Author Archives: Zach Young

Hey, So What’s New With You?

It’s easy these days to get too busy with life in general, or waiting in line for the new Star Wars movie, and forget to connect with old friends and colleagues. In that spirit, and because I don’t have a tent that could hold up to 16 days of queuing in Minnesota, I wanted to tell you what’s been happening with us!

We’ve been busy writing new content, filming and releasing new courses, and preparing for our 6-month-long ice fishing season (dontcha know).

Fishing ShackFun fact; we actually have entire cities that pop up on the ice each year, and they are so established that stores follow suit and mail is delivered on a daily basis. Have you seen Grumpy Old Men? That’s it. There’s even a Grumpy Old Men festival each year, with ice fishing and ice shack contests. Why? We tend not to ask that question when trying to stay warm & entertained during the arctic freeze. Hey look, Paul Bunyan!

Speaking of freezing (prepare to have your mind blown by this segue), personal security on your computer has always been a top priority for users. No one wants to deal with a slow computer, infected with various viruses and malware, so we do everything we can to protect ourselves from that unfortunate situation; though, attackers have larger and more valuable game in mind these days. As more and more embarrassing headlines continue to pop up, everyone from small business owners to fortune 500 companies are looking for the perfect way to protect their user’s confidential information.

Allow me to introduce our brand new “Security” library! Queue the music!

LearnNowOnline has just released a Security library, full of the training you’ll need to effectively protect your company and applications from the tech world’s evildoers. Among other things, this library includes 3 robust OWASP training courses:

OWASP: Forgery and Phishing

OWASP: Threats and Session Security

OWASP: Misconfiguration and Data Encryption

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a global nonprofit organization devoted to improving security for web applications. The Top 10 Project, first created by OWASP in 2003,
is among its most popular and widely known tools. The Top 10 Project is a lineup of the 10 leading web application security risks affecting users and companies worldwide; illustrating each vulnerability, as well as recommending examples and approaches to avert them. LearnNowOnline’s OWASP courses will turn you into a Jedi master of security (too many Star Wars references?), covering the full Top 10 Project list.

Hot off the press, and also part of our new Security library, are 4 fantastic courses on Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH):

CEH: Intro to Ethical Hacking

CEH: Operating Systems and Hacking

CEH: Threats and System Hacking

CEH: Malware and Social Engineering

Looking for more?  Stay tuned as many more security courses are in the works and coming soon!

Well, that there’s about all the time I have for today. Time to sharpen up my crampons and ready the sled. See you on the lake? You betcha!

About the Author


zach2-300x225Zach Young
 manages the LearnNowOnline customer support department. In addition to making strange but surprisingly delicious smoothies, Zach divides his time between the LearnNowOnline recording studio, providing sales demos for new and existing clients, and ensuring that each customer is taken care of. In his spare time, Zach enjoys globetrotting with his wife, playing and recording music, and attempting to get the required 1.21 gigawatts for Doc Brown’s DeLorean.

 

The Good, the Bad, and the Hacked

Queue the sunset, the cheesy music, and the…  laptop?

White Hat Cowboy

So what is ethical hacking?  It sounds like an oxymoron, how can hacking anything be ethical?  As with most things in our wonderful world, they can be used for good or for bad.  It all depends on how they’re applied.

Just like an old Clint Eastwood western, the good guys wear white hats and the bad guys wear black hats.  Things aren’t much different in the modern age of hacking, though we’ve likely traded in the 10 gallon Stetson for something a little more sporty.  My apologies to any 10 gallon cowboy hat lovers out there.  Ethical hackers, or “White Hats”, use their knowledge for the good of the program or company; testing vulnerabilities and possible weaknesses, as well as suggesting ways to proactively correct them.  Non-ethical hackers, or “Black Hats”, can use the same skill set for personal gain, bringing down a competitor, or just causing general vandalism electronically.

