Enterprise, GDPR, Internet Security

Is your company prioritising security?

In this age, having your company prioritising security is essential due to the way companies are connected to local networks…

In this age, having your company prioritising security is essential due to the way companies are connected to local networks and the internet almost by default, and this is due to how much the internet has been incorporated into the everyday routine. And as with any other aspect, information systems involve a series of security risks that have to be tackled by companies in order to ensure they offer the best service they can.

If you are in charge of a company, or of its security department, there are several tasks you have to perform at all levels in order to actually be protected from all kinds of digital threats.

Security diagnosis

Your company should have security diagnosis performed and evaluated constantly, in order to know whether it’s ready to stand against any malicious attack and to check if it was a victim of a cyber crime at any point, whether successfully or not. Have a team constantly analyze incoming and outgoing traffic, as well as any strange interaction within your internal information systems. You can also check how robust your current security measures are by trying to bypass or break them and see if you can get through them.

Preventive measures

Don’t wait until your security has been breached and you’re dealing with a real problem to improve your company’s security measures. The best mindset is to think you are always being targeted and plan in advance because you never know when you will actually be targeted. The objective of a robust and structured security plan is to be active and working before any attacks, in order to ensure that your company does its work without any unexpected interruption.

Human training

Most of the time, the human factor is the weakest link in a security chain. Take enough time to prepare every person that works for your company regarding good and bad security practices, what to do and what to prevent, and especially how to act in case of a security breach. Keep them updated every so often, and organize simulations to see how they would handle an attack and correct any mistakes. We offer some advice on preventing phishing attacks in our article – 5 ways to spot phishing attacks.

Emergency plans

Remember that, no matter how much you plan, a breach is always possible, and you’ve also got to be ready to handle it. Don’t just take preventive measures, but also prepare a series of emergency plans that can be easily and quickly deployed if a security breach is detected. Consider how to handle your clients or users information, any sensitive data, your databases, your websites and applications if any, and even how to handle the press and public information. Structure several plans depending on the gravity of the situation be prepared in case you need to deploy them.

Security tools

One final good practice is to always install and run updated security tools, such as an antivirus, a firewall, a backup tool and other programs, in every single device related to your company, to aid in your security measures and stand as yet another resort against malicious attacks.

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Internet Security

Facebook is launching political ad checks in Nigeria, Ukraine, EU and India in coming months

Facebook is launching some of its self-styled ‘election security’ initiatives into more markets in the coming months ahead of several major votes in countries around the world. In an interview with Reuters the social networking giant confirmed it’s launching checks on political adverts on its platform in Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union, reiterating too that…


Facebookis launching some of its self-styled ‘election security’ initiatives into more markets in the coming months ahead of several major votes in countries around the world.

In an interview with Reuters the social networking giant confirmed it’s launching checks on political adverts on its platform in Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union, reiterating too that ad transparency measures will launch in India ahead of its general election.

Although it still hasn’t confirmed how it will respond in other countries with looming votes this year, including Australia, Indonesia, Israel and the Philippines.

Concern about election interference in the era of mass social media has stepped up sharply since revelations about the volume of disinformation targeted at the 2016 U.S. presidential election (and amplified by Facebook et al).

More than two years later Facebook’s approach to election security remains ad hoc, with different policy and transparency components being launched in different markets — as it says it’s still in a learning mode.

It also claims its variable approach reflects local laws and conversations wi

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Internet Security

Some US government websites won’t load after HTTPS certificates expire during shutdown

In a government shutdown, everything deemed non-essential stops. As we found out, renewing the certificates on its websites is considered non-essential. Several government sites are currently inaccessible or blocked by most browsers after their HTTPS certificate expired. With nobody available to renew them during the government shutdown, these sites are kicking back warning errors. According…


In a government shutdown, everything deemed non-essential stops. As we found out, renewing the certificates on its websites is considered non-essential.

Several government sites are currently inaccessible or blocked by most browsers after their HTTPS certificate expired. With nobody available to renew them during the government shutdown, these sites are kicking back warning errors.

According to Netcraft, a U.K.-based internet security services company, many government domains can’t be accessed until someone fixes the certificates. Some sites, like one Justice Department subdomain, are at the time of writing completely inaccessible because the domain is included in Chrome’s HSTS preload list, used by browsers to force browsers into using HTTPS only when accessing pages on the domain.

