British Public Fears Bitcoin Security Risks

British Public Fears Bitcoin Security Risks as Market Set to Hit $1 Trillion, Says Coinlist.me Poll

British investors are refusing to invest in crypto currencies like Bitcoin over security concerns.

They say a lack of education on the growing cryptocurrency phenomenon is turning them off with half the population (50%) citing perceived security risks as the reason for not investing, according to a new poll published on Coinlist.

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And 88 per cent of respondents to the You Gov poll said they are unlikely to invest in the crypto currency markets this year despite more than a trillion dollars of global assets expected to flood into the sector in 2018.

Institutional investors, hedge funds and a growing number of young people in ChinaSouth Korea and the USA are making a fortune from investing in the currencies which are not linked to banks.

The technology called Blockchain which is behind it is being tipped to revolutionise the globe.

It allows the public to circumvent traditional bank operated channels to transfer money and enter into smart contracts and has been backed by global business leaders including Bill Gates.

It was a key item on the agenda at Davos this week as more and more investors look to developments such as Robo Advisors and brokerage firms like eToro who allow the public to set up accounts and trade in 16 seconds.

While key currencies have fluctuated since December, hundreds are making huge gains.

The poll which has been published on Investoo Group’s Coinlist blog, commissioned by the world’s biggest financial performance marketing company Investoo Group, asked members of the British public what concerns they had with the growing trend.

Exactly half (50%) of those polled said they were put off by safety and security risks while 44% said that a lack of education on how to buy the currencies was a major factor in their decision making.

The Welsh public appeared to be most concerned over perceived security risks in the United Kingdomwith 60% worried about cryptocurrencies with 54% admitting they are unsure how to buy it.

While 92% of Scots revealed they were unlikely to part with their cash and invest in the popular currency markets in 2018.

Just two per cent of Londoners polled said they were ‘very likely to invest’ this year as confusion over how to invest and security weighs on the minds of the public.

While the idea of investing in crypto is most popular (18%) with young people aged between 18 to 24 than all other age groups and compared to 2% of 55 and over.

The news comes as RussiaJapan and other sovereign nations investigate plans to launch full central-backed cryptocurrencies in the coming year and analysts continue to predict a boom.

There are currently 1476 Cryptocurrencies operating across 7926 exchanges with $520 billion in capitalisation.

Hundreds more Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are set to launch on the market this year offering unprecedented choice for investors.

And as institutional investors, hedge funds, and members of the public become more educated on the scale and security features of the Blockchain technology that underpins the markets, analysts say 2018 will mark a significant milestone.

David Merry, Investoo Group CEO, said: “Crypto currency is still finding its way into the mainstream in terms of the public’s perception, however that is set to change this year.

“Crypto investment has yet to catch the imagination of the majority of the British public, but from our own analysis, it is only a matter of time before the public realise just how easy it is to trade and to follow their own investment strategies.

“The explosion in the price of Bitcoin has led to widespread understanding of the currency and understandably the spikes in prices have left people scratching their heads as to how it is valued.

“But what is clear from this polling data is that more has to be done to educate the public on what the investments are, and the security of the Blockchain ledger technology behind them.

“Of course, financial markets always have a risk, but as more and more people become knowledgeable, more products become available and peer to peer Blockchain gets more advanced; crypto is here to stay and it’s increasingly viewed as a viable alternative to traditional investment.

“While talk of a bubble is always going to be around given the volatility, the markets will only continue to gain traction.

“What’s interesting is that the poll shows students are the most knowledgeable, which tends to indicate that there’s most certainly a future in it.”

Teenagers and Higher-Income Households Most Likely to Struggle with Technology Addiction

One in three people find it difficult to take a break from technology, even when they know they should

A third of people (34 percent) in an online survey of 17 countries firmly agree[1] that they find it difficult to take a break from technology (my mobile device, computer, TV, etc.), even when I know I should. This compares to less than half that number (16 percent) who firmly disagree[1] that it is difficult to take a break.

The findings from global research experts, GfK, show that, internationally, gender makes next to no difference in people’s struggle to turn off their devices or ‘unplug’ from technology, with nearly equal percentages of both men and women agreeing they find it difficult.

However, the different age groups and income groups show distinct differences in susceptibility to being ‘always on’.

Younger age groups struggle most with technology addiction

Teenagers (15-19 year olds) are the most likely to struggle with technology addiction, with just under half (44 percent) firmly saying they find it difficult to take a tech break, even when they know they should. This dips to 41 percent for those in their twenties and to 38 percent for those in their thirties. It then falls significantly for the older age groups – standing at 29 percent of those in their forties, 23 percent for those in their fifties and 15 percent for those aged 60 and over.

Critically, the 50-59 and 60+ age groups are the tipping point, where there are higher percentages who firmly indicate they have no problem turning off their technology, than percentages saying they struggle to take a break.

“I find it difficult to take a break from technology, even when I know I should.”


Agreement and disagreement per age group, across 17 countries


Age Group

Agree (top 2 boxes)

Disagree (bottom 2 boxes)


15-19 

44%

11%


20-29

41%

8%


30-39 

38%

12%


40-49

29%

18%


50-59 

23%

25%


60+

15%

33%


Source: GfK survey among 22,000 internet users aged 15+ in 17 countries

 

High income households show biggest gap between those finding it easy or difficult to take tech breaks.

For people living in high-income households (across all 17 countries), 39 percent find it difficult to take a break from technology, even when they know they should, while 11 percent find it easy – a gap of 28 percentage points. This contrasts to those in low-income households, where 30 percent find it difficult, while 20 percent find it easy – a gap of only 10 percentage points.

“I find it difficult to take a break from technology, even when I know I should.”

Agreement and disagreement per household income group, across 17 countries

Agree (top 2 boxes)

Disagree (bottom 2 boxes)


High income 

39%

11%


Medium-high income 

36%

14%


Medium-low income

31%

17%


Low income

30%

20%


Source: GfK survey among 22,000 internet users aged 15+ in 17 countries. Each income band represents a quarter of the total income across all 17 markets (e.g.high income = the top c.25% of earners)

 

China and the Americas have highest percentages who find taking a technology break difficult.Germans lead in finding it easy.

At country level, China (43 percent) has the highest percentage of online population who strongly agree that they find it difficult to break from technology. This is closely followed by the Latin American countries surveyed (Brazil 42 percent, Argentina 40 percent, Mexico 38 percent), with the USA coming fifth (31 percent).

On the other side, Germany has the highest percentage (35 percent) of online population who strongly disagree that taking a break from tech is difficult. This is followed by the Netherlands (30 percent), Belgium (28 percent) and Canada and Russia (both 27 percent).

GfK’s findings clearly show where the key markets lie at a number of levels – from brands offering the latest devices targeting happily ‘always-on’ consumers, to brands offering ‘quality time’ services that resonate with people who like to break from technology.

A complimentary report showing findings by gender, age and income for each of the 17 countries is available here: http://www.gfk.com/global-studies/global-study-overview/

A third of UK adults now using Facebook as their main source of news

36 percent of UK adults use Facebook to read up on daily news and current events

Over a third of adults* in the UK admit to using social networking site, Facebook, as their primary means for reading the news and staying up-to-date with what’s going on in the world.

New research* on behalf of Compare Cover, the life insurance comparison website, shows that 36 percent of Brits use Facebook purely to keep on top of current affairs and trending topics in the news, rather than turning to newspapers or online news sites.

Confirming that the scope of social networking sites continues to expand**, it seems that the world’s biggest social network is giving rise to a host of Brits who prefer to have their news stories recommended by friends and family, rather than having to go straight to the source.

Compare Cover’s Business Development Director, Mike Preston, said: “With the term ‘fake news’ dominating the media at the moment, it’s really interesting to see that the UK public are turning towards social networking sites for their news rather than to traditional media, as they might have done previously.

“It may well be that this offers a much more tailored approach to reading the news than we’ve experienced in the past, because we know that we are more likely to be interested in stories that our peers are interested in. What’s evident from these results is that Facebook and similar sites have provided Brits with the opportunity to decide for themselves which stories hold more interest and validity than others, and can easily recommend those stories to their Facebook friends.”

The results come as part of a campaign looking at what people truly value in life from Compare Cover, which has been helping people with their insurance needs since 1999.

Alongside those making the claim, nearly half of Brits (49 percent) admitted to using Facebook for keeping up-to-date with others while still keeping a low profile, and a majority of 62 percent of respondents said they used Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends.

