Just minutes ago I had a client forward me a copy of an email that they had just received. The email looked like a standard email that you receive when someone shares a Google Doc with you. The email was from an @gmail.com address. It contained a link to “Open in Docs” and the link was legitimate. When clicking on the link, the following page was displayed:
Whether your an IT Pro or just an average computer user, you are most likely familiar with something called DNS. You have likely gotten an error message in your browser indicating a DNS lookup failed, or have read an article mentioning DNS, or even had a computer technician walk you through verifying your computer’s DNS settings. If you are in IT, then you have most likely even encountered DNS in troubleshooting or while setting up a website or email server. After reading this post, you’ll have at least a good understanding of DNS, what it is, how it works, why it is important, and why things can break so easily when there is a DNS problem.
I had a personal blog hosted at www.jecal22.com, but decided that I really don’t use it anymore and preferred to have my tech blog hosted as the primary website. I’ve setup permanent forwards so any old links still using tech.jecal22.com will still work, but please note that the URL has indeed changed.
For at least the past decade you have been told not to enter any private or secure information on a website unless you saw the little padlock icon which indicated you were on a secure website. Over the last few years, and with different browsers sharing the internet browsing market, that little padlock has evolved into an even more noticeable indicator which is usually a color coded button near the address bar. Green means good, red means bad, right? Well, it’s not quite that simple. Continue reading
Project Fi has been around now for a little over a year now and has been gaining more and more popularity, especially among those who like to have Google’s flagship phones. I’ve personally been using Fi since August 2015, and I have to say that I’ve been overly impressed with all aspects of my experience from the phone itself to the reliability and flexibility of the service down to the support behind the service. My previous carrier, Sprint, was very disappointing in most of these aspects.