Ira Wilsker's archive

Every fall, industry releases its new “year” of models; we see new cars, new appliances — and new security software. Many (but not all) PC, Mac and smart device security software publishers typically allow the user of a 2012 version to upgrade to the 2013 version, often at no charge, for the balance of the original license period.

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Almost all newer laptop computers as well as tablets, smart phones, video game consoles and home entertainment systems utilize WiFi as a primary or secondary method of connecting to the Internet or some other network. According to published reports from several sources, the majority of home Internet users have some form of WiFi in their homes, and WiFi is very commonly used in business, commercial and academic environments.

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During the recent natural disaster known as Isaac, I was busily tracking the progress of the storm and attempting to determine the potential threat to my community near the Gulf Coast. Thirsting for information, I was always searching for additional tidbits that might be of practical use.

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Amazon has developed a well-earned reputation as a seller of goods. Originally an online book seller, Amazon diversified into consumer and institutional goods, digital books and music, and a variety of other services. Recently, Amazon announced what might be the lowest cost, commercially available “cloud” data storage for long-term archival or backup services. Amazon has enormous data capacity, with countless servers and related data storage located in many places around the globe.

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Many Americans might not be aware of the feisty Russian-based computer security company Kaspersky, but it is the fourth largest security vendor in the world, the third largest vendor of consumer security software, and the fifth largest vendor of enterprise endpoint protection, according to Wikipedia. Headquartered in Moscow since its inception in 1987, Kaspersky currently has 29 regional offices around the globe, including U.S. offices in Boston and Miami.

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