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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Feb. 10th) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. Lighthouse Technology Services provides IT Staffing Services and IT Recruiting for businesses in the Buffalo area.


Tips To Protect Yourself Online

A cyberattack can hit you from anywhere. So that’s why it’s important to take a few basic precautions to secure your online identity and computer systems. Randy Harris, the Vice President of Lighthouse Technology Services, offered these three tips for users to keep in mind: 1) Make sure you have the most up-to-date anti-virus software. “A lot of people have anti-virus software, but most often, it’s actually out of date, or they haven’t done the updates that are necessary to make sure it protects against the most recent threats,” Harris said. Read More


Trump Reviews Right of H-1B Spouses to Work

For H-1B workers, one of the most hated and frustrating parts of working in the U.S. is this: Their spouses were idled, unable to work under law. That changed in 2014, when President Obama signed a regulation that allowed some spouses to get a job. But the future of this rule may be in doubt under the new administration. President Donald Trump’s administration, which is broadly repealing Obama-era regulations, is reviewing the H-1B spouse rule as well, according to a new court filing. The Obama rule change affected H-1B…Read More


Key Tech Companies Oppose Trump Immigration Order in Court

Google, Facebook, Intel, Netflix, Microsoft, Apple, and Twitter are among a large group of companies that have filed a brief in opposition to an immigration order by U.S. President Donald Trump, citing the benefits to industry from liberal immigration rules and the disruption to business as a result of the regulation. A total of 97 companies from the technology and other sectors asked permission late Sunday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to file an amici curiae, also known as a friends-of-the-court brief, in favor…Read More


Trump Eyes End to an H-1B System that Favors Largest Outsourcers

The outcome of the annual H-1B visa lottery is immigration’s Groundhog Day. It’s the same result year after year, as the large outsourcing firms continue to lead all others in getting H-1B visas. But this year may be different, because of President Donald Trump. The H-1B lottery favors large firms. In the 2015 fiscal year, for instance, the top 10 firms received 38% of all the H-1B visas in computer occupations alone. All these firms, except for Amazon and to a partial extent IBM, are outsourcers. These large companies have the resources…Read More


What Keeps Some Businesses On-Prem vs. Shifting to the Cloud?

Businesses are moving to the cloud all the time, but most IT spending is still expected to be done for environments that combine on-premises private cloud and traditional non-cloud IT, according to IDC. Why are some businesses still reticent to abandon on-premises infrastructure? Many theories abound, but the cost of a cloud migration and integration challenges associated with the move are two main concerns. According to a report released by IDC last month, total spending on IT infrastructure products…Read More


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