March 28th, 2018 by Jennifer Lough
Do you know what DNS is and what it does? Because I didn’t, so no shame. First, it’s helpful to define terms.
- IP address: the number that identifies a piece of hardware connected to a network. This allows information to reach it directly. There are several types of IP addresses with different purposes, but they all help devices communicate, but public IP addresses are those that connect to the Internet and the world outside an individual’s home.
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March 12th, 2018 by Jennifer Lough
This is the second part of a multipart series on common types of malware and other computer hazards. For those who have managed services with Micro Visions, we’re keeping an eye on threats for you. However, there are always small things you can do to further protect yourself.
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February 24th, 2018 by Jennifer Lough
This is the first of a multipart series on common types of malware and other computer hazards. For those who have managed services with Micro Visions, we’re keeping an eye on threats for you. However, there are always small things you can do to further protect yourself.
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February 12th, 2018 by Jennifer Lough
The latest cellular technology that mobile phone companies are touting is 5G, due for release in the next year or two. If you’re wondering what that means and why it’s going to be better that whatever you have now, read on. Read the rest of this entry »
February 4th, 2018 by Jennifer Lough
Cryptocurrency: online currency based on a peer-to-peer network (as opposed to any central entity, like a bank for traditional currency). The system is decentralized, so no single entity controls exchanges. To prevent corrupted transactions, the currency exchanges use blockchain technology. This means that multiple machines host data (as opposed to one central server). As a result, data are completely public, similar to a Google Doc.
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January 17th, 2018 by Jennifer Lough
If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you may have heard about Spectre and Meltdown, which exploit vulnerabilities in the processor chips in both devices and cloud infrastructure. These vulnerabilities almost certainly apply to you. They are in modern processor chips made by Intel, AMD, and ARM Holdings. For those who are not aware or need a refresher, Meltdown and Spectre work by accessing computer memory and stealing data from other programs or applications. Meltdown compromises the separation of application and operating system. An attacker could use one program to access other parts of the operating system and find sensitive data. Spectre breaks the separation between applications or programs. In this exploitation the attacker can access other programs from one unrelated program. Normally, all programs would be isolated from one another and from the sensitive data in the OS. Read the rest of this entry »
December 29th, 2017 by Jennifer Lough
For those who have been following Micro Visions blogs for a while, you may be familiar with some of my adventures in jacking up my browser. If not, see this experiment and that other one. For no reason in particular, I’m a consistent Firefox user (except when it jams up and frustrates the ever living daylights out of me, at which point I move to Chrome). Happily for me, Mozilla released its latest update, Firefox Quantum, several weeks ago, and I’ve been quite thoroughly enjoying it. Read the rest of this entry »
December 23rd, 2017 by Jennifer Lough
In order to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays, Micro Visions’ office will be CLOSED on
Monday, December 25th
Monday, January 1st
As always, emergency support is available around the clock, 365 days a year. If you experience technical difficulties during the holidays, please reach out to our on-call representative by dialing (844) 776-0400.
December 22nd, 2017 by Jennifer Lough
Not sure what to get for the technology lover on your list? Here are 10 gift ideas under $150. Read the rest of this entry »
December 14th, 2017 by Jennifer Lough
Regardless of politics, the proposed repeal of net neutrality is making everybody with an Internet presence pretty crabby. However, in the interest of spreading knowledge, I’ve gone and sorted through the hysteria and straw men floating around. The vote to keep or kill net neutrality is today, December 14. Whether net neutrality stays or goes, here’s what it means for your business: Read the rest of this entry »