Archive for August 10, 2017

Guest Post: NordVPN Discusses Digital Oversharing And How To Stay Safe

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 10, 2017 by itnerd

While social media users know they shouldn’t share their home address, current location or phone number on Facebook, half of them still share vacation photos or social plans, according to NordVPN’s survey.

More than 80% of respondents have selected ‘home address’ as information that may cause harm if shared publicly. On the other hand, information such as vacation photos or social plans look more innocent to share, and potential threats tend to be overlooked: only half of the respondents have identified this type of information as risky to be shared.

“Each time a social media user announces that they are in the Caribbean with the family, it’s a signal that their home is empty. Or when a user says they are leaving town, there might be a wide audience reading that,” said Marty P. Kamden, CMO of NordVPN. “Even though people express serious privacy concerns, they still tend to reveal their personal details online for small rewards or for the sake of creating their online persona.”

According to security company Webroot, the majority of millennials tend to post their travel plans online.

NordVPN is a Virtual Private Network provider that helps protect online privacy by hiding an Internet user’s IP address and substituting it with NordVPN’s server’s IP address in any country of choice. Here is some advice by NordVPN how to still enjoy sharing on social media, but staying safe and private:

1. Wait till you get home to post your travel pictures. Those who really need to share their photos, should at least wait till they are back home, and their home is not empty anymore.

2. Make sure social media setting are private. One of the most important things before sharing is to make sure that the settings are set on private sharing with friends, or a select group of friends, and your photos are not visible to everyone.

3. Realize that everything you post online, will stay online. Tweets or photos that one posts as a college student will still be there when they are a company director down the road. Therefore, online privacy might have a different value to the same person after some years. To stay protected, don’t post anything now that you might regret later.

4. Never share personal data on Facebook. Do not enter your address or phone number on Facebook where it can be visible to anyone. Do not create status updates sharing vulnerable information.

5. Don’t overshare feelings, not only data. According to one study, people who share their feelings on social media often get bullied, while others look on and allow harassment to happen. It’s more advisable to share personal feelings in close and friendly circles than publicly.

6. Protect your location. Don’t show your actual location by using a VPN. A VPN is a Virtual Private Network that hides your IP address and your location. By connecting to another country’s server, you can set your location to virtually any place in the world. NordVPN is one of the most advanced VPN service providers in the world as it uses leading industry encryption methods and keeps no customer logs.

7. Understand the dangers of free public Wi-Fi. Cafes, shops, and even school cafeteria offer unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Users need to be especially cautious when connecting to these networks – as they can easily be monitored. Hackers can easily position themselves as a Wi-Fi hotspot or use special software to steal data from unprotected networks. One of the best ways to safely use public Wi-Fi is by installing a VPN.

In the age of digital oversharing, it’s still possible to make sure your friends see your vacation photos – but it’s important to be careful with privacy and to follow strict social media rules.


RCA Roku TVs Available Now in Canada

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RCA today announced the availability of its new line of smart TVs running the Roku® operating system. The RCA Roku TVs are available online from and and in stores throughout Canada. Prices begin at $299.


The line includes a 50” Full HD model for $599.99 MSRP, 43” Full HD model for $469.99 MSRP and 32” HD model for $299.99 MSRP.

The new RCA Roku TVs leverage the Roku TV platform to provide RCA customers with an easy-to-use smart TV interface, which features favorite streaming channels alongside other entertainment options like cable boxes, gaming consoles, antennas and other devices. In Canada customers have quick access to more than 4,000 channels and 100,000 movies and TV episodes as well as fast and easy Roku search, which offers an unbiased look across top streaming channels to find movies and TV shows, with results ranked by price.

RCA Roku TVs include a TV tuner input to receive over-the-air TV channels and feature the ability to create a Favorites Channel list. The Live TV Pause feature even allows consumers to conveniently pause live broadcasts.

The RCA Roku TV comes with an easy-to-use remote featuring channel shortcut buttons to get to content quickly. The free Roku mobile app turns iOS or Android mobile devices into a streaming companion and features remote functionality, voice search, private listening, a keyboard, the ability to share videos, music and photos to the TV.

Guest Post: Combating Modern Security Threats with Modern Solutions

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By: Michael Murphy, VP and Country Manager, Citrix Canada

In recent months, we’ve seen an increase in the number of cyber security breaches across the world. From concerns over the DNC’s email leaks to Wannacry and the Petya virus the vulnerability of corporate data to external threats has been exposed on a global pedestal.

Modern cyberattacks are no longer limited to government or those at the highest levels within corporations. Anyone with internet access or a smart phone needs to consider how they will safeguard themselves from a potential hack. From a business perspective, companies need to approach security assuming a threat is imminent and acknowledge that it is a collective responsibility to take steps toward minimizing that threat – not just the responsibility of the IT department.

So, what are some best practice provisions that companies can employ to safeguard their data from a potential breach?

