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Security Flaw Heartbleed Post by: Lynne Rooney April 14, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Over the past few weeks a new security flaw has been uncovered. This flaw, codenamed Heartbleed, could potentially expose all your vital data and communications that flows between your computer and websites online. All businesses and Internet users should be aware of this so that they can take steps to stay safe.

SSL and Secure Transmission over the Internet

Most sites on the Internet rely on Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to ensure that information is transmitted securely from a computer to server. SSL and the slightly older Transport Layer Security (TLS) are the main technology used to verify that the site you are trying to access is indeed that site, and not a fake one which could contain malware or any other form of security threat.

You can tell sites are using SSL/TLS by looking at the URL bar of your browser. If there is a padlock or HTTPS:// before the Web address, the site is likely using SSL or TLS verifications to help ensure that the site is legitimate and communication will be secure. These technologies work well and are an essential part of the Internet. The problem is not actually with this technology but with a...

Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Now Available! Post by: Lynne Rooney March 28, 2014 | 1:12 PM

For years it was rumored that Microsoft was developing Office for the iPad, and yesterday, it was finally released.  The free Office apps featuring Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available for download through the app store (iOS 7.0 or above is required).  With the free apps you can view documents, copy and paste between documents, share via attachments, view Excel data and present using PowerPoint. However, if you want to create new documents, edit and format them, you need to pay for an Office 365 subscription.

Click here for a quick video of Office for the iPad features.

According to Microsoft’s Office Blog, Office for iPad represents neither a “blown-up” Office Mobile for iPhone nor a stripped-down Office for Windows.  It’s a custom version of Office designed specifically for the iPad. I downloaded the Word app on my iPad yesterday. I thought it was easy to use and navigate around and they did a good job of incorporating the iOS experience.  I’ll be getting married...

Why Your Hosting Facility and Backup Locations Matter Post by: Deb Sasso March 24, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Location, Location, Location is the mantra of many real estate brokers when it comes to looking for a home.  You may not want to be located near a highway or busy downtown area.  And, just like your home there are places you don’t want your data center located.  Here are a few things to consider when it comes to location of your hosting facility and backup locations.

Hosting Facility Location  

Make sure the hosting facility location is not too close to your headquarters. Chances are if the two are close and a natural disaster damages or shuts down your corporate location, it could happen to the data center as well. You want to be close to your data, but not too close. Choose a facility away from flood zones and areas subject to hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, as well as airports and power plants. This may seem easier said than done these days, but a reputable data center will have a well thought out location plan.

During Superstorm Sandy, many data centers in New York City were down due to flood and power outages. These locations were in low lying areas in Manhattan...