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  • January 16, 2019

    DuckDuckGo Is Adding Apple Maps

    DuckDuckGo which has been a secure alternative to users not wanting to use Google for search is now adding a map feature using Apple MapKit JS. While this is a huge feature add for DuckDuckGo this is a huge win for Apple who is known for keeping users privacy safe at all costs. DuckDuckGo announced in a blog post “We’re excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first global companies using Apple MapKit JS, we can now offer users improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.“ It is important to note while I am sure DuckDuckGo and Apple are both trying to put out the best product possible Apple MapKit JS is still in Beta. Apple Maps can be used in two ways on DuckDuckGo either through embedded private search results or from the “Maps” tab on the search result page. DuckDuckGo allows you to search Apple Maps on five different set of criteria By Address By Geographical Location Local Business Listings By Type of Business By Nearby Places It is very nice to see DuckDuckGo putting security first going on to say in their post “At DuckDuckGo, we believe getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds. Naturally, our strict privacy policy of not collecting or sharing any personal information extends to this integration. We do not send any personally identifiable information such as IP address to Apple or other third parties. For local searches, where your approximate location information is sent by your browser to us, we discard it immediately after use....
  • Protection from losing your tech gear to enterprising people who have sticky fingers has sadly become very necessary. Whether it’s a difficult economy or a tough job market to blame, people often fall on the wrong side of the law when times become more difficult. At this point, opportunistic theft carried out by people who don’t look the part at all (because they usually wouldn’t do that kind of thing) becomes a real risk. There’re also the roving gangs that steal to generate daily money for the group, so are more skilful at it. To protect yourself, here are several tips to help keep your tech safe from theft. 1.      Lock Everything Down When you’re not using an app and you’ve already logged into it, go the extra step and log back out. Should anything happen to your device, it will be harder for the thief to access data stored inside the app. This is doubly so if the app encrypts customer data as it should, or it’s held in the cloud where a login is required to access the information through their secure app. Going out? Put the computer into locked mode. With a smartphone, don’t roam around while it’s unlocked all day. Unlock it, do what you need to do and then lock it once more. Whether using a PIN, a pattern, a Face ID unlock or a fingerprint sensor unlocking system, these don’t help if the phone is unlocked too long. 2.      Engage Tracking Software Before You Need It Tracking software is usually an afterthought. Don’t make that mistake. Go ahead and use laptop-tracking app to make your computer traceable should it go missing. It works in a similar way to the Find My iPhone app with an iPhone; a Wi-Fi or mobile connection is traced back...
  • Penetration testing such as services provided by Alpine Security will include ethical hackers breaking down and getting in your cyber defenses and computer systems to expose possible network and system vulnerabilities. Letting hackers penetrate your network may not sound attractive, but it’s highly critical to protect your business from cyber attacks. There’s a saying that preventive measures are better than solutions so you shouldn’t wait until your business becomes a victim of these cyber attacks before you work on solving them. Here are 7 reasons how penetration testing services can help secure your business’ network and systems: 1. Business are prime targets for cyber attacks Businesses have been prime targets of these attacks due to its vulnerability and financial capabilities. Research shows that 60% of businesses suffer from hacks and data breaches. Furthermore, here are some reasons why cybercriminals target businesses: Businesses, particularly in the financial sector, may have valuable data that can be used or sold for the benefit of a third party. Businesses are involved with money and criminals want to gain access to large amounts of money. If your business has valuable data that can be profitable for these cybercriminals, you may want to consider investing in a penetration test. 2. Expose vulnerabilities in your system Having cybersecurity professionals hacking your system will expose your businesses weak spots against cyber threats. Rather than having those loopholes exploited by an untrusted party, you’ll have a professional service to show you precisely where your cyber defenses can be improved. This method will give you a chance to amend issues on your system and prevent future cyber attacks. Here are examples of system vulnerabilities: Weak passwords Broken algorithm usage Path traversal Bugs SQL injection Missing authorization Poor data encryption Virus-infected software 3. Prevent financial loss from system downtime If your...
  • November 12, 2018