Others, li

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Enterprise

Nvidia in 2018: faster and faster, pricier and dicier

2018 started off with all the makings of a hot year for Nvidia. Everyone was still talking about cryptocurrency, and Nvidia’s graphics cards were caught up in the middle of the mining craze. The prices of existing Nvidia cards like the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti were nowhere close to as low as they should have…


2018 started off with all the makings of a hot year for Nvidia. Everyone was still talking about cryptocurrency, and Nvidia’s graphics cards were caught up in the middle of the mining craze. The prices of existing Nvidia cards like the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti were nowhere close to as low as they should have been, and the company’s flagship cards were long overdue for an update. Thankfully, we just got that with three brand newNvidia TuringGPUs plus a whole new ray tracing revolution – at least in one game anyway.

We’re going to take an in-depth look at how the year actually played out and it’s been a challenging one for big green, to say the least. Nvidia has arguably ended the year in a tougher spot than when it started. Although the company has made some of its biggest leaps forward, they’ve also came with heavy caveats.

Nvidia in 2018

Nvidia at the start of 2018:

Nvidia kicked off the new year at CES 2018 talking about its big moves with powerful cards that would go into data centers and power AI, like that used in self-driving cars. 

It also hyped up the Max-Q versions of its 10-Series graphics cards, which offer desktop-like performance in thin-and-light laptops. 

But, what the company wasn’t doing at that time was announcing the replacements to the 10-Series. It showed off the new Titan V that was hardly a gaming-targeted, consumer-facing product, but little did we know that its Tensor cores would make their way into its new line of 20-series GeForce GPUs.

Still, in spite of nothing for gamers to get too excited about early in 2018, Nvidia was doing well.

Nvidia in 2018

Gamers’ pains, Nvidia’s gains:

One thing that was driving Nvidia at the beginning of 2018 was cryptocurrency. Popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin were booming, and miners needed powerful graphics cards to mine many of them. Nvidia’s were the most powerful around and the demand was huge.

Nvidia recordedrecord revenue in early 2018with a huge bump in graphics card sales. The company didn’t attribute the surge solely to cryptocurrency, rather crediting “new games, holiday-season demand, iCafe upgrades, esports and cryptocurrency mining,” in an earnings call.

As good as the sales were for Nvidia, gamers were hurting for much of the first half of 2018. The high demand formining graphics cardsdrove prices up, making it hard for gamers looking to upgrade or build new PCs without spending a fortune.

Nvidia made some efforts to ensure the core audience of gamers could still get their hands on GeForce graphics cards. One of the schemes Nvidia used to prevent miners from gobbling up all the GPU stock was encouraging retailers toprevent bulk buying. Some shops even went further bybundling graphics cardswith monito

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GDPR

GDPR transformed the internet in 2018, and it’s not done yet

Time seems to work differently when you spend your days online. The memes, moments, and scandals that feel like ages ago are often really only months, weeks, or even days in the past — and what was once unthinkable quickly transforms into how it’s always been.  The General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR, only…


Time seems to work differently when you spend your days online. The memes, moments, and scandals that feel like ages ago are often really only months, weeks, or even days in the past — and what was once unthinkable quickly transforms into how it’s always been. 

The General Data Protection Regulation, known as GDPR, only went into effect on May 25 of 2018, but by now the regulation has reached so far into the everyday life of the internet that it’s becoming harder to imagine a time before. Things online are changing as a result of GDPR, even if you have to  to remind yourself of that fact, and as we move toward closing out 2018 it’s important to take a moment to explore just what those changes are — and the battle that’s still to come. 

For starters, it’s worth noting what GDPR even is. 

According to the European Commission, GDPR is “one set of data protection rules for all companies operating in the EU, wherever they are based.” The end result of this, we are told, is that “people have more control over their personal data,” and “businesses benefit from a level playing field.”

Sounds good, right? For the average internet user, that very much appears to be so. For example, GDPR dictates that companies must notify their users of data breaches that could affect said users. With huge breaches seemingly happening all the time, this requirement is vital when it comes to  ensuring that people are aware

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