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An Infographic: 15 Interesting Facts About the .net TLD

.net TLD recently surpassed 15 million .net domains registered globally, making it one of the most popular domain extensions on the Internet today.  To mark this momentous occasion, Verisign, the operator of the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains including .net and .com, pulled together 15 facts about .net, which go as follows: 15 Facts About .net: 1: Almost 139,000 domains registered in other top-level domains (TLDs) immediately forward to the same name, but as a .net site. 2: The first domain name to ever exist was a .net. While the first domain name to be registered was the now famous Symbolics.com, it is a lesser known fact that the very first domain name ever to exist was Nordu.net. Nordu.net was created by the registry with the same name as the first Internet rootser...

The U.S. Cloud Computing Industry Stands to Lose $22 to $35 billion as a Result of PRISM Exposé

The recent revelations about the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) and other U.S. law enforcement and national security agencies have used provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and USA PATRIOT Act to obtain electronic data from third parties will likely have an immediate and lasting impact on the competitiveness of the U.S. cloud computing industry if foreign customers decide the risks of storing data with a U.S. company outweigh the benefits, according to the statistics revealed by the latest report of the Information Technology and Innovation foundation (ITIF). If European cloud customers cannot trust the United States government, then maybe they won’t trust U.S.cloud providers either. If I am right, there are multibillion-euro consequences...

An Infographic: Magic Lantern, a Keystroke Logging Software Developed by the FBI

Magic Lantern is keystroke logging software developed by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation. Variously described as a virus and a Trojan horse, it can be installed remotely, via an e-mail attachment or by exploiting common operating system vulnerabilities. It’s unclear whether Magic Lantern would transmit keystrokes it records back to the FBI over the Internet or store the information to be seized later in a raid. The FBI intends to deploy Magic Lantern in the form of an e-mail attachment. When the attachment is opened, it installs a trojan horse on the suspect’s computer. The trojan horse is activated when the suspect uses PGP encryption, often used to increase the security of sent e-mail messages. When activated, the trojan horse will log the PGP passwor...

Introduction to Cloud Storage: Understanding Your Options

Cloud storage solution is emerging as an alternative to the in-house data storage and backup.  It is a growing industry where data storage solution is offered through third-party managed platforms – typically over the internet.  Data, folders and files can be shared and stored in a multi-tenant, resource pool that is accessible from anywhere. Several types of cloud storage solutions are available for personal as well as business usage.  For example – one of the first and popular cloud storage services were Google Docs and Spreadsheets offered by the search engine giant.  They have played a pivotal role in popularizing cloud storage in both business and personal level. In a cloud storage environment, company and personal data can be accessed from anywhere and on any internet ena...

PRISM Exposé Boosts Swiss Data Center Revenues

The stringent laws which govern Swiss banks are derivative of the nation’s privacy legislation, and now – thanks to the PRISM scandal – the country is fast becoming the ideal location for those turning their back on the cloud. Recent leaks of the American National Security Agency’s (NSA) PRISM surveillance program have sparked growing concern over data privacy, with implications for global corporations using US-controlled cloud services, such as AWS, Azure and Dropbox. As a result, businesses are now turning to Switzerland for their data hosting needs. Swiss ‘private’ hosting companies are seeing huge growth because privacy in Switzerland is enshrined in law. As the country is outside of the EU, it is not bound by pan-European agreements to share data with other member states, ...

Anturis IT Infrastructure Monitoring Software Delivers Great Features at Affordable Prices

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are growing, and with this growth, they’re changing the way they use technology to run their businesses. However, with their purse strings drawn tight and not having a clear road map of IT implementation, SMBs generally invest in IT in a phased manner. The problem manifolds for them as thе present market only offers solutions that are either expensive and bloated  or  open-source with a great need for fine-tuning and customizing. With limited knowledge of technology and their budgets tight, none of the options seem feasible for SMBs. This is where a product like Anturis comes in.  Promising  features at par with enterprise-level IT monitoring softwares, without the exorbitant prices that generally accompany them, Anturis sounds like a pretty solid s...

An Infographic: 99.9% of Domains That Have Six or More Characters Available on the .net Domain

Today, being on the Internet is becoming increasingly important for anyone who thinks of owning a business. The Internet opens up a new world for start-ups, savvy businessman or smart entrepreneurs who want to capitalize on the opportunity to spread their business globally. After deciding the business model, the next thing on the agenda is to finalise an interesting name for the business so that it can be easily searched by people and at the same time, relates to the nature of the business. And then follows the urge to acquire an Internet domain name for the company at the earliest. For people with innovative business ideas, there are millions of possibilities for the website to be hosted on the world’s best domains, such as .com and .net – yes, it is not as difficult as one thinks to get ...

How Important is Server Location For Your Business?

Almost every business relies on some form of server technology, but does the location of this technology truly matter? Where does your data normally end up? An increasing number of businesses are coming to  terms with the growing complexities cloud technology brings in and how it and other strategic IT choices are affecting their businesses. So what`s next? With more and more companies moving their business data to the cloud, the last few years have seen considerable acceptance of cloud computing in the  market. The benefits of this technology are clear. The implications, not so much. Cloud technology has presented some significant challenges lately. It has become increasingly clear that a few companies are now giving real thought to the legal and physical implications of the technology. T...

8 Important Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Web Host

Choosing a good web hosting provider is the first and perhaps the most important decision one needs to make to build a successful online presence. With a plethora of web hosts put there, choosing the best one can be confusing task for the beginners. So here are 8 most important factors you need to keep in kind while choosing a web host to derive maximum benefits: 1) Pricing: Pricing is the first and one of the most important factors that you need to consider while  choosing a web host. Avoid going for cheap plans as they  have limited features and hence aren’t best suited for the long run.  That said, an expensive doesn’t guarantee value for money either.  Choose the one that offers you with the diversity of selection within affordable expenses. 2) Technical Support: When choosing a host f...

An Infographic: Is Cloud Based Security Right For Your Company’s Web and Email Systems?

An implementation checklist for Cloud security with in-depth analysis of its modus operandi, merits and options available:

Technological and Environmental Benefits of Green Web Hosting Services

Web hosting providers guzzle excessive amounts of energy to power servers and data centers for providing round-the-clock business. There are allied amenities like cooling controls and heightened security operations. These demand a lot of electric energy. Naturally, this takes a toll on our environment. Green web hosting, as the name would suggest, comes as a hosting solution driven by environmentally approachable resources such as renewable energy. Green web hosting is Internet hosting that comprises green technologies whereby the abrogating impact on the environment is reduced. Green hosting could include carbon offsetting, driving a data center directly with renewable energy, tree planting, planting grass around and over data centers and more everyday undertakings like energy conservatio...

How to Add Your Skype Contacts to Lync and Vice versa

Consumer reach of Skype + Enterprise richness of Lync =  Enhanced  communications experience around the world. Skype and Lync users can now connect with each other using the Lync-Skype connectivity. Since Lync’s use is rife among a majority of enterprises for IM, voice, video and meetings, Skype users can leverage it to reach a very wide  network of colleagues, partners and customers across organizations of all sizes. The initial set of features includes: Adding Skype contacts to Lync and vice-versa, enabling presence sharing Audio calling and instant messaging between Lync and Skype users Management settings for Lync administrators How can Skype users connect with their contacts on Lync? Two essential prerequisites for Skype users to connect with their  contacts on Lync are: The lat...

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