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Technology Tips and News for Busy Professionals

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Greetings!                                                                                                        Volume 3, Number 4

We hope you enjoy and benefit from these technology tips and news for busy professionals.  We bring this to you because we are committed to bridging the gap between people and their technology.

 

INFO-TEK employs a full time staff of trained and certified computer & network specialists who are quick to respond, easy to talk with and people you can trust. 

 

We specialize in small business and home office clients and we have helped thousands of people in the greater Kansas City area with their computer service needs at very competitive and affordable rates.

Phishing 101

 

Understanding Private and Virtual Private Networks

 

How Skype TV is Changing Businesses Around the World

 

Rule of Thumb

 

 

NEWS:  Microsoft – 9 Reasons to Install Internet Explorer 9

“Building good relationships between people and their technology 365 days a year.”

 

 

Phishing 101

 

 

Description: Description: http://www.purpleguys.com/files/2011/02/620ea8a822hing-a.jpgWhat makes a phishing message tick? Identify phishing messages from the get go and stop yourself from becoming another statistic.

Online oracle Wikipedia defines phishing as: “the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.” We probably don’t need to tell you what kind of damage unscrupulous people can do with that kind of data in their hands. This is why it’s important to identify phishing messages from the get go and prevent becoming a victim.

What makes a phishing message tick? How are they different from spam? What makes phishing different from spam is that phishing messages masquerade as official correspondence from a trusted source. While spam can be filtered, many phishing messages manage to bypass these filters precisely because they seem to be legitimate messages. They can be disguised as communication from your bank, your credit card company, or even from a large company such as Microsoft or Google, or social networking sites like Facebook, or MySpace. These messages come complete with official-sounding content and even logos stolen from the legit websites.

The website links in the message, however, direct you to a fraudulent but official-looking website where you are asked to divulge personal information. You can check these links by simply hovering your mouse pointer over them – watch out for misspelled or faked / masked websites.

Sometimes a telephone number is posted, and when called, you are asked for personal information. Remember, legitimate companies never ask for your password or similar data.

Another identifying factor: phishers bait people with everything from ultimatums (such as a deadline or expiry date) to shocking statements (such as, “you’ve won a hundred thousand dollars!”). These kinds of phrases are designed to create a sense of urgency, making users fill out forms and click on links without fully considering the consequences.

If you want to know more about phishing and how you can safeguard yourself against it, we’ll be happy to fill you in and discuss a customized security plan to keep you fully protected.

If you would like to protect yourself from Phishing, viruses (from email), & SPAM, sign up for INFO-TEK’s Net Filter today.  It’s only $25 a mailbox per year

 

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Understanding Private and Virtual Private Networks

 

 

 

 

Description: Description: http://www.purpleguys.com/files/2011/03/0ff64a8478vpn-a.jpgWhy are companies rolling out their own private networks? Find out what private networks are and how you can benefit. The world is flat. That is if you ask New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman, who wrote a book of the same name describing just how the world got flatter and flatter thanks to a whole host of factors, one of which is technology. Technologymost notably computers, telecommunication devices, and the Internethas allowed individuals and organizations to create, communicate, and collaborate like never before.

One question that always pops up, however, is how to maintain privacy and security in this brave new world of greater transparency and connectedness. Until recently, the only way was through cumbersome and expensive means. Companies, especially large corporations, previously resorted to setting up their own infrastructure (think miles and miles of cable, satellite uplinks, or large line-of-sight communication links) or leasing infrastructure from telecommunication companies, just to be able to set up and maintain their own private and secure telecommunication networks that can span large distances.

With the advent of the Internet, however, setting up private networks has become much cheaper and easier. Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, allow companies to create their own secure, private networks within the public network using technologies such as encryption and other security mechanisms to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and the data within. The Internet is used only as the transport layer, radically reducing cost and time to set up because of its ubiquity, simplicity, and scalability.

Examples of how a VPN can benefit your organization include the ability to:

  • Allow your people to work anywhere at any timeas long as they have Internet access and VPN support.
  • Link together your offices and employees anywhere in the world, securely and cost effectively.
  • Extend your operations around the worldsell online, move goods across borders, recruit talent from anywhere!

Can you think of other ways a VPN can help you and your organization? Let us know. Thinking of setting one up right away? Call us and find out how we can help.

