COVID-19 cyberthreats

COVID-19 cyberthreats

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Cyberthreats are constantly evolving in order to take advantage of online behaviour and trends. The COVID-19 outbreak is no exception. Cybercriminals are attacking the computer networks and systems of individuals, businesses and even global organizations at a time when cyber defences might be lowered due to the shift of focus to the health crisis. Global landscape on COVID-19 cyberth 704.24KB EN FR Types of cyberattacks Malicious domains There are a considerable number of registered domains on the Internet that contain the terms: "coronavirus", "corona-virus", "covid19" and "covid-19". While some are legitimate websites, cybercriminals are creating thousands of new sites every day to carry out spam campaigns, phishing or to spread malware. Malware Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the widespread global communications on the coronavirus to mask their activities. Malware, spyware…
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Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes

Microsoft Confirms Massive Windows 10 Upgrade Changes

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Windows 10 users, it is well known that you’ve had a truly rotten run of bad updates as well as serious questions about transparency but brace yourself because Microsoft has just unveiled two massive upgrades which you will like. Windows 10 updates continue to cause problems 03/20 Update: Microsoft is on a roll. Picked up by Windows Latest, Windows 10 will now allow users to reclaim 'Reserved Storage' previously consumed by its May 2019 update. With this tallying up around 10GB for most users, it can be useful when resources do run low. To check your Reserved Storage levels, type CMD in the Start Menu to open the Command Prompt (cmd) then type: ‘DISM.exe /Online /Get-ReservedStorageState’ (no quotes) to see how much reserved storage Windows 10 is currently using. You…
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10 principles for modernizing your company’s technology

10 principles for modernizing your company’s technology

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Today’s technology platforms are not just new versions of legacy systems. They allow you to design a completely new digital enterprise — as long as you follow these guidelines. Illustration by QuickHoney A version of this article appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of strategy+business. The life cycle of information technology is becoming shorter every year. New competitors are disrupting industries by leveraging state-of-the-moment digital practices and processes. Customer expectations are constantly evolving in an accelerating race for the most advanced, hyperconnected, seamless experiences. IT functions are under unrelenting pressure to support leading-edge capabilities such as data analytics, cybersecurity, automated processing, and integration with third-party systems. The easiest way to do this is through platforms that connect everyone to the same cloud-based cross-industry digital infrastructure. In this context, your company’s…
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macOS Catalina problems: how to fix the most common issues

macOS Catalina problems: how to fix the most common issues

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All of your macOS Catalina issues solved From installation issues to software not working, we have a range of fixes for macOS Catalina problems. (Image: © Shutterstock; Apple) As it is still in its early days, a number macOS Catalina problems and issues have arisen. This isn’t surprising, as this is always the case with newly-released operating systems. However, that doesn’t mean that we should just ignore them, and hope that Apple will release updates sooner rather than later. From installation issues to hardware and software that doesn’t work as it should, we have a range of fixes that should address many of the macOS 10.15 Catalina problems people are encountering. However, what happens if you encounter a macOS Catalina problem that we haven’t covered? In that case, follow and…
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Facial recognition software has a gender problem

Facial recognition software has a gender problem

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Facial recognition software has a gender problem How facial analysis sees you. Credit: Morgan Klaus Scheuerman/CU Boulder With a brief glance at a single face, emerging facial recognition software can now categorize the gender of many men and women with remarkable accuracy. But if that face belongs to a transgender person, such systems get it wrong more than one third of the time, according to new University of Colorado Boulder research. "We found that facial analysis services performed consistently worse on transgender individuals, and were universally unable to classify non-binary genders," said lead author Morgan Klaus Scheuerman, a Ph.D. student in the Information Science department. "While there are many different types of people out there, these systems have an extremely limited view of what gender looks like." The study comes…
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Why bitcoin will never die…

Why bitcoin will never die…

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Why bitcoin will never die... It's been a decade since bitcoin officially started. Over this time, it's gained a lot of followers and of course, haters. Some have called it a revolutionary asset, while others have labelled it, a downright Ponzi scheme. The thing is, whether you love them or hate them, bitcoin will never die. Demand will always be there - especially in today's world. And it's all because… There are two perfect examples of this… 1)  Zimbabwe   For over a decade, Zimbabwe has experienced one of, if not, the worst inflation crises. Hyperinflation has wiped out Zimbabweans' personal savings. In 2017, I wrote a Money Morning article about how Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation crisis worsened. I also explained what ordinary Zimbabweans were doing to protect themselves from hyperinflation and a…
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SUPER SNOOPER -Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe

SUPER SNOOPER -Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe

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SUPER SNOOPER Is Facebook listening to you? We reveal the truth – and how to stay safe If you're feeling paranoid, you're not alone – but are you crazy? RECKON Facebook is snooping on your private conversations? Countless users say their phone's microphone has been hijacked by Facebook to target ads. If you've ever been paranoid that Facebook is listening to you, you'll want to read our guide on mysterious Facebook voice snooping.   Some users are convinced billionaire Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is snooping on their real-world conversations Credit: Josh Edelson / AFP Why do people think Facebook is listening to us? There's been endless debate about this online for years. Many Facebook users say they've spoken about something out loud, only for adverts to appear on the app…
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3D Pens – Amazing Things One Can Achieve with it.

3D Pens – Amazing Things One Can Achieve with it.

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The Amazing Things One Can Achieve With A 3D Pen There are many artists in the world and the majority love experimenting with new mediums. Some oil painters will eventually delve into acrylics and possibly even water colors. These mediums are thousands of years old and have managed to withstand the test of time. Those looking for a more futuristic way to ply their trade should consider the 3D printing pen. This innovative pen will provide the artist with the ability to create 3D works quickly, conveniently and affordably. While it will take a little bit of time to master, the user will be able to create an abundance of unique items with their 3D pen. Some of the amazing things that one can achieve with one of these utensils…
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R32bn invested in SA’s research and development

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Five institutional sectors helped boost SA's R&D spend. South Africa's total contribution towards research and development (R&D) reached R32.3 billion during the 2015/2016 period. This is according to the recently released 2015/2016 National Survey of Research and Experimental Development, which showcases expenditure of five institutional sectors that perform R&D in the country. The survey shows gross expenditure on R&D (GERD), the total spending by all five sectors nationally, at R32.3 billion, based on the rand value for the period in review. In constant 2010 rands, GERD amounted to R24.5 billion. Godfrey Mashamba, chief director for science and technology investment at the Department of Science and Technology (DST), says the GERD in 2015/2016 indicates an increase of 10.2% compared to the year before. GERD amounted to R29.3 billion based on 2014/2015…
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How These Balloons Brought Emergency Cell Service to Peru After an 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake

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Loon has helped over 20,000 people connect with each other following a recent quake. Over the weekend, a powerful 8.0 earthquake struck Peru and neighboring Ecuador. The quake—felt in rural areas and major population centers like Lima, Quito, and even Caracas, Venezuela—killed one person, injured 18 between the countries, and damaged numerous buildings. But the disaster, which was Peru's strongest earthquake in over a decade, had one notable difference from others: Within 48 hours, people in affected regions had working cell phones. Loon, a company owned by Alphabet, deployed its signature LTE balloons, which were able to provide service amidst a broken network. By sheer chance, Loon was testing its balloons in nearby Puerto Rico. The company worked with both the Peruvian government and cell service provider Telefonica to establish…
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