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10 security best practice guidelines for consumers

Yesterday’s, “10 security best practice guidelines for businesses,” outlined some good advice for businesses to avoid security problems by implementing some industry standard hardware, software and common sense. Now it’s time for you, as a user–corporate or otherwise–to take your share of the responsibility for security on any device that you use or have control… Read more →

‘One fraud event a week': survey finds internal data breaches all too pervasive

On average, organizations experience approximately one fraud event per week, mainly from the inside, a new study estimates. However, only 44 percent of respondents say their organization views insider fraud prevention as a top security priority, a perception which has declined since 2011.  Photo: Joe McKendrick The data security study, conducted by Ponemon Institute and… Read more →

Google opens up more about FBI requests for personal info

In a follow up to its annual transparency reports, Google is shedding a little more light about what it does with requests for personal data from law enforcement officials. Specifically, the Internet giant has issued a memo explaining what it does about a National Security Letter (NSL) from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. See… Read more →

Linus Torvalds really likes Google’s Chromebook Pixel

Linus Torvalds, Linux’s primary creator, may have come to terms, reluctantly, with GNOME 3 for his Linux desktop, but what he really likes is his “new Google ‘Pixel’ laptops (aka Chromebooks).“ Linus Torvalds thinks that the Chromebook Pixel’s display is “beautiful.” (Credit: Google) To be exact, he likes being one of the “cool kids” with… Read more →

Today’s Scuttlebot: Kickstarter Undressed and Evernote’s Ambition

Here are some of the more interesting items that the tech reporters and editors of The New York Times found on the Web recently. See more here. A Day in the Life of a Freelance Journalist — 2013Natethayer.wordpress.com |  A depressing inside peek at the state of online journalism today. – Claire Cain Miller Facebook’s Can’t-Win Advertising StrategyMinyanville.com |  The pressure… Read more →

Facebook News Feed Draws More Criticism

BikersPost BikersPost, a small business, is being asked by Facebook to pay $7,500 to reach its fans on the Web site. In my column this week, I wrote about how content I shared on Facebook saw a paltry amount of interaction unless I paid Facebook to highlight it on the company’s signature news feed. Other reporters and bloggers said they had seen a similar… Read more →

Apple having an ‘identity crisis,’ claims analyst

The growth that Apple has seen over the past decade has been nothing short of miraculous. Starting with the iPod, the company has gone from strength to strength, disrupting market after market. But now the Cupertino giant is finding itself in unfamiliar territory, and having to defend market share. UBS analyst Steve Milunovich sent a… Read more →

Undeniable link between BYOD and cloud adoption

The close link between the bring your own device (BYOD) movement and cloud services adoption is underscored in a survey of IT professionals about cloud adoption trends recently published by IT solution provider CDW. Almost three-quarters of the IT professionals surveyed by CDW said their organization’s decision to take on cloud computing was “significantly influenced”… Read more →

Amazon cuts EC2 pricing again; maintains compete strategy with Microsoft, Google

Amazon has dropped its EC2 cloud computing services prices for the 26th time, as the cloud giant continues to pass on the savings from its ever-growing expansion back to its customers.  Read this Amazon drops AWS prices on notifications, messages Read more The company announced discounts of more than one-quarter for EC2 reserved instances running Linux/Unix,… Read more →

Oracle rolls out its Database Appliance X3-2

Oracle revamped its Oracle Database Appliance with more storage and better performance as well as support for virtualization. The company said its Oracle Database Appliance X3-2 was now generally available. Among the new features is virtualization support so third party software vendors can add applications to the appliance. Oracle also claims that the virtual platform… Read more →