“Lucky Charm” Keeps Hackers Out

LeprechaunRalph’s been a good employee for you. Shows up on time. Gets the job done. Doesn’t hassle anybody.

He’s also a porn addict. When nobody’s looking, he’s visiting sites—on your network—that you’d be appalled to see. IF… you knew about them. Without careful monitoring and filtering, this kind of internet use on your network can remain hidden.

Shocking? Hard to believe it could happen at your company?  A survey by International Data Corp (IDC) revealed that 70% of all web traffic to Internet pornography sites occurs during the work hours of 9am-5pm. Ralph’s little visits may seem harmless, but they’re adding a serious level of risk to the financial health and security of your company.

Here’s how: A visit to an adult website can be tracked. And, if a logged-in user’s identity is leaked, it can be embarrassing, to say the least, to that user. The user may even become a victim of “sextortion” or blackmail. Just ask any of the people who used Ashley Madison, a dating site for illicit affairs. When the site was hacked, users were suddenly at risk of having their indiscretions revealed. This gives cybercriminals a powerful lever to pressure an employee into revealing sensitive company data. Considering that 60% of security breaches start from within the company, you have to wonder what someone at risk of being exposed might do to keep their little secret, well... secret.

Let’s face it, if you’re not carefully monitoring and managing how your network is being used, your company’s data could be in serious jeopardy.

Content Filtering in Today’s Web 2.0 World

Whether you’re already monitoring user activity on your network or not, you need to stay vigilant about evolving risks. And content filtering is key. If your business is like many, you may already be doing some filtering. But is it enough? As technology evolves, hackers drum up ever stealthier ways to invade your network.

Cloud-based filtering, for example, becomes a must when mobile devices tap into your network. The old concept of a static, location-based “firewall” just doesn’t cut it any more when your staff goes mobile.

Then there’s social media. It’s like a big window into the personal lives of your personnel. It lets cybercriminals “case the joint” before breaking in. For instance, when users log into a personal Facebook account at work and talk about vacations, favorite hangouts or weekend activities, hackers can use that information for social engineering and other ploys.

The number of ways your network is exposed to potentially damaging content grows daily. It’s no wonder that 90% of companies and government agencies surveyed by IDC detected computer security breaches within the previous 12 months. 80% of those organizations acknowledged financial losses due to these breaches. With odds like that against you, an up-to-date content filtering system could well be THE “Lucky Charm” that keeps your company, and your data, safe from all kinds of harm.

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Handheld? Console? No, it’s…Switch!

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Nintendo’s long-awaited new gaming platform Switch should be available any day now, if it isn’t already. It combines the best elements of handheld games with a home console. Handheld, the gamepad is the screen. Slip it into its dock and it plays on your TV.

The gamepad comes with two detachable “joy-cons”. One player can hold a joy-con in each hand, two players can each take one, or bring in more joy-cons, and multiple people can play.

If you’re on the go, pull out the “kickstand” on the back of the gamepad and prop it up on an even surface for easy viewing. There’s a slot on the side for game cards and a USB-C port for quick charging.

With greater processing power than the Wii U, you’ll have no trouble playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild, Super Mario and a host of your other favorite Nintendo games.

Solve It By Sundown

The Internet has revolutionized the computer and communications world like nothing before. This world-wide broadcasting system can disseminate information without regard to geographic locations at the speed of a “click,” and therein lies a BIG PROBLEM.

The speed of a “click” has now conditioned us to how fast we expect things. If you want a book you just download it (CLICK). If you want a movie you just download it (CLICK). If you want a song you just download it (CLICK). If you want information about something you just go to Google, type in the info you need and CLICK. We are all being conditioned to getting INSTANT service and information. That being said, it should be no surprise to you that your customers are becoming more and more demanding at getting whatever they want … NOW!

