May 23rd, 2013
Just who owns two-factor authentication? According to Kim Dotcom, Kim Dotcom does. And the MegaUpload founder announced his plans to sue some of the internet’s biggest players, including Twitter and Facebook for the security measure he says he invented. This type of authentication, now used by countless web sites and internet service providers Houston, among other companies, offers a higher degree of security to users by requiring the entry of a code sent via means other than the internet.
Dotcom revealed that the reason he hasn’t sued any of the companies using the authentication yet is because it’s his belief that society benefits when ideas and knowledge are shared. However, this stance has recently changed, and has Dotcom rethinking his moves due to what he’s been through with the federal agencies in the United States, who shut down his MegaUpload site on the grounds that pirates were using it to distribute copyrighted materials illegally.
May 3rd, 2013
Some PC users think that it’s a complicated business to hook up their TVs to their system. But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, all it takes to create your dream theater is a laptop. A laptop can be easily placed among your other home theater components and moved where you need it to be. But whether you use a desktop or laptop, there are minimum requirements.
In order to avoid any lag in the configuration and general usage of your PC home theater system, it’s a good idea to ensure your computer has at least Windows XPO installed, along with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 2.4 GHz or more. You should also ensure that your computer has at least 2GB of RAM and an HDMI port. Those wanting to use Mac computers for their system should ensure that an Intel Core Duo process running at 1.6 GHz or more, and at least one GB of RAM is available. For operating systems, the Mac OS X Snow Leopard, version 10.6.3 or better is recommended.
April 9th, 2013
Although there are many options for music lovers that include cloud storage, personal music players and various streaming services, somehow satellite radio has not only managed to survive, but thrive. Music lovers everywhere are rejoicing at a recent announcement by major satellite internet service radio provider SiriusXM: it now has a mobile app. SiriusXM’s internet radio offering provides over 160 channels of commercial-free listening pleasure, and includes some that aren’t available on its satellite radio counterpart.
The mobile app is available for the Android, iPhone, Blackberry and tablets. Enhanced functionality includes On Demand, Start Now which allows users to go back in programming up to five hours, Pause Live Radio and TuneStart, which will play favorite tracks from the beginning if you happen to just catch the end.
April 5th, 2013
No, they won’t go after the food you left on your counter. But they will control your computer. RATs, or remote administration tools, seem to be the new tool hackers are using to hijack the systems of those using internet service providers New York and other companies to get online. But what exactly is a RAT, and how does it do what it does?
Well, for starters, the RAT is aggressive malware that is also known as a Remote Access Trojan by some virus companies. It is a piece of software which is loaded onto a computer that allows for a hacker to completely control the system. As with many other forms of malware, the RAT is downloaded most often because it looks like something innocent. What makes the RAT so sinister is that it can not only allow a hacker to see passwords, typing history and a user’s desktop, but disable the ‘on’ light of webcams so that their victims can be watched without the user’s knowledge.
March 29th, 2013
Many Americans are using their smartphones to shop these days. And the numbers are encouraging: in 2012, consumers spent $12.8 billion via their mobile devices, and numbers are only expected to increase, with some experts predicting $90 mobile dollars being spent just four years from now. This huge upswing in mobile spending may leave some internet service providers Milwaukee wondering if online shopping is dead.
But concerns about the security and privacy of the ‘mobile wallet’ may be reason for ISPs to stop worrying. Those advocating for privacy say that this technology will not increase, but significantly decrease consumer security, leaving them far more vulnerable to data collection and identity theft. This is because the mobile device is home to social media programs and GPS tracking, not to mention financial behavior if a mobile wallet is used.
March 22nd, 2013
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski today announced that he will be resigning from his position. Genachowski, although supported by several consumer groups when he became chairman four years ago, is now regarded by those groups as having had a disappointing run in the organization. One example is the prices for internet service providers Denver and other companies, which has gone up for customers.
This increase in price has resulted in those customers mainly communicating with their mobile devices. Accompanying this change has been a more concentrated market for broadband internet, which has given customers fewer options for choosing service. Genachowski’s reign saw the approval of deals that shifted the industry, such as the Comcast-NBC Universal merger. Some of his earlier plans may never reach fruition, such as the auction of TV airwaves to commercial wireless operators.
March 15th, 2013
Almost all small businesses are using wireless technology in some form, according to a new poll by AT&T internet service. The poll’s results were released earlier this week, and reveal that over half of the smartphones being used by small businesses fall into the 4G category. This is up a whopping 70% from 2012′s usage numbers.
