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Privacy vs Security

Privacy vs Security

Among the questions that I’m regularly asked are those concerning privacy.  The context for these questions leads me to believe people often confuse privacy for security.  The truth is at times the difference between privacy and security is rather small.

SWAT Gives Back

SWAT Gives Back

This year, SWAT Systems embraced the giving spirit of the holiday season. We wanted to give back to the communities that we belong to and cherish. With the help of our employees and the online community, we were able to directly support two amazing (and local) organizations.

5 Ergonomic Tech Gift Ideas

5 Ergonomic Tech Gift Ideas

With the holidays in full swing, we at SWAT are looking forward to spending quality time with our loved ones and hope you are able to do the same. When I am with my parents, they always remind me to focus on my health, especially in this era of prolonged sitting and working in front of computer screens.

Is the Apple Watch Worth It?

Is the Apple Watch Worth It?

The popularity of wearable technology has skyrocketed over the past few years, and it’s not showing signs of stopping any time soon. According to research firm CSS Insight (2018), “worldwide wearables sales will grow by an average of 20 percent each year over the next five years, becoming a $29 billion market with 243 million unit sales by 2022.” More specifically, “71 million smartwatches will be shipped this year, with that figure almost doubling to 140 million by 2022.” The Apple Watch stands out in the smartwatch category, “with its sales growing 60% in 2017 to 16 million devices.

Gaming for a Cause

Many of us here at SWAT are avid video game players and fans. One of the most rewarding feelings is doing something you already love for a great cause, and that’s exactly what systems engineer James Robbins is up to this Thursday, December 6th. Starting at 9:00pm PST, James will be participating in a nonstop 12-hour livestream to support the local charity Take This.

The Struggling Win10 October 2018 Update

The Struggling Win10 October 2018 Update

The arrival of November marks the end of Halloween season, but the employees at Microsoft are still feeling a haunting vibe. At the beginning of October, Microsoft was set to release their next big feature update, known as both version 1809 and “Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

The Secret Agents of Core

The Secret Agents of Core

If you’re a part of the SWAT Systems family, you know we’re a fan of superheroes and team names. You’ve probably heard of our Marvel’s Avengers or the Goonies, but did you know that we also have our own version of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

You may be wondering what secret spy agents and system engineers have in common: both stay behind the scenes to keep operations running smoothly, and never fail to save the day when their “heroes” need them.

Intel i9 vs Xeon Processors

Intel i9 vs Xeon Processors

Intel Core vs Intel Xeon. This conversation comes around once or twice a year. People who are looking for powerful workstation to game or perform intensive tasks tend to run into a dilemma. The question came up at the office with Intel’s latest push into the high-ed market.

The Travel Journals: 2018/Q3 Edition

The Travel Journals: 2018/Q3 Edition

Phil Goes to Bali
My friend Maddy and I have traveled together before. We’ve been thinking about our next destination, specifically one with good snorkeling opportunities. She spontaneously purchased a flight to Bali for $500 during a sale and urged me to do the same.

Remote Ransomware Attacks

Remote Ransomware Attacks

Have you ever won a prize that you did not want?  Perhaps your name was added to a list that you would rather not have been on.  Today there is a list that every company should be aware of.  Shodan is a website anyone can use to find open ports on internet connections and, unfortunately, is used with malicious intent.