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A’s look to 2019, will top prospect Jesus Luzardo force his way in spring?

first_imgOAKLAND — The season may have just ended for the A’s, but for vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and GM David Forst, this is the time when they really earn their pay.After a full day to digest the heartbreak of a 7-2 loss to the Yankees in the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium, Beane, Forst, and manager Bob Melvin got together at the Coliseum Friday to sum up the season as a whole and discuss the many decisions that lie ahead for a club that shocked the baseball world by …last_img

Why Consumers Often Miss Simple Techniques to Resist Cybercrime

first_imgAI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Follow the Puck The majority of cyberattacks aren’t large-scale, coordinated efforts to break through tough defenses and acquire valuable data; instead, they’re simple and opportunistic. A “hacker” might stumble upon someone’s password because they left it written on a sticky note, or they might take advantage of an account that was left logged in on a public computer.It can happen to individuals and businesses alike, despite the latter’s access to more resources and more valuable assets to protect. The strange thing is, most of these opportunistic attacks could be easily prevented with a handful of simple techniques, commonly known to the public. So why aren’t more consumers implementing these basic steps for cybercrime prevention?Why the Best Security Measures Are SimpleLet’s start by taking a look at some of the most effective practices a person can implement to reduce their likelihood of being “hacked,” and examine what makes them both simple and effective:Choosing a strong password and updating it regularly. “Strong” passwords need to meet several requirements, such as including a mix of upper-case letters, lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters, including many characters, and avoiding easy-to-guess patterns, like common words or birthdays. It’s also important to update those passwords on a regular basis, or someone can learn an old password and use it to gain access to all your accounts.Logging out of public devices. If you leave an account logged in on a public device, even someone with zero technical know-how can access your information.Securing your networks. Too many people leave their home Wi-Fi network unsecured, or use a public Wi-Fi network without taking any precautions. All it takes is one stray connection to compromise the integrity of this system.Choosing secure apps and services. Consumers aren’t the only ones that fall victim to hacking attempts; tech companies can also be targeted by hackers, and when they are, the event can end up affecting millions of people. Choosing only reliable tech products, from brands with a demonstrated history of security, can mitigate this threat, as can encrypting your most commonly used accounts.Avoiding common schemes. There are dozens of common schemes designed to gain access to your personal information. For example, phishing schemes tend to send a message mimicking a trusted source in an attempt to get you to reveal your password. One gullible response can make a thousand of these messages worth sending—and many of these schemes are easier to fall for than most people believe.The best analogy here is to home security. It’s true that even the most comprehensively secured properties can be taken advantage of; security cameras can be disabled, alarm systems can be turned off, and even the sturdiest windows can be broken. In that regard, no amount of money can keep you 100 percent safe. Yet on the other end of the spectrum, even basic security precautions, many of which are free, can greatly reduce your chances of being burglarized; locking your doors and windows at night, and preventing your home from seeming empty when you’re away can reduce the vast majority of attempted thievery.The basic principle is that criminals want an easy job. If you make things even slightly harder for them, they’ll be discouraged, and will likely move onto an easier target. You can put money, time, and effort into building more defenses, but they’re still no guarantee that you’ll avoid a committed attacker.When Knowledge Isn’t EnoughPart of the problem is certainly the knowledge that these strategies exist, and the understanding of how effective they are. Older populations, for example, may have little experience engaging with people online, and may be more likely to fall for a phishing scheme or some similar attempt to rob them of personal information.However, you’ll find that the majority of the population understands the basics about cybersecurity; they know which of their devices and software platforms are vulnerable, they know they shouldn’t give out their passwords to strangers, and they know their password shouldn’t be “password1234” or any similar variation.So why is there such an overwhelming number of people who disregard these basic protocols?Laziness. Part of the problem boils down to sheer laziness. When you get an email from an online service provider who recommends that you change your password, how often do you just ignore it? And if you take it seriously and change your password, do you feel a little irritated that the task is taking up your time? Do you change your password as little as possible so you don’t have to deal with committing a new one to memory? That’s because even though these security measures are simple, they still take up time and effort, and most of us don’t want to go through the hassle. It’s hard to convince people to go out of their way to do anything, even if it’s only a few minutes’ worth of effort.Forgetfulness. People who understand the importance of these basic security measures also run the risk of forgetting them when they’re needed most. For example, they might access their email account on a computer at the library, and leave in a hurry, forgetting to log back out. Or they might not have any automatic reminders to tell them when to update their passwords, so they never go through with the change. It’s also easy to forget the key signs of an email scheme if you’re looking at a convincing message; for example, if it looks like an email from Google is genuinely asking for your password, you might provide it in an effort to preserve your account.A false sense of security. Many people also forgo these simple measures because they overestimate their level of security. They’ve never been the victim of a hacking attempt or identity theft, so they don’t think there’s anything to be worried about. Playing to our analogy earlier, this is akin to never locking your car because nobody’s ever attempted to steal your possessions inside it.What Can We Do?So what can we do, as developers, business owners, and ordinary consumers, to hold ourselves accountable to better standards?Improving convenience. First, developers need to create devices and software programs that are responsible, designing them so that it’s convenient to preserve a heightened level of security. For example, a device that uses a fingerprint as a method of identification doesn’t require that users create a strong password, or change that password regularly; instead, they can rely on the fact that they have a sufficiently unique identification mechanism, and one that doesn’t need to be remembered or stored.Setting minimum standards. Developers can also do more to set minimum standards for consumer security. For example, they might refuse to let new users create an account unless their submitted password is at least 10 characters, with multiple special characters, or they may force users to change their passwords at periodic intervals. Some developers are reluctant to adopt such measures, because they’re often seen as annoying, but they can significantly decrease the risk of users falling prey to cybercrimes.Acknowledging the threat. We also need to take the threat of cybercrime more seriously, especially as our homes become filled with more connected devices. It’s nearly impossible to force people to believe that they could be the victim of a cybercrime, but we can make an impact by demonstrating just how easy it is to gain access to someone’s account—and explain the realistic repercussions. For example, tech companies could do more to write about and publicize the real risks of having an account hacked.As technology progresses, we’re going to encounter and rely on more and more vulnerable devices, so this problem isn’t going away. There’s no way to guarantee that people will take even the most basic security precautions on their own, so it’s our collective responsibility to help people make more informed decisions, and at times, force them to comply with higher security standards. That’s the only reliable path forward if we want a future where cybercrime is less rampant. Frank Landmancenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Data Analytics Can Save Lives Related Posts last_img read more

