Posts Tagged ‘WiFi’

The Amazon Kindle

May 4, 2011

The Amazon Kindle is a portable e-book reader.  It is a software, hardware, and network platform with built-in wireless connectivity to enable users to browse and shop for e-books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and other digital media.  The Kindle’s features include a large screen for easy reading and a small keyboard to enable search and browsing, making it easier for people to take their reading material, with them anywhere.  Amazon has also developed a 3G network for the Kindle known as Whispernet, which allows users to access internet without a monthly fee or wireless subscription.

The bulkiness of carrying a number of books or magazines has been eliminated, thanks to the Amazon Kindle, a portable e-book reader that allows you to take your library of books and periodicals anywhere you go.The Kindle has enjoyed great success.  When Amazon first released its e-reader on November 19, 2007, they were sold out within the first five and a half hours.  Although other companies have tried to create a similar product to take the spotlight from the Kindle, Amazon keeps coming up with new innovations to keep their creation on top.  In 2009, the Kindle became international reaching out to 100 other companies with help from the Sprint Network and AT&T.  The newest generation of Amazon’s e-reader, Kindle 3, includes Internet connectivity on both a 3G network and WiFi, new screen contrast to make it much easier to read, text to speech navigation and 4GB of internal memory.  If you enjoy reading or your job requires you to travel a lot, the Amazon Kindle is perfect for you because it allows you to take your whole library of favorites anywhere you go.

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Joie Montoya

Wireless Security

January 26, 2010

Nowadays, we are seemingly surrounded by WiFi hotspots wherever we go in public: the library, the bookstore, even fast-food restaurants.  Do we give wireless security a second thought and find out how secure these hotspots really are?  According to most peoples’ experiences, not very secure.  Public access of wireless Internet hotspots caters to all types of users: college students, parents, and business travelers alike.  If people decide to use the Internet at these hotspots, the places hosting the WiFi hotspots and users alike should take precautions to protect the wireless network and the computers on it.

  • Precautions you should take to make your wireless network and the computers on it more secure.Use encryption to scramble communications over the network.  If you have a choice, WiFi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) is stronger than Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a firewall.
  • Most wireless routers have a mechanism called identifier broadcasting.  Turn it off so your computer won’t send a signal to any device in the vicinity announcing its presence.

Read more about Wireless Security on, a website maintained by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The video, below, is a short tutorial on how to secure your Wi-Fi network:

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Francis M. Unson