And not only are more small business owners using 4G smartphones, but nine out of ten businesses said they were satisfied with the speed. But not only do businesses like smartphones, they are finding it hard to think about doing business without them and other wireless technologies. This makes sense, with so many businesses adopting mobile solutions like apps and tablets. According to statistics, almost 70% of businesses use tablets, while just over 30% of businesses use apps.
February 6th, 2013
There is attack being planned that could see the end of net neutrality occur this year. The attack is three-fold, and involves two major ISPs, one of whom is a part of internet service providers Washington DC, and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. The result if their efforts are successful will be a deregulated internet that is more privatized than it is now.
This is not good news in the telecom world, where there is plenty of monopolization and privatization. Ultimately, it will mean that consumers will pay more for internet service from companies they have no choice but to do business with if they want or need to get online. A ruling is expected soon, although there is much split opinion with regard to the individual cases being reviewed.
February 5th, 2013
One of the well-known internet service providers Houston has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Energy to produce electric vehicles. The company in question is Verizon, and together with the DOE, it hopes to meet President Obama’s goal to produce affordable electric vehicles that are as convenient to fuel up as their gasoline cousins. The President announced last year an aim to produce more electric vehicles by 2022.
Verizon isn’t the only company to partner with the DOE on this mission. There are twelve other companies who are participating in this effort. They, along with Verizon will be working on the development and commercialization of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure. Charging stations are crucial if the goal is to have widespread use of plug-in electric vehicles across the United States. Verizon has already installed several of the charging stations at its own facilities.
February 4th, 2013
Java is a tool being used more often than ever before. Whenever you get online with your internet service, you could be exposed to hundreds of images, ads or commercials that use the product. Which is why it’s so important to consider installing the new patch released by Oracle this past Friday. In fact, the company is calling it a Critical Patch Update for the month of February.
The patch, issued for Java SE received emergency update status as early as the 13th of January. Unfortunately, that update didn’t provide protection from all threats. Homeland Security, upon receipt of this news recommended that all users disable Java until an all-encompassing patch was developed. This latest patch wasn’t scheduled for release until later this month, but Oracle figured patch distribution effectiveness would be higher if released earlier.
February 1st, 2013
Plain old telephone service, or POTS, is being abandoned across the country. This means that many popular phone and internet internet service providers Atlanta will eventually end their offerings for land-based internet service. This is being done for a number of reasons, including the fact that as the copper wire infrastructure continues to age, more maintenance and repair is needed, which is quite a lot more expensive than the maintenance and repair of more modern systems, thanks to rising copper prices.
The ability to plug even old analog phones into internet-enabled boxes, along with the unprecedented mobile revolution is seeing many customers giving up their POTS service. While most ISPs aren’t seeing any negative effects of the POTS to modern systems transition, there remains the subject of decommissioning, or the selling off of the parts of the POTS system.
January 31st, 2013
A major wireless internet provider has filed with the FCC to argue for its competitor to be evaluated in terms of spectrum in the same way that all other types of spectrum are evaluated. The company in question is Clearwire, a company who may soon be purchased by Sprint Nextel. It’s being argued by Sprint that Clearwire spectrum rises above 2GHz, making the FCC’s spectrum screen not applicable.
However, another major provider, Verizon, is saying that Clearwire is already using the spectrum for mobile broadband. Making this situation more complicated is the fact that the FCC is currently reviewing and evaluating its rules for the spectrum screen. The FCC has stated that until its review is complete, it will evaluate spectrum disputes case by case. This is no tht eonly argument being raised with regard to spectrum; in November of 2012, AT&T joined the fray with Verizon regarding the amount of spectrum included in the screen.
January 30th, 2013
THOR has finally arrived, and will change the way Earth’s happenings are accessed and observed. The tool allows for the remote monitoring of rainfall, storms, and other weather events from anywhere that a satellite internet or other connection is available. The tool, which can be accessed via a web-based application also includes 3D visualization, which can take anyone inside the layers of a storm for a clearer understanding of its movement.
The 3D feature will also be useful for educating those who may not have technical training required by meteorologists and other such researchers. This new tool is likely to be of interest to other organizations wishing to broaden the usage of the data they’ve collected with satellites, or needed to develop visualization tools which are interactive.
January 29th, 2013
Individual YouTube channels will soon be available via paid subscription only. The small group of channels, approached by YouTube to submit applications to be considered for this first attempt, will offer subscriptions costing up to five dollars per month. The move follows YouTube’s desire to tempt producers, viewers – and ultimately, dollars – away from the traditional television industry.
