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Any Device, Any Data, Any Time – Cloud is game changer

Today, when the world is changing faster than ever before and when people are striving to survive and find any kind of job, it is very important for every employer and company owner (or owners) to increase the work efficiency and lower the expenses. The global market is rapidly changing and new trends are being born every single hour. In such a rat-race atmosphere, where the BRICK countries are uncontrollably spreading and they have mastered all the cutting-edge technologies, the vital thing for the survival of any company anywhere is being practical to the bone and at the same time punctual and fast in reactions.

Since this is the age of information, the basic rule today is that the one that runs the information and data efficiently and smoothly will most probably always be one step ahead of their competition. Knowing that can lead you to many possible solutions, but at this moment there is only one that will improve the efficiency of your company and ensure your future on the hectic market of the global economic tectonics of today. That way is the cloud. The cloud is the concept whose most important feature is gathering all the necessary info, data, programmes and applications in one place. That virtual place will then serve as the information and software hub for all the registered users inside one company.

 

The cloud has been developed over the last few years and it seems to be most purposeful to business-people and companies, especially to those dealing with IT. The greatest advantage of the cloud is the fact that it does not any physical or tangible root. If you want to cut your expenses and simultaneously speed up the pace and productiveness of your employees, you should definitely turn to the cloud. This service enables you to have all the necessary applications, programmes and any other software products stored in one place which can be accessed from any device your employees want and from any operative system. Having a single office or building does not crave for the cloud to such a high degree, since people can communicate easily and the intranet will do in some contexts. However, having many branches of the same company all over the country or all over the world, since outsourcing has become so widespread, demands a clear and efficient data handling and storing strategy. The cloud is the most practical and least expensive.

 

Of course, there are different ways of utilizing the cloud. For example, you can pay online space just for data storage. In that case, you will cut the expenses that you have because of flash drives, hard disks and other stuff. On the other hand, you will still have to pay for all the licenses for the programmes that the computers in your company must have. When you realize that, it is more than obvious that moving completely onto the cloud is the most logical and financially justified solution. Having all the stuff at the same place online means that every employee can use it whenever it is necessary and also that the work can be done from any internet-covered area in the world, at any time and on any computing device.

 

Author’s bio: Dan Radak is passionate lover of cloud technologies and dedicated servers, also web writer and co-author on several technology websites, like Crucial, Australian hosting reseller. In his free time he’s digging through web in search for a perfect fishing gear.

 

Developing a Secure Website Using the Latest Technologies

Whilst security overall on the Internet has improved greatly over the past decade, some users are still wary about carrying out particular tasks online – especially where there is a need to enter personal information – and because of this, it is down to web developers and the businesses operating websites to guarantee that they have the right safeguards in place so that customers feel confident with using their website.  Whilst many web developers will be familiar with security measures such as SSL certificates that encrypt the information sent between a visitor’s computer and the server that is hosting the website, these have shown to be vulnerable and indeed recent leaks have proved that the NSA has managed to crack the algorithms behind SSL.  It takes a professional and well-skilled developer to craft a secure website because you need to be confident in the code that you are writing – any holes in the code that lies behind your website could represent potential exploits and access points for hackers.

 

Secure Coding Techniques

During the development of a web application, it is important to observe secure coding techniques so that the end result is one that is close to what you are trying to achieve and so that you won’t end up discovering a number of security holes during the testing process.  Examples of secure coding techniques can include:

 

  • Define security requirements early on – it is always a good idea to define the security requirements of a project early on in its life cycle so that everyone who is contributing towards the effort is able to develop code to the same standard and this will also reduce the chances of scripting needing to be modified to meet these requirements later on in the development process

 

  • Principle of least privilege – if there are processes included in the web application that require escalated privileges, you should endeavour to execute these processes with the least privileges possible and where escalated access is needed, this should be for a minimal amount of time to reduce the opportunities for hackers to exploit any holes in the script and gain access to the server

 

  • Model threats – identify the any potential threats and discuss what you should be doing to circumvent these; some web applications are going to be at a higher risk of attack than others, for example online banking systems, and there are other factors that will affect the types of threat that you will be exposed to including the scripting language used to develop the web application and even the target audience.

