What's New in IT Software

James Andrews

The world of IT moves at a blazing pace, and knowing what's hot and new can be tough. Hardware changes with the blink of an eye, and often makes the news when a new device model hits the market. But software doesn't usually get the same fanfare, even though it's growing and evolving at the same pace.

Jake Savin (jakesavin.com) stays on top of these trends, and knows how to spot the newest concepts in software and IT development. Here are just a few examples.

Encryption

We've all heard the almost constant news stream about data theft and hacking, giving rise to the huge popularity of new encryption software. It used to just be necessary to have a strong password for your computer, but now people prefer to actually keep their individual files encrypted to prevent hacking or unauthorized data access. Emails are also getting the encryption treatment on a regular basis to ensure nobody is intercepting the content.

Another up-and-coming aspect of security is biometrics, where your computer uses fingerprint scanning or face recognition as further methods to keep your computer and data safe.  Don't be surprised if computers start to come with fingerprint scanners as a standard accessory in the near future.

Remember that encryption isn't the same thing as anti-virus software, they protect against two very different things. Encryption basically saves your files in some form of cypher or code, and only the person who has the proper access key or password can read them.

Flipbooks

This is a software innovation that is changing how we view content like magazines, articles, books and other documents. By using HTML5 animation, plain PDFs can become online documents with a unique flip-the-page interface that help keep a reader engaged.

Flipbooks are easy to embed directly into a webpage, allowing visitors to read through your publication without the hassle and delays of download a document file. Tools like Yumpu can let you convert existing PDFs to flipbooks, or just build a new document from scratch.

Cloud Backups

The cloud isn't all that new, but it's starting to gain more mainstream acceptance as a software tool rather than just a mysterious and unformed concept.

The use of common tools like Google Drive and Dropbox has really opened up the cloud, and brought file-sharing to a whole new level. People are augmenting their hard drive storage by keeping files on cloud servers to save on space and to allow easier access when you're away from your main computer.

And that's not all. People are taking this to the next step and using cloud access to store their entire hard drive as an off-site backup. This allows you to take advantage of a larger server's professional level security, and keeps your data at a remote location.

The added benefit of using great tools is that you can have your backups run automatically, with all new and changed files being added to your backup without you having to remember to do it. This one feature is what makes all the difference. Services like IDrive, SOS Online Backup or Crashplan are the hot spots for this right now.








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