A number of networks has already proven their ability to develop significant YouTube followings, and it is suspected that these networks are the ones the company will rely on to be a part of its initial channel rollout. The news about paid YouTube subscriptions is not new; the company has been talking about this possibility for approximately a year. Observers expect the number of initially-available subscription channels to be around twenty-five, but are hoping caution will be taken by those partners who have built their followers over the years with free access.
January 16th, 2013
According to a recent report, the pressure is on for cable companies to offer the same or faster speeds than their internet service providers Chicago counterparts. Although broadband’s steady revenue growth has bought cable operators some time, universities, businesses and local governments are starting to demand gigabit-speed internet service, which has not gone unnoticed by those companies having those speeds available to supply.
Fiber seems to be the name of the game for high-speed demand. And major companies offering the service seeming to running fiber lines anywhere they can. But cable companies aren’t jumping on the bandwagon as yet. This is because it would cost them billions of dollars more to offer those speed levels, as more expensive fiber cables would be needed. But experts say that cable has many tools available to increase the amount of bandwidth and deliver those much-desired gigabit speeds.
January 3rd, 2013
You may have heard of hackers using keylogger software to track all keystrokes made from your keyboard. This is a very common method of obtaining usernames and passwords, along with other sensitive information. But now, a new threat has been revealed which will affect you if you use Internet Explorer with any satellite, cable or DSL providers in your area.
A vulnerability in the popular browser allows hackers to track surfers’ mouse movements. This flaw is currently being investigated by Microsoft, who says virtual keypads and keyboards could be at risk for monitoring remotely. Unfortunately, several versions of IE contain the vulnerability, from versions six through ten. The vulnerability can be exploited when a hacker purchases web ad space and a user clicks on the ad.
December 19th, 2012
Most people might have trouble saying that the connection they have from internet providers in my area is a luxury. The internet has become a part of daily lives. Most of us now use email to communicate, social media to keep in touch with loved ones and get information about the services we need by going online. Perhaps back when we weren’t interconnected by the web, more people might have said that they don’t really need the internet.
Some are even going so far as to say that internet access should be designated a basic human right. After all, most of us have seen what denying internet access to a country can do, leaving the rest of the world unable to communicate with a country’s residents, among other inabilities.
October 19th, 2012
You’ve heard about it, and now it’s here; soon, it will be much more difficult for customers of five major internet providers to violate digital copyright by sharing downloaded music, movies and television shows on file sharing networks. Any customers of the Big Five, which include AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner will begin receiving warnings in as little as two months.
File sharing networks such as BitTorrent are now apparently being monitored by copyright owners for violations. When an offender is found, their IP address is recorded and then submitted to internet providers, who them contact the address owner. But those worried about being accused of illegal activity they didn’t take will also have a defense in the form of tips about how to secure their connection.
October 18th, 2012
You may think there is little more to backing up your computer than having CDs or all of your information stored on an external drive. But believe it or not, there are many options for backing up your information; just look online with internet service providers St. Louis. And while the thought of purchasing one device for the sole purpose of backing up your computer may seem like a good one, there are caveats to be aware of.
Although many solutions offer many features in one, those features can sometimes be overwhelming to the user. Imagine a device that allowed you to configure your computer back up in a dozen ways. Do you really need a dozen ways to do this, or would you be able to understand how each way does the job?
October 17th, 2012
This world has gotten faster. We don’t have the time to read pages upon pages of web content. Life happens in 140 character bits these days. And thanks to URL shortening services, we don’t have to waste time typing in long URLs, either. If you’re online with internet service providers Seattle and have a Twitter account, any URL you type in is automatically shortened to something that’s easy to access. But what are the other benefits?
Well, short URLs can help if you like to share interesting sites with a friend who is visually impaired, as a shorter URL will be easier for them to understand. And when you have to reach a lot of eyes in a short amount of time, such as on a city bus or subway, shorter URLs can mean that more people access a web site with their smart phones.
October 16th, 2012
What if you took a bunch of pictures or video at a special event, and could send the hosts or other guests their memories over wireless right away instead of having to wait until the next day? This is exactly what a new product is able to do. The multi-gigabit communication module can transfer data at 1 gigabit per second over Bluetooth or wi-fi, making even the worst connection seem like the best internet provider.
Other tests of the module have shown that it’s faster even than a USB2 cable – six times faster, to be exact. But how is the communications module shattering all of these records? It’s all in how it processes its signals, which it does without having to convert and then re-convert data.
