Not all hackers are cybercriminals

Posted on Wednesday November 28, 2018  |  white hat, hacking, gray hat, cybersecurity, black hat

Newspaper headlines and Hollywood movies have shaped our understanding of computer hackers, but in the real world it's not so simple. Some hackers are making massive contributions to the field of cybersecurity, it just depends on which hat they're wearing that day. Take a few minutes to learn about white, black, and gray hat hackers.

 

Mac time-saving checklist for 2018

Posted on Tuesday November 27, 2018  |  windows, vmware fusion, virtualbox, universal copy and paste, siri, parallels desktop, macos, mac, desktop stacks, boot camp assistant

In the IT industry, continuous improvement is the name of the game. Whatever makes a business work faster, smarter, and more effectively is a welcome competitive advantage. If you're a Mac user, do you think you're taking advantage of all of the best time-saving tips out there? Here's a checklist you can use to find out how well you're using your machine.

 

Security tips for your IoT devices

Posted on Monday November 26, 2018  |  upnp, security, iot, internet of things, hardware

Major companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft are investing a lot of money in the Internet of Things (IoT). But just like any other technological trend, it comes with minor bugs and setbacks. Because of the diversity in IoT, developers have yet to develop large-scale security solutions. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to keep IoT cyberattacks at bay.

 

Standing Desks Are Overrated

Posted on Saturday November 24, 2018  |  Science

Standing desks have become trendy in recent years -- so much so that they have been promoted by some health officials as well as some countries. Research, however, suggests that warnings about sitting at work are overblown, and that standing desks are overrated as a way to improve health. From a report: Dr. David Rempel, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who has written on this issue, said, "Well-meaning safety professionals and some office furniture manufacturers are pushing sit-stand workstations as a way of improving cardiovascular health -- but there is no scientific evidence to support this recommendation." Let's start with what we know about research on sitting, then explain why it can be misleading as it relates to work. A number of studies have found a significant association between prolonged sitting time over a 24-hour period and increased risk for cardiovascular disease. A 2015 study, for instance, followed more than 150,000 older adults -- all of whom were healthy at the start of the study -- for almost seven years on average. Researchers found that those who sat at least 12 hours a day had significantly higher mortality than those who sat for less than five hours per day. For convenience and comfort, it's nice to have options if you have various aches and pains -- "Alternating standing and sitting while using a computer may be useful for some people with low back or neck pain," he said -- but people shouldn't be under the illusion that they're getting exercise. A 2012 study in JAMA Internal Medicine followed more than 220,000 people for 2.8 years on average and found similar results. Prolonged sitting over the course of a day was associated with increased all-cause mortality across sexes, ages and body mass index. So did a smaller but longer (8.6 years on average) study published in 2015 in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health. Another study from 2015, which followed more than 50,000 adults for more than three years, also found this relationship. But it found that context mattered. Prolonged sitting in certain situations -- including when people were at work -- did not have this same effect.

 

Start using these six Gmail tips now

Posted on Friday November 23, 2018  |  google email, google, gmail tips and tricks, gmail for business, gmail, email tips and tricks, email, business email

Twenty-four hours seem to pass by in the blink of an eye, especially if you're a small business owner. In order to stand a chance against the competition, the last thing you should do is bury yourself in a pile of endless emails. With the following Gmail tips and tricks, you'll spend less time with your inbox and more time driving business growth.

 

Reasons to back up your mobile devices

Posted on Thursday November 22, 2018  |  security, mobile security, mobile backup, malware, information security, disaster recovery, data security, business continuity, backups

Companies such as Apple, Samsung, and others have turned mobile phones into mini-computers that can serve as a substitute for your laptop, or as a storage device. If you're using a smartphone as a communications and storage device, backing up now would be a wise move.

 

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