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May 14, 2015

VENOM bug

A new web server vulnerability called VENOM was announced yesterday, but customers of Signal's web hosting are safe.

Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation (VENOM) can affect so-called "virtual" machines, many of which may operate on a single physical server. The bug can allow a ne'er-do-well to potentially escape the confirms of a compromised virtual machine and gain unwarranted access to the physical host, as well as the other virtual machines it runs.

Though it was revealed yesterday, VENOM apparently has been a potential issue since 2004.

The good news: Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud provider Signal uses to host our clients' websites, said yesterday, 'there is no risk to AWS customer data or instances."

A variety of other cloud providers yesterday announced plans for patches to protect against the problem.

 

January 23, 2015

Signal launches Four Seasons SIR website

Yesterday Signal helped unveil a website for the new Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty of Vermont and New Hampshire.

Four Seasons is a new entity created from the merger of Lang McLaughry Real Estate, Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and Vermont Country Properties Sotheby's International Realty. The new company has a total of 23 offices and more than 220 sales associates across Vermont and New Hampshire.

Signal worked with Virtual Properties to develop the new site.

Visit Four Seasons SIR

 

January 22, 2015

Signal launches new Caspian Arms website

Yesterday, Signal made live a new website for Caspian Arms Ltd.

The Wolcott, Vt., company is a manufacturer of high-end pistol parts founded in 1983.

The new site offers a modern, responsive interface for pistolsmiths to browse, search and purchase hundreds of parts and accessories.

Visit the new Caspian Arms site

 

December 11, 2014

Google revamps CAPTCHAs

Well, it was only a matter of time. Google tells us most CAPTCHAs -- those little tests we're required to pass online in order to prove we're actually human beings by interpreting squiggly text -- can mostly be defeated now by clever computers.

But it's rolling out a new improved system that's easier on humans and apparently offers better protection against the bad guys.

That oughta buy us a few more years. Or months.

Read more about Google's advancements in CAPTCHA technology

 

December 9, 2014

Thanks for the beeps and blips

Ralph Baer, inventor of the first home video game console system, died yesterday at 92.

While working at a defense contracting company in 1966, Baer had the idea of a system that would allow people to play games on television sets. His invention became the Magnavox Odyssey, released in 1972, ahead of Atari's Pong, often mistaken as the first gaming system.

The Odyssey was Baer's first, but his most popular device was the handheld Simon game.

It may be a stretch to say Baer's innovations paved the road to the Internet, but for an elementary school kid who would go on to work in web development as an adult, his devices helped spark an interest that's never been extinguished.

 
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