February 2014 News & Tip

Securing Your Content Management Website

CMS GreenImportant Tips & A SiteVision Option

Websites are generally built to display information in the form of content, and in the last decade managing that content has become much easier due to the widespread use of a Content Management System often abbreviated as “CMS”.
The most popular CMS by far is WordPress with an impressive 60.1% of the CMS market share. With widespread popularity comes vulnerability, and many WordPress  sites are susceptible to attack due to running outdated, unsupported versions of the WordPress software. It’s also worth noting the 50 most downloaded plugins for WordPress in 2013 were also vulnerable to attacks such as SQL injections and Cross-site scripting (XSS).
These issues are not unique to WordPress.  All CMSs are susceptible to security risks, and it’s equally important to maintain updates no matter what your platform.  We’ve prepared an article for you about this important topic.  Read More Here.
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When Something Good Gets Better, We Call It Great.

Red HatRed Hat And CentOS Join Forces

We’re happy to say that is the case with the announcement of Red Hat adopting The CentOS Project. Here at SiteVision, CentOS is our Linux distribution of choice, and we’ve relied on its stability and security to provide the excellent hosting solutions you’ve become accustomed to. Now with CentOS having access to all of resources Red Hat has to offer, we can anticipate an Operating System that offers unparalleled results.

So who benefits from this added value?  You, our customers, and we’re happy to say that’s just great! Read more at Red Hat. 

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Apple LogoTwo Birthdays Worth Celebrating

30 Years ago Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh 128K to the Chariots of Fire theme song.  The computing world has never been quite the same since.  And now Time has published that groundbreaking video.  Check out Steve’s blazer.

 

TED logo30 Years ago TED was formed – an innovative nonprofit  think tank devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading in the worlds of Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED)  –  Apple included.  Today, TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives, which TED then publishes for free, everywhere.

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Microsoft’s SkyDrive Becomes OneDrive

One Drive LogoAfter losing a trademark battle, Microsoft is relaunching its cloud drive from SkyDrive to OneDrive. For any anxious users, everything is the same except for the name, according to Microsoft.  They do, however, promise more at a preview page here, where you can sign up for the news when it arrives.

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svsn003The Internet Of Things Can Be A Very Scary Place!

When your embedded software in a new PC (or other computing device) is crawling with  vulnerabilities before you ever boot it up, it’s time to sit up and take notice.

So says Wired online in a thought-provoking article about embedded  software and operating systems that – when added to the Internet of things –  might just present a future security disaster.

 

Securing Your Content Management Website

Important Tips and a SiteVision Option

[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”5602″ align=”left” size=”small”]Websites are generally built to display information in the form of content, and in the last decade managing that content has become much easier due to the widespread use of a Content Management System often abbreviated as “CMS”.

The most popular CMS by far is WordPress, with an impressive 60.1% of the CMS market share. With widespread popularity comes vulnerability, and many WordPress sites are susceptible to attack due to running outdated, unsupported versions of the WordPress software. It’s also worth noting the 50 most downloaded plugins for WordPress in 2013 were also vulnerable to attacks such as SQL injections and Cross-site scripting (XSS).

These issues are not unique to WordPress.  All CMSs are susceptible to security risks, and it’s equally important to maintain updates no matter what your platform

The purpose of this article, however, is not to persuade you to abandon WordPress or other CMS Systems.  In fact, we use WordPress every day, and chances are you’re reading this on a WordPress-based website.  Our intent is to point out security risks, but more importantly to discuss solutions – updates!

Your operating system, software, smartphone, and maybe even your car need updates in order to function at their highest capacity. Software and firmware are often made up of a constantly evolving library of code, and developers are constantly improving those libraries by fixing bugs and vulnerabilities.  Updating the WordPress software just once monthly can greatly reduce your site’s chances of falling prey to malicious hackers.