Of those questioned, residents in Northern Ireland and the North East were most likely to use Facebook purely to find out what other users were up to, while people in Scotland were the most likely in the UK to use it primarily for staying in touch with family and friends.

One in ten respondents admitted to using Facebook because they don’t want to miss out, with those in Northern Ireland (27 percent) the most concerned about not being in the loop. Meanwhile, six percent said they used the social media platform for work purposes.

On Facebook being used for keeping tabs on others, Mike added: “Not wanting to expose yourself online is an admirable trait in many ways, as much of our personal activity is now accessible online. Safeguarding ourselves and our families in any way we can is as much a tradition in Britain as ‘Keeping up with the Jones’’ is perceived by many to be.

“But not only has the rise of digital enabled us to keep in touch with loved ones more easily, it has also made ensuring your home and family are protected against potential unforeseen events much easier too. With the rise of digital comparison platforms offering the consumer unprecedented access to a wide range of policies quickly and efficiently, it’s now possible to protect your family’s future from as little as £5 per month.”

Over 200 Million People Now Have Gigabit Internet Availability

There are currently 603 gigabit internet implementations, a jump of 72 percent since June 2016.

Viavi Solutions (NASDAQ: VIAV) today announced an updated version of Gigabit Monitor, the company’s visual database referencing current and planned gigabit deployments around the world. Analysis of deployments reveals that 219 million people globally now have gigabit internet available to them, equating to roughly 3 percent of the global population. There are currently 603 gigabit internet implementations, a jump of 72 percent since June 2016.

The Gigabit Monitor is a web-based tool intended to showcase the state-of-play of gigabit internet provision across the world, based on publicly available data. This living database is updated regularly, based on deployment announcements and feedback from users. The site has been overhauled since its launch in 2016 to include population coverage estimates, giving a clearer picture of gigabit progress across the world. The following information is based on Viavi’s analysis of that data.

The United States has the highest number of people with access to gigabit internet (56.4 million) with a population coverage of 17 percent. Singapore currently has the highest proportion of citizens with gigabit internet availability at 95 percent. South Korea has the second highest number of citizens with gigabit internet availability (46.7 million), representing 93 percent of its population.

Of the current gigabit installations tracked by Gigabit Monitor, unsurprisingly, 91 percent are based on fiber – with cellular connections accounting for 3.65 percent, HFC accounting for 5.26 percent, and WiFi making up less than 1 percent.  However, with many launches of gigabit LTE and 5G expected in the near future, the scale of cellular gigabit connectivity is expected to change significantly. This is reflected in Viavi’s State of 5G Trials, which shows that 25 mobile operators are currently lab-testing 5G, with 12 of those reporting that they have progressed to field trials.

The new Gigabit Monitor has been upgraded to display dynamically updated infographics showing the current state of gigabit internet provision in all 41 countries where it is available. Each country’s gigabit internet profile displays the estimated population coverage, global ranking, gigabit launches over time and a listing of local gigabit providers.

“2016 was a turning point for gigabit connectivity, as many cities around the world reached the point whereby gigabit internet was available to most of its residents,” said Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, Viavi Solutions. “Yet the gigabit revolution shows no signs of cooling down in 2017. As bandwidth increases, so does consumer appetite for it. Likewise new business models have been quick to take advantage of new bandwidth, as we’ve seen with streaming video and audio in the recent past – and which we believe will continue in the near future with VR, AR and the Internet of Things.”

About Gigabit Monitor
The Gigabit Monitor is a visual database based on publicly available data. It is updated regularly, and users are invited to submit information on new, publicly announced gigabit deployments or updates to existing information. The Gigabit Monitor is not intended to be an exhaustive resource. Sources of information included company websites, press announcements, industry trade media and local newspapers. Service providers marketing speeds ‘up to 1 Gbps’ but not explicitly advertising 1 Gbps service were not included. Visit: www.gigabitmonitor.com.

About Viavi Solutions
Viavi (NASDAQ: VIAV) is a global provider of network test, monitoring and assurance solutions to communications service providers, enterprises and their ecosystems, supported by a worldwide channel community including Viavi Velocity Solution Partners. We deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks, enabling customers to optimize connectivity, quality of experience and profitability. Viavi is also a leader in high performance thin film optical coatings, providing light management solutions to anti-counterfeiting, consumer electronics, automotive, defense and instrumentation markets. Learn more about Viavi at www.viavisolutions.com. Follow us on Viavi Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

Technology overload affecting sleep patterns

New research shows UK productivity suffers due to nation’s poor sleep habits and technology overload

New research commissioned by the makers of leading sleep aid brand Nytol*, has revealed that over a quarter of people (26%) believe they operate at half their capacity or less, after a bad night’s sleep. 46% get stressed more easily and one in four (25%) people in full time employment feel less in control at work after a poor night’s sleep.

Furthermore, 40% of people claim they “often feel tired”. This also comes at a time when we are seeing the UK’s productivity lag way behind other economies, suggesting that our nation’s sleep habits are not just affecting us individually, but may be having a serious knock on impact on the UK economy.

Half (50%) of those questioned are getting a maximum of six hours sleep a night. This falls short of recommendations put forward by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), who have devised a “Slumber Number”, stating 18-64 year olds need an average of 7-9 hours a night. The RSPH is urging the UK government to deliver a national strategy to urgently address the nation’s under-sleeping habits. Regular poor sleep is known to increase the risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as shortening your life expectancy.

Further findings from the new research by Nytol looking at the cause of poor sleep, have shown that a third of people in full time work (32%) are losing sleep because they feel they have too many demands on their time, while 30% are kept awake by unfinished to do lists and 11% by having too many emails in their inbox.

A quarter of young adults (aged 16-24) claim they are often going to bed later than planned because they are working late and a third (33%) stay up browsing the internet.

Sleep expert, Dr Neil Stanley comments,
“Many people are stuck in a vicious cycle. Poor sleep habits make people less productive in the workplace and when suffering with sleepiness, they often find it harder to make critical decisions. We then see people taking work home with them, sometimes working late into the night. This in turn can disrupt sleep for the following night. “

In our “always available” culture, the impact of technology on sleep is becoming increasingly problematic. Some experts believe that blue light emitted from screens affects the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, which is causing an increase in sleep disturbances. It is therefore not surprising that sleep disturbances are becoming increasingly common when research has shown that one in five (20%) people living in London check their email at least five times an hour.

Almost a quarter (24%) of 16-24 year olds and a fifth (21%) of people aged 25-34 are browsing the internet and checking emails between 11pm-1am. Furthermore, 23% of young people go on social media and 26% browse the internet when they are having trouble sleeping.

Dr Stanley continues,
“People now commonly turn to devices as a means of distraction when they are struggling to drop off to sleep. However, this is likely to be making the situation worse. There are three vital steps to help ensure you have a restful night’s sleep – an environment conducive to sleep, a relaxed body and a quiet mind. Going to bed and waking up at a regular time can also help to avoid sleep disturbances. When you are out of a normal sleep pattern, sleep aids** can be helpful for some people to re-establish a normal rhythm by teaching your body when it is time to sleep.”

Additional findings from the research showed that despite the impact sleep deprivation, 27% of people would choose to do nothing about not being able to sleep on a regular basis. The same proportion (27%) of people would be likely to try a natural/herbal remedy. However, a huge proportion were unable to identify any natural active ingredients that can help to induce sleep: 89% were unaware that valerian helps to induce sleep, 96% were unaware of hops and 98% of passion flower.

For occasional nights when you need help to drop off, new Nytol Herbal Simply Sleep One-A-Night is a traditional herbal medicinal product containing natural active ingredients that is used to provide temporary relief from sleep disturbances. From the UK’s number 1 sleep aid brand*, Nytol Herbal Simply Sleep One-A-Night contains 385mg of valerian root extract which has been used for decades to induce sleep and promote calmness. One tablet should be taken with water 30-60 minutes before bed. Available in packs of 21 tablets (RRP £5.99***) from supermarkets, health and beauty stores and pharmacies.

Suitable for adults over 18 years of age.

More information can be found at: www.nytol.co.uk

Nytol Herbal Simply Sleep One-A-Night tablets contain valerian root extract. Traditional herbal medicinal product for use in the relief of temporary sleep disturbances exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the leaflet.

Parents have serious concerns about their children being exposed to inappropriate content online

In a survey 92% of respondents who are parents said blocking children’s access to inappropriate content was their overriding priority

When keeping children safe online, 92% of UK parents consider the ability to block inappropriate content as the most valuable feature of internet security software, according to new research from consumer security company, BullGuard.

It’s an important point to note as we’re set to observe the International Day of Families on May 15. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.

