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Earth Day 2014: 18 tips for greener IT

on April 22, 2014

Today we mark Earth Day, and hopefully remind everyone that they can play their part, not just today, but every day, to help preserve what is left of our planet and its natural resources. IT can do a lot to …


How to capture ‘all emails’ and meet compliance

on March 25, 2014

Environment Canterbury is a regional council of the New Zealand government, and it is responsible for protecting the quality of air, land and water in Canterbury – the country’s second-most populated region. The council of 570 employees is also responsible …


Nobody’s safe: Big companies’ websites inadvertently spreading malware

on March 24, 2014

If you don’t speak/read Dutch, here’s a malware story that you might have missed: ConsuWijzer, which is a consumer advice web site run by the government in the Netherlands, advised last week that a large scale malware campaign was spreading …


XP support withdrawal: Some tips for SMBs

on March 21, 2014

It’s been a long time coming, but Microsoft is finally removing support for Windows XP (as well as Outlook 2003 and Exchange 2003) on April 8, 2014.


5 ways to strengthen your wireless security

on March 20, 2014

Try to wrap your brain around these numbers: In a mere six years, an estimated 24 billion devices will connect to the Internet. (Yes, that’s “billion” – with a “b.”) And half of those devices will be mobile.


Patching and antivirus tips every sys admin should know

on March 19, 2014

When you started out in IT, did you really want to spend all your life applying patches to PCs and checking if the antivirus product installed is up to date and working properly? Let’s be honest, these tasks get a …


Target’s tale: Lesson learned or will you be burned?

on March 19, 2014

Turn back the clock to late last year. At the height of the holiday season, between November 27 and December 15, hackers certainly gave new meaning to the term “hit the bull’s-eye!”


9 tips to improve wireless connectivity in the office

on March 18, 2014

Two things that really upset people when they try to connect to a wireless service is that a) the connection is not free and b) that it doesn’t work properly. The reaction is very much the same within an office …


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 …


Windows XP end-of-life: Danger or hype?

on March 17, 2014

If you work in IT, you are probably aware that official support for Microsoft Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. After this date, Microsoft will stop sending out security patches for the aging operating system. Support for Office 2003 …


What do 300,000 Wi-Fi routers have in common?

on March 15, 2014

Did you hear about the hackers that hijacked more than 300,000 wireless routers? Four words for those of you expecting a punch line: Don’t hold your breath. This months-in-the-making story made headlines on March 3, and it was no joke. …