5-Point Plan for Successful, Secure CMS Hosting

  •  Solid, secure hosting.
  •  Monthly audits of all sites to confirm software is current
  •  Monthly updates for sites running on outdated software.
  •  Research all plugins for security issues.
  •  Check all plugins during monthly audits and update all that are outdated, along with CMS software.

As mentioned earlier, plugins, and even themes can be a security risk mostly due to insecure coding practices opening up vulnerabilities in even the most up- to-date WordPress installation.  This makes it equally important to vet each before installation and to maintain updates regularly. Unfortunately many themes and plugins can be quite buggy after updating the WordPress software,  which leads many to use outdated software.

A SiteVison CMS Update Management Option:

Here at SiteVision, we host and maintain sites based on a variety of CMS platforms – Mura, Joomla, Drupal, WordPress and many more.  Some of our users feel uncomfortable updating their CMS software, patches and updates internally. Additionally, some simply don’t have the resources or time.

SiteVision is proud to offer a CMS Management Option.  We perform monthly audits, updates on all CMS software, plugins and themes, to ensure that the hosting solution we’re offering is custom tailored to your specific needs. Again, this is not WordPress specific, there are many CMS options that have unique features for your unique needs.  Just email us, or give us a call for additional information.

 

Town of Culpeper, VA Launches New Online GIS System By SiteVision, Inc.

Roanoke, VA January 18, 2014: The Town of Culpeper, VA has formally launched its new online GIS System (http://townofculpeperva.gisbrowser.com).  SiteVision, Inc. (http://www.sitevision.com) is providing the new GIS system as software as a service (SAAS) under a Commonwealth of Virginia Hosting Contract which is available to all public agencies (local, regional, state), and to other states as well.  SiteVision developed the site to be cross-platform compatible and accessible via mobile devices.

Culpeper, VA GIS System by SiteVisionPrior to selecting SiteVision, Inc. as its SaaS/hosting vendor, The Town of Culpeper GIS and IT Department surveyed the needs of its residents and system stakeholders.  The Town then outlined the necessary and most requested mapping functions, layers, data sources, reports, tools, etc. to be required in their new online GIS system.   

SiteVision first began working with the Town to help establish CAD and GIS data interoperability standards, maintenance procedures, and to create and test related Internet map services.  These initial tasks\services were contracted by the Town to SiteVision, Inc. through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s IT Contingent Labor Contract.

The Town of Culpeper’s new system utilizes more than 30 map services from several sources including SiteVision, Inc., the Town of Culpeper, Culpeper County, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), and the Commonwealth of Virginia.   The Town maintains all of their own GIS and CAD data and uploads their data updates to the new online GIS system at least once a month. 

CulpepperGIS_system2Users may query and access real estate tax and assessment database record(s) and related tax map parcels, download property cards, and view points of Interest (Police, Fire, Schools, etc.) with notes and links to more information.   The user can draw and measure features on the map, locate GPS points or coordinates, and save, copy or print a custom map.  The system also allows users to download reports and tables in Adobe or MS Excel format. 

Culpeper VA GIS 3“We tried to incorporate the most requested new features into the project,” said GIS coordinator Autumn Fitch. “The biggest thing is that it is cross compatible with so many browsers.”  –Star Exponent, Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:15 am | Updated: 6:29 am, Tue Nov 12, 2013. 

The overall project stayed within the existing GIS budget with no additional costs to taxpayers, according to the town. –Star Exponent, Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:15 am | Updated: 6:29 am, Tue Nov 12, 2013. 

Daniel Shaffer, Director, Geospatial Division for SiteVision, added “With today’s economy, many public agencies are stuck in legacy online GIS systems with no foreseeable way out.  Our SaaS plans allow public agencies to migrate to the latest systems while spending little to no upfront fees or costs. The agency pays for the SaaS service on a flexible monthly, quarterly or yearly schedule.” 

“It was a privilege working with the Town of Culpeper,” said Patrick Maddox, CEO of SiteVision.  “They did a careful assessment of their needs and were highly professional to work with.  The result is an outstanding GIS system designed with the most recent features available.”  

