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25 Free Cybersecurity Resources, Courses, and Tools

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26 iOS Apps Worth Paying For

You spend $4 on coffee; what's 99 cents for an app? Many of the apps in Apple's App Store are free, but these are the best paid iOS apps, according to PCMag staffers.

December 16, 2018 8:15PM EST December 16, 2018
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The best things in life are free. Well, not always. There are plenty of great free apps out there, but some apps are worth a dollar (or even 20). You hand over a buck or two for a pack of gum, why not an app?

Why put down good money for something when a free (or "lite") version exists? No. 1 on the list is quality. A paid app will often offer things like offline access, syncing across devices, and the absence of ads. Sometimes an app takes the place of what used to be handled by a device, like a GPS or a radio. And finally, there's that category of app that so few can resist: games. Features editor Eric Griffith admitted to paying good money to avoid ads in Words With Friends 2.

Considering that we test thousands of apps, it's pretty impressive when PCMaggers decide one is worth buying. So we surveyed the staff to find out which apps they've paid for with their hard-earned cash.

(If you're a Google fan, here are some Android apps worth buying.)

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The End of Google+: What it Means for Your Website

This past October, Google announced that they will be shutting down their social network, Google+, for consumers after a data leak. To some this was a shock, and others, not so much.

The reasons that Google gave for shutting down included the lack of use and overall security. They claimed that “90% of Google+ user sessions [were] less than five seconds.” This very clearly shows that users did not intend to visit the social channel, and left immediately after realizing where they were.

Ben Smith, Google Fellow and Vice President of Engineering, stated in a blog post, “[Google+] has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps.”Google originally announced that they would shut down their social platforms to consumers in August of 2019. But after a second data leak they have moved the date to April 2019.How does this impact me?Sure, it’s interesting that Google is shutting down one of their products, but how does this really impact you? Believe it or not, it might very much! Let’s go over how this change could affect you and your website.The shutting down of Google+ can actually be a relief for some small businesses. You no longer have to worry about posting and managing this social network and can focus on what is really making an impact.This is also a good reminder that everything online around social channels is temporary and there is no guarantee that all of your posts and images will be accessible forever. This is the reason that we recommend posting all of your valuable content on your website, as you then have direct control over it. After posting to your website, you can push out links on social media channels, helping drive more traffic.How will this change affect SEO for my website? As Google has slowly been phasing Google+ out of their tools, this change is not expected to impact your site SEO.Social sharing buttons on your websiteDo you have Google+ sharing buttons on your website? With the official shutdown of this social channel, it’s now time to take note where you have these little buttons. Take the time to remove the Google+ branding from your website, printed materials, email signatures, and anywhere else you may have the G+ logo.Google My BusinessJust because Google+ is shutting down doesn’t mean that you should forget about updating your status on other Google products. Google My Business isn’t a social media channel, but it does have the ability for you to post product/services updates, share info about your team, or whatever you’d like to share with local customers. With a 1,500 character limit, Google My Business gives you a little room to be creative with what you share.Delete your account?Even though Google+ is shutting down, should you delete your account or just leave it and allow Google to purge your data? Some choose to delete their account as a way to ensure that all data is erased. If you decide to go that route, be sure to download all of your files first. Related
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Here's how to delete Facebook (It won't help)

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Facebook Allowed Netflix, Spotify, And A Bank To Read And Delete Users’ Private Messages

Facebook gave more than 150 companies, including Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, and Yahoo, unprecedented access to users’ personal data, according to a New York Times report published Tuesday.

The Times obtained hundreds of pages of Facebook documents which were generated in 2017 that show that the social network considered these companies business partners and effectively exempted them from its privacy rules.

Facebook allowed Microsoft’s search engine Bing to see the names of nearly all users’ friends without their consent, let Spotify, Netflix, and the Royal Bank of Canada read, write, and delete users’ private messages, and see participants on a thread, allowed Amazon to get users’ names and contact information through their friends, and let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts “as recently as this summer” despite publicly claiming it had stopped sharing such information a year ago, the report said. Collectively, applications made by these technology companies sought the data of hundreds of millions of people a month.

