The Infrastructure Mess Causing Countless Internet Outages

The web is distributed, but it’s also interconnected. It needs to be so that data can move around worldwide without all being controlled by a single entity. So every time you load a website or send an email, BGP is the system responsible for optimizing the route that data takes across these sprawling, intertwined networks.…

Phishing Attacks And Other Threats On The Rise

A typical phishing email impersonates a well-known contact or trusted company to induce the recipient to click on an embedded link, with the ultimate goal of credential or credit card harvesting. During Q1 2019, FireEye saw these type of attacks increase by 17% over the prior quarter. The top spoofed brands across these activities included…

The Speed You Need

Did you know you can test your Internet connection speed for Netflix™ specifically? Netflix™ now provides their own speed test servers so you can readily calculate the quality of the video stream.   How much speed do I need? These are guidelines only and are based on single user / single device use. Streaming video—standard…

Genius Hid A Morse Code Message In Song Lyrics

Genius hid a Morse code message in song lyrics to prove Google was copying them. “Over the last two years, we’ve shown Google irrefutable evidence again and again that they are displaying lyrics copied from Genius,” Gross said. To catch Google, Genius watermarked lyrics with the help of apostrophes, alternating between straight and curly single-quote…

The Cypherpunks Tapping Bitcoin Via Ham Radio

Recalling the difficulty the Soviets had jamming American radio transmissions, Elaine Ou, a blockchain engineer and her colleague Nick Szabo, a well-known digital currency researcher, devised a plan to bypass the Great China Firewall by sending bitcoin transactions via ham radio. Read the full Wired™ article here.  

Email Attachments, What’s The Big Deal?

In the earliest days of messaging between remotely connected computers, email was purely a text based (7bit) system. At the time each character sent was considered an expense. An expense not only because of the hideous cost of very low bandwidth across any distance but also because of the limited bandwidth. So, we should remember…

OPQ Upgrades For Free

OPQ are pleased to let our customers and future clients know that all shared wireless packages have now been upgraded. Some packages have had upgrades in speed of 100%! The best part? Extra speed at no extra cost! What can we do for you? Have a look at our wireless shared packages: For Business For…

New Phishing Scam Asks You to Manage Your Undelivered Email

IBM X-Force reports: BleepingComputer published an article on a new phishing scam attempting to trick users into providing their Outlook Web App credentials. The body of the email claims that there are various messages that require user approval before delivering. Each email entry is accompanied by a link to release, whitelist, or deny the associated…