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Thursday, 24 April 2014

FCC new Net Neutrality rules are around the corner

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Over the past few months the new FCC boss Tom Wheeler has been investigating Net Neutrality guidelines and is preparing a draft for an FCC meeting on May 15. Reports indicate that the agency may try the same rules used before, but cite them under a different part of the law. However, groups supporting Net Neutrality worry that the rules won’t hold up in court just like current laws being referenced. The FCC does have the ability to write in some new rules under Section 706 of the Communication Act, which is designed help with the deployment of advanced telecommunications to all Americans. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that ISP’s won’t be able to block websites outright, but there isn’t a rule in place for interconnection feuds between the ISP and content providers like Netflix.

Unless there are additional rules written for interconnections between content providers and ISP’s consumers could still see a broken Internet unless content providers cough up extra money for priority access. The FCC thinks that it’s okay for traffic preferential treatment as long as other websites aren’t blocked or discriminated against. This view means we could soon see specific content get priority access over other sites making it harder for companies to enter the content space if they can’t pay the transit fees for “preferred access”. Now we must wait until May 15th to see what develops on the new regulations, but it’s clear that we may soon see the Internet move towards a premium TV model where you’ll end up paying more to access various content across the web.


 
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Lavaboom - A Truly Private Email

With all the security threats, credit card fraud, identify theft, etc. that we’ve been seeing more recently these past years, it’s surprising many of us just haven’t barricaded ourselves in a cave for protection. You’ve probably read all the articles on ways to better secure your files and protect your several accounts - whether it be your bank, credit card, or email. They say to change your password often, keep a different one for each account you maintain, and most importantly - DON’T to make it anything simple like ‘password!’ Make sure you log in from a secure location also (your home, office), even if you’re using your own computer, and avoid managing private data at your local library or coffee shop. Don’t forget to be careful on your mobile device too since there are people out there that can easily steal information from them without you even knowing it!

Now let’s face it, with all the other countless responsibilities us humans deal with day to day, it can get quite difficult to keep up with all your passwords. You would think that your bank or phone/Internet provider might make their own sites more secure to assist their customers in keeping their information entirely secure AND private, right? Well, Lavaboom is taking another step in that direction in making a truly secure email server. Just to prove to people out there how serious they are, the very first sentence in their mission statement says, “Article 8 of the Human Rights Act: “Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.”

Lavaboom, which was founded in January, is free to use for up to 250MB - that’s around 1000 emails - they plan on upgrading this and bringing in a premium plan during beta. The highlight of the service is by far the security aspect. In their FAQ, they state, “We maintain your security with complete encryption, zero-knowledge privacy, and three-way authentication.” Even with all the encryption they use to keep the ‘zero-knowledge privacy’ intact, they say users will have a faster connection than ever before - something they’ve worked on diligently during development after receiving several comments regarding it being too slow.

In additional feedback Lavaboom has received, they have been asked if they’re connected to Lavabit. They’ve responded to those comments with the following statement:

We’re not associated with Lavabit or Ladar Levinson. We're huge fans of Lavabit and were devastated when it shut down. Felix, Lavaboom’s CEO, named Lavaboom in tribute to Lavabit and Ladar's stand against the US government's attack on the world's privacy. We are completely independent with no obligations to any other entity, third party, company or government organisation.

So, for those of you out there that take security and privacy as seriously as it should be, take it from ‘just a few guys and girls from Germany who care about privacy’ and check out Lavaboom for yourself. No more need to worry about your email being hacked or where you can access it if you’re using an untrusted mobile 3G/4G connection or WiFi router from a public location. Your email, at least, will truly be private. In fact, Lavaboom is so confident, they say it’s more secure than your bank account! The only downside - no mobile support just yet, but rest assured, it is coming!!




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 April 2014 )
 
Friday, 18 April 2014

VMWare's Disaster Recovery Service in the Cloud

  

While the VMware vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS) Disaster Recovery (DR) has been available since May 2013, it is just now gaining more notoriety. This service provides VMware’s enterprise users a public cloud option that integrates directly with their existing virtual deployments.

Recently, Matthew Lodge, VP of Cloud Services Product Marketing and Management at VMware, talked to the IT site Datamation. In their discussion of vCHS, Lodge said that anything that is running on a VMware vSphere host can be replicated, regardless of what kind of storage the customer has -- vSAN or anything else. The vCHS offers what they refer to as ‘continuous replication to enable DR.’ Per Lodge, "It's a replication rather than a back-up, and it's continuous as in the data is continuously copied from the protected site to vCHS. The VM state is captured at intervals, the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) interval, to ensure all VMs are consistent in the DR set."

The DR solution is continuous, but it is not a fully active to the point that it could be used to load balance VM workloads. Lodge states that vCHS-DR is designed for what is known as ‘active-passive DR.’ "It doesn't support active-active, though today many apps contain code to allow active-active configurations," Lodge said. "In that situation, you'd run the same VM at vCHS as you ran on-prem, and you would do state sharing between the two (built into the app) across the network."

Even though the vCHS is a remote cloud service, Lodge added that additional network acceleration hardware may be beneficial to some users due to the the data intensity that a DR operation can include. While it’s not a necessity, this hardware can help compress data and manage bandwidth and transfers. At this time, DR data stream is delta-compressed with only changes from the last set of updates being sent to vCHS.

For an existing VMware customer, there are just a few steps you’ll need to take to get this service. First, you need to download the vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery replication virtual appliance from VMware.com. The virtual appliance is then installed into the VMware vCenter applications where the administrator will select the DR icon and perform the configuration. Lodge says, "To do that, the customer enters the API URL for the vCHS site to which they want to replicate, identifies the VMs to be protected, sets any VM-specific options, and selects the recovery point objective (15 mins - 24 hours). They then monitor from the vCenter console, and/or from the vCHS console."




Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 )
 
Friday, 18 April 2014

ATT considers taking a pass over 600Mhz spectrum rules

 

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Unlike previous FCC spectrum auctions the FCC is now considering a policy for next year’s 600Mhz spectrum auction. Their plan is to restrict a portion of the frequency band for smaller competitors to ensure AT&T and Verizon don’t grab all the 600Mhz spectrum and squat on it, which prevents smaller companies from entering the wireless market. This policy comes after the last few spectrum auctions where Verizon and AT&T gobbled up the majority of spectrum for sale and still haven’t used a lot of the spectrum they have available now. AT&T was the first carrier to complain to the FCC in a letter stating the following:

"AT&T has never declined to participate in a major spectrum auction and certainly did not intend to do so here, where capital contributions will be needed across the wireless industry for a successful outcome. But if the restrictions as proposed are adopted, AT&T will need to seriously consider whether its capital and resources are directed toward other spectrum opportunities that will better enable AT&T to continue to support high quality LTE network deployments to serve its customers."


From this statement it sounds like AT&T is only interested in the auction if they can buy the entire 600Mhz spectrum band. Just like the 700Mhz auctions a few years ago the 600Mhz bands are highly desirable because they have better in building penetration and require fewer cell towers for coverage in rural areas. This is why both T-Mobile and Sprint are less than successful in rural areas where their 1700/1900/2100/2500Mhz bands don’t cover as large an area. Verizon and AT&T’s 700Mhz requires substantially less towers in a rural setting to cover the same space and if Sprint or T-Mobile could snatch up the 600Mhz spectrum we could see them start to offer better rural coverage.


 
Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wilson Sleek 4G SmarTech III Cradle Amplifier (460107) Now Available - FCC Approved

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In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes*, which will require cellular amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released a new FCC-approved version of their popular Sleek 4G cradle amplifier: the SmarTech III Sleek 4G Cradle Amplifier (460107). The Sleek 4G supports 700mhz/800mhz/1700mhz/1900mhz/2100mhz networks (which includes most 2G, 3G, and 4G providers in the US) and includes everything you need to boost the signal to a single phone or hotspot in a vehicle (a home/office accessory kit is available for use indoors).

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The 460107 kit includes (clockwise from left): manual, Sleek cradle amplifier, 4" magnetic mount antenna w/ 12' cable, USB cable and cigarette lighter power supply, and mount

Features & Benefits:

  • Stronger cell signal indoors
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts voice, 3G, and 4G data signals for all major North American cell carriers
  • All needed components included in package
  • Optional home accessory kit sold separately
  • DIY installation
 
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installation diagram (not to scale. representative graphic only - appearance of actual components may vary)

The new Sleek 4G is available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $148.99 (MSRP $179.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson Sleek 4G SmarTech III (460107)

*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 April 2014 )
 
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Wilson MobilePro 45db SmarTech III Repeater Kit (460113) Now Available - FCC Approved

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In anticipation of the upcoming FCC changes*, which will require cellular amplifiers to meet certain criteria (including only being sold in kits) and to be registered with the cell provider, Wilson Electronics has released a new FCC-approved version of their popular MobilePro amplifier: the MobilePro SmarTech III Repeater Kit (460113). The MobilePro works for 800/1900mhz cellular networks, which includes most voice and 3G providers in the US and includes accessories for use both at home or in a vehicle. The MobilePro can boost the signal for multiple phones/modems at the same time, as long as they are within about 5 feet of the amplifier.

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The 460113 kit includes both AC and DC power supplies as well as a window mount for the magnetic mount antenna so the kit can be used in a vehicle or at home

Features & Benefits:

  • Installs in minutes
  • FCC certified to 2014 technical specs
  • Boosts voice & 3G data signals for all major North American cell carriers
  • All needed components included in package
  • DIY installation
  • Extends cellular signal range
  • Fewer dropped calls & lost connections
  • Faster data downloads
  • Clearer voice calls
  • Longer battery life for cellular devices

The new MobilePro is available now at 3Gstore at an introductory price of $178.99 (MSRP $199.99). See the full specs and order the Wilson MobilePro SmarTech III (460113)

*It is important to note that users of currently available amplifiers that do not meet the upcoming new FCC regulations DO NOT need to worry - all amplifiers sold before the switchover date (May 1) will be “grandfathered in.”




Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 )
 
Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Android Found Vulnerable To Heartbleed Bug

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It seems every day since its April 7th public release date, more information is coming to light on the Open SSL "Heartbleed" vulnerability. "Heartbleed" is the name given to a flaw found in certain versions of the OpenSSL software. Lookout Security, a major provider of Android security software, said Android phones and devices running version 4.1.1 are open to attack. While this is an older versions of Android, a little more than 30% of all Android devices are still on version 4.1.1.

The Android exploit works by injecting malicious traffic into the web browser and pulling information from the memory of any other open browser tabs. This can include secure usernames and passwords for sites like e-mail and online banking. Fortunately the way Android is developed there is no way to pull information from outside the browser, but this still opens up tens of thousands of handsets to attack.

Lookout has developed a free Android application, Heartbleed Detector, which users can install on ther Android devices. The app will scan for vulnerabilities related to Heartbleed and let you know if your device is at risk. It is recommended that anybody with Android devices running version 4.1.1 use alternative means of logging into secure sites until updates are available that fix this bug.

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The Heartbleed Detector in action
More information will be updated as it becomes available.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 )
 

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