Illinois, May 2018



Let's set the scene. I have just dropped my fiance off at the airport early in the morning and won't see her again for three months. I get home after the drive to O'Hare, and I pull up my laptop to start off my weekend with a game or maybe just some social media and I see it:

"Working on updates. Don't turn off your computer, this will take a while."

To the message's credit, it wasn't wrong. It did take a while. It sat like that f...
Thursday October 11th, 2018Read More
It's 2018: Businesses Are Online



It's 2018, and that means that businesses have been on the internet for over two decades at this point. Whether you sell products online, or you simply have a website meant to funnel visitors to your contact form, your business probably has an online presence. Being online isn't quite a free service, however, and that means that your online presence should be adding to your bottom line. Strangers become visitors to your site, which (hopefully) ...
Tuesday October 9th, 2018Read More


Dawn of the Killer Robots

Terminator, Aliens, The Matrix: these are just a few of the movies that come to mind when thinking about artificial intelligence (AI) gone awry. There's always a stage where humankind has reached a point where the autonomy of the machines they created realize they are getting the short end of the stick. Another common trope is when the robots realize the humans are not efficient and full of problems. Somebody always warns humanity about its folly, but they ar...
Thursday October 4th, 2018Read More
The Benefits of Local Hosting

I'll have been with Armor for two years come October, and I've been our Server Admin for a year and a half at this point. In that time, I've dealt with clients hosted everywhere from Arizona to Germany, and I can tell you that, without a doubt, nothing compares to being able to walk downtown and talk to your hosting company; nothing compares to being able to walk upstairs and log into the server terminal and poke around, even if the SSH server isn'...
Tuesday October 2nd, 2018Read More
The History of Web Layouts

Web design and development has evolved a lot in the last thirty years. We started in the mid-1990s with table-based layouts, spacer gifs, and desktop-only design (nobody had smartphones or mobile data). Moving forward, we started to see Flash-based websites, which were (and still are, but you shouldn't be using Flash, so no worries, right?) super vulnerable to exploits. These websites were capable of a TON of things that standard HTML just wasn't capable of ...
Thursday September 27th, 2018Read More


INTRODUCTION

Nikola Tesla first envisioned a wireless power transmission system in the early 1890s; he even attempted to build an experimental station, Wardenclyffe Tower, which he hoped would be the first in a worldwide wireless system. Today, phones, smartwatches, and other devices sometimes come with inductive charging coils, which let them charge wirelessly through resonant inductive coupling. But this method relies on direct contact between the device and a charging pad—hardly ...
Thursday September 20th, 2018Read More
History

It all started on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin left a mirror on the Moon’s surface 49 years ago. This mirror was placed so that astronomers could fire lasers at the moon to calculate its distance from the Earth. A pulse is sent and scientists record the following data: the duration of the initial beam, the velocity of the light, the duration of the flash on the mirror, the energy collected back, the wavelength ...
Tuesday September 18th, 2018Read More
Happy September everyone. The internet is still a vast hellscape of people who want to steal from you. So, business as usual.

This month's topic is email, and all the ways it can be used to steal from you or damage you or your company's reputation. With our topic, let's look at one potential attack vector: phishing. Phishing is pretty common these days, but if you're not familiar, we have a couple of blogs explaining the concept in a little more detail. But let's assume yo...
Thursday September 13th, 2018Read More
The (Sad) State of Internet Security

The Armor Techs' blog is full of posts discussing security and passwords, and this post is going to be in much of the same vein. The security of your data on the web is becoming (read: has always been) super important, and the companies we rely on to use our data fairly and transparently aren't upholding their end of the bargain. On top of that, there are countless people and companies participating in less-than-legal practices to obtain your data,...
Tuesday September 11th, 2018Read More
Optimizing Your Google Chrome Experience


The internet has become one of the biggest tools we use in our everyday lives, and what browser we use is how we experience everything the web has to offer. Google Chrome is one of the biggest and best browsers out now but like every other browser, it does have its issues. Here are a couple of extensions or plugins to help make your experience using Chrome even better. Also, above the description for these extensions is a link to download these from ...
Thursday September 6th, 2018Read More

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