Author: TEKHELPER

Acura RLX – Wireless towing

We’re big fans of all types of technology here at TEKHELPER – not just the electronic and computer variety and have a great fascination for all things automotive and aeronautical. We think the Acura RLX with its tri-motor hybrid powertrain is a triumphant piece of engineering that does not get the credit it deserves.

After all it’s is broadly similar to what McLaren Automotive has implemented in the mighty P1 and Porsche in their 918 Spyder and actually came to market earlier in a car that does not have a seven figure price tag.

Acura RLX Hybrid

Acura RLX Hybrid

However a recent news report from Reuters, has us quite amused and as well as shaking our heads.

http://reut.rs/ZkSio9

Car to car communication sure will have benefits like collision avoidance and allowing greater vehicle density while ensuring traffic moves smoothly on highways. Not to mention the ability to eat your bagel with both hands, have a shave or apply makeup on your morning drive to the office.

But anyone who’s old enough to remember the, “tractor beam” from Star Trek can imagine a scenario where law enforcement takes over the brain / ECU of a criminal’s car, locks the doors to prevent escape and then wirelessly tows the car right to the police station.

No more high speed chases and helicopter overhead capturing the riveting drama when the car obediently follows the Troopers car!

Hackers will quite likely find ways to possibly have your car do things you do not want it to do, in spite of assurances from manufacturers that no such thing will happen.

However our clients can count on their trusted technology partner, TEKHELPER to help them hacker-proof their cars by shielding their ECUs among other things.

(Image used is from Acura.com - no copyright infringement intended)
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Email Security

phishing

Phishing

One of the most overlooked actions when it comes to IT security is opening attachments or clicking links in email.

More often than not in spite of the best antivirus protection and spam filtering an odd email with a phishing link slips through multiple layers of defense and all that stands between a clean PC and a compromised one is YOU the user.

If your’e not sure just give the sender a ring to check if the email is legitimate and spare yourself the trouble of an infected PC… Read the rest

School Internet Safety

Cyber Surf Island – promoting safe internet behavior by children

As a provider of managed IT services to schools, school internet safety is a top priority for us as well. We often work with school staff to protect children from inappropriate content online, by employing sophisticated content filtering techniques. The challenge is that, content filters need to be intelligent enough to shield the kids from inappropriate sites and content but still allow access to resources that are educational.

Content filtering though, needs to be coupled with a strong in-school program to educate children on how to safely use the internet. To that end, the FBI has setup a new website, Cyber Surf Island to provide resources to school teachers and students to promote internet safety in school and among children in general.

Internet Safety in Schools

Internet Safety for Children from the FBI

The website takes the form of a playable game that engages students from Grades 3 to 8 to actively learn about cyber-bullying, virus, spyware and other nasties as well as internet predators.

Accounts on Cyber Surf Island need to be setup up by the School’s technology instructors and assigned to the children, who can then login to access the site even from home.

The FBI has cleverly added a competitive element to keep the children engaged by challenging  students with education in the form of a game.

Schools may also compete against each other with a points-scoring system. The winning school then receives a visit from a real FBI agent. How cool is that – that should surely keeps the kids motivated.

Head over to Cyber Surf Island at  https://sos.fbi.gov/ to check it out. Certainly, a very praise-worthy initiative!

Parents may also want to visit the FBI Kids Safety page with their children to review prudent internet behavior.… Read the rest

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