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Brandy Courtade

Brandy Courtade

Freelance Writer
Freelance writer, experience as a private data security consultant (application development security, access control, telecommunications and network security, cryptography) with a passion for breaking down any piece of information to find hidden probabilities through behavioral and technical analysis.

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Passfault: Redefining Password Strength and Creation

It's no secret that passwords seem to be a continual security problem without any real resolution. But one developer for defense contractor Partnet believes that the only way to truly measure the strength of the password is by determining how ...

DNSChanger Still Present on Some PCs

Remember DNSChanger? The Mac and PC Trojan from about four years ago? As a senior IT professional, you're probably thinking yeah, I took care of that already, no big deal. Your midsize business is safe, right? Maybe not. Though you ...

HTTPS Not So Secure, Says Trustworthy Internet Movement Report

HTTPS was supposed to be the secure Internet protocol. It was supposed to prevent "eavesdropping," among other things. When you entered passwords into a secured field, you were supposed to know that there was virtually no risk in doing so. ...

Evernote for Business? CEO Phil Libin Thinks So

If you've had any dealings with iOS or Android devices, you have probably at least heard of the popular Evernote app that while primarily used for note-taking, incorporates several features designed to help you "remember everything." Now CEO Philip Libin ...

Big Data Brought to You by Cloudera and IBM

IBM recently announced their partnership with Palo Alto start-up Cloudera. Cloudera's Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH) as well as its Manager is meshing with IBM's Big Data platform to deliver unprecedented business intelligence solutions. This is outstanding news for midsize ...

New Flashback Trojan Variant Found

Mac users had a rude awakening with the recent Flashback Trojan epidemic, the biggest incident for OS X to date. Though Apple released patches, removal tools, and instructions over the past week, the decline in infected systems isn't what Symantec ...

Computacenter Study Shows CIOs Are Driving BYOD

A recent study by Computacenter shows that while the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement is all too real, it isn't being advocated by the younger generations. It's the CIOs pressing for personal devices at work. The BYOD issue has been hot on ...

Security Permissions: Apparently Android Apps Don't Need Them to Get Your Data

Leviathan Security Group researcher Paul Brodeur recently developed an app that proves Android apps without special security permissions can still access and export virtually all your Android device's data. While the amount of data it can access is alarming, Brodeur ...

Zoho Releases CRM and Project Management Apps for Android and iPhone

Zoho recently released two new apps for mobile business. One is a CRM app for Android, and the other is for a project management app for iOS. While it's not clear whether the company will release companion apps respectively, or ...

Lenovo Enterprise App Shop Aims for Mobile Device Management Through App Control

Lenovo recently launched a new business-focused app store called the Lenovo Enterprise App Shop. Lenovo says businesses will be able to buy large quantities of third-party apps at reduced cost, and your employees will be able to find apps to ...

EclipseCon: Google Developers Call Web Apps Primitive, Call for Innovation

Google thinks that Web application development is primitive in its current state and as a response is working on several new technologies to unify and advance the efficiency of the Web. Alex Russell, who works on Google's Chrome and created ...

Survey by BMC Software and Forrester Research Shows CIOs Going Rogue With Cloud Computing

A recent survey BMC Software and Forrester Research commissioned should give IT professionals cause for concern. The survey details the booming popularity of cloud computing and how it's being used recklessly by businesses--much to the chagrin of IT. In fact, ...

Microsoft: Internet Explorer 10 in Metro With Non-Touch Inclusions

Microsoft recently released information on the features of Internet Explorer 10, specifically the Metro version--which means that there is also a desktop version. While Microsoft insists that the touch-centric version is still beneficial on non-touch devices, they obviously recognize that ...

Lowering Office 365 Prices Doesn't Change Uninspired Offerings

Microsoft recently slashed their Office 365 prices on almost all services. Since Microsoft released Office 365 last summer, the majority of their customers have been small businesses, while the company had hoped to draw in midsize and large businesses as ...

Kaspersky Discovers Duqu Framework--and an Unidentified Language

Not too long ago, Kaspersky released information regarding the Duqu Trojan, which included evidence suggesting that the virus had been in the works for several years--far longer than originally thought. Now they have discovered that parts of the Trojan's code ...

Annual Physical Society Meeting: IBM Says It's Time to Start Making Quantum Computers

IBM has made some critical advancements in quantum computing recently. So much so they state it is time for them to start making systems. They plan to display their advancements at the Annual Physical Society meeting. Their goal is to ...

2012 RSA Conference: Symantec CEO Says Digital Natives Will Transform Business

At the 2012 RSA Conference, Symantec CEO and president Enrique Salem spoke about the future of business practices. He talks of the "digital natives," a term used to describe anyone born in the 1990s or later. More significantly, digital natives ...

Rethinking Cloud Backup: System Redundancies

The cloud is a hot topic in IT. There are a lot of applications and definitions. A less talked-of application of cloud backup, in particular, is using it for system redundancies. You remember those, right? Technology evolves at an exciting ...

RootSmart Variants Bring a Challenge

Google recently announced their work with Bouncer, a tool they're using to scan the Android Market for malware. In the original release, they didn't specify how long they had been testing it, only that it had been "a while." It ...

Chrome Password Generator: Google's Way of Gently Reminding Users to Use Strong Passwords

It seems Google doesn't think you should trust users with their passwords. Google has started developing a new feature, the Chrome password generator. And it is a good point to consider. While the IT crowd is smart with their passwords, ...

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