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Five myths about email at work and how to cope with communications overload

Email is integral to the way that many of us work. Yet there is no universally accepted standard for its use, which leaves many of us struggling to find strategies that will help us work effectively without also overstressing or causing email fatigue. There is no shortage of self-help books and time management gurus who argue that email zen is possible. But with so much research being conducted in...[Read More]

Anti-vaxxers are modern-day flat-earthers who deny reality because it fits their world view

Most of the 89,780 people who died of measles globally last year were children under the age of five, according to the World Health Organisation. “Measles is one of the leading causes of death among young children even though a safe and cost-effective vaccine is available,” the medical body states in its Measles fact sheet. “Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused ...[Read More]

The challenge of authenticating real humans in a digital world

Proving identity is a routine part of modern daily life. Many people must show a driver’s license to buy alcohol at a store, flash an ID card to security guards at work, enter passwords and passcodes to retrieve email and other private information, and answer security validation questions when calling banks or credit card companies for customer service. Authentication is also getting easier for pe...[Read More]

How digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa

African countries have worked hard to improve children’s access to basic education, but there’s still significant work to be done. Today, 32,6 million children of primary-school age and 25,7 million adolescents are not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa. The quality of education also remains a significant issue, but there’s a possibility the technology could be part of the solution. The digital...[Read More]

Revelations how Russian propaganda used Facebook to influence US elections worrying

“Winning hearts and minds” is one of those bizarre terms that was popularised this past century in the Vietnam war when many would have first heard it used. The phrase was originally used by a French general in then Indochina in 1895 and is used to characterise propaganda designed to convince the local population the menacing military force in their country was on their side. How deepl...[Read More]

Credit card fraud: what you need to know

If you are the owner of a credit or a debit card, there is a non-negligible chance that you may be subject to fraud, like millions of other people around the world. Starting in the 1980s, there has been an impressive increase in the use of credit, debit and pre-paid cards internationally. According to an October 2016 Nilson Report, in 2015 more than US$31 trillion were generated worldwide by these...[Read More]

Hetzner’s konsoleH Control Panel database hacked: What you need to know and do

If ever there was a way to handle a hack, Hetzner has nailed it. The web-hosting company last night let its customers know that its konsoleH Control Panel database had been compromised. The problem was an SQL injection vulnerability which the company says has already been corrected. Hetzner followed up their frank admission with a list of the actions they’ve taken since the hack was discover...[Read More]

Privacy act implementation failure means those behind SA’s largest data leak will go unpunished

How did it happen that a property company put an estimated 60-million South African’s most sensitive personal information into an insecure database file and on an insecure web server that has now been linked to the biggest data breach in South African history? How did they manage to collate so much data about us without our permission? And, as bizarre as it sounds, how is it that they might ...[Read More]

Ransomware like Bad Rabbit is big business

October is Cybersecurity Awareness month, which is being observed in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere around the world. Ironically, it began with updates about a large-scale hack, and is ending with a large-scale ransomware outbreak. Internet firm Yahoo kicked things off on Oct. 3 when it admitted that hackers in 2013 had accessed information about all three billion of its user accounts, n...[Read More]

Google’s new Go-playing AI learns fast, and even thrashed its former self

Just last year Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo took the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by storm, showing that a computer program could beat the world’s best human Go players. But in a demonstration of the feverish rate of progress in modern AI, details of a new milestone reached by an improved version called AlphaGo Zero were published in Nature. Using less computing power and only three days of ...[Read More]

Why we need to improve cloud computing’s security

Do you often use Facebook? How about Snapchat, Gmail, Dropbox, Slack, Google Drive, Spotify or Minecraft? Perhaps all of them? Bottom line, if you use an online social network, e-mail program, data storage service or a music platform, you are almost certainly using cloud computing. Cloud computing is way of giving access to shared resources such as computer networks, servers, storage, applications...[Read More]

The difference between cybersecurity and cybercrime, and why it matters

A Texas woman in her 50s, let’s call her “Amy,” met a man online calling himself “Charlie.” Amy, who lived in Texas, was in a bad marriage. Charlie said he was a businessman and a Christian, and wooed her. “He was saying all the right things,” Amy later told the FBI. “He was interested in me. He was interested in getting to know me better. He was very positive, and I felt like there was a real con...[Read More]

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