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Small business owners aware their employees pose security risks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are becoming aware that their employees pose a significant threat to cybersecurity, as attacks begin to ramp up attacks on companies. To make matters worse, many SMBs either don't have IT security staff - or an overwhelmed IT manager - unable to ensure employees are avoiding potential security threats.


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It's true that cybercriminals are finding new methods to attack business workers, including using social engineering tactics to trick them into clicking fraudulent links, turning over login and password credentials, or installing malware. Many companies struggle to properly teach their employees on better security practices, such as accurately identifying and deleting phishing emails, reusing passwords, and other common behaviors that lead to major security risks.


Here is what Tom Smith, SVP of CloudEntr, which sells password protection to companies: "The employee factor is huge. For most companies it's the single biggest exposure point."

'Django Unchained' star Christopher Waltz is next 'Bond' villain

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The last James Bond picture, 'Skyfall' grossed $1.1 billion worldwide during its release 2 years ago, a record for the series and the the ninth highest grossing picture of all time. But rights holders Sony and MGM have taken their sweet time to get the next film into production, but it looks like that production is now ramping up.


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The script by Robert Wade and Neal Purvis has been finalised and sets are being constructed in Obertilliach, Austria along with preparation for an elaborate plan crash sequence.


But what about the all important villain? Well, it looks like the production have found their man - none other than 'Inglorious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained' star Christopher Waltz. Waltz is undoubtedly a perfect choice for the franchise and a stunning actor in his own right, having nabbed Oscars for both Tarantino pictures.


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The as-yet untitled 24th Bond picture is set to be released on October 23rd 2015 and directed by 'Skyfall' helmer Sam Mendes.

Gartner: Tablet use is sweet spot in 'bring your own device' craze

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The 'bring your own device' (BYOD) craze in the workplace won't slow down, and instead of focusing on smartphones, will work to encompass tablets. There will be twice as many employee-owned devices used for work than enterprise-owned devices by 2018, according to the Gartner research group.


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Companies are saving money by no longer needing to issue as many smartphones and tablets to employees, but sometimes struggle to keep security a priority. However, up to 90 percent of organizations will embrace some level of BYOD through 2017, as employees will continue to use their own devices in the workplace regardless of what their companies decide to do.


"A balanced mix of enterprise-owned and user-owned devices with different levels of stipends will be the most effective way of capitalizing the benefits of BYOD programs, both in terms of cost reduction and in terms of level of access to mobile technology," said Federica Troni, Gartner research director.

Automakers step up in their effort to protect driver privacy

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received a letter from 19 automakers stepping up to promise new efforts to keep customer data secure. The 13-page statement outlines how automakers will keep customer privacy secure, especially as cybersecurity experts are concerned hackers will be able to compromise onboard vehicle computer systems.


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The following automakers are some of the companies supporting the effort: BMW, the Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Chrysler Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen.


"As modern cars not only share the road but will in the not too distant future communicate with one another, vigilance over the privacy of our customers and the security of vehicle systems is an imperative," said John Bozzella, president of Global Automakers.

Night at the Museum 3 movie trailer, Robin Williams' last movie role

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The movie trailer for Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb has been released, and is Robin Williams' last movie role before his suicide earlier this year. The movie is scheduled for release on December 19.



The third installment of the surprisingly popular movie series comes five years after Night at the Museum 2, and features Ben Stiller playing the lead role of Larry Daley. In this film, the magical ancient tablet that keeps his museum friends alive at night is damaged, and Daley must find a way to keep them animated.

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BlackBerry teams up with Samsung for stronger mobile security

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

BlackBerry has announced a new corporate partnership with Samsung, providing mobile security software on Samsung smartphones and tablets. During a presentation in San Francisco, BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who has been at the company for one year, the company again reaffirmed its efforts to create enterprise-focused partnerships.


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"This isn't a concession of defeat as much as it's a concession to reality - most people aren't going to choose BlackBerry devices and so BlackBerry needs to find a way to make its management solutions relevant beyond its own devices," said Jan Dawson, Jackdaw Research principal, when discussing the news. "BlackBerry's handset business is a tiny fraction of what it once was, and that's not going to change whatever happens."


BlackBerry still has a strong portfolio of enterprise-based software and technology - and instead of trying to cram them onto its own devices - looks for business partnerships with rivals. Years ago it would have been an impossible scenario, but as BlackBerry's smartphone market share drops, it only makes sense that the company wants to ensure it can find new ways to stay relevant.

