• What's it worth to you to get an IT certification?

    What a Waste?

    Is it worth your time and money to get an IT certification?

  • Proper cooling protects your PC from heat damage.

    Be Cool

    Don't get burned on your CompTIA A+ exam by not knowing how PCs beat the heat.

  • Take CertMag's annual Salary Survey! You know you want to.

    Dropping In with the annual Salary Survey

    We're on a mission to harvest salary and certification data. Success depends on YOU!

  • Understanding the basics of Windows Registry can help you pass CompTIA's A+ exam.

    Get Your Hands In It

    Try these simple exercises to learn about working with Windows Registry.

  • Can social media certifications play an important role in IT?

    What's Not to Like?

    Businesses should tread carefully when evaluating social media certifications.

  • You can write your own ticket with the right network security certification.

    Weak Link

    Get the top certifications for networking experts ready to tackle red-hot security problems.

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    Is it always best to certify in the latest release of Oracle?

    Recently I participated in a discussion about which release certification candidates just starting the Oracle DBA track should pursue. Robert Freeman, author of Oracle Database 12c New Features from Oracle Press and OCP: Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-063 from Sybex had started the thread with the assertion that, barring a …

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  • These nine networking certs are the best in the biz.

    Make your mark with these top network administration certs

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

    Network administration is a popular IT niche full of challenge and variety. An admin may install a new server on Monday, spend Tuesday eradicating security vulnerabilities, and get his Wednesday going by hunting down a network bottleneck. Some networks admins routinely juggle scary-long task …

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  • Don't get caught off guard. Use CompTIA's IT security tool to assess your cybersecurity readiness.

    CompTIA offers free tool to assess IT security needs

    Sometimes finding out about a cybersecurity vulnerability is like seeing a mouse in the kitchen. Before it happens, both businesses and home computer users tend to assume that their IT security is entirely shipshape. If you haven’t seen any problems, then why would you assume that problems exist, right? You only start asking questions after you …

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  • Can Windows 10 make all of your wildest dreams come true?

    What to expect when you’re expecting … Windows 10

     

    In an article penned for Certification Magazine last month, I spent some time speculating about the next version of Microsoft Windows, the beta release of which was due out Sept. 30. In that article, I pieced together all of the rumors …

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  • Use these resources to study up for Security+ certification.

    CompTIA Security+ SYO-301 Study Resources

    Next in my series of CompTIA study guides is Security+ SYO-301. This is a pretty solid entry-level certification for IT professionals looking to get their feet wet in security. Along with a few other certs, this is a great entry on anyone’s resume. As with the other …

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  • Are IT employees compensated fairly in the United States?

    Dear CertMag: Why don’t U.S. firms pay IT pros what they’re worth?

     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: I keep reading about the shortage of tech workers, but what I actually see is a shortage of cheap tech workers. American companies don’t want …

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  • Certification can help you get into a career in network administration.

    Job Profile: So you want to be a network administrator

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

    The ready availability of computers, the internet and computer networks has revolutionized the way we conduct business and communicate with one another. According to The Radicati Group’s Email Statistics Report, 2013-2017, released in April 2013, there were more than 3.9 billion email accounts worldwide …

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  • Performance-based tests can be more accurate than multiple-choice exams.

    Performance Testing Council pursues mandate to improve exams

    There’s a running debate in certification circles as to whether it’s more effective to test certification candidates using traditional multiple-choice exams or performance-based tests that simulate (or duplicate) real world IT conundrums. Multiple choice tests are convenient, inexpensive and straightforward. Many have argued, however, that such tests 

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  • East coast Interop tech conference kicks off in New York City Sept. 29.

    IT community gathers for Interop conference and expo in NYC

    Maybe something like this has happened where you work:  A couple of times a year, one of the IT guys, or possibly a coworker who’s particularly jazzed about technology, phones in sick for several days, or perhaps mentions something about heading out of the office for a brief career development sabbatical. There are too many possible destinations to …

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  • The Internet of Things is changing the face of IT. What does that mean for your tech career?

    The Internet of Things wants to connect you to the future

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

    The term Internet of Things, or IoT, was coined in 1999 by Kevin Ashton. Ashton, a British technologist who co-founded the RFID-pioneering (radio frequency identification) Auto-ID Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), used the term to envision a world where the internet would …

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