SiteVision, Inc. (www.sitevision.com) is an Internet application development, consulting, design and hosting firm providing solutions for a broad spectrum of markets and industries, as well as for state, federal and international entities. Expertise includes custom, back-end dynamic applications, consulting to achieve unique goals, geographic information systems (GIS), content management systems, hosting services including, map and GIS application hosting, as well as custom and dedicated hosting solutions.  

SiteVision, Inc. participates in, or is available through, the following state and federal contracting vehicles: 

 The firm has its home office in Roanoke, VA, with sales offices in Charlottesville, VA and Miami, FL. 

 

January, 2014 News & Tips

News & Views

CES LogoAs the biggest, splashiest,  electronic show on earth gets underway (CES), “whatup,” as the saying goes.  We think it’s safe to say – smart everything.  Just about everything you use will get smarter, well, at the very least, get a chipset to do stuff you really need,  or stuff you don’t, but think you do.

From the kitchen to your car, to your home heating and lighting, not to mention your health – it’s all up for streaming, talking, doing, thinking, suggesting, monitoring – well, you get the idea.  Our “stuff” may soon be smarter than we are, so we’ll undoubtedly need a smart device sooner, rather than later, to decode all the smart stuff around us.

What’s not up – is likely to be devices we have forever taken for granted:

  • Hard disk drives  vs. solid state drives.  Think 200 MBps per second vs. 550 MBps or better.
  • Traditional keyboards and mice vs. voice, hand, and touch technologies
  • DVD, CD Formats –  Think Netflix, Amazon and other streaming protocols
  • Pocket Cameras  vs. your smartphoneSony UHD 4K TV

So What is up? This is one, big, fun show, and according to most we’ll see:

  • 4K TV’s  at 60 fps  Big.  Beautiful.  Expensive.  Even curved.  Shown, Sony’s 84″ UHD TV.
  • Wearables.  Anything you can imagine.
  • 3D Printers vs. 3D printers.  A huge potential for manufacturing, but will consumers buy into the concept?
  • 2-in-1, All-in-One computing devices.  As the traditional desktop morphs into various iterations, we’ll probably see refinements to the current  tablet-laptop iterations,  as well as all in one’s that can go from room-to- room un-tethered.  These devices don’t seem so much “new,” as innovative attempts to define what future computing will or should be.

And lot’s More! In fact everything you can fit in about two million square feet and show to about 150K people!

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win8.1_logoMicrosoft Says Upgrade – Or Else!

Microsoft warns customers to update their 8.1 preview to Windows 8.1 final or face ruin.

“Thank you for using Windows 8.1 Preview. The preview is no longer available for download, and the license for it expires January 15, 2014. If you have not yet installed the final version of Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, you should do so now. If you are still running Windows 8.1 Preview, you’ll see the following notification every time you sign in. After January 15, 2014, your PC will also restart every 2 hours and you will lose any unsaved data.”

Gee, thanks, Microsoft.

InfoWorld also informs that while neither Windows Vista nor XP are designed to be upgraded to Windows 8.1, users can instead take a circuitous path — first to Windows 8, from which they can update to 8.1 via the Windows Store — or follow the steps outlined on this Microsoft support page.

Even those who formerly relied on Windows 8 and experimented with the 8.1 Preview have work to do after an update to the final. “Note that you will have to reinstall all of your applications (desktop or modern) after doing this,” Microsoft said.

More information on updating from the beta to the final of Windows 8.1 can be found on Microsoft’s website. A Windows 8.1 update FAQ is also available.

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Mask Me:  Ninja Protection for Online Sharing

We touched on this offering recently, but in view of “gi-normous” online data breaches lately – we think it’s an application worth revisiting.

So what does MaskMe do?  According to Abine, and put simply, it prevents you from sharing your personal information while letting you browse and shop online without having to give out your real email address, phone number, or credit card number.

According to a thorough review at Cnet, Abine’s new MaskMe browser add-on and mobile app, promises that you can use the Web while avoiding the data stalkers and  by preventing you from giving out your contact info in the first place.

