Dreams of the Future - 5G

HP is looking ahead a bit in this article about 5G wireless networking and what it will be able to do. But as always, the future is right around the corner.

5G means much more than pure speed
The fifth generation of wireless technology is about to enter the mainstream, as all the major wireless carriers prepare to launch their own 5G wireless networks in the not-too-distant future. But 5G is much more than just a 4G upgrade - and it’s going to affect a lot more than your phone.

So really, how fast is 5G?
Just like the switch from 3G to 4G moved us from a few megabits per second into the hundreds, 5G will blaze past 4G - in fact, a recent simulation by Qualcomm at the Mobile World Congress showed 5G performing at 10 times the speed of our current standard. This extra capacity will make for a more reliable connection, too.

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Windows 10 - More Choices for Updates

 Many clients are in the midst of updating or replacing with PC systems using Windows 10. Microsoft has been improving update messaging so users aren't interrupting important updates. If you're not sure or have questions, we can help. 

Thanks to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you’ll see fewer interruptions when Windows updates.

Now you have the option to let Windows Update adjust active hours based on you device-specific usage patterns.

We know that sometimes, updates can come at inconvenient times. So, now you’ll be able to pause both feature and monthly updates for up to 35 days (seven days at a time, up to five times).

And when there’s an update requiring you to restart your device, you’ll see a new notification: a colored dot on the Power button in the Start menu and on the Windows icon in your taskbar.

Check it out in action:

 

Creating a Modern IT Strategy

Nearly all businesses need some kind  of IT leadership. For many smaller businesses, we help provide that leadership and guidance. However, whether you provide the leadership or outsource it, the goals are the same.

As an IT leader, your job is growing more challenging by the day. Your IT strategy must be sophisticated and agile, balancing digital transformation priorities with security imperatives—and you probably have to stick to a lean budget too. What are the non-negotiable priorities you absolutely must include? Here’s a look at some of the most important IT issues that a modern CIO or CTO must tackle and why they matter to your success.

1. Enable digital maturity

Digital transformation may be the buzzword phrase of the moment, but there’s a good reason for that. Businesses that fail to become digitally mature will struggle to compete and thrive within the evolving digital landscape. While the transition to digital maturity often involves updating legacy infrastructure and implementing new technology systems that enable powerful business capabilities, it also requires a considerable amount of cultural change.

According to TechTarget, IT and business leaders often underestimate the degree of change management and political acumen required to lead an organization to a state of digital maturity. With that in mind, remember to keep a close eye on the softer human elements associated with digital transformation as well as the innovative technologies your organization is pursuing.

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$575Million Equifax Settlement Illustrates Business Security Basics

We recommend and help implement security for every one of Computing Center's clients. While totally baffling given what Equifax's business is, they apparently didn't do many of the basics. A bit of a long read, but there are many lessons to be learned here. No time to wade through the entire article...checkout the last section - what you and every business should be doing is listed there.

Patch your software. Segment your network. Monitor for intruders. According to tech experts, those are security basics for businesses of any size. But when you’re industry giant Equifax – a company in possession of staggering amounts of highly confidential information about more than 200 million Americans – it’s almost unthinkable not to implement those fundamental protections. An FTC, CFPB, and State AG settlement of at least $575 million illustrates the injury to consumers when companies ignore reasonably foreseeable (and preventable) threats to sensitive data. Read on for security tips for your business and what consumers can do to get compensation for their losses and sign up for free credit monitoring.

The Equifax data breach has been in the headlines, but what happened behind the scenes? According to the complaint, in March 2017, US-CERT – Homeland Security’s cyber experts – alerted Equifax and other companies about a critical security vulnerability in open-source software used to build Java web applications. The alert warned anyone using a vulnerable version of the software to update it immediately to a free patched version. It didn’t take long before the press reported that hackers had already started to exploit the vulnerability.

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The Computing Center Supports Women Swimmin' 2019

 The Computing Center is again a Corporate sponsor of the 2019 Women Swimmin' for Hospicare event to be held on August 10th at the Ithaca Yacht Club.

Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare is a community swim—not a race—that raises money in support of Hospicare & Palliative Care Services. At dawn on a Saturday in August, more than 300 women will leave the east shore of Cayuga Lake and swim west to the Ithaca Yacht Club (a distance of 1.2 miles). Nearly 200 boaters will escort them along the way and about 150 volunteer support them on shore. Lake swimming not for you? Women Swimmin’ Laps is an opportunity for women who aren’t able to participate in the Lake swim, to swim any distance they choose, in any pool with a certified lifeguard to fundraise for Hospicare.

Women Swimmin’ is truly a community event! We invite you to visit our website and get involved in a number of ways:

Women Swimmin’ was born out of a conversation between an Ithaca woman looking for a unique activity to mark her 60th birthday and her primary care physician. They decided to recruit other women swimmers and boaters to escort them as they swim across Cayuga Lake, while raising funds for Hospicare. Women Swimmin’ has grown to become the largest fundraiser for Hospicare and a meaningful event throughout the Ithaca community.

Whether the women are swimmin’ in a pool or across Cayuga Lake, the funds they raise go directly to support Hospicare’s work in our community. Through the incredible generosity of our friends and neighbors, who recognize the importance of our mission, we are able to bring medical expertise and compassionate care to all those in Tompkins & Cortland counties who are facing the end of life, as well as support, comfort and guidance for their family members, regardless of their ability to pay. The money raised through Women Swimmin’ also allows us to provide bereavement services to patients’ family members and others in our community who are grieving a loss.

To learn more about Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare, including how you can swim, boat, volunteer or donate in support of this event, please visit womenswimmin.org.

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