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#KeyboardGate Isn’t Going Away For Apple As They Will Have To Face A Class Action Lawsuit

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 3, 2019 by itnerd

If Apple thought that the release of the 16″ MacBook Pro with a new keyboard design that they’ve dubbed the “Magic Keyboard” would start to put an end to the issues that the problem prone Butterfly keyboard has caused them, they are figuring out that they’re wrong on that front. Reuters picks up the story of what happened on Monday:

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila in San Jose, California said Apple must face claims that its troubleshooting program did not provide an “effective fix” for MacBook design defects, or fully compensate customers for their out-of-pocket expenses while seeking repairs.

You can bet a bunch of Apple lawyers are huddled up at Apple Park trying to figure out how to make sure that this never gets to trial seeing as by changing the keyboard design back to the tried and true scissor design in the 16″ MacBook Pro, the company has all but admitted that the Butterfly keyboard is a problem that they cannot fix. A fact that is highlighted Apple customers who have these dodgy keyboards have replaced as many as four of them without their keyboard issues going away. Face it, Apple is in deep trouble here because they decided to choose design over reliability. And they’re likely about to learn a very painful and expensive lesson.

Darktrace now available on AWS Marketplace

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 2, 2019 by itnerd

Darktrace, a leading cyber AI company, today announced the availability of its Enterprise Immune System and Antigena solutions in AWS Marketplace. Businesses around the world can now quickly and seamlessly deploy Darktrace’s Cyber AI solutions, designed to detect and respond to threats that would have otherwise been missed, on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Cyber AI learns the unique real-time ‘pattern of life’ for every container, user, and asset, regardless of configuration. It is constantly learning from what it sees, giving it the ability to detect and respond to novel, emerging threats. Unique cyber-threats identified by Darktrace AI solutions include critical cloud misconfigurations, attempted data theft by malicious insiders, and unencrypted intellectual property in the cloud.

Using the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Traffic Mirroring capabilities announced at AWS re:Inforce 2019 this June, Darktrace solutions provide peak threat detection and autonomous response across AWS environments, without being limited to agents, sensors, or logs. Combined with today’s launch in AWS Marketplace, Darktrace customers can now benefit from streamlined, efficient deployment, and better detect advanced threats with Cyber AI.

Nicole Eagan, Darktrace CEO, and Floyd Fernandes, CISO of CBS Interactive, will be speaking today, December 2nd, at AWS re:Invent 2019 in Las Vegas. Their presentation will explore how CBS Interactive hosted the 2019 Super Bowl smoothly and securely, with AWS and Darktrace AI.

Read about real-world threats detected and stopped by cyber AI in the Darktrace Cloud Threat Report 2019.

The 12 Fastest-Growing Flexible Jobs For 2020: FlexJobs

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 2, 2019 by itnerd

With unemployment currently at 3.6 percent, near a half-century low, job seekers are strongly positioned for successful job searches as 2020 approaches. By comparing the most recent data on the fastest-growing occupations from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to the jobs in its own database, FlexJobs has determined which 12 fast-growing occupations also come with flexible work options, such as a remote arrangement, a flexible or part-time schedule, or freelance work.

Ordered from highest growth to lowest, occupations with the highest percent change of employment between 2018-28 that also offer flexible work options are listed below. Each occupation is projected to grow at least 23%. The 2018 median salary information is also included.

  1. Home health aides 37% growth ($24,200)
    2.  Information security analysts 32% growth ($98,350)
    3.  Physician assistants 31% growth ($108,610)
    4.  Statisticians 31% growth ($87,780)
    5.  Nurse practitioners 28% growth ($107,030)
    6.  Speech language pathologists 27% growth ($77,510)
    7.  Genetic counselors 27% growth ($80,370)
    8.  Mathematicians 26% ($101,900)
    9.  Operations research analysts 26% growth ($83,390)
    10. Software developers, applications 26% growth ($103,620)
    11. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary 23% growth ($97,370)
    12. Medical assistants 23% growth ($33,610)

To help flexible job seekers in their 2020 job search, FlexJobs has also compiled three main strategies to follow in the pursuit of a more flexible work arrangement.