The records also show that Russian search giant Yandex, which was accused last year by Ukraine’s security service for giving user data to Kremlin, also had access to Facebook’s unique user IDs in 2017. A Yandex spokeswoman told the Times that the company was unaware of the access to user data provided by Facebook. Yandex did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.

In response to the report, Steve Satterfield, Facebook’s Director of Privacy and Public Policy defended the actions of the social network.

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A new type of quantum computer has smashed every record

Why it matters: As the quantum future looms closer, hundreds if not thousands of companies and research groups race towards constructing the first quantum computer that can outperform traditional supercomputers. However, the competition is not just between organizations, it’s also between competing methods of quantum computing.

IonQ was founded on a gamble that 'trapped ion quantum' computing could outperform the silicon-based quantum computers that Google and others are building. As of right now, it does. IonQ has constructed a quantum computer that can perform calculations on a 79-qubit array, beating the previous king Google’s efforts by 7 qubits.

Their error rates are also the best in the business, with their single-qubit error rate at 99.97% while the nearest competitors are around the 99.5 mark, and a two-qubit error rate of 99.3% when most competitors are beneath 95%. But how does it compare to regular computers?

According to IonQ, in the kinds of workloads that quantum computers are being built for, it’s already overtaking them. The Bernstein-Vazirani Algorithm, a benchmark IonQ is hoping will take off, tests a computer’s ability to determine a single encoded number (called an oracle) when the computer can only ask a single yes/no question.

When the algorithm is run for every number between 1 and 1023, a conventional computer gets a 0.2% success rate. IonQ’s quantum computer gets a 79% success rate.

“After two years of work, our against-the-grain bet is paying off,” IonQ’s CEO, Christopher Monroe, believes trapped ion quantum computing is the best bet. “The IonQ System is robust and industrial strength. Even at this early stage, the results show the ion trap design has all the advantages we expected and more.”

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7 digital privacy tools you need to be using now

This was not a good year for our data. In fact, like the previous year, it saw some of the most egregious breaches of our data in history. By far the most infamous one was the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. In March 2018 it was revealed that in 2015 the Trump campaign firm paid for the scraped Facebook data of at least 87 million users so that it could better influence voters in elections.

But while Cambridge Analytica was the most-reported data scandal of the year, it was hardly the biggest. And apart from the unauthorized breaches—that is, the breaches we know about—virtually every tech company in the world continued to suck up as much of your data as possible in 2018, from Google to Facebook to your ISPs, which can now sell your browsing data to advertisers. And that’s not to mention governments around the world who throughout 2018 continually pressured tech giants to weaken privacy features like encryption.

In short, you may feel like you are insignificant and uninteresting and have nothing to hide, but virtually every tech company, hacker, and government agency begs to differ. That’s a good reason to rely on multiple privacy tactics if you aren’t already. To keep your data out of the wrong hands, start with these tools.

A VPN

A VPN is a “virtual private network,” which routes all of your internet traffic through a secure server that hides where you’ve browsed–and even where you are located. If you use a VPN, not even your ISP should be able to see the websites you go to. But all VPNs are not created equal–and though there are a number of free VPN apps out there, you’ll probably want to go with one that charges a monthly fee. Remember, anyone with a server can set up a VPN service–and there are plenty of shady free small-time VPNs operated by one or two people “companies.” These companies may promise a high-quality, anonymous VPN service, but you’ll need to take that on faith as there will be no way you can tell if they are really collecting your online movements or not.

Paid VPN companies are usually much more reliable and publish their privacy policies so you can see exactly what, if any, data they store about you. You’ll want to go with a “no logs” VPN provider, that is, a service that doesn’t keep records of your internet activity. Among privacy experts, ExpressVPN and Private Internet Access VPN are considered two of the most secure available.

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Firefox 64 offers better tab management and personalized extension recommendations

Firefox introduced its latest variant – Firefox 64 – last night with features like improved tab management and smart suggestions.

The update should make tab junkies happy: Firefox now lets you select multiple tabs and move, bookmark, mute, or pin them all at once. To do that, hold Control/Cmd, and then click on tabs to select as many of them as you need to wrangle together.

