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Michigan So Many Jobs, So Few Bodies – THDP9

Michigan So Many Jobs, So Few Bodies – THDP9

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  The subject we are covering tonight is timely if somewhat off base from our past podcasts.  We aren’t trying to explain an IT issue.  Instead we are discussing a current affairs IT issue……the shortage of IT talent in Michigan.  There are two issues here (I believe).  (1) High Schools are not producing nearly enough graduates willing to go into Computer Science or Math, and (2) what graduates the Michigan Universities are turning out are going elsewhere.  Suddenly Austin, TX, Tobacco Road, The Carolinas, Boston, Silicon Valley and Seattle are all looking more romantic than Detroit so that is where the traffic goes. Show Links MLive Media Group is Michigan's largest local media organization.  Stitcher - Listen to over 20,000+ radio shows and podcasts on your iPhone, iPad,
THDP8 – Social Engineering 101

THDP8 – Social Engineering 101

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...good security takes into account the least common denominator…….the human being.  Yes, even the human being who may be in charge of enforcing those very security tenets. I don’t remember who said this but the biggest truth in this discussion is that the best security policy is only as good as its people staffing it. Show Links: MalwareBytes Pro McAfee Norton’s Kaspersky Labs AVG fREE Avast be free Avira Free Antivirus Bitdefender eSet family of security products Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security Webroot Sophos Symantec End-Point Protection Windows Defender Algorithms   References used for this Podcast/Blog: Social Engineering:  The Basics, by:  Joan Goodchild, CSO Online, December 20, 2012,  http://www.csoonline.com/article/514063/
THDP7 – Son of Cryptolocker

THDP7 – Son of Cryptolocker

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There are three components of an information security strategy: the things you’re required to do by law; the operational processes and procedures you put into place; and the technology tools you use to get the job done.  Tonight’s episode is about ransomware generally and Cryptolocker specifically.  We just touched on it during episode 3 entitled: “There’s a New Outlaw in Town…Cryptolocker”.   Ed Brzozowski will be joining us later for some discussion on the subject. Tonight we are going to share a couple of emails with you.  We have gotten nothing but positive feedback from you so far.  Also there is an IT Conference called Brainstorm 15.0 that is going to be held at the Kalahari Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.  I went there a couple of years ago and brought so much back…….I just
THDP6 – The Death of XP

THDP6 – The Death of XP

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Our special guest this week is Ed Brzozowski, the Director of Information Technology at Taylor Public Schools, Taylor, MI.  We discuss some points large enterprise organizations are having with the approaching end to support for Windows XP. Interop Las Vegas This Week in Enterprise Tech Hosted by Father Robert Ballecer, aka Friar Tech The FOG Project, a free computer cloning solution Symantec’s Ghost Microsoft Systems Center 2012 R2 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium David Gerwitz’s article in ZDNet entitled:  “Did I just hear this right? Microsoft activation servers will allow new XP installs after doomsday?” Mary Jo Foley’s article also in ZDNet entitled:  “Windows XP end of su
2014 Laptop Buying Assistant – THDP5

2014 Laptop Buying Assistant – THDP5

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This podcast is quite a bit longer than I would have like to have gone.   I try to keep our episodes to around 30 minutes.  This is more like 50.  It has some good info in it though and some great links.  I hope this helps you buy wisely. The Help Desk Podcast – Podcast – #5 – “2014 Laptop Buying Assistant – THDP5” Links to our Amazon Affiliate program You can find (and buy) all the models we talk about in this podcast with our Amazon Shopping Link. Amazon sells the Samsung 120GB 840 EVO SSD drive for $99.93, the Samsung 500GB 840 EVO SSD Drive for $329.99, and on and on… What is a refurbished laptop? I feel I must explain what refurbished and open box laptops are.  In my mind, they represent what many, heck most of us should be buying in the notebook/laptop market.  Whe
Happy New Year – XP – THDP4

Happy New Year – XP – THDP4

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This is a much shorter podcast than I had planned but I wanted to break this off into it's own episode and then over this next weekend get our next regular episode out.  Pardon my indulgence here but sometimes you "just gotta" give out props when they are so earned. The Help Desk Podcast – Podcast - #4 – “Happy New Year - XP”  The blog for this podcast is located at:  http://thehelpdeskpodcast.com/thdp4-blog I talk about what I have to give thanks for this year.  I especially talk about Scott Beuhler who really impressed me as a good person last November. Scott is a pure online marketer with a blog called the “Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Google Plus”.  I subscribed to his WebHostingChoose.com. Scott’s Google+ page is here. Tomorrow, January 3, 2013 Scott is launchin
There’s a New Outlaw in Town, Cryptolocker – THDP3

There’s a New Outlaw in Town, Cryptolocker – THDP3

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     I think today’s podcast is the most important one we have recorded.  I didn’t realize until last week that there are many people out there that don’t have the slightest notion of the dangers facing them on the Internet.  These dangers are just the sort of thing I want to cover with this podcast.  So far we have podcasts coming up covering Social Engineering, How you can protect yourself while online, and more editions of our Backup and Restore podcast series.  Your feedback and input would be greatly appreciated.  You can email us at feedback@thehelpdeskpodcast.com or you could leave us a 3 minute voicemail with SpeakPipe located on the right side of our webpage. Up to this point I am including this podcast and the entire corresponding blog on our website.  I (so far anyway
How Will You Backup Your Data – THDP2

How Will You Backup Your Data – THDP2

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…let me set the stage Now that we have an idea why we don’t back up our data, and (hopefully) we have decided to do that, how will we do it?  What will we use? The Oxford Dictionary defines the word backup as this:  help or support, a person or thing that can be called on if necessary; a reserve; an extra copy of data from a computer.  …so You Need a Backup Plan You need to put some thought into this.  Backups don’t just occur.  You will acknowledge the need for security, for a backup plan, for actually backing up your data……but at the end of the day……I know you won’t do it. The way I see it you must deeply feel the need to save your data.  We are human so I guess you won’t really backup your data until you lose it.  Unfortunately, we learn by experience. I saw a tip on
You’ve Lost Your Data – THDP1

You’ve Lost Your Data – THDP1

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...let me set the stage. It’s fall and school has begun.  There are three types of people:   one type doesn’t worry about data backup and recovery. The second are practitioners to a degree.  They have made one backup and feel they are well protected.  The third follows Best Practices and maintains three versions of their backed up data.  We will talk about the “why” in why some won’t backup their data.  We will also talk about external harddrives, and flashdrives and the cloud. With the beginning of the new school year you can look forward to a lot of chaos and mayhem.  Why should this year be any different?  Oh, but it is different in one way…..I am getting an ungodly amount of calls from teachers that have lost their data.  Not just the normal thing like, “I didn’t back it up a