The author of the review, Seth Rosenthal, calls it “one of the most vigorous attempts so far to protect people’s identities, and in a week of testing, it appears to be nearly flawless.”
At it’s heart,  MaskMe is an add-on for Firefox (Win & Mac) and Chrome (Win & Mac) that creates and manages dummy accounts for your e-mail address, phone number, credit card, and Web site log-ins. For Cnet’s full review go here, or visit Abine’s website

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turtleQuick Tips For Slow-Running Computers

From news.com.au, some classic, but oft forgotten tips to get your computer running faster.  See complete how-to details here

 

  • Uninstall unused programs
  • Delete Temporary Files
  • Get a Solid State Drive!
  • Get More Ram
  • Defragment and Clean-up
  • Stop Unnecessary Start-Up Programs

 

December 2013 News & Tips

Gifts & gizmos for the holidays.  IT looks ahead to 2014.  Google Voice for Your Chrome Browser . . .

News & Views

google voice extensionGoogle Adds Voice To Chrome Browser

If you thought that using Google Now voice commands was a smarty-pants way to talk to your smartphone only, Google just changed that. A new voice extension for Chrome browser lets you plug in a microphone and say “OK Google” or use the browser microphone button and ask away! It’s Hands-free with no typing. Simply say “Ok Google” and then ask your question. Here’s a fun you tube video that shows the way! GigaOM also has a good overview

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black-serversIT Looks Ahead To 2014

As IT moves into the new year, it becomes increasingly clear that IT must continue to upgrade its business management profile. More than ever IT decisions affect not just the back room, but the up front profitability and cohesiveness of the corporate structure. Two interesting articles? Twelve Challenges Facing IT Professionals in 2014 by IT Business Edge and Four Ways IT Can Embrace Business Management by Information Week.

 


maskme_logoMaskMe by Abine Safeguards Your Online Identity.

During the holidays (and always), Abine promises you can browse and shop online without having to give out your real email address, phone number, or credit card number. Using AES-256 Encryption, when you enter private information like your phone number or email, it appears something like this {2cb-005-83cdk} and {80s-d8si-3jsld}. Cnet give it a big thumbs up. There’s a comprehensive overview here. The basic version is free, but you can choose to upgrade for $5 per month, which includes Masked Phones, Masked Credit Cards, and the mobile app for iPhone or Android.

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Holiday Quick Picks:

ChromeCast_Chromecast!

A Great gift at a bargain price. Clever little dongle that controls streaming to your TV via your Android or iOS device, or through the Chrome Browser. Now with HBO GO. It connects through your TV HDMI port and you pull it up with the input button on your television remote, the same as you would a DVD player. A totally innovative little gizmo at $35.

RokuRoku

Nifty little streaming box in 3 versions, with Roku 3 for hidef being the one to beat. Tons of watching pleasure in a tiny box with speed to spare. Enjoy a wealth of channels from Netflix to Amazon, Smithsonian, National Geographic, PBS, and many,many more!

nexus7The New Nexus 7

Touted as a smoking little tablet with great features at a very affordable price. 1,920 x 1,200 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, a rear camera, a quad-core processor, wireless charging. Cost is a modest $229 for 16G. $269 for 32G. Unlocked!

motogMotoG:

Praised as “an affordable phone, done right,” by Engadget, it’s priced at $179 unlocked! The MotoG comes with a 4.5-inch 720p display, and a comfortable curved back. Specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM,a 2,070mAh battery, a front-facing cam and a 5mp camera. You can choose from a range of shell or flip covers. See the Engadget review here

appleiPadmini with retinaiPad Mini With Retina.

You get a gorgeous screen, the Apple ecosystem, and a great design; albeit at a price point that’s a little hard to take when compared to others with the same specs. Apple lovers, however, will probably go ahead and take the bite at close to $400 for a 16G model. PC Mag calls it “Beautifully built, fast . . . with a super sharp retina display that packs all of the power of the iPad Air into a more portable package.” See their review here.

xboxoneXbox One

Touted as a command center for your living-family-gaming pleasure, it’s selling like hotcakes, with Kinect built in. Some say TV integration is frustrating and confusing. It’s also slightly pricier than PS4, but offers a ton of popular titles. Here is TechRadar’s take on the beast!

