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7 Biggest Cyber Threats of 2014 — And How to Protect Yourself

At the end of the 2005 blockbuster film Batman Begins, police officer Jim Gordon makes a point about crime and escalation. In a nutshell, he points out that no matter how sophisticated law enforcement becomes, there will always be those criminals who who are willing to take things to the next level, and as both sides work to gain a clear advantage, very little ever actually changes. In few areas does this seem to apply more than in cyberspace. As computer systems advance and grow, virus protection firms work tirelessly to create new defences intended to keep sensitive data safe from the criminals who would steal it. And as they do so, black-hat hackers around the world put just as much effort into defeating these new security measures. And so, as we enter a new year, we’re faced with a new crop of potential cyber threats. Anti-virus giant McAfee has recently released its own report on the kinds of cyber-threats we may begin to see in the next twelve months, and the top contenders to make the list may surprise you. Here are seven cyber-threats to look out for in 2014, and how to protect your information from them. 1. Mobile...
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What Does Your Future Hold? The CES Show Just Might Have the Answers

There is no doubt that we’re living in a world where technology is increasingly becoming a central focus of our daily lives, often if we like it or not. Many of us have definitely embraced a lot of what modern technology has to offer, especially when it comes to all things digital. The rapid increase in use of smartphones and tablets across the UK has been paralleled by a dramatic rise in e-commerce sales, as people begin to use their mobile devices to make purchases. But our world is changing fast, and the yearly meeting of the tribes, so to speak, is in Las Vegas every January, at the extravaganza known as the Consumer Electronics Show.  The Rise of Alternative Devices  You may have heard that we may someday find our smartphone is a quaint relic of the past. Our beloved tablets may be also. What is appearing on the horizon are smart glasses, devices that actually function like a smartphone or tablet while looking like a pair of glasses. Last year, Google introduced their version, appropriately called Google Glass, but there are competitors. An Israeli company called Lumus showed off their latest creation, the Lumus DK40, which on the outside...
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The Move Towards Flash Storage

Traditional HDDs outperformed themselves in terms of storage capacities over the last decades. However, with the increasing amount of data and the need for faster data transfers, HDDs are slowly finding their place in slow environments and are being replaced by flash storage. This could mean several things for enterprises.For one, flash storage is associated with low-latency and high performance and can thus be a crucial asset in VDI environments that consist of highly structured databases. When the speeds of flash storage devices are coupled with the capacities of traditional HDDs, access to greatly needed data is made possible while still ensuring that old data is still kept at bay in slower HDDs.Perhaps the one barrier towards this move towards flash storage has always been the costs involved with SSDs. By default, flash memory costs more per GB than any HDD in the market. SSD Price vs. Disk Price SSD prices would, of course, always be miles ahead of HDD prices, but Dell is slowly redefining this popular concept. Dell’s innovative flash-optimized solutions now offer up to two times the price advantage compared to the competitive hybrid solutions and up to five times the price advantage over the competitive flash solutions.The...
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Do You Have an iPad Yet: Why You Should Invest in One

Take a look around your home and ask yourself one thing: what is the one thing that I use almost every day that is seriously holding me back from living a life of smoothness and fun? It’s your laptop. Luckily for you and everyone else who has a slow laptop, you can pick up an iPad for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a comparable laptop. So if you’re in the market for a new iPad and are wondering if it’ll be worth it, here are three things that should change your mind for the better: It's Sleeker Than Your Laptop You big piece of plastic thing is super ugly, and if it weren’t for the keyboard, you could easily mistake it for a dog’s chew toy. All kidding aside, your cheap laptop is a big eye sore, and you quickly try and stuff it under your table whenever you get the chance. Your iPad, on the other hand, is a beautiful work of art. It’s a masterpiece. It’s very pretty. It sparkles when light hits it at all different angles. Yes, it’s quite brilliant. But it’s not even just the form factor that’s better, it’s the screen...
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How Cisco Unified Communications Could Benefit Small Businesses

Planning for the growth of their small businesses is a must-do for any entrepreneur. In the early stages of a company's development, growth in size often means costly upgrades to the organization's digital infrastructure. This expense can often slow expansion and limit a company's true potential. Through networking and communication options such as Cisco Unified Communications, the capacity to expand is already built into the platform which makes adding more employees or spreading out your geographical reach much simpler. By utilizing Cisco Unified Communications in your small business, you can seamlessly combine voice services, data transmission and wireless devices in order to allow your team to communicate and collaborate more effectively. Cisco is helping companies achieve this goal by improve the speed and the ease in which employees are able to access communication and multimedia resources from anywhere - not just within the office. Thanks to the implementation of widespread networking and cloud technologies, Cisco Unified Communications provides small businesses with the opportunity to keep their team connected no matter where they are. A few of the features that prove beneficial and cost-saving for small companies include: Automated phone attendant and voicemail options E-mail notifications of pending voicemails for all employees...
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