Phoenix TS IT Security Blog

The Latest Developments & More on Information Security Around the World

The History of Chrome for Those Who Don’t Know



Long, long ago, in the ancient technology days of 2008, Google Chrome made its debut. This newer, faster, sleeker design for a browser was definitely going places.

What is Chromium?

The Chromium project is an “open source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web.” The name chromium refers mostly to the steely-gray, lustrous, hard and brittle metal element. It takes a high polish, resists tarnishing, and has a high melting point.

The Chromium Project was started before Google Chrome was created. Chromium is a source code that can be altered, tested, and developed by anyone who’s interested. In its early stages, the source code included builds for Windows, OS X, and Linux. Since then, developers made Chromium different, better, and into a full functioning operating system.


Cutting the High School IT Budget with Linux


April 14th, 2014

Parents and citizens worry that public school administrators throw away thousands of dollars, if not more, on pointless and pricey technology that students and teachers do not need. In this post, let’s address the drastic benefits of cutting down a high school IT budget by adopting Linux rather than relying on Microsoft Windows or Mac iOS.

Not every administrator, teacher, or tech advocate may find this view point suitable to their given situation, but it’s still relevant to explore the option, especially if a school of 1,700 students saved over $360,000 initially by switching to Linux for their student body. (more…)

Upcoming Webinars on CISSP, CISM, CASP Certs and Hacking

April 14th, 2014

Don’t miss out on a chance to join us for our free webinars this week. On Thursday and Friday take one hour out of your afternoons for one or both of the webinars that we host through Google Hangouts. Read about the events below, sign up, and block out time in your calendar to take advantage of the free info.  (more…)

DuckDuckGo is the Anonymous Alternative to Google


Courtesy of DuckDuckGo

April 14th, 2014

Google rules the world, but what about the other search engines? Do you know about ixquick, Alhea, Contenko, Dogpile, blekko, or DuckDuckGo? Do you have the time to create your own search engine with Yacy?

The average person relies on Google as a one-stop-shop for all their web surfing answers. Whether they shop for a new pair of shoes or have no clue what friendship bread is, a person turns to the search king for answers. This over reliance even controls modern marketing strategies for small businesses to major enterprises. The terms ‘Google’ and ‘internet’ have almost become synonymous with one another.

Search engine alternatives do exist. Though I regret to inform you that this post will not address Bing, Ask, or other second tier search engines. This post speaks to the underdogs (or ducks) that promote a contrasting perspective to Google when exploring the internet and looking for answers.

For example, should your search engine extract personal data from users for advertising purposes? Most users, marketing and advertising professionals, and business owners may find no problem with this, but for those who do, DuckDuckGo gives you an anonymous option. (more…)

Will Banning Anonymous Messaging Apps Reduce Cyberbullying?

Stop Cyberbullying


April 11th, 2014

Can you really protect your children from bullies? No parent wants their children to go through school miserable or fearful of their peers. Schools should promote an uplifting and cultivating atmosphere where students find comfort, knowledge, and build strong friendships.

When parents hear the term “cyberbullying”, they often associate it with Facebook, Twitter, and other mainstream social media channels. The use of anonymous messaging apps such as Yik Yak and Secret are landing on the blacklist for schools lately.


What is the Heartbleed Bug? And How Do I Protect Myself?

What is the Heartbleed Bug?From

The Heartbleed bug is an attack that is compromising sensitive information across the internet, including personal details and messages, financial details, user credentials, and more. The bug (Officially CVE-2014-0160) is a vulnerability in the OpenSSL Library, which provides encryption for roughly two-thirds of the websites on the internet.

The bug exists in the heartbeat protocol. The heartbeat protocol is normally used to maintain server connections and firewalls; the security layer sends a heartbeat request and OpenSSL replies with up to 64kB of random memory content. The contents may contain any information such as message contents, usernames, passwords, private server keys, etc. So the bug operates by sending heartbeat requests in order to gain sensitive server and user information. The bug can send an unlimited number of requests and receive 64kB of memory each time.


Why San Diego is the Next Big Cyber Security Hub

La Jolla in San DiegoApril 2nd, 2014

Warm weather, beaches everywhere, and endless days of sunshine sound like a tropical paradise to almost everyone. As I bundle up in three layers of sweatshirts, coats, hats and gloves, I reminisce about my time spent in San Diego. It’s a land of hipsters (North Park), a world famous zoo, a coastline of beaches, and surprisingly, a place where the cyber security industry is expected to grow by 25% this year.


Women in Technology (WiT) – Who is the Phoenix TS President?

Firoozeh, President & Co-Founder of Phoenix TS Our fearless leader, owner, co-founder, and president Firoozeh Azarbaidjani-Do is a finalist for the Women in Technology 15th Annual Leadership Awards. The organization recognizes women in the DC area for “Extraordinary Talent, Inspiring Leadership, and Success in the Technology Community.”

We are beyond proud of Firoozeh for her accomplishments. The entrepreneurial finalists are women who play a role in the professional advancement of other women, act as agents of change in their industry, and have maintained business success.

We sat down with Firoozeh to learn a little more about her background and the journey she took to develop Phoenix TS into the successful technology center that it is now. (more…)

Come to Our Social for Free Drinks, Food and CEUs

Phoenix TS SocialMarch 28th, 2014

It’s that time again for our quarterly social. On April 10th from 4:00-6:00 pm we’ll host our Quarterly Social in Columbia, MD. At this informal gathering, we provide free drinks, beer and wine. We’ll also have food catered from our next door neighbor, Union Jack’s British Pub.

As an IT training company, we aim to supply our students with the right guidance, resources, IT training courses and certifications to enhance their knowledge and careers. That’s why we’re eager for IT professionals to come join us for good food, drinks, and great conversation. (more…)

Best IT Training in San Francisco – According to Yelp

Downtown San FranciscoMarch 20th, 2014

The IT industry continues to expand at an alarming rate with a number of job openings boasting competitive salaries. Are you one of those bored-with-your-job types who wants the opportunity to get your foot in the door with IT?

If you do or don’t know anything about Phoenix TS, we’re a global IT training provider based in Columbia, MD. We encounter individuals considering career changes, training to augment their skills and knowledge, and who seek certifications to bolster their resume.

Our recent experience at the RSA conference this past February made us reflect on the available training options in the San Francisco Bay area. Whatever your career, industry, or business, a vast majority of individuals need specific IT training, but which IT training provider is right for them?

To rank the best IT training in the Bay area, I enlisted the help of the king of review sites. Yelp isn’t the one-stop-shop for reviews for everything, but it’s a good starting point.