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1When it comes to the standard data center and server room practices, data backup is one of the most important. Everyone involved is used to the standard backup processes, offsite backup and archival storage. However, what happens to all of that once all your data and systems are on the cloud, do you continue to backup? The answer is Yes. The only thing that changes is usually the destination.

When it comes to cloud backup when you have all your servers in a la colocation environment, the main component to get is adequate storage for backup. This is usually cloud storage, sometimes it could even be in a different state or country for the sake of redundancy. The more copies you have of your data, and in the more locations you have it the safe it will be. Just remember that geo redundant storage can be costly for large amounts of data.

In addition, los angeles colocation can also give you an in-house backup solution. Usually if you do not want to bother with the hassle of that level of granularity for your backups, you can outsource the whole thing. The vendor will backup your data and provide redundancy and off-site storage for a monthly cost. This is also an option if you want everything backed up and not just specific elements of various systems.

Regardless of how you do it, it is critical that there is a backup plan that is executed according to the policies of your organization.

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gigatech2Have any of your online accounts ever been hacked?

If the answer is yes then you will know how painful it is to get your account back, if you even managed to do that at all.

An account getting hacked is even worse now, with our gmail, icloud accounts holding payment information, contacts and calendar data. Losing access to that can also mean losing access to your phone.

It’s not all bad news, with just a few steps you can get yourself an acceptable level of security. Here is how:

Two factor authentication

Wherever possible, use two factor authentication. For those who don’t know, this allows another level of confirmation when the account is accessed on new devices. A good combo is to use two factor with a pin number sent to a phone. If the service does not use two factor then use the strongest password possible or switch to a competing service that does.

Password generator

Use a password generator to generate complex passwords. Most passwords we come up with ourselves are never good enough. These generate passwords based on hashes and a password you enter along with the domain of the site.

Different passwords

The biggest risk is when people use the same password for multiple sites. One of the sites get hacked and then they try that username/email password combination across all major sites. Services like the password generator mentioned above take care of this by generating the password based on the domain name.

gigatech1AMP, also known as accelerated mobile pages, is Google initiative it reduce the size and complexity of web pages for the mobile browser. Modern day web pages are huge, filled with unoptimized images and lots of needless javascript code. AMP pages on the other hand are tiny light and load very quickly.

“We’re really thrilled with the speedy user experience,” says Dave Besbris, the vice president of engineering who oversees AMP at Google. He says AMP articles load in less than one second and that publishers are seeing better ad viewability and higher click-through rates on AMP pages.

Now Google is taking the process a step further. When you click on a search result in mobile search, if the site in question has an AMP page, that will be loaded by default rather than the standard html page.

They are quick to add that they will not be giving any preferential treatment to AMP pages in search at this moment. This also confirms that AMP pages will not be a ranking signal for Google search. This could change however, just as SSL became a ranking signal and gave any site with a certificate a slight boost.

Many users and technology commentators are worried that this, along with Facebook’s move to make instant articles the default when available, will fragment the web. Despite the benefits that will come from faster and smaller pages, this could end up with different walled garden approaches to the internet.