5 Types of Business Data Hackers Can’t Wait to Get Their Hands On

May 14, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. These days, pretty much every company uses computers to manage at least some part of their business operations. Even “old school” small businesses will use digital tools to track inventory, income, payroll and more. While all of this can reduce clutter around the office and help your team become more efficient, it also opens your company up to a new threat: hackers. According to a report from CNBC, 43 percent of hacking attacks target small businesses. On average, a successful attack costs a business roughly $200,000, which causes 60 percent of impacted companies to go out of business within six months of the cyberattack. Needless to say, the threat is very real, and the types of data hackers are trying to steal — outlined below — further illustrates the importance of improving your company’s digital security measures. 1. […]

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Zoom’s Security Pile-on Caused a Lawsuit

Zoom’s popularity led to highly publicized cyber attacks, but other tech companies are equally vulnerable. April 23, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Zoom’s popularity skyrocketed 20-fold in the last month, and along with it came a pile-on of criticism. Now the company is facing a lawsuit and is barred by some public and private entities. But does Zoom alone warrant this backlash? Would the hysteria be where it is today if Zoom didn’t jump from 10 million users in December to more than 200 million in March? In our mass migration to work from home and growing reliance on virtual meeting platforms, we cannot overlook the ongoing security vulnerabilities facing all such tools.   The simple truth is vulnerabilities and flaws exist in every digital product and tool, videoconferencing included, and no software is impenetrable to hackers. To think differently would be foolish. Cyber […]

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45 Ways to Master Slack While You’re Working From Home

Tricks, shortcuts and hacks to impress your boss and colleagues. April 22, 2020 2 min read As a large portion of office workers do their jobs from home, virtual tools to help them connect with colleagues are becoming more popular than ever. From Zoom, to Google Hangouts, to Slack, employers are looking for the most efficient ways to maintain team unity and stay in touch during this time.  Already used by more than 12 million people around the world every day, Slack is becoming even more valuable as stay-at-home orders drag on. With its easy-to-use interface and ability to send quick messages to individuals, groups or an entire organization, Slack is particularly helpful to remote teams, especially ones with many global offices. It’s used by more than 600,000 organizations in 150 countries.  Related: 5 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know About Slack Of course, like any app, Slack has a […]

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Apple Mail for iPhone May Be Vulnerable to Malware Attacks

Attacks may have started two years ago, although evidence is scarce. April 22, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget The default email app on iPhones and iPads might be vulnerable to surreptitious malware attacks, at least if you ask a security research firm. ZecOps briefed the Wall Street Journal on a claimed vulnerability in Mail that lets attackers infect your device with malware without input — you wouldn’t have to tap a link or download a file. It’s “virtually undetectable” for users, the security firm said. While researchers didn’t explain exactly how the attack would work, it wold involve sending a specially designed message. The exploit may have been use for a while. ZecOps said it had evidence attackers had used the flaw for at least two years. There had been at least six targets, including staff at a Japanese telecom, a “large North American firm,” tech companies in Israel and Saudi Arabia, a […]

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These 5G Laptops Will Change the Way You Work

They’re starting to debut, and promising something entrepreneurs need: nonstop connectivity. April 14, 2020 4 min read This story appears in the April 2020 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Daniel Sokolovsky doesn’t bother with laptops. He’s the founder of the last-mile delivery company Jitsu and travels around San Francisco constantly. Wi-fi connection can be spotty or slow, so he can’t rely on a device that needs it. Instead, he operates his business using an Apple iPad and an iPhone with LTE. It’s fine, but what he really wants is a laptop that’s just…always connected, like a smartphone. No wi-fi necessary. Now, with the rollout of 5G laptops across the industry, he can get his wish. 5G is widely available in many cities, from Spokane to Boston, and companies like Lenovo, Dell and HP are debuting 5G-enabled laptops. Their promise: No matter where a user is, they can open a laptop and […]

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Centercode CEO Luke Freiler on Creating More Meaningful Tech

Our imagination is outstripping the pace of innovation – which creates many opportunities. April 8, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this series called Member Showcase, we publish interviews with members of The Oracles. This interview is with Luke Freiler, co-founder and CEO of Centercode, a customer validation provider helping companies bring products to market. It was condensed by The Oracles. What was a defining moment early in your life?  Luke Freiler: Early in my career, I fell in love with an emerging domain called usability. At the time, the idea that technology should be friendly and easy to use was still somewhat novel, yet usability proposed a framework to deliver on that goal. My early obsession with this field eventually blossomed into a career and a thriving business. Share an interesting fact about yourself that not many people would know.Luke Freiler: I […]

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4 Major Cybersecurity Risks of Working From Home