Sony PS4Sony PS4

Great graphics, controller and speed – lacking somewhat in available titles. Despite its smaller size than the Xbox One, Cnet says the PS4 “serves up dazzling graphics, runs on a simplified and logical interface, and boasts a fantastic controller. It’s also $100 cheaper than rival Xbox One and has the upper hand on indie and day one digital-only offerings.”

 

VSFA To Deploy New Content Management System By SiteVision

VSFA logoRoanoke, VA November 13, 2013:  The Virginia State Firefighters Association (VSFA) has chosen SiteVision, Inc., to develop a new content management system (CMS) and added functionality to its existing web presence. The new effort is designed to facilitate day-to-day website management and enhance user experience.  

VSFA has included plans to make the site more information centric for its members’ annual convention information with a convention reminder and count-down feature. In addition, the site will have membership registration allowing members to view member only content. 

SiteVision will also implement customized modules that include classified ad capability, an event calendar, social media connections, a photo library and a “News” section. Users will be able register for email and newsletter content.

responsive_designResponsive design will accommodate viewing on mobile and tablets. A new document management feature will allow VSFA to manage files in various formats by region, state, and other specifics, permitting users to find pertinent information based on their location or interest. SiteVision will provide user training. 

In total, the CMS will eliminate complex coding and create client control over HTML-based content, files, documents, and the like. One or multiple employees at various permission levels may change content easily within a familiar word processing environment.

SiteVision, Inc. (www.sitevision.com) is an Internet application development, consulting, design and hosting firm providing solutions for a broad spectrum of markets and industries, as well as for state, federal and international entities. Expertise includes custom, back-end dynamic applications, consulting to achieve unique goals, geographic information systems (GIS), content management systems, hosting services including, map and GIS application hosting, as well as custom and dedicated hosting solutions.  

SiteVision, Inc. participates in, or is available through, the following state and federal contracting vehicles:

 The firm has its home office in Roanoke, VA, with sales offices in Charlottesville, VA and Miami, FL. 

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SiteVision News & Tips November 2013

 IN THE NEWS

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Win 8.1 Arrives – Boot To Desktop and Sync.

It’s kind of ironic that Microsoft managed to annoy nearly everyone with Win 8, and has now spent the past year compensating for the havoc it wreaked. This is not to say there aren’t some real improvements in 8.1. Most reviewers feel it’s a positive upgrade (free) that helps correct a confusing interface and adds some new features.

For many however, the return of the start button reigns supreme. More importantly, perhaps, is the ability to boot to desktop with a simple point and click.

 

 

 

Here’s how:

Other improvements include a baked-in Sky Drive, faster shutdown, IE 11, a more unified smart search with Bing, and the ability to resize app tiles, to name but a few.

Will this be enough to convince small business and consumers to abandon earlier versions of Windows? Time will tell, but Microsoft has some substantial credibility issues to overcome.

By the way, for IT pros Zdnet has a free ebook written by Ed Bott: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals. More on Win 8.1 can be found at Information Week and Technology Guide[divider]

PHP.Net Confirms Malicious Malware Attack:

php logoThe security breach was confirmed last week after Google’s “Safe Browsing” service blacklisted the site. The PHP group initially thought the warning was a false positive, but a more thorough investigation shows malicious JavaScript code was injected into one of the site’s files. That coded executed exploits from a third party website that, if successful installed a piece of malware on visitors’ computers.

