Technology

Tech Talk: Understanding simple home computer networking

Rocco Maglio is a software engineer with over 23 years of experience. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Setting up a network can seem daunting if you are uninitiated. There are three items that you see: IP address, subnet mask, and gateway. The IP address is the number of your machine. It will be something like 192.168.1.51.

What information does the internet know about you?

Rocco Maglio, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, CISSP, has over 20 years in the field of software engineering.

Companies on the Internet can collect information about you any time you are online.

Usually you have several browser windows open. You are logged into facebook or google in one window and browsing in another window.

How to avoid online scams

Rocco Maglio, is a Certified Internet Security Systems Professional (CISSP). He has worked in the web and software industry for over 20 years as a software architect and engineer.

A continuing problem with the Internet in the anonymous nature of users leads to it being a popular place for scammers. They can send emails that convince you to give personal information and police will not have a way to trace where the email went.

Tech Talk: Looking for a job? Learn cybersecurity.

Rocco Maglio, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, CISSP, has over 20 years in the field of software engineering.

A constant refrain is that the Tampa area is in need of cybersecurity talent. The problem is that most job openings are for people with experience, so how do you start out? There are many college programs to get you started, but most likely it will require more than a college degree to get your first job in cybersecurity.

Is your smart phone invading your privacy?

Rocco Maglio is a Certified Internet Security Systems Professional. He has over 20 years of experience in software engineering.

Smartphones do so many things for us, that many people are lost without them. They provide an assortment of tools: phone, contact book, day planner, calculator, instant messenger, and more. You can answer many questions by simply googling for the answer. You no longer have to spend wakeless nights trying to remember who was that actor in that movie.

Is using public WiFi dangerous?

Rocco Maglio is a Certified Internet Security Systems Professional (CISSP). He has over 20 years of experience in software engineering.

It is often said that using public wifi is dangerous. There have been numerous warnings about using coffee shop WIFI, airport WIFI, or other freely available WIFIs. At the Olympics in Rio there were many reports of bogus WIFI networks popping up around the city.

Tracking Hackers: an inexact science

Recently, there have been claims that the people who hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC) have been traced back to Russia. Tracing hackers after the fact is usually an inexact science.

Typically, people who are attacking a system, go through a number of intermediate machines. The logs and tracking information on these machines are then wiped, leaving an approximation as to which incoming connection accessed which outgoing connection.

Tech Talk: The Web's early milestones

Rocco Maglio is a software engineer with over 23 years of experience. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

First website

The Web just turned 25 years old. The first website was created at CERN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee on Aug. 6, 1991. The original site Berners-Lee created is still available at http://info.cern.ch/. Berners-Lee is not only credited with creating the first website, but also the first web browser and web server.

Feel free to sing "Happy Birthday to You"

Rocco Maglio, CISSP

Have you ever wondered why at restaurants they sing birthday songs like “Happy Happy Birthday” rather than “Happy Birthday to You?” The reason is that Warner/Chappell Music claimed to have a copyright on the “Happy Birthday to You” song and you had to have their authorization to sing the song publicly. It is estimated that “Happy Birthday to You” earned 50 million dollars in royalties, making it the highest earning song ever.

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