  1. Educate themselves on flexible work options: People don’t realize just how many flexible work options are available across industries and career levels, or how many flexible and remote jobs are currently offered by employers.
  2. Identify their preferred type(s) of flexible work options: 
    – Remote jobs (work from home either some or all of the time)
    – Flexible schedule jobs (some control over your daily schedule)
    – Part-time jobs (career-level, professional jobs that offer part-time hours)
    – Freelance jobs (project-based and consulting-type jobs where you are self-employed and work with one or more clients at a time)
  3. Refine flexible work application materials: FlexJobs recommends key tactics for writing resumes and cover letters when applying for flexible jobs. Resources include:
    – FlexJobs’ downloadable guide, “How to Find a Job and Start Working from Home” with specific tips and examples for resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and more.
    – The resume and cover letter sections of the FlexJobs blog, with hundreds of articles offering tips and tricks for every type of flexible job application.
    Remote.co’s “Hiring Remotely” section details how 140+ companies hire remote workers-

For more information please visit https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/fastest-growing-flexible-jobs-v2/

Canadians Are Turning To Social Media To Shop This Holiday: PayPal

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 28, 2019 by itnerd

Just in time for the holiday season shopping rush, PayPal Canada today unveiled their inaugural Social Commerce Trend Study, which reveals Canadians are increasingly turning to social media platforms and mobile apps to check off their holiday shopping lists. According to the study, almost half (47%) of Canadian social media users are currently shopping on social media and nearly 40% plan to shop on social media this holiday season. The study also found that men are shopping on social media more than women.

Additional key findings include:

  • Social commerce, the next big retail trend: Canadian social media users spend 6.4 hours on social media platforms every day – which makes it no surprise that nearly half of Canadian social media users say they’re more likely to shop on social media this holiday season than they were last year (46%).
    • According to eMarketer’s 2019 Social Commerce Report, the percentage of retailers in North America using social media as a source of e-commerce nearly doubled from 17 per cent in 2017, to 33 per cent in 2018.
  • Popular platforms: Facebook was identified as the most frequently shopped social media platform among Canadians (29%) followed by Snapchat (26%) and Instagram (25%).
  • Spending: Canadian social media users spend $77 every month on average shopping on social media and an average of $924 a year shopping on social media platforms.
  • Men vs women: Among Canadian social media users, men are shopping more (33%) than women (26%) on a monthly basis. The things they are buying most are fashion items such as clothing, shoes, and accessories (54%), electronics (26%), toys and games (21%), home décor (20%) and event tickets (19%).
  • Safer with PayPal: Canadian social media users are more comfortable paying with PayPal on social media than any other payment method (70%) versus (62%) credit gift cards, (54%) credit cards, and (43%) debit cards.

A New Report Highlights That Canadian Telcos Have A Long Way To Go In Terms Keeping Their Customers Happy

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 28, 2019 by itnerd

It’s that time of year again when the Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services (CCTS) releases its annual report that sheds light on how Canadian Telcos treat their customers. And this year it’s pretty bad.

The worst offender is Bell Canada with almost 5900 complaints filed against them. That’s not a shock because Bell has consistently topped this list year after year and seems unwilling or unable to improve on that front. This despite the fact that they have some compelling offerings that if their customer service weren’t so bad, I would consider taking advantage of.  Next on the list is Rogers with 1,800 complaints. Followed by Telus with 1,600 complaints.

Now while Bell and Rogers did have slight decreases in the number of complaints that they received, Telus who is usually pretty good on the customer service front had the number of complaints skyrocket by 71 percent. Clearly Telus has some work to do on that front.

