Wednesday, 8 November 2017

NComputing can slash your IT costs by 50 Percent

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Did you know that you are using less than 10% of the resources of your Pan the rest of it is wasted? Well, through this note, we would like to share with you a solution that taps into the unused resources of your PC and distributes it across multiple users.

This is the power of NComputing, a shared computing solution provider, which allows you to distribute the power of your PC across users – up to 100 workstations. This not only lowers the acquisition and deployment costs of computers in your organization, it also makes the infrastructure easily manageable and drastically reduces the maintenance and electricity costs.

NComputing offers unique benefits that include:
  • Run up to 100 workstations with just 1 PC/Server
  • Reduce acquisition costs by 50%, maintenance costs by 75%
  • Reduce electricity costs by 90%, thereby reducing the TCO
  • Plug and Play solution that allows quick deployment
  • Enhanced data security
  • Saves considerable amount of workspace
We have implemented this solution across verticals in 140+ countries with 20+ million users and 7000 customers. Per IDC report, NComputing is ranked No. 1 in the Desktop Virtualization provider in India. We would be happy to share some of our success stories of customers that may be similar to your organization.

Right now, we are taking appointments to have a call (Payal
+91991009050), where we can explain this solution. We can follow that up with a demonstration at your office for you and your team.

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Many Ways You’re Being Watched


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Why You Need Online Privacy Protection with Privacy Guardian

In the age of constant connectivity, online privacy and secure browsing are no longer merely nice to have; they are mandatory. Anti-malware software safeguards your PC from harm, but today you also need online protection for you, personally.

What You Do Online Isn’t Private


Block access to your sensitive online data, device info and browsing habits with Privacy Guardian™
Companies and individuals can acquire enormous amounts of very specific information about you--your “digital fingerprint”--based on what you do on the internet, and much of this data can be used against you in various ways. Here are a few of them.
 
Ads following you. Following you, in fact, all the way into your email inbox. Why do ads for products you’ve just browsed follow you around the internet, appearing in banners and sidebars on the pages you visit? This technology that spies on your browsing and shopping habits to place ads in front of you all too often also leads to harassing spam emails as well.

Without online privacy software, when you see an ad, the ad sees you--and can track you. This is unsettling and annoying, especially once you’ve made a purchase and are no longer interested in ads for the product. After all, once you’ve purchased a big-ticket item such as a mattress, refrigerator or vacuum cleaner, you are effectively removed you from the market for that product for many years. Why put up with constant badgering to re-purchase the very item you already bought?

Price discrimination. If an online retailer obtains data indicating you are shopping from a computer located in a wealthy neighborhood, it could mark up the prices you see on its website.

As far back as the summer of 2015, at the annual meeting of the lobbying group the International Air Transport Association one executive called it inevitable that airlines would soon start using personal data to charge some passengers more than others; indeed, this has since come to pass. This deceitful practice is now being deployed by airlines, hotels, insurance companies and more.
Compromised consumer reputation. Credit bureaus are regulated to ensure that people don’t have incorrect credit information spread about them, but there is no such oversight in the online marketplace. Imagine being denied credit because a company has secretly collected data that suggests you are an irresponsible shopper.

Your data for sale. Congress overturned F.C.C. rules requiring broadband providers to get your permission before collecting data on your online activities and selling it to advertisers. Without these restrictions, ISPs are sure to become even more aggressive with data collection.
Unsecure websites. Another threat to online privacy is third-party hackers who can get between you and your point of purchase, potentially stealing your credit card info or other data. This occurs most frequently when you visit unsecure websites that use an unencrypted connection to exchange data with your computer.

In many browsers, a small letter “i” in a circle in the address bar lets you know the page you are visiting may put your personal information at risk; a red alert triangle or full-page warning may appear when a site is determined to be outright malicious or otherwise dangerous. Look for a padlock icon and a URL that starts with “https://” to confirm you are visiting a site with a secure connection. However, there is nothing about even supposedly secure sites that can put an end to the collection of your data through sophisticated fingerprint-based tracking techniques.


Enter Privacy Guardian™

Privacy Guardian is online privacy software that helps ensure anonymous web browsing, keeps your search history private, thwarts digital profile-building or “fingerprinting” based on your habits, enhances identity theft protection and stops ad-trackers from following and targeting you.

Unlike inferior cookies-based tracking blockers focused only on ads, Privacy Guardian focuses on fingerprint-based tracking by studying the behaviors of known fingerprinting scripts and scrambling the data they rely upon to gain sensitive information about you.

How much data is unprotected? Without Privacy Guardian, you may be astonished to learn just how much information about you is attainable from your internet usage. By protecting your digital fingerprint, Privacy Guardian enhances online identity theft protection and helps prevent companies and individuals from gathering your:



Internet Activity
  • Online searches
  • Videos watched
  • Websites visited
Online Purchases
  • Medicines
  • Vehicles
  • Vacation habits
Financial Data
  • Income
  • Credit score
  • Debt and loans
Personal Information
  • Age, gender, ethnicity
  • Political party
  • Marital/child status
The ramifications of giving away personal information of such breadth and scope are alarming to contemplate. Block access to your sensitive online data, device info and habits. Protect your private life with Privacy Guardian.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Indian food safety watchdog FSSAI itself needs inspection

FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) is a watchdog for implementing food safety in India. This post is regarding their business of collecting money in the name of registration fee and license fee from all the food vendors throughout the length and breadth of the country. What it does faithfully is collecting 100 Rs per year registration from all the food vendors below 12 lakh turnover and Rs.2000 license per year from above 12 lakh turnover.

