Archive | April, 2012

500,000 Users May Lose Internet in July

26 Apr

If you haven’t heard, as many as a half a million people may lose Internet services in July. Although it sounds like a bad joke, it’s not.  The FBI says that hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide may have been infected by hackers in an online advertising scam. These computers will most likely lose their ability to connect to the Internet on July 9th.

In November, the FBI, along with two other organizations, arrested several cyber criminals in “Operation Ghost Click.” The criminals operated under the company name “Rove Digital” and distributed DNS (Domain Name System) changing viruses.

Computer Virus

Is your computer infected?

The DNS system is a network of servers that translates a web address into the numerical addresses that computers use. Victim’s computers were reprogrammed to use rogue DNS servers owned by the attackers. This allowed the attackers to redirect computers to fraudulent versions of websites.

The hackers earned profits from advertisements that appeared on websites the victims were tricked into visiting. It also made thousands of computers reliant on these rogue servers for their Internet browsing. Unbeknownst to most people, the FBI has been using a system of government computers to prevent Internet disruptions for infected users. That system is due to be shut down in July, however, which is why there will be a sudden loss of connectivity.

The FBI is encouraging users to visit www.dcwg.org, a website run by its security partner. This website shows users if they are infected and explains how to fix the problem. To check your computer, go to www.dcwg.org and click on “Detect” in the upper left corner. A new screen with a list of languages will appear. Click on the URL to the left of your language and a message will appear that shows whether you are infected or not. If you are not infected, you do not need to do anything more. If you see a message saying your computer appears infected, you will be directed to a new page with websites that provide antivirus tools that cybersecurity experts have identified as being effective in removing the viruses.

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Why Look for Integrated Services?

18 Apr

in·te·grat·ed

1. combining or coordinating separate elements so as to provide a harmonious, interrelated whole: an integrated plot; an integrated course of study.

2. organized or structured so that constituent units function cooperatively: an integrated economy.

Consider some of the key words in these definitions: organized, structured, coordinating, harmonious, interrelated whole. These are interesting and powerful words. What do they mean for businesses?

As a company which offers integrated services to our clients, we’re proud of the fact that we provide shortened turnaround times on projects, save valuable employee time for our customers, provide a deepened sense of partnership, offer improved project knowledge, and take on greater responsibility for our client’s projects — all of which provide a better experience and help our clients save time and money.

Shortened Turnaround Times

Companies who offer several services under one roof seamlessly move projects from one area to another. No transport time is needed, nor is there a need to wait for paperwork to be completed at each step of the process.

Save Valuable Employee Time

Not only can businesses save time on an overall project by having all the work done at one place, but just think of the time you can save by working with only one contact person, generating only one purchase order, and paying only one invoice.

Deepened Sense of Partnership

The bigger the project, the more trust you and your vendor need to have in one another. Both parties need to trust that all of the information is available and the processes are in place to do the work completely and efficiently.

Responsibility

Not all companies want to take responsibility for mishaps or miscommunication and when services are split between several companies, it is easy to assign blame to other parties. When services are kept under one roof, errors happen less often, and fewer opportunities for finger-pointing are present.

Improved Knowledge

By working with a company which offers integrated services, valuable information about your product or service is readily and easily passed on from person to person or department to department. For example, integration between creating e-commerce shopping carts and fulfillment services is ideal because everyone works with the products and becomes very familiar with them while creating an e-commerce site.

To summarize, there are many advantages to working with companies who offer integrated services. Keep these benefits in mind the next time you are looking to save time and money on an outsourced project.