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IT Dojo: Disable USB storage under OS X or Windows

Hollywood would have IT pros believe that the biggest threat to network security comes from international super hackers or high school kids trying to download games like global thermonuclear war. In reality, we face a more mundane threat--our end users, particularly those wielding USB storage devices.These pocket-sized devices can store a large amount of data. But even if your users aren't planning to cart off sensitive company files, USB storage devices (external hard drives, camera, memory stick, MP3 players, etc.) can be a headache in other ways. Employees may use your networks to download music to their USB-based MP3 players. New USB flash drives, such as SanDisk's U3 smart drives, can even run software directly from the device--a perfect tool for the end-user who wants to run unauthorized software on your network.If your concerned about USB storage devices on your network and don’t feel a written policy alone will protect your data, disabling the devices is your next step.In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler, TechRepublic's Head Technology Editor, shows you how to disable USB storage devices on both Apple OS X and Windows. The United States National Security Agency (NSA) described the process in a March 2008 document from the agency's Information Assurance Directorate.Once you've watched this IT Dojo video, you can read the original TechRepublic article, download PDF version of this tip, and learn more about mitigating the risks poses by USB storage devices from our IT Dojo blog.

April 28, 2008 by

PCMobilizr: Access your PC from a mobile phone

Rove Mobile introduced PCMobilizr, which lets users have complete access to the files and applications on their home and office PCs. With the PC becoming a peripheral to smartphones (especially those with bright, big screens), PCMobilizr makes a lot of sense.

January 30, 2008 by

Is Vista stupid (or is it me)?

OK – brief rant here. Why is it that when I'm using a USB memory stick, Vista is apparently incredibly stupid about removing the device when I'm finished working with it? First, the OS refuses to allow me to safely remove the stick if a window is open. How dumb is that? Second, even after dutifully closing all windows, files, applications, etc. and clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware button in the tray, Vista leaves the dialog box informing me that I may now safely remove the hardware open after I've removed the stick. Seemingly forever. Until I dismiss it manually. XP was smarter than this. So I ask again: Is Vista stupid or is it me?

July 12, 2007 by

Palm offers wireless backup option for Palm OS-based devices

I travel quite a bit and for people like us that rely on the data stored on their handhelds having a good backup is critical. I discovered how valuable a hosted Exchange service can be and rarely sync directly to a computer anymore. The new beta of Palm Backup does even more than a hosted Exchange service can do in terms of backing up your data. Palm Backup saves a copy of your contacts, calendar, memo, tasks, browser bookmarks, speed dials, and call logs to a secure server from anywhere you have wireless coverage. You can setup a backup schedule or perform manual backups when you want. You should still perform regular backups to a storage card for your applications and other files, but this is a great way to know your vital data is backed up. The service is available from Palm for free for now, but there will be a fee structure when the service rolls out of beta. The Palm Backup service works with the Treo 700p, Treo 680, and Treo 650 Palm OS based smartphones.

April 13, 2007 by

'Undeleted' smartphones reveal corporate secrets

Mobile device security specialist Trust Digital recovered 27,000 pages of personal and corporate data from 10 used smartphones, which were bought on eBay, even though the previous owners had deleted the phone's memory.US-based Trust Digital on Thursday published the findings of its project and revealed that the data was recoverable because the previous owners had simply deleted the memory but not performed an "advanced hard reset".

August 31, 2006 by

Samsung SGH-i300

This Windows Mobile smartphone is remarkable for its internal 3GB hard drive, which, although primarily targeted at music fans, could prove useful to business users too. Samsung's bundle of software extras are also a plus point for the well-featured, if somewhat bulky, SGH-i300.

February 8, 2006 by

Can great software live in 130 kilobytes?

Unlike many sloppy applications that make a mess of the registry and shared DLL files in Windows, µTorrent didn't even need to be installed! It just ran off of the tiny 100 KB executable and the only install it did was put a desktop shortcut to the executable. Once µTorrent loaded in a matter of milliseconds, it was ready to rock and contained itself in less than 5 megabytes of system memory which is insane by today's standards.

January 30, 2006 by

Live blogging from the Lotusphere opening session

I'll be occasionally blogging live on thisthread and others from the Lotusphere 2006 opening session.  If you'rehere, feel free to add your thoughts on this post!Notes licenses are up -- 125 million licenses sold71,000+ downloads of Notes/Domino 7Double-digit growth6,000attendees at Lotusphere (some are in the Swan ballroom overflow, severalhundred on-site and last minute registrants) Guest speaker: Jason Alexander Ken Bisconti: - Over 61,000 Notes customers - Over 200 launch events around the world, touching over 21,000 customers- "The best release of Notes in Notes history" -- being implementedfater than any Notes release in history - Notes 7 support for Mac announced (coming in 7.0.2) along with DominoWeb Access for Mac (on Firefox) - Mac/Intel will be supported later this year - Compares three major releases of Notes/Domino vs. more than three yearsbetween Exchange releases, with next release requiring all new hardwareand ISV applications on 64-bit architecture/hardware- "Wanda" -- allows users to carry and run their Notes installationon a USB memory stick - Expanded Notes and SAP integration into workflows... planned to deliverin mid-2006 - Ron Sebastian just demonstrated Sametime on a RIM Blackberry along withNotes application workflow Mike Rhodin -- Announcing connectivity for Lotus Sametime with AOL, Yahoo,and Google.  Mike didn't mention this, but one key to this announcementis that the connectivity to these networks is without separate licensingcosts Craig Hayman -- Sametime 7.5 announced.  Details and screen shotsfrom thisseparate Sametime 7.5 entry Workplace Forms -- Ron Sebastian has just demonstrated "pixel-perfect"Workplace Forms integration into both WebSphere Portal and Lotus Notes. Cool stuff. Bowstreet Portlet Factory -- Ron is now demonstrating how easy it is tocreate WebSphere Portal portlets.  Over 4000 WebSphere Portal customers,unchallenged market leadership. Alistair Rennie -- Announces Workplace Collaboration Services 2.6 and WorkplaceManaged Client 2.6 shipping.  The 2.6 release is the first releasewhere the Workplace Managed Client is generally available -- as a partnumber on IBM Passport Advantage. Ron Sebastian -- Showing Workplace Collaboration Services, including anew blog template component. Workplace Managed Client 2.6 -- Runs IBM Productivity Editors stand-alone. Supports common file formats but also all the ODF (Open DocumentFormat) files formats. Alistair -- Over 1 million Domino Designer developers.Maureen Leland is showing Workplace Designer updates....good show eventhough her demo errored out. Craig Hayman came back and demonstrated updates to Activity Explorer andthe Activities model.  He highlighted the integration with Lotus Notes7 as well as browser-based access to activities (supporting Firefox, hisfavourite browser, and IE, too).Ken Bisconti -- Next version of Dominowill continue existing Domino architecture but integrate WebSphere Portalcapablities for further improved web application integration..OK, so my battery is starting to run low, so I don't want to let this sessionend without a link to the updatedscreen shots for the next version of Lotus Notes, codenamed "Hannover"What a great opening session!  Morecoming from other sessions and events today!

January 24, 2006 by

By 2008 73% of mobile phones will have USB, 54% will play digital music, 14% will support WiFi

By 2008, USB ports are expected in 73% of all new-model mobile phones, up from 30% in 2004, while music playback capability is expected in 54% of new-model wireless handsets in 2008, up from 20% in 2004. Slots for removable flash-memory cards, which can be used to store and transfer music files are predicted to reach a 43% penetration rate of new phones by 2008, up from 16% in 2004.

June 10, 2005 by

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