There is a wide range of unhealthy material that children can inadvertently be exposed to online such as adult or sexual content, controversial content such as criminal activity, cults, hate and intolerance and illegal drugs websites. This also includes exposure to inappropriate pop-up ads, and alcohol, tobacco and gambling sites.

BullGuard carried out a survey among 10,000 UK consumers to establish their views about online protection. 92% of respondents who are parents said blocking children’s access to inappropriate content was their overriding priority.

A further 62% said monitoring children’s activity online was their main reason for using parental control software while 49% said setting limits around internet usage was their priority.

“Today’s children are true digital natives, growing up with technology as a natural feature of their environment,” said Paul Lipman, CEO at consumer security company, BullGuard.

“The internet opens up endless opportunities for children and it’s positive to see from our research that parents are becoming even more savvy when it comes to doing all they can to protect children from the negative aspects of the online world.”

The survey also revealed that 66% of people have used a free antivirus solution in the past – and of those who decided to switch from free AV to a paid-for cybersecurity solution, 65% said it was because they wanted better protection and 61% said they felt safer using paid-for cybersecurity protection.

In recognition and support of International Day of Families, BullGuard is offering 90 day’s FREE trial of BullGuard Internet Security to help keep parents, their children and their families stay safe online.

BullGuard has also released a valuable Parents’ Guide to Protecting Children Online.

It’s packed with practical advice and tips to help parents keep their children safe online.

New Opera Browser Adds Support for Social Messengers

Opera becomes the first major browser to integrate social messenger services,

Today, Opera becomes the first major browser to integrate social messenger services, allowing users to chat side-by-side as they browse. With the release of the new browser, codenamed “Reborn”, Opera continues on the path to redefine what a web browser should be.

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Making social messengers great on laptops

Over the last few years, web versions of social messengers have increasingly become popular. However, switching between tabs when responding to a message has been cumbersome and inefficient, until now. With the new browser, Opera allows the messengers to reside within your browser without the need to install any extensions or apps.

“Social messengers completely changed our lives by allowing us to work, discover new things and communicate at the same time,” says Krystian Kolondra, Head of Opera browser. “This shift has come with smartphones, but desktops and laptops, while theoretically more powerful multitasking tools, have been left behind. We believe this needs to change.”

Now, Opera allows users to chat with their friends while browsing. The new messenger experience includes:

  • A quick access to web versions of popular messengers – Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram – directly from the browser’s sidebar
  • Simultaneous browsing and chatting
  • An option to pin the messenger tab for even easier multitasking
  • Easy photo sharing by dragging any online picture to the messenger’s icon
  • Shortcuts allowing users to instantly switch between messengers

Its time to rethink the browser

Over the last year, Opera has introduced a series of novel features such as free VPN and native ad blocking. At the beginning of 2017, the company released Opera Neon, a concept browser that captured the essence of how browsing might look like in the future.

Opera Neon allowed users to hop between discovering new content and chatting with friends, or even sharing online discoveries while browsing. Now, this part of Neon has been brought to the “Reborn” Opera browser.

This release, in addition to the new messenger experience, brings a fresh look, new icons, colors, wallpapers and a touch of animation.

The new interface includes:

  • Brand new look and feel
  • Simplified and lighter tabs
  • Fresh and refined icons
  • The new, more subtle and refined sidebar with a touch of animation
  • Refreshed Speed Dial
  • A dark theme for the browser
  • A set of new backgrounds
  • Private mode animations

Watch the behind the scenes video.

Is your child addicted to their smartphone?

Next generation app gives parents more control over how their children use smartphones and tablets

It is one of the greatest challenges facing parents today: how many hours of the day is my child glued to their smartphone screen, and how are they using that time?

A Toronto-based company has unveiled the next generation parental control solution to selectively block their children’s app and Internet access based on a schedule. The technology – redgreentree – is created by parents for parents, and is designed to combat the harmful effects of smartphone misuse and distraction, without invading the child’s privacy.

“We have transformed the smartphone and tablet,” says Nicholas Minovski, co-founder of redgreentree. “What was once a distraction is now a purpose-driven tool.”

With the technology, parents can rest assured their child will not be distracted by social media, streaming media or games while at school or during bedtime.

“It’s not entirely the child’s fault they spend so much time on their devices,” Minovski says. “Apps are designed to be addictive and engaging. The objective with this new app is to assist parents in overseeing how their children are using new technologies. It is more about promoting communication and collaboration with the children, giving parents a tool in helping to educate.”

Key features of the new technology include:

  • Simple and intuitive family management via a dashboard, allowing parents and caregivers to quickly and remotely manage when their children can spend time on certain apps on their mobile devices
  • Schedules that enforce time management skills (school, homework, dinner, bedtime or even piano)
  • Application blocking that can be done at the individual app level or by category, both of which can be applied to a schedule
  • Multiple administrators, including school teachers, unlimited number of schedules and application-specific blocking
  • Family messaging to ensure ongoing communication and organization

The app is available for download at the Google Play store, and costs $2.49 on a monthly plan, with bi-yearly and annual plans at a discounted rate.

About redgreentree:
Created by parents for parents, redgreentree was conceived through first-hand experiences and the desire to create a viable solution that leverages classical parenting and addresses the parent/child technology gap. Redgreentree is focused on the development of the family unit in an ever-increasing technical world. Social responsibility is central to the company’s beliefs, which is why redgreentree defines success a bit differently than most companies. The spirit of redgreentree comes to life by sharing in any successes. The company believes in giving back to communities, so a portion of proceeds from sales of the app will be donated to children’s charities. “You can feel good knowing that your subscription is helping manage your child’s technology and making a positive impact in the lives of other children,” says Minovski. For more information on the company visit www.redgreentree.com

Continued Growth of the “Internet of Me” Has 88 Percent of Consumers Considering the Risks of Using Connected Devices

National Cyber Security Awareness Month reminds all digital citizens to stay educated about cutting-edge technology and better protect against their associated threats

From the appliances and thermostats in our homes to apps and wearables that track our health and fitness to the vehicles we drive and the streetlights and traffic signals that guide us on the road, smart technologies are becoming increasingly interconnected with our everyday lives. A new ESET/National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) study1 on the Internet of Things (IoT) – the connectivity of a wide variety of “things” to the internet – reveals that 56 percent of consumers own up to three devices – not counting their computers and smartphones – that connect to their home routers, with 22 percent having between four and 10 additional connected devices and three percent owning more than 10. Despite the growing number of connected devices in the home, however, 43 percent of respondents reported either not having changed their default router passwords or not being sure whether they had done so. In Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), NCSA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and their partners in industry, government and the nonprofit sector are collaborating to educate the general public about the risks associated with smart devices and how everyone can better protect themselves and their information online.

“The Internet of Things presents tremendous opportunities for managing our health, homes and businesses, but we need to have our eyes wide open about the risks as well,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of NCSA. “IoT technology is driven by personal information – it’s really an ‘Internet of Me’ – so it’s important to be proactive about understanding what information your devices collect about you, how that information is used, where it’s being stored and what kind of control you have over it. Additionally, it’s especially important to pay attention to the security of your mobile device if you are using it to control IoT devices – as well as your router, if you’re connecting devices to it.”

ESET/NCSA’s study and accompanying infographic, which examine consumers’ connected device use and habits and attitudes on IoT security, also found the following:

  • A majority of consumers (88%) have thought about the fact that IoT devices (and the data they collect) could be accessed by hackers.
  • Fifty percent of consumers have been discouraged from purchasing an IoT device due to concerns about cybersecurity.
  • Nearly one in four respondents (24%) uses an app from their mobile device or computer to remotely access or control devices in their home (e.g., front door lock, home security system, TV, thermostat).
  • Seventy-seven percent of consumers know that some cars may be vulnerable to hacking, and 45 percent are somewhat or very concerned that their cars could be hacked.
  • A majority of consumers (85%) know that some computer webcams can be accessed by hackers to spy on them without their knowledge, and 29 percent are or have been afraid that someone might have accessed their webcams or video calls without their consent.

“The reality is, the bad guys go where the opportunities are, and data from IoT devices will increasingly become a golden opportunity for them,” said Andrew Lee, CEO of ESET North America. “That is why the education and awareness NCSA is bringing to the public is so important. It’s truly a reminder for people to stop and think before they connect.”

