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Category Archives: Tech Zone

Technical info for IT professional and network administrators.

How to confirm your systems aren’t suffering a major Heartbleed

How to confirm your systems aren’t suffering a major Heartbleed

on April 15, 2014

The Internet was rocked last week when a two-year-old bug in OpenSSL was revealed. Heartbleed, as the vulnerability is known, can result in massive information disclosure through simple requests that require no privileges, and leave no logs. Anything from command …

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April showers bring May flowers…And the end of an era

April showers bring May flowers…And the end of an era

on April 14, 2014

Upgrades necessary as key Microsoft products go end-of-life April 2014 is a significant month for many reasons. Spring weather finally returns to the Northern hemisphere. The Final Four NCAA tournament games will all be played. And three of the most …

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On the beat: The Snowden effect?

On the beat: The Snowden effect?

on April 11, 2014

You be the judge: Coincidence or something more? The highest court in the European Union (EU) ruled the Data Retention Directive “invalid” on the basis that it interfered with citizens’ right to privacy. Under the law, which was adopted in …

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13 tips to make your email work for you

13 tips to make your email work for you

on April 5, 2014

Email is a double-edged sword. You cannot work without it, yet the daily, incessant flow of emails drives you up the wall. Well, if you can’t beat email, there’s still a lot you can do to make your email work …

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On the beat: Snapchat scrutinized – again

On the beat: Snapchat scrutinized – again

on April 4, 2014

Pop quiz: You are a company official for a popular app that recently dealt with a high-profile data breach. You are invited to testify at a Capitol Hill hearing on data security. What do you do?

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Introducing… On the beat

Introducing… On the beat

on March 28, 2014

Welcome to GFI’s new series for TalkTechToMe. Each Friday, “On the beat” will highlight key current stories from the world of technology. Gadgets, trends, product reviews and anything else that’s making news – it’s all fair game.

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We’re one step closer to a world without wires

We’re one step closer to a world without wires

on March 17, 2014

When Guglielmo Marconi was awarded a patent for the wireless telegraph in the 1800s, the dream of wireless communications became a reality. That led to the birth of radio over the last century, we’ve discovered how to put electromagnetic waves …

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Who’s afraid of the big bad hacker?

Who’s afraid of the big bad hacker?

on March 11, 2014

There’s been a great deal of discussion about the “digital divide” in regard to people who have access to affordable broadband and those who don’t. But there’s another, more fundamental divide – related but different – that has been developing …

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Five tips to boost your wireless network security

Five tips to boost your wireless network security

on March 5, 2014

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of freedom that comes with using your Wi-Fi devices anywhere, at any time, to access anything (within reason, of course). The key to this experience, however, is connecting to your wireless local area network …

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The 31 funniest SSIDs I’ve ever seen

The 31 funniest SSIDs I’ve ever seen

on February 27, 2014

Whenever I’m at a restaurant, airport or anywhere in town, I invariably look for free Wi-Fi access. Often, the SSID names used are standard fare. However, I occasionally come across some really witty and hilarious SSIDs. This article features some …

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