According to PHP, two servers were compromised and all services on those computers have been migrated off. PHP will reset user passwords, has revoked their old SSL certificate and is in process of getting a new certificate. More at PHP.Net, PC World

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3D Printers Hot Ticket Item:

3d-printed-headphonesWhile some may think of it as child’s play, 3D printing may be the beginning of a new paradigm for manufacturing, prototyping, computing and science. For example, NASA will be getting into the act by sending a 3D printer with its astronauts to manufacture (rather than haul) some of the tools they need. The pretty cool headphones pictured here at Wired were designed by Teague Labs’ John Mabry as a project.

According to Gartner, consumer and enterprise 3D printer shipments are growing at 95.4% and revenue at 81.9% from 2012 through 2017. Gartner predicts the 3D printer market will grow from $288 million to more than $5.7 billion by 2017. More at Techcrunch and Elite Daily

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Quick Takes

LightbeamMozilla releases Lightbeam an application that lets you know who is watching you online. When you activate Lightbeam and visit a website, this add-on creates a real time visualization of all the third parties that are active on that page. See more at Zdnet

Guardly_beacon-screenDoes walking alone at night give you the creeps? If you have a Smartphone, several new personal safety apps act as your guardian. Although most are subscription based, the small costs could be a real life-saver. One example for college students: Guardly Safe Campus. Others from TechHive are here.

 

 

Apple’s OS X Mavericks 10.9.

The good news: it’s free and it further refines the OS. The other news: there’s nothing particularly stellar or innovative. See more at Techcrunch, Engadget, Cnet

 

Michael Frauenheim Joins SiteVision As Developer

Roanoke, VA October 28, 2013: Michael Frauenheim, most recently an independent consultant with an extensive background in custom application development, has joined SiteVision as web application developer. 

Michael FrauenheimFrauenheim brings over 15 years of experience in creating e-commerce, content management, digital media, business-to-business and business-to-consumer web sites and applications.  He is a graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, with a BA, Economics. Frauenheim is an expert in e-commerce including payment processing, PCI security standards compliance, and multilingual/multi-currency applications architecture. He was formerly a founding partner of RedDotInternet.com in Los Angeles, CA with RJ Gordon, the founder of creditcards.com. 

More recently Frauenheim has been an independent development and project manager on a wide variety of custom applications.  Recent projects have included an Electronic Barcode Ticketing and Passbook System with Scanning; an e-commerce system for the leading manufacturer of custom television frames which includes an interactive product design and pricing tool; a new sub-site for Indiana Michigan Power Company to enroll consumers in their new Energy Savings Program; and numerous other application and content management systems. 

Frauenheim will report to Ray Faddis, SiteVision Web Development Team Lead.

SiteVision, Inc. (www.sitevision.com) is an Internet application development, consulting, design and hosting firm providing solutions for a broad spectrum of markets and industries, as well as for state, federal and international entities. Expertise includes custom, back-end dynamic applications, consulting to achieve unique goals, geographic information systems (GIS), content management systems, hosting services including, map and GIS application hosting, as well as custom and dedicated hosting solutions.  

SiteVision, Inc. participates in, or is available through, the following state and federal contracting vehicles:

 The firm has its home office in Roanoke, VA, with sales offices in Charlottesville, VA and Miami, FL.

 

SiteVision News & Tips October 2013

IN THE NEWS

iPhone 5sThe iPhone 5s. What’s Not To Like?

While the new iPhone 5s has a lot to like, to some, it feels a bit, well, er, rushed, perhaps. To others, it’s near perfection. As of mid September, about 6,500,000 new owners are testing its mettle and the reviews keep coming. Like earlier iterations, it’s beautiful, thin and light. Apple does include a free iWorks in this version. And, as an aside, Apple has now replaced Nike as the world’s top brand. No small feat.

On the surface, the 5s looks quite like its predecessor, other than the home button. The “newsomeness” comes in less obvious features. The iPhone 5s sports a radically faster 64 bit A7 processor and motion tracking chip, and TouchID, a convenient fingerprint scanning system. Early reviewers feel some of the new features such as the faster processor and the motion tracking chip in the phone are currently but a future promise, mainly because there are so few apps and services to support them.

