Looking for some of the newest, coolest information technology (IT) tech tricks? Here are some of the latest tips and tricks for the IT world.
1) Block NSA from Seeing Secure Web Pages
Did you know that there’s a master-key for all Outlook transmissions that makes it possible to read encrypted outlook.com pages? Well, there is, and although that’s a lot of information to sift through, the NSA can do it if it so chooses. But there’s a way to prevent this just by using perfect forward secrecy (PFS), a key agreement protocol that prevents the master-key in decrypting these files.
You may think that since it’s an HTTPS site, it’s secure, but if there’s a master-key available, it’s possible that this information could be accessed sometime in the future. All of your information can be accessed — not just for what you looked at today, but for anything you kept on the server for the past however many months. So why don’t more sites use PFS (including sites like PayPal, many banks, and American Express)? It’s hard to say for sure. It could be because it slows down performance of their servers. Note that Chrome uses it, which is partly why many consider it a more secure browser. Does your company use PFS?
2) Bring-Your-Own-Device Requires a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
One of the business trends of 2012 and 2013 is companies going with a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) plan instead of providing devices for all of its employees. With this trend, companies are going to need virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to aid in this transition. One great way to create an effective VDI experience is with flash memory storage.
By using on-site servers with flash memory, along with access via cloud computing (so that everything done at the company’s site is stored on servers and not local hard drives), information is able to zip from user to user while consolidating information into one place. This is ideal in performance management innovation, where server-side performance increases and allows for faster access to server-stored information. It easily allows usage of personal devices.
3) Use Precautions to Ensure the Network is Secure
As IT professionals, you must make sure that the internal network is secure. There are a few things you can do to make sure this happens:
- Educate all employees at the company in subjects such as protecting passwords, creating passwords that are not easily guessed, using office computers for personal use, which activities are prohibited, and what the penalties are for breaking these rules.
- Set up permissions and roles for each employee to determine access to network resources.
- Secure physical access to servers by keeping them in a locked room that is only accessible by trained and trusted employees.
- Secure the Wi-Fi network by using wireless data encryption protocols. This will make sure that data traveling across the network is protected from interception.
The IT world is constantly changing and improving. What tips and tricks have you heard of for IT personnel? Feel free to share them in the comments below.
Abigail Clark is an upcoming freelance writer. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a bachelors in marketing, minoring in journalism. When she isn’t up to her neck in coupons she is enjoying the outdoors fishing. She loves doing reviews for technology, home products and beauty products. If you would like her to do a review for you look her up on twitter.