More and more people are realizing that, in today’s cyber climate, it’s a matter of when, not if when it comes to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The most common question I get asked is “What can I do to prepare?” I like to break it down into five key steps that enterprises can take now to be prepared for a future attack:
SkyDrive has now officially been renamed to OneDrive by Microsoft. Now, if you head over to www.skydrive.com, you’ll find that the service is now officially called OneDrive, complete with a revamped homepage, login fields, and more.
Just by signing up for OneDrive, you get 7GB of free storage automatically. (Microsoft originally offered 25GB free for SkyDrive users, but reduced the amount to 7GB in 2012 – so this freebee isn’t really anything new.) On top of that, for every person you successfully refer to OneDrive, you get an additional 500MB of cloud storage. You can refer up to 10 people. Do so, and you get an extra 5GB of free storage on top of the 7GB that’s automatically granted to you. Using the new camera backup feature allots you an additional 3GB as well. read more
MindSwarms newest research study investigates the draw of analog products and items, despite a digital equivalent.
Next generation product developers and marketers must not forget the rich experiences people receive from their “old gen” product relationships. Although homes are filling with digital possessions, people still crave the touch, smell and immersive experience they get from their analog predecessor. read more
Manage all your cloud storage using Winzip’s ZipShare
WinZip’s long been the go-to .zip file manager for many PC users, but no longer is it just a tool for freeing up some hard drive space. The desktop client embraced cloud storage around the same time it tip-toes into mobile, and now it has a new service based entirely on the web. ZipShare, currently in beta, is a portal for managing data you keep in the cloud on platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive and others. Through the ZipShare site, files uploaded to cloud services are automatically compressed, and can be password protected. They can then be shared by means of an URL, which you can publish straight to social networks, and downloads of that file can subsequently be tracked. Being able to access all your files also means you can easily manage and move them between different storage providers. It’s not the best it can be on mobile devices just yet, but should be when it drops the beta tag within the next few months. Go check it out for yourself before that happens, though: all advanced features are currently free, but could cost up to $10 per month when the service launches for real.
Indianapolis – When Kris Parmelee’s son was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade, her first response was denial. Then, fear. How could such a bright boy, who had learned to talk at such a young age, possibly be dyslexic?
In the years that followed, Kris tried many techniques and therapies, worked with committed teachers and joined support groups in an effort to cope with young Sam’s dyslexia. While Sam has made great strides, Kris still noticed a gap.
“Why were there not more assistive technology options for him to use in school?” she said. “Why couldn’t someone or something just help him read that one word on a worksheet or in a text that he couldn’t read himself?”
Research Triangle Park, N.C. — The Triangle area is on the list of metropolitan areas where Internet giant Google wants to deploy its “Google Fiber” broadband network for TV, Internet and other services.
Google listed the Triangle among nine cities where it wishes to deploy a fiber-optic based network that promises ultra-fast 1-gigabit speeds capable of delivering high-definition video services. A gigabit in speed would be about 100 times faster than a standard cable Internet connection, according to Google. Citing a 2013 industry study, Google says ”the average American only experiences speeds of 9.8 [megabits per second], while Google Fiber offers up to 1,000 Mb/sec download and upload.” read more
Consumers around the country report an increasing number of what is known as the “One-Ring Phone Scam.” Perpetrators of this scam program their computers to blast out thousands of calls to random cell phone numbers, ring once, and then disconnect.
This scam relies on consumers calling back missed calls, which then connect them to a paid international adult entertainment service, ‘chat’ line, or other premium service located outside the country.Victims who return the call are billed a $19.95 international call fee, along with per minute charges for the unwanted “premium service,” which can be $9 per minute or more. In some cases, the scammers may only put through a small charge of several dollars, so it won’t arouse suspicion. read more
Facebook takes after Twitter with new ‘trending’ feature
Facebook launched “trending,” a new feature designed to surface popular topics being talked about on the site, in a move that increases its rivalry with Twitter, and, eventually, could also increase its advertising revenue. The feature will appear as a new section to the right side Facebook users’ main “news feed” page. The word “trending” will appear at the top, and underneath it any number of topics might appear, based the level of activity posts about those topics have received.
Trending emphasizes posts from people’s friends and public pages such as news organizations, celebrities and public figures, the company said. The feature is designed to be personalized, so topics you’ve told Facebook you’re interested in, and your existing connections, will be factored into what’s trending. With the feature, Facebook gains a tool that could help to keep people coming back to and engaged with its site. And if the digital real estate gathers enough attention from users, Facebook could use it to grow its advertising sales dramatically.
But whether Facebook can make serious money from its trending feature is hard to predict — it depends on whether users actually pay attention to the topics it shows. Facebook, like Twitter, also has incorporated hashtags into its service. The tool is meant to let users more easily find posts around certain topics, but a recent study showed that hashtags had little or no viral impact.
Facebook’s trending feature started rolling out Thursday on the desktop to users in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India and Australia. Facebook said it would continue to test the feature on mobile devices.
Internet security awareness training firm KnowBe4 educates consumers how to protect children against online criminals amidst social media craze.
(Tampa Bay, FL) June 10, 2013—Digital crime is on the rise—a type of crime in which your credit, financial security and good name are at risk. Identity theft is now considered to be one of the fastest-growing crimes in America, made worse by the fact that criminals do not discriminate—cybercriminals are now targeting children. As cybercriminals begin focusing their efforts on 6 to 16 year-olds, Internet security awareness training firm KnowBe4 (www.knowbe4.com) advises parents to take the threat seriously and to quickly enact safety measures to limit risk for their children. read more
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