You’re a busy IT professional. You’ve got code to code. Bugs to debug. Clients to convince. And that cup of coffee isn’t going to drink itself.
In the course of your day, you don’t have time to read all the juicy tech news out there. So here are some of the most interesting stories that crossed our browsers this week.
1. Only 25 of the Top 100 Websites Use Encryption
Motherboard dug into a recent Google survey about how cavalier some of the Internet’s top web destinations are when it comes to data security. According to Motherboard, 75 percent of the world’s top sites don’t use encryption. The worst offenders? These familiar names all skipped out on their HTTPS duties:
- New York Times.
But don’t think that you can be that loosey-goosey with your clients’ security. Data security incidents can come back to haunt IT consultants in the form of Errors and Omissions lawsuits, so it’s crucial to make sure your security practices are top of the line.
2. How Geek Was Your Valley? Comic Con Comes to Silicon Valley
Can you get any nerdier than having Comic Con in Silicon Valley? Probably not – unless the Woz is hosting it. Which is exactly what’s happening this weekend.
Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple and the second most important Steve at the tech giant, is organizing the inaugural Comic Con at the San Jose Convention Center. In this interview with TechCrunch, Woz explains that the convention is going to be mostly about the comics, but will also feature a wing of technology exhibits. Naturally.
3. Fight, Fight, Fight! Google and Facebook Square off over Web Analytics
Venture Beat has the details: Google is bringing Analytics 360 to market. This product will be a beefed-up, (paid) subscription version of its popular web traffic tool Google Analytics.
With more and more traffic going mobile, though, Facebook and its analytics tools have emerged as a challenger to the GA king. Google hopes to fight back by offering a full-scale enterprise suite of services, which will include A/B testing and the ability to export better data visualizations, as well as improved tag management features.
4. Etsy Crafts a Top Parental Leave Benefits Package for Employees
The Atlantic has a nice writeup of Etsy’s new parental leave policy, explaining that tech is once again leading the way – but this time it’s with employee benefits.
In April, Etsy will begin offering 26 weeks of paid leave for new fathers and mothers. Employees can take eight weeks off immediately after the birth of a child. In addition, they get 18 weeks to use over the next two years.
Etsy joins the likes of Netflix, Adobe, and Twitter, as another tech company with a family leave policy that makes sense for the developed world. Nice work, Etsy. That warms our hearts here at and TechInsurance and makes us what to buy something with a bird on it.
5. Free Resource: What You Need to Start a Podcast
Okay, this one’s more fun than news. Entrepreneur posted this guide to starting a podcast that shows the 10 technology tools you’ll need to have your own professional podcast.
In addition to the obvious (a good microphone), the article points out that there are a few tools it’s easy to overlook when you set out to start your own podcast. For example, a good ID3 Editor can allow you to tag podcasts if your recording software does not.
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