Americans More Concerned With Online Privacy

Americans More Concerned With Online Privacy

Increasing Number of Americans Concerned With Online Privacy

Pros in the industry, techies and home consumers alike have become increasingly concerned with online privacy over the past few years. This is mainly due to information of the NSA spying programs being made available to the American public. More and more Americans are becoming aware, even if a small few are actually ready to do something about it. The NSA doesn’t just spy on Americans, they spy on most countries in the developed world.

From Yahoo! Finance:

“People are mainly concerned with companies sharing their personal information with other companies. But a growing number listed NSA’s PRISM as a reason for their increased concern about online security.”

What do you think? Are you okay with the NSA gathering data on citizens? Are you more concerned about companies sharing your info, or governments gathering data? Let us know what you think about this issue.

By Jason Sander

IBM Plans To Layoff 100,000+ Staff Members

IBM Plans To Layoff 100,000+ Staff Members

IBM (NYSE: IBM – news) is reportedly planning its largest corporate layoff ever – cutting 111,8000 of its staff. A report by a respected Silicon Valley journalist for Forbes says around 26% of the company’s 430,000-strong workforce will be cut this week. Reporter Robert X Cringely wrote: “To fix its business problems and speed up its ‘transformation’, next week about 26% of IBM’s employees will …

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IoT – 50 Billion Interconnected Devices

IoT – 50 Billion Interconnected Devices

50 Billion Interconnected Devices

Massive expectations, promise and concerns for the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT). We are moving into a hyper evolving, fast forward future of the technological unpredictable. It’s fun and exciting, but also incredibly scary to many (Think Terminator).

“If the IoT estimates are correct then we will soon be living a world along with 50 billion interconnected devices within the next 5-10 years. No one, however, seems to be talking about the data that will need to be processed from all these devices, sensors, and monitors….” Read Article Source at Forbes

To add to the topic of IoT, we’ve come across an interesting image on Twitter via @simonlporter highlighting the current interconnectivity of devices used today.

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2014 Worst Passwords: Is Yours On The List?

2014 Worst Passwords: Is Yours On The List?

2014 Worst Passwords

Many people don’t realize how important strong passwords are as most users take a very lackadaisical approach to password creation. Lets be real, this is more lazy than ill-informed.

According to CBC News, and data compiled by SplashData, most people’s passwords are incredibly vulnerable to cyber threats. The IT firm has been compiling password data for the last 4 years on this subject. Here are some of the findings.

Among the worst passwords list we can find ‘123456’ ‘password’ and ‘letmein’ if yours is one of them, you’d better change it. “New additions to the Top 25 for 2014 include: baseball, dragon, football, mustang, access, master, michael, superman, 696969 and batman.”

A few tips on protecting your password/s: Don’t use words like qwerty, asdfg and 12345, Never use your birthday, your name is not a password. Try to use alphanumeric passwords with unconventional phrases to make it more difficult for hackers to use brute force attacks to access your account.

How You Might Be Exposing Your Company to the Hazards of Darknet

How You Might Be Exposing Your Company to the Hazards of Darknet

Exposing Your Company to the Hazards of Darknet

If your organisation doesn’t already have enough corporate network security concerns, here is one more for good measure. Anonymous web browsing technology such as The Onion Router (Tor) have allowed users to engage in criminal activity which could become a huge problem for companies unaware of users who are hiding such activity using Tor or the Dark Net.

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According to InformationAge.com:

Tor is often associated with illicit activity like child pornography, selling illegal substances, identity theft, and money laundering. Users browsing the Tor network (for illicit purposes or not) from a corporate environment can unknowingly open up the company to hosting malicious or unlawful content.

Organisations not actively prohibiting employee use of the Tor Network or at least monitoring Darknet activity could be setting themselves up for huge liabilities.

Read more here 

Google And SpaceX

Google And SpaceX

Google thinks on investing $1 Billion on SpaceX

Google is thinking to invest on Space Exploration Technologies, Corp. (SpaceX). The Company looks to strengthen their satélite communications in order to provide internet access to remote regions. According to The Wall Street Journal

Google has been considering satellite-based Internet service for more than a year. In late 2013, it hired satellite-industry veteran Greg Wyler, who at one point last year had more than 10 people working for him. Mr. Wyler left Google last summer and is now developing his own satellite-Internet venture.”

SpaceX and Google’s vision for developing and launching satellites would cost around $10 billion and take at least 5 years to build and develop. Google and SpaceX have discussed using optical disk technologies on their satélites, but laser beams don’t easily pass through clouds. That leaves radio waves as the most reliable option to deliver communications.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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