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June 30, 2015

Meet the new boss; same as the old boss

You might have heard Microsoft is retiring its much-beleagured Internet Explorer browser in favor of a new one called Edge.

This week the new Edge logo was added to the MS Windows 10 preview, and it looks kinda familiar.

Here's hoping what's under the hood of Edge is more different from Explorer than this new "E" is to the old "E."

See the new logo


May 14, 2015


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

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