iPhone & iPad Users: Beware of Fake Shopping Apps

If you’re doing your holiday shopping via app, use caution. A growing number of fraudulent shopping apps are showing up in Apple’s App Store. Like many online scams, these apps attempt to mimic the real thing in an attempt to get you to enter your credit card data or other information to make a purchase. Your financial information could be compromised, but it’s possible the fake apps could do even more, including stealing data from your phone.

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Ten Obnoxious Company Rules To Kill In 2017

Getting rid of pointless and insulting HR practices will make it easier for your company to hire and hang onto tremendous employees. Every policy you “shove” down your employees’ throats is another reason for a talented person to leave and work for a more deserving organization. Here are ten policies that every employer should get off its books before the champagne corks fly on January 1, 2017.  These policies should have disappeared long ago — so if your company is still following them, now is the perfect time to step into the modern age by killing them off!

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How to thwart “porch pirates” this holiday season

Thanks to modern technology, we can buy just about anything online and get it delivered to our doorstep in a snap. Not only has that been insanely convenient for us, but it’s also created a giant window of opportunity for so-called “porch pirates” too. According to a recent report, at least 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their porches, mailboxes, and stoops. Lucky for us though, there’s a there’s a slew of new high-tech sheriffs in town to put a stop to these pesky poachers.

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Time’s 50 Best Apps of the Year

Our favorite iPhone and Android apps of the year We’re increasingly reliant on the smartphones in our pockets to keep in touch with friends, watch movies and TV shows, and get work done. But the phones themselves would be meaningless without the software that, almost like magic, imbues them with new powers even their creators never thought possible. In that spirit, these are some of TIME’s 50 best iPhone and Android apps of the year. These are apps that were either released, had a notable redesign, or took off in popularity this year. The list is unranked, as the different functionality of each app makes them impossible to fairly compare.  The complete list can be found at time.com – this list is those apps that are on both devices and are free (unless noted otherwise). What did we miss?

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The ransomware pandemic: how to beat the bad guys

Ransomware, a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid, is a pandemic spreading across the world affecting all types of organizations. Ransomware payments are typically made via anonymous bitcoin transactions – where ransoms can cost anywhere from $500-$2,000 to unlock an average PC. The impact is spiraling to enormous levels and data collected by the FBI suggests that ransomware payments could reach more than one billion dollars this year. Even with the FBI’s research, it remains hard to scope the full scale of the problem because of the anonymity of cybercriminals and the difficulty of knowing precisely how many anonymous payments have been paid.

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World’s First Giant Outside Vacuum Cleaner to Filter Dirty Air

The invention was presented at the Offshore Energy trade fair in Amsterdam on Tuesday. “It’s a large industrial filter about 8 meters (26 feet) long, made of steel … placed basically on top of buildings and it works like a big vacuum cleaner,” company spokesman Henk Boersen told AFP. The firm describes their invention as the “world’s first giant outside air vacuum cleaner,” according to AFP.

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Chinese manufacturer admits involvement in Friday’s DDoS attack

Following the large scale cyberattack that took down a number of high-profile sites last Friday, a Chinese electronics component manufacturer has admitted that its products were utilised by the attackers behind the disruption. Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology, which produces DVRs and internet-connect cameras, came forward on Sunday to acknowledge that its products were exploited and that the attackers had taken advantage of security vulnerabilities resulting from weak default passwords. The Mirai malware was used to orchestrate the attack as it can quickly amass large numbers of connected devices. These devices are then used by cyber attackers to launch large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

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