understood that just under 20% of internet servers have the heart bleed bug, which is a scary amount despite the fact that this figure had been inflated in the past to as much as 60% of all servers. Whilst OpenSSL has since been patched, it’s important that you do change your passwords for the services that have been affected. Google was affected but has since been fixed, though you should still look to change your passwords as soon as possible.

Don’t panic. The chances of hackers getting hold of your personal information through heart bleed are incredibly small, so all you have to do is take the necessary precautions and keep up to date with what’s going on.

Windows XP Security Updates Stopping From Today

Today is the last day we’ll be seeing support arriving for Windows XP, with the final security patch arriving to the operating system in the early hours of the morning. It’s a significant day for those who have decided to stick with XP until the very end, and there are plenty of them.

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It’s believed that nearly 20% of PC’s on a global scale are still operating Windows XP. This is a huge amount considering Microsoft released their warning about security updates many months beforehand, giving individuals and businesses plenty of time to make the change.

Ultimately, anyone who continues to use Windows XP will have to cope with the higher threat of online attacks, viruses and malware. There’s no doubt that some people will hold on to XP despite the lack of security, so it might be interesting to see just how damaging a decision that could turn out to be.

It’s always important to receive regular security updates to enhance online security for businesses and homes alike, despite the fact Windows XP has aged incredibly well. It might be quite surprising for some to learn that flaws can still be found in XP’s system despite its longevity. Unfortunately, hackers can always find new ways of gaining access to bugs that crop up, and it’s the defence against this type of attack that will no longer be provided.

Facebook Splash Out $2 billion On Oculus Rift – Is This Good News?

Facebook recently decided to splash out on Oculus’ virtual reality system, the Oculus Rift. The question is, have Facebook got it in them to take virtual reality to the next level, and is the $2 billion purchase really worth it for a company that knows next to nothing about gaming?

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Tech experts and various critics have criticised the purchase, mainly because they felt the Kickstarter campaign was something that could succeed on its own. However, the benefits of Facebook’s acquisition have also been recognised.

Good

  • More money for Oculus. Better chance of going the distance and achieving great things.
  • Technology that can provide for multiple industries and not just for gaming.
  • It will get the reception it needs to succeed on the release date

The Bad

  • Facebook aren’t a trusted company when it comes to online security. Are consumers going to be happy with Facebook taking over a gaming platform after their history with user privacy?
  • Developers don’t like working with Facebook due to unfriendly business terms.
  • Will Oculus still be recognised for their achievements once Facebook starts advertising?

Pronetic know all about online security, but we’re also experts in providing our clients with IT Security Services. Get in touch today and discover how we can improve the security of your online business.

 

Turning Google Chrome into a Security Fortress With Add-Ons

A lot of people have identified Google Chrome as the ideal browser thanks to its speed, expansion options and multi-platform opportunities. As it’s now being widely used, the security aspects of the browser have come under scrutiny.

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So what can you do to enhance Chrome and make it a fortress against any unwanted intrusions? Here are some of the enhancements available to download that can really make an impact on the overall security of your browser.

Adblock Plus is a really useful tool that gets rid of the constant barrage of advertisements we often sift through when searching the web. It also provides a malware protection service and keeps your surfing private and protected.

HTTPS Everywhere is a must if you’re a regular user of the internet (who isn’t). Your surfing will be automatically navigated, giving you the simplest route to a safe and secure Chrome experience.

If you’re just looking for something that tells you which search results can be trusted, Chrome has Web of Trust available for installation. You’ll know a site is safe to use if it has the Web of Trust logo next to it. Simple.

There you have it. Getting hold of these useful add-ons can really improve the security of your web searches, so make sure you get hold of them as soon as you declare Chrome your browser of choice. If you’d like any more advice on keeping your surfing safe and secure, please get in touch with Pronetic and we’ll be happy to help.

World Wide Web’s 25th Anniversary: The Foundation of the Internet

Today marks a significant date in the history of the World Wide Web. It was 25 years ago today when computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee introduced his proposal for the World Wide Web to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). We have encountered all sorts of developments over the years, from the introduction of social media to the importance of IT & data security but in truth, the platform built by Berners-Lee has remained.

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Berners-Lee found that CERN scientists were searching for alternatives to travelling internationally and returning to their laboratories in order to collect and share data. He was also keen to explore the true potential of the internet and whether or not we could connect computers through large-scale online communities.

Berners-Lee made a proposal to CERN that incorporated the idea of having technology that would adjust the internet to meet the needs and demands of its users. For scientists at CERN this would involve sharing important data without the need for long distance travel.

At first, his proposal was rejected by CERN yet he continued to push for a breakthrough in groundbreaking online technologies. He created three essential technologies, HTML, HTTP and URI, which have since become vital to today’s World Wide Web. Berners-Lee created his first web page in 1990 and it was finally made available to the general public just three years later and is still going strong in 2014. Who knows what the internet will be like in 50 years time?

 

3 Essential Steps to Avoiding Data Leaks at your Business

Since the news broke regarding Edward Snowden and his disclosure of various classified documents to media outlets across the US, it would only seem logical for IT departments to really up their game when it comes down to knowing who they’ve got onboard.

However, Snowden’s ability to use particularly unsophisticated methods when accessing these documents will always have business leaders concerned. So what can you do to protect your business from the unnerving possibility of data leakage? Here are three essential steps you can take to ensure it doesn’t happen to you.

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Prepare Yourself For the Worst Case Scenario

The best way to start out is to presume that all the electronic devices associated with your business are entirely unsecure. Computers are capable of remembering things for eternity, so any slip up with an unsecured network or any type of integration with online methods of the outside world is only going to enhance the damage caused by data leaks.

 

Know What’s Confidential  

You don’t really want to be labelling the instruction manual for the drinks machine as confidential, so why bother doing it? If you end up overusing the word confidential then you risk the genuinely confidential data becoming as important to your business as the toilet directions.

 

Don’t Make Confidential Documents Free to Read

If employees are free to read all the data they’re not allowed to write, you may as well let them write it anyway. There’s often quite a lot of focus on not letting employees manipulate data but in reality they shouldn’t even have access to documents that won’t have any bearing on their job.

 

Pronetic are experts in offering IT solutions to businesses in the South of the UK, so why not get in touch today to learn more about how we can help you?