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Windows 7 Shortcuts

October 15, 2012 5 comments

The Document above shows all available shortcuts usable on the Windows 7 Operating System. Increase performance and turn around time for your deliverables by using shortcuts instead of the boring mouse clicks. download and enjoy!!!

Finding The Right PC for You

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

English: Acer Aspire

When it comes to buying a  Computer, you want to get the absolute best. Of course, if you are like   most  of us, you don’t really have the cash for the computer of your dreams.  In fact, you are going to be lucky if you can afford one at all.  If you can find the money for a computer, there are a couple of things that you will want to consider before you make your purchase.

Laptop or Desktop

Now that laptops are becoming increasingly more capable, fewer and fewer people are opting for the desktop computer.  That doesn’t mean that a laptop is the perfect thing for you.  A laptop can provide great portability, but it comes at the cost of memory, processing power and screen-size.  Depending on what you will use your computer for, you may find that a desktop computer is better(though mobility is everyone’s dream!).  If price is  really important, you might look into a portable piece like a tablet to bring to class paired with a cheaper desktop in order to avoid sacrificing the function that you need for price.

Screen Size

Bigger is better, but it is also a lot more expensive.  Bigger screens are also not necessary for reading online papers for class.  Those big screens can also effect your body’s biological clock.   With smaller screens you are going to run into other problems – you might have a difficult time seeing what you are working on.  It is important to remember why you are buying the computer.  If you only need one for classes, it might be a lot easier to tote it around if it has a smaller screen. It is worth noting that screen resolutions are measure in DPI(dot per inch),DP(Dot pitch). The higher the value the higher the display’s resolution.

Memory/Speed

The fastest, smartest computers are always the most expensive.  Of course, cutting costs on things like screen size and accessories can cut down the cost a little, but in the end, the bigger your computer’s brain, the more costly it is going to be.  To get enough memory, you may eventually find yourself needing a desktop.  If you use a lot of file space on your computer for programs, videos, and photos, you might need all of that space to keep your computer running.  If you are worried, look into the price for an external memory bank. it is worth noting that the term memory in the computing world is used interchangeably between the Hard drive and the RAM. Since this article’s intenstion is not to bore you with technical terms, it is worthy to note that when talking speed of processing more attention should be given to RAM size but when talking about permanent storage, more should be given to Hard Drive space.

Additional Gear

What computer would be complete without all of its accessories?  Web-cams, special mouses, Wifi cards and fancy sound cards can all pimp out an otherwise boring computer.  Some of those things are going to be pretty cheap, like laptop covers; and others are going to cost you a lot more, such as fancy graphics cards.  Weigh the benefits against the things that you are going to be using your computer for.  If you are only going to be writing papers, a fancy graphics card might not be a good idea.  If you are going to be designing webpages, it might be worth it. Other gears like the docking station, microphone e.t.c are also available. The rule of thumb here is “Buy What You Need” balancing the cost.

Finally

Though functionality is the word, you still don’t want to by a slimy looking computer without good external appeal. I personally hate ugly computers, no matter how good its functionality. You can also look into the possibility of building your own PC.

HAPPY SHOPPING..!

Windows 7 Professional Vs Windows 7 Enterprise

September 17, 2012 3 comments

The information in the slide above will definitely prove valuable to the choice of the windows OS to deploy in your Organisation. It highlights in details all aspects of both OS for Your consideration. Take time to go through the ten (10) page slide and you’ll simply fall in love with it.

New App Grades Facebook Apps on Privacy


By Tony Bradley, PCWorld

When someone plays Zynga’s Words with Friends on Facebook they obviously expect to share that experience with whichever Facebook contact they play against. However, by authorizing Words with Friends–or other Facebook apps–users might be sharing much more than they’re aware of.

Facebook is a social network. By definition, the point of being on Facebook at all is to share with others. However, people like to choose which information to share, and who to share it with–they’re funny that way. Apps that collect or share information without the explicit consent of the user are shady, and infringe on the privacy users expect.

Some app developers do a much better job than others at protecting user privacy.Jim Brock, founder and CEO of PrivacyChoice, explains in a blog post, “Facebook doesn’t control or enforce app privacy practices, so it’s up to users to know the privacy risk

To help users help themselves PrivacyChoice has launched PrivacyScore–a privacy report card that grades Facebook apps on how well they respect the user’s privacy. PrivacyScore is a Facebook app as well. You simply type in the name of the app you want to check, and PrivacyScore will return a grade between 1 and 100. The PrivacyScore rating considers a variety of factors, including the privacy policies of the app vendor, and how the app handles personal data.

Don’t bother trying to get a grade on PrivacyScore itself. The PrivacyChoice started out indexing and rating the most popular apps, and does not have comprehensive coverage of all Facebook apps. Its FAQ claims that it is continuing to expand its app coverage.

via New App Grades Facebook Apps on Privacy | PCWorld Business Center.

