• This week's CertStudent likes to fix computers with his hands.

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    CertStudent: ‘I’m more of a new technology guy’

     CertStudent  is a regular feature that profiles students of all ages who are pursuing certification at schools, in training programs, and on their own time (and own dime). Know an interesting  CertStudent ? Share the details with us at editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Now he likes to use a sleek MacBook Air, but Isaiah …

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  • It's important to know how to implement and maintain security controls.

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    Picture This: A visual guide to security controls

    There is a new word du jour that you can’t help but stumble across as you study for a number of security-related exams (such as CompTIA’s Security+), and that word is “control.” In this article, we will first define it from the standpoint of the testing body, then walk through two analogies on controls: one …

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  • College degree SQUARE CROP

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    Press Pass: IT is not boring and other certification news

    Welcome to the latest installment of  Press Pass , where CertMag reports new and recent certification news by blowing through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We’ve got the highlights and you can click straight to the horse’s mouth for more information.

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  • Special visitor to the TestOut Conference.

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    On the ground with TestOut Conference 2014

    If you’ve had your eye on the Certification Magazine Twitter feed this week, then it won’t surprise you to hear that our team recently attended the fourth annual TestOut Conference, held this year at Solitude Mountain Resort, nestled amid the heavily forested summits east of Salt Lake City, Utah. TestOut is a global certification company …

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  • How do you stand out without any experience?

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    Is experience the most important arrow in your IT quiver?

    It is tempting to state that job experience is universally acknowledged as the single most important factor when evaluating a candidate for a position as an Oracle Database Administrator. The universe is a really big place, however, and there is an exception to every rule. In 20 years of working with the Oracle database, I …

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  • What goes into a good certification exam?

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    Press Pass: Go for the gold and other certification news

    Welcome to the latest installment of  Press Pass , where CertMag reports new and recent certification news by blowing through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We’ve got the highlights and you can click straight to the horse’s mouth for more information.

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  • Handful O' Tablets SQUARE CROP

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    There is virtually no excuse to lack hands-on experience

    For the past 15 years or so, I have had a problem with operating systems. My primary computer is always running a recent version of Microsoft Windows. It is the OS that is invariably the one available in the offices where I work. I often have a project, however, that requires some other operating system. …

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  • HTML5 is set to become the new internet standard by the end of 2014.

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    W3C aims for full recommendation of HTML5 by year’s end

    Gradually, imperceptibly, beneath your very fingers on the keyboard, the internet is becoming something different. Many users may never even notice the change, especially since it’s not intended to effect what you see so much as what goes on beneath the surface that lets you see it. Since 1997, the internet has hummed along on …

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  • Phone Alone SQUARE CROP

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    Dear CertMag: My phone support job is holding me back

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: My parents have a mom-and-pop computer repair service where I worked for years before college. I picked up a lot of what I know from …

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  • You're never too young to embark on a career in IT security.

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    Whiz kid: Going straight from high school to IT security

    This feature first appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Certification Magazine.

    Among the skills sought for work in penetration testing — the branch of cybersecurity in which gifted “ethical hackers” attempt to strengthen network or website security by finding and exploiting weaknesses — are excellence in programming, deep familiarity with operating systems, knowledge of computer …

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