And how your company should prevent and manage them. April 2, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Unprecedented numbers of people are working from home for the forseeable future, and we’re dealing with everything from childcare to simply trying to find a quiet space for a call or to get work done. Our homes have become our offices, and in the rush to keep things going, we’re using new systems and adhering to security policies in a way that’s spotty at best.  At the same time, the boundaries between work and private life are breaking down: Business is being done over home ISPs, with unmanaged routers and printers, home automation systems in the background and even partners and children listening in on conversations or sharing machines while working for different organizations.  Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to Understand And all the while, new security threats are surfacing. Some are […]

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How Blockchain Is Revolutionizing Business-Communication Networks

The surging technology has transformed how companies function in more ways than one. March 20, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To thrive amidst your competitors in this digital age, you need to work on having an effective communication network, and blockchain technology is revolutionizing how businesses function due to its range of benefits. Industries including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, education and telecommunications have made its adoption a criticial priority. According to a Deloitte survey, 53 percent of fintech companies believe blockchain has become vital for their organization. PwC’s 2018 global blockchain survey also confirmed that 84 percent of companies, including the likes of Amazon and Facebook, are already dabbling in it. And expectations are high that blockchain will become even more widespread over the next several years. Related: Celebrating Blockchain’s Unsung Heroes For the uninitiated, blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that was launched in 2009. This ledger records transactions arranged in […]

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How AI Solutions Are Solving 5 Long-Standing Business Challenges

Five common problems and the companies that are solving them. March 19, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Although every business is different, even those in completely separate industries face some of the same long-standing problems. In recent years, artificial intelligence has become the technology that’s well-positioned to solve many of these business challenges.  Let’s look at five key challenges businesses face and how AI-powered solutions from specific companies are addressing those obstacles.  1. Fraud Handling more digital and mobile transactions gives customers what they want. However, it may also give criminals what they want — that is, an opportunity to grab sensitive personal and financial data. With stronger consumer expectations about transaction speed, companies are struggling to meet demand while ensuring each transaction is scanned for potential fraud.  Related: How Self-Learning Software Is Already a Huge Part of Your Life AI has become the only technology solution […]

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Don’t Buy Workflow Software Without These 5 Features

Technology should take care of busywork so we can get back to what we do best. March 11, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The world is getting smarter, but are workers benefiting from their advanced tools in the right ways? People don’t need technology to take over their jobs. They need technology to fill in the gaps and take care of busywork so they can get back to doing what they do best. According to research from Monday.com, 38 percent of workers believe they could save five hours a week with tools that automate repetitive tasks, and 28 percent want to increase their time for creativity and focus. Using the right workflow software with automation elements empowers humans to focus on tasks only they can perform and the ones where they stand to really make an impact. Whether you work for yourself or oversee a team of […]

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How We Can Overcome Our Biases About Tech

The former United States Chief Technology Officer shares how her experience helps find innovative solutions through inclusion. March 8, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On this episode of The Playbook, Shift7 Founder and CEO (and former CTO of the United States) Megan Smith sits down to share her thoughts on: President Obama’s thought process for creating the position of United States Chief Technology Officer [5:25]. Why people should be using the internet to “scout and scale” for genius problem-solvers and solutions [7:59]. How today’s leaders can bring the best plays from the innovation sector to all industries [15:30]. Why we can overcome our cultural and social biases about tech by sharing stories like those of Ada Lovelace, the first computer scientist, or Kate Middleton’s code-breaking ancestors who helped save the lives of millions [19:38]. Related: How Trevor Pryce Transitioned From Athlete to Animation Expert Read_More Related posts: How Today’s […]

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Apple Agrees to Pay $25 Per iPhone Ensnared in ‘Batterygate’ Slowdowns

The company will pay between $310 million and $500 million to fund the U.S.-focused settlement, which addresses class-action lawsuits over Apple secretly slowing down iPhones to mitigate errors from their aging batteries. March 3, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Apple has agreed to pay affected US customers $25 for slowing down their older iPhone models without notice. On Friday, the company agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit addressing “Batterygate,” or how Apple was secretly cranking down the CPU speeds on older iPhone models to offset errors caused by the aging batteries inside. According to Reuters, Apple will fork over $310 million to as much as $500 million to fund the payout. In December 2017, the company apologized for the speed-throttling practice. Apple then proceeded to offer discount $29 battery replacements for the affected products, which would help restore the CPU speeds back to their original state. But that […]

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5 Strategic Use Cases for Software in Your Business

Both offline and online companies can grow and gain competitive advantages in the market. February 21, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As businesses grow, there are important considerations to be made around costs and how to grow the company. At the corporate level, the software industry has consistently grown over the past two decades. In fact, the enterprise-software industry is expected to grow to $457 billion by 2020. Common applications of enterprise software include accounting, cloud services, business intelligence, human resources and CRM solutions.  When deciding what kind of software to implement, it is helpful to work backwards and identify what problems or challenges you currently face. Once these are identified, you can find software solutions that help solve specific problems. This process is part of a business-growth roadmap and is critical to scaling.  It is important to note that too much reliance on software or […]

