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Category: Computer Security

For 33 years, I worked in the IT industry, and one of my primary functions was to ensure the corporate computers, including desktops and laptops, were safe from hackers. These articles pass along some of what I learned.

Is it Morally Wrong to Use an AdBlock Application?

Is it Morally Wrong to Use an AdBlock Application?

Is it morally wrong to use AdBlock (or any other ad blocking software)? When I was younger, I subscribed to many different magazines. I was fascinated by different subjects, including military history, geopolitics, science fiction, fantasy, and photography. At first, the advertising was sparse and generally ads seem to be positioned with articles and content with a similar subject. Any other ads were in the back section of the magazine. It was obvious, especially looking back from now, that the…

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Our disaster recovery project

Our disaster recovery project

At Trader Joe’s, we decided to create our disaster site in-house. We started the project in 1994 and expected it to take about six months. Boy, were we naive! We were so confident, so sure of ourselves – and we had absolutely no idea what we were getting ourselves into. Purpose of the project The first thing to do is decide what you are trying to accomplish. Well, since our company is located in Southern California, our primary purpose was…

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Shhhh… Listen! Do You Hear The Sound Of Cookies?

Shhhh… Listen! Do You Hear The Sound Of Cookies?

With all of the rhetoric about cookies many people don’t understand that these little text files were invented for a reason. In fact, cookies were created to solve the internet’s equivalent of Alzheimer’s disease. Web sites do not remember who they are talking to! The web was designed to be simple and straightforward. You (a browser such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox) ask for something (video, image, text and so on) from a web server. The web server obediently…

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