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Phishing by kenk124

You said 1 month ago:

I agree all banks should have this information on their websites, especially for the individuals who may not be as familiar with dealing with the Internet and email. Thieves use different ways to obtain your information like phone calls, text message, or etc. Educating individuals about this threat is the best way to avoid criminals to gain access to your information. Phishing seems like it is getting more advance and banks will need to continue updating their security and software to protect their clients.

Wikipedia – Is it reliable? by Julie Marshall

You said 1 month ago:

I did not know much about Wikipedia before reading your post. From the information giving I think the Chesney’s study says it all. Wikipedia should only be used for background information. If the contents were not screened how would anyone know the information giving is accurate without doing further research. I do not think this is a reliable source by itself. Just because the Britannica and Wikipedia have similar errors I think Britannica has the upper hand because it has the formal peer review every time information is added.

Cable vs Fios by young42

You said 1 month ago:

I also have Comcast Internet service and I appreciate the speed over DSL. I haven’t heard much about FIOS just that it supposed to be pretty fast. I don’t download or use the Internet much so to pay more than $33 a month would be a waste. The price for FIOS seems pretty steep and you probably have to pay for installation. I have had my issues with Comcast but they get resolved pretty quickly. I have Vista and it seems they do not have the same troubleshooting help as they do for XP.

VOIP by kenk124

You said 1 month ago:

Ken, thanks for the lesson is VOIP. I have never heard of this technology or maybe haven’t paid much attention to it. I’ve seen Vonage posters but never was interested. VOIP sounds like it may be the service to get in the future like FIOSor Web based software but it just needs to have the bugs worked out. Many of my family and friends only carry cell phones due to the fact of landlines being so expensive.

Distributing Software by Julie Marshall

You said 1 month ago:

There are great reasons to use web based or CD software. I never thought about the multimedia issue with a web based software. This is concern if you were distributing software like that. Downloading using a CD can become a complicated event when you have to follow those instructions such as go to start, run etc. Having information just a click away to update at any time or distribute to a large group makes web based software very appealing. I love convenience so web based software would benefit me the most.

The Impacts of Throwing Away Your Old Computer Hardware by kenk124

You said 1 month ago:

You never hear about the damage computer parts do to the environment. Its amazing that we do not take better care of the Earth. Definitely getting a tax deductions for donating your old computer hardware is awesome. This is something I will share with my family. Dell, Gateway, Sony just to name a few need to set up recycling posts like they do at cell phone distributors. This may encourage customers to bring their old computers to them. Giving a customer a reward definitely makes you think about recycling before going to the dump.

 

All-In-One Printers – The Pros and Cons by Julie Marshall

You said 2 months ago:

I definitely have to agree with you. I have a EasyShare Kodak All-in-one printer and absolutely loveit. This machine matches perfectly with my Kodak digital Camera. It took lots of research to make sure I had chosen the best printer for my family. The cartridges are inexpensive and it has a LCD screen. When your printer, copier, fax, and scanner are all on one machine I agree that if something needs to be repaired it can be a hassle but when you have great customer service and a warranty than it is only a minor set back. I’ve heard the Dell all-in-one printer is a great printer and would definitely consider that when I have to purchase another one.

Blackberry, baby! by kenk124

You said 2 months ago:

This is a very interesting blog especially since I own a three year old phone. I definitely will be updating my phone this year. I never understood the hype over the iphone, blackberry, etc. As long as my phone made calls I was happy but reading your blog makes me think about convenience. I think my major concerns would be durability. I have a three year old that has dropped and walked all over my phone and it still works. The newer phones that my friends have such as razor, side kick, etc. all had problems with hardware and if they shut their phones too hard their phones require repair.

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Internet and E-Commerce

What Is Phishing?

The act of sending emails to a user falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that will be used for identity theft.  The email directs the user to visit a Web site where they are asked to update personal information, such as passwords and credit card, social security, and bank account numbers, that the legitimate organization already has.  The Web site, however, is bogus and set up only to steal the user’s information.

