Leadership – Management Self-Assessment valuable quarterly process during 2018

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The John Maxwell leadership training center shares an excellent article on use of Skill Assessment Tools for team members to discover their talents: http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/self-assessment-questions-leaders-should-ask-themselves I challenge you to take some time this quarter to give the following self-assessment questions some serious, focused thought. The first four are meant to be reflective on the seasons in […]

Facebook – How to turn off Face Recognition capabilities

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Facebook is continuing to improve and expand Face Recognition capabilities. They are promoting awareness and the capability for users to opt out as desired. https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-turn-off-facebook-face-recognition-features/ More Facebook users started seeing a notification about how the social network uses its facial recognition technology. When Facebook first implemented the tech in 2013, it limited its use to […]

Leadership – Skill Assessment Tools Help Good Employees Grow

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The John Maxwell leadership training center shares an excellent article on use of Skill Assessment Tools for team members to discover their talents: http://johnmaxwellcompany.com/blog/using-employee-development-to-turn-good-employees-into-great-leaders It costs a lot to replace a good employee—some estimates put the cost at equal to or greater than the annual salary of the employee.  Yet more than ever, employees want […]

FBI warning – Targeted W2 phishing attacks increase during 2018

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The FBI and IRS are reporting an increase in W2 phishing attacks during 2018.  These targeted attacks often appear to be coming from a legitimate Human Resource (HR) professional seeking updates. Users should question the HR department before submitting sensitive data, when they see unusual requests for information.  https://www.ic3.gov/media/2018/180221.aspx Beginning in January 2017, IRS’s Online […]

DDoS attacks – Memcache reflective amplified UDP-based security alert

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The SANS ISC and US-CERT are sharing awareness on UDP-based DDoS attacks (port 11211) circulating in the wild as follows: https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/How+did+this+Memcache+thing+happen/23391/ https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Why+we+Dont+Deserve+the+Internet+Memcached+Reflected+DDoS+Attacks/23389/ https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA14-017A This memcached reflected DDoS thing is pretty bad.  How bad?  Well, US-CERT updated its UDP-Based Amplification Attacks advistory to add Memcache to the list of potential attack vectors.  The really telling bit […]

Blockchain security – Expanding beyond Cryptocurrency

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This article shares how some industries plan to use the decentralized and encrypted approach of BLOCKCHAIN technology beyond cryptocurrency: https://techspective.net/2018/02/23/blockchain-technology-and-cryptocurrency-are-transforming-industries/ What is blockchain technology? — A blockchain is a digitized public ledger of all the cryptocurrency transactions. The records—which are called blocks—are linked with each other and secured by cryptography.  Blockchain is touted as one […]

Hardware – New QUALCOMM Snapdragon 845 CPU

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QUALCOMM’s Snapdragon CPU family is innovative & state of art.  The new 845 CPU offers powerful multi-core computing with LOW BATTERY usage,  The Samsung S9 &  Xiaomi smartphone families will be two early adopters in 2018:  https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/qualcomm-snapdragon-845/ https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2017/12/05/qualcomm-launches-technology-innovation-advancements-always-connected-pc The highly anticipated and heavily rumored Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor is finally here. The new chip is set to […]

Mobile Phones – Samsung Galaxy S9 announcement on FEB 25th

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While Samsung & Apple are playing cat-and-mouse in smartphone technology innovations — the Samsung Galaxy S9 was announced yesterday at the world-wide Mobile Congress.  While expensive, it has numerous design improvements & innovations as shared below: http://bgr.com/2018/02/26/samsung-galaxy-s9-review-top-10-new-features/ Samsung on Sunday finally announced its hotly anticipated flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. We’ve already […]

Windows 10 – 85 percent of users upgraded to current build

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Windows 10 uses new update methodologies which are more automated to ensure users take critical security updates & new service-pack type updates every 6 months.  An estimated 85% adoption rate is noted in article below https://techreport.com/news/33287/report-windows-10-fall-creators-update-adoption-speeds-past-85 If AdDuplex’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update adoption figures are accurate, the software giant might be doing something constructive […]

Privacy – European Union GDPR starts May 25 2018

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance deadline is May 25, 2018, you’ve only got a few months to decide what, exactly, GDPR means for your company, your customers, and your employees. https://www.csoonline.com/article/3257695/privacy/gdpr-is-not-just-a-regulatory-framework-it-s-also-a-moral-and-existential-blueprint.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Data_Protection_Regulation https://www.ibc.org/delivery/getting-set-for-gdpr/2678.article The main tenets of GDPR – data portability, breach notification, data protection by design and default, data/storage minimization, […]


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