 

That’s cool, but you should know that rival browser Vivaldi supports grouping tabs along with the aforementioned functions. I really hope Mozilla brings that to Firefox soon.

Firefox 64’s second biggest highlight is called Contextual Feature Recommender (CFR); it suggests features and extensions that you might find useful, based on your browsing habits. For instance, if you visit certain sites often, Firefox will recommend pinning those tabs for easy access.

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Insider awarded $10,000 bounty for reporting enterprise software piracy

A manufacturing company which settled a piracy lawsuit for AU$160,000 was exposed through an inside informant that received a substantial reward for their report.

According to CRN, the tipster was paid $10,000 for exposing the unnamed firm to The Software Alliance (BSA), a global software advocate and anti-piracy outfit.

The offender, operating in both Sydney and Perth, Australia, was taken to task for copyright infringement for using at least one BSA member's software without purchasing a license.

BSA lists Adobe, Akamai, Apple, Box, IBM, Microsoft, and SAS among its members.

The publication reports that up to 30 pirate copies of "CAD, data analytics and productivity software" were allegedly in use.

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These 22 Malware-Riddled Android Apps Might Be Draining Your Phone's Battery

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Security researchers have discovered a batch of ad-fraud-enabling apps that have collectively been downloaded more than 2 million times on the Google Play store. The clever malware is able to impersonate various models of smartphones while it goes wild clicking online ads and draining your battery.

On Thursday, anti-virus provider Sophos published a report describing its discovery of 22 Android apps that contained a variety of malware the company has named “Andr/Clickr-ad.” The apps come from a variety of small developers, and Sophos said that Google removed them from its Play store at the end of November. One of the offending apps, Sparkle Flashlight, had been downloaded more than a million times and many of them had strong reviews, according to Sophos.

The apps would contact a common attacker-controller server, mobbt.com, to download an ad-fraud module, and they would receive a command from the server every 80 seconds, the researchers found. The malware’s job was to open a window that was 0 pixels x 0 pixels in size, and therefore unnoticeable by the user. It would proceed to repeatedly click on ads, juicing the network’s numbers and bringing in fraudulently acquired revenue. No specific ad network that may have benefited from the fraud was identified. While users probably wouldn’t want to participate in this fraud for any reason, the direct consequence for anyone who downloaded these apps is that their data and battery life was constantly being depleted. Even if the app was force-closed, they automatically started up again in the background.

The most interesting part of the ad-clicker for Sophos was that it was able to identify itself as coming from a variety of smartphone models including the iPhone, despite the fact that these were Android-only apps. In total, it was able to masquerade as coming from “Apple models ranging from the iPhone 5 to 8 Plus and from 249 different forged models from 33 distinct brands of Android phones.” This contributed to hiding the fraud, and Sophos speculated that it might have been designed to increase revenues. From the report:

Advertisers will pay a premium to reach the supposedly deep-pocket owners of Apple phones and tablets. As clickfraud grows as a revenue stream for unscrupulous mobile app developers, it turns out that it pays well to lie about what kind of mobile device is fraudulently clicking those ads.

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Instagram's Depressing Problem: The IRS Has Joined | Inc.com

And then there is new users of Instagram: the Internal Revenue Service.

Yeah, the IRS. And the remarks write themselves:

Go to the page find out how much you're going to owe. Oh, wait, there's an update. Now it's more. But we have smiley faces.

I'm late to the game, however. Some people have started fake IRS Instragram pages with sayings like "We've got what it takes to take what you've got," or "Keep stacking cash! We are just here to cheer."

Or you can go to the real IRS Instagram site. Not the place you'd head for a fun time. (Depending on your definition of fun, that is.)

You can understand the theory of why the IRS would have a site, even though it only has ten posts and, as of this writing, 3026 followers. Not hugely popular, of course, but this is intended to be a service to taxpayers. There's some information on changes in tax laws and alerts about different scams criminals run to commit identity theft or snag someone's refund.