How to Build a Successful IT Security Career


Janet Pinkerton

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

IT security pros can never stop learning about cyber threats and best security practices. Industry professionals recommend a mix of activities to continually prep for a successful IT security career.

Network Connections Network and build knowledge by joining local chapters of IT security trade associations or online communities, suggests Amy Hagerman, assistant vice president/IT security manager at Independent Bank in Ionia, Michigan. “It’s very cost effective.”

Such groups could include:

A working friendship with a group of respected, trusted peers can be a huge resource to everyone in the group. It provides a chance to learn about new challenges or technologies, and discuss problems. “Once you get plugged into some of these groups, you build up a rapport over time, so you know who really knows what they are talking about, and whom you are able to trust,” says Hagerman.

Get Educated All three IT security professionals interviewed for this blog earned IT-related bachelor’s degrees; two invested in graduate level study. “I had to take the time to get in and learn how things worked, why things like firewalls for example, worked,” says Justin Opatrny, network planner for General Mills, who holds a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Iowa State and a Master’s in Information Assurance from Norwich University.

Understanding the fundamentals of networking, operating systems, security threats and risk is key to professional success.  “Anybody can learn to use an IT security tool like a firewall or an IPS (intrusion prevention system),” says Opatrny. “You need to know why you are using that tool, what advantages does it have, what disadvantages does it have—so you understand the full picture. Without those foundations, you’re likely to have less success running and securing your systems properly.”

Get Certified “Certification can be a great career builder,” contends Opatrny, who holds not only the CompTIA Security+ credential, but also the CISSP from ISC2 and forensic analyst and systems/network auditing credentials from GIAC. “It gives you some level of validation that you have a base knowledge of skill.” That can be a differentiator to an entry-level IT security employee. But he adds, “You’d better be able to prove on the job that you can apply these skills and knowledge—not just that you are good at taking tests.”

Get Involved Becoming involved with trade industry groups, such as CompTIA or ISSA, is good for the industry, and it’s good for you. Opatrny teaches, writes industry articles and volunteers as a subject matter expert; both Hagerman and Lee Myers, chief technology officer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, helped write CompTIA’s CASP exam.  The “Share the Wealth” mentality is pretty prevalent in IT security, says Opatrny. “We are already at a disadvantage against these malicious agents. We have to take every chance we have to work with our peers, share what we’ve learned or experienced, so we don’t have to figure it all out ourselves.”

Keep Reading & Researching Beyond setting RSS feeds or Google News Reader, popular online resources for IT security professionals include:

  • BugTraq — Security Focus mailing list for the “detailed” discussion and announcement of computer security vulnerabilities: what they are, how to exploit them, and how to fix them. “There’s more information on there than any one person could absorb,” says Opatrny.
  • Center for Internet Security (daily cyber security tips, white papers, guides, videos and podcasts)
  • Experts Exchange (online forum where IT professionals provide answers on tech topics)
  • ISC2 (blog, journal, magazine)
  • ISSA (journal, executive forum, webcasts, whitepapers, e-news)
  • NIST’s Special Publications (800) series, and FIPS publications. The SP800 series are documents from NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory, featuring titles such as “Guidelines for Securing Wireless Local Area Networks” (published February 2012). “The SP800 Series is a great reference for learning different aspects of security,” says Opatrny. Myers adds that NIST FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) “give you a great framework.”
  • SANS Institute (research, whitepapers, newsletters, webinars)
  • Secure Computing (monthly magazine and online news)
  • U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team— The Home and Business section offers basic tutorials (e.g., “Understanding Denial of Service Attacks”), as well as alerts current security issues, vulnerabilities, and exploits and weekly summaries of new vulnerabilities (and patch information when available).
  • Verizon 2011 Investigative  Response (IR) Caseload Review and its Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) — The DBIR is a “very thorough evaluation of all of the incidents Verizon has responded to over the last year—where the attacks are coming from, how effective they’ve been, areas getting attacked,” says Hagerman. “I find that very helpful in identifying what we should be protecting against.”

Via: Comptia Certifications Blog

Facebook gears up to announce ‘life-saving’ tool


Computerworld – Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking to the network news Tuesday to announce a new tool that is supposed to have the power to save lives.

ABC News announced Monday that reporter Robin Roberts will interview Zuckerberg about the new tool on Good Morning America Tuesday morning. The interview will be conducted in the social network’s new offices in Menlo Park, Calif.

Facebook declined to say what the new tool will do or what it will be called.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg also will get in on the press rounds and will talk about the new tool with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s World News program. According to ABC, Sandberg will talk about the personal stories that led Facebook to release the new tool.

Snippets from both interviews will be aired on Nightline and ABCnews.com.

While Facebook has not revealed what the tool will do, Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research, said the social network is in the perfect position to come up with something really helpful.

“Facebook has location info, so it knows where you are,” Kerravala said. “It also knows who you are and who is in your network, including family. With that kind of information, they could build an applet that allows you to broadcast emergency messages through Facebook.”

That kind of

via Facebook gears up to announce ‘life-saving’ tool – Computerworld.

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