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Will ‘cloud’ computing used for storage ever crash?

Posted on: March 12th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


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Concerns over cloud computing and online storage.

Since the take down of Megaupload there has been a growing concern among users, who use cloud computing for online storage and back up.

Megaupload was shutdown by authorities in the United States (US) after it was accused of knowingly letting users share copyrighted files illegally, costing copyright holders an estimated $500m (£315m).

But the site also had many users, who used the site for legitimate reasons, such as sharing personal photos and documents.

It has become fairly common for internet users to use these online storage websites often referred to as “cloud computing” in their day to day activities.

But how safe are our personal files if authorities can removed them without warning?

How safe are files stored online?

While it is possible for individual servers and websites to be taken down it would be impossible for the entire could computing system to fail at once.

Rik Ferguson from Trend Micro says: “The cloud, much like the internet, is not one single system reliant on one single connection. For the whole cloud to disappear is pretty much inconceivable.”

While it is possible for individual cloud servers to suffer a failure as a result of physical damage to the hardware or a similar event like that of Megaupload.

So while it is unlikely you will lose all of your data on a cloud data system without warning, it is recommended you always make backups on your local storage or on 2 different services as a safeguard.

 

Business I.T. Support – Outlook: How to manage your life

Posted on: February 10th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


The latest version of Microsoft’s Outlook, Outlook 2010 is certainly the best update of the software so far, and Microsoft shows off their usual charm in this fun and funky showcase for their software. A working mum tries to make time for her Yoga, but can’t seem to find time to just relax and get on with it, Outlook comes to the rescue to help her organise her daily living with simple functionality, and shows off that Microsoft’s Outlook isn’t just an email program.

 

I.T. News: IBM Releases Free Internet Security Training Tools to Educate on Digital Responsibility

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


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Free Internet Tools from IBM

Yesterday IMB announced they would be releasing a selection of free internet security tools to help educate and raise public awareness of digital responsibility. The release will be given to teachers, students and businesses as a part of the three part package.

Control Your Online Identity is a volunteer education kit designed to help teenagers learn to protect their personal data and reputation online. Although t most teenagers appear to be knowledgeable about the basic functions and use of social media and online accounts. They are usually unaware of how data they share is used. Designed to help students learn how to protect personal data and how to reduce the risk of their identity being stolen or abused online.

Internet Safety Coaching is designed for teachers or personnel working with children. It is a general guide on basic Internet safety. Providing information about common Internet activities by young people including social media, blogging and instant messaging.  Specifically designed to raise awareness of the best online safety policies and how best to discuss this topic with children.

Cyberbullying is a constant threat for young people and adults alike on the world wide web, This tool is aimed at parents or adults who work with children. It is designed to help adults learn about how young people use the Internet today, how to recognize cyberbullying symptoms, and how to prevent online bullying from happening. There is also information on what steps to take if cyberbullying is discovered.

The release coincides with Safer Internet Day which is a global drive by awareness-raising partners to promote a safer Internet for all users. Organised by INSAFE in the framework of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme.

 

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Google makes changes algorithm to penalise websites for spamming users with adverts

Posted on: February 3rd, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Google Changes Algorithm

Google makes new changes to serach algorithm

Google have introduced a new page layout algorithm improvement.

Google is of course known for its on-going efforts to improve search results, this is to help their users find high-quality content from the websites listed in their search results. To this end they have recently launched an algorithmic change that looks at the layout of a webpage, and the amount of content the user sees on the page once they click on a search result.

“We’ve heard complaints from users that if they click on a result and it’s difficult to find the actual content, they aren’t happy with the experience.” Google reports on a slew of complaints they have received in recent months. They go on to say “Rather than scrolling down the page past a slew of ads, users want to see content right away. So sites that don’t have much content “above-the-fold” can be affected by this change.” The new feature is designed to penalise those sights that do not show relevant content above the line at the bottom of the user’s page or “Above-the-fold”.

Problematically, this line is apparently different depending on how large the user’s resolution is. So how Google have chosen to define what really counts as “above” isn’t as clear as one might hope. Common sense would suggest it will most likely be dependent on the average resolution of the websites own user base, whether this is the case, Google have not stated. They do say this change will affect less than 1% of all its pages, but even 1% of Google’s listings has to be in the billions, therefore it has to be remembered that while 1% is small in relative terms, it still accounts for a large number of web pages.

What does this mean for users?

For users this is a great improvement and Google is to be commended by them, No user likes to be spammed with adverts when visiting any website, so for the users, this is only a user enhancing experience, less ads and more content. I doubt any sane internet surfer could argue with that, unless their favourite website is penalized, but there is always bookmarks to get around that.

What does this mean for webmasters and developers?

This is certainly the more important question. Whether you consider Google’s new changes fair or not is not really up for debate here, as this change clearly improves overall user experience. What it does mean is that web designers/developers and webmasters will have to be more selective over their strategy when it comes to advertising. Web developers will now have to consider carefully where they place a websites search engine readable content in relation to the websites cash cows.

Although many websites already take this into consideration to deliver the best user experience they can, this is clearly not the case for all websites, and many of them have been happy to game the search engines by hiding content at the bottom of a page below a large field of advertisements, making any visitors fight their way through them, before reaching what they want to see. Forcing websites to comply with this kind of standard will hopefully improve overall website design in order to appeal to the search engines new changes and improve user experience.

Google has commented that this is only one of over 500 new changes they are making during the next 12 months, which means that website designers better stay on top of their game if they want to stay on top of Google’s listings. This year is looking to be a big one for Google, with Google Plus still on the rise and rolling out so many new features, exciting times are ahead in the world of the internet.

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