Educate and re-educate. Security cannot begin and end with the IT department. Every employee needs to be aware of and updated on company security policies and educated on what the proper tools and procedures are for accessing their apps and data remotely, regardless of the device. Appreciating and recognizing the threats and threat vectors that exist and are constantly evolving is equally important for employees to be knowledgeable about. Making everyone accountable will also help to demystify security as something owned by one department.

Identify risks in the system. Building a sound IT infrastructure means constantly assessing potential weak points. This requires a network infrastructure that allows a company to recognize where risks may be and identify methods for fixing those risks. IT must be made aware of any 3rd party apps running on the network, any users who are accessing the system remotely, and help identify and direct any unusual traffic access the data center.

Virtualize your apps and data. Companies can prevent the loss of data by virtualizing applications and storing information on the cloud rather than the hardware itself. That way, if an employee’s computer is attacked, no company data can be found on it. Using centralized data centres mean IT can update computers with the necessary patches all at once, rather than relying on end-users to complete the updates.


Have a disaster recovery plan in place. In the event that a breach does occur it is imperative that companies have a thorough, company-wide disaster recovery plan. Each level of the organization should be aware of what steps must be taken to first stop a breach and then re-secure company systems.

Security is about matching wants with needs. Employees want ease of access, companies want productivity and both want the comfort of knowing their information and devices are secure.

Ideally, businesses are integrated, security is comprehensive, and digital workspaces unify and enrich the user experience. For this ideal to be realized all types of enterprises must consider every touchpoint within their organization. IT must manage increasingly complex, hybrid and multi-cloud environments, and integrating smart IT practices when threats are known will help to protect in times of crisis and quickly restore systems that have been compromised.

This holistic security and analytics approach will help organizations to address the growing cybersecurity threats we all presently face, while preparing for the future unknown.

Schneider Electric & Claroty Partner To Address Safety & Cybersecurity Challenges

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Claroty and Schneider Electric have announced that they are partnering to address safety and cybersecurity challenges for the world’s industrial infrastructure. Under the terms of the agreement, Claroty will market its real-time OT/ICS network monitoring and detection solution to Schneider Electric’s customers through the company’s Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP).

The Claroty platform proactively protects industrial control systems and continuously monitors industrial networks for cyber threats. With secure remote access, asset owners can employ policies to control remote employee and third party access to critical systems and record the sessions. Continuous threat detection creates a detailed inventory of industrial network assets, identifies misconfigurations, monitors traffic between assets and finds anomalies that may indicate the presence of a malicious actor. Context rich alerts provide plant and security personnel with actionable insights for efficient investigation, response and recovery.

This partnership adds a key component to Schneider Electric’s end-to-end cybersecurity offerings by protecting its connected products and edge control offerings within the company’s EcoStruxure™ architecture. EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled, open and interoperable system architecture and platform. “Delivering Innovation At Every Level” across connected products, edge control and apps, analytics and services, the EcoStruxure architecture enables scalable design and operation of connected systems with best-in-class cybersecurity built in at every layer.

Schneider Electric and Claroty have conducted rigorous testing to validate solution interoperability. Claroty is a key partner for network security monitoring system within CAPP. CAPP enables Schneider Electric to offer complete business solutions by integrating innovative technologies developed by its partner ecosystem into its own offerings.

A key characteristic of the Claroty platform is its ability to explore the deepest level of industrial network protocols without adversely impacting the system. This enables end users to safely identify anomalies while protecting complex and sensitive industrial networks. Traditional IT security software often uses active queries or requires a footprint on the network, which can ultimately disrupt operations. However, the Claroty platform uses a passive-monitoring approach to safely inspect traffic without the risk of disruption.


OpenTable Launches Restaurant Management Software and Online Booking Platform In Amsterdam

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OpenTable has announced further expansion to its international reach with its launch in Amsterdam.

As part of the expansion, OpenTable will be working with restaurants to help them tap into its global diner network, which delivers more than 22 million seated diners to restaurants worldwide each month.


To further showcase their offering to global diners, restaurants will be able to list special offers and set menu options on the OpenTable network, catering to an increasing audience of diners looking for authentic, local dining experiences.

In addition to helping restaurants target global travellers, OpenTable has unveiled the localized version of its flagship hospitality products, GuestCenter and Connect, designed to help restaurants run and grow their business. Both products have been specifically designed and custom-built to help restaurants optimize their service and ensure their business runs as efficiently as possible.

GuestCenter is OpenTable’s full service front-of-house product, enabling restaurants to effectively plan shifts, enhance table management, better understand their guests and make smarter business decisions through reporting and analytics. Connect offers restaurants an affordable marketing tool for those who don’t need a full front-of-house product, enabling them to take reservations round the clock and access basic reporting tools.

At launch, nearly 100 restaurants are bookable through OpenTable’s website and via the global app, with more to be added to the network in the coming months.

The Amsterdam restaurants join the more than 42,000 restaurants available on OpenTable across more than 20 countries, including renowned global dining hotspots such as Berlin, Dublin, London, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto. The restaurants will be available for reservations in English, French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Dutch languages.