Computer Monitoring

This article advocates for computer monitoring in the workplace. According to the article, doing so can secure data by blocking websites or alerting people to new threats or malware. Overall, the only legitimate reasons the article gave for monitoring computers was to ensure that employees in a business are using the computers for work purposes only. The only reasons in the article for network security do not require computer monitoring software to be effective. Websites can still be blocked and emails regarding threats can still be sent via email. The fact that employees might not support this kind of “safety” was addressed very briefly but overall, it didn’t seem to really be considered. This is a very good example of people trying to avoid the problem of network security instead of addressing it and educating employees about the threats they are supposedly being protected from.

The article can be found here: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/benefits-effects-computer-monitoring-workplace-897.html

Should should social networking sites be allowed in the workplace?

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/111011-insider-social-networks-252988.html

This article discusses the current debate on whether social media websites like Facebook or LinkedIn should be allowed to be used in the workplace. For example, many companies believe that social websites are very distracting to have in the workplace, because it causes several of their employees to not be able to complete their work in a timely manner because they are always getting distracted. Also, many social networking sites can pose as a major security threat to some companies, because they are an easy source of viruses and spam which could filtrate into the company if their employees become infected by it. Although social networking sites can be bad for many companies they can also be put to good use for journalists and reporters as they can easily use the information from these websites to be able to better cover and write a story for their job. In my opinion, I believe that employees should not really be allowed to use social media sites while they are at work, because it causes a lot of distractions and it prevents many people from actually getting all of their work done.

Cloud based storage

While storing data on the cloud is extremely handy and useful, centralizing all of your data into one single location may be a vital mistake.  Since all of your data is centralized away from your computer it is easy to access regardless of what computer your on, under any operating system.

The big flaw in doing this is that if some unintended party were to gain access to this data it had now all been centralized for them.  In doing so if any security of this were to be comprimised to corrupted this means all of the data for millions of users would have been stolen/corrupted simultaneously prvoding a huge security threat.

Comodo Firewall

There are several key features which sets Comodo Firewall apart from any other firewall on the market today.  Comodo combines the cusomizability and large amount of configuration options with a very an extremely intuitive and easy to use interface and knowledgebase.  By doing this Comodo is now perfect for both the amateur user who is new to firewalls, and the techy who wants to customize every possible option.

Comodo monitors every piece of network activity occuring with your computer and always gives you control over what to allow and what to disallow along with always remembering your decisions.  Comodo quickly learns your user behavior to deliver you personalized protection with its very attractive GUI while its DDP-based (default deny protection)  security keeps you informed and your computer as safe as possible.  With its exensive databases and information about over 2 million applications if in doubt to whether to allow an application to access your computer Comodo will already have prepared a detailed report of its analysis and recomendations.

Electronic boarding passes for airplanes

 

http://travel.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/travel/testing-e-boarding-passes.html

 

There is currently a new technological advanced that has been made in the airplane industry in regarding the use of electronic boarding passes instead of paper ones. For example, there are applications now available on smart phones that will allow individuals to be able to now use electronic boarding passes right from their cell phones. Over 75 different airports in the United States are now allowing its passengers to use electronic boarding passages for their flights. The way this works is that you will have your boarding pass sent to your smart phone via email or text message and then you will present the message containing a bar code that can be scanned by the airport security and again when you arrive at the gate. One advantage to using electronic boarding passes is that most people already are going to have their cellphones with them and so no they won’t have to worry about losing or misplacing their boarding passes anymore. Also, some disadvantages though are that your cellphone could die and therefore you would be unable to produce your electronic boarding pass to be scanned and e-boarding can only be used if there is only one person in your reservation. In my opinion, I believe that we should just stick with using paper boarding passes instead of electronic ones, because not everyone has smart phones and also there is no need to advance the technology to start using electronic boarding passes at airports anyways.