 

Security of Scripting Languages and Frameworks

Whilst all scripting languages and frameworks have been created with the intention of providing a solid core around which web applications can be developed, all possess their own characteristics in terms of the support that they offer and the features that are provided as standard.  Some of the security elements of the most popular scripting languages include:

 

  • PHP – overall PHP can be described as being a highly secure platform and this is reflected in the fact that it is used by a number of global companies to power their internal and external websites – the benefit of PHP is that it is an open source platform meaning that if you have your own server, you can make changes to the core of the platform to guarantee yourself that extra bit of security, some of these changes may include turning of error reporting or disabling particular functions such as ‘register_globals’ or ‘magic_quotes’

 

  • ASP.NET – in comparison with PHP, ASP.NET is a closed platform but has close ties with the Windows operating system and because it has been created by Microsoft, you can be guaranteed swift updates when any security holes are discovered – whilst not much can be done to improve the security of ASP.NET yourself, having paid for Windows you would expect commercial platforms to inherently come with a higher level of security than their open source equivalents.

 

As a conclusion, using an up-to-date version of PHP or ASP.NET on a secure server provides a strong basis on which you can develop web applications that will be able to see of most forms of attack.  Observing secure coding practices from the outset of a project will enable you to create a product that will give visitors the confidence they need to use your website and is likely to reduce your overall work load as it reduce the amount of modifications that need to be made once testing has been completed.

 

 

Google’s New Algorithm Update- Hummingbird!

The search giant revealed a new upgrade to its search algorithm which determines how it handles user requests and provides results.

The recent update which is said to be one of the biggest update to the constantly evolving algorithm can be named ‘Hummingbird’ however it has already been rolled out and affects a great amount of search queries.

Google Hummingbird Algorithm Update

At a recent presentation the company did not provide much details about the new update but said that the latest changes are in line with improving results for longer and more detailed search queries.

According to Google the recent changes are essential as users expect a more intuitive and responsive search engine which they can converse with in a natural way. This would mostly be in case when someone is using a Smartphone or other gadgets to use the search function. The new update is better at handling such requests as it is more capable of understanding concepts and co-relate it with others.

The new update is another addition to Google’s recent line of updates which are also named after animal like the Penguin and the Panda. The main aim of the earlier updates was to provide better results by removing spammy sites from the SERPs and giving preference to only high quality websites.

However, most of the search engine optimization experts echoed the same reaction that it was too early to comment on how useful the new update was and it would only be known as one gets to know it better with time.

Have you experienced any changes in you search rankings? What is your opinion about this? Let us know in the comments.

Important Files That You Should Be Bothered While Taking Backups!

Everybody must be advising you for taking backups and the ways to take backups. That’s a genuine piece of advice that you should go for. Taking up this advice is a good thing to do, but we have seen many users often fumbling for the files that they need to back up. For every user, there must be different priority and of course, different important files. So, it is difficult to tell you what you need to backup and what is less important.

However, we are going to help you out with an idea that can satisfy the users’ confusion to a great extent. The fact still remains the same that at the end of the day, it is you who needs to figure out the specific needs.

Thumb rule of backup!
Before we start with it, let’s be little clear about the concept of backup. When the word ‘backup’ is used, it means that any data or file should be present in two different physical locations. Many users make a blunder of deleting the original file deliberately after copying it to a different location. Get it right, this is not at all called a backup.

What do I need to backup?

Let’s walk you through few of the files that you should be taken into consideration, while going for a backup.

Documents:
Perhaps, we do not need to mention about ‘Documents’, but most of the times, users forget the most obvious ones.

Music:
Backup of this folder is must-to-do, if you have paid huge money to have a collection of your favorite songs. If you’re an iTune user, you will get the iTunes folder inside this particular folder.

Pictures & Videos:
It is really saddening, when your hard drive crashes and you lose all your pictures and videos that were taken on a family trip or during any get together that you had. Here, it is not about money, but the memories that you may not get back. So, do not take any chance of losing them.

Desktop email:
If you use Outlook and Windows Live Mail, then you should take a backup of all your files from these applications. The files in these programs are stored in .PST format, and there is a special way to have these files recovered.

Application settings:
The AppData folder of your system is the one that has all the elements of the programs that run on your system. Usually, there is no need of making any alteration to these folders. So, it is better that you copy this folder as it is.

Virtual Machines:
Today’s technology offers you to do your real work by making use of a virtual machine. It is not needed that you take a backup of the virtual machine on a daily basis, but it is better to go for a backup plan for your virtual machine.

These are few of the things that you need to take backup of, occasionally. Also, you need to choose the right way of backing up your files and folders.

About the author:

Robert R. is an avid guest blogger who writes on behalf of My Tech Gurus. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with the everyday computer user, by helping them with common errors, especially Windows installer errors and slow computer problems. Check out his articles at the Mytechgurus blog.