What’s also telling is this: The report notes 158 violations of the Wireless Code. That’s a 42 per cent increase. Most involved a failure of companies to provide customers with key documents, and not giving proper notice before disconnecting a customer’s service. Bell accounted for 29 per cent of all Wireless Code breaches, while Rogers and Telus each accounted for 20 per cent.

What’s clear from this report is that all three of the “big three” need to step up their customer service game. That’s because the fact that bad customer service from Canadian telcos is a recurring theme does not cast any of these telcos in a good light. Canadians deserve much better from them, as well as the smaller players in the marketplace. The question is, when will they wake up, smell the coffee, and deliver the levels of customer service that Canadians deserve?

Security Predictions For 2020 According To Trend Micro

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 27, 2019 by itnerd

Trend Micro Incorporated has announced its 2020 predictions report, which states that organizations will face a growing risk from their cloud and the supply chain. The growing popularity of cloud and DevOps environments will continue to drive business agility while exposing organizations, from enterprises to manufacturers, to third-party risk.

Attackers will increasingly go after corporate data stored in the cloud via code injection attacks such as deserialization bugs, cross-site scripting and SQL injection. They will either target cloud providers directly or compromise third-party libraries to do this.

In fact, the increasing use of third-party code by organizations employing a DevOps culture will increase business risk in 2020 and beyond. Compromised container components and libraries used in serverless and microservices architectures will further broaden the enterprise attack surface, as traditional security practices struggle to keep up.

Managed service providers (MSPs) will be targeted in 2020 as an avenue for compromising multiple organizations via a single target. They will not only be looking to steal valuable corporate and customer data, but also install malware to sabotage smart factories and extort money via ransomware.

The new year will also see a relatively new kind of supply chain risk, as remote workers introduce threats to the corporate network via weak Wi-Fi security. Additionally, vulnerabilities in connected home devices can serve as a point of entry into the corporate network.

Amidst this ever-volatile threat landscape, Trend Micro recommends organizations:

  • Improve due diligence of cloud providers and MSPs
  • Conduct regular vulnerability and risk assessments on third parties
  • Invest in security tools to scan for vulnerabilities and malware in third-party components
  • Consider Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) tools to help minimize the risk of misconfigurations
  • Revisit security policies regarding home and remote workers

To read the full report, The New Norm: Trend Micro Security Predictions for 2020, please visit:https://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/us/security/research-and-analysis/predictions/2020.

 

NordVPN Launches NordPass

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 26, 2019 by itnerd

NordVPN has launched its latest cybersecurity product. NordPass is a password manager built with a focus on simplicity and security. This tool saves you memory space for more important things than logins.

When it comes to cybersecurity, people have plenty of bad habits. This includes passwords too: from keeping login information in sticky notes or notepads to using “password” or “123456.” And worst of them all — reusing them all for different accounts.

Like a master key, NordPass fits everyone’s needs. Not only does it help to generate new complex passwords, but also lets you share them securely with friends or coworkers. And most importantly, this password manager remembers it all: from complex logins to private notes and credit cards. And you can access it all with a single Master Password.

To keep the information secure, NordPass uses top-of-the-field XChaCha20 encryption for the password vault and Argon 2 for key derivation. Users can also choose optional two-factor authentication for extra safety. Additionally, the new tool will have a zero-knowledge architecture to ensure ultimate security.

Powered by cybersecurity experts, NordPass is easy to use. You can download user-friendly browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Brave, Edge, and Vivaldi. And, of course, apps for iOS and Android.

Key NordPass features:

  • Top security and zero-knowledge architecture
  • Two-factor authentication (2FA)
  • Effortless password management — only a single password to remember
  • Syncing on up to 6 devices at the same time
  • Sharing items (such as passwords, credit cards, and notes) with family, friends, and coworkers
  • Import from other password managers
  • Secure storage for private notes and credit card information
  • Universal availability (apps and extensions)

Premium users can share and use NordPass on more devices at the same time. Monthly prices start from $2.49 with a 2-year plan. If users need basic features only, they can get a freemium version of NordPass. Visit nordpass.com for more information.