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08Jan2019

The 5G Promise

5G is just about here, and the telecom carriers are pushing it out. Android devices, made by numerous manufacturers, are about to come on the market – even if networks are in the development stage. Rumors abound that Apple will hold back until 2020 to introduce 5G devices, and that’s a good decision for a number of reasons.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 5G, data distribution, mobile devices, upgrade,
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08Jan2019

How Secure is Cellular Data?

We know public Wi-Fi networks can be unsecured, and we’ve tailored our use to deal with those problems. But now, hacking cellular networks may be a growing danger as more cracking devices and techniques become more available.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 2FA, cellular, cybersecurity, data security, EFF, GSM, Network Security, online security, public wifi, SS7, two-factor authentication,
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08Jan2019

It’s All About the Switch

As data pipelines and Wi-Fi networks get bigger and faster, you need to pay attention to the switch, the connector that brings the service into your office or home and sends it to your network. You may need a hybrid system that includes an up-to-date switch and some hardwiring to unleash the full power of the internet service that you pay for.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 10/100/1000 switch, GB connection, ISP, network performance, network speeds, network switch, update, wifi booster, wifi performance, wired network, wiring,
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10Nov2020

Why Can’t We Vote Online?

We file our tax returns online. Our Social Security system is online. Businesses and financial institutions transfer billions of dollars online every day. Why can’t we vote online? I know this is a politically charged issue, but we need to look at online voting to make our elections more accessible and more efficient. I say
  • 10 Nov, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • AI, biometrics, election, two-factor authentication, vote online,
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10Nov2020

Healthcare and Ransomware

As many of you know, our family has spent a lot of time in hospitals over the past 30 days. Thankfully, we’re all healthy – and the doctors have been great. But looking at their technological support systems as a patient, parent and IT specialist, I could use an electronic sedative. Judging from what I
  • 10 Nov, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • electronic health records, hacker, ransomeware,
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10Nov2020

Websites and the Need to Know

Why do some companies and organizations, especially non-profits, feel the need to post the names of their entire staffs on their websites? The question came up in a recent conversation with an IT colleague. Smaller companies and non-profits seem to get hack-attacked more often, and they tend to list everyone in the company or organization
  • 10 Nov, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • phishing, privacy, ransomeware,
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13Oct2020

The Night the ‘Office’ Went Dark

Two weeks ago, Microsoft’s Office 365/Microsoft 365 cloud-based services, which include the online Office apps, went down for as long as five hours in some parts of the United States, Western Europe and India. As of this writing last week, users were still reporting sporadic outages of some services. So far, our clients have not
  • 13 Oct, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Azure, Microsoft, Microsoft Exchange, microsoft teams, Office 365, outage, outlook.com, SharePoint,
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13Oct2020

iPhone 12: It’s Here

iPhone 12 has arrived, and it could be in your hands (or mine) in less than two weeks. As with every Apple product rollout, this one is shrouded in secrecy and pierced by leaks. You can get the official info from the online presentation – Hi, Speed – from Apple Park. By the time you
  • 13 Oct, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 5G, Apple, iOS14, iphone 12,
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13Oct2020

Disinformation Wars Scaling Up

Disinformation is as old as the homo sapiens species. But the ability to create misleading information and deep fakes continuously gets better and more vicious, and the speed at which it can spread gets faster. It’s easy to say, “get your news from trusted sources” and “use common sense,” but the deceptions are sophisticated. Disinformation
  • 13 Oct, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • conspiracy theories, disinformation, Facts Check, malinformarion, nisinformation, Politifact, propaganda, rumors, Snopes,
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08Sep2020

PC vs. Mac: Burned at the Stake?

Religion and politics have not been the only subjects to generate intense discussions, if not outright arguments. The choice between a PC and Mac has generated the same feelings, but in actual experience, we’ve seen more détente – or ecumenicism. Many of us have PC computers and Apple mobile devices. Heck, many people even use
  • 8 Sep, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Apple, mac, Microsoft, PC,
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08Sep2020

Pants on Fire

Whether it’s business or politics, there’s a tendency to point fingers at other parties or make excuses. Some people will do anything to avoid responsibility. Yes, stuff happens, especially with technology and especially in these times, with so many people using more technology for work, school and entertainment. We believe this places a premium on
  • 8 Sep, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • migration, technical support, technology, update, upgrade,
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08Sep2020

Watching TV in the Electronic Jungle

Watching TV was so simple for anyone who remembers life before cable. Today, we have more options than ever before – and more confusion. If you’re ready to go back to Square 1 and start all over again, here’s what to look at to reset your TV – or streaming content. If you are still
  • 8 Sep, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Altice, Amazon Prime, cable, Comcast, disney+, fios, Hulu, netflix, roku, Streaming services, TV, Verizon, xfinity,
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11Aug2020

Solving Surges

It doesn’t take much of a power surge to upset the delicate electronics in most of our devices. At worst, a power surge can fry their insides, and that alone should motivate you to have everything connected to an outlet through a surge protector. While even they are not immune to surges, you can reset
  • 11 Aug, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • avr, battery backup, power outage, surge protector,
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