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Is Wordpress secure now?

I've read anecdotally that Wordpress is pretty flawed from a security standpoint, and I'm wondering if any of the issues in this article have been patched in the four years since it was published (there have been a lot of updates since then). And if so, what are the current concerns about WP security? Anything a site owner like me should be concerned about, or watching for?
posted by jbickers on May 12, 2016 - 22 answers

Looking for "horror stories" of computer virus infections

I need to put the fear of God into some foolish, negligent users. I'm looking for examples of organizations that were hit with some kind of horrible malware (like CryptoLocker) or had sensitive data stolen -- all because of a really stupid action by an employee. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 2, 2016 - 21 answers

Cyber Security Forensic Analyst

Hi- I have a long-term goal to achieve this certification. [more inside]
posted by past on Mar 28, 2016 - 6 answers

Any ideas for speakers for a conference about how I.T. benefits people?

I'm helping organize a 2017 conference on I.T. in higher education; the theme is going to be how I.T. benefits people on a daily basis. We've got an array of prospective speakers already, but in the interest of broadening the pool... any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Mar 14, 2016 - 6 answers

Computer help in Oxford, UK

I know very little about building computers. My 14 year old son is very keen on them and we brought components to build a gaming computer. I underestimated the difficulty of building and we now have an assembled computer that doesn't work. Can anyone recommend a good business / person in Oxford who could help?
posted by Gilgongo on Feb 27, 2016 - 9 answers

What do new CS/IT grads lack (that I can add to a CS/IT program)?

I've been tasked with designing a new course for students nearing the tail end of my college's (2-year) CS and CIS/IT curriculum. The goal is to incorporate skills/experience that are otherwise lacking in a vanilla CS and IT curriculum, and which would be useful for students who are aiming for employment or internship very shortly. We already have all the standard courses in basic programming and algorithms, data structures, pre-architecture, discrete math, networking, Unix-y scripting, some security topics, etc. [more inside]
posted by anarch on Feb 24, 2016 - 23 answers

Looking to improve IT career chances

Currently looking to find ways to break into IT careers but lack typical routes due to a series of unfortunate events. The worst part is I'm already 24 and completely broke. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Feb 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Small Business Internet Safety

Hey all. I'm looking for advice as well a good novice level resources to beef up the IT security at my workplace regarding use of the internet. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on Jan 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Thanks for the job, so about my pay grade

I'm an archivist at a large university in the USA. I've been at my current job for a few months now and it's my first archives job since I finished my master's degree. I am the first degree-holding archivist they ever hired. Before very recently, all the archivists at my department had been part-time students in the master's degree program here. One other archivist stayed on for a few months after she graduated last year. Whenever she finished her degree, she was given some kind of promotion or reclassification because of it. She was still a part-time hourly worker, but was being paid twice as much as the rest of us. What could that mean for me? [more inside]
posted by wrabbit on Jan 8, 2016 - 6 answers

How can I un-productize life?

What products do I not need? For example, I've found that regular soap works as well as shaving cream when shaving in the shower, and that shampoo can be replaced with water and a small amount of vinegar and baking soda. How do I best live frugally and simply?
posted by xammerboy on Dec 27, 2015 - 26 answers

Please explain software-defined networking to me like I'm 5.

I am trying to get a handle on the basic facts about software-defined networking/software-defined internet exchange. Every article I find on the internet seems choked with stupefying jargon. What I want to know: What even is SDN/SDX? How does it work? Why would you want it?
posted by zeusianfog on Dec 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Business World to Teaching and Back to Business Again

After college, I worked in IT for several years then started teaching. I've been in the education sector for the last 10 years, and I'm now ready to transition back to business. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2015 - 2 answers

Non-cloud Google docs

What's a good non-cloud collaborative software alternative to Google docs? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Nov 19, 2015 - 7 answers

How can I describe my dream job without sounding foolish?

I supervise 12 software developers and analysts, but also volunteer a lot for corporate-wide projects. It's extra work with no extra pay, but I get to have an impact on the business and learn new things, and now it's led to a "write your own ticket" offer that I need help in answering. [more inside]
posted by Mogur on Oct 27, 2015 - 10 answers

From here to IT

It became apparent to me yesterday that I am going to want to find another job, and then also yesterday an old friend from high school said he would hire me. Lots more conversation needs to happen with my friend, obviously, but before it does I would love to have your advice on moving from FDA-regulated industry (foods, supplements, skincare) to IT (with very limited IT skills). [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Oct 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Figuring out next steps in IT career or change?

