Major Ransomware Cyber Attack – did we mention you need to update your passwords?

Another large cyber attack has struck several large firms across the globe. If you’re interested in the specifics and proper journalism, read the bbc article. They’re fantastic. If your interested in opinions and some tips about internet security, hang in there a bit and you’ll walk away feeling a little more secure. Change your passwords. You’ve probably heard this before. No, not just one password, all of your passwords. Yes it can happen to you. Don’t use one password for more than one account. Okay, no more patronizing. Genuinely, regularly updating your passwords can protect you against a vast majority of digital threats. Most breaches happen not due to any coding or effort on a hacker’s, part, but a loose password that can then unlock several accounts. Your email is the most high risk account you have – everything goes through that. Experts are […]

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5 Amazing Things Done with Artificial Intelligence

First and foremost, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a type of machine learning characterized by intelligent decision making similar to our own cognitive abilities. Key traits of effective AI are learning and problem solving. The key issue yet to be solved is independent thought. No machine, so far, is capable of independent thought and reason at the same ability of a human. Once this is achieved, the line between what makes us different than machines will be a hot issue for a generation. But in the meantime here are some pretty cool things that we can do with AI before our machine overlords inevitably conquer the observable universe. AlphaGo Defeats Lee Sedol in 2016. AlphaGo, created by DeepMind (acquired by Alphabet in 2014) beat the world grandmaster go player 4-1. Go, a more mathematically complex game of wits than chess, was a challenge for […]

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Is your data available online?

Over the past few years there have been breaches to secure databases, some of which exposed half a billion users’ data. It’s easy and understandable to wonder if you are among that list, but how do you tell? The answer is really quite simple. https://haveibeenpwned.com/ Just type in whatever email address you’re worried about. haveibeenpwned is ssl secured (that’s the little green lock next to the URL), and was created by Troy Hunt.  Now, chances are modest that one email will be exposed, but often the data leaked isn’t enough to steal an identity. Here are steps to take if you realize your data and passwords have been breached, and how to determine the severity of the leak. Severity : If your physical address, email and email password, social security, credit card information, or banking details are available, that’s about as bad as it […]

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5 Quick Tips About Millennial Customers

Millennials will soon be the major spending power in the US. Born approximately between 1980 and 2000, they make up the largest generation in the US. More than ever before, this generation is imprinting their moral and ethical beliefs upon the decisions they make regarding purchases, employment opportunities, and professional relationships. Millennials choose to support businesses only when those businesses share their common values. Many have seen the benefit (Toms, Warby Parker, Better World Books, etc.), while many have suffered as a result of their differing practices. Now, companies can be pro-environment or pro-people on paper, but the opposite in action. Millennials don’t take long to discover the validity of a company’s charitable claims. Millennials are the most diverse generation the U.S. has ever had, and generalizations must be understood as just that, generalizations. Read with the mindset that this is a general […]

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7 Things About The Cloud You Need To Know

The Cloud is a nebulous phrase that since it’s naming in 2006 by Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, has lead to many head scratches and blank stares. “What is the cloud” gives over 3 million search results, and every single one is a different definition. For our followers, we will risk the potential witchhunt and define the ‘cloud’ in a reasonable, common sense way. So what who cares? Cloud business is expanding so rapidly that market projections show a shift in over $1 trillion in spending. It’s a big deal. The Cloud is a global network of servers. That’s it. The cloud is a massive network of servers connected through the internet. The cloud is not a physical entity, but the data within the cloud is located in massive data centers across the globe. If you use gmail, drive, dropbox, facebook, twitter, pretty much […]

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