Posts Tagged ‘browsing’
The FBI and the American Bankers Association have issued a warning to small business owners to use a separate computer for online banking.
Small businesses, as well as churches, non-profit organizations and local government agencies and school districts, are prime targets for cyber theft, USA Today reports. The criminals depend on “banking Trojans,” malicious software spread through the Internet that allows them to steal funds by manipulating electronic transfers.
Experts say a computer used only for banking is less likely to become infected than one used for e-mail and browsing the Web.
Small businesses and other small organizations are likely to be targeted because they depend on electronic transfers to pay employees and vendors, experts say. They are also more vulnerable because they do not have the same protections individual account-holders have.
Makes sense. Read the [much longer] article in USA Today.
Point remains – keep one computer insulated from Web surfing, email, employees accessing the critter. You’re saving yourself some grief in the long run.
If I was managing a small business and in charge of online banking – I’d dedicate a cheapo netbook to the task. Keep the hard drive encrypted. Lock it up in a safe when it isn’t being used.
Internet-Age innovator Google is taking advantage of an old-time principle to thwart wildfires: goats will eat almost anything.
Google has brought in about 200 of the grazers to munch fields around its campus in the Northern California city of Mountain View.
California is prone to wild fires and several years of drought have heightened the danger. Grasses and brush that thrives during the state’s brief rainy season turn ominously sere and flammable during parched months…
“We have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard,” Google director of real estate and workplace services Dan Hoffman wrote in a posting on the company’s official blog.
“Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we’ve rented some goats … to do the job for us.”
“They spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time,” Hoffman wrote. “It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.”
The majority of my neighbors have some sort of grass-eating critter as part of the household; so, we rarely hear that all-American rasp of power mowers. There are horses, sheep, goats – and our favorite burro, Scratch – all keeping the weeds down for most folk.