Have a general bachelor's degree and coming up on 10 years as a Helpdesk technician. I work for local government and make pretty good money (for a Helpdesk field tech guy... Probably 5 bucks more an hour than industry standard). However, I'm bored out of my mind and my motivation is definitely waning. Thinking of programming but not sure whether I would benefit more from an Associates or a dev bootcamp. [more inside]
posted by guyarcher on Oct 5, 2015 - 9 answers

How to make next steps in IT marketing/communications

I've been working as a freelance copywriter/white paper writer mainly for IT companies but am looking to make the next step in education or job. [more inside]
posted by mosschief on Sep 29, 2015 - 3 answers

What is this strange manner of box I see before me?

It is hard rubbish collection day where I live and today I picked up some wooden cubes that some one was throwing out. Picture here. The boxes are sealed cubes, light, with hand holds on either end, apparently intended to be carried, but not opened. My question: what would they have been intended for?
posted by tworedshoes on Sep 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Stuck in the middle with you

I'm looking for resources/explanations of how to tell if someone is intercepting my SSL traffic. [more inside]
posted by stobor on Sep 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Thoughts on online colleges?

Recently I've been interested in transferring from a brick and mortar college (CUNY) to Western Governors University. I'm looking for advice from people who have joined similar online programs and their experiences. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Sep 6, 2015 - 20 answers

Tailor a swift infosec reading list

I have a new role where I will soon have to speak to IT Directors about Information Security. Good general primers out there to get me started on Infosec? [more inside]
posted by Gratishades on Aug 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Useful things to do with a spare desktop PC at a University department?

Hi! I have a reasonable specification (circa 2011-12) Dell desktop computer which is being due to be recycled which for all I know may mean going in to landfill. It seems somewhat of a waste and shame not to consider doing something useful with it as the component parts are decent and breaking it down for spares is going to be of marginal benefit. It belongs to the University so I appreciate that it isn't my property but I was wondering if someone could think of good purposes/ applications for which this unused box PC could be used. [more inside]
posted by conrad101 on Aug 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Why doesn't my computer reliably connect to the internet?

My wireless network seems to work for every device we have except our actual computer. Please help. [more inside]
posted by meggan on Jul 28, 2015 - 11 answers

What do I call my multi-functional team?

I manage a small team in an IT organization. We do knowledge management and documentation, employee training/certification, and change management. We are currently called the "Documentation Team" but I hate the name because we go so far beyond that. My bosses will let me call the team whatever I want but I need a better name. [more inside]
posted by scarnato on Jul 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Navigating a software development agreement?

How do I mitigate risk to myself in the future as a result of damage/losses/etc incurred by purchasers of the product in the event that something like this should occur? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Technical or Professional certifications a non-IT professional

Are there any technical or professional certificates that a non-IT professional could obtain that would be appealing to future employers? I'm in my mid-30s and all of my work experience has involved non-technical office work. I'm currently a manager (like, actual manager, not an office manager) of one of the branch offices of a small company and oversee a small staff, but I'm looking for a change of scenery. Other than an MBA, are there any certifications (whether professional or technical) that a beginner can obtain that would be attractive to potential employers? If it matters, I currently make in the mid $50s and would like my next job to pay the same or more. I know, I know... Thanks in advance!
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2015 - 3 answers

God... DAMN it, Archer!

What do I do to get Aisha Tyler to sign a still from Archer? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Jun 3, 2015 - 13 answers

How does my company know I used duplicate passwords?

I started a new job last week, which involved registering for a bunch of different tools and services (email, internal tools, ticket tracking system, project management stuff, etc.). Since I needed access to those before I got a chance to set up a password manager, I used a couple duplicate passwords so I could remember them (they were strong passwords, but they fit a pattern that I can remember). Shortly after I signed into a site with one of the passwords I was also using on another site, I got an email from IT saying they'd noticed I'd used duplicate passwords and to change them ASAP. How did they know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2015 - 15 answers

How do I transition to a freelance IT career?

What IT/computer-based fields offer a viable opportunity for someone who is handy with technology to freelance from home and earn a living wage? I'm interested in fields for which the skills can be learned independently or without going through years of formal education. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on May 17, 2015 - 5 answers

IT lockdown: Help me work like it's 1999

I work for government. Well the new IT director has changed a lot of policy and Dropbox and Evernote are no longer allowed. Unfortunately these are my top two productivity tools which I have been allowed to use for about 5-6 years now. Barring any special dispensation I need to learn how to best work like it was the "old days." [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Apr 13, 2015 - 28 answers

I don't know what I don't know and that concerns me greatly

I'm suddenly in charge of IT and I need a crash course on preparing Windows images. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Apr 12, 2015 - 9 answers

I'm unhappy with my career at 32, but I'm lost on where I go from here.

