City’s burial records go on internet

first_imgTwitter NewsLocal NewsCity’s burial records go on internetBy admin – June 4, 2009 585 LIMERICK CITY Council become the first local authority in the country to place its burial registers online when it launched the new service on its website this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Burial records for the city’s largest cemetery, Mount Saint Lawrence, dating back more than 150 years, are now available for the public to view over the internet.Medrex Systems a microfilm business owned by Anton O’Carroll were given the task to microfilm the records and then to convert them into digital format.It is now possible to access a copy of the original handwritten entries of burials in Mount Saint Lawrence cemetery from 1855 onwards on Limerick City Council’s website www.limerick.iePhotographed are Flan Haskett, superintendent Cemeteries, Jackie Hayes, City archivist and Cllr John Gilligan, Mayor of Limerick at the launch of the online register at Mount St Lawrence cemetery. Linkedin Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Print Facebook Email Previous articleTeen charged with Crawford murderNext articleCall to end revolving door system adminlast_img read more

Scariest new trends in the world of internet security

first_img 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Best Financial technology service expert John Best crushes the reiterated maxim “thinking outside the box” to tiny particles, leveraging his lofty, yet proven, financial technology “innovativeness” for credit unions nationwide. Recently … Web: Details On Part Two of my excellent BIGcast conversation with security expect Jim Stickley of Stickley on Security, Jim tells me of the scariest new trend he’s come across lately in the world of security.While this isn’t exactly ‘new’, Jim is appalled that no one is doing anything to remedy the issues of criminals targeting in-home routing and modem devices in order to change their DNS settings. DNS servers act as the ‘telephone book’ for internet networking. They deliver the IP address to your computer for whatever website you are trying to access. Generally, these devices have strong blocks and firewalls to avert any internet entity from entering it, so the odds of hacking into it are low. So, criminals have gotten smart about it. They have developed malicious websites disguised as ordinary every day websites in order to hack into your internal network while you are browsing the internet.It all starts with the standard IPs used for routing and DNS devices. Do the numbers 192.168, 10.10, 172.16 look familiar to you? These are the default IP numbers for all DNS gateways, and they were set up this way to ensure that no website would ever build on top of them.So, say you are looking a cute puppy video. At the same time, the site is speaking with your computer, telling it to do something much more malicious. The malicious site sends a command that asks your computer to connect to the gateway and change the DNS server. So while the server was pointing to (Google’s server), it is now pointing to the chosen address by the criminal.That new address is a DNS server that they own. Now their DNS ‘telephone book’ can route you to alternate websites of their creation whenever you type in a website. If you were to visit a site that they created that looks exactly like the actual BOA site will pop up, but it will be their a page of their creation. They are now in prime placement to steal your data when you enter your credentials. This doesn’t only apply to your computer. Your mobile apps can also be hacked in this way.There is actually an easy remedy in order to avoid this type of hack. All you have to do is update the firmware. It’s a simple process of finding out the manufacturer and model number of the device, visiting their website and searching for firmware updates for that model. The website will then walk you through the update. Jim recommends you check this at least every few months, preferably once a month.I then asked Jim about Google Chrome’s new alarms that point out sites that use weak security configuration. Is this something we need to worry about? Jim says no. He says this doesn’t mean the site or your connection to it are bad. Google is simply calling out websites that still allow low level encryption. They are trying to force people to stop doing it.However, would this Chrome alarm show up in this DNS hack situation? Jim says no. The genius of the DNS hack is that it works on websites that people visit all of the time, so people are not looking to see if the certificates or ‘https:’ are visible. Jim recommends to always look to ensure the ‘https:’ is in the bar and that the certificate is there when inputting sensitive information.In closing, I want to recommend Jim to any financial institution to bring Jim in on any security issues you might have.Check Jim’s Youtube out here for his newest videos, and visit for any education you need on security. Education is the most important tool you have in security.last_img read more

Culture of impatience impacting consumer expectations

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » No longer just a luxury, speed has quickly made the transition from being a ‘nice-to-have’ to a ‘need-to-have’ across all industries. The demand for instant gratification has made retailers rethink delivery options. Smartphone apps have changed the way consumers connect with taxi alternatives, make a reservation at a restaurant and even arrange a date. Entertainment can be streamed to a TV or a phone in seconds. Consumers are becoming less patient.This need for immediate gratification has also impacted the banking industry. Spurred on by a surge in banking innovation, a new generation of consumers continue to raise expectations to greater heights. Long wait times and limited customer service options are quickly falling out of favor as new technology — such as mobile banking apps, peer-to-peer transfer services and online banking — responds to a consumer base that is perpetually impatient.Millennial consumers specifically often trade face-to-face interactions at their local bank branch for the speed and convenience of digital alternatives. In fact, mobile banking transactions are expected to more than double by 2022, while visits to retail bank branches may decline as much as 36% during the same time frame. And it is not just the Millennial generation. Consumers of all ages are increasingly choosing digital alternatives rather than visiting a branch.last_img read more

Plea agreement reached in Mason City vehicular homicide case

first_imgMASON CITY — There’s been a plea agreement before the start of a vehicular homicide trial in Mason City. 41-year-old Brandon Kellar was charged last October with vehicular homicide while operating under the influence and vehicular homicide by reckless driving in connection with the September 28th accident at the intersection of 15th and South Pennsylvania in Mason City. 36-year-old Shawn True was a passenger on the motorcycle that collided with another vehicle and died from injuries sustained in the crash. Mason City police say the investigation determined that Kellar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash with a blood alcohol content of greater than the legal limit of .08. Jury selection was scheduled to start this afternoon, but a plea agreement was reached earlier today, with Kellar pleading guilty to the vehicular homicide by reckless driving charge, which carries a sentence of up to ten years in prison. Kellar is scheduled to be sentenced on November 19th.last_img read more