Think it takes a genius to be a hacker? Think again. Exploit kits, the viruses and malware that subvert computing devices, are sold by the millions to buyers all over the world. These highly sophisticated kits have the power to make anyone a cybercriminal, including your next door neighbor or babysitter. Think about that the next time you leave your PC unlocked and unattended.
Do you feel like your small business is safe and secure? Do you feel like you have processes in place to prevent health emergencies, security breaches, or insurance issues? The more technical you get with your questions, the more likely you are to find some aspect of your business safety and security that you aren’t comfortable with.
To help you make sure everything is taken care of with regard to those two primary categories, consider these five following tips – make sure you can handle any type of hazardous material situation that shows up, keep your IT security completely up to date, have notifications set up with your bank to catch peculiar behavior, understand how your insurance policies work, and hire a professional to do your business taxes.
Automation is making people’s lives easier. It is making lives easier at home and at work. Many people cannot even imagine a world without technology. Take a look at these five areas to determine how automation can change you life for the better.
1. The Automated Home
When people see automated smart homes, they usually stand in awe of what technology can do for them. The new devices are being introduced to connect to smart phones and make people’s lives easier. These devices can allow residents to control the temperature, turn on or off the lights, turn on the sprinklers, monitor the home video surveillance, or even turn on and off appliances. It’s amazing what home automation can do for you.
The other day, I had a very confusing day, thanks to my laptop going nuts on me. I thought for sure that I got infected by a virus or some malware. No matter what search I did on Google, I always got redirected to search results for “biometrics”.
It didn’t stop there. When creating a new post, the title field and time stamp kept reverting to specific data. It.drove.me.nuts.
And I panicked. I immediately downloaded Avast for Mac and did a full system scan, but everything was clean.
In the era of tech giants, privacy has almost become a luxury. This is because people are virtually connected to their computers or the Internet at all times. This has made social theorists quite concerned about the phenomenon known as the Internet of Things (IoT).
The Internet of Things is a term coined by Kevin Ashton during a 1999 supply-chain management presentation at Proctor & Gamble. For Ashton, IoT meant that the benefit of computers and the Internet can only come from the documentation of actions. Everything a person writes, clicks, downloads, consumes, uses, searches, and views on the Internet becomes not only a data profile on that person’s behavior, but data that constitutes the space of the Internet. The goal then is to document this data more and more fully, in the hope to be able to obtain a complete picture and scope for businesses to increase their efficiency and effectiveness toward consumers.