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Tech giants face hefty fines under Australia cyber laws

Tech companies could face fines of up to A$10 million (US$7.3 million) if they fail to hand over customer information or data to Australian police under tough cyber laws unveiled Tuesday.

 

Encryption within messaging apps has become a major headache for law enforcement agencies AFP/JUSTIN SULLIVAN

 

SYDNEY: Tech companies could face fines of up to Aus$10 million (US$7.3 million) if they fail to hand over customer information or data to Australian police under tough cyber laws unveiled Tuesday (Aug 14).

 

The government is updating its communication laws to compel local and international providers to co-operate with law enforcement agencies, saying criminals were using technology, including encryption, to hide their activities.


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Strengthening Resilience with Business Continuity Management

 

 

Cyber threats, data breaches, unplanned outages and security incidents threaten business continuity. To ensure effective mitigation and quick recovery, there is great demand for T-shaped infocomm talent well-versed in the principles of Business Continuity Management (BCM).

 

Aptly, the 10th annual conference of SCS Business Continuity (BC) Chapter on 10 April 2018 was themed: “Leveraging BCM for Preparedness and Industry Transformation”. The topic reinforced the importance of levelling up the industry’s state of preparedness and boosting corporate resilience in support of industry transformation. Besides featuring eminent speakers from both public and private sectors, the conference also saw the active engagement of over 130 BC practitioners, cloud professionals, risk managers and C-suite executives.

 

 

How to Travel Safe in the Digital Age

 

How to Travel Safe in the Digital Age

 

 

 For me, I make sure to observe the following rules every time I travel.

 

USE DISCREET BAGS FOR DEVICES

Instead of choosing bags for aesthetic reasons, opt for a plain bag to avoid unwanted attention. Also, make sure the material is sturdy enough to weather the journey and any attempts to pry it open. In my case, while my custom ultra-strong composite fabric carrier never wins any compliments from hipsters, it is not just water and cut proof, but also very functional. Similarly, I keep my mobile gadgets in old and beaten cases to make them look like they are way overdue for an upgrade. You might be surprised but these gadgets are highly targeted for both their resale value and the information inside.

 

ENCRYPT YOUR DEVICES AND AVOID OPEN WIFI

It is estimated that less than half of the phones, and even fewer laptops, are encrypted globally. But there is really no excuse for not doing it since most modern operating systems have intuitive one-click encryption options, which doesn’t take a tech geek to turn on. That said, it’s possible to get hacked even with a strong encryption. WiFi Pineapple is one such platform. Cheap, easy to set up and allows anyone to execute a “man in the middle” attack to collect information passing through, WiFi Pineapple is like a regular hotspot that has been modified to execute network attacks. Therefore, get a local SIM card the next time you travel. Most countries today have decent 3G or 4G networks.

 

EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN MAKING CARD PAYMENTS

The “man in the middle” attacks are also prevalent in credit card payments. Although wireless payments present much convenience, they also allow thieves to perform undetected near-field communication (NFC) micro-charges. It is also not uncommon for hackers to attach fake microchips on top of real ones to fake terminal transactions.

 

Actually attacks are not always technically sophisticated. I recall a time when I made payment to a shop attendant in one of the less secure airports. She claimed that the closest terminal was in another store and disappeared with my card for a good 10 minutes. I only realised much later that she had charged expenses to my account. Luckily, the loss was not too high.

 

Long story short – use cash or services, like Uber, which can automatically charge based on your preferred payment method.

 

BEWARE WHEN ENTERING PASSWORDS

Surprisingly, even the most adept tech professional may be susceptible to simple tricks such as video recordings of one typing passwords on phones and laptops. All it takes is a password to access a service such as email and a door will be created for hackers to access other resources. Hence, if you have to work on the go, find a private corner and always use protective screens. Password aggregators can also make logins more convenient and secure.

 

Feel free to try out some of my rules the next time you hit the road. Combine them with some common sense, and your journey might just become safer as well as more pleasant and productive.

What the rumors say about Google’s upcoming Pixel 3

 

Now that the Note 9’s all good and official, it’s time to move onto the next major smartphone. The Google Pixel 3 leaks haven’t quite hit the fever pitch we saw with Samsung’s device ahead of launch — though there’s still time. After all, it seems likely the latest version of Google’s flagship Android handset won’t officially be official until October.

 

Even so, we’ve already seen a handful of credible links, including a full unboxing last week, so we’re starting to develop a pretty good picture of what we’re in for with the device.

 

For starters, there’s what looks to be a pretty sizable top notch. That Google would embrace the notch this time around is no surprise, really. In additional to being all the rage on practically every non-Samsung flagship, Google made a big deal of making Android Pie notch-friendly.

 

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Samsung launches new smart speaker and watch, partners with Spotify

Aside from the Galaxy Note 9, the Samsung Unpacked event also included details on the Galaxy Home speaker and Galaxy Watch, as well as long-term partnership with the popular streaming service.
 

 

NEW YORK: It’s a scenario that sounds perfect for music lovers. Imagine listening to a Spotify playlist on your smartphone on the way home from work, then stepping inside to find the next track playing on the smart TV in the living room – and all the way to a smart speaker in the kitchen as you cook dinner.

 

At the Samsung Unpacked event on Thursday (Aug 9), the South Korean tech giant announced a new long-term partnership with Spotify to create a seamless listening experience across Samsung devices through its SmartThings app.


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