How Computer Security Has Evolved Over The Years

Hackers have become more skilled, and their attacks, more sophisticated and unpredictable over the last three decades. When large numbers of computers are affected, hundreds of industries can be slowed down, and hundreds of communities and millions of people suffer. The world is only too fortunate that cyber security has become more potent as well.

When the first computer worm wrought havoc in 1989, it succeeded in almost shutting down the entire web. It was a creation of the mind of hacker Robert Morris, and it made a lot of people realize that measures have to be taken that would allow good people to detect and prevent future attacks.

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Antiviruses were planned after millions of PCs globally were crashed by the Melissa and ILOVEYOU programs. Technology experts came up with a number of programs that could give notifications to users and quarantine harmful programs.

Today, antivirus programs like Norton Anti-Virus, Avast, Bitdefender, and AVG all update regularly to combat unwanted programs, viruses, malwares, and more cyber-threats. Even operating systems nowadays have their own built-in security programs, such as Microsoft’s ScanDsk program. Anti-Virus programs today are well-equipped to handle a variety of threats on a variety of levels. Cyber-security has even evolved to the point where security programs can attach themselves to separate programs for very specific types of protection.

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Joseph Duzgun founded Brighten Technologies, a company that provides high-quality technology solutions. Software protection is one of the company’s key services. To learn more about Brighten Technologies, visit the official website.

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Education Evolution: The Classroom Of The Future, Today

Education has evolved to the point that in some parts of the world, the copying of notes is no longer required or is done by someone or something else other than the students. Many schools today require each of their students to have digital devices such as personal computers, tablets, or laptops. Many gadgets have replaced books, paper, and pens.

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More and more schools are now requiring their students to submit reports and other assignments online. Email accounts are being set up by teachers for this. Online folders such as Dropbox have become the depository of reports. And all of these have effective security measures of course.

In some cases, classes nowadays can be held in a virtual classroom. This is most useful in situations of extreme weather – provided there are no electrical outages. In line with this, websites are being developed for teachers to update lesson plans and schedules, to make sure that information on both the educators’ and the students’ ends will be current.

Many of the students’ activities such as special programs, academic and sports competitions, study sessions, club and organization events, field trips, and the like are mostly coordinated online. There are several calendars for students to refer to regarding all these special occasions, as well as their regular school activities.

Schools nowadays have their own IT department to keep all these networks features up and running.

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Many of the things people see in today’s schools were stuff that people dreamed of. Indeed, the classroom of the future can be found today.

Joseph Duzgun is the founder of Brighten Technologies. One of the company’s key services lies in providing technology solutions for educational institutions. Learn more about the company here.

Engaging Minds Through Interactive Audiovisual Multimedia

Since the 1980s and 1990s, learning tools using computer technology have been developed for use in learning, allowing young pupils and adult learners alike to explore knowledge at their own pace and in an engaging and inviting medium.

Today, many modern museums and other civic institutions have incorporated audiovisual multimedia systems to share important supplementary material and get visitors engaged in the learning experience. Likewise, many schools and colleges today have dedicated audiovisual systems, allowing students and teachers alike to create and share presentations throughout a lesson. Even companies have utilized e-learning systems through audiovisual media to improve employee skill development and training.

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Interactivity is of particular interest in educational audiovisual multimedia systems. E-learning best practice leans toward higher, more immersive levels of interactivity, which have a significant impact on the effectiveness of e-learning materials and are critical elements of the design and execution of e-learning courses, in particular, multimedia ones.

To fully leverage the advantages of interactivity, new developments such as interactive whiteboard systems are widely being adopted by organizations of all kinds. These systems combine the simplicity of a whiteboard with the power of a computer, allowing instructors to develop and deliver dynamic and fully interactive lessons plans, take down notes, and save work.

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Joseph Duzgun is the founder of Brighten Technologies, a provider of interactive technology solutions that meet the needs of K-12 schools, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and small businesses. Visit the company’s official website for more on its interactive audiovisual media solutions.

The Fiber Optic Cabling Difference

When installing cables for networks in big working locations like offices or schools, which kind of wiring performs best? Users traditionally have copper wiring at their home stations. Copper is less expensive, and generations of computer users have survived using it. However, more and more users are switching to fiber optic cables. These cables are more expensive compared to copper but offer several advantages:

More bandwith

Fiber offers greater bandwith than copper, and is standardized to perform over 10gbps. Fiber can carry bigger information with greater fidelity compared to its copper counterpart.

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Faster information transfer

There is very minimal signal loss when transmitting signal and even electricity because fiber optic signal is light-sourced, making for exponentially faster data transmission. Fiber optics do not have distance limitations, unlike copper. Fiber distances are determined by style of cable, network, and wavelength.

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Greater efficiency and security

Fiber optic cables are not as prone to damage as copper wires are. Users won’t have to replace these as frequently since they are made of strong glass.

Data is safer with fiber optics. An attempt to break the physical security system is not as easy. Tapping is easier to monitor because it leaks light, and the entire system will fail.

Joseph Duzgun is the founder of Brighten Technology Solutions. The company provides high-quality technology services to nonprofit organizations, businesses, and educational institutions. Learn more by visiting this page.

Firewall And Network Security: What It Means To Your Business

Businesses depend on a lot of technology for their operation and communication needs. Computers used for online transactions are exposed to a lot of data and viruses that can bring harm not just to a single computer, but to a whole business network.

 

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An internet firewall is a device designed to protect computers from viruses and other unwanted data. The name “firewall” came from firewalls that were used to secure buildings from fire. An antivirus is different from firewall. Antiviruses protect a computer from unwanted programs while a firewall is designed to protect a unit from outside access.

Big and small businesses must have effective firewall to protect computers. A firewall can keep a company’s private information secure. It reduces chances of identity theft, private information leakage, and more. Companies without firewall protection are vulnerable to such attacks, which may compromise their operations.

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Information privacy is important not just for the company, but for customers as well. When companies are technologically protected, customers are assured that their information is safe.

Firewall protection must be part of an overall computer security plan, as well as malware and virus scanners, WPA security, and drive encryption. If a company does not have an in-house tech team, it is recommended that they hire a consultant for firewall setup and updates.

Brighten Technologies, a company founded by Yusuf Duzgun, provides technology solutions to businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and municipalities. Learn more about the firm here.

How To Manage An Office A/V System

Maintaining an A/V system doesn’t have to be necessarily done by tech professionals aside from the initial installation and routine checkups. However, the task of managing the system must be delegated to a person who has an idea how to clean, store, and troubleshoot the projectors, screens, audio systems, and other equipment.

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Those who are not yet using wireless means for their presentations have to be aware of the respective cables for the projectors, and even wires for the microphones and speakers. These parts must be installed properly to ensure clear images and sound. In this case, it is best to assign a staff member who can manage the different wires and cables.

For collaborative work environments that utilize wireless connectivity, it would be more convenient for the staff if almost everyone on the team knows how to set up the equipment for presentations. Installing the supporting programs and learning how to mirror, hide, or split screens would make presentations easier. Knowledge in using remote presenters is also necessary.

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The office A/V system is vital to any office. It is an asset that aids the company to exhibit excellence. To ensure the longevity of the equipment, those who use it should keep the tools in its best state.

Joseph Duzgun of Brighten Technologies provides technology solutions and services to businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and municipalities. He has participated in numerous programs such as Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and is a member of the University of Houston Small Business Development. To know more about Joseph and Brighten Technologies, visit this website.