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March 20, 2020

oob management systems failover to cellular netops automation can help prevent network outages

Critical server outages cost businesses an average of $300,000 hourly, with many cases exceeding $5 million. As network demands increase and maximum uptime becomes a necessity, it is crucial to implement the proper processes and systems to ensure organizations constantly are able to mitigate the threat of outages. A host of factors can cause network or system downtime. [More…]

March 20, 2020

zorin is a solid windows replacement that simplifies the gnome desktop

Zorin OS 15.2, released on March 8, adds an impressive selection of upgrades and improvements to an already well-oiled Linux operating system. Since its debut in July 2009 Zorin OS cofounder Artyom Zorin has hawked his distribution as an ideal Microsoft Windows replacement. That description is a strong selling point for this easier-to-use computing platform. [More…]

March 19, 2020

it departments face many cybersecurity challenges due to unplanned remote working during the covid-19 crisis

As companies send employees home in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, cybersecurity experts are warning that telecommuting could be putting company assets and data at risk. There are a number of precautions that employees working from home should consider to ensure that sensitive data isn’t compromised by cybercriminals taking advantage of the health crisis. [More…]

March 18, 2020

crowdsourcing compute power can help coronavirus researchers

COVID-19 researchers have a new source of distributed computing power: crowdsourcing. Usually crowdsourcing involves information or opinion gathering, but in this case it involves computing power. By installing the Folding@home software program, anyone with a computer, gaming console, or even some phones and compute cycles to spare can contribute to the work of coronavirus researchers. [More…]

March 18, 2020

the open source community is rising to the challenge presented by the covid-19 pandemic

Open Source software, once the scorn of Microsoft and profit-seeking software developers, is playing an active role in efforts to combat COVID-19’s spread. Several open source projects are assisting health providers and helping people mitigate some of the hardships associated with the pandemic. Often, open source accomplishments in the public health and government services fields go unreported. [More…]

March 17, 2020

google ceo sundar pichai announced several initiatives to help address the covid-19 pandemic

Project Baseline, a new website to facilitate screening and testing of people potentially infected with the COVID-19 virus, became available on Sunday. Verily, a company owned by Google parent Alphabet, launched the site. Assistance currently is limited to residents in two counties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Verily also is working with authorities to establish testing sites. [More…]

March 16, 2020

3 innovative tech approaches to softening the coronavirus pandemic's blow

We are up to our armpits in COVID-19, also known as “coronavirus,” concerns. While the technology market could be devastated by it, there are several things tech players could do to mitigate the damage. Aside from having people work from home and stand six feet apart, the industry could take several innovative steps to mitigate the first manageable pandemic in the world’s history. [More…]

March 13, 2020

microsoft and partners have disrupted the necurs botnet blamed for vast spam and cybercrime operations

Microsoft and partners have disrupted the Necurs botnet group blamed for infecting more than 9 million computers globally. There are 11 botnets under the Necurs umbrella, all apparently controlled by a single group, according to Valter Santos, security researcher at Bitsight, which worked with Microsoft on the takedown. Four of those botnets account for about 95 percent of all infections. [More…]

March 12, 2020

companies that want employees to work remotely due to the coronavirus must shore up security

The United States Office of Personnel Management last week urged agencies to prepare to allow federal employees to telework — that is, work remotely.This came on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security closing its facilities in Washington state, after learning an employee had visited the Life Care facility in the city of Kirkland, which is ground zero for the state’s COVID-19 outbreak. [More…]

March 12, 2020

open source is more popular and more vulnerable to security issues as a consequence

Open source vulnerabilities rose by nearly 50 percent in 2019 over the previous year, based on a new report. Common vulnerabilities rated as high or critical severity were found in all of the most popular open source projects, according to the WhiteSource 2020 annual report, “The State of Open Source Security Vulnerabilities.” The vulnerability rate is expected to continue rising. [More…]

March 12, 2020

major societal changes in response to the coronavirus are both unnecessary and unwise

Someday a future Monty Python comedy troupe will reprise the plague scene from the Holy Grail in which a character pushes a cart through a street shouting “Bring out your dead!” only to discover one who isn’t dead yet. What will be funny about our era? Perhaps it will have something to do with overreacting to the situation by reordering society, as some have suggested. [More…]

March 11, 2020

sensor tower has been caught secretly sharing data of its vpn and ad-blocker users

A number of VPN and ad-blocking apps owned by Sensor Tower, a popular analytics platform, have been collecting data from millions of people using the programs on their Android and iOS devices, according to a report. The software involved includes Free and Unlimited VPN, Luna VPN, Mobile Data, Adblock Focus for Android devices, and Adblock Focus and Luna VPN for iOS hardware. [More…]

March 11, 2020

step-by-step guide to running linux kde desktop on a chromebook

Chromebooks with the right stuff inside now are able to install and run a complete Linux experience with the KDE desktop without giving up the Chrome OS on the same device. It is not yet flawless, but it does create a hybrid computing platform that lets Linux and Android apps coexist on top of the Chrome OS. You can run a complete Linux graphical environment with the KDE desktop. [More…]

March 10, 2020

twitter labeled a deceptively edited video as manipulative media

Twitter applied its “manipulative media” label to a deceptively edited video showing presidential hopeful Joe Biden saying, “re-elect Donald Trump” — the first time the service enforced rules adopted to control synthetic and manipulated media. The flagged video was posted to Twitter by Dan Scavino, White House director of social media, and retweeted by the president. [More…]

March 9, 2020

many more employees might permanently work from home due to the coronavirus and similar contagion threats

We apparently have no immunity to COVID-19, and a vaccine likely is around 18 months away. It takes a while to change human behavior, but if we go a full 18 months or more with people working from home and avoiding places like malls, big box stores, and other areas where people congregate — like offices and events — it will force a fundamental, permanent change in the way we work and interact. [More…]

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