A NCSAM keystone event today at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City will bring together a group of key industry influencers. Topics will address the exciting opportunities presented by our ever-growing, cutting-edge world and how to secure our rapidly expanding ecosystem and build a future of security through modernization and trust. The event will also be attended by media guests and leaders in the private and public sectors. Panel discussions will focus on securely integrating smart tech into daily life and building a trusted, secure and connected enterprise and ecosystem. Sponsors of the event include Cisco, LifeLock and CompTIA.

“Every day, organizations face new opportunities and risks that technologies such as IoT create. While some leaders see the potential for improved business operations and financial gain, and see security as an enabler of those technologies, others consider security an obstacle,” said Anthony Grieco, senior director and trust strategy officer at Cisco. “Cisco understands how important it is to build a corporate culture that encourages all employees to take ownership of security so that new technologies can be seamlessly integrated without disruption. Organizations like NCSA and events like NCSAM are helping educate the public about critical aspects of cybersecurity that benefit both consumers and businesses.”

Rapidly advancing technology is making our lives easier and unlocking potential for the future, but it’s important to remember to STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ NCSA recommends following these tips to enjoy the countless benefits of cutting-edge tech with more peace of mind:

  • Learn how to maintain the cybersecurity of your IoT devices: Protecting smart devices like wearables and connected appliances might be different than securing your computer or smartphone; research the process for keeping IoT devices secure before you purchase them and take measures to safeguard your devices over time.
  • Pay attention to the Wi-Fi router in your home: Use a strong password to protect the device, keep it up to date and name it in a way that won’t let people know it’s in your house.
  • Delete when done: Many of us download apps for specific purposes or have apps that are no longer useful or interesting to us. It’s good security practice to delete apps you no longer use.
  • Own your online presence: Understand what information your devices collect and how it’s managed and stored. Additionally, before adopting a new smart device, do your research to make sure others have had positive experiences from a security and privacy perspective.
  • Lock down your login: Fortify your online accounts by enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device. Your usernames and passwords are not enough to protect key accounts like email, banking and social media.
    • Here’s new resource: You wear a seatbelt, use sunscreen and look twice before crossing the road, so why not layer up your login with MFA? Intel created this series of social media-ready gifs that illustrate the ways we layer up offline and online.

“Less than a decade ago, mobile devices came into our lives. Today, they provide convenience we cannot imagine living without. Because these devices are so vital to our daily lives, people may take them for granted and pay less attention to their security,” said Kaiser. “But when you start bringing devices into the home – a sanctuary and traditionally the most private place to most Americans – you want to be really thoughtful about when, how and what you connect to the internet. Additionally, you will most likely keep some of your IoT devices, like smart refrigerators or cars, much longer than you would have a smartphone or tablet, so it’s especially important to think about the security and privacy capabilities of these bigger-purchase connected items before making long-term investments in them.”

Check out the NCSAM Week 4 infographic for more information on leveraging your “Internet of Me” more safely and securely.

NCSAM Week 4 Resources for Navigating Your Continuously Connected Life
The following tools and materials can help you better understand cutting-edge technology, safeguard your devices and manage your personal information, security and privacy in the growing IoT.

  • DHS Resources
    • The STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ Toolkit: This toolkit provides tip cards and other materials by topic and includes online safety tips for public Wi-Fi, mobile banking and payments, connecting to the Internet of Things and using mobile devices.
    • CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service is a program designed to grow and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals who protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. The program provides scholarships and stipends to undergraduate and graduate students attending participating institutions. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Cisco Resources
    • 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report: Attackers have days, months or even longer to lay solid foundations for attacks and devise innovative ways to maximize the impact. Defenders must reduce attackers’ time to operate. This report highlights how adversaries remain active and undetected and the challenges defenders must overcome to undermine attackers’ success.
    • Cybersecurity Now and In the Future – Our Shared Responsibility: NCSAM is a good time to reflect on security issues, trends and best practices that every citizen and business should know. Read Cisco Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust Officer John N. Stewart’srecent blog to learn more.
  • Logical Operations Resources
    • CyberSAFE Readiness Test: End-users play a critical role in protecting their organization’s data, but they are often the weakest link in the security chain due to lack of awareness of potential threats. The CyberSAFE Readiness Test is a complimentary tool that can be used to measure the extent to which employees can recognize and avoid common cyber threats like phishing, malware, and non-secure websites.
    • Complimentary NCSAM Kits: Help keep cybersecurity awareness front and center in your organization with a complimentary NCSAM kit. The kits, created by Logical Operations, include cybersecurity PSAs to hang up at your office, tent cards to place in breakrooms, web cam privacy covers and emails you can send to your employees.
  • What is your phone telling your rental car?: When you rent a connected car and use its infotainment system, it may store personal information, and a rental car may also keep your mobile phone number, call and message logs or even contacts and text messages. If you decide to rent a connected car, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) tips and video can help you protect your personal information both while and after you’re on the go

Upcoming NCSAM Events

  • Security of Things Forum // Washington, Thursday, Oct. 27, 8 a.m.5 p.m. (EDT), JW Marriott, Washington, D.C.: The rapid spread of the Internet of Things inside America’s most critical industries is raising a new set of security concerns. Created by The Security Ledger and Passcode, this daylong event will bring together policymakers, experts and executives to explore the myriad risks associated with the industrial IoT and the best and most promising solutions for securing these new technologies. Learn more and register here.
  • NCSAM Week 5 Keystone Event, Monday, Oct. 31, 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.: The George Washington University’s (GW’s) Division of Information Technology is hosting a keystone event to educate the community on the importance of cybersecurity and discuss public-private partnerships toward critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity careers, scholarships and community programs. The event will feature remarks from representatives of GW, DHS, Cisco, Tripwire and NCSA. Learn more and RSVP here.
  • National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference & Expo 2016, Tuesday, Nov. 1Wednesday, Nov. 2, Westin Kansas City Crown Center, Kansas City, MO: The NICE 2016 Conference and Expo features thought leaders from education, government, industry and nonprofits who are addressing the cybersecurity education, training and workforce needs of the nation. This two-day event includes face-to-face convening of public-private partners, an opportunity to signal NICE strategic directions and priorities and a forum to showcase best practices. Learn more here.

Throughout the month, you can follow the NCSAM conversation on social media using the hashtag #CyberAware (and tagging your own posts with #CyberAware, too!). Additionally, @STOPTHNKCONNECT is hosting weekly Twitter chats throughout October to discuss different topics and trends in cybersecurity. Tune in Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. EDT to join the conversation, and visit the STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ website for the full chat schedule. NCSA has created sample social media posts, infographics, posters, memes and morethat encourage organizations and individuals to show their support for NCSAM and that can be downloaded and shared. You can also get the latest resources as they are available by registering as a NCSAM Champion. Finally, check out the Stay Safe Online blog for NCSAM posts from NCSA and partners during the month of October.

About National Cyber Security Awareness Month
National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Now in its 13th year, NCSAM is co-founded and co-led by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, the nation’s leading nonprofit public-private partnership promoting the safe and secure use of the Internet and digital privacy. Recognized annually in October, NCSAM involves the participation of a multitude of industry leaders ‒ mobilizing individuals, small and medium-sized businesses, nonprofits, academia, multinational corporations and governments. Encouraging digital citizens around the globe to STOP. THINK. CONNECT., NCSAM is harnessing the collective impact of its programs and resources to increase awareness about today’s ever-evolving cybersecurity landscape. Visit the NCSA media room to learn more.

About the National Cyber Security Alliance
The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NCSA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; AT&T Services, Inc.; Bank of America; Barclays; BlackBerry Corporation; Cisco; Comcast Corporation; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Intel Corporation; Logical Operations; Microsoft Corp.; NXP Semiconductors; PayPal; PKWARE; Raytheon; RSA, the Security Division of EMC; Salesforce; SANS Institute; Symantec and Visa Inc. NCSA’s core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), Data Privacy Day (January 28) and STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness and education campaign cofounded by NCSA and the Anti Phishing Working Group, with federal government leadership from DHS. For more information on NCSA, please visit staysafeonline.org/about-us/overview/.

About STOP. THINK. CONNECT.
STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™ is the global cybersecurity education and awareness campaign. The campaign was created by an unprecedented coalition of private companies, nonprofits and government organizations with leadership provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security leads the federal engagement in the campaign. Learn how to get involved at stopthinkconnect.org.

One in three people prefer using their smartphone to having sex

Delvv’s Digital Habits Survey 2016 surveyed a sample of 355 Americans, ages 18 and above, using SurveyMonkey

Husband while his internet addict wife is using mobile phone

Mobile app developer Delvv® released some surprising results with its recent Digital Habits Survey 2016, showcasing just how attached Americans are to their smartphones. Delvv’s Digital Habits Survey 2016 included a series of four “Would You Rather?” questions. The survey found that more than a quarter of Americans would rather give up sex than smartphones.

