Google May Be Getting Rid Of Google Plus

If you're one of the relatively few people who use Google+ in something other than an Enterprise setting, be advised that the clock is ticking.  Google has just announced that they're sunsetting the service.  It will be going offline for consumers at some point over the next ten months. The reasons for their decision are complex.  In part, it stems from the fact that the company readily acknowledges that it has "low usage and engagement," which is underscored by the fact that 90 percent of Google+ user sessions last less than five seconds. Another major component driving the decision is that the company suffered serious pushback when it revealed a previously undisclosed security flaw that exposed users' profile data.  The ...
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Payment Pages Are Being Compromised To Steal Data 

Symantec's most recent statistics have revealed a disturbing trend.  Malware designed to compromise checkout pages is seeing a big spike in use, with the company reporting a staggering 248,000 attempts since August 13th of this year, with more than a third of them (36 percent) between September 13th through September 20th. As disturbing as those numbers are, that's just the tip of the iceberg. As Symantec notes on their website: "If we compare the week of September 13 to 20 to the same week in August, the number of instances of formjacking attacks blocked by Symantec more than doubled, jumping from just over 41,000 to almost 88.500 - a percentage increase of 117 percent." Leading the surge is a particularly ...
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How Long Before You Experience A Cyber Attack?

According to this year's Traveler's Risk Index, published by The Traveler's Indemnity Company, a majority of business owners have a somewhat fatalistic view of hacking and data breaches. The index includes 52 percent of survey respondents indicating that they believe a cyber-attack is inevitable.   The other statistics in the report paint a grim picture.  Here's a quick overview: 55 percent of business owners say that they have not completed a cyber risk assessment 63 percent say that they have not yet completed a cyber risk assessment on vendors who have access to their data 62 percent indicate that they have not yet developed any kind of business continuity plan, which means they don't even have the basic outline of ...
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Firefox Adds Data Breach Monitoring Service 

Firefox is upping the ante where digital security is concerned, having just announced the release of a new, free service called 'Firefox Monitor.'  The new service is designed with one specific goal in mind:  To assist users in finding out if their accounts were exposed via a data breach. It was developed in partnership with Troy Hunt, whose website, "Have I Been Pwned" is one of the most popular destinations on the web for security-minded individuals.  This website, in fact, is the driving force behind Mozilla's new service. People will be able to engage with the service in two different ways.  First, by making a direct inquiry to check the status of their various accounts, passwords, and email addresses that ...
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Windows 10 Adoption Continues To Grow 

Windows 10 is far and away the fastest growing version of the OS in the company's history.  It recently hit an installation base of a staggering 700 million devices after about three years on the market. Note that these installation figures include installs not just on PCs, but also on Surface Hubs, Xbox, HoloLenses and smartphones. Unfortunately, as impressive as that number is, it falls well short of Microsoft's original estimate of a billion installs in three years. The smaller than expected number of smartphone installations is the key reason behind the shortfall.   Initially, the company had envisioned these devices adding several hundred million installations to the total count. However, when Microsoft switched gears and decided to abandon the smartphone ...
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