Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Earlier this year, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) reported that 93% of large businesses fell prey to a cyberattack in 2012.
Similarly, small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) also suffered, with 87% being targeted – up 10% from the previous year.
Now, the reasons why SMBs are at risk has been examined in detail in a recent Sophos-sponsored report by the Ponemon Institute. (more…)
Thursday, August 15th, 2013
If you care about privacy, it’s time to drop Google.
That’s what Consumer Watchdog is recommending following Google’s admission that people shouldn’t expect privacy when they send messages to a Gmail account, any more than people would were they to send a business letter that could be opened by an assistant.
Here’s how Google put it in on Page 19 of a brief filed recently in federal court [PDF] and reported on by Consumer Watchdog, a US consumer advocacy group, on Monday:
"Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient's assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient's [email provider] in the course of delivery.
"Indeed, 'a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.'" (more…)
Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Sasktel is currently experiencing some issues with internet service today, the problem apparently is due to some cut fibre between Calgary and Vancouver. We don’t have any reports of issues with Access or Shaw internet, so far it seems to only affect Sasktel.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Malware targeting point-of-sale (POS) systems has been a major trend of the last six months or so, with a flock of interrelated malware families being sold, shared, exchanged, tweaked and improved by the various denizens of the cyber underworld.
With easy pickings to be had from under-protected small operations, this pattern is only going to grow until people start fighting back with better system security, and ideally better payment card systems. (more…)
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
Apple is getting closer to launching the next version of the iPhone later this year. If the Cupertino, Calif.-based company wants to keep up with Samsung, Google and others, it needs to innovate. And fast. That’s where the tip of your finger comes in to play.
Michael Barrett, chief information security officer of PayPal, hinted that Apple and other smartphone manufacturers are going to incorporate fingerprint readers on their smartphones as part of new way to protect personal information. “It’s widely rumored that a large technology provider in Cupertino, Calif., will come out with a phone later this year that has a fingerprint reader on it,” he said.
This rumor has been around for a while, but it’s the first time we’ve heard an executive at a major company seemingly confirm it. “There is going to be a fingerprint enabled phone on the market later this year,” Barrett said during a keynote address at Interop. “Not just one, multiple.”
Apple’s purchase of AuthenTec is going to play a major part in this. It was a shrewd move that CEO Tim Cook made that has gone largely unnoticed. Not only will the technology provide Apple with a cool new feature designed to get away from passwords, but AuthenTec was a major supplier to Samsung. Cook simultaneously hurt Samsung, while helping Apple. Not bad for a guy who some have wrongfully said should lose his job, amid a steep decline in the stock.
Earnings and revenue have slowed drastically year-over-year, and though the third quarter may be the earnings trough as Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White suggests it is, Apple still needs to show to the market and consumers its products are “must-have.”
Apple needs a hit feature on the next iPhone to show that innovation is alive and well in Cupertino. Fingerprint scanning technology, along with an updated version of iOS 7, could be just that.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Announced today during BlackBerry Live 2013, BBM is set to go cross-platform this summer. That means BlackBerry, iOS and Android users will able be able to chat seamlessly over BBM very soon.
Cross-platform BBM is long overdue but is sure to make for plenty of happy BlackBerry users in just a few months.
The rollout will first include just chat, but soon to follow will be BBM Voice, BBM Video and even BBM Channels. Users on iOS and Android will get the same features of BBM that BlackBerry users already have so it should be pretty exciting. Best of all? It will still be totally free.
Plenty more on this to come soon so stay tuned!
BBM for iOS and Android to Launch This Summer
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – May 14, 2013) – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB) today announced plans to make its ground-breaking mobile social network, BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™), available to iOS® and Android™ users this summer, with support planned for iOS6, and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher, all subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play. BBM sets the standard for mobile instant messaging with a fast, reliable, engaging experience that includes delivered and read statuses, and personalized profiles and avatars. Upon release, BBM customers would be able to broaden their connections to include friends, family and colleagues on other mobile platforms.
In the planned initial release, iOS and Android users would be able to experience the immediacy of BBM chats, including multi-person chats, as well as the ability to share photos and voice notes, and engage in BBM Groups, which allows BBM customers to create groups of up to 30 people.
“For BlackBerry, messaging and collaboration are inseparable from the mobile experience, and the time is definitely right for BBM to become a multi-platform mobile service. BBM has always been one of the most engaging services for BlackBerry customers, enabling them to easily connect while maintaining a valued level of personal privacy. We’re excited to offer iOS and Android users the possibility to join the BBM community,” said Andrew Bocking, Executive Vice President, Software Product Management and Ecosystem, at BlackBerry.
BBM is loved by customers for its “D” and “R” statuses, which show up in chats to let people know with certainty that their message has been delivered and read. It provides customers with a high level of control and privacy over who they add to their contact list and how they engage with them, as invites are two-way opt-in. iOS and Android users would be able to add their contacts through PIN, email, SMS or QR code scan, regardless of platform. Android users would also be able to connect using a compatible NFC-capable device.
BBM has more than 60 million monthly active customers, with more than 51 million people using BBM an average of 90 minutes per day. BBM customers collectively send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps. Almost half of BBM messages are read within 20 seconds of being received; indicating how truly engaged BBM customers are.
Today, BlackBerry also announced BBM Channels, a new social engagement platform within BBM that will allow customers to connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups they are passionate about. BlackBerry plans to add support for BBM Channels as well as voice and video chatting for iOS and Android later this year, subject to approval by the Apple App Store and Google Play.
If approved by Apple and Google, the BBM app will be available as a free download in the Apple® App Store(SM) and Google Play store. Additional details about system requirements and availability will be announced closer to the launch.