Right now, there are some of you who have already received a few text messages while you are reading my article and people are expecting an instant response. There is no turning back or slowing down when it comes to technology; there is only speeding up and moving forward. Therefore, the companies that will succeed are doing everything they can to please their customers in a manner their customers expect … which happens to be … NOW!

I would, therefore, recommend a simple slogan, mantra, or motto for all employees of your company to live by … Solve “IT” by Sundown … because if you don’t, you have just opened the door for your competitor to do so. I used to work with an IT company that sent out my weekly articles; if I ever had a problem with their service, their standard response was, “we will get back to you with a resolution in 72 hours.” The third time that happened I changed companies. My new IT company had me up and running in one hour and I have been working with them for years.

Anytime you push off a customer to fix something tomorrow (or in 72 hours), you are giving them the opportunity and incentive to go find someone who will be willing to fix the problem today. You customer is thinking, “If they can fix it tomorrow, then why can’t they can fix it today?” Now, sometimes you don’t have the part(s) or person available to fix it today and you tell the customer that. Well, my question to you is this: Does your competitor? Remember the internet:

A few typing strokes and clicks on a computer and I will have a list of your competitors available to ask that question, and if they can fix it, YOU ARE GONE, FINISHED, TOAST.

The brilliant man Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” I don’t believe Mr. Franklin ever envisioned The Internet, but he sure understood how to be successful. If you want to set your company apart from your competition, then I would do

everything I could to establish a culture that understands …

WHEN AT ALL POSSIBLE – SOLVE IT BY SUNDOWN.

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Imagine careening through a virtual forest on the back of a Pegasus in a race against other fitness buffs…
VirZOOM hopes their stationary, VR-equipped exercise bikes will soon be coming to an arcade or fitness center near you. They’ve already installed the bikes in over a dozen venues in the U.S. from Connecticut to California. Walk into any of these places and you can strap on a VR headset and compete in live, multiplayer matches. Plans are already being hatched for full-blown tournaments, complete with prizes and onlookers. You can ride your way to fitness with the aforementioned Pegasus, straight bike races or even a good old-fashioned tank battle... Who’da thunk doing something so good for your health could be so much fun? - Engadget.com, 01.05.17

Uber has added a new destination: People.
Let’s say you just flew into Phoenix and you want to meet a friend there for drinks before heading to your hotel. It used to be that you’d ask them, “Where are you?... Where’s that again?”, then try to quickly type in the address before you forget any of the details, hoping you don’t misspell anything. With Uber’s new “People” feature, instead of typing in your destination, you simply enter the person’s name, skipping all the back and forth. Uber then locks in their destination and directs the driver to take you there. It also sends your ETA to the person you’re going to see. Just sync your contacts with Uber before your next trip, and enjoy the ride. - Mashable, 12.21.16

The Furbo Dog Camera lets you play with your pet from miles away.
Missing your pup while you’re at work or on the road? Pull out your Android or iPhone and check in. Furbo delivers 720p video in a 120 degree field so you see what’s going on at home. Call your dog through the microphone and even flip her (or him) a treat for responding to your command. Just swipe your phone’s screen in “dispense” mode and Furbo launches a treat out onto the floor—or right into your dog’s mouth, if she’s clever enough to catch it. Furbo can be placed anywhere with an electrical outlet nearby. And with its sleek white hourglass design and bamboo wood top, it blends in with any decor. - NerdTechy.com, 12.5.16

Introducing the mercenary software that powered Trump and Brexit.
NationBuilder was built for any person or organization with a supporter or donor base who cares about what they’re doing. It helps activists cast their influence into the wider world via email, social media and campaign website updates. It’s goal is to convert interest into tangible support such as voting intent, monetary donations or volunteered time. Yet NationBuilder isn’t the only platform used by politicos to carry out their vision. Nor is it just for political or advocacy groups; In one case a woman used it to help raise money for her fiance’s fight against cancer. What NationBuilder and other similar programs do is help people make a difference--no matter what their beliefs. - DigitalTrends.com, 12.21.16