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Security Challenges with Denial of Service Attacks

Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have featured heavily in the tech news of recent years as their ease of delivery makes them a simple tool for those wishing to disrupt a target's online presence. A DoS is initiated when one computer continually sends data, typically as requests, to another computer with the aim of exceeding the target machines resources such as bandwidth, RAM or processing power. A DDoS is when multiple computers join forces, typically controlled by a Botnet, and target an organisations web servers or network. The disruption from a DDoS, however, can affect different organisations in different ways. Some organisations such as banks have seen DDoS attacks prevent their customers from accessing their online banking services. This has obvious implications for consumers and businesses looking to manage their accounts. HSBC suffered a DDoS attack in October 2012 that was attributed to Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters allegedly as a protest aimed at forcing You Tube to remove the controversial film Innocence of Muslims. The same group has continued its DDoS attacks into January of 2013 against a long list of U.S. banks such as JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Bancorp and Bank of...
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Keeping Your Personal Information Safe from Intrusion

 “We hack everyone everywhere,” says IT contractor turned whistleblower Snowden.   Recently, former CIA employee Edward Snowden leaked information that shows that the US government is spying not just rival countries but even on its own citizens. “You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying,” Snowden reveals.    We will not delve into the political significance of such a revelation. But this bit of information highlights the need to take measures to keep your personal information safe.     Keeping Your Personal Information Safe Online   A post on USA.gov’s blog advises citizens to 1) choose strong passwords, 2) only access personal information through secure connections (avoid free and public wi-fi) and 3) always read the privacy policy    Let’s discuss each of these.    Strong Passwords   A strong password must be a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Cracking passwords is now considered to be just a hobby for amateurs. It makes sense to make your passwords hard to crack and change them often.    Most people have the same password on all sites that they register to. The problem is that it’s not easy to...
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Why Businesses Need to Start Using the Cloud

In an effort to 'go green', many businesses are switching to paperless records. As such, special considerations must be given to the organization, security, and storage of its electronic information and data sets. The result of this growing demand for electronic storage is an increase in the number of cloud-based file archiving solutions that are available to businesses. But is it necessary to utilise such a service to manage your electronic data? And how can you be sure which file archiving service will take care of your records? Here is a look at why cloud solutions are smart for storing business data, and how to select the right service for your needs. Why is 'the cloud' so important for businesses file archiving? The sheer volume of data being created, sent by, and received from a company on a given business day is overwhelming. With every passing moment, sales team members are logging lead information and commissions earnings; accountants are generating invoices and paying bills, and managers are sending out office-wide memos regarding policy changes. Whether in the form of e-mail, Word documents, spreadsheets, or others, all of this data takes up space, and as the volume of information grows exponentially,...
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Comparison of Online Video Formats

When sending videos to the internet, the file will have to be uploaded in a certain format, but this in itself can cause a lot of confusion. The format of a video is indicated by the extension on the end of a file name (for example .avi, .mov). Different formats work on different players, and compress video files in different ways. We already know that you can practically transfer between all types e.g. vhs to dvd. This article aims to look at a few common video formats and outline what they each do. AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) Many newer HD camcorders export AVCHD video files. These files are high-end, high-quality clips, but unfortunately this means they are very large files and are require a fast computer to run with sufficient RAM. This format is difficult to work with and often very impractical. However, due to its high quality, AVCHD is often used as a master format from which editing is done; it is then compressed into a more manageable format. Clips should be converted from AVCHD when possible as not only are the files massive, but there are many compatibility issues with AVCHD files. .AVI (Audio Video Interlaced)...
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The benefits of getting certified with CCNA

Among other world dominated and well known certifications, CCNA also stands on the top of the list. Since 1998 when CCNA was first launched, more than 1 million CCNA certificates have been awarded. In current IT industry, CCNA holds a very important place as all IT fields definitely involves professionals that are CCNA certified. CCNA is awarded by Cisco itself, who is a leader in the manufacturing of most diversely used networking equipments and technologies. Certifications offered by Cisco have benefited both employee and employer, because both of the parties get what they want. Being certified in IT related niches have really helped individuals in changing their lives. They get real benefits and acquire valuable skills needed in IT Company. In the real world, there are innumerable instances where individuals with experience of ten years in the networking field, feel the need of getting CCNA certification. Young people interested in entering the networking field, should consider certifications very seriously. If done with full concentration, it can surely prove to be a ticket for the dream job. Graduates should never consider their first-class or distinctions as chance of sustaining tough job market. CCNA certification gives individual practical details of latest networking technologies....
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