Plans of Mice and Men
Have you ever had one of those days. A day when Plans of Mice and Men do not add up. You get up with plans in your head that you have been planning from early morning. Then you have trouble getting the first plan off the floor or in this case started on the computer. Then you have to go and shovel snow after eating breakfast. That is how my day started.
Well I am not complaining. I am just stating a fact.
I have been reading a book by Matthew Turner. The title of the book is ‘The Successful Mistake’. It has been a good read thus far. But what can I say I have not finished the book. The title itself give you a strange mental concept just reading it. Thus far the read has been about the downside of any mistake. You might be saying how can that be a good book. Well the book was written on the experiences of 163 different individuals. Matthew Turner interviewed them all. It shows that other people have to move and work through many different obstacles too. The book lets you know that you are not alone when it comes to issues that need solving or corrected.
Life Creates Changes
There are lots of people out there who have needed to change their way of life because of work or economy. Many have lost their jobs because of economic change. Many have quit their jobs because they see something better for them. If you are one of those people I want you to know that you are not alone.
I am one who lost their job. So here I am finding a different direction to go. Here I am expanding my skills in writing. I have skills in the computer field so I have been putting them to use. Therefore I am creating websites through WordPress. Also I am fixing computers for people. Also I have started to blog about different computer network aspects. I am also helping a client with their CEO google position.
You might be saying so. Well what I am showing here is that I am using the skills I have to continue to keep moving forward. What skills do you process? What skills have you acquired? See what you can do and move forward.
New Insights into The World of Computing
I have read a couple of newsletters lately. It is amazing how the computer world is changing these days. It is amazing what I thought was necessary to do computer work then and now. I read about the editor of WServer Newsletter. He was addressing a group of young people on the aspects of computing. Then he wanted share some information with them. He asked for their email so that he could send the information to them. More that the majority did not have an email. Also the majority of these young people did not even have a computer. They all used their smartphone to communicate and share information.
Here I am still using a computer. I have In-Laws who think that I have advanced technology. The reality is that I am out of date and my technology is out of date. I started my computer career thinking that I needed to know how to fix computers, and networks. I am realizing today that I need to know how to fix smartphone and their apps.
My question is in today’s day and age of throw away how much fixing is there going to be? Should I worry about it? I do not know.
What Has Made The Difference
The thing that has made so much difference is social media. Social media has promoted the idea for everything available at your fingertips. Even as I write this blog I am writing in Google Docs and saving it to Google Drive. It does not seem that long ago that this concept was foreign to us. Now I can access this document from anywhere including my smartphone. So the creation of instant access.
So as you can see things change fast. It is hard to keep up with everything. What was the usable norm today will not be the usable norm for tomorrow.
With all this change one wonders how safe is our data.
More Changes in Networking
Today I read two articles which are sure to change the way we do things over the Internet. One was about serverless cloud computing and the other was about software-defined networking.
The article on serverless cloud computing was about not having to manage the server. The way that it is set up is for the convenience of developers so they can spend more time developing.
The article on software-defined networking was also about convenience. This concept is about the ability of IT Techs being able to manage and maintain the system. The system would include all gateways, routers and switches from a central point. In other words being able to work on these items and change these items without being their location.
What a change today. Even working on devices that just a few years ago required you to be there physically. You can now do the same task remotely. Yes remote access has been around for awhile now. You are just able to do more remotely than ever before.
I can not say for sure but I am sure that every step will create less security on each system.
Getting back to ‘The Successful Mistake’. I am sure that there will be more mistakes because of the above mention new concepts.
Increased use of The Cloud
Here we are using more cloud based platforms. We are in need of accessing our data more often. We need to access our data from anywhere today. Social media and the workplace has made sure of that. We live in a global market and a global based economy. There are Amazon, eBay, music and movies. We have to separate work from personal. Doing this all at once it seems over the Internet. If we do not then either work or personal life will suffer.
Always in The Public Eye Now
No longer is just the people who are in the public eye who need to be careful. We are all in the public eye. Everything that we do goes through the Internet at one time. Our lives are recorded all the time and stored on the cloud somewhere. It is impossible to hide the lives we live anymore.
All we are able to do now is control what is out there seen by the public. We need to change how we think about private information. At one time we stored private information away in a box called a filing cabinet. Then the filing cabinet moved to our computers. From there the filing cabinet moved to the local network in our home or company. Now that filing cabinet can be somewhere in the cloud that we access on the Internet.
Technology Change in a Short Time
What a change a few years has made on the security of personal and company data. It does not take much anymore to have a mistake release private information into the public for all to see. See what happened to 1 Billion users on Yahoo. One moment their data was secure. The next moment their data became stolen.
From what I read this hack of Yahoo happened because they made the mistake. The mistake was not keeping their data security system up to date. What I mean is their security was not current security. Yahoo was using a security protocol that was old technology. Because it was an old technology it was easier for the hacker.
If you are going to store your important data on the cloud. You need to make sure that the cloud system you are using has current security. Also make sure that cloud system is up to date. This means both the cloud software and the security software.
Also the security of your stuff does not pertain to your data. It also pertains to your security access to any website that required a login. Banks, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc. are all included in the list.
If you have many logins, then you should think about an application like LastPass. With such an application you can store all your different passwords in one place. You then access these websites and logins with just one password. It is much easier for you to remember. It is also more secure as this site is a secure site.
You do not have to use LastPass. There are others out there. This one is has a great reputation. Having a great reputation in the cyberspace security world is important. Especially in today’s Internet market.
In closing I can not emphasize enough that the security of your data has to start with you. Be careful where your data goes. Never give out more personal or company data than needed. Be as sure as you can about the authenticity of those receiving your data. Have your passwords secure. Make sure your passwords are strong enough. That means make sure your passwords are long enough. Make sure that you use numbers, upper and lower case letters, and when allowed symbols. Finally use a system like LastPass to keep your passwords all in one spot. This way you only have to remember one password to login. Their system remembers all the other passwords for you.
Also remember it is up to you to Stop, Think, and Then Connect when using the Internet or Cloud. This is because once on the Internet you are no longer alone. Others are now watching your every move.