Some of the banks I visited were Bank of America, Wachovia, DFFCU, and others to determine how they are trying to keep us safe.  They basically are trying to keep their clients safe by educating them on the scenarios that could possibly be a scam.  On one bank’s website they urge clients to not click on the links presented in email but to manually type the banks website into your browser.  They also advise clients to install anti-spy ware, anti-virus, and a personal firewall on your computer to protect you from criminals gaining access to your computer.  Banks are definitely updating security to handle this threat by having secure transmissions, encryptions, virus protection and etc.  They want you to be very cautious giving your personal information to anyone even them.  Several banks have developed email and phone support to report any type of fraud or phishing.  Banks also have security features such as automatic sign off, security questions, and response teams that can warn you if anything happens out of the ordinary.  After reading about phishing I will definitely changing my habits on the web.

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DSL -VS- Cable

Who has the better speed?

DSL connection and Cable Modem basically provide the same Mbps speeds. However DSL may become slower the farther you live from the provider’s central office. Cable speed usually depends on Web traffic.

How does DSL and Cable compare with availability and reliability?

They are both reliable and have great performance usually. DSL and Cable are not available in all areas but Cable is available to anyone who can receive cable television which may have an advantage over DSL.

Which has the better price?

DSL is a little more expensive than cable. Cable wins when it comes to the price. Based on installation and monthly service fees, cable is usually a better bet if price is an issue.

Something to help you decide if you should go with Cable or DSL are if you live in an area where both cable and DSL are offered then you may get a better deal on your broadband service. Cable and DSL providers usually provide discounts on bundles packages.

What about Security?

They usually need to purchase antivirus software and a firewall for either internet connection.

Who has better Customer Service and Popularity?

From About.com they find DSL has higher customer survey ratings than cable services. About.com also states cable internet enjoys has greater popularity than DSL in the U.S. DSL dominates the nations outside the U.S.

Who has the better installation process?

DSL has had several horror stories in the past. But now they haven’t definitely stepped up to the plate with self installation. Cable does let you self-install but most people do not know and get stuck with Cable companies installing their internet.

 

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New ERA of Software

What is the definition of Web Based Software?
Web based software or online software resides on the software provider’s file servers instead of on your computer hard drive as with traditional software. Web based software is used online via the Internet using a browser like Firefox or Internet Explorer.
Some web based software lets you store data on your own computer, but the majority of online software services store data on secure file servers owned or rented by the software company.
Source:
http://financialsoft.about.com/od/glossaryindexo/g/OnlineApp_def.htm 
If I were a Sr. Software programmer I would design my new software program using web based applications. This is definitely a superior choice. Cd’s are a thing of the past. There will be challenges to overcome but my software program will be easier for the users. Businesses will definitely benefit from applications being distributed through a web based software program.
The main reason I chose to design my program using a web based application is all you need is an Internet connection. Utilizing web based software would give you immediate access to your applications and the latest release of the software. Web based applications uses less RAM memory and may be less prone to crashing . Distributing the software would be a easier than attempting to hand CD’s to an entire business group. Cd’s can be damaged or misplaced so having everything web based is easier to manage.
The challenges a web based application faces are lack of control and security to point out a few.
Our toughest challenge may be accepting this new technology.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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All in One printer

What’s a great choice for a home office printer? An All in one printer is a great choice for numerous reasons. This multifunctional printer may have different components all on one machine. These components consist of printer, scanner, copier, and/or fax machine. These printers are reasonably priced and take up very little space on your desk.

There are always things that can be done to enhance your all in one experience. Negatives I’ve foreseen with using this type of printer consist of: connect ability, setup, duplex printing, ink use, picture quality, and paper capacity. An all in one printer may also take up a bit of space on your desktop. The best way to avoid these issues are to research your printer to make sure it falls within the category for which it is needed.

An all in one printer would be a great addition to my home office. I would need a printer that can scan receipts, copy forms, and fax letters to clients. It will need to be durable and easy to use. It will also need to have a great picture quality and features such as built in media card reader and LCD screen. If it has wireless capabilities it would allow my family to use it from different computers within the household. Having an all in one printer would help me transition from office to personal responsibilities. The all in one printers various colors and shapes will address my business style. Scanning documents will increase my organizational skills so that I can eliminate paper clutter. These things are beneficial to my office duties so I am prepared for the unexpected.

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