October 15th, 2012
Just one small tweak in a tiny part of a solar cell is enough to make it the ultimate in efficient for wireless Internet Service Providers Milwaukee connections. In fact, once the tweak is applied, the efficiently of solar cells can be increased by almost 50%. To what do we owe this huge jump in performance? Nanomaterials-based technology. Scientists have embedded quantum dots that have been charged into solar cells, thereby improving electrical output.
Solar panels, instead of harvesting only visible light, are simply allowed to also harvest infrared light. But what does this mean for the internet user? Money saved on their internet connection. For internet providers, more energy production with a smaller solar field than ever before. Although the idea isn’t new, previous attempts at achieving these goals were not very successful.
October 12th, 2012
Although we’ve all enjoyed the convenience of access with Internet Service Providers Denver on the go, there are still millions of us who own and use desktop computers. And eventually, we may all have to replace the hard drive on those computers. But for someone who isn’t technically savvy, this can be a scary experience.
There are three main types of hard drive: EIDE, SATA and SCSI. EIDE drives are some of the most affordable on the market, and probably the most common type of drive used by most desktop computer owners. These drives can be identified by their pins and ribbon cable connections. The SATA drive is much faster than an EIDE drive, and it’s also more efficient. It is costlier than an EIDE drive.
Finally, the SCSI or ‘scuzzy’ drive as it’s called is faster than its SATA counterpart, as well as more expensive. This drive can reach speeds of 15,000 RPM, which is impressive.
October 11th, 2012
Would you know if your web site became hacked? Unless you know the signs, most likely not. And that’s what makes them frightening, particularly if you are running a site that accepts credit card payments. But there are some easy ways to find out if all isn’t well. You can check your site in Google by going online with Internet Service Providers Baltimore and searching for it, and then looking for any warnings that may be posted beside your site’s name. Your own antivirus program may have even tried to warn you when you’ve attempted to load your site.
Hack Testing And Confirmation
You can visit a few online resources to check your site for malicious activity, for example, McAfee’s Site Advisor. If you’ve confirmed a hack, then it’s time to visit each page where there is visible evidence of hacking, and take and save a screen shot of each. If you’re still able to log into your control panel, changing your password should be your first step. Next, upload your web site’s copy that you backed up.
May 25th, 2012
The continuing popularity of cloud computing is seeing many businesses jumping on board. And while the infrastructure has many benefits, major incidents can occur of the transition isn’t managed smoothly.
Cloud computing can mean that a company can save possible thousands of dollars per year on software licensing and renewal, hardware maintenance and specialized staff. And so effectively communicating the changes by having the right tools in place is a priority.
Having the help of professionals can ensure that any transition to the cloud can occur without incident. That’s because the professionals know the ins and outs of all aspects of the transition process, from software to data management centers.
Knowing how the cloud culture operates is the key to navigating it efficiently. In general, the cloud is very receptive to change and innovation, a concept that can be adapted by any business over time.
It won’t only be those in the IT department of a business who need to know about the changes. Everyone who will be using the new cloud structure will need to know how their daily tasks will be performed there. Communication is crucial if the goal is complete understanding about the impact of cloud computing. Help can also sometimes be had by the host of the cloud service.
May 23rd, 2012
Victims of DNSChanger will soon be notified of the infection in their most commonly-spoken language, thanks to an announcement by Google today. Approximately 500,000 computers are still infected by the malware which was discovered toward the end of last year and sent unsuspecting users to web sites they hadn’t intended to visit. This occurred due to the redirection of users to faulty DNS servers, which were discovered and then temporarily replaced with help from the Internet Systems Consortium. But for those remaining 500,000 machines, that court order expired on the 9th of July. And when it does, the temporary servers those machines are still accessing will be shut down, resulting in no internet access for the remaining users. Although ISPs have been attempting to alert victims, their efforts have been largely unsuccessful due to the fact that the message was communicated in English when only have of the victims speak that language.
May 21st, 2012
An order by the U.S. International Trade Commission will see several smart phone models by Motorola Mobility not being allowed to be imported into the country. The reason for the barring is due to the fact that the phones infringe on a Microsoft patent. The dispute over patent saw a clear victor last week as some HTC smart phone models were stopped at the U.S. border, reportedly an order handed down by Microsoft. Shortly after news of the stopped shipments broke, HTC shares suffered a more than six percent drop. A total of 18 Motorola Mobility smart phone models have been identified as infringers and therefore have been stopped at the border. These models include the Droid 2, Xoom, Flipout and Spice. The controversy surrounds meeting schedule technology that Microsoft holds the patent for.