That’s a hard question to answer, although one would hope not. But there are vulnerabilities present in many hospital computers that could easily be accessed and exploited through internet providers in my area. The problem with hospital computers is that they are often run on very old versions of Windows. And because any upgrades or patches may warrant a resubmission to the FDA, many of these systems are never altered, leaving them wide open to attack.
At present, malware seems to be an issue in some wards. The software can significantly slow a system down, rendering it unable to properly record patient data. Help may be on the way for old hospital computer system, however. This issue was the topic of a recent panel discussion of an information security board just last week.
Students today are enjoying an enriched experience in the classroom, thanks to internet providers in my area. Internet technology is flipping the roles of teacher and student by allowing for group discussion and more involvement in the learning process. Active learning using devices like iPads and laptops in the classroom keeps students engaged in what they’re learning, and helps them to retain more of what they learn. Schools everywhere are learning about students in other countries using video chat and virtual field trips to education centers in remote areas of the world. Although learning in this way is becoming more popular all the time, some argue that the costs to equip classrooms with mobile devices and internet are expensive. But those same students will be accessing similar technology when the time comes to enter the working world.
Internet providers in my area can really make you think, because there’s so much to choose from these days – fiber optic, mobile wireless, cable and DSL. But no matter which one you choose, knowing your level of internet usage is crucial. This can help ensure that you are getting enough bandwidth and don’t exceed your monthly limit, which can result in more charges. The plans you browse should be clear about which method they use in order to connect you to the internet. Remember to read the fine print before you sign up, so you know exactly what’s included in your monthly plan. A lot of broadband contracts run for two years, so it’s important to be clear on what is and isn’t included each month.
When we moved to our home seven years ago, I only had one choice when it came to an internet service provider. I stayed with that company until five months ago when I finally became fed up with how the connection speed would slow down each evening. Not only that, I frequently would be in the middle of a project, and Bang! I was kicked off the internet! I did a search and found a website that allowed me to look at all of the internet providers in my area in a side-by-side comparison. I even had many of my questions answered about the benefit of one features over another. I made a switch in my service provider and I am now back up and running without a single glitch over the past five months!
It’s strange to think about – but not everyone has access to high speed internet. In many parts of the country, dialup is still the only option. Those of us with access to several providers for high speed internet often take it for granted that we have these choices. I was recently looking into internet providers in my area and was surprised to see just how many options I had. In fact, it felt almost overwhelming to try and sift through the information. I found that the best resource was a site that allowed me to compare the packages side by side – but only offers that are available in my area. After all, what good is information on providers if those companies don’t yet offer service here?