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Know the Risks of Chrome Extension Malware and How to Protect Yourself

According to a report released earlier this month, more than 100,000 Google Chrome users were affected after downloading malware from browser extensions in the official Chrome Web Store.

The chrome extension malware attack was created by crisis actors who had hijacked legitimate browser extensions, most commonly an app called “Nigelfly” which replaces pictures with the face of cartoon character Nigel Thornberry (whom we have never heard of before this) with malicious scripts. By taking advantage of existing apps in the Chrome store, the hackers could bypass Google’s extension validation checks. Along with Nigelfly, at least 7 other apps were used during the scheme, and Google has been able to remove several of these apps from the Chrome store.

Read more about the risks of Chrome extension malware and how to protect yourself.

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The Olympics and Hackers: Why the Games Are a Prime Target for Cyber Crime

For one reason or another, hackers love the Olympics just as much as the casual sports fan.

The 2018 Pyeongchang games started off with a massive cyber-attack that those watching at home may not have been aware of. The attack, which was forged by an unidentified hacker (presumably either Russia or North Korea) causing internet protocol TVs to malfunction at the main press center, which was countered by organizers shutting down the games' servers to prevent additional damage.

With the Olympics servers offline, Wi-Fi at the Olympic Stadium and the website went down, preventing attendees from printing tickets to events.

The opening ceremony was to feature drones filming the ceremony, but those were unable to deploy.

The source of the cyber-attack was not revealed, but organizers and the IOC have an idea of who orchestrated the attack.  However, they won’t point the finger, instead citing poor international best-practices.

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Small Businesses Need to Rethink Facebook

An announcement by Facebook last week has the tech industry buzzing.  The News Feed is being retooled to focus more on personal interaction and less as a platform for news and media. 

Small businesses should be concerned about how this will curtail their reach to customers, especially businesses that operate with zero to minimum marketing budget.  With these changes, they may struggle to reach new audiences.

What’s Different?

Facebook announced its intention to step back and remember its roots as a platform for connecting friends and family.  Posts from individuals will rise to the top of the News Feed as posts from organizations – known as Pages – will show up less.

Media outlets from BBC News to Buzzfeed have churned out so much content that posts from friends and family have been crowded out.  This has made the user experience passive as people scroll through memes and auto-played videos.  Facebook is planning to remove this raw consumption and encourage an active environment.

Read more for how small businesses will be affected.

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The Biggest Technology Trends to Watch in 2018

2018 tech trends - ThrottleNet 

The main technology trends to watch in 2018 largely mimic a continuation of what we’ve been seeing the past several years. Technology that has been in its infancy continues to grow with adaptation of everything from personal assistants to corporate cloud servers continuing to become more and more mainstream.

It’s cliché to keep talking about the internet of things, machine learning and so forth every single year, but it appears that’s the way technology is headed in 2018.  Learn more about the hottest 2018 tech trends and how they impact you on this ThrottleNet blog.

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The End of Net Neutrality? Understanding Arguments for and Against Net Neutrality

Net neutrality - ThrottleNetEveryone is freaking out about the future of the internet. Is the end of net neutrality near?

 

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations allowing broadband companies the power to change how we experience the internet. Net neutrality rules prohibited providers from blocking websites or charging extra for premium services, such as video streaming capabilities. 

 

Before taking sides of the argument, what was it like before net neutrality? What are the arguments for and against net neutrality? What's the next step in the battle for net neutrality? Learn more on this ThrottleNet blog.

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Is Bitcoin a Good Investment or will the Bubble Burst?

Is bitcoin a good investment - ThrottleNetFor those unfamiliar with Bitcoin, which has been the leader in the space since being introduced in 2009, cryptocurrencies are hardly understood by banks, the government, and even most of the people who trade it on a regular basis. 

Bitcoin has exploded, quadrupling in price since September. Traditional money managers are worried about cryptocurrency and are wondering if the Bitcoin bubble is about to burst. Is bitcoin a good investment? Experts are split on the matter, but one thing is for certain, cryptocurrency probably isn’t going anywhere soon. 

We’re not financial experts, but we did our research on Bitcoin. Is the virtual currency worth your time? See what we have to say.

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How Viable is Hyperloop Travel?

Hyperloop travel from St. Louis to Kansas City

 

To woo Amazon, you must think like Amazon, and that’s by no means an easy task.

 

In September, 10 winners were announced and St. Louis failed to make the list. 
Included in the state proposal for HQ2, however, Missouri is dangling a Hyperloop route connecting St. Louis and Kansas with a stop in Columbia on land along the I-70 corridor.

The proposed route in Missouri would make it possible to travel from St. Louis to Kansas City in less than 30 minutes, allowing Amazon to pull together it’s talent base from both metropolitan areas. 

ThrottleNet looked into this high-tech transportation system and how it worked. Discover what we found. 

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Understanding & Breaking Ageism in Tech

Breaking Ageism in Tech Industry

A new study from the job site Indeed.com indicates that over 40% of tech workers worry that they will lose their job due to their age, while roughly 20% of tech workers are constantly in fear that they could be replaced by someone younger and cheaper. 


Articles from other media sources back up the report’s findings on ageism in tech, with USA Today reporting that in many cases, those over 40 have trouble locking down a new job in tech. 

 
So does tech have an problem with older tech workers? Learn more about ageism in the tech industry, why it exists, and how to solve this problem.  

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Will Amazon Bring #HQTWO2STL?

Amazon has been in the news quite a bit over the course of recent months, most recently with its acquisition of Whole Foods. The company has shown a willingness to adapt to changing technology and innovate well beyond what is traditionally expected of an ecommerce company.

Poised for continued growth, Amazon needs more space, and has launched a continent-wide RFP process to find a home for a second North American corporate headquarters, which will equal the company’s original facility in Seattle.

HQ2 is expected to cost $5 billion to construct and operate, employing as many as 500,000. 

 

The RFP instructs cities to send “information “on behalf of your metropolitan statistical area (MSA), state/province, county, city and the relevant localities therein.” Because of this, it may be counterintuitive for the region to submit dueling proposals.

While bringing Amazon to St. Louis may be a pipe dream, we can dream, can’t we?

Every city that submits a bid to Amazon will have its strengths and weaknesses and St. Louis is no different. What are some of the reasons that Amazon could work in St. Louis?

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The Latest on the Equifax Breach: How to Find Out If You Were a Victim & What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

 

Credit Bureau Equifax was the latest victim of a massive cyber-attack, the company announced last week.

 

Between May and July, hackers exploited the Equifax website to gain access to personal information of 143 million US consumers, including names, social security numbers and driver’s license numbers.

To add perspective to that number, about 250 million people over the age of 18 likely have a credit file. This attack was massive, affecting roughly 57% of all American adults.

The “good news”, if there is any, is that it appears credit card numbers of “only” 209,000 individuals (0.14% of victims) were exposed in the attack.

The attack also has some Equifax execs in hot water, as they sold their company stock days after the hack which was yet to be disclosed to the public. But for you, customers, how do you find out if you were affected by the breach and what to do if you were?

 

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