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  1. Shocking Facts to Make You Think Twice about the Cloud

    By Sally Writes for

    Cloud technology is the most rapidly evolving sector within the IT industry and has been described at the biggest game changer the tech world has seen since the dawn of the millennium. Adoption rates are huge, with both individuals and corporations rushing to save their data to the cloud, and take advantage of the increased flexibility and security that it brings.


    Hold that thought a moment.


    Flexibility - for sure, you can access your files from anywhere, and can manage easily with a cheap and portable Chromebook or the like. Security - are you sure about that? Here are some real world anecdotes that might just make you think twice about entrusting your personal or business files to any old cloud provider without checking out their security processes first.


    Data security needs physical security too

    It is easy to assume that cloud security is all about firewalls and keeping out the hackers, those annoying spotty teenagers who are always infiltrating the US government, but remember, the cloud is not really an ephemeral storage facility up in the ether.


    All that data is stored somewhere, and that somewhere is typically a data centre that is trying to run a profitable business with minimal overheads.

    One such centre, that shall remain nameless but is among the biggest in the world, suffered a breach, and the CCTV and security protocols were reviewed. Here’s what they revealed: Two men breached the perimeter walls and breezed straight in. Minutes later, the security guard strolled past the point of entry and did not even notice there had been a break in.

    He was either half asleep, in on the job or simply didn’t care. When you get the added information that he was there on his own, working 12 hour night shifts, for the princely salary of £16,000 per year, you begin to see why any of those options sound highly plausible.


    Lock and key

    Many data centers run managed servers, cloud services and co-location suites from a single site. Typically, the sectors are separated by locked doors to keep everything secure. Yet in many cases, the padlock keeping everything safe has a default code that is the same for every unit unless somebody takes the trouble to change it.


    Understanding what is at stake

    The cloud is an amazing innovation and brings wonderful benefits. But until those managing the data centers fully understand the importance of cloud security, you need to be very careful about who is looking after your data and how.

    After all, if your local bank allowed anyone to wander in and out of the vaults with very few checks or balances, I think we would all have something to say.



  2. Something a little different here... I was contacted by the content manager of after she came across my article on Food Additives and Aspartame.  After exchanging a few emails and checking out the website I agreed to posting a short article about eating coffee beans, and here it is...


    Written by Sally @


    Is Eating Coffee Beans Actually Good For You? A Myth Debunked


    There is a common theory that circulates in the coffee-drinking world that eating the beans is more effective than drinking them brewed. Chewing those tiny brown beans may seem strange at first, but many people additionally use them as food toppings. If you are a coffee addict and enthusiast, you probably want to get your fix in the quickest way that you can, so why not try this hand-to-mouth technique? 

    It may seem questionable to eat coffee beans, and many wonder if this is actually a healthy thing to do. The answer is that consuming coffee beans can be good for you, but only in moderation. Because coffee beans have a high content of antioxidants called phenolic compounds, they provide us with some much-needed nutrients for the benefit of our overall health. Some positive effects of eating the beans include:

    • Increased energy - this one is obvious, but eating coffee beans instead of drinking them gives you a direct, undiluted rush of caffeine that can be lost in a brewed cup that's mixed with milk, water, or sugar. You will absord caffeine much faster this way without having to drink multiple cups.
    • Decreased pain - coffee beans can help us reduce muscle and joint pain and inflammation by blocking adenosine in our body.
    • Contains less calories than drinking brewed coffee--think, the more natural and concentrated the bean, the better for you.

    Though all of these benefits are undeniable, an important fact to keep in mind before you snack on some beans is that any negative effects you have while drinking coffee will be amplified. If you ever have heartburn, trouble sleeping, or digestive issues from coffee, all of these symptoms will get much worse after eating coffee beans because it is a purer form of caffeine. Moderation, therefore, is the best way to go.

    Eating coffee beans is healthy for us, so next time you decide to brew your morning cup of joe, try munching on the beans instead. Knowing the benefits of eating coffee beans will surely inspire you to use them in creative ways, such as sprinkling them on some ice cream or yogurt!


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