In this day and age information security is becoming more and more vital. In a world where every week massive targeted hacks compromised an unprecedented amount of data, and ransomware can bring the largest of companies to their knees we must do everything we can to secure our personal home networks. I think in many cases people focus solely on securing their computers giving little to no thought about their router. This is an unfortunate oversight, securing your router the literal gateway connecting your personal network to the raw internet is every bit as essential as securing your personal computer. Home routers are often targeted in cyber-attacks because the majority of people never change the factory settings. It is amazing how many people leave the default device name and password, doing this amounts to inviting criminals into your network. Not only do people not change these credentials but generally the routers you get from your service provider are subpar and have well documented back doors. I know this sounds scary because in all honesty it is, however there are some very simple steps you can take to validate that your home router is not compromised. One of the most important and basic steps you can take in securing your router is to change the administrative credentials. How to do this varies slightly by manufacture and model but is generally an easy process involving logging into a website or sometimes connecting your computer to the router via ethernet. Once logged in its usually as easy as entering and saving more secure credentials. This is of the upmost importance when it...
When someone thinks of an information technology job, they usually think of someone who is very stationary and solely technical. As your career progresses beyond a mere beginner job into something greater, that is not always the case. As you indulge deeper into to your career you will be making greater contributions to your company, be handed greater responsibility, and more will be expected from you. As a result, business trips are nearly inevitable. A trip from Milwaukee to Shanghai would be somewhat tough to plan for, for someone who has never been there before. Without knowing what to expect, it is important to do some research in order to plan a proper budget. After all it is a 17 hours flight all the way to the other side of the world. Often times, companies will cover the cost of the fight and stay. Another common thing they may do is open an expense account to cover the cost of your travel expenses. If you need a passport, you will have to cover that cost yourself for about $110+$25. Regardless there are many ways to form your budget if need be. There are websites which allow you to check the costs of hotels and car rentals. However, renting a car is not always the best choice. Shehnai has a vast subway system that will most likely take you wherever you need to go. The only reason that I would go with car is if you are sharing it with multiple people. A somewhat underestimated cost would be food. Me personally, would probably spend a lot on food for at...
The HDI SCA is a very prevalent certification among those in the information technology industry, and is one of the first certifications you should consider getting. In order to obtain the HDI SCA you must first understand the basic purpose that it servers is to teach you: incident management, critical thinking skills, effective communication strategy, improving customer interaction, as well as managing difficult customers. This is a very useful skillset to possess in any IT support job. Once, you understand what the HDI SCA is all about, the next step is to prepare to take the exam. There are multiple methods you can choose from to prepare for the HDI SCA. The internet has many different resources available to you, some for free and some not. Before you start taking practice exams it is wise to research the general content of the HDI SCA exam (http://www.thinkhdi.com/education/courses/hdi-support-center-analyst.aspx). The first step in preparing yourself for the HDI SCA is to create a study plan. You want to take your time and create a realistic plan that you will stay committed to. I find it’s best to stretch studying out over the course of many weeks. There are many different options to choose from when it comes to studying for this exam. You can go the free route and try to find information on the internet or you can take lessons such as the ones that CBT Nuggets offers (https://www.cbtnuggets.com/it-training/hdi-desktop-support-sca-hdi-sca). For you to maximize your chances of success it would be best to exercise as many options as possible until you feel comfortable with the content. Usually, I like to take...
I just wanted to share with you that I was just offered a three month contract with good potential to get hired on, at Crosscom. They are an IT consulting firm for Kohl's department store. Just thought I would share the good news with you. Thank you for all of your advice, especially with the internship course, over the past couple of years! Thank you, Justin Peterson, (June, 2015)
"I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed my experience at MATC IT Computer Support Program. I have made so many friends and good people. Along with that I received knowledge to help me with my career. I really enjoyed many of these classes. I really like the mobile device classes. I am not sure where technology will go but I am along for the ride and this program helped get me on my way!!! “ Andrew Jones, (May, 2015)
"I believe IT Computer Support Specialist at MATC is a great program. I enjoyed everything from the easiest things to the most challenging things, it all added to my learning experience. All the necessary materials were provided from me to finish the course sufficiently and all my needs were met with in the program. This program is a great start for any person trying to pursue a career or interest in the IT world.!!! “ Matthew Spain, (December, 2015)
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“I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your help at MATC - there were many bumps in the road - I was just offered a new job in support - and the salary is $47,000 a year - I am overwhelmed that an associates would yield this sort of compensation. Again thank you and I'll be in touch for more schooling at some point I am sure.” Chris Taschner, (June, 2014) text message
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