Security firms struggle to keep up with malware surgeYear after year brings reports of increased malware attacks, and predictions that the future is destined to see more than ever. Such forecasts aren’t just doom and gloom, but instead based in reality. Over the past two years security experts have witnessed an unprecedented spikes in attacks.

According to AV-Test, an independent security software review group, more than 143 million malware detections were reported in 2014. That’s 72 percent more, according to a recent report, than 2013. Worse, more malware was detected during 2013-2014 than in the previous 10 years altogether. Will this storm of cyber-attacks ever cease?

Read the entire article at Digital Trends.

A new blog, Communications Technology Watch, was launched today, at The focus of the blog is to stimulate lively debates over the state of the industries involved in all facets of communications generated on or by computers, i.e., the Internet, telecommunications and Voice Over IP (VoIP), Web design and hosting, and print media design.

The blog is moderated by William Harrel ( Harrel has over 20 years experience in communications technology disciplines, including writing, editing, design, and as owner/operator of a large Internet service provider with customers around the World, the Internet and Web design and hosting.

Blog contributing authors include:

  • Chuck Galvin, Chief Technology Officer for GSolutionz. Inc. (, a large telecommunications system and VoIP solution provider based in Southern California.
  • Melissa Vaughn, Owner and Chief Designer at In2Dev ( and Honey Bee Graphics ( Both companies have many, many years experience designing high-end Websites and Web applications.
  • Michael Chapman, System Administrator for Aerioconnect (, a large nationwide ISP, and Designer/Web Master for Santa Paula Weather (
  • Paul Yoes, Chief Technology Officer for Aerioconnet ( Aerioconnect provides a variety of Internet access, VoIP, and Web hosting solutions.

Communications Technology Watch provides a forum for IT professionals, their clients and prospective clients, to find and discuss issues pertaining to a wide range subjects, including but not limited to:

  • Communications technology vendors and providers–the good, the bad and the ugly: industry trends, products and services, etc. Discussions includes such topics as: customer service issues, mergers and product acquisitions, must-have gadgets and software, and so on. Though this is not a site for advertising specific goods and services.
  • Internet trends, security, spam, vendors and technologies.
  • Voice Over IP trends, quality of service, vendors and technologies.
  • Web and print media design trends, hosting, prepress, printing, vendors and technologies.

While we are not a software and hardware review site, we do accept and appreciate candid descriptions of products that are useful and make life easier for people working in communications technology fields. For example, as I write this, Adobe’s CS4 versions of the company’s software packages are being released. Since so many of us rely on this suite of products to get our work done, we will be talking over the next few weeks about new features and how this software can can help us be more productive. Or, as is the case with so many new releases, how the software has made our lives miserable.

Discussions of bugs, bug fixes, workarounds and solutions to problems are also welcome.

All contributing authors have 20 years or more in their respective fields. If you are intersted in becoming a contributing author, please submit your CV to Anybody can comment on blog posts and comments, after registering with the blog as a user. Your comments are not only welcome, but we encourage them.

All posts and comments will be moderated (daily) before the are posted.

Bill Harrel –