CIO: With OS X El Capitan, it’s time you looked at the Mac

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Eight ways to fend off spyware, malware and ransomware

Spyware, malware, phishing and, more recently, ransomware — the list of online threats can be confusing and daunting. Knowing what you’re up against is half the battle. Each of these types of attacks have specific characteristics:

Spyware – software that collects information about you or your computer without your knowledge.

Malware – a broad category of software (including viruses, worms, Trojan horses, etc.) that damages your computer, in either a minor or major way.

Phishing – an attempt to get your personal information (usernames, passwords, credit card numbers and), usually for nefarious reasons. Usually accomplished by electronic communication (e.g., email), but also by “social engineering” (tricking people into abandoning standard security protocol).

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HP to cut up to 30,000 jobs, mostly in services

Hewlett-Packard is cutting 25,000 to 30,000 jobs in its enterprise division because of revenue declines. Most of the personnel cuts will be in its enterprise services unit, whose employees often work directly with HP corporate customers.

An HP official, who asked not be named, disputed any notion that customers would be affected by the cutbacks. “We think we are actually improving our ability to serve our customers and partners by focusing on cost,” he said. The customer relationship “is the most important relationship that we have and we wouldn’t be doing anything to hurt them.”

The cutback is happening as HP is due to split into two firms, when it separates its enterprise division from its PC division as of Nov. 1.

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Comcast Business pushes into the national services market

Comcast Business, which began offering communications services to small businesses in its regional footprint in 2007 and broadened its portfolio in 2010 to appeal to larger organizations in that local realm, on Tuesday announced an Enterprise Services unit that will go after Fortune 1000 companies regardless of geography.

“We have the right services in our portfolio now, the right performance levels, the right metrics, so we can target businesses outside of our footprint,” says Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business, which has an annual run rate of $4.5 billion.

The company, which has been spending $1 billion per year to expand its business network, will offer Ethernet, Internet access, advanced voice services, and a range of managed services, including everything from managed router and security services to 3G and 4G backup services, Stemper says.

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Zuck’s non-reply about ‘dislike’ button, pushes dislike buttons

Why can’t Facebook have buttons like “I’m Sorry”, “Interesting”, or “Dislike”? A clear, straightforward question, so it’s especially cringe-worthy Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg couldn’t respond in kind after he was asked one similar at a recent Q&A event.

Zuck’s waffling, sweaty, sort-of answer has become the Rashomon of social media. It’s even kicked off a round of snarky Twitter sniping among a subset of tech bloggers, all arguing about the correct meaning of Mark Zuckerberg’s interview coached, clear-as-mud reply.

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