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2017 Tech Trends set Stage for 2018

  • 20 December 2017
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We close 2017 with a look at several trends this past year in technology that the experts believe will have even more impact in 2018, such as Artificial Intelligence and Virtual/Augmented Reality. For those of you who use Uber we look at the recently-disclosed hack on their database.  Have you seen an uptick in notifications you get on your smartphone?  We discuss how notifications are exploding and how you can keep them under control.  Net Neutrality is back in the news and we weigh in on that, and also discuss the costs of a data breach for affected companies and how it is more than just IT costs, but also impacts on reputation, loss of customers and more. Plus we look at what industry groups are more affected by a breach, and then what steps you can take to defend your network against hackers.  And, we have our traditional holiday message with our thanks to all our clients we serve.

U.S. Declares Who is Responsible for WannaCry

A database on the Dark Web has 1.4 billion credentials, how many belong to you?

  • 19 December 2017
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U.S. acknowledges North Korea behind WannaCry attacks

              

  Remember that global ransomware attack back in May? The one that left over 200,000 computers in over 150 countries encrypted, including the UK’s National Health Service? The U.S. declared on Monday that they have identified who is responsible, and the answer should come at no shock…

BREAKING NEWS: Net Neutrality Rules Repealed

FCC votes 3-2 in favor of rolling back Net Neutrality laws

  • 14 December 2017
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The Net is Neutral No More


                This Thursday, members of the Federal Communications Committee voted in favor of rolling back Obama-era Net Neutrality rules. This decision marks a big-time win for large internet service providers (ISP’s), who will now have much more control over the way Americans use the internet. Net Neutrality was created to ensure a level playing field among content creators, both big and small, by preventing ISP’s from slowing or accelerating connection speed to certain websites. Without Net Neutrality laws in place, ISP’s have the ability to block, throttle or prioritize content based on their choosing.

 

                The votes came in at 3-2 in favor of scrapping Net Neutrality rules. “Consumers benefit, entrepreneurs benefit. Everybody in the internet economy is better off with a market based approach.” said Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai. He believes that this shift will spur investment and innovation, and give consumers more options when selecting internet plans. While the votes are in, the general public shouldn’t expect to notice any big changes in the short term but over time, ramifications could be drastic. “What this proposal would do is it would give broadband providers the legal right and the power to start blocking websites, or censoring content if they don’t have a commercial relationship with that content.” said Commissioner Rosenworcel, who voted against Net Neutrality rollbacks. “The open internet as we know it could change. Perhaps not immediately, but over time. And I think that’s troubling.”

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