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TODAY'S TOPIC: MOVING TO THE CLOUDS
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One of the tech newsletters I subscribe to, Win7News, ran the lead article this week "The Best Laid Backup Plans of Mice and Men" telling how the author's carefully planned and implemented backup procedures failed when a massive thunderstorm in the Dallas-Fort Worth area hit before the daily backup ran. Now the author is putting into place a "cloud" backup in addition to the daily backing up to a local server and copying to a second hard drive.

This underscores what I've been telling my clients for the past few years: a hard drive can fail, so you you should have a second local backup. But all local hard drives and backups can fail you in an electrical storm, tornado, fire, burglary, etc., so you should also implement a "cloud" backup just in case. See the "Offsite Backup Services" link below for the best deal yet: a free 5-Gb "cloud" backup account with IDrive that can automatically backup your new and changed files to the "cloud" every 10 minutes.

In Netflix proclaimed "King" of North American Internet Use you'll learn that Netflix streaming of movies and TV shows to your home is now gobbling up about 30% of all Internet traffic during evening hours. When you add in YouTube and Flash video streaming, up to 50% of all evening Internet traffic goes for streaming video. No wonder the Internet is getting so slow in the evening! Many Internet Service Providers are now placing a monthly cap on subscribers' download volume, and either throttling downloads or charging more when a subscriber exceeds this cap. Our ISP's monthly cap is around 150Gb, which is far more than the average subscriber uses.

Google has finally announced the release date of the new Chromebook that runs its programs - oops, "web apps" - completely in the "cloud." Three models, from Samsung and Acer, will be released on June 15, with more to follow. The prices range from $350 to $500 depending on options, but these prices are sure to fall, just like netbook prices went from $600 to $200 in a matter of months. All of these events point to the fact that we're gradually "Moving to the Clouds." It will take time, but eventually much of our computing power and storage won't be in our PC or smartphone, it will be in various other places.

With all this increasing migration of computing to the "cloud," we also need to be aware of - and guard against - the possible pitfalls:

Major weapons makers see networks breached by hackers - today's latest news! How did they do that? They made copies of the keys: Lockheed Martin says it thwarted 'tenacious' cyber attack .

China's Official Newspaper Pans iPad - Too Locked Down - a case of "the pot calling the kettle black"?

Amazon's 3G Kindle leaps 'Great Firewall of China' - if man can invent a lock, another man can invent a way to pick the lock....

China Makes World's Fastest Supercomputer - China has now passed up the made-in-USA Cray supercomputer.

Dirty Secrets - making iPads is killing Chinese workers - the shine is coming off the Apple.


Click on Online PC Support for our worldwide help   &   Offsite Backup Services for securing your files!

Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran's Nuclear Weapons Ambitions - was it the U.S., or Israel, that planted the computer bomb? We'll never know!

U.S. military compromised by removable media malware: Five ways to avoid the same fate - should thumb drives and SD cards be banned from the workplace?

25% of new worms are designed to spread through USB devices - another risk to watch out for - plugging your friend's thumb drive into your computer can infect one or the other!

U.S. Reigns As Most Bot-Infected Country - are we a bunch of suckers, or what?


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.


Microsoft Security Essentials - top-rated protection of your PC from malware infection for free!

FBI announces arrests in $70 million cyber-theft - an email to the company comptroller from "a friend" opens up the bank account.

Even Without COICA, White House Asking Registrars To Voluntarily Censor 'Infringing' Sites - and we thought he was against censoring the Internet!

FBI drive for encryption backdoors is deja vu for security experts - when playing cops-and-robbers, what happens when the cops become robbers?


The goal of our CN.Net-News is to share information that we think you'll find helpful as you wrestle with that little monster on your desk, your computer. And we aim to present this information from a Christian worldview. Thanks for your time!

Best regards,

"Dr. Bob the CompuNerd"

RobertD HoskEN
See the "nerd" in my name? (It helps if you're a little dyslexic!)
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