    Various Online Scams And Keeping Safe

    The internet has had a profound effect on society, how people communication, business activity, and information sharing. While the positives of the internet cannot be overstated it also has risks that have to be considered and that you have to be prepared for both on the professional and private level. The rise of cybercrime has led to a variety of different scams and theft. Being aware of these crimes keeps your business safe. By being aware of the various cybercrimes and having proper tools in place for account takeover prevention you can stay ahead of the ever-changing world of cybercrime. The bellow crimes can happen to both private citizens and businesses alike as cybercrime focuses on information theft, data theft, and illegally accessing consumer accounts. The Various Types of Online Scams There are various types of online scams that occur every day and no matter the method the key goal of these crimes is to gain illegal access to personal or business finances or gain private information such as an SSN. Phishing: phishing is one of the most common of online scams and takes many different forms and uses many different methods. To simplify phishing involves cyber criminals pretending to represent legitimate companies or government entities and requesting confidential information. This information is then used in simple theft or identity theft, often phishing attempts will have official looking mock web pages set up to collect user login data or private information. Phishing is often done via email but can also be done through text messaging or even phone calls. The Spanish Prisoner Scam: is a very old scam that dates back to the 1800s wherein a scammer would claim to represent a wealthy or important person who was imprisoned in Spain and request that a third party provide money to...
  • Avast has announced the end of support for Windows XP and Vista computers. The company published a blog post which stated that starting 1st Jan 2019, Windows XP and Vista won’t get updates. “Avast cybersecurity products will officially stop updating our antivirus product for Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems as of January 1, 2019. The demand to protect those systems has substantially waned in recent years at the same time that the need to protect Windows 7 systems and later has grown. We recommend that all Avast users update their Windows operating systems to the latest version of Windows 10 — not only to continue enjoying the newest Avast security upgrades, but also to eliminate the likelihood that the vulnerable older system you are currently using will get exploited.” I would like to point out that Avast has said computers on XP or Vista will continue to receive virus definition updates but no feature updates will be provided. So while they are still going to keep computers safe you will not get the benefit of new features which I find as a security person to be a very good decision by Avast. Windows XP Extended support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014, as of August 2018, 3.06% of Windows PCs run Windows XP. In June of 2017 was the last time Windows XP had any kind of security update. Windows Vista support ended April 11, 2017, and got security updates in June of 2017 as well. I understand Avast not wanting to develop antivirus anymore for older unsupported operating systems and it’s time for users to move off to Windows 10 or Windows 7 which is supported till January 14, 2020, which gives users time but will approach sooner than users realize.
  • When we look around the internet today, some of the companies that we recognize most are among the largest in the world. If you do much shopping online, there is a good chance that you buy from Amazon. If you do any kind of online selling, there is a good chance that you take to the marketplace of eBay to make such selling possible. That in itself is quite revealing, in truth. We now know that the internet has a clear and established hierarchy; sites we go to first before anyone else. If you want to tell the world about your day, you go to Facebook. If you want to find out some information, you go to Wikipedia. If you want to ask the internet a question, you tend to ask Google. Need to buy something? Check out Amazon. It’s just part of the modern world, and it’s very interesting in a lot of ways. You will soon find that big internet companies are holding a huge amount of way and power, without you even realizing it. In true big company fashion, too, they often own other companies that you might not had really thought about who owned them! With this in mind then, let’s take a look at some of the real-time stats that can be found about major internet companies. This lets you see at first-hand close-up detail just how much these companies dominate, and how quickly they have become major entities in the day-to-day living we all day. Keep in mind that some of these companies are little more than a decade old: some of them even less. With that in mind, then, it’s easy to see why these companies are such massive parts in the way the world works. PayPal As one of the single largest...
  • October 29, 2018

    Cyber Security Threat Prevention

    In the modern world of computer viruses, malware, spyware, keyloggers, trojans, and packet snippers you can never be too careful when it comes to securing your information. Think about how many times a day you put in passwords, credit card number or any personal data into your computer or smartphone this information needs to be kept safe. Anytime you are going to put any sensitive data into your computer or smartphone I recommend using a VPN. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is a network that is constructed using the Internet to connect to a private network, using encryption and other security mechanisms to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted. This type of network is designed to provide a secure, encrypted tunnel in which to transmit the data between the remote user and the connected network. When you are connected to a VPN anything you send over the VPN is encrypted even if the site you are working on sends passwords without encryption the VPN protects you by having the isolated secure encrypted tunnel. A VPN is a must especially if you are using your phone or computer on any type of free Wi-Fi offerings like at a Starbucks or McDonalds. Hackers can sit on these free networks and just sniff for passwords or sensitive data that’s not encrypted the use that data to reverse engineer a way to get your information. A VPN can be used as well for geographical locations for example if you connect to a VPN say in Germany and you are in America you will get the German version of Google and Facebook. This comes especially in handy when you want to view content on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon that is not available in...
  • Big data is changing business. It’s changing the way we create, produce, market and sell products and it’s also changing how customers seek, find and purchase your goods and services. As 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day, it begs the question, how can we use it? There are numerous applications for big data, but some of the most promising are in the area of sales. Here are several ways you can leverage big sala to boost your sales. Learn customer behavior Every business worth their salt knows who their customer is. They have information about their gender, age, race, socioeconomic status and other basic demographic markers. But do they understand how their customer behaves? Understanding and predicting human behavior has boggled the minds of marketers for decades, but with big data, businesses can get to know their customers like never before. Once you harness big data to predict your customers’ wants, you can anticipate demand and better plan for the future. Price to sell Pricing can make or break your business. If your product is too cheap, your margins are dangerously low. Too expensive, and no one will buy it, leaving you with a glut of inventory and an empty bank account. In the past, most businesses priced by trial and error. Big data offers insights on effective pricing strategies. Look carefully at your customers’ past transactions. Consider their geographic location, seasonality, whether they were online or in store and average amount of sale to categorize your customer base. Each customer segment will have varying price tolerance and, as a result, should be marketed different products at different price points. Upsell like never before This is a no-brainer when it comes to big data insights. Use the customer information you already have to determine what factors influence...
  • September 21, 2018

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