Day: October 23, 2017

Tips & Tricks: Private Browsing

Use private browsing The uses for not having cookies and history saved are obvious for certain activities, you know, like shopping for gifts on a shared computer (of course!). Pressing Ctrl + Shift + N will launch a new private in Chrome, Ctrl + Shift + P will do it in 

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Tech Terms: OOP

Object-oriented programming (OOP) refers to a type of computer programming (software design) in which programmers define not only the data type of a data structure, but also the types of operations (functions) that can be applied to the data structure.

In this way, the data structure becomes an object that includes both data and functions. In addition, programmers can create relationships between one object and another. For example, objects can inherit characteristics from other objects.

The Basic OOP Concepts
If you are new to object-oriented programming languages, you will need to know a few basics before you can get started with code. The following Webopedia definitions will help you better understand object-oriented programming:

  • Abstraction: The process of picking out (abstracting) common features of objects and procedures.
  • Class: A category of objects. The class defines all the common properties of the different objects that belong to it.
  • Encapsulation: The process of combining elements to create a new entity. A procedure is a type of encapsulation because it combines a series of computer instructions.
  • Information hiding: The process of hiding details of an object or function. Information hiding is a powerful programming technique because it reduces complexity.
  • Inheritance: a feature that represents the “is a” relationship between different classes.
  • Interface: the languages and codes that the applications use to communicate with each other and with the hardware.
  • Messaging: Message passing is a form of communication used in parallel programming and object-oriented programming.
  • Object: a self-contained entity that consists of both data and procedures to manipulate the data.
  • Polymorphism: A programming language’s ability to process objects differently depending on their data type or class.
  • Procedure: a section of a program that performs a specific task.

Advantages of Object Oriented Programming
One of the principal advantages of object-oriented programming techniques over procedural programming techniques is that they enable programmers to create modules that do not need to be changed when a new type of object is added. A programmer can simply create a new object that inherits many of its features from existing objects. This makes object-oriented programs easier to modify.

OOPL – Object Oriented Programming Languages
An object-oriented programming language (OOPL) is a high-level programming language based on the object-oriented model. To perform object-oriented programming, one needs an object-oriented programming language. Many modern programming languages are object-oriented, however some older programming languages, such as Pascal, do offer object-oriented versions. Examples of object-oriented programming languages include Java, C++ and Smalltalk.

The First OOPL
Simula, developed in the 1960s at the Norwegian Computing Center in Oslo, is considered to be the first object-oriented programming language. Despite being first, Smalltalk is considered to be the only true object-oriented programming environment and the one against which all others must be compared. It was first developed for educational use at Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center in the late 1960s and released in 1972.

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Week 4: The Internet Wants YOU: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity

According to a study by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, by 2022, there will be a shortage of 1.8 million information security workers. It is critical that today’s students graduate ready to enter the workforce to fill the vast number of available cybersecurity positions. Week 4 will encourage students and other job seekers to explore cybersecurity careers. Key influences – like parents, teachers, guidance counselors and state and local officials – will learn more about this growing field and how to engage youth in pursuing cybersecurity careers.

Have no fear, Your IT Concierge, Zerofail Southeast, has you covered. We have a team of experts including cybersecurity experts dedicated to securing your network. Cybersecurity is an ongoing process that involves all aspects of your company. Education is the key to reducing data breaches. Phishing scams continue to be one of the main causes of data breaches. Phishing means sending people emails hoping you will click on a hyperlink or open an attachment to infect you and the network. Here are a few recent examples:

  • IRS Phishing Scam: Fake email from tax professional requesting that an insurance form be completed allowing hackers to use information to file false insurance claims or open unauthorized accounts/policies.
  • Facebook Phishing Scam