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Showing posts from March, 2012

Keeping An Eye On Your Own Google Account Activity

It's all very well Google giving us access to "everything" they know about us in our own Google Dashboard but who really remembers to visit and check? And with so many services being tied back to your account there is the very real risk of having a single point of failure - someone gets into your Google Account and they can run riot through all those other services hanging off it. Oh, and you're more likely to have your password stolen off you by someone looking over your shoulder than black hat hackers targeting your account. Right, to keep your Google Account secure you first you need to have a smart password AND turn on 2-step verification - yes, I mean it, go on, turn on 2-step verification as it's the simplest way of upping your security level from smokey white to flashing red, from security level Bunnykins to Death Dragon. Do it now. But once you've done that you can't just sit back and pray to the Internet goddesses that nothing bad will happe

No, I Don't Want To Change!

"Using the Google solution meant we would lose our strategic investment in a Microsoft infrastructure." - Alison Ross, Head of Service Support, Trader Media Group This comment is quite remarkable - no, I won't change even if it serves the business better because I (the IT person) have paid for hardware and insist on using it - "Don't you try and make me look bad now!" How about this: "Features are added continuously, and in our organisation we prefer to control our releases. I wasn’t pleased that new functionality could pop up tomorrow, and our helpdesk wouldn’t be prepared to help with problems. That would compromise the high level of service we give our internal customers." - Alison Ross, Head of Service Support, Trader Media Group Turn on Scheduled Release, it is that simple: (note the blog post date, is this an old comment and Microsoft are leavin