Data Breaches Security

Orbitz data breach for travel records booked on partner sites

Travel site revealed a data breach that occurred for records booked on an affiliate website that used a legacy Orbitz travel booking platform.  Travel booked on directly was not affected.  

Orbitz is offering customers affected by the breach one year of free credit monitoring and identity protection service where available.    U.S. customers may sign up by entering their information at or by calling the toll free number 1-855-828-3959.   International customers should call 1-512-201-2214 to determine what resources are available to them.

Security Smartphones Web Browsers

Under Armour notified MyFitnessPal app users to change passwords

Under Armour released a statement regarding a data issue with their MyFitnessPal app because user settings may have been viewed by an unauthorized third party.  Under Armour recommends changing user passwords directly through the app website

MyFitnessPal has an FAQ page at

Security Training

Small Business Administration (SBA) cybersecurity recommendations

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available online tools and resources to help protect small businesses from cybersecurity attacks.  These include:

Apple Linux Programming Languages Visual Studio Windows

Visual Studio Code – a free open-source code editor for multiple languages

Visual Studio Code is a free open-source code editor that is part of Microsoft’s Visual Studio suite of development tools.  It has support for multiple programming languages such as JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js.

Databases Oracle

Oracle Database 18c version released

Oracle announced the release of Oracle Database 18c on February 23rd 2018.   Oracle decided on a brand new method of numbering database versions so that a major version release is done annually (i.e. version 18 = year 2018).  The last database version was 12c prior to this change.

One of the new features in Oracle Database version 12c and later include additional database support for JSON queries.

More information can be found here:

Oracle Programming Languages

Java 10 released on March 20th 2018

Java is a free widely-used programming language that was originally developed by Sun Microsystems and now managed by Oracle.    Java version 10 was recently released on March 20th 2018.

Java versions for Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Solaris can be downloaded from   Online help for Java is found at

Apps and Utilities

HR Basics – free online small business Human Resources management

Gusto (formerly known as ZenPayroll) has released a free beta version of its human resources product called HR Basics.  Users can upgrade to a paid version of Gusto’s products if needed at a later time.  This free product version can be downloaded from

Linux Operating Systems

Fedora – a free Linux based set of operating systems

Fedora is a free open-source set of Linux based operating systems and is sponsored by Red Hat.  Versions include:

More information can be found at

Android Apps and Utilities Entertainment Media iOS Smartphones Web Browsers

Hoopla – free digital media content with library card

Hoopla is a free digital service available for U.S. library card holders. It allows users to stream movies, TV shows, music, eBooks, audiobooks, and comics in a web browser. Android and ITunes app versions are also available.

More information is available at