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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.

How two factor authentication can protect you

The way we identify ourselves on the internet is with a username and password. Usually the username is either our email, our name, or some other identifier we use repeatedly.

Many times your username is used to identify comments that you make on the site. To steal your account all an attacker needs to do is guess your password, since in most cases your username is readily available.

Wilson: ‘Our focus is on quality’

Chuck Wilson, president and owner of Wilson Technology Group Inc., and an expert in the telecommunications industry, says ‘quality is key.’

Photography by Sue Quigley

Far out on US98 and nestled in the sleepy countryside beyond Brooksville might not seem an obvious place to base an IT company leading the way in full turnkey IT solutions.

But that’s where Chuck Wilson and his wife and business partner Terry Weaver decided was an absolutely great place to locate their business: Wilson Technology Group and the business of telecommunications and technology industry design and implementation.

“It was in 2000 and we decided we didn’t want to be city people any more — that’s when we discovered Brooksville,” Wilson said.

Is driver assist technology making you safer?

Recently there was a fatal crash of a driver using the Tesla Model S’s autopilot feature. This brought discussions of driver assist technologies to the forefront. There are a number of companies working on developing self driving cars including Tesla, Google, Apple, and BMW.

Tesla’s autopilot uses Autosteer to keep the car in the current lane and Traffic-Aware Cruise Control to maintain the car’s speed. On a highway, the car will virtually drive itself. Tesla’s autopilot requires that the driver’s hands stay on the wheel while driving to enforce driver engagement.

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