“All the research comparing smartphone addiction to substance abuse sparked an idea: Why don’t we ask Americans to choose between their devices and vices?” said Felice Miller Gabriel, founder and President of Delvv. “For a shocking number of Americans, smartphones now trump basic human needs like physical intimacy and food.”

Delvv’s Digital Habits Survey 2016 surveyed a sample of 355 Americans, ages 18 and above, using SurveyMonkey Audience. The “Would You Rather?” questions were one part of the 28 question survey.

Delvv’s “Would You Rather?” questions elicited the following responses:

Would You Rather…give up sexual interactions for three months or switch to a dumb phone (i.e. a phone that can call and text only; no apps, email, or internet) for three months?

  • 29% of Americans would rather give up sexual relations.
    • A higher percentage of female respondents (35%) than male respondents (21%) would give up sex.
    • Respondents who reported low anxiety and strong connections were less likely to give up sex (23% and 25% respectively).

Would You Rather…give up alcohol for one month or give up your smartphone for one week?

  • 74% of Americans would prefer to give up alcohol for one month than give up a smartphone for one week.
    • 84% of Millennials (18-29 years old) elected to give up alcohol compared to 74% of Baby Boomers (60+) and 71% of Gen Xers (30-59).
    • People with weak connections to friends and family were less likely to give up alcohol (68%) compared to people with strong connections (77%).

Would You Rather…give up sweets for a month or switch to a dumb phone for one week?

  • Americans were split between sweets and smartphones. 49% would prefer to give up sweets for one month, while 51% would prefer to trade a smartphone for a dumb phone for one week.
    • Unhappy respondents were more likely to choose their smartphone. 57% of respondents who reported low happiness gave up sweets to keep the smartphone. Only 47% of respondents who reported high happiness levels made the same decision.

Would You Rather…give up social networking for one day or fast for one day?

  • 86% of Americans would prefer to give up social networking for one day than fast for one day.
    • However, 22% of respondents who reported high anxiety levels would choose to give up food before social networking compared to just 9% of respondents with low anxiety levels.

“We were surprised to find so much consistency across generations,” said Raefer Gabriel, CEO of Delvv. “Despite the stereotype of Millennials being glued to screens, it appears that Gen Xers and Baby Boomers are equally attached to their smartphones. Psychological well-being seems to predict smartphone attachment better than age. Still, we’ve only scratched the surface.”

To view the Delvv Digital Habits Survey 2016 results, visit http://delvv.com/blog/?p=369.

About Delvv®
Delvv® is building the next generation of mobile apps to tackle information overload. Silicon Valley-based Delvv was founded in 2013 by co-founder and former Chief Scientist of Reputation.com, Raefer Gabriel, and consumer products executive Felice Miller Gabriel. For more information visit www.delvv.com.

Majority Say Internet Has Become Less Safe

52 Percent of Americans Report the Internet is Less Safe Than it was 5 Years Ago

With nearly half of Americans reporting they have been tricked or defrauded, citizens are concerned that the internet is becoming less safe and want tougher federal and state laws to combat online criminals, according to a new Digital Citizens Alliance survey released today.

In the survey of 1,215 Americans, 46 percent said they had been the victim of a scam or fraud, had credit card information stolen, or had someone steal their identity. One in three Americans reported suffering financial loss – with 10 percent reporting that the loss had been over $1,000.

Just as troubling, a majority of Americans (52 percent) reported that they felt the internet was less safe than it was five years ago. Only 12 percent said that the internet was more safe. Against the backdrop of these concerns, an overwhelming number of Americans (71 percent) want tougher federal and state laws.

“We’ve reached a point where Americans are bracing for what comes next – a stolen credit card, a breach of sensitive information, or criminal scam,” said Tom Galvin, Executive Director of the Digital Citizens Alliance, a consumer-focused group that raises awareness about the pitfalls and dangers online. “It’s a bad sign when Americans think the internet is becoming less safe, so it’s vital that governmental entities such as the Federal Trade Commission and others ensure that crime does not pay.”

The Digital Citizens online survey presents a troubling round-up of how Americans are under siege:

  • 69 percent of Americans reported finding malware or other computer viruses on their computers. In recent months, DCA has exposed how criminals are using content theft websites to lure consumers so they can expose them to malware, which can lead to financial loss, identity theft, ransomware and a host of other risks.
  • One in five Americans reported that they have purchased something online, but never received it nor got a refund of their money. DCA reporting has shown how younger Americans in particular are at risk because they are more apt to shop on less credible websites offering deals.
  • 42 percent of Americans report that they had their credit card information stolen and used. In 2014, a DCA report showed how thieves were selling credit card information after the Target breach of financial information.
  • One in five Americans reported that either their computer or their company’s computer systems have been hacked at some time.
  • 71 percent of Americans report “I feel like I have to be on guard.” One in six said they feel they need to be “constantly on guard that someone is trying to harm me.”

“Americans want their leaders – whether they work in government or at the tech companies that bring us technology – to step up and combat this epidemic of online crime and risk,” said Galvin. “Americans deserve to feel safe whether they are shopping in a mall or on Amazon. They shouldn’t have to worry about someone stealing their credit card information, whether it’s at a restaurant or on Etsy.”

Vrge Analytics conducted the online survey, posting the questions on SurveyMonkey. Between 7/27-7/29, 1,215 Americans responded. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 percent. Click here to see the full survey at the DCA website, digitalcitizensalliance.org.

Grandparents Are More Tech-Savvy Than You Think

The vast majority of people aged 60+ in the United States are not as tech-deficient as their millennial grandchildren might assume.

According to recent survey results derived from the American Grandparents Association and visitors at its content site, Grandparents.com (OTCQB: GPCM), the vast majority of people aged 60+ in the United States are not as tech-deficient as their millennial grandchildren might assume.

The survey showed an overwhelming consensus that the Internet, new technologies and even mobile apps have become commonplace among those in our grandparents’ demographic. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they own a smartphone, which is a significant departure from the flip-phones and landlines of even five years ago.

Close to 60% of those surveyed said they only sometimes need help navigating technology, while almost 20% designated themselves as “extremely” fluent and found new technologies “easy for me to use.” Less than one percent of respondents said they were “not at all” involved with the Internet while nearly everyone confirmed that they are checking search engines like Google and email frequently.

Our grandparents’ digital adaptability extends to social media. Over 70% have active Facebook profiles—which may be less surprising than the considerable 30% who said they check Pinterest regularly, or even the 8% and 9% who are now on Twitter and Instagram. Grandparents.com‘s survey results confirm the findings of a Pew Research Center report that found a huge increase in social media activity amongst seniors from 2005 to 2015.

“What we’re seeing is an older generation rapidly adapt to new modes of connecting and communicating so that they can maintain wonderful relationships with their grandkids,” said grandfather and American Grandparents Association CEO, Steve Leber. “There have been major shifts over the past decade, and grandparents are using smartphones to stay up to date on everything from current events and the stock market to last night’s sports scores. The majority of older adults are shopping, searching and conducting a significant amount of their lives online. This group is more technologically sophisticated than they’ve ever been.”

Despite these clear shifts in behavior, America’s grandparents remain romantically old-fashioned. Only 5% would prefer to meet people through online dating while 70% opted for a face-to-face scenario.

Even with significant majorities of the survey population actively engaging digital technologies on a regular basis, “understanding technology” still ranked number one on the list of things these respondents said they need help with in life, narrowly edging out exercise and housework, and statistically dwarfing their concerns about keeping finances straight or managing their health. This concern with keeping up could hardly be a clearer indication that our grandparents have joined along with the tide of technology and they seem poised to continue on that path.

About Grandparents.com, Inc.
Grandparents.com, Inc. (OTCQB: GPCM) is a digital media company that focuses on services for America’s 72 million grandparents and their families, by providing information on topics that matter most to this demographic – health & wellness, money, family, travel and more. Through its membership association, The American Grandparents Association, Grandparents.com offers members access to special benefits including discounts and rebates on products, services, and certain insurance products. With approximately 10 million annual site visitors and 2 million registered users, the American Grandparents Association and its content site,Grandparents.com, is a leading resource for people 50+. Visit www.americangrandparentsassociation.com or www.grandparents.com

Parents across the UK agree that technology is damaging their children

Parents across the UK agree that technology is damaging their children and would like to go back to the ‘old days’ and pledge their support for the UK’s National Unplugging Day

Parents across the UK agree that technology is taking over their lives and is damaging their children. Individuals are being urged to unplug on Sunday 26 June 2016 in celebration of the second annual National Unplugging Day in the UK.