I'm 32, and have been in my current career field for about ten years. I'm frustrated with my current job and I feel like I've lost all enthusiasm for my broader career, but I have no idea what I can change to or what I'm really qualified for. [more inside]
posted by googie on Apr 7, 2015 - 19 answers

Refurbishing the CV - how to do it from MS IT Hardware Ops/Engineering?

I've been at a Microsoft Enterprise Stack Ops position for 8 years. And while I'm good there and have solid credentials and experience, (1) I have relocated to the SF Bay Area where Microsoft isn't so popular and (2) I'm tired of Operations and the on-call responsibility. I would like to move on to other roles and career possibilities. Please share with me ideas and especially experience of doing that yourself! [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Mar 18, 2015 - 1 answer

Are you a female programmer? Do you like/LOVE it? Do tell!

As I plan my own transition into a career in programming/IT, I'm looking to hear from women who already work in the field and are happy about it. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Mar 16, 2015 - 12 answers

YANML - You are not my linguist, but how do I say this?

How to ask the user for confirmation, and not get snapped at....? The service-desk edition. [more inside]
posted by alchemist on Feb 27, 2015 - 22 answers

Is getting an MSCE more than just a footnote to your resume.

Currently have A+ and Net+ certs and work at a small firm as a customer service tech and have accumulated 2 years hands on experience at the moment. I’m beginning to contemplate a move across the county in about 2 years. would it be worth it to go and get my MSCE, or will having 4 years practical experience be enough to wrangle a new job?
posted by kanemano on Feb 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Alphabet Soup (IT Edition)

What is the Gold Star Cert these day? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Feb 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Stephen King short story?

Pretty sure this was a short story by Stephen King because I remember seeing a nod to IT somewhere within. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Feb 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Learning programming online

I would like to learn computer programming online, what websites/courses would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by marienbad on Jan 29, 2015 - 15 answers

Recommendation for a computer systems/networking engineer in London?

Help me find someone we can call in to troubleshoot our network problems. [more inside]
posted by pipeski on Jan 13, 2015 - 2 answers

From IT to a non-screen, non-exempt position.

I'm interested in stories from individuals who formerly had a substantial IT career who transitioned to a job that neither relied heavily on sitting in front of screens for long periods, and was also not an "exempt" position (ie, overtime work in your new position was paid as overtime). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2014 - 8 answers

How to keep it real around people I think are super cool

people who are a bit older than me in my field but who somehow see me as an equal [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Nov 27, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I go about getting an IT job with little experience?

My question is, how do I go about marketing myself and finding jobs that need level 1 tech support or very Jr system admin jobs? Any help would be great. Thanks guys :) (more info inside) [more inside]
posted by DatAznGuy on Nov 24, 2014 - 8 answers

The best ingredients for a RaspberryPi (or Arduino, other equivalent)?

Can you explain what the differences between Raspberry Pi, Arduino or equivalent is in terms a non-techno-savvy 5 year old could understand? What do I need for the best Raspberry Pi (or equivalent) system / computer (?) for an IT developer? Difficulty - any suggestions will need to be available in Canada. [more inside]
posted by apcmwh on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Who do I call about all this old phone cabling?

My company just moved into a new space a month ago. It's a beautiful old building in San Francisco right across from Aquatic Park. With the space came a small room this is a spiders nest of old phone cabling and some T1 equipment. The building manager told me to find whoever I wanted to take care of it and they would pay for it. So my question is... who do I hire to come in and rip out the unnecessary stuff and make sure they leave the stuff we need?
posted by matt_od on Nov 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Built new desktop last night. PC won't post at all

Built my first desktop last night completely on my own. A friend has helped in the past but this was my first solo experience. It was much easier than I anticipated. However that's where the easy part ended :L [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Oct 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Help Me Level Up My Tech Credentials

I'm a self-taught web applications programmer/sysadmin. How can I make myself more attractive to prospective employers? What certs/education should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Sep 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Learning Programming Intensively != Intensive Bootcamp

How would you run the cost-benefit analysis of learning to program on one's own versus completing a programming bootcamp? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I learn to manage a large unfamiliar computer system?

I've been tasked with taking over the backup system for a fairly large tech company. The thing is I've never managed anything in my life. It's not that I'm clueless about the technology, but I'm dealing with a mess of barely coherent documentation left by the previous manager and a couple of guys who have a vague idea of how the system works. I've never done any sort of project management before, I've always been working under someone, but now this project is going to be all me. So what do I do here? Where do I start? What tools should I be using? Is there a book or a mooc that tells you how to do this? If I wanted to take a class, what class would i take?
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2014 - 8 answers

How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings?

How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account on Sep 11, 2014 - 16 answers

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