Weekly Tech Roundup – May 20, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

I read a lot of blogs. I subscribe to a lot more blogs than I have time to read. Sound familiar? If you're like me, you don't have time to read everything you want (if you do, please tell me your secret). In an effort to reduce the chaos of life, I do two weekly article roundups: one for technical things and one for small business things.

Here's a roundup of the most interesting tech articles I found this week. Enjoy!

Make Your Own Chromebook On the Cheap by Installing Chromium OS on Any Netbook – This is an awesome way to get a Chromebook without having to fork out the big bucks. The article linked here takes you through all the steps you need, from finding the right netbook to installing Chromium OS. A great geeky weekend project if you need one.

Choose the Best Font and Color for Your Message – Very interesting article on choosing the right font for your project. We usually pick what we think fits the material and looks nice, but it turns out there is also a psychology to it.

CHART OF THE DAY: Netflix Is Eating Up More Of North America’s Bandwidth Than Any Other Company – I know we stream from Netflix and Amazon from our Blu-ray player at my house. I know lots of folks only watch TV and movies through their computer and don’t even own a TV. Nothing we didn’t already suspect here but it’s always cool to see it in a chart like this.

Many browsers run insecure plug-ins, analysis finds – Not really surprising considering most of those update requests we get are for security fixes. A good reminder to keep your browsers and plugins, extensions, and add-ons up-to-date. I found this stat surprising, as I thought more of the security concerns would be with the browser itself:

Overall, around 80 percent of browser-related security flaws now lie with plug-ins and only 20 percent with browsers, regardless of which browser was looked at.

FCC: Small Businesses Need to Increase Cybersecurity – More startling news on the security front.

A 2010 Symantec study revealed that 74 percent of small and medium businesses were targeted by cyberattackers in the past year. And the FCC said U.S. companies lose about $8 billion annually to cyberattacks, with the average attack costing a small business $188,242.

Um, yikes! Just because a business is small doesn’t mean it can’t or shouldn’t make the effort to secure its website, network, and data. Ignorance, cost, and inexperience are not excuses; a responsible effort needs to be made. If you don’t know how to do it, it’s best to find someone that does. It’s better to be safe than sorry and security is the kind of thing where you get what you pay for.

All right, that’s it for this week. Have a great weekend!

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