National Unplugging Day is asking all individuals and families to put down their smartphones, tablets and computers for 24 hours to experience life unplugged.

Parenting experts warn that digital devices are harming relationships, stopping the young from developing face to face communication skills and teaching children that disappearing into digital devices for hours is a healthy activity.

The leading parenting website MyFamilyClub have carried out a study with over 2000 parents from across the UK which had some striking statistics and found that the average parent spends up to 5 hours per day on a smartphone. Typically their children are spending similar times using screens with 80% of children spending 4-5 hours per day on digital devices and with 15% of children spending in excess of 6 hours of screen time across various devices.

Nearly all the parents surveyed (87%) agreed that technology is damaging to their children’s childhood and nearly all the parents surveyed (94%) wanted the tech industry to help educate them and offer guidelines for safe usage. The statistics also show that more than half of parents (51%) would like to go back to the days of no technology or smartphones and a life less complicated.

The survey also discovered that 41% of parents agreed that family times are ruined from digital distractions and 42% of parents said they use technology to calm their children down or to stop family arguments.

Parenting expert Gemma Johnson CEO and Founder of MyFamilyClub.co.uk says “As a parent I experience the struggle trying to juggle work and family life and the additional demands of existing in a digital world. We all lead busy lives but it is so important to lead by example with our device usage, boundaries are set by the parents first We want to encourage the nation to put away their digital devices, unplug and pledge to spend time doing something different with their children such as going out for a bike ride, going the park, learning a new activity or taking a walk in the woods.”

Johnson adds: We are encouraging people to unplug and engage in life without a digital connection and be present for our children. I’m urging all individuals to check how much they are using technology and look at the impact it is having on those around you. I certainly didn’t realise how much time I was spending on my smart phone until my oldest son pointed it out, this is why this campaign is so important to me.”

The statistics also revealed that more than a third of parents (37%) agree that communication with their children is being harmed by today’s technology.

As smartphones and advances in technology invade our daily activities, parents are increasingly less present and available for their children and mental health officials are very worried on the long term effects this may have on our children.

Dr Mark Silvert, Medical Director & Consultant Psychiatrist said: “With the evolution of the internet and smart phones, families can now often be found in the room together but not actually spending any real time bonding or sharing experiences. With modern families comprising of two full time working parents, it can be common to find both parents glued to their laptops or phones and despite wanting to spend more time with their children they are pulled in the direction of work via technology. Work does not end when you leave your office anymore. I fully support National Unplugging day for the health and wellbeing of families throughout the UK.”

Johnson adds: We are encouraging people to unplug and engage in life without a digital connection and be present for their children. I’m urging all individuals to check how much they are using technology and look at the impact it is having on those around you. I certainly didn’t realise how much time I was spending on my smart phone until my oldest son pointed it out, this is why this campaign is so important to me.”

The National Day of Unplugging recognises the value and importance of technology in today’s society whilst trying to encourage people, especially families and young children and the connected generations who have grown up with ever-present technology, to be more mindful of their digital usage. This day is not intended to be a one-off, but rather a starting point to encourage people of all ages to embrace a healthy lifestyle by regularly setting aside time away from their digital devices.

To set families up for success during the National Unplugging Day on Sunday 26 June MyFamilyClub is offering tips and advice to families who want to enjoy technology free family time. Individuals and families are invited to get involved with the campaign sharing what they plan to do when not using technology by uploading a photo to MyFamilyClub’s social media platforms using the following hashtag #GoGadgetFree #Unplug2016

Facebook: MyFamilyClub
Twitter: @MyFamilyClub

Over two thirds of global consumers now book travel exclusively using the Internet

The latest research from MarkMonitor® reveals that 68% of consumers globally now exclusively book their travel online.

The latest research from MarkMonitor® reveals that 68% of consumers globally now exclusively book their travel online.  However, seven out of every 100 respondents surveyed ended up with plans not in line with their expectations, highlighting a definite need for increased education when booking online.

The research, conducted by a leading market research company Opinium, analysed the online behaviour of consumers around booking travel online, including bargain hunting for seasonal goods and attitudes towards piracy. Opinium surveyed 3,257 consumers across eight countries, including the U.K., U.S., Germany, France,Italy, Denmark, Spain and the Netherlands.

With its focus on booking travel online, the survey results also reveal that of those consumers who booked a holiday that fell short of their expectations, posting a negative review was their first reaction (42%), above trying to get a refund (40%) and complaining to a licensing body (35%) — demonstrating the power of online “word of mouth.”  Alarmingly, following this bad experience, 37% of respondents report their debit or credit card details were misused or stolen, showing the requirement for increased vigilance when shopping or booking online.

“With the growth of social media and a culture where consumers have the power to make their displeasure widely known through social networking sites, online brand protection has never been more important. This is especially evident in the fact that when asked how they vetted a travel site, almost half (47%) of consumers said they read the reviews,” says Mark Frost, CEO of MarkMonitor.

With one of the main reasons for using the Internet to book travel being that it’s cheaper, 75% of consumers also go on to search for discounted goods online prior to their holidays, including sunglasses, clothing and shoes, event tickets, guide books and luggage. But looking for bargains doesn’t mean buying cheap counterfeit goods or knock-offs as, overwhelmingly, the desire for genuine goods remains with 83% saying they wouldn’t willingly buy fake products to keep up with seasonal trends.

However, of those 75% seeking discounted products online, almost 10% report they have bought something online that turned out to be fake — with clothing and shoes (33%) and sunglasses (28%) cited most often. This attitude towards buying genuine goods is reflected when it comes to piracy with 84% of consumers saying they would never download pirated content. The main reasons for this relate to morality — 56% say it’s wrong — and security — 52% say they don’t want to risk downloading a virus. Online security remains top of mind amongst consumers, a finding also reflected in the first MarkMonitor Online Barometer that found 64% of respondents worry about their online security.

“In an increasingly digital world, consumers are exposed to more and more online fraud, counterfeiting and piracy. While the desire is still to buy genuine goods, fraudsters are becoming more sophisticated in their approaches making it even riskier for consumers. For brands with an online presence, protecting themselves and their customers through a solid online brand protection plan is absolutely key,” concludes Frost.

For the full research report, click here

WatchGuard is Making the Internet Safer for Children

Friendly WiFi Initiative Recognizes Public Places That Provide Secure and Filtered Wi-Fi

WatchGuard Technologies, a global leader in network security, is making the Internet safer for children around the world through its support of Friendly WiFi. Initiated by the U.K. Government and managed by the RDI Trade Organization, the Friendly WiFi initiative recognizes public places – including restaurants, shops, hotels, and transportation services – that provide secure and filtered Wi-Fi.

“With Wi-Fi hotspots growing exponentially across all types of public locations, children are becoming increasingly more vulnerable to online threats and inappropriate content,” said WatchGuard CEO Prakash Panjwani. “Enabling Wi-Fi is easy for businesses. Secure Wi-Fi is the problem WatchGuard is solving.”

WatchGuard recently launched its AP300 Access Point, which extends WatchGuard’s best-in-class Unified Threat Management (UTM) features to filter and reliably block inappropriate content at Wi-Fi hotspots. WatchGuard’s recent innovations in secure Wi-Fi led to its accreditation as a “Friendly WiFi Approved Provider” and a partnership that will benefit families everywhere. The Friendly WiFi initiative will be promoted through WatchGuard’s reseller channels and marketing campaigns to spread awareness about the dangers young people face while using public Wi-Fi.

“WatchGuard has been a pioneer in network security for 20 years and is leading the industry with their latest advancements in secure Wi-Fi,” said RDI Spokesperson Mike Davies. “WatchGuard’s expertise and passion for security will strengthen our commitment and make a positive difference in keeping children and young people around the world safe online.”

Join WatchGuard in supporting the Friendly WiFi initiative. Before accessing your next public Wi-Fi hotspot, look for the colorful Friendly WiFi logo, and inform those who do not know about the importance of secure Wi-Fi.

About WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader of integrated, multi-function business security solutions that intelligently combine industry standard hardware, best-in-class security features, and policy-based management tools. WatchGuard provides easy-to-use, but enterprise-grade protection to hundreds of thousands of businesses worldwide. WatchGuard is headquartered in Seattle, Wash. with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.