If you would like to learn more about VPN and how your business can benefit from it, call INFO-TEK today to talk with one of our certified Network Engineers.

 

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How Skype TV is Changing Businesses Around the World

 

 

 

Description: Description: http://www.purpleguys.com/files/2011/03/645db6a1cfence-a.jpgSkype, together with its partners Panasonic and Samsung, has developed the first generation of Skype-enabled TVs that allow you to call and receive video calls from anyone who has Skype, and make video calls to users with Skype (v5.0+) for Windows or Mac on their computers or laptops.

Technology continues to evolve each day, and the internet especially has made life easier and more convenient. You can shop online, conduct research from any location, bank online, and even have meetings and conferences online. There’s no need to fly from one state or country to another for board meetings, and no need to pay for expensive telephone bills for conference calls. Downloadable internet programs allow you to meet as long as you want, and if both parties have downloaded the same program it’s free. One such program is Skype.

Skype is a software application that enables registered users to make voice calls and group chats over the internet, as well as use offline messaging, instant messaging, and chat history storage. Calls between Skype users are free, and calls to landline and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system.

In January 2006, video conferencing between two users was introduced, and in 2010 Skype began offering free video conferencing with up to 5 people. Today, Skype has brought video conferencing a step further:  to your widescreen TV.

The Skype-enabled TV was developed by David Dinka and his team as a result of interviews conducted worldwide asking respondents about their communication needs. The interviews uncovered a common desire to be able to speak to their colleagues, family, and friends from a more comfortable place than their desks, and they prefer to make video calls on a big screen.

Together with its partners Panasonic and Samsung, Skype has developed the first generation of Skype-enabled TVs that allow you to call and receive video calls from anyone who has Skype. You can also video call users with Skype for Windows or Mac (version 5.0 and above) on their computers or laptops.

How does it work? You’ll need a Skype-enabled TV (Sony and VIZIO will also offer models later this year) and a webcam developed specifically to work with your TV and Skype. These special webcams have built-in microphones that allow you to make calls from a distance without having to shout or move closer to the TV. Some Panasonic TVs will even allow you to make HD video calls. To maximize your video calls, it’s recommended that you have a 1Mbs symmetric broadband connection.

For entrepreneurs with several offices around the country or even around the world, this will be especially useful, allowing them to link offices and have a full-time video connection for free.

And with Skype TV, you won’t have to stay glued to your desk staring into the small screen of your computer during conference calls. You can be seated comfortably on your sofa with a clear view of everyone involved. And because the service is free, you won’t have to worry about rushing through meetings to keep operation costs down. You get your work done at the pace that you set.

For more details about Skype TV, please visit the Skype website:  www.skype.com

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Rule of Thumb

 

 

 

Never assume that you’re getting good backups.  On at least a weekly basis, be sure to check your backups to make sure the process is working like it’s supposed to.  It’s also not a bad idea to periodically restore a file to make sure that process is working.

 

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NEWS:  Microsoft – 9 Reasons to Install Internet Explorer 9

 

 

 

Internet Explorer 9 provides the best web experience for Windows. Here are the top reasons why you should get it today.

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It's all-around fast — hardware-accelerated text, video, and graphics speed up performance and make websites perform like programs that are installed on your computer.

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Streamlined and simplified design — gives you the basic controls you need and puts the focus on your websites.

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One-click access to your favorite sites — with Pinned Sites, you can get to your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbar without having to open your browser first.

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A combined search and Address bar — one place to either navigate to a website or start a search.

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Redesigned New Tab page — now you have quick access to the sites you visit most often, and you can also reopen closed tabs or your last browsing session, or start an InPrivate Browsing session.

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Integration with Windows 7 — with Snap, Pinned Sites, Jump Lists, and thumbnail preview controls, Internet Explorer 9 and Windows 7 bring you the best web experience for Windows.

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Improved add-on management — Add-on Performance Advisor tells you if an add-on is slowing down your browser and allows you to disable or remove it, helping ensure that your browser stays fast over time.

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Helps control your privacy — Tracking Protection enables you to limit the browser's communication with certain websites to help keep your information private.

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Keeps your downloads in order — Download Manager keeps a running list of the files you download from the Internet, notifies you if a file could be malicious, and allows you to pause and restart a download.

 

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