IT Trends :: Thursday, August 10, 2006

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Are Students IT Savvy in the Right Way?

This study shows that while young people are proficient with instant messaging, Web surfing, and e-mailing, they fall short when it comes to graphics programs, advanced Web research, and database abilities. And this is coming from a survey of 1,287 IT instructors…

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Wireless Cards Make Notebooks Easy Targets for Hackers

These security researchers say wireless cards and wireless device drivers are vulnerable to attacks because of how they are designed, tested, and distributed to consumers. Wireless protocols designed “by committee” are “overly complicated and easy to take advantage of.” Companies are also rushing products to the market, meaning “wireless technology isn’t being tested properly.”…

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Ohio University Coping With Information Breaches

Oh, OU. Now the school, which suffered a major hacker attack and exposed over 100,000 Social Security numbers in May, is receiving “heated backlash” from alumni who are raising questions about the institution’s legal liability after this kind of security breach. No one is really sure about the answer, but we can be sure that schools ought to have post-attack plans in the future...

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Wash Your Hands, Caller. Your Mobile is Dirtier than You Think

If you’re afraid of sitting on public toilets, then you should be terrified of your cell phone. A professor of microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University says cell phones “come into contact with more parts of our body and a wider range of bacteria than toilet seats. The phones contained more skin bacteria than any other object.” Warm, enclosed pockets and purses provide a perfect, cozy breeding ground for these bacteria…

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