The iPhone 5s has a beefed up camera that shows its mojo in slo-mo with some early shared videos (like skateboarding) that are posted on CNET.

iphone5s-overview-touchid-2013iPhone 5s also features a new operating system, iOS 7. iOS 7 features include AirDrop, local person-to-person file sharing; an updated FaceTime for free wireless calls; and a flip-up control panel. Other aspects of the new operating system are said to be somewhat confusing.

And, not to be overlooked, the new iOS is literally making some users sick – an apparent motion related nausea – that for those who experience it renders the phone nearly unusable.

The iPhone 5c, by the way, is called an iPhone 5 in a new case.

Truth be told, there are larger and better screens, better storage options, and better cameras out there on other devices. But, if you are entrenched in the Apple ecosystem, or just enamored of it, you will probably still opt for the new 5s. TechRadar, InformationWeek, Cnet, Gizmodo, Apple

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Virginia Tech Data Breach Exposes 145,000 Job Applicants

VT_logoHuman error may have caused a sensitive data breach for about 145,000 people who applied online for jobs at the school within the last ten years. The compromised data includes names, addresses, employment and education history, as well as data on prior convictions. In over 16,000 individuals the compromised data included driver’s license numbers.

No Social Security numbers or birth dates were affected in the incident. According to Lawrence Hincker a server was placed in service without normal cyber protection protocols. The oversight allowed someone to illegally access the server and the data it contained. By law and according to the university, all those whose driver’s license were compromised have been notified. ITWorld, ComputerWorld

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Google Apps You Could Learn To Love

Google DriveGoogle drive, as you might know, lets you store your stuff in one place so you can access it from anywhere and share with whomever. Now, Google Drive gets more to love with more apps linked directly to Drive. LifeHacker and some other online sites have some great ideas about apps that maximize Drive as well as Gmail, Google Search and Chrome. Here are just a few.

Really worth exploring a plethora of applications! GooglePlay, LifeHacker, InformationWeek, FreshTechTips

 

New CVWMA Website by SiteVision Goes Live

Roanoke, VA September 15, 2013: The Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA) has launched its new website.  The Authority, which serves CVWMA Home Pagethirteen Virginia localities, saw the need to redesign and update their online presence with a total reorganization that features a new content management system and numerous enhanced user options.   The new site was designed and implemented by SiteVision, Inc.

CVWMA  (www.cvwma.com) online challenges included the ability to serve each of its thirteen localities separately with up to twelve waste and recycling programs.  Among its programs are Curbside Recycling, Drop-off Recycling, Residential Trash Collection and Electronic Recycling. To meet this goal, the new content management system (CMS) features enhanced content organization, and an improved sitemap to make finding specific locality information easier and more logical.

CVWMA Home Page2Data streaming reduces previously duplicated content.  A new calendar, new recycling wizard, and easy to use forms help users move through the site more efficiently to meet their specific needs.  The recycling wizard lets users find locality specific information on waste disposal from appliances, to clothing, to solvent and paints.   Quick links are also included on each page to further enhance user navigation. Customers can report a missed collection; see Holiday collection schedules; find accepted items; Recycling Wizardpurchase a bin or cart; find guidelines and much more. The CVWMA newsletter has also been redesigned for a fresh new look.

Website content may now be accessed responsively by both mobile phones and tablets.  In addition to the numerous online user features, CVWMA personnel can easily make changes and updates within a familiar word processing environment at specified permission levels.

SiteVision, Inc. (www.sitevision.com) is an Internet application development, consulting, design and hosting firm providing solutions for a broad spectrum of markets and industries, as well as for state, federal and international entities. Expertise includes custom, back-end dynamic applications, consulting to achieve unique goals, geographic information systems (GIS), content management systems, hosting services including, map and GIS application hosting, as well as custom and dedicated hosting solutions.  

SiteVision, Inc. participates in, or is available through, the following state and federal contracting vehicles:

The firm has its home office in Roanoke, VA, with sales offices in Charlottesville, VA and Miami, FL. 

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