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Quick Poll Results: Do IT Professionals Follow IT Security Best-Practices

It should be a fair assumption that the more knowledge we have about threats, the more cautious we will be. For example, a hiker who is educated about dangerous animals, poisonous plants and harmful bugs is going to proceed down a nature trail much more carefully than the casual jogger who knows little about the forest. By that same thinking, an IT professional who understands security threats should be more cautious when navigating the Internet, right?

Last month’s contractor quick poll set-out to prove that theory. We asked IT contractors which password mistakes they made recently. As expected, everybody takes the odd shortcut, but surprisingly, 80% of respondents said they use the same password in multiple places and don’t change their passwords frequently. Are you shocked with these results or are they what you would expect?

Quick Poll Results: What password mistakes have you made recently?

History’s Most Embarrassing Software Bugs

Do you remember a year and a half ago when a developer at Amazon made a mistake and broke the Internet? That was embarrassing, but it was fixed relatively quickly and didn’t cause too much damage, at least not compared to some other technology mishaps.

This infographic we found on graphicspedia.net highlights five of the most legendary bloopers in software history, all because a bit of code wasn’t written properly by a developer. These aren’t small mistakes and the companies are well-known — AT&T, Pentium, NASA, Microsoft and Apple. If these intelligent IT professionals can make a mistake like this, then maybe you shouldn’t feel bad when you slow down your client’s services for a few minutes.

The Embarrassing History of Software Bugs - Infographic

50+ Online Training Resources for IT Contractors

There is no shortage of advice for independent contractors in all sectors, including technology, preaching that professional development, skills enhancement, and training are crucial for success. After all, if you’re not growing as a professional in the IT industry, then you’re very quickly falling behind.

In reality, finding both the time and money to sit through courses is increasingly challenging as our days get busier. The good news is that the traditional classroom setting and its high costs are a thing of the past, you just need to find the best resources. To help you out, we put together one of the most comprehensive lists of online learning websites on the Internet. (Note: all sites are listed in alphabetical order and Eagle does not recommend any specific resource over the other.)

Free or Low-Cost Online Sources

There is a variety of websites that offer free or low-cost training courses in practically any subject, and with no shortage of IT-related topics. All of the websites in this list offer at least a few online courses for free or at a cost under $50; however, many also have more extensive training and higher prices or require upgrades to earn their official diploma. Another feature of many of these sites is that they partner with institutions, colleges and universities around the world, ensuring the training is credible and up-to-date.

Subscription-Based Online Learning Websites

While not free, these websites offer fantastic value if you’re looking at doing a wide range of training. They offer unlimited training videos and sessions with a monthly subscription, and often there is a free trial available.

Tuition-Based Courses

If you’re willing to invest in a full tuition but don’t want to enroll in your local school, then either of these sites may be an option for you. They provide access to full diplomas or degrees.

Industry Certifications

Especially in IT, certifications are a top differentiator between you and other independent contractors. Which certification you work towards fully depends on your skill and specialty, but we highly recommend you get at least one under your belt. Global Knowledge offers training to a variety of the top certifications, but if you’d prefer to get them directly, here are a few more links:

Tutorials, Forums, and Reference Sites

Perhaps you’re not seeking formal training or a new line on your resume, but instead some helpful information to brush-up on your skillset or get you through a current project. These free online resources are full of just that information, and provide you the opportunities to network with other IT professionals.

Company-Specific Product Training

Finally, all of the world’s top software and IT organizations offer training to their own products. Here are just a few of the most popular:

That’s our currently list of online IT training sources and these types of websites are always growing. If you find more that you love, please pass them along. We’d also love to hear your feedback and experience — positive or negative — about any of the websites listed here. Please share your comments and suggestions in the section below.