virtual servers

How virtual servers are a data nightmare

Virtual servers: a new wave of IT technology that is taking the world by storm.  The idea of virtual servers is a logical and natural development; everyday physical servers are usually assigned to only one task or application to optimize their performance, but they are capable of much more.  Virtual servers capitalize on this latent…


security breaches

Why you should be worried about security breaches

Security breaches are all around us . . . one cannot turn to the news without seeing some big-name entity hacked and customer data being revealed. If it happens to the Big Guys, what can smaller going concerns do? One thing that must be done is to properly assess the risk, look at the digital…


Windows zero-day vulnerability

Google has disclosed a Windows zero-day vulnerability

When Google vendors discover a security flaw in a product that has already been exploited, they have seven days to issue a patch. Google has just disclosed a zero-day vulnerability after Microsoft failed to do so before that deadline. Recently, Google researchers found that the Windows kernel is affected by a local privilege escalation which allows attackers to escape…


quantum encryption

China is racing to achieve quantum encryption

Last month, China launched the world’s first quantum satellite. Now, the country is working on another major feat: a 2,000-kilometer fiber-optic line for ferrying quantum encryption keys. It’s the beginning of real quantum encryption technology. Why China? Even though the Chinese have been behind some fairly high profile attacks recently, they don’t compare at all to…


data encryption is more than just a lock

Data encryption has its limits

Does privacy exist anymore? In the age of the NSA, frequent ransomware attacks, and cyber stalking, it seems as though nothing we post online anymore is for our eyes alone. So it makes a lot of sense that encryption has become the method of choice for anyone wanting to protect their files. But is it…


emoji domains

Emoji domains are here

GoDaddy has taken our love of emojis and made it better. Now you can search for and register emoji-based domains. That’s right – URLs that don’t contain numbers or letters, just emojis. The company has launched a search engine so you can see if the emoji string you want is available for purchase. Because this…


Galaxy Note7 after the flames

The Galaxy Note7 is done

Samsung has officially halted production of the Galaxy Note7 – forever. On Monday, Samsung said it would “temporarily adjust” the production of the phone. Looks like that decision just wasn’t enough for them. Safety is the clear issue here. The phones keep spontaneously bursting into flame, which sounds funny if you’re part of a cartoon…


the mythical unhackable phone

Why the unhackable phone doesn’t exist

What would you pay for an unhackable phone? $2000? $3,000? $14,000? Here’s the thing: it doesn’t matter what price you pay because there’s no such thing. Computers are hacked through flaws in software. Every smartphone has millions and millions of lines of software from the operating system, chips, and apps. There are over a million…


Dahir Adan iPhone

The FBI wants access to another locked iPhone

Remember the court case in which the FBI wanted Apple to crack the locked iPhone of Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters? Bureau director James Comey assured everyone at that time that the case was just about that one individual’s phone and that he had no intention of gained access to other iPhone owners’…


Playstation VR

Watch out, Oculus: the PlayStation VR headset is here

Despite the competition in virtual reality – Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Gear VR – none have the mass-market appeal of PlayStation’s new headset. It’s lighter and more attractive, which end up being the deal-breakers in a tough virtual reality market. The $400 headset isn’t cheap, but it’s still cheaper than the competition. The best part…