Safety first: Keeping your gadgets secure
The number of articles and websites dedicated to which gadgets to purchase are endless. But without security, it’s easy for possessions to be misplaced, lost or even stolen. Investing in security gadgets FOR your gadgets is therefore becoming a popular choice – and manufacturers are coming up with better products to do just that.
Wireless Leash Plus
Technology company ZOMM has a range of products designed for personal safety. Its award-winning Wireless Leash Plus, on the market for under $90, is the ultimate in safety and security.
It wirelessly tethers to almost every Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone to alert you if you ever separate from it. Also, in case of an emergency where you don't have time to pull out your phone and dial for emergency assistance it features a simple one-button press and hold system to get you in touch with the emergency services.
Small and compact, the Wireless Leash Plus also allows you to answer your phone hands free when it is out of reach. Working together with an app available on iPhones and Androids, you can geotag items to track them later to make sure you don’t lose your car keys and purse ever again.
Kensington MicroSaver Keyed Notebook Lock
Kensington is world famous for its security locks, and this one is no different. The patented T-bar locking mechanism and super-strong carbon tempered steel cable provide maximum protection that attaches to the standard Kensington security slot found in most notebooks.
The 6ft, 5.5mm carbon strengthened steel cable anchors your notebook to a desk or immovable object. As well as proving a very difficult task to break through, it acts as a great deterrent to potential thieves, stopping them form stealing your laptop and all of the personal information on it.
Find My iPhone
The best things in life are free, so they say. This handy app from Apple certainly lives up that adage. Most people with an iPhone literally take it everywhere, but of course this means you can lose it anywhere too.
Find My iPhone makes tracking it down easy. By going to Settings, tap iCloud, and enable Find My iPhone. Then if you misplace your iPhone, you can sign in to icloud.com from any computer web browser or use the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to display its approximate location on a map.
The app also enables you to display messages or play sounds. Say you locate it at a workplace; you can just display a message on the home screen, which will appear even if locked, to say you have left your phone and provide a number to contact you on too. If it shows up somewhere in your home but you have no idea where, it will override any volume settings to play a loud sound so you can follow the noise.
Apple has thought of almost everything, allowing you to set a passcode remotely so if your iPhone has been left in a public place you can protect its contents until it’s safely back in your hands. Even more extreme, you can remotely wipe the entire contents, restoring it from an iCloud back up when you regain possession of your phone.
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GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”