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Best Inbound Marketing Tips for Online Marketers

Inbound marketing is the process of attracting your target audience to your website, produce or service via eye-catching content. It’s all about converting strangers into customers. It’s about finding creative ways to get traffic to your website and to turn that traffic into profit for your business.

In this article, you’ll find free books, infographics, and articles with useful tips that will guide you in creating a successful inbound marketing strategy for your business.

Getting new clients for your business can be an overwhelming process but these resources are coming to your aid.

You can manage a thriving marketing strategy by giving away free content that users can relate to and use in their projects. The content must be valuable and interesting enough to catch their attention and keep them engaged. This may include articles, video, freebies, etc.

Also, you must conduct a vigorous SEO campaign, to make sure people can find your content.

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Microsoft: Here's why we need AI facial-recognition laws right now

Microsoft president Brad Smith has called on governments around the world to immediately start work on adopting laws to regulate facial-recognition technology.

It's not often that companies that stand to gain from a technology call for new laws that might constrain them. But Smith is worried enough about the spread of surveillance systems with powerful facial recognition that he's calling for lawmakers to act now.

Tech companies are faced with a "commercial race to the bottom", which should have a "floor of responsibility" that allows competition but outlaws the use of facial recognition in ways that harm democratic freedom or enable discrimination.

The call to action comes as China increasingly adopts facial recognition to monitor public spaces. Analysts estimate China's 200 million surveillance cameras will grow to 300 million in the next two years as tech companies beef up surveillance offerings.

Privacy rights advocates are also worried about plans by the US Secret Service to trial facial-recognition surveillance around the White House, which will help it track people of interest.

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Mozilla CEO says Microsoft’s switch to Chromium is ‘terrible’ for the web

Microsoft is overhauling its Edge browser to run on Google's Chromium platform, the same one that powers Chrome, and in doing so it's giving Google too much control over the web, according to Mozilla CEO Chris Beard.

"This may sound melodramatic, but it's not... Microsoft's decision gives Google more ability to single-handedly decide what possibilities are available to each one of us," Beard stated in a blog post.

Microsoft's plan is to gradually gut its Edge browser by ripping out its EdgeHTML rendering and Chakra Javascript engines, and replace them with Google's V8 and Blink engines. From Microsoft's perspective, this move will foster better compatibility on the web.

"Our intent is to align the Microsoft Edge web platform simultaneously (a) with web standards and (b) with other Chromium-based browsers. This will deliver improved compatibility for everyone and create a simpler test-matrix for web developers," Microsoft said.

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How to Change Your Career From Graphic Design to Interaction Design

When the general public talks about the design, the graphic design is definitely the first one that comes across to their minds. What would graphic design make such deep impression on people’s mind? Yes, graphic design products are all around us. Like billboard, ads and movie poster that we are familiar with. But with the development of the design trend, many graphic designers want to change their career to interaction design. Why this happened? Does the graphic design has something in common with the interaction design? How can a graphic designer change to a interaction designer? What are the similarities and advantages? Let me guide you step by step.Interaction Design Interaction Design Interaction Design Interaction Design Interaction Design

1. Why would a graphic designer wants to change his/her career?

“As of 2016, the number of Chinese designers is about 17 million, of which about 2 million graphic designers in that number. Shenzhen, one of the most developed city in China, and there are about 60,000 designers, of which about 40,000 graphic designers. The embarrassing situation is that a large number of art graduates poured into the design industry, but few of design graduates can find a job, they had to change their career when they graduated. According to the survey, 60% of design graduates have changed their jobs within 1-3 years and 80% graduates have changed their jobs in five years after graduation. “- SohuInteraction Design Interaction Design Interaction Design Interaction Design Interaction Design

On the one hand, they want to improve their design skills not just limited in performance of typography, fonts and colors. On the other hand, the salary of the graphic designer is gradually declining. According to a US survey, the average salary for graphic designers is $41,000, but the average salary for interaction designers is $74,000. The huge difference of average salary can be a main reason that graphic designer wants to change their career.

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What to Do If You're Affected by Marriott's Data Breach

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Marriott International announced Friday that personal information for up to 500 million of its guests may have been accessed as part of a breach to its Starwood guest reservation database. If you’ve stayed at a Marriott hotel in the past few years, this probably means you.