Department of Homeland Security uses drones to patrol US-Mexico border

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The United States has found trying to keep its borders, especially the US-Mexico boundary, secure from drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and potential terrorism rather difficult. Although manned patrols, high-resolution cameras, ground sensors and fences are used in more populated areas - trying to keep patrols active in desolate stretches has proven to be difficult.


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There is more than 700 miles of fencing along the border that spans almost 2,000 miles - with more than 18,000 patrol agents and drones helping patrol the US side of the border. The Predator B drones patrol remote mountains, rivers and canyons using high-resolution video cameras, and all data is evaluated by analysts.


"You have finite resources," said R. Gil Kerlikowske, Customs and Border Protection commissioner, in a statement. "If you can look at some very rugged terrain (and) you can see there's not traffic, whether it's tire tracks or clothing being abandoned or anything else, you want to deploy your resources to where you have a greater risk, a greater threat."

Apple removes TRIM support for third-party SSDs with OS X update

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Cindori Software provides the Trim Enabler program that allows Apple users to use third-party SSDs and still have TRIM functionality. An SSD has no idea what data is erased by the filesystem, but TRIM marks data for deletion that has been removed at the filesystem level. This allows the SSD to clean itself up during a routine task called garbage collection. TRIM is important for SSDs, without it they will eventually slow down and become less responsive. Without notice Apple has blocked third-party applications, such as Trim Enabler, from working unless users institute a workaround that creates a security risk with OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Unfortunately, users are finding this out after the upgrade has already taken place.


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A summary of the issue from Cindori Software:


In OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), Apple has introduced a new security requirement called kext signing. (A kext is a kernel extension, or a driver, in Mac OS X)


Kext signing basically works by checking if all the drivers in the system are unaltered by a third party, or approved by Apple. If they have been modified, Yosemite will no longer load the driver. This is a means of enforcing security, but also a way for Apple to control what hardware that third party developers can release OS X support for.


Since Trim Enabler works by unlocking the Trim driver for 3rd party SSD's, this security setting prevents Trim Enabler to enable Trim on Yosemite. To continue to use Trim Enabler and continue to get Trim for your third party SSD, you first need to disable the kext signing security setting.


It is important to note that the kext-signing setting is global, if you disable it you should be careful to only install system drivers from sources that you trust.


From an OEM perspective it makes good sense for Apple to restrict third-party TRIM applications, it forces their customers to only use Apple SSDs. There is an ecosystem of third-party SSD suppliers for Apple products that might feel otherwise, and customers certainly aren't going to be happy with this move.

Nintendo continues to speak out against Xbox One, PlayStation 4

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

The creator of Mario and Zelda, Shigeru Miyamoto, isn't a big fan of the "boring" sameness type of video games that are being pushed upon gamers time and time again. Nintendo has struggled to keep up with Sony and Microsoft in recent years, but continues to push ahead with video games that appeal more to casual gamers - and isn't afraid for employees to speak their mind.


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"What the other companies are doing makes business sense," Miyamoto recently said. "But it's boring. The same games appear on every system. At Nintendo, we made an environment where game creators can collaborate and think of ideas for gamers that could have never happened before."


Nintendo officials have become more vocal in their criticism of the PS4 and Xbox One - even though the two consoles dominate the sales charts - as all three companies look ahead to a potentially busy Christmas holiday shopping season.

Xbox One sales triple after price cut, but can Microsoft keep it up?

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

After being battered on the console sales charts by the Sony PlayStation 4, it looks Microsoft can finally be happy about the Xbox One. There have been almost 10 million Xbox One game consoles sold since launch, and with holiday shopping expected to be a major success in 2014, Microsoft should easily top that figure. The $50 price cut earlier in this month has helped sales triple over the past two weeks, with that sales trend carrying towards Christmas.


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In a rather surprising twist, some are wondering if now is the time where Microsoft can outsell Sony during the holidays, when one month ago, that would have seemed like an illogical discussion.


It's good for Microsoft to see Xbox One sales increase, but it would appear that gamers are the true winners. In addition to both the Xbox One and PS4 - which have helped drive game sales - PC gaming, with extremely powerful hardware, has seen an impressive rise, just a couple years after many wondered if PC gaming was dead.

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