Do You Need A Firewall At Home

Firewall

Let’s face it we all worry about identity theft. So you take the time to watch for little locks in front of a website address before you buy anything online. We feel around the card slot at gas stations before we slide our card into the slot. Maybe you even watch the waiter or waitress as they walk away with your card at a restaurant? But what about when you are at home on your own wireless with your own Internet connection and your trusty tablet sitting on your couch. Are you SAFE?

Really the answer has to be NO! Let’s look at it this way. You walk into your house and before you go to bed you lock the front door and make sure your windows are locked. Even your car sitting outside is locked up tight. But many of us leave another path right into our private lives. Your Internet line coming into your house is always on and ready for your use. But my friends it is also always on and allowing others into your house. So that password list that you keep in that folder called HIDDEN or PRIVATE can be accessed by anyone in the world. How about that baby monitor with that cute camera that you can watch little Jr. sleeping? So can anyone else in the world. I have even heard that people are now listening to your conversions at home using your Amazon or Google devices. So what can you do?

Well, we could pull the plug on the Internet whenever we are not using it? Really not the best idea because our computers and phones get updates when we sleep. No, a better way is to install a Firewall at home. We once thought these were just for business. But in reality, you have more private information then what you have on your work computer right in your own homes. Okay, so you might be saying I don’t know anything about this Firewall stuff? I can help with that. Please contact me and we can find a cost-effective way to secure your home or even small business with a Firewall that will keep you and your family safe and allow you to sleep at night knowing no one is watching or listening to you!

Browser Wars

If you have been into computers for as long as I have you will remember that we had a browser war back in the 90’s. At the time there were two players Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator.

The reason this war started in the first place was because Bill Gates from Microsoft said that the Internet was just a fad and in a few years would go away. Until he began to watch Netscape Navigator’s bottom line profits go through the roof. Then old Bill doing what he did best decided he would steal the market share and make everyone use his crap browser called, Internet Explorer 1.0. If you enjoyed bad dreams and night terrors then this was the browser for you. So how would old Bill get everyone to switch to his browser and leave Netscape?

Easy enough, he will build it into every copy of Windows 95. Of course this was a great idea! Not really Microsoft got sued for trying to create a monopoly and lost and had to make it so that you could remove Internet Explorer from your computer.

Why am I writing about this in today’s modern world? Because folks we are still having browser wars. Netscape is long gone but has rolled into a FREE browser known as Fire Fox. We also have a offering from the KINGS of the Internet Google called Chrome. Internet Explorer is still around and still being used for some unknown reason. There is also some you may not know about. Opera, Safari from Apple. They all do basically the same thing. They open the door for you to the World Wide Web.

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Hows Your Internet

Sometime ago I can remember a president standing at a podium making this statement, “By 2005 every American that wants to have high speed Internet will have it available to them.” That was President George Bush. Recently we had another president make this statement, “All Americans will have access to high speed broadband Internet services.” This was president Barak Obama.

If you are reading this and you have Comcast or FIOS then count yourself lucky. I have a local cable carrier and they are providing me with 5 MB download speed and 2 MB upload speeds. I am not complaining, before this I had DSL 2 MB down and 768 KB upload speeds. There are still millions, yes millions of Americans on dialup Internet. Remember that? And if you never had dialup count yourself as a lucky one.

We are the slowest growing country in the world with our Internet build outs. This always strikes me as odd seeing that we are the richest country in the world. I just think that our cable and phone companies have very strong lobbyist that can sway our government into doing what is in their best interest. What ever saves these companies the most money. The BIG 2, I call them don’t want to spend money building to areas with less then so many homes because their return will not be great enough.

Today if you have not noticed all of the money seems to be going to putting into more and more wireless technologies. The only issue there is a lot of people can not afford broadband Internet using wireless technology. Beside’s the lag and response of wireless just is not to par as the wired side of life.

The Internet today is just as important as Electric, Water and Gas. It has become a utility that we relay on each day to teach our children, shop at our favorite stores and even receive our entreatment. So it makes you wonder why do we still have homes using dialup Internet?

My final thought for today’s post is this. Check you Internet speed and comment on where you are from and what the speeds are. You can use this tool to check you speed. Speakeasy.

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Do You Have A Domain Name

What is a domain name? We have all seen these and we probably know about a thousand domain names in our heads. But did you ever think about owning your own piece of the Internet? You should stake your claim to your piece of the new gold rush.

Why would you want a domain name? Easy if you don’t buy your name, I mean your given name someone else will. I found this out when I was creating a Face Book page that someone in this large vast world we live in, has the same name as I do. I bought my domain names back in the 90’s. The funny back story of that is that I paid more then for my name then it costs today to own a domain name.

My personal name site has taken many turns over the years, you can check it out here: http://www.jackokorn.com. I also missed the bigger boat. Remember I owned an Internet service before anyone wanted Internet. We could of and should have bought up every domain name that was out there. I would have been rich and would not have been sitting here now talking to you. Of course I enjoy blogging so maybe I would be doing this off my boat?

Even if you don’t have a company or any business for that matter. You should buy your domain name. Also buy your kids names, they will thank you one day for doing that for them.

It is really easy. Visit: http://www.1and1.com, sign up for an account and search your name. Once you find it and I hope you do, you will buy it. You don’t need to setup a web site now. They will create a parked page for you, this will just show that your name is owned. Good luck and please comment if you do setup a web site. I will be working soon on some videos to teach you how to create a site from A-Z.

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