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Facebook's Largest Breach of Accounts

Numbers look to be around 50 Million users affected by the latest Facebook breach. Facebook has been losing credibility left and right making this hack and even harder blow. You can read about how the attack happened, the after-effect investigation and what's next from USA Today's news read

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Internet of Things and it's first Cybersecurity law

It's happening, the internet of things has a cybersecurity law beginning in California. The security law will require a setting of password that comes from the start or prompts users to create one. You can read more in depth in this article from The Verge. 

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Windows 10, The changes coming in October 2018

Windows 10 has an update rolling out in October 2018. At first glance it appears that a few features are being lost or removed. However, if you look closer many features are simply being upgraded, renamed, or grouped with another feature.

You can read more about what to anticipate that you might be currently using with Windows 10 in this TechRadar news

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Are you loving all the iOS 12 changes this week?

Did Monday feel ultra-special to you with the iOS 12 update? My daughter behaved as though it was her birthday the next day when she exclaimed on Sunday evening, "Tomorrow is the day, woohoo! The new iOS 12 updates!" Funny? Odd? Or were you just as excited?

No matter your feelings about it there are some pretty neat features that dropped. Apple has added things such as Screen Time to help users limit how much time they spend on certain apps, to features such as adding clearing notifications quickly, and Do Not Disturb on a smarter level.

Gizmodo did a great article listing all the featured updates, details and how to access them. You can read more in their article linked here. 

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Have you noticed the new Google Chrome de-sync?

Chrome's latest update includes a de-sync which automatically signs you out of Gmail and every other Google service. Frustrated by this? I found it frustrating because previously it was automatically synced and I didn't have to sign in/out quite as often. A fix/hack has been found and you can find the steps to put into place in today's link to Lifehacker's article with the solution. 

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How To: Stream Apple's Event Today

 

Today is the big day, Apple hosts their annual September event which will include big iphone news. You can stream the event thanks to these clever tips from Lifehacker. The event starts live today at 1pm so set an alarm reminder for right after lunch. 

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Looking for a Twitter alternative?

Are you looking for a Twitter replacement? Seems to be that many are talking about getting off the social media platform or seeking an alternative that offers quick scrolls and short blurbs. There are several similar options that may not be as well-known, but offer some Twitter-like features; from Mastodon, to Tumblr, to Amino; click here to read about the pro-cons of each platform as you consider the best option for you. 

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How-To: Livestream the U.S. Open

The two week tournament kicks off today in New York, can't make it there to watch? Lifehacker offers some steps on how-to watch from wherever you are through livestream. Here is the article for all the details. 

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Enough with Cookie Alerts already

I'm sure you are seeing the Cookie alerts everywhere. Now websites have to be forthcoming in cookies and your privacy. Good to know, but man can it be so annoying. Follow a few easy steps to get rid of them with Kill Sticky Headers from this good read. 

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How To: Switch from Google Maps to Apple Maps

Each mapping app has different features, cult followers and defining strengths. This article gives you a great step-by-step of switching from one app to the other when the situation calls for it. Technology that works for you right when you need it! 

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Old Video Games? Donate them to your local Library

Are you or your kiddos all about some decompression through video games? Do  you find yourself collecting old ones in the entertainment center that you never play anymore?

What a great idea from Lifehacker to donate them to your local library. Here in Louisville we have a new Regional Library being built to serve our community in Spring of 2019, check out the Louisville Free Public Library to learn more about their donation process. 

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Technology can improve work-life factor

Has technology allowed you and your staff to work less or more from home? We are finding more and more companies seeing technology improve work-life factor and attracting top talent. CNBC shares several small business examples in this article, read by clicking here. 

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How do Google employees resist phishing hacks?

At KCI it is our pursuit to help our client build security awareness in every staff member. Phishing attacks target all users, therefore, all teams should have security awareness training and constant education on tactics of hackers.

Google is a very high target and yet constantly stays hack-proof. How? Actual legit 'security keys' are part of their success along with many other security measures. You can read more of their success story here.

How does your security plan for your business stack up? Contact us today if we can help you take your team to a deeper level of understanding their role in securing your company. 

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Hooray! Updates on Your Schedule

Don't you just hate when you are in the middle of some deep work and your computer decides you should run an update? Last year the snooze option was a great feature, but things are getting better as we go.

Microsoft is introducing a "predictive model." Basically the machine learns more of your routine, when you step away for a quick call, and when you are stepping away for a few hour Netflix binge. The computer will get smarter on your terms of schedule and best to run updates, restart, etc.

You can read up on the details in this Gizmodo article. Hooray for technology on our scheduled terms! 

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Keeping Your Electronics out of the Heat

The other day I saw fellow gym-mates with their phones in the sauna....Hmm...that doesn't seem like a good idea.

It's not good for them. Just as us humans can get overheated with too much heat and no option to cool down, so do our phones, laptops, etc.

Gizmodo shared this article about what heat does to your gadgets and best practices to protecting them this Summer. 

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How to: Reduce your digital Security Risks

You may feel safe and not-as-appealing to hackers if you have a small business, however, research over time and data from this Tech Republic article show that 50% of hacks are targeting small business owners.

Read over some of the reasons why and preventative measures you can take here

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Android, Providing more Choice or Less?

Did you hear about the ginormous fine slapped on Google?

From the Commissioner for Competition in the EU, Google was fined some $5 billion. The ruling came from the claim that Google "cemented dominance of its search engine on Android devices." Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, argued the competitive market remains valid as Android does compete with iOS phones. Pichai claims that Android creates more choice not less. 

What do you think? You can check out the article and back-and-forth from Gizmodo. 

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Lesson Learned: Even the Military needs to Keep Secure Networks

Mashable shared this article recapping a hacker who was selling military drone documents for $200. Sounds a little too cheap right?

After some further digging there was a bug revealed back in 2016 with Netgear security routers and a fix was available. Take this as a lesson learned and ensure your networks are not only kept secure but heed warnings when offered as well. 

You can read more about the hack and drone documents in this article by clicking here

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Amazon is Stepping into Further Ventures

Amazon is everywhere today with Prime day sweeping over the nation to bring shoppers out in droves.

Amazon is also growing their presence with growth in the healthcare world as well as networking hardware. 

You can learn more about the acquisitions and growth plans in this Motley Fool article. 

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What will 5G do and When is it coming?

5G is being worked on behind the scenes with mobile carriers and other businesses working on building the backend. 

What will it do anyhow?

CNN Money has a short video less than 2 minutes you can watch here defining 5G in easy terms.The video highlights some of 5G's potential to speed things up dramatically, allow for self-driving cars to communicate with each other instantly or doctors to do surgeries remotely with special gloves. All that sound pretty good right? The downside will be the cost of estimated $300Billion, getting access to all the cell towers and it's later down the road for talk in 2020. 

Here's a link to the video and pondering what the future has next for us in technology. 

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