How We Deal With Tricky Security Challenges.

The security scares just keep on coming, so we thought it important to let you know that SiteVision Hosting goes above and beyond to apply strenuous security standards for your hosting environment. Although data and assets are under ever-evolving threat, we are aggressively proactive in protecting yours.

It’s among the reasons we are recognized as a SOC 1 Type II compliant organization – a rigorous independent assessment process that audits internal controls for security, trust, service, and processing protocols.

Even so, should the unexpected happen, our IT team is on call 24-7 to troubleshoot any issues that might arise.

Here’s what you can expect from us:

 

Net Neutrality Dealt Final Blow

Net NeutralityFCC Chairman Ajit Pai has finally killed off Net neutrality – the 2015 regulations that reclassified broadband as a common carrier service.  Those regulations prohibited broadband providers from blocking or slowing down traffic and banned them from offering so-called fast lanes to companies willing to pay extra to reach consumers more quickly than competitors.

Telecoms are in favor of the move because it makes it possible to force consumer Internet companies to pay for faster connections. Consumer opponents and many technology companies oppose the move because providers can now block or degrade Internet traffic or sell fast lanes.

Some fear the rollback means the Internet will eventually become a paid venue like cable TV where content is controlled and curated by fewer and fewer gateway providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T as smaller Internet providers are squeezed out.

The rollback can stay as is or could be reversed in the future.  The only permanent fix, either way, appears to be through congressional action.  Time will tell.

Tech Radar’s Take On The Best Laptops of 2018

If you’re in the market for a new laptop, Tech Radar has a handy list of their top 15 picks.

Heading up their list, the Dell XPS 13, called the most popular laptop in the world, once again takes top honors and is offered in a new Alpine White and Rose Gold.

The Asus Zenbook UX310UA, The Lenovo Yoga Book and the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar round out the top four.

Each of their 15 top contenders has an overview of features with a link to a full review.

Internet Explorer Zero-Day Alert

A hacking group is exploiting an unpatched bug in Internet Explorer to infect Windows PCs with malware.  A Zero-Day alert is one that exposes an unmitigated vulnerability that hackers are exploiting.

In this case, a malicious Microsoft Office document, when opened, connects to a remote server and silently downloads and installs exploit code and malicious payloads that can install backdoor Trojans or gain complete control over the machine.

Researchers at Qihoo 360’s Core security unit who discovered the threat say they have reported the issue to Microsoft and are calling for an urgent patch.

Among precautions?  Until Microsoft responds, do not open a Microsoft Office attachment from an unknown source and stop using Microsoft Explorer and use a more secure browser instead.

You can read more at TechRepublic or ZDNet

In The News

How to make the most of the new Gmail. Smart-Reply, high-priority notifications, confidential mode, and better offline support are among the new features.

MIT student wows ’60 Minutes’ by surfing the internet and ordering pizza — with his mind. AlterEgo is a device worn the head that works when the user internally vocalizes a specific command or question — sort of like silently Googling something in your head.

Universal SIM card rollout faces another hurdle.  DOJ is investigating whether wireless carriers have worked against a fair implementation of eSim cards that allow users to switch carriers without buying a new SIM card.

5 Ways to Build Community Around Your Brand. Building a community around a brand is an important and often-overlooked part of being successful in e-commerce – just ask Facebook.

Eureka opines why Elon Musk will win the race for space-based internet. Even by Elon Musk’s standards, his plan to send 4,425 low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites into space to provide high-speed internet to the whole planet, is audacious and financially risky . . .

Monday, May 21, 2018 1:04 PM