The ONLY thing you should use your company’s workstation or PC for is… WORK!

Never mix personal web surfing and social media with company devices. If you want to check your Hotmail account or Facebook page, do it during your lunch break and on YOUR personal device.

Over 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked every day. If you’re using a company device to access a compromised account, you’re opening up a door to a hacker who can then get into your company’s network via your e-mail or PC.

Bottom line, don’t use company PCs, devices, phones or Internet for PERSONAL use.

Google recently confirmed that “Dark Mode” on Android phones uses less power and thus, helps to boost battery life.

Most websites and OS screens do all they can to make it easier to see them on the diminutive screens of our smartphones.  That means bright white backgrounds and bright colors are used to highlight what designers and webmasters want you to see.

Unfortunately, the brightness of those colors and the brightness of the screen itself both impact the power consumption of the display, and by extension, the life of your battery.

Dark Mode essentially reverses color themes, replacing white backgrounds with black.  How much power does this simple change save?  Well, according to Business Insider, Dark Mode uses 43 percent less power than normal mode in the YouTube App, which is white-heavy.

If it is an established fact though, that dark backgrounds are less power intensive than white ones, why does everyone insist on white backgrounds?

Actually, Google bears at least some responsibility for that, as the company has been quietly encouraging app developers to use the color white as backgrounds for their interfaces for years, via the company’s “Material Design Specification.”

The company is in the process of shifting gears and plans to roll out a Dark Mode for all Google apps in the future, though no firm data has been established for this.

In any case, the bottom line is that Dark Mode is good for your battery.  If you want to enable it on your Android device, just do the following:

  • Go to “Settings”
  • Tap “Display” then “Advanced” then “Device Theme”
  • Then tap “Dark”

That’s it.  You’re in Dark Mode.

If you want to enable Dark Mode for YouTube, here’s how:

  • Launch YouTube on your Android Device
  • Tap the profile icon (top right corner)
  • Go to “Settings” and then “General”
  • Tap the toggle switch for “Dark Theme” to enable it, then tap the back button. Your theme changes will automatically be saved.

 

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The Internet on smart devices continues to be a major problem when it comes to security. Unfortunately, a big part of the reason why comes down to end users. Recently, BitDefender released a new report entitled “The IoT Threat Landscape And Top Smart Home Vulnerabilities in 2018,” and it paints a grim picture indeed.

The average home now contains twenty smart devices, and most of them contain security vulnerabilities. 95 percent of those vulnerabilities reside in the firmware.

While the majority of smart device users (60 percent) claim to be “worried” or “very worried” about identity theft, most are utterly failing to adequately protect their IoT devices. In fact, sixty percent indicated that they had never performed a firmware update on their router, and 55 percent reported that they had never updated their smart TVs.

It gets worse. 40 percent of users surveyed indicated that they use the same password for each of their devices, and half of all smart TV owners said they had literally never updated their password.

Thirty percent of users claim that they’re worried about the prospect of a hacker accessing a smart camera to spy on them, but paradoxically, 70 percent have at least one camera connected to a vulnerable router.

To provide a sense of scope and scale, the company reported that its BOX product blocked nearly half a million threats (461,718) in just a 30-day period, with 76 percent of those being malicious websites.

Analyst Bogdan Botezatu stressed that while weak passwords are a big part of the problem, it’s not only users who are to blame.

He added: “Smart device manufacturers share responsibility for the current state of IoT security because most of them are overlooking the security aspect. In their rush to launch the product ahead of the competition, they are leaving attack avenues wide open to attackers interested in user sensitive data.”

If you have one or more smart devices in your home, and you probably do, it’s time to get serious about securing them.

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