Marriott says that it first received an alert of the breach in September from an internal security tool, but later realized that there has been unauthorized access of the chain’s database since 2014, and that unauthorized party had also copied and encrypted information.

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Through the breach, hackers may have gained access to information including a guest’s name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences, NBC News reports.

So, pretty much all your personal information except for your credit card info, which the chain says may have been acquired for some customers as well. Yay!

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Faux Celebs Be Warned! Instagram is Killing Off Fake Followers

One of the quickest ways to Internet stardom is to build a large following on social media…of some kind.

A few services out there specialize in bringing tons of extra attention to your account at rock bottom prices.

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The only problem with these deals? They typically involve fake accounts and, thus, fake followers.

These bot services promise and deliver tons of followers, but you’ll never really hear from this group and don’t expect them to spend any money. But if all that matters to you is how many people “follow” you or “like” your page, then these guys represent a deal.

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'Beyond Belief.' Facebook Under Fire After a Child Bride Was Auctioned in South Sudan

Rights groups are taking aim at Facebook after a teenage bride in South Sudan was auctioned on the platform in what a humanitarian group called a “barbaric use of technology.”

An October post on the social networking site advertised the sale of the 17-year-old girl, according to Plan International. Five men reportedly participated in the auction, including high-ranking South Sudanese government officials.

“This barbaric use of technology is reminiscent of latter-day slave markets,” George Otim, Country Director of Plan South Sudan, said in a statement. “That a girl could be sold for marriage on the world’s biggest social networking site in this day and age is beyond belief.”

Plan called for the South Sudanese government to investigate the incident and “suspend any officials who took part in the bidding.”

Facebook told CNN that it removed the online auction on November 9 as soon as the company became aware of the post — 15 days after it went up. It wasn’t soon enough: the girl had already been married to the winning bidder on November 3, according to Plan. The girl’s father reportedly earned 500 cows, three cars and $10,000 in exchange for his teenage daughter.

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Think twice about posting photos of your kid on Facebook

Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it’s 2018 and we have the entire internet to contend with.

You're at a barbecue, or maybe a birthday party in the park. Someone, let's say a friend of yours, takes out a phone and snaps a pic of your kids all playing together. The picture is adorable, and it's posted to Facebook before you even realize what happened. 

This doesn't bother you, of course. You, and hundreds of millions like you, have already uploaded scores of photos of your children to the online platform — all the way from the delivery room to the moment they uttered their first word. As social media continues to work its way progressively deeper into our everyday lives, this near constant-documentation of our kids has become normalized. 

But perhaps it shouldn't be. Instead, perhaps it's past time we reevaluate our relationships with the platforms working to monetize an indelible record of those we love.  

The big questions

Concerns over Facebook's, and by extension Facebook-owned Instagram's, handling of personal information are long past the point of academic. Massive slip ups, followed by scandals, followed by breaches serve to constantly remind us that the Mark Zuckerberg-helmed behemoth is unable to protect the reams of personal data it has collected on its users, even when it professes a desire to do so. 

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A majority of Americans don’t think social networks are good for the world

Programming note: The Interface will be off the rest of the week for Thanksgiving travels. Thanks to everyone who has joined me for this first year, and shared the newsletter with your friends — lots of exciting things are coming. Stay tuned.

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us in the United States, and Americans will sit down to dinner feeling less certain than ever about their social media accounts. This news comes from Axios, who had SurveyMonkey ask 3,622 adults if social media does more to help or hurt democracy and free speech. It was the second year the poll had been conducted — and the poll found a precipitous decline in social media sentiment. Sarah Fischer and Alison Snyder report:

In the past year, there has been a 15-point spike in the number of people who fear the federal government won’t do enough to regulate big tech companies — with 55% now sharing this concern.

In that same period, there was a 14-point increase in those who feel technology has hurt democracy and free speech.

The authors note that the disdain for social media, as of this year, is a fully bipartisan phenomenon. Whether it’s the ginned-up outrage about “censorship” or something more legitimate, Republicans now believe social media is worse for democracy and free speech than Democrats do.

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