Junk Computer Hard Drives a Big Score with Technology Criminals

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Computer Hard Drives

Besides death and taxes, another certain event that will occur sometime in one’s life is what to do with their broken or obsolete computer. Many people just throw them in the trash or donate them without properly deleting everything on their hard drive (HDD) making them susceptible to attacks by dumpster drivers and other technology criminals. Many people believe that formatting their computer HDD will erase everything on it. For most common reasons this happens, but the truth is the data is still on there. Virtually everyone stores some type of sensitive information on their computer whether it’s financial, intellectual, or private data.

Company computers mainly because there computers house customer information and financial information which must be protected. Individuals and organizations cannot afford to dispose of their broken or obsolete computer HDD improperly. Individuals, as well as groups, should send their computers or HDD’s to third party companies that specialize in erasing, degaussing, and destroying computer media. These companies use specialized equipment that will permanently delete everything stored on the HDD of the material utilizing Department of Defense (DOD) and National Security Agency (NSA) standards.

Department of Defense

Now you probably think this is a highly expensive service. The good news is these services are relatively inexpensive. Most services run anywhere between $5 and $30 with a median of about $25. Many of these companies also have U.S. Government contracts and are trusted to destroy DoD classified computers media up to Top Secret.

With that being said groups were having GSA contracts can be trusted to properly destroy everything on your computer ensuring 100% privacy is maintained. Once the computer has been erased, certificates are issued with the serial number of the hard drive certifying the service has been completed.

This is a convenient piece of paper especially for companies since it mitigates liability associated with the discarded computer and hardware. Stay away from software claiming to delete everything on your computer. They cost more and are less efficient than just shipping it out to a specialized company. Don’t trust a software package to protect your sensitive information.

The Importance of Encryption Technology

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Encryption Technology

With as many hackers that are currently running around the internet, our networks and data are no longer secure without encryption technology. It is essential to make sure that your financial and business information is safeguarded and protected from these hackers, this is why encryption technology is so important.

What Encryption Technology Means to us

Encryption is a very efficient method for scrambling information and securing data.

Whether it is an email that you send or a chat room that you are having a conversation with friends in, encryption technology will break up the whole data sequence and scramble it so that it makes it very difficult for hackers to get this information since it is given out and transformed into thousands of different symbols, numerals, and letters.

In this manner, you personal data will get safely stored on the hard disk or transferred across the internet via email or other types of online services. This will protect your identity and any other personal information and all the details when you process something through the internet.

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Different styles of Data Encryption

Software that does data encryption involves powerful mathematical algorithms which will break down information and scrambles it into text. This is what is called encrypted version, these can range anywhere between 16bits to 128bits size of a string.

Once the string of text is encrypted the only way it can be unlocked is by the computer or person that has the matching or corresponding string key, or if it is setup a password for the encryption. After a computer or authorized user unlocks the text with the correct key or software, they would be able to access the encrypted information.

On the internet, there are 2 different types of encryption methods, a public key and a private key is both used as a pair. The second key or private key is kept secret and is only used to unlock the information that is maintained in the encrypted string, the Public key is used by many people to code the key string that will be used to cipher the information.

Different styles of Data Encryption

Encryption Technology for Online Transactions – SSL Encryption

An SSL encryption also knows as Secure Socket Layer is currently one of the most efficient encryption technology for online transactions, most commonly these are used for banks, stores and a lot of internet based businesses. Most of these require a much stronger method of encryption, and this is where SSL comes in.

SSL

SSL encryption technology is the best way to safeguard electronic transactions, that are used to send back and forth between browsers for e-commerce purposes. Generally, when you are looking at your browser, it will show a secure connection be the address or a little padlock on the bottom right of your browser depending on what you use. In the address bar, it would look like https for a secure connection or HTTP for a nonsecure more traditional method of transactions.

If you are looking into purchasing a plan to protect your identity, then be sure to go with the most efficient encryption methods out there. SSL is one method that is very effective and a great way to solve your security issues.

Product Review: Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera with Pico Projector

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Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ 12.1

After years of repetitive digital cameras with similar specs on all levels, Nikon has released a truly radical, if not the novelty, the digital camera that demonstrates just how far technology has advanced in a few short decades. Though at first glance it might seem that the Coolpix S1000pj is just another small square camera, a quick foray through the menu will reveal one huge feature: a built-in pico projector, which can display videos and pictures taken with the camera onto any surface.

Whether you’re in the market for a new camera and looking to update to the latest and greatest in camera technology, or you’ve been waiting for just such a feature as this, read on to find out whether or not the Coolpix S1000pj digital camera with an embedded projector is right for you.

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Design

The S1000pj features a design very similar to the rest of the short Coolpix product line. The body is slim and completely square, with the normal top controls (mode dial, power button, shutter button, etc.), front lens, flash, and microphone, a tripod slot on the bottom, and an LCD with menu buttons on the back.

The front of the camera features a brushed metal faceplate, presumably for extra durability, while the rest of the case is matte painted. The back of the camera is somewhat simplistic and bland; the LCD is left-aligned, and five buttons are available with standard digital camera controls (menu, play, erase, etc.).

