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Lessons Learned from WannaCry: How to Respond to Ransomware

The big news in the online security world over the past few weeks was WannaCry – a Ransomware attack that infected over 300,000 Windows PCs in over 150 countries, demanding users fork over $300 (or more) to unlock their machines. 

For now, WannaCry is over, but the magnitude of this ransomware attack can convince copycat cyber criminals to give it a try themselves, as some people were reported to have paid the ransom. As of May 15, the hackers reportedly got away with $50,000 in bitcoin, however, the economic impact of the attack was much costlier, with economists estimating productivity losses of up to $4 billion. That makes us want to...well, cry.  

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Should Data Breach Notification Laws Change at the National Level?

national-data-breach-lawsAny day, we are expecting an executive order from the President aimed at cyber security, outlining which department heads within government agencies would be held accountable for maintaining and reporting on cyber security, while modernizing government equipment to minimize cyber security risks. While these are much needed, data breach notification laws at the national level are something we would also like to see addressed in the near future.

In Canada, where only 30% of CEOs in the country feel confident about their existing security measures, privacy laws are being updated to force companies to speak up. Australia has also agreed to new data breach notification laws recently. Should the same happen here?

 

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Lessons Learned from the Yahoo Breach-5 Ways You Can Protect Yourself from a Cyberattack

 

The recent cyber beach announced by Yahoo impacted around one billion people worldwide. Millions could have and may still be negatively affected.

In the most recent case, Yahoo announced users had their passwords and information stolen sometime in 2013. This followed a different cyberattack the tech firm announced in September.

Those who may not have seen the ill effects of these breaches may still be at risk. As their data gets circulated among a wide-range of cyber pirates, key personal information can be compromised. Checking accounts can be emptied and credit card numbers stolen.

In addition...

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The Biggest Data Breaches of 2016 – Recapping Recent Cyber Security Breaches & Where We Go from Here

biggest-data-breaches-of-2016A year can’t go by without adding to the list of biggest data breaches in history, and 2016 was no different. ZDNet is reporting an estimated 2.2 billion records were exposed in 2016, with almost 3,000 public data breaches occurring during 2016 alone. As we close out the year, we examine some of the biggest recent cyber security breaches that took place, how they happened and what companies can do to prevent them from occurring again.

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The New Instagram Algorithm: Why They’re Doing It & How It’s Being Received

instagram-algorithm-updatesWebsites are always changing and adapting to the ever-evolving landscape of the Internet. Staying up-to-date on social network news in particular can be difficult. These days it seems like every business actively manages at least one social media account regardless as to whether they are B2B or B2C focused. And why wouldn’t they? Besides being free to join, social media platforms give brands the opportunity to market directly to their target audience in a comfortable setting.

But here’s what a lot of brands tend to forget about social media: users aren’t on social sites for brands, they’re on there for their friends and family. Users don’t want their feeds flooded with a long list of ads, coupons, deals, and flyers from brands. Algorithms prevent this by displaying content people care about most at the top of their feeds. When this happens, posts are not in a perfect chronological order.

Instagram is the latest platform to announce a change to their algorithm, and a lot of people are angry about it. We explain the Instagram changes below, and what they mean for your social media marketing strategy.

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Technology in the Classroom: Is it Hurting or Benefiting Our Future Workforce?

Besides walking 20 miles uphill both ways in six feet of snow to school, the older generation may remember the scent of freshly pounded chalkboard erasers and rummaging through pages upon pages of musty books in the library to find the perfect bit of research to add to a report.

Walk a post-millennial (Homelander?) through a school day in your shoes and you’ll undoubtedly receive a blank stare accompanied by a “that’s cool, want to see the app our teacher had us download today?”

The times, they are a-changin’. (And if you want another blank stare, bring up Bob Dylan.)

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Was Prime Day A Prime Disappointment? It Depends On Who You Ask

A prime success or a prime disappointment? Amazon has released its own internal statistics on the success of it’s first-ever "Prime Day" on July 15, and while consumers generally voiced negative opinions on the true value of the sale billed "bigger than Black Friday" a funny thing happened for Amazon – it actually worked.

Amazon went the quantity over quality route, offering consumers who had already mentally signed themselves to spend money deals like Franklin Half Dollars for $70 (that are really only worth $0.50, mind you), 2-packs of Balaclava (think bank robber masks) for just under $12 and a 90 count of dishwasher detergent capsules for $13.95 – a deal so great, Amazon championed it in its home page banner ads.

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Net Neutrality Explained – What It Means To You

net neutralityA few weeks back, the federal government in the United States put Net Neutrality into effect, effectively protecting the open internet.

If you’re new to the Net Neutrality debate, it’s been raging on for quite some time. In general, protection of the open internet is a big win for the general public but the news is not being taken well by a number of internet service providers including Comcast and AT&T who fought the measure. 

The internet doesn’t look much different today than it looked a few weeks back – we weren’t seeing many, if any, ISPs throttling web traffic or charging websites to provide priority traffic. Now, however, those practices are illegal and governed by the FCC. That’s good news for most. 

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Google’s Driverless Cars Set to Hit the Open Road

We’ve heard about Google driverless car technology – and how their automated vehicle has been through years of rigorous closed-course testing in the past six years.

Well, now, Google is moving onto Phase 2 of its driverless car experiment, with their automated vehicle earmarked to hit the public roads of Silicon Valley, making their debut this summer. Several of the driverless cars will take the streets in Google’s hometown with a 25 mph speed limit and an engineer in the driver’s seat just in case.

The 100% self-driving vehicle is designed to work without a gas pedal or steering wheel, although at least initially, these cars will have a removable steering wheel and pedals to be used for manual takeover in case an issue arises.

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New Microsoft Browser Looks to Shake IE’s Negative Reputation

When Windows 10 launches later this year, Internet Explorer won’t be your default means of accessing the Internet. (Microsoft users everywhere may have just breathed a big sigh of relief).

For perhaps millions of people who have become dissatisfied with IE over the years, whether it be because of a lack of security, no response errors or having an outdated, clunky look compared to some of today’s most popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox and even Apple’s Safari, the beginning to the end of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft is currently developing a new browser, internally referred to as “Project Spartan” that will overtake IE as the default browser on Windows 10 devices at launch.

“Project Spartan” has three known features as of now, which appear to be an excellent step in the right direction, given IE’s recent struggles.

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