What Hackers Want

Especially after someone has been the victim of a hacking attack, they want to know why. Hackers have many motives and trying to decipher their behavior is complicated. The classification of white hats, black hats, grey hats and such is an interesting attempt to legitimatize electronic spying and sabotage.  Perhaps there are “good hackers” that perform a valuable service, but most attacks are malicious in nature.  Generally, hackers want to take something from you, teach you a lesson or show their programming skills. Taking something from you.  This can be financial information, social media login and password, your time or your peace of mind.  Many victims of infections that cause pop-ups with objectionable material are traumatized.  They often react like the victim of a physical crime.  Anyone that has been hit with difficult to remove malware knows that it can be time-consuming and … [Read more...]

Evolution of Office Space

Guest author Scott Perry,www.ATLOfficeSpace.com Historically, occupancy costs have always had a big effect on a company’s bottom line. Depending on how a company is structured, they are usually the second or third highest cost of operating a company, along with the workforce/personnel and IT.  With the changes in the economy from the rapid growth in technology, to the recession, how has the environment of the workspace changed over the last few years?  As businesses cut budgets, it has become more prevalent in almost every sector of the economy, that companies have made real estate decisions to help to reduce their expenditures. As someone who represents Tenants with their office leases, it has always been a part of my job to reduce my client’s occupancy costs. However, the role of advising clients with their office space has even more so today, developed into a consulting … [Read more...]

The three most costly mistakes to avoid when implementing your EHR

Our guest blogger is  John Macikowski, Director for Clinical Practice Solutions Inc., an authorized VAR and Implementation specialist for eClinicalWorks and Dragon Medical.  John has over 25 years of experience in the I.T. industry and has specialized in Healthcare Solutions for the past 6 years.  He can be reached at jmac@clinicalpracticesolutions.com or at 770-963-6965. 1) Not making sure that the EHR you choose meets all current Federal Meaningful Use guidelines.  This is perhaps the most important criteria.  Unless you are looking to retire from practice in the next few years, purchasing an EHR program that does not meet current Meaningful Use guidelines, or one that is unlikely to meet them in the future is a poor decision for your practice and can negatively impact you in the future in areas as diverse as compensation, product support, EHR and Health Exchange interoperability … [Read more...]

Hard Drive Basics: Data in Motion

Today’s electronics go with us everywhere and keep us connected.  We are accustomed to using our electronics while moving, but not all devices are designed to be used on the go. Hard drives have moving parts and that is an important point to remember. As a refresher, let’s simply look at how a hard drive (sometimes called a hard disc) works.  The drive includes a platter to hold the data, a head to read the data and electronics to control the process.  The platter is mirror smooth and stores the magnetized data. If you have never seen the inside of a hard drive, the surface looks like a mirror.  The head is attached to an arm that rides just above the platter surface.  If the head touches the platter, damage and data lose almost always occurs.  The electronics control the storage and retrieval of data. Servers, workstations and desktops are stationary units.  You should never move … [Read more...]