We’ve all heard about millions of consumers having their personal data stolen when a large corporation is hacked, and this can be extremely costly for both the company and for the consumer.  Protecting that sensitive information is paramount, and many corporations are turning to ethical hackers to combat the onslaught of potential attacks.  Let’s face it, the more secure your system is, the more likely a customer is willing to do business with you.

Enter our brand new Certified Ethical Hacking course coming in late October!  IT expert and Systems Architect Rafiq Wayani was in our studio just 2 weeks ago to film this course.  Rafiq also hosted a live webinar during his visit, and archival footage of that event can be viewed on our webinars page.

www.learnnowonline.com/webinars

Check out our webinars, and our various security training courses, to ensure that your defenses are up to par with today’s Black Hats.  Giddy up!

About the Author


zach2-300x225Zach Young
 manages the LearnNowOnline customer support department. In addition to making strange but surprisingly delicious smoothies, Zach divides his time between the LearnNowOnline recording studio, providing sales demos for new and existing clients, and ensuring that each customer is taken care of. In his spare time, Zach enjoys globetrotting with his wife, playing and recording music, and attempting to get the required 1.21 gigawatts for Doc Brown’s DeLorean.

 

MVC 6: Your Web Development World is About to Get Rocked!

If you missed the live-stream of our latest webinar on 7/22/2015, never fear! Check out the link below to get yourself up to speed with MVC 6. The webinar is led by instructor and skijoring enthusiast, Don Kiely, and I should warn you in advance …it will rock your world!

For years, Microsoft did its best in battling rapid changes with the Internet to keep its ASP.NET and MVC technology up to speed. However; it’s been nearly 15 years since ASP.NET first hit the web, and those changes simply became too dramatic to overcome.

Enter Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft’s way of throwing out the “old ASP.NET manual” and rebuilding things from the ground up. Visual Studio 2015 was released on 7/20/2015, along with the .NET Framework 4.6 and updated web development tools. With MVC being part of ASP.NET, it has strapped itself in and come along for the update adventure!

This massive update now sees MVC boasting new features like broad support for new web technologies, as well as editor updates for JSON, HTML, and JavaScript. It will also now be much easier and more fun (!) to write robust web applications thanks to tools like HTML5 and CSS.

So this is a big deal?

Absolutely! Not only is the jump from ASP.NET to ASP.NET 5 as significant as switching from Classic ASP to ASP.NET was, but this bad boy is also open source! MVC, Web API, and Web Pages have been combined into a single unified open source programming model, which is hosted on GitHub. There are new tag helpers, view components, simpler dependency management, dependency injection, and more!

As you can see, there is suddenly a lot of stuff to learn about the all new Visual Studio 2015. With our new webinar, you will get a high level look at the newest MVC 6 and ASP.NET 5 features, as well as a jumpstart on building web applications using the new Microsoft stack. Instructor Don Kiely will walk you through these new and exciting changes and features, and have you ready to be a Visual Studio superstar in no time.

Check out the link below (it’s free)…just be sure to turn the volume up to eleven!

http://www.learnnowonline.com/webinars

NOTE: Both MVC 6 and ASP.NET 5 are included with this release; however, you cannot yet use them for production purposes.

The RC1 (release candidate 1) for ASP.NET 5 is slated for release in November 2015, which will have a “Go Live License”. This “Go Live License” indicates that Microsoft is ready to fully support ASP.NET 5 and MVC 6 and that they are confident that users will be able to use the technologies for production applications.

A helpful roadmap of release dates can be viewed here:

https://github.com/aspnet/Home/wiki/Roadmap

About the Author:


zach2-300x225Zach Young
 manages the LearnNowOnline customer support department. In addition to making strange but surprisingly delicious smoothies, Zach divides his time between the LearnNowOnline recording studio, providing sales demos for new and existing clients, and ensuring that each customer is taken care of. In his spare time, Zach enjoys globetrotting with his wife, playing and recording music, and attempting to get the required 1.21 gigawatts for Doc Brown’s DeLorean.