Visit www.watchguard.com/securewifi to learn more about WatchGuard’s latest secure Wi-Fi solutions. For more information on the Friendly WiFi initiative, please visit www.friendlywifi.com.

Families urged to celebrate National Unplugging Day by entering national awards

Families across Britain are urged to enter themselves and their families into the first National Unplugging Day Awards in celebration of the best off line activities such as painting, drawing, photography and writing.

Families across Britain are urged to enter themselves and their families into the first National Unplugging Day Awards in celebration of the best off line activities such as painting, drawing, photography and writing.

The National Unplugging Awards are now open for entries until the 5 June 2016. This is the first year that National Unplugging Day have launched their awards following on from the huge success of the UK’s first ever National Unplugging Day which saw over half a million parents pledge to unplug in 2015.

This year’s National Unplugging Day is held on Sunday 26th June 2016 and is asking parents around the UK and beyond to pledge to spend the day unplugging away from technology.

With traditional family values under constant attack from modern day living and a variety of mental, physical and emotional issues stemming from technology overuse people of all ages have never been more desperate to find ways to get a handle on theirs and their families digital habits and get some boundaries in place.

Gemma Johnson, creator of National Plugging Day said “I am delighted to open up the awards this year with the sole focus of encouraging children and parents to spend time off-line together engaging in activities that foster communication and create lasting memories. Time flies by so fast and we want the National Unplugging Day Awards to open up space in our increasingly busy lives to press the ‘pause button’ and reflect, take in the nature and the environment around us without digital distractions constantly tugging for our attention”

There are five awards in total and are open to both parents and children who will be able to win a whole host of incredible exclusive prizes ranging from luxury glamping mini breaks, family meals and exclusive days out for the whole family.

Entries will be accepted across a range of different child’s ages: Pre School, Primary School and. Senior School. Entries will be judged by a range of leading experts, journalists, artists and business leaders including Editor of ITV News Rachel Corp, Sponsor of the Wildlife/Animal Painting and Drawing Award and Creator of the Virry Art Book Svetlana Dragayeva, Main Partner Whatson4 Director Debbie Bird, Award winning Children’s Author Peter Johnson and British Contemporary Artists Toby Ray and Yvonne Coomber.

PARENT & CHILD AWARD CATEGORIES

Short story – hand-written short story – 500 words (any subject)
Judge: Rachel Corp Writer, Broadcast Journalist and Editor of ITV London

Short Poem & artwork combined (What does Unplugging mean to you and your family?)
Judge: Award winning Children’s author Peter Johnson

Best artwork/painting/drawing
Judge: Toby Ray – British Contemporary Artist & British Contemporary Visual Artist Yvonne Coomber

Best wildlife/animal painting/drawing
Judge: Svetlana Dragayeva, Film producer and creator of BAFTA winning independent children’s app VIRRY

Best wildlife / nature photograph (We want to encourage you to go on a nice walk together somewhere and snap away with a camera)
Judge: Debbie Bird, Director at What’s On 4 and board of the Children’s Activities Association.

Commenting on their involvement with the awards, Virry Art Book Creator, Svetlana Dragayeva, said “It’s a pleasure to be involved with the wildlife animal painting award, I can’t wait to see all the entries. Technology is essential for us all but ensuring children experience art and wildlife is just as important. Boosting creativity is one of the most important things we can do for our children.”

The Children’s Activities Association are also one of the major partners supporting National Unplugging Day and are 100% behind National Unplugging Day on Sunday 26th June.

Debbie Bird, Director of Whats On 4 and board member of the British Activities Association who are partnering with National Unplugging Day said:” The Children’s Activities Association are pleased to support National Unplugging Day on Sunday 26th June. With the negative impact of excessive screen time and increasing levels of childhood obesity rarely out of our media, National Unplugging Day is a fabulous initiative and one we are delighted to promote to our members and parents.”

Debbie added: “At What’s On 4 we’ve been promoting kids’ activities for the last 10 years & we know, as mums ourselves, there’s nothing better than getting up and active and spending quality time with your little ones. We’re really looking forward to ‘unplugging’ on Sunday June 26 therefore and will be encouraging the Nation’s parents to join us, get out there and have fun with their families!

To enter the awards please visit NationalUnPluggingDay.co.uk. The awards will be publicised on National Unplugging Day and MyFamilyClub and MyFamilyClub’s rapidly growing social media sites that have a combined following of over 100,000 followers.

ABOUT NATIONAL UNPLUGGING DAY
National Unplugging Day happens for the second time in the UK on Sunday 26 June where families will unplug from their devices to spend time with their loved ones without using technology. The National Day of Unplugging recognises the value and importance of technology in today’s society whilst trying to encourage people (especially families and young children, the connected generations who have grown up with ever-present technology), to be more mindful of their digital usage. This day is not intended to be a one-off, but rather a starting point to encourage people of all ages to embrace a healthy lifestyle by regularly setting aside time away from their digital devices.
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About MyFamilyClub
MyFamilyClub helps parents make, save & manage their money. We’re here for parents with children of all ages, from birth until the day they leave home. On the site you’ll find tips and guides on money-saving, money making and budgeting, as well as tools to help you manage your family finances. MyFamilyClub also rounds up the best vouchers, offers, deals and discounts, and tells you where to find your household essentials at the best prices every week.

About Whats on 4
Whatson4 helps families all over the world with their multi-award winning online guides and events. What’s On 4 has 37 websites in 7 countries across the world! For more information please visit whatson4

About The Children’s Activities Association
The Children’s Activities Association are a not-for-profit organisation whose expert members see the fantastic benefits children’s activities bring every day. They give parents a bench mark for all organised children’s activities by establishing and improving consistent standards and accreditation They also give more children the opportunity to experience a wider range of organised activities. For more information please visit The Children’s Activities Association

Internet of Things goes mainstream, according to new Verizon report

Data monetization cited as top IoT revenue growth driver, but only 8% of businesses are using more than 25% of their IoT data.

With an addressable market that includes more than 150 million cars that are not currently connected, over 300 million utility meters, nearly 1 million vineyard acres and 45 million people sharing goods and services* in the US alone, the Internet of Things (IoT) is now mainstream according to a new report released today by Verizon. Titled “State of the Market: Internet of Things 2016,” the report includes insights from an Oxford Economics study commissioned by Verizon among other new findings.

Throughout 2016 and beyond, Verizon’s experts say that IoT will continue to be a revenue driver for businesses both large and small due to the confluence of five macrotrends:

  • Consumers appreciate their smartphones, but in an IoT-enabled world, they are starting to understand and expect that their phones can do more. In 3 to 5 years, average consumers will experience a much higher level of automation in their daily lives thanks largely to the ability to engage with IoT applications through a more simplified interface. In fact, today, 81 percent of IoT adopters in the public sector believe that their citizens increasingly expect them to offer enhanced services from data and IoT.
  • Data monetization will become a required competency.  Nearly 50 percent of businesses expect to be using more than 25 percent of their data over the next 2 to 3 years. Data analytics will evolve from descriptive data collection to a more sophisticated model of predictive and prescriptive data analytics and as industries seek to derive meaningful insights to benefit their customers, there will be a paradigm shift from “big data” to domain experts.
  • Changes in the regulatory landscape will continue to bring the right ecosystem partners together to help establish industry standards more quickly.
    • Consider the Drug Supply Chain Act, which gives drug manufacturers until late 2017 to implement systems to electronically transfer and store transaction histories for their prescription drugs including shipment information across their distribution and supply chain. The law is designed to thwart counterfeit drugs which cost the industry $75 billion annually according to the World Health Organization.
  • Network connectivity, low power devices and IoT platforms will democratize innovation by creating more tools for developers and enabling businesses to scale their IoT deployments from millions to billions of connections more cost-efficiently.
    • 5G, the next-generation of wireless technology, not only promises to make autonomous solutions such as cars and robotics a reality, but will also usher in new categories of uses cases, such as virtual and augmented reality for IoT deployments.
  • Security experts are keeping up with the development of technology by looking to arising threat vectors – some old, some new – that will impact IoT deployments and ongoing operations.

The report also highlights that enterprises are turning to startups to help accelerate their IoT growth.  In 2015, enterprise IoT startup companies outpaced funding for consumer startup companies by 75 percent.  Verizon’s experts say that enterprise IoT startup companies will raise two to three more times in capital in 2016 compared to their consumer IoT counterparts.

