4 Questions Schools Should Ask Regarding Implementing BYOD

6a01a3fcba138d970b01a3fcd95cda970b-800wiGuest writer: Adam Andrews

 Adam is a teacher and blogger from Boston.

 The ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) trend sounds like a great concept, and many employees love the idea of connecting to work via their own tablets and smartphones any time they want. BYOD in the workplace push is certainly growing, as witnessed by a survey of 1,000 ZDnet and TechRepublic readers earlier this year which concluded that 44 percent of companies already have BYOD policies and 18 percent plan to add them in the next year. Though more employees are requesting this approach, IT directors still struggle with issues like security and compliance.

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Apple iPhone 6 rumors (updates)

Apple iPhone 6 rummorsWith the beginning of each New Year, comes the latest round of iPhone rumors. When will the next one be launching? What will it look like? What will it be called? We fully expect more concrete updates in June, coming out of Apple.

New Apple’s iPhone 6 Launch

According to a recent report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple has 2 iPhones to launch this year. The difference? They will both have substantially larger screens – imagine something between an iPhone and a mini iPad, a so called Phablet. Reportedly the screens will be 4.5 inches and 5 inches.
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Will Google Glass become the next iPhone?

Google glassWe’re all waiting patiently for Google Glass to go on sale. But as we wait, consider for a minute how Google Glass would work for you should you not have perfect 20/20 vision? It’s funny because even though they look like they’re glasses, they’re not. Fear not, Rochester Optical has developed prescription lenses that can be worn with the wearable tech. These ‘digital high definition prescription lenses’ are anticipated to expand into fashion and sport lenses for Google Glass when the product launches.


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Amazon Delivery Drones

Amazon Delivery DronesIn all likelihood at least one of the presents you ordered online over the most recent holiday period was purchased from and delivered to you by Amazon.

You’d have to live under a rock to not be aware of Amazon’s delivery issues in the United States… after an unexpectedly large rise in last minute online shopping, Amazon was caught off guard, and failed to deliver some products in time for Christmas.


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The mother of all malware – has a virus been discovered that can travel through the air?

The mother of all malware - has a virus been discovered that can travel through the air? When you spend most of your time digging into cyber security, testing systems for weak points, chasing down identity theft,  charting increasingly sophisticated attacks and understanding at a deep level just how vulnerable people are to online threats, it’s almost inevitable that a little paranoia creeps in.



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Is Wikipedia really a trusted resource?

WikipediaDo you use Wikipedia as a trusted resource for information and background on a variety of topics? If you answered yes, you might want to rethink that. Wikipedia editors recently revealed that potential hundreds of their entries are paid ‘sockpuppet’ entries.  ‘Sockpuppet’ entries are fake, and used for promotional purposes – these are infact against Wikipedia’s policies.



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New Web Domain Names now available

Web domain nameNew web domains were launched last week, but what on earth
does that mean for you and why should you care? Well, first off let’s start
with what a web domain actually is – the letters that reside at the end of a
web address, the most common one that we all use would be ‘.com’.



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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) under attack

SSL data securityThe need to secure the transmission of data between computers or between a computer and a server appeared since the first connection was made and has become ever more important as we began to send more and more data over the internet. Thus, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and later on Transport Layer Security (TLS), which are cryptographic protocols, were created. These provide security for the data that is sent over the Internet.

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Is NFC Technology Enabling Mobile Security Threats?

NFC_mobile_security_risksFirst off, let’s establish what NFC means. NFC stands for Near Field Communication, and is a form of technology that wirelessly sends payment information. Think virtual wallets. By installing an NFC chip within your smartphone, you can store your credit card info and pay by swiping your phone over the credit card reader. Pretty nifty!


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