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Making The Move To Cloud Computing

As everything moves into the online realm these days, cloud computing is becoming essential for any successful business. Why deal with the hassle of maintaining your own physical data centres when it can easily be managed offsite? This can also understandably present a host of anxieties, however, as you are essentially putting your trust in another company to take care of your important business data. But to shy away from cloud computing because of this concern would be ridiculous. I mean, all of our personal…

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Amnesty Calls Out Lack Of Privacy In Instant Messaging

In today’s digital age, more and more people jump on the social media bandwagon without giving it too much thought. We often quickly set up accounts on  popular platforms without understanding how they can infringe on our privacy. Sure, we may know at this point to be careful about the kinds of photos we share on Facebook in case they get back to an employer. But many assume that social media services automatically conceal what we share via instant messaging from the eyes of an unwanted third party.…

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Security Is Key When Choosing A Cloud Computing Service Provider

Cloud computing is all the rage these days. The ability to move storage needs for documents and other files somewhere off your own physical hard drive is an attractive option for many businesses. It can greatly cut down your costs in procuring more hard drive space and hiring IT people to manage it. With cloud computing, this is all taken care of while you can focus on the things that really matter within your business. Of course, when you’re moving your files to a cloud,…

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Apple Will Pay Researchers To Find Security Bugs

Despite how popular they remain, most of us who have an iPhone, iPad, or anything else from Apple have complained about the product at some point or another. It freezes! It loses my music! It needs to be charged too often! But now, it looks like finding a solution to these problems — amongst others — could be a lucrative enterprise. Apple recently announced that it plans to offer up to $200,000 in rewards to people who are able to locate critical security bugs in their product. Apple’s announcement…

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What Makes A Good Network Management System?

It isn’t easy being an IT manager for a company. You have to make sure the network is never offline, track all the devices connected to the network, and monitor the data that moves around the network. Luckily, it’s not hard to find good help in network management software, and here are three things to consider when choosing the system that’s going to work best for you. What features are important? Different systems have lots of different features, and certain ones might be more important…

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RCMP able to hack into phones using Stingray device

Ever since Edward Snowden famously revealed what the NSA has been up to behind closed doors, privacy advocates have been raising concerns about the government’s ability to access our personal information.  Now, new revelations add fuel to the fire: court documents state that the RCMP has secretly hacked into Canadians’ cell phones in a number of crime cases. This information was revealed last week, after a judge removed a publication ban that was placed on the case of Salvatore (Sal the Ironworker) Montagna. Sal, who was…

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Facial Recognition Could Shed Light On Consumer Behaviour

If you walk into any store today, more often than not you will be greeted by a sign saying that shoplifters will be prosecuted. While these signs have become fairly commonplace, their warnings are not an empty threat: very often, a shoplifter can be successfully found due to facial recognition technology, which is used in most North American stores. While you are shopping, unbeknownst to you a computer scans your face to ensure that your individual features do not match those of shoplifters in the system or on a watch list.…

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MasterCard to Roll Out Selfie Security Feature

Instead of having to remember a password, MasterCard users will soon be able to take a selfie to make online purchases. This new payment software was tested out last year and, after positive reviews from testers, the company has plans to roll out this new software in Canada, the U.S., and parts of Europe as soon as within the next 12 months. To use the new software, users have to download the MasterCard app to their smartphone or tablet. After entering their credit card information, users…

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Apple calls out governmental powers in UK bill

It’s not very often that we see technology and politics closely intertwined. But if there’s any technology company powerful enough to influence political decisions, it’s Apple. The company recently weighed in on the UK government’s investigatory powers bill, which was presented to the House of Commons last month. Apple’s submission to the bill committee was released on Monday, and revealed the company’s fears that the bill would weaken the security of millions of citizens’ personal data. Apple’s statement evidently prioritizes the security and rights of its customers over the possibility…

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Monthly Security Fixes Created For Android

Featured image source: BGR Good news for those with Android phones: monthly security fixes will now be released by Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co to protect users from hackers. This development comes on the heels of the Stagefright bug, which was initially discovered by researcher Joshua Drake from the security firm Zimperium. Stagefright allows hackers to send a unique MMS message or multimedia file to Android users and access sensitive content. The scary part? Hackers can still gain access to the phone even if the message…

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