what we’re reading, week of 7/13

Posted: July 16, 2009 in Highlights

WiFi Net News…
Summer Time, and Wireless Fear Mongering Is in the Air
Glenn Fleishman disputes a recent article which claims users’ systems will be hacked due to “phony Wi-Fi hot spots” i.e. in airports, hotels, etc. The article recycles what is now a myth that free WiFi networks are ‘havens of hackers’, which they are not; and blends VPNs and secure network connections together. Refuting the points in the article, Glenn “heavily recommends” the use of VPNs—it’s as simple as that.

Examiner…
IT Considerations for a New Branch Office
Chaz Popovich provides a thorough checklist of IT factors to consider when opening up a new branch location. In this article, Chaz’s insight to VPN and WiFi are helpful for those organizations that are indeed branching out—especially because branch offices need reliable access to the company’s network.

Enterprise Windows | InfoWorld…
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: Joined at the hip
Within an enterprise setting, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are meant to work together. As this co-development isn’t typical, J. Peter Bruzzese gives us a tour on the two technologies coming together, and provides IT with some insight on what they need to know before the crossover. One aspect to highlight is Windows 7 built-in VPN solution, DirectAccess. In order for DirectAccess to work, an organization needs to invest in Windows Server 2008 R2, which can be pricey and timely.

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