IT Matters

Permanent Digital Footprints and Private Data

I am always surprised at how trusting people are with confidential and “private” data. They send attachments by email, they chat and post updates/pictures through their facebook/blogs/twitter accounts. And yet people are shocked when they hear about identity theft. You are shocked when someone knows your name, birthday, what you look like, what your kids …

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Internal Fraud

Unfortunately economic slowdowns can lead to downsizing, forced days off without pay, or lay offs. This can be dangerous in the world of Information Technology [IT] where disgruntled employees may retaliate against their (former) employers. Be cautious in these situations where the corporate decision has been to cut back in this area as typically these …

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Social Networking in the Corporate Environment

Most people are now involved in one or more of the social networking sites that are available online such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter to name a few. The focus behind social networking is building an online community that shares some common interest. They are mostly web-based and provide a variety of ways to …

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Growing Bits, Bytes, and Backups

Here is a picture of a hard disk drive from 1956. It had a whopping 5 MB (MegaBytes) of storage. In September 1956, IBM launched the 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive. It weighed over a ton. By way of comparison, I use 16 GB (GigaBytes) memory sticks. i.e. 16 thousand …

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Are You Really Protected?

Tired of being bombarded by telemarketing calls? Register your number with the National Do Not Call List (by the CRTC) www.dncl.gc.ca   Are You Really Protected? Unfortunately we have noticed many of the clients we deal with have a false sense of security. Just because you have anti-virus software installed on your workstations does not …

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