Knicks hopes on hold after Kristaps Porzingis tears ACL

first_imgSanchez reaches deal to avoid prison time in tax fraud case Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ “He is a competitor, man. That’s one thing he wants to do, get the journey started right away,” teammate Courtney Lee said. “So I think he is mentally strong and he is mentally ready to switch his focus from playing and helping us make the playoffs to now rehabbing and getting back 100 percent and helping us when he gets back.”Well-wishers around the league think he will.“Setback for a major comeback!” the National Basketball Players Association tweeted, with a photo of Porzingis. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIEScenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting New York was already facing a tough climb from 11th place in the Eastern Conference, and that would have been difficult even with Porzingis carrying them.The Knicks probably would have needed to find some help by Thursday’s trade deadline, and perhaps they would have tried given Porzingis’ stated desire for a playoff push. But now they are better off playing for the lottery than the playoffs, and any moves they make would likely be with that in mind.That appeared to be the case Wednesday when they sent Willy Hernangomez, voted to the All-Rookie first team last season, to Charlotte. The Knicks got back a pair of second-round picks along with forward Johnny O’Bryant, who Perry said would be waived.“We were without second-round picks,” Perry said, “and we value first-round picks and second-round picks, but we were without picks in 2020 and 2021. So this deal allowed us to do that.”For now, the Knicks will likely give more time to rookie guard Frank Ntilikina, and Perry and Hornacek said players from the team’s G League affiliate could get opportunities.Porzingis had at least given New York reason to entertain playoff hopes in a season that started days after Carmelo Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City. Even the Knicks didn’t know if Porzingis was ready to flourish in the No. 1 role at 22.But he wanted the challenge and has been up for it, averaging 22.7 points and a league-leading 2.4 blocked shots per game.The only thing he couldn’t really do is put to rest injury concerns that often follow players at his age and size. He had missed at least 10 games in each of his first two seasons and will finish with only 48 games played in this one.He had come back stronger this season in hopes of becoming more durable and better handling the pounding in the post.Now he will have to work even harder to come back from a serious injury. An MRI revealed a torn left ACL, an injury that will sideline Porzingis for the rest of this season and perhaps a good deal of the next.“Obviously he was devastated that he has that injury and so are we,” coach Jeff Hornacek said. “It’s a tough thing to have happened. He’s had such a great year and we’re trying to grow with him.”Disappointment could be felt not only in New York but around the NBA. Porzingis is a popular player for his wide array of skills at 7-foot-3 that led Kevin Durant to nickname him a “unicorn,” but also for the personality he brought to New York when he arrived in 2015 as a teenager from Latvia.“Was hoping for the best news when I saw the play after the game,” LeBron James wrote on Twitter . “Best wishes and have a speedy healthy recovery.”Porzingis was set to play on James’ team next week when he made his debut as an All-Star, and he was also set to defend his title in the Skills Challenge. He hoped to return from Los Angeles to a playoff race after not coming close in his first two seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That’s all that’s left after Porzingis was lost to a torn ACL, ending his All-Star season and probably any hopes the Knicks had of making the playoffs.They say they’ll keep playing hard, but the first trade they made after Porzingis’ injury showed they aren’t loading up for a playoff push.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Look, we want to compete every night,” general manager Scott Perry said Wednesday. “We want to continue to fight.”Porzingis had hoped they would fight all the way to the playoffs for the first time in his career. But those plans were derailed when Porzingis crashed to the court, punching the floor in pain after a dunk in the second quarter of a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night. New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis is helped off the court after being injured during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — Without Kristaps Porzingis, there’s no reason for the New York Knicks to be thinking about the postseason.It’s time to look to their future.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more