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Last week, Yahoo confirmed reports that 450,000 passwords and email addresses belonging to Yahoo Voices users had been breached from an older file from Yahoo Contributor Network, which contained Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and other email addresses. Yahoo Contributor Network is an online platform for people to share video, audio and slide shows While most of the leaked data appears to be outdated, the hackers may have been able to access personal,...

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On July 6th, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the appointment of Chris Tonjes as the new Chief Information Officer in the Mayor’s Office of Information Technology (MOIT). Mr. Tonjes is presently employed as CIO for the DC Public Library. Among his accomplishments, Tonjes oversaw the creation of the first-ever iPhone app for a library, the DCPL app! Tonjes will commence his new role on July 23, 2012. His CIO predecessor, Rico...

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On Friday, we advised that the FBI's temporary internet solution to circumvent the DNSChanger mayhem would be disconnected today. Click here to read that blog. A detailed explanation of the story can be found on the FBI's website at this link. The safety net was pulled away at 12:01 a.m. this morning, leaving many users (an estimated 46,000) without the ability to access the internet. For those of you who find...

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Nobody looks forward to Mondays, but next Monday could be particularly unpleasant for some computer users. On July 9th, the FBI will disable a temporary internet system installed to redirect inquiries from computers affected by the DNSChanger malware. Thousands of internet users in the US and around the world whose machines are infected with this malware may find themselves unable to go online and they will need assistance...

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With the proliferation of power failures across the nation following strong summer storms, we should all be thinking about how to save power when we have it! Something you may want to consider utilizing is the Energy Saver feature on Avaya's Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 5000 Series. Avaya recently announced that the International University of Kagoshima in Japan has engaged the Energy Saver feature in an effort...

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  George in Westminster, MD asks: "The severe weather and power outages this past weekend has me concerned. What steps can I take to prevent my phones and electronic equipment from being damaged or knocked offline?" Teltek's service department is well aware of the chaos that can result from severe weather conditions. Electronics do not function well when exposed to the elements or if there is an interruption of service. Here...

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One of our specialties at Teltek is sorting out and straightening up less-than-perfect cabling jobs. If you have ever seen our before and after photos, you know what I'm talking about! Keeping your cables separated and clearly marked can prevent accidents and allows you to quickly locate the power source of a particular piece of equipment. Network World recently published a review of D-Wings, manufactured by Rubbo International....

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A really interesting discussion has emerged as a result of the ongoing dispute between Baltimore City Comptroller Joan Pratt and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over $650,000 in taxpayer money that went toward purchasing Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)  telecommunications equipment. The two elected officials are battling over who should be in charge of replacing the city government's outdated communications system. Maintaining the city government's phone system has been a primary function of the...

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What's the password? The key to unlocking all types of information lies with the password, that crazy combination of letters, symbols and numbers that keeps your data secure. That same string of characters can cause devastation if found in the wrong hands. A prime example of this was demonstrated last week when news broke that 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords had been posted to a Russian hacking forum along with a request to...

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A few years ago, "thin client computing" became a popular concept with the idea is that most users don't need a powerful desktop unit with a fast processor and a vast amount of local storage space. Instead of blowing the IT budget on high powered individual machines, companies could provide their employees with inexpensive, low-powered computers that operate much like the old "dumb terminals" that connected to mainframe systems. PC Magazine's Encyclopedia...

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