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Technology News Heartbleed

As Heartbleed has been making waves in the news and through-out the Internet community, we'd like to inform our users that our servers are not, nor ever were vulnerable to the attack.

For more information on the exploit, visit http://heartbleed.com/

 

Technology News Testing your Anti-Virus Program

Do you ever wonder if your Antivirus program is really running?

Have you wondered what your antivirus program does when it encounters a virus?

This test virus was developed by the European Institute for Computer Anti-Virus Research (EICAR) to provide a safe and easy way to test your anti-virus program. It is supported by most leading vendors, such as IBM, McAfee, Sophos, and Symantec/Norton.

Download eicar.com to test your anti-virus software
Also Download eicar.zip to see if your anti-virus software detects viruses that are compressed (like in those fake e-mails).
Download eicar2.zip to test your anti-virus program's ability to detect double-zipped viruses.

Remember, the EICAR test virus is not real a virus. It cannot do any harm to your system. ALSO, just because your virus program detects this file, does not mean your Anti-virus program is up to date. 

 

 

Technology News Farewell AltaVista

Before Google there were few search engines that stood above its peers. Alta Vista was one such.

In 1995 it was a forerunner in websearch technology. It was one of the first search engines to offer online translations through its Babelfish.

Since the rise of Google, the once mighty search engine has become nearly forgotten. With the advent of Google, many users were lured away and AltaVista declined. By 2001 Google overtook AltaVisa in number of searches.   Some believe its troubles started 1998 when AltaVista went through a long line of owners, each changing the product little.  In 2003 MSN was competing for the acquisition of AltaVista against Overture. Overture won its bid, but in turn was acquired by Yahoo! 

Now, Yahoo! has decided (again) to put an end to the Internet legend once and for all. It has announced that starting July 8, 2013, AltvaVista.com  will just recommend searchers to use Yahoo! instead.

 

 

 

 

Technology News Instagram - Stealing your stuff!

The Electronic Frontier Foundation  reports:

Facebook subsidiary Instagram recently revised their terms of service, adding controversial new terms that will allow the company to monetize your photos. Instagram recently responded to the public outcry, and we hope their upcoming language changes reflect the three key principles we developed for social networking services: informed decision making, control, and the right to leave.

The article goes on to explain in more detail that things you consider private, could end up being used commercially. Even if you close your account, your picture, or pictures that you post could still be circulated in advertisements or other online/offline content.

 Currently users of the service are voicing their concerns and the company may reconsider the language of the new terms of agreement.

 

 

 

Technology News Service Bulletins

Starpoint Communications would like to remind our users and subscribers that we are always working to improve your Internet experience.

Sometimes it is necessary to interrupt services so updates can be done. Every effort is made to perform these updates at off peak hours and to mitigate down time. Unfortunately, not everything can be done feasibly in the dark of night.

When service windows or emergency maintenance is planned, we send out notices 24 to 48 hours in advance, or as early as possible.  If you are not already on our notify list and would like to know about upcoming events that affect your services, please take a moment to submit a request form. More information can be found by clicking here.

 

 

Technology News More Speed!

We're boosting your speed!  If you are an existing subscriber we will be contacting you to review your current plans.