Look at the pricing structure wherein License/Certificate Modification is charged the same price as the new application itself! Corrupt food inspectors ensure there is 100 percent compliance.

In my case a 72-year-old gentleman from Durgapur came to my Burdwan office asking to help in FSSAI licensing. He in turn brought the documents from a sweet shop. Both of them understand little about online application which is now mandatory by FSSAI. After paying 2000 Rs license fee for one year, the gentleman discovered that he had submitted me a wrong name for the sweet shop. With no way to edit the name once submitted, I requested assistance from their help desk after finding their toll free no. dead. The ticket raised dated 21 September, 2017 is still open (https://ashoknagindia.blogspot.in/).

There is a sense of terror as their online procedure is not understood by the masses and look at the state of their customer service with tollfree no. and online helpdesk non responsive. Remember, this government came to power on the promise of removing corruption and enforcing accountability on its bureaucratic workforce that draws disproportionately higher salary than their private counterparts. In a typical offline FSSAI office where after filling the online application one needs to submit physically attached documents, one will find a clerk who is sitting there to find fault and threaten to complete the online application from a nearby internet cafe from where he/she going to receive a referral commission.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Malware: What happens after my PC is infected?


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The top challenge to web security, according to the cybersecurity firm Cyren, is the use of multiple devices, which create numerous entry points for malware to enter your life. Our desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones all present added risk in today's gadget universe.

The mobility of these devices, plus the too-often unsecured nature of networks at restaurants, coffee shops and airports provides a perfect storm for cybercrime. And the "market," black as it is, shows it: nearly one million new malware threats are released every day.

Malevolent actors are getting faster and smarter by the second, making it more essential than ever for Windows users to protect their PCs with the best, most up-to-date antivirus software they can find. But what happens when a computer is already infected? To understand how insidiously malware can work, it helps to look at two common types that aren't even technically viruses: trojans and spyware.

Trojans

Trojans are programs that appear to be useful, but they intentionally run destructive functions. Unlike viruses, trojans are not designed to make copies of themselves and spread to other users, but trojans can carry viruses and other malware within them.

Trojans can come from web downloads or email attachments, and it's all too easy to be tricked into installing one because it looks like it will serve a beneficial purpose. Trojans can even attach themselves to legitimate apps.


The effects of trojans can range from persistently annoying to permanently devastating. Users have reported everything from the constant display of ads, to the theft of their banking information, to the destruction of every file on their computer.

Spyware

Spyware is tracking software that silently installs itself on your computer, monitors (or even controls) your internet activity, and then sends private information about you back to its creator. Spyware programs are commonly used for annoying, constant targeted advertising but can also be deployed for criminal identity theft. Either way, they compromise privacy and overburden your PC with needlessly running background programs that can grind PC function to a halt.

And consider what can happen beyond performance drain, for example with this new intelligent spyware recently discovered by Cyren, as described in its quarterly threat report:

"JS/IFrame.VJ.gen is a form of spyware launched in August 2015. It is found on compromised WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla pages containing injected JavaScript. The infection starts when a user visits a compromised site. The simplified JavaScript code contains an iframe that redirects to a malicious server location. Additional JavaScript is loaded, which then gathers information such as the operating system, timestamp, timezone, and existence of certain legitimate applications like Adobe Flash Player. The collected information is sent back to the original server and a series of redirects to fake sites follow, that look identical to or closely resemble Flash upgrade sites, Google Chrome plugins, or other fake application sites. Once on these fake sites, the victim is encouraged to download spyware or potentially unwanted applications (PUA) that pretend to be real applications."


Warning signs

A slow and unstable computer is one of the most common signs of a trojan or spyware infection. If your PC suddenly takes a lot more time to open programs or begins to crash frequently, it may be infected. Other signs include:
  • Pop-up windows appearing constantly
  • A change to your Chrome, Edge or Firefox homepage
  • Frequent website redirects after typing your intended destination into the browser
  • New and unwanted toolbars appear in your browser
  • New and unwanted icons appear in your PC system tray

What to do
If you think you may have a virus, spyware, worm, keylogger, trojan or other type of malware, consider calling iolo technologies' Premium Services (iPS) for a consultation with a tech expert. They can personally walk you through effective actions that will diagnose and hopefully remove the threat. This includes even re-installing Windows in the event the worst happens. iPS technicians can:
  • Remove destructive or annoying pop-ups, toolbars and plug-ins
  • Ferret out hidden malware including spyware and "malvertising"
  • Optimize needlessly sluggish internet connections
  • Diagnose software conflicts and errors to speed up your PC
  • Install or re-install Windows security patches and hardware driver updates

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