Archive for May 9, 2019

TELUS ranked first in Canada for Network Quality Performance

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 9, 2019 by itnerd

TELUS proudly announced today that it has been recognized as first in Network Quality Performance in Canada according to the 2019 J.D. Power Canada Wireless Network Quality Performance Study. The study reinforces the strength of TELUS’ network across the country, marking five years that TELUS has won a J.D. Power Award for its network quality across one or more of the three regions evaluated. This is also the second time the company has earned all three regional awards in the same year.

Since 2000, TELUS has invested more than $215 billion in network infrastructure and spectrum to enhance the coverage, speed and reliability of its world-class network and connect our customers across Canada. In an increasingly global and digital economy, TELUS continues to invest in critical technology components that will drive future enablement of TELUS PureFibre and 5G networks which will support innovation and help drive digital development across industries in a new age of hyper-connectedness.

The gigabit-enabled TELUS PureFibre network is among the most advanced communications infrastructure available in the world today. Since 2013, TELUS has connected 116 communities in B.C., Alberta and eastern Quebec to the TELUS PureFibre network, and will have connected more than 50 Indigenous communities in B.C. and Alberta by the end of next year. TELUS PureFibre network is also the backbone of TELUS’ wireless network, enabling more wireless capacity and faster speeds throughout Western Canada and Eastern Quebec, laying the groundwork for 5G technologies in the years ahead.

TELUS has also been recognized for its network superiority by other industry-leading experts, including the H2 OpenSignal Awards in 2018, where TELUS secured the top spot for 4G LTE network speeds in Canada for the second year in a row. In September 2018, TELUS was named Canada’s fastest mobile network by PC Mag, spotlighting its highly optimized core network. Lastly, Ookla recognized TELUS as having Canada’s Fastest Mobile Network during Q3-Q4 2018.

The J.D. Power Canada Wireless Network Quality Performance StudySM measures satisfaction based on recent customer usage activities in three areas that impact network performance: calling, messaging, and data connections.

For information about the Canada Wireless Network Quality Study, visit https://www.jdpower.com/business/resource/canadian-wireless-network-quality-performance-study.

 

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PayPal Canada Partners With Nissan Micra Cup To Save Fans Time & Money

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 9, 2019 by itnerd

PayPal Canada today announced it is the official payments partner for the 2019 season of the Nissan Micra Cup presented by JD Promotion & Competition Inc., in collaboration with Nissan Canada. This will allow motorsport fans to save time and purchase tickets for the two 2019 Nissan Micra Cup races taking place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (May and August) online through PayPal.

In further support of this race series, PayPal has also joined hands with Motorsports in Action (MIA) to be the title sponsor of two Nissan Micra Cup cars in this highly competitive series. PayPal Canada-MIA will campaign the #58 car of Taylor Near, 28, and the #97 car of Marco Signoretti, 21. Two promising racers, Near is a Toronto native who has claimed multiple top-five finishes in the Ontario Formula 1200 Championship and claimed the rookie of the year title in his debut year in the Ontario Formula Ford 1600 Championship, and Signoretti is one of Canada’s best up-and-coming young drivers, having claimed the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship and representing Canada in the Rotax World Finals in 2016 and 2017.

The Nissan Micra Cup is the most affordable motorsport series in Canada. Unlike most motorsport events, each Nissan Micra race car has the exact same specifications, resulting in a competition that truly reveals the most skilled drivers. The Nissan Micra Cup exclusively features the stock Micra 1.6 S manual transmission model with minor modifications to render it race-ready. From May to September, across six races in Ontario and Quebec, over 25 Nissan Micras tackle Canada’s most established and challenging racetracks, offering fans an adrenaline-packed show at every turn.

The Nissan Micra Cup features six race weekends across Ontario and Quebec:

Schedule

PayPal has also partnered with Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), one of the foremost racing and automotive performance facilities in Canada.  Opened in 1961, the iconic CTMP track is the home to a full calendar of world-class events and attracts more than 530,000 visitors annually. Starting today, race fans will be able to save time and purchase tickets with PayPal for all of CTMP’s major 2019 events including the two Nissan Micra Cup events online at www.CanadianTireMotorsportPark.com.

Fans can pay with PayPal to save 25 per cent off a Weekend Super Ticket or a Sunday Ticket for the upcoming May 17-19 Victoria Day SpeedFest Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Tickets can be purchased here using code PayPal25.

Is Tumblr For Sale? Yes Says Buzzfeed

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 9, 2019 by itnerd

You might recall that Verizon owned Tumblr banned porn, and then visits to Tumblr fell off a cliff as a result. That has to be costing Verizon money. Which is why according to Buzzfeed Pornhub the porn video site is “Extremely Interested” in acquiring Tumblr:

Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in an email to BuzzFeed News that the porn-streaming giant is extremely interested in buying Tumblr, the once uniquely horny hub for young women and queer people that banned adult content last December to the disappointment of many of its users.

Price said that restoring Tumblr’s NSFW edge would be central to their acquisition of it, were it to actually happen.

Tumblr owner Verizon is reportedly currently seeking a buyer for the blogging platform, which according to the Wall Street Journal has struggled to meet revenue targets.

Well, this is an interesting development. I am going to go out on a limb to say that this likely if Tumblr is burning through cash at a high rate. I guess that Verizon has figured out that porn pays the hard way.

Guest Post: PureVPN Discusses Why IoT Devices Are Vulnerable To Botnet Threats

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 9, 2019 by itnerd

Statista reports that the number of connected IoT (Internet of Things) devices is forecasted to hit 75.44 billion by 2025. The figure paints a clear picture of the growing presence of IoT devices in every household.

However, convenience isn’t the only thing that these connected devices bring to a user’s life. In fact, IoT has made users’ devices more exposed to security breaches. SonicWall informs in its 2019’s Cyber Threats Report that IoT attacks have grown over 70 billion between 2017 and 2018.

IoT & Cyber Threats

There’s certainly no shortage of IoT related attacks in today’s cybersecurity landscape. Every year a new variant of malware is reported to be involved in the attacks.

The proliferation of IoT devices has also given cybercriminals multiple entry points unlike before. Whether it is healthcare technology, a smart car, smart appliance, or a baby monitor, not a single device is safe against cyberattacks like Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS).

Amongst the many past cyber incidents, Dyn DDoS was the biggest attack ever recorded in internet history. The DDoS attack used the Mirai botnet, and it took down a significant portion of the Internet, paralyzing even top web services like Twitter, CNN and more.

Similarly, in 2017, Homeland security, as well as FDA, issued notification against 465,000 pacemakers that were found to have serious security vulnerabilities.

Action Plan

Cyber threats have increased by 67% in the last few years, and if things go as they are, attacks will inflate even more in the future. However, there are certain security measures which users can take to protect the integrity of their data.

  • First and foremost, users should keep the firmware of their IoT devices updated. Device manufacturers release security fixes now and then. These fixes patch the existing vulnerabilities in the device.
  • Secondary and tertiary networks should be created on the router, dedicated to the IoT devices.
  • Users should employ end-to-end encryption with a VPN like PureVPN to secure all the internet traffic transmitted through the IoT network.
  • UPnP feature should be disabled since it gives easy access to any device to the network.
  • A firewall must be installed to disallow any malicious traffic from entering into the IoT network.