Tech Trends to watch our for in 2013

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2013 is here!

2013 brings new and exciting technology challenges and opportunities for you to consider!  With the New Year and the ever-changing technology innovations out there at your fingertips companies can now use these new tools and strategies to position themselves in the best way possible with less risk.  Below are some possible trends to watch for which will help your company make smart IT decisions in 2013:

Trend #1: A bright focus on Cloud interoperability

People love the cloud, they love the idea of the cloud, but they also like their old tried and true ways of the past as well.  So now more organizations are adopting a hybrid public / private approach.  This can mean a couple of things:

  1. Integrating the private cloud of an organization with other public clouds in a secure manner
  2. Enhance an internal private cloud with additional storage, computing, or cooling resources from a public cloud

In order to make sure these hybrid environments play nice, are cost effective and productive it is crucial to implement vendor-agnostic management and monitoring solutions.

Trend #2: Private Clouds are more cost effective

It’s becoming more and more expensive to run data centers which are eating up more power, more cooling and more space.  Because of this, private and hybrid clouds will gain popularity due to the cost savings.

Trend #3: Personal Devices and Virtualization

These days everyone has their own personal devices they like to use for work needs as well.  Before having two different profiles… a work one and a personal one caused many to carry around multiple devices… an android for work and iPhone for personal use (for example).  Now with virtualization, it doesn’t matter what device you’re on… you will be able to access any of your accounts, personal or work, on any device – securely.  Issues of security and identity challenges still need to be fine-tuned… but it’s on its way.

Prediction: Cyber Security Education

As more and more people shift their important information and data to the cloud, Cyber Security must become a top priority for the US Government in 2013.  The public will need to be educated on how to properly and safely store your information in the cloud.

Moving Forward

It’s more important now than ever to be smarter about IT and proactive with the available options to your organization.  Managing and monitoring these ever-changing environments is critical to success.

Tips to protect your PC from Virus Infection in the office and at home…

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They’re inevitable and everyone hates them… Internet viruses!  When they strike, they are such a pain and can do a large amount of damage without you realizing it, until it’s too late.  Luckily there are some preventative measures you can take to help trap these little critters and stop them from damaging your information and software.

  1. First, install an anti-virus software program onto your computer such as Norton or ESET
  2. If you’re browsing the internet and come across a suspicious looking site with a bunch of “download here” boxes…DON’T… chances are you’re going to infect your computer with a virus.
  3. Be cautious with email attachments.  You may think that your friend Fred is sending you something cool to check out, but chances are his email with “I can’t believe this was caught on video” in the subject line is in fact… a virus.
  4. Run scans.  If not twice a week, at the very least once a week.  These scans will help find anything that is slowing down your computer.
  5. Are you a Window’s user?  Be careful because they face they greatest risks today.  Various versions of Flash, QuickTime and Java may be running unpatched against the latest security risks hence making your computer susceptible to them, so in order to protect yourself you should install any available updates to Flash, QuickTime and Java.  Yes, it’s that simple!
  6. Are you a Mac user?  Well, your precious Mac is now vulnerable to a new virus called the Sabpab Trojan.  To help deter this virus from infecting your Mac be sure to equip your Mac with Apple’s latest Java update.  This  new Sabpab Trojan doesn’t require user interaction to infect a device, it’s a backdoor Trojan that connects to a control server using HTTP.  The Trojan follows the orders of the hackers and can upload or download files, run command and even take screen shots.  If you want to learn  more about the virus, click here.
  7. If possible, steer away from using IE… browsers such as Firefox, Safari and Chrome are less prone to virus attacks.

These are just a few things that you can do to prevent your PC from those dreaded virus infections.  If you’re concerned, we’re here to help.  Just call us at 707.575.9986 to speak with a trained and certified KLH Consulting representative for further assistance and live support.

** If you see ads on Wikipedia… you probably have Malware.  Wikipedia has said that they will always be ad-free.  For more information about seeing ads on Wikipedia be sure to check out this article.  And don’t forget to follow the steps above that we just talked about to prevent any viruses or malware from infecting your computer.

Will Internet Explorer’s new automatic updates affect your business?

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In an effort to make the web a more safe and secure place, Microsoft’s Ryan Gavin announced that Internet Explorer will begin rolling out automatic updates.  The guinea pigs will be a limited audience in Australia and Brazil who should expect to see the automatic updates sometime in January.

So, you’re asking… how will this affect you and your business?  There are many pros but some cons as well.  Let’s begin with the benefits of this automatic update first:

  • The web will be safer. The more up-to-date your browser the more protection you have against malicious software.
  • Web developers rejoice! Up-to-date web browsers allow web developers to create richer and more efficient web experiences.
  • Malware threats decrease. You will be less vulnerable to online threats.

Now onto the cons… well, it seems like there is just one.  Some companies are forced to stay with earlier versions of IE due to the fact that their critical applications won’t run on modern updated browsers.  If you’re one of these “browser stragglers” don’t worry… you aren’t alone, about 8.3 percent of the world’s users are still on IE6.

According to Gavin, customers who have previously declined installations of IE8 or IE9 through Windows Update will not be automatically updated.  Though, if you currently have Internet Explorer 8 or Internet Explorer 9 installed, the Automatic Update Blocker Toolkits allow you to disable the automatic updates if you don’t want them.  If you are accidentally upgraded though, it is possible to roll back to previous versions of Internet Explorer.

If you’re concerned about the automatic updates or are worried about the risks involving using an older version of IE, contact KLH Consulting at 707.575.9986 and we will be more than happy to check out your current situation and how these automatic updates will affect your company.