“The view has been that IoT is a mashup of complex technologies used only by early adopters,” said Mike Lanman, senior vice president IoT and Enterprise Products at Verizon. “In the past year, we’ve seen compelling examples of how IoT is being deployed by a wide-range of enterprises, entrepreneurs, municipalities and developers to address relevant business, consumer and public needs. Meanwhile, consumers are more willing to try new technologies and apps that introduce a better way of life. The end result will not only give rise to thousands of new use cases over the next two years, but will also create an accelerated pipeline for innovation and a new economy.”

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) employs a diverse workforce of 177,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide. Headquartered in New York, the company also provides communications and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

New Report Exposes the Dark Web

What is believed to be the first ever comprehensive report on the ‘dark web’ has been published today by Intelliagg

What is believed to be the first ever comprehensive report on the ‘dark web’ has been published today by Intelliagg. Intelliagg monitors, collects and aggregates intelligence about organisations and individuals that could pose a threat to their clients. Although partial efforts to map the dark web have been attempted before, Intelliagg and Darksum are the first to employ hard data to paint a comprehensive picture of its contents. The report accurately maps the dark web and offers valuable insights into the poorly understood realm of cyberspace.

Intelliagg found that, despite its reputation, only 48% of the sites on the dark web are illegal. Drugs featured 4% of the time, whereas weapons and pornography-fetish come up at less than 2% collectively. Leaked data (28%) and financial fraud (12%). Perhaps not surprisingly, the vast majority of information is in English (76%). German and Chinese are next at 4% and 3.7% respectively.

The most discernible differences between the Internet and the dark web lie in anonymity and size. The dark web is much smaller than commonly thought, a mere 30,000 sites – a small fraction of the size of the Internet. The Internet has a protective monitoring system that can block and remove illegal or harmful websites and has the capability to identify users. By its very nature, the dark web depends on its anonymity. Users are unidentifiable and untraceable, websites are hard to find, unless you’re in ‘the know’, and sites on the dark web cannot be reached without the use of specialized encryption software.

Intelliagg’s research has identified a number of serious security threats. These include a major Western democracy, where it is possible to view private addresses, social security numbers and photos of key government personnel, policemen, judges and even the secret service. It is then just a click away to find a hit man and a menu of their fees. Intelliagg have forwarded these findings to the relevant government’s security services.

The research also exposed commercial risks, such as employees of banks advertising their services, such as laundering money, to interested bidders. This is a recurring problem that has strong links to organised crime rings.

A spokesman from Intelliagg explained; “The dark web is renowned for illicit and illegal trade, unmonitored and anonymous. Not any more. We have successfully penetrated into the darkest parts using specialist software and our expertise. We are now using this information to protect companies, governments and individuals.”

Intelliagg and Darksum will continue to monitor the evolution of the dark net regularly, and this report represents the first of a series to identify trends and developments.

To download the full report please go to http://www.deep-light.net/

Thomas Olofsson, CEO of Intelliagg, will be speaking about “Cybersecurity & Hacking the Dark Web” and about the report at the next Like Minds Business Breakfast, on 7th April in Mayfair. To book your ticket go to http://www.wearelikeminds.com.

Cyber Bullying Insurance Now Available

Chubb has added cyber bullying coverage to its U.S. Masterpiece® Family Protection policy to help cover clients and their families from the expenses associated with a cyber bullying incident.

Chubb has added cyber bullying coverage to its U.S. Masterpiece® Family Protection policy to help cover clients and their families from the expenses associated with a cyber bullying incident.

“Technology has radically altered our everyday life, from how we consume information, conduct business and interact with one another,” said Christie Alderman, Vice President, Client Product & Service, Chubb Personal Risk Services. “But technology’s biggest benefit—an interconnected world—can also be its biggest challenge. Cyber bullying, including online threats and harassment, can damage your or your child’s reputation, and cause financial loss and emotional harm. Chubb’s new policy helps victims reclaim their lives.”

Cyber bullying coverage provides up to $60,000 in compensation to clients and family members for expenses related to harassment and intimidation committed via personal computers, telephones or mobile devices. Clients may recover costs incurred when cyber bullying results in wrongful termination, false arrest, wrongful discipline in an educational institution, or diagnosed debilitating shock, mental anguish or mental injury leading to the inability of the client or a family member to attend school or work for more than a week. The coverage provides compensation for psychiatric services, rest and recuperation expenses, lost salary, temporary relocation services, education expenses, professional public relations services, and cyber security consultants.

The U.S. cyber bullying coverage is available to all Masterpiece® homeowners customers who purchase a Family Protection policy, which typically costs about $70. The coverage is currently available in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and will be rolled out to additional states in the near future. Chubb first released cyber bullying coverage as part of its personal lines insurance package in the United Kingdom in December 2015.

Chubb’s Masterpiece Family Protection policy includes an array of coverages to help families recover and protect themselves from perils including stalking threats, carjacking, home invasion, air rage, hijacking and child abduction.

Coverage is subject to the language of the policies as issued.

About Chubb

Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. The company is distinguished by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength, underwriting excellence, superior claims handling expertise and local operations globally. Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 30,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at: new.chubb.com.

72 Per Cent Of Consumers Don’t Know How To Secure Their Connected Devices

New research from BullGuard reveals that 66 per cent of consumers are very worried about hacks and breaches against their IoT devices

A survey of over 6,000 UK residents by BullGuard, an industry-leading provider of mobile and internet security, illustrates just how widespread the Internet of Things (IoT) has already become while also highlighting serious security concerns among consumers.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has already arrived and is set to become even larger and more pervasive in the near future as more devices are connected to the internet. Over a quarter of consumers are planning to buy IoT devices in the next 12 months alone.

Deep security concerns

An IoT device is an appliance or similar device that connects to the internet. This ranges from automobiles and smart TVs to heating thermostats, security systems, baby monitors, surveillance cameras, dishwashers and garage doors. Additionally, connected smart coffee makers, batteries, light bulbs and even toothbrushes are also available.

BullGuard found that 66 per cent of consumers are ‘very concerned’ or ‘highly concerned’ about potential hacking and data theft carried out against their connected devices, with a worryingly large 34 per cent having already experienced a security incident or privacy problem in the past. A large 78 per cent of consumers express concern about security risks such as viruses, malware and hackers, while 66 per cent of consumers express concern over data collected by device manufacturers being inappropriately used or stolen. 57 per cent of consumers are also anxious about privacy breaches.

The IoT industry has yet to establish common security standards among devices. Smart device manufacturers tend to adopt their own approach to security while updates to ensure device security are often too technical and complex for consumers to carry out, even those who are technically literate. BullGuard’s research revealed that 22 per cent of consumers with advanced technical skills are not confident in their ability to keep their connected devices secure.

IoT used for state spying

These vulnerabilities have even been acknowledged by intelligence agencies across the world. In a recent testimony to the US senate James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, said “In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking…or to gain access to networks or user credentials.”

Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard said: “Most of us have been working with internet connected devices such as computers, smartphones and tablets for some time, but the Internet of Things is changing our perception of personal security, for both ourselves and our data. It’s not just those who consider themselves ‘technophobes’ that have these concerns – tech savvy users are saying the same.”

Education is essential

Clearly there are still issues to address when it comes to reassuring and educating consumers, even those who consider themselves technically literate.

When asked how they would rate their computer skills, the majority of respondents – 63 per cent – described themselves as ‘intermediate or advanced’. 81 per cent said they are capable of setting up their own router, yet when asked if they have changed their router’s password, 63 per cent said ‘no.’ 49 per cent also admitted that they don’t know how, and a substantial 72 per cent do not know how to configure a router to keep a home network secure.
Router security is essential in the realm of IoT. An IoT device provides a gateway to a home network via a router, allowing cyber criminals the ability to essentially ‘scope out’ home networks and remain undetected.

“Consumers are clearly not equipped to handle the myriad of security risks presented by connected devices,” said Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard. “With devices such as security cameras, alarm systems and door locks now being connected to the internet, physical security is becoming as much of a consideration for consumers as data security. Keeping these devices secure is absolutely imperative.”

Consumers are clearly looking to antivirus vendors to help them solve this problem; 44 per cent of consumers believe antivirus vendors are responsible for securing their connected devices. The antivirus vendor was selected as the primary choice, even ahead of the device manufacturer and the ISP.

About BullGuard

BullGuard is a fast growing antimalware and mobile security brand. Its award-winning product portfolio includes internet security solutions, mobile security, 24/7 identity protection, and social media protection for both home and small business users, including BullGuard Premium Protection – a unique suite that goes beyond the PC to safeguard personal and financial information by continually monitoring the web, social networks, as well as the dark web for stolen and compromised data sources.
For more information visit BullGuard.