Features

First, the simple features. The Coolpix S1000pj from Nikon has a 12.1-megapixel sensor, which is adequate for large photo prints and posters. The lens is a wide angle, allowing users to take 16:9 photos that will fit new monitor and TV resolutions. The S1000pj has a built-in Five-way VR Image stabilizer, with is a combination of both electronic and optical stabilization that keeps photos crisp, clear, and blur-free. The ISO range goes up to a very nice 6400 ISO, which gives it an excellent range of abilities for night shots (though graininess may be an issue).

Nikon coolpix

While those specs are nice, the real feature everyone wants to know about is the project. According to NikonUSA, the projector as a brightness of up to 10 lumens, which isn’t exceptionally bright. The max projection image size is a respectable 40-inches from up to 6 feet away. Running the projector continuously will result in a battery life of approx. 1-hour, so don’t envision using this camera for impromptu movies on the camp night. Likewise, the projector has a resolution of only VGA (640 x 480) so it won’t be adequate for viewing the quality of the pictures you’ve taken (in regards to professionals).

Conclusion

This camera is, in most ways, no different from every other camera. It has a 12.1-megapixel sensor, which is unnecessarily high for the average photographer. The specs are average-stabilization, standard modes, etc. The feature that makes this camera remarkable is the projector which, unfortunately, is little more than a toy given its specs. While I’m glad to see pico projectors being implemented into modern gadgets (and will be especially happy to see them implemented into mp3 players), it isn’t of much use for those who could get the most use from it-professionals who need to view their images on a large scale in the field.

This is, of course, opinion and nothing more. For a camera as unusual and out of the normal as the Coolpix S1000pj, I recommend heading to your local retailer and giving it a test-run. In the meantime, Nikon does deserve congratulations on demonstrating the potential uses of this new, fantastic technology.

The Technological Future of the Cell Phone

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Future of the Cell Phone

Technology is quickly taken in stride when it becomes part of the daily media. When watching a news program, I’m likely to appreciate the new advances being made, but I don’t think about it long enough to let it boggle my mind. Yet if I’d been told fifteen years ago that we’d be talking on small wireless phones, sending instant messages to people in another state, or playing video games in our vehicles, I never would have believed it.

Things that are now mainstream are still being advanced. According to a recent article in

Fast Company magazine, the handiest device of the future is the widely used and still simple cellular phone (Rosenberg, Yuval. “Digital Disruption: Phone Flip.” Fast Company Feb. 2017: 30).

Fast Company magazine

The reference to a cell phone as simple might sound funny. After all, what’s so simple about a device that can surf the net, download ringtones, instant message, show video clips, and play music MP3 style? Fast forward into the future that this article shows the cell phone and none of these functions are as impressive as they seem.

In his article, Rosenberg quotes a member of CTIA-The Wireless Association as saying “They call it a remote control for life.” This statement is about the ways that cellular phones are being used in individual Asian countries. The technology is still being developed, but it won’t be long before Americans begin seeing even more practical uses for this handy device. Some users are already emerging.

Cell phones now offer entertainment on the go. While this concept is still new, Rosenberg projects that it will be standard in 3 to 5 years. Sprint has already jumped on the bandwagon by offering a $6.95 per month pay-per-view service which allows the user to stream a full-length feature film on their cell phone. Forget about the portable DVD players.

Watching TV on the same device, you use to make phone calls will make for greater convenience.

In the works are plans to turn the cell phone into an all-in-one remote control, capable of changing channels and radio stations, dimming the lights, and locking the doors of your house. Again, we’re already catching glimpses of this.; launched a program through Cingular that allows users to monitor their own home security through their cell phone.

For those serious about keeping their property safe, the price tag isn’t even that huge. With a setup fee of $199 and a $9.95 per month charge, users can check live feeds of their home and receive alerts when certain motion sensors are triggered. While not as close as the movie-going experience, Rosenberg gives this function 5-10 years to be an everyday cell phone use.

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With everything that’s already being tapped, what else do we have to look forward to? Plenty. This article focuses on three more future functions of the cell phone, all projected to happen in the next fifteen years. Possibly one of the most important features is the mobile phone as a medical monitor. With particular add-on devices, patients and their doctors will be able to control diabetes, heart conditions, and stress levels. Japan already has a phone that alerts women to when their ovulating.

The cell phone is also likely to replace the card and cash stuffed wallet. A company called Obopay is working to make paying for things credit card style possible via text messaging. Over time, e-cash with a cell phone will be more attractive. How does it work? Like the easy pay scan tags many credit card companies are putting out, all it will take is a wave of a cell phone to make a purchase.

Finally, the article directs our attention to the cell phone as the future in information technology. While search engines can currently be used on mobile phones with internet capabilities, the future will bring us phones with enough storage capacity to have volumes of information right at our fingertips. For those of us who don’t find a hand-held encyclopedia to be that exciting, the cell phone will also be able to interact with things around us, helping to locate lost items for example.

With the mobile phone on its way to being the multitasking machine of the future, will we still have the use of our televisions, credit cards, and medical files? Don’t go making plans to throw them out right away. If past technological advances have shown us anything, it’s that nothing comes without a few bugs in the system. I have no doubt that the technology will be developed, especially because we already see signs of it. It will be a long time though before any of it reaches perfection. Besides, what will we do if we lose our cell phone?

It’s an exciting time in technological advances when we’ve come from big bulky mobile phones for car use to small ones that can play music. Now we’re getting ready to see all-purpose ones that can give us a history lesson and lock our front door at the same time. It’ll be interesting to see not only the people that Rosenberg talked about in his article but all the other things that the tech world will come up with as well.