Last week, there were reports that detailed First American Financial, a real estate title insurance corporation, leaked hundreds of millions of files related to real estate transactions. Here's what you need to know about this incident and how it could affect you.
When you think about the driving forces behind a business, what comes to mind? For us, we think about the massive impact that computers and the associated technology have had on the way we do business. Computers and servers allow you to store data, organize information, and provide access to the programs that you need no matter where you are.
Beware these phishy headlines!
We've talked about phishing many times in this newsletter, but it remains one of the single greatest threats to cybersecurity at any given business of any size. Targeting the weakest link of an organization -- the personnel -- has led to some of the largest breaches of the most sensitive data yet.
Facial Recognition: a term that refers to a computer's ability to differentiate between individuals and ascertain their identities using the unique qualities of their faces. A term that was long used as a technophobic buzzword and as an interesting concept in dystopian Sci-Fi fantasies is now real life, genuine technology being deployed by police forces, intelligence agencies and militaries across the world.
Do you remember MySpace?
For awhile, it was the largest social media platform on the Internet, and was a playground of photo sharing, music clips that played when you visited a profile, and videos. MySpace played a massive role in the days of the early web, and was also pivotal for the social lives of many a teen in the 00's. It even beat GOOGLE as the #1 visited site when it was at it's peak popularity.
Tech is a fast paced world, and oftentimes it's difficult to keep track of all the changes that come flying our way on a week-to-week basis. Thankfully, Forbes does a great job at keeping track of technology news that are relevant to businesses, and we're here to pass that information along to you!
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Some older models of Apple products such as the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini are upgrade-able at a discounted price.
We've talked about robocalls on this newsletter before, but there information available on the nitty-gritty of the problem was definitely limited. Now, a report from call security company Hiya allows us to see the extent of the robocall pandemic that has swept the world over the last 6 months.
Nowadays, it seems like there's always a new data breach in the news, and then the companies and affected users go through the same old routine. Company X was breached months ago, found out about it, determined that an obscene number of users were compromised, and are now disclosing it to those users.
The past few years have brought forward a bevy of technologies developed in the name of convenience. Internet of Things devices like the Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, or remotely accessible home security devices like Nest cameras and doorbells among them, not to mention the thousands of various doodads, gizmos, and genuinely useful tools that are USB compatible.
In the final months of 2018, the Australian government passed an extraordinarily controversial law that allows them to mandate large tech companies to hard code back doors into their products for bypassing the encryption that they use to protect users. While this may seem like an unfortunate situation for Australian citizens, the effects of this vaguely defined and broadly targeted law will have repercussions for users of technology all over the world.