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xFA can add multifactor security to any web service with a few lines of code. We tested xFA on a small network in August 2014. It has cloud-based components to manage multifactor security, along with apps for iOS and Android. Price: $19.95 per user per year http://info.authentify.com/authentify-xfa-screencast Fingerprint authenticators for iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy are expected for the near future. ... (more)

Webinar Jan 18th: Are you ready for the cloud?

In conjunction with the good folks over at MSPtv and Redmond Channel Partner magazine, I am hosting this event at noon ET on 1/1: Are You Ready for the Cloud? How MSPs Can Dominate New Management Models. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) need to assess how ready they are to provide complete managed cloud services for their clients. While Microsoft and other larger vendors offer a mixed message in terms of hosted vs. on-premises solutions, MSPs through the right partner such as Zenith Infotech can provide a complete range of cloud computing services. But you need to take the right ... (more)

Time To Join The DevOps Movement

CA Technologies says, “For DevOps to work correctly, it must be treated as a movement, not a market for a specific vendor’s products.” As Arlo Guthrie once sang, with three people it is an organization. But if we can find 50 people who can sing the praises of DevOps, it can become a movement! Trouble is, many software developers are stuck in the past. In a 2012 service virtualization survey of IT executives and managers by analyst firm voke, only 6% of the group responded they were completely confident that new IT applications would be delivered to market on time. But maybe its h... (more)

How to Extract Your Contacts from LinkedIn and Facebook

Facebook on Ulitzer If you have spent any time online using social networks like LinkedIn or Facebook, you know they can be difficult to grow your network and add contacts. But even harder is the ability to extract your contacts once you have built up a reasonably sized network. None of the social networks makes it very easy to get this information. Why would you want to do this? Several reasons. First is the peace of mind that you have control over your own data. Should you decide to leave the network, or should the network decided to leave you (either for cause or for lack of... (more)

4G Wireless Now Faster than Wired Internet

I have been using various forms of wireless data for nearly 20 years, starting with the first Mobitex networks with the precursors of the Blackberry that were the size of small bricks. Today was a major milestone for me: the first time that I got better speeds over my phone than my computer with a broadband cable modem over ordinary wires. In my quick tests, my Charter 15 MB connection delivered about 9 MB for downloads, and about 3 MB for uploads. That is plenty fast for me, although I do notice that sometimes it is a lot slower. Which is what you would expect from a shared cab... (more)