In the days before the Internet, everyone packed up for the day and went home at 5 p.m. – leaving work behind until the following morning. However, with today’s 24/7 Internet access, the end of the work day is no longer so clearly defined. Technological advances like smart devices and cloud storage have also paved the way for employees around the world to stay connected, work more flexible schedules and be more productive at times that make sense for their lives, not to mention access important documents and files while away from their desk and even on the go.
Unfortunately, many employees may not realize that their constant connectivity and willingness to use smart devices to multitask between work and play can leave them and their employers vulnerable to data theft. The 2013 Norton Report found that nearly one-fourth (24 percent) of online file-storage site users store and share both personal and work documents and files on these sites. If cybercriminals gain access to these multi-use file-storage accounts, they would not only gain access to personal information, which could then be used to target them for cyberattacks or sold on the black market, but would also grant them access to valuable business information as well.
Keeping all of your information protected, be it personal or professional, is simple and requires a relatively small effort in comparison to the potential dangers you will thwart. The following three tips will help keep you safe whether you’re working, playing or both. [click to continue…]
Alright, this year is the year I refuse to screw up. I can’t believe I almost burnt the house down last Thanksgiving — the turkey was ruined, the stuffing caught on fire, even the cranberry sauce was burnt to a crisp…Uncle Jedediah was never the same after those cranberries…
But not this time. I’ll show them. Mom, Dad, the kids, everyone lost faith in my Thanksgiving dinner abilities…I guess even Firehouse 51 thinks I can’t cook! It’s been one whole year though and I have prepared for this feast, I have braced myself for this day of cooking redemption. It’s about time.
First day on the job. Gotta memorize the specials. I think I know them…strawberry…waffles? No, banana pancakes. Right…maybe, ok. Ok and the eggs were huevos rancheros with…what did he say…salsa, was there salsa?! Bean salsa?! …no. Refried salsa and beans?…no that wasn’t it. Refried beans and picante salsa, that’s it! That’s it! Alright, I just gotta get the coffee and go to table 27. Ok…I think I got this, the key to memory is to just keep going. Don’t stop for anything…anything…
Every Friday here on In The Personal Cloud we’ll be presenting a roundup of links highlighting popular and rising news stories from the world of the cloud and online security. Everything from news regarding hacking and how to be secure to advancements in the field of cloud computing. Stay tuned to In The Personal Cloud each Friday to remain up to date on everything you need to know.
Virtualization As A Key Component Of Cloud Computing – Virtualization is a crucial component of the cloud computing industry, particularly in infrastructure as a service model where the technology is key to allowing a large set of computing resources. It has transformed the ICT (Information Communications Technology) landscape – some of the benefits of virtualization include reduction of hardware vendor lock-in, faster disaster recovery and the reduction of operational costs.
Get Safe Online Posts Ten Tips for Internet Security – As a reaction to Get Safe Online’s (UK’s resource for internet security advice) survey, campaigners published a Code of Conduct for internet users to follow to avoid bad online experiences. The CoC is a ten-step guide to help consumers stay safe and protected while using the internet. Their tips include putting PINs on phones and avoiding using the same password more than once. This guide should help, as very often these fundamental rules of internet security are not followed, despite being straightforward.
Cloud Lets You Test Business Ideas Faster – The cloud’s resources enable users to facilitate the decision process within businesses. As a metaphor, these decisions can be compared to the OODA (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) loop, which pilots use to execute decisions quickly. Additionally, the self-service provisioning feature of the cloud allows people to test their business ideas and throw them away if they don’t work. This is done at a much faster pace than IT.
How SMBs are Looking to the Cloud to Unlock Workforce Potential – The abundance of cloud services within small and medium sized businesses means that managers are now seeking out SaaS-based options for workforce management. With the development and adoption of the cloud over the last couple years, SMBs are now able to rent workforce management solutions and enterprise-grade infrastructure as easily as large organizations. In addition, the cloud simplifies the entire working experience for employees because they can access schedules and records easily, from one place hosted online.