Author: David Shelley

Beware of Hackers for Hire | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

In the past few years, remote working has grown in popularity. More and more businesses are outsourcing work to external suppliers, reducing the need for in-house expertise and costly resources. However, with the growth of online platforms for finding skilled professionals, it was inevitable that this new approach to business would be exploited.

Hacker’s List is an online platform for posting hacking tasks. Suppliers can then place a bid to win the work, which can range from breaching social media accounts to exposing confidential corporate data. So far, many projects have included requests from students to have their school grades adjusted by an experienced cyber criminal.

Of course, the owners of Hacker’s List include strict terms and conditions to forbid illegal activity. However, this rule does not seem to be strongly enforced at this point.

Mobile Malware| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Most of us understand that chargeware, ransomware, and other malicious malware applications are just as likely to occur on mobile devices as desktop and laptop PCs. In particular, Android devices with no manufacturer control over installed applications present a significant risk.

Now, mobile security company Lookout shows a sharp rise in the frequency of mobile malware infection. The company’s report draws on data collected on a global basis and, while an upward trend is evident throughout, the region-specific data is particularly interesting.

For example, in Western Europe, chargeware is more common than in the United States, where premium-rate billing mechanisms are banned.

However, the message is clear. Robust mobile security plays an essential role in securing your digital world.

 

What to Consider When Creating a Cybersecurity Policy| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Most organizations already understand the importance of robust perimeter protection as part of a cybersecurity policy. Firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and antivirus software helps to secure your network as data enters into it.

However, new information from security provider Vormetric suggests that 93% of US corporations are vulnerable to threats that originate from within the organization. This is likely to be a combination of malicious data theft by employees, accidental misuse, and malware.

With the growth of bring-your-own-device (BYOD), it is more difficult than ever to monitor, assess, and mitigate the threats that may exist in your network. As this data shows, it remains an essential consideration when creating cybersecurity policies.

 

FreedomPop gives Unlimited WiFi for $5 per Month | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Since the company was founded, FreedomPop has attempted to disrupt the restrictive telecoms market with free cellular voice and data plans. Now, the company is going even further with unlimited WiFi for just $5 per month.

The service will be provided through 10 million hotspots across the United States, from a provider that the company is keeping anonymous. Thanks to automatic sign-on, users will be able to quickly move between these public connection points with little or no service interruption.

Initially, the service is available to users of the FreedomPop Android application. However, the company promises an iPhone application to follow soon.

Compare your Internet Speed with Steam| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

PC gaming platform Steam has transformed the digital marketplace, allowing gamers to download titles directly from the internet. However, the move away from boxed copies of entertainment titles depends on the continued development of a fast, responsive infrastructure.

Highlighting the differences in network performance around the world, the Steam Global Traffic Map now includes average download rates on a per-country basis. Interestingly, this data is grouped by service providers, making it easy to see how performance varies between providers in the same geographic location.

Currently, South Korea appears to offer the fastest network performance, with an average download rate of 49.8 Mbps.

 

Featured Product: Concept Mouse with a Computer Inside | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

In technology, smaller is often considered better. Devices shrink in size, making even our old, outdated peripherals look unnecessarily large.

One team has emphasized that discrepancy with a new product, the Mouse-Box. Despite being the size of an average mouse, it secretly contains a fully-functional PC.

The unit, currently at conceptual stage, includes a quad-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex CPU, 128GB storage, and Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition, the exciting concept suggests wireless charging with an inductive mouse mat.

While the product does not immediately appear to have a market, it is an idea worth exploring and an accurate reflection of how technology has changed so significantly.

Three Tips for a Faster PC | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Most of us want ways to be more productive, but it is only possible to work faster if your PC can keep up. To help, here are three tips for a faster PC.

  1. Delete unnecessary data: Even something as simple as browsing the web creates a buildup of cached web pages, cookies, and unwanted data that slows your PC. Set your browser to automatically delete this data and regularly clear it manually from your settings window.
  2. Update your operating system: An out of date operating system can include bugs and code that is not streamlined, while newer versions may feature performance enhancements. To keep your operating system up to date, simply turn on automatic updating.
  3. Check for malware: Malware does not just put your data at risk. It can put unnecessary strain on your hardware resources, leading to performance issues. Always be cautious when installing applications from unfamiliar sources and conduct regular malware scans.

Windows 10 Changes | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Over the years, Microsoft Windows has become a familiar sight on the majority of home and office PCs. However, with the launch of Windows 10 slated for later in 2015, the world’s most-used operating system is set to become better than ever.

One significant shift is the end of Internet Explorer, replaced by a lightweight browser codenamed Spartan. In addition, the new release will add support for multiple desktops, made popular by the Mac OS X operating system. Finally, the inclusion of Cortana gives users intuitive speech recognition on their desktops and laptops.

While there are many new additions, certain changes are working backwards. Microsoft has responded to huge public demand to reinstate the familiar Start button with the launch of version 10.

OpenStack Software | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

openstack Cloud Software
OpenStack has been called the future of cloud computing, allowing users to build and manage cloud computing platforms. This is also a free software that is recommended for  service providers, enterprises, government agencies and academic institutions that want to build public or private cloud. If you are interested in trying OpenStack you can go to http://trystack.org/ and test it out.

 

Questions to Ask Before You Hire an IT Company | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

We live in a world where a huge number of people are IT literate. They understand the basics of technology. Many can even navigate more advanced tools and applications. But this does not make an IT company.

So, before you choose a supplier for your solutions always ask these three key questions.

  1. What do you guarantee?

Your business depends on technology. That means, when it comes to supporting your IT, you need dependable results. Always ask what your potential IT company can guarantee in terms of service quality or convenient points of contact.

  1. What do you outsource?

In an attempt to minimize costs, most IT companies outsource parts of their business. In some cases, this can work without impairing quality of service. However, it is vital that you check what is outsourced, if anything.

You may find that every time you attempt to get in contact with your chosen company, you are passed to a third party with little to no knowledge.

  1. Who can I talk to?

Finally, ask to talk to existing clients with similar needs to your own. They will offer the most honest information on your potential IT company, giving you peace of mind that your decision is a good one.