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Ransomware’s Dangerous New Tactic Is Double-Encrypting Your Data

Ransomware’s Dangerous New Tactic Is Double-Encrypting Your Data

Even when you pay for a decryption key, your files may still be locked up by another strain of malware. RANSOMWARE GROUPS HAVE always taken a more-is-more approach. If a victim pays a ransom and then goes back to business as usual—hit them again. Or don't just encrypt a target's systems; steal their data first, so you can threaten to leak it if they don't pay up. The latest escalation? Ransomware hackers who encrypt a victim's data twice at the same time. Double-encryption attacks have happened before, usually stemming from two separate ransomware gangs compromising the same victim at the same time. But antivirus company Emsisoft...

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50 Must Read Facts About Smart Homes

50 Must Read Facts About Smart Homes

Imagine having a home where you can control everything with your voice and cell phone – it would be pretty neat right? Well, these Smart Homes actually exist! Imagine never having to worry about your pets sitting in the dark, or walking into a hot home on a sunny summer day, or maybe you just want to get your glass of wine extra chilled for when you get in from work! Now wouldn’t that be bliss! Read on to learn 50 facts about Smart Homes.  Fact 1: In 1966 Echo IV, the first official smart device was invented. ECHO IV...

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What the Future Holds for Smart Homes

What the Future Holds for Smart Homes

You probably didn’t think technology could become a bigger part of your life—and then 2020 happened. In an unprecedented year that sees the world still grappling with a global pandemic, the always-connected embrace of tech grew stronger—and more necessary. And there’s no sign of that letting up anytime soon. Our predictions for 2021? Devices that were once esoteric will become ever more everyday in our lives. High-speed, high-bandwidth internet connections will grow increasingly essential and technology that tackles the most pressing issue of the day, sanitization, will become more prevalent. In Every Home, a Streaming Studio: Zoom Rooms, Hangout Holes,...

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How to Set Up Your Google Nest Speaker

How to Set Up Your Google Nest Speaker

"OK Google, help me set up my Google Nest Mini." So your abode now has a Nest Audio or Nest Mini speaker. Or maybe someone gifted you a Google Home or Google Home Max from a couple years ago. (The names may be a bit confusing, since Google decided to rebrand its smart home speakers and displays last year, but don’t worry, they all work just about the same.) You’re about to enter the wonderful world of digital personal assistants. All you have to do is set it up. We can help. Also, we should note that Google's voice-activated Assistant lives in many products beyond those...

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See How Smart Technology will Help SA Fight Covid-19

See How Smart Technology will Help SA Fight Covid-19

As Covid-19 cases continue to rise, the urgency for 'smart tech' has increased. Until March of this year, ‘smart tech’ was a term only vaguely familiar to most South Africans.  Smart tech is technology that allows the user wireless control of anything from home appliances to one’s own driverless car. Today, however, ‘smart tech’ is proving to be solution to a new COVID-19 world, where social distancing is a necessity. Robots and the Covid-19 fight Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital is the Western Cape’s demarcated COVID-19 point-of-call medical facility. There, doctors have enlisted the help of a smart tech robot to...

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