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IT Itch Prize for Web Poetry (2013)

poetry competitionIT Itch invites entries for its inaugural prize in web poetry. Designed as an opportunity for amateur digital communicators to share their work and for tech-minded professionals to dabble in a creative art-form, the prize is open to everyone and submissions will be accepted from any country.

Submitted poems must be about this year’s theme – Search Engines – but poets are free to use whatever style they choose.

happy customersPoets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of IT. Poetry is a search for ways of communicating and we are desperately in need of new ways to communicate about technical topics. With this prize we are hoping to share the burden of our poetic pains, throw a few stones into the information technology mineshaft and listen for the reverberations. Our ultimate aim is to make IT more easily understandable and accessible to everyone – we would far rather have poets writing our user manuals than tech-geeks.

- IT Itch Managing Director Christopher Berg.

 

There is no cost to enter the poetry competition and the winner will receive a cash prize of $300 NZD.

 

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Adobe, Apple and Oracle Top ‘IT-Threats List’ for 2012

Windows nowhere to be found

Could it be that the automatic updates feature in recent versions of Windows are actually making the OS safer? Perhaps so. The most recent round-up of the IT-threats landscape compiled by digital security firm Kaspersky Labs, shows that – for the first time – Windows products are safer than many of its competitors.

Topping the list for 2012 with the two most commonly found vulnerabilities were Oracle’s notorious Java products which were found on 35% and 21.7% of vulnerable computers respectively. The top ten list included five vulnerabilities found in Adobe products  – Adobe Reader (a very popular PDF document reader), Adobe Flash Reader and Adobe Shockwave player. Apple products, specifically Apple iTunes and Apple Quicktime player, feature on the list, as do the popular Nullsoft Winamp media player.

The following is the top ten list of the most popular vulnerabilities, with the number one spot being the most wide-spread vulnerability:

  1. Oracle Java Multiple Vulnerabilities: DoS-attack (Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges) and Cross-Site Scripting (Gain access to sensitive data). Highly Critical. (35%)
  2. Oracle Java Three Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Extremely Critical. (21.7%)
  3. Adobe Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Gain access to sensitive data. Highly Critical. (19%)
  4. Adobe Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Bypass security systems. Highly Critical. (18.8%)
  5. Adobe Reader/Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Extremely Critical. (14.7%)
  6. Apple QuickTime Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Highly Critical. (13.8%)
  7. Apple iTunes Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Highly Critical. (11.7%)
  8. Winamp AVI / IT File Processing Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Highly Critical. (10.9%)
  9. Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Highly Critical. (10.8%)
  10. Adobe Flash Player Multiple Vulnerabilities: Gain access to a system and execute arbitrary code with local user privileges. Bypass security systems. Gain access to sensitive data. Extremely Critical. (9.7%)

 

Flash is mentioned three times on the list because it has three different (and popular) vulnerabilities. The graph below shows Adobe has the most products in the top 10.

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Vendors of products with the Top 10 vulnerabilities, Q3 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Threat geography also produced unexpected results with Tajikistan knocking off Russia as the country where users faced the greatest risk of infection via the internet. The safest surfing was in Japan, where only 13.6% of users risked online infection.

 

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The risk of online infection around the world in 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Website!

IT Itch launch new website

After days crammed into small room with no sunlight and a diet of Red Bull and Oreos, the tech geeks at IT Itch have emerged with a shiny new website for us all to enjoy. The website has a very simple and elegant black and white colour scheme and features very little in the way of flash animation. There are some stylistic videos imbedded into three of the pages, but it is largely a site with a focus on words.

We wanted a website with a minimalistic design, whereby the focus could be on quality content rather than flashy features,

says IT Itch Managing Director Christopher Berg.

The trouble with most IT websites is that they overwhelm the senses – the designers and developers try to show off their fanciest tricks, and it all becomes too much. Our ethos is to simplify IT, and this starts with our website.

Designed by Per Sandström and powered by the popular WordPress content management system (CMS), the website uses many open source technologies.

All of our tech geeks actively participate in open source communities, so it made sense to use these for our site. We do a lot of our coding in BlueGriffon, and all of our FTP uploads are done in FileZilla. GIMP is great for image editing and I’d go as far as saying that it’s more powerful than Adobe PhotoShop,

Says Mr Berg.

The site features a regularly updated (news) homepage and plans to include video tutorials, audio podcasts and frequently updated news and reviews from the IT sector.

We may even include a Zen garden. We couldn’t figure out how to get our website to give our clients a neck massage, but we’re working on it!

laughs Mr Berg.

Based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and working with clients around the globe, IT Itch plans on being a one-stop shop for IT, and will reveal a list of services over the coming weeks designed to make IT simple, reliable and absolutely stress-free. Some of the products likely to be on offer include domain names, web hosting, SSL certificates, web design, search engine optimization, and internet marketing.

IT Itch is aiming to become popular with people and businesses looking for a premium IT service provider. They will be offering industry-leading 24/7/365 phone support which will clearly differentiate them from the competition (most only offering email support). They will also be one of the few places offering web design with a real focus on search engine optimisation.