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Why Unified Communication Is Essential to Working With Remote, Offshore Teams

UCaaS can be implemented in all kinds of businesses from anywhere in the world. February 20, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As we continue to experience constant digital transformation, we realize how diverse technology has become and how much more it can expand. In the last decade, we have successfully moved from working behind desks and on telephones to more flexible models. All you need now is the right device and a cloud connection, and you can easily embrace and explore as many opportunities as possible. The growth of technology has played a vital role in countless organizations, many of which have experienced a surge in growth and productivity. The Global tech-research firm Gartner reported more than 23 percent growth in the use of Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) in 2017 and 21 percent in 2018. The same report also shows that users spent nearly $2 million […]

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Are You Addicted to Your Phone?

Over 30 percent of people spend more time with their phones than they do with their significant others. Here’s how we use that time. February 20, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag It’s very likely that you’re reading this story on the thing you spend the most time with: your phone. A survey from Reviews.org found that over 75 percent of people consider themselves addicted to their phones. While there’s a lot to say for phones—they keep us connected to our loved ones, tell us when to carry an umbrella, and provide endless entertainment—we say almost too much to them. By picking them up all day long (over 65 percent of survey respondents said they check their phones 160 times a day), we’re giving them more attention than we give nearly anything else. Even while we’re sleeping, they’re right next to us, at least nearly 66 percent of us. […]

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Coronavirus Not Delaying Apple’s iPhone SE 2, New iPad Pro, Analyst Says

Both the low-cost iPhone and the new iPad Pro should get announced sometime in March, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Factory closures caused by the coronavirus are unlikely to delay Apple’s plans. February 18, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Apple might introduce several products in March, but the coronavirus outbreak suggested its suppliers wouldn’t be prepared to distribute units in large quantities. Reports indicated that Foxconn, the largest iPhone assembler, closed production facilities in China as the government aims to curb the infection and thus halted most manufacturing. Yet there might not be a significant impact on Apple’s plans after all. In a research note obtained by MacRumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reveals that both the low-cost iPhone and the new iPad Pro are still expected to debut this spring. Now, Apple could go forward and announce the hardware within the next few weeks. Given the modest specifications of the long-rumored iPhone model, Apple […]

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In Technology, Entrepreneurs Must Take the Biggest Shots to Make the Biggest Gains

Here’s how “moonshot thinking” can transform entrepreneurship – and three areas it could benefit the most. February 11, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneurs shouldn’t be happy doing just a little bit better than yesterday. They need to think huge — as big as those who, decades before them, looked up into the night sky, saw a distant moon and thought: We’re going to walk on the moon, and we’re going to do it soon.  It wasn’t just the unthinkable achievement of landing on the moon that changed humankind. It was everything the 400,000 engineers and scientists who worked on the program developed on the way to Neil Armstrong taking his “one small step.” From inventions such as freeze-dried food to fireproofing materials, from cooling suits to integrated circuits, these 400,000 people changed the course of history. It’s the act that inspired the idea of “moonshot thinking,” […]

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SpaceX Plans to Spin Off Its Starlink Satellite Internet Business

It could also take Starlink public. February 7, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget SpaceX chief Elon Musk declared years ago that the company won’t go public until its Mars vehicle is regularly flying people to the red planet. You might get the chance to own a piece of the company earlier than that, though: According to Bloomberg, SpaceX is thinking of spinning out Starlink, its space internet business, and of taking it public. Company president Gwynne Shotwell has revealed those plans at a meeting with investors, telling them that “Starlink is the right kind of business that we can go ahead and take public.” SpaceX has also confirmed to Quartz that it’s considering a Starlink spinoff in the coming years. SpaceX has deployed almost 300 satellites for the Starlink constellation since it started launching them to orbit last year. By mid-2020, there could be as many as 12,000 satellites in the constellation. […]

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Paper Masks Are Fooling Facial Recognition Software

Researchers with an artificial intelligence firm said they were able to fool facial-recognition software at an airport and mobile-payment kiosks using a printed mask, highlighting security vulnerabilities. February 7, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Business Insider Facial recognition is being widely embraced as a security tool — law enforcement and corporations alike are rolling it out to keep tabs on who’s accessing airports, stores, and smartphones. As it turns out, the technology is fallible. Researchers with the artificial-intelligence firm Kneron announced that they were able to fool some facial-recognition systems using a printed mask depicting a different person’s face. The researchers, who tested systems across three continents, said they fooled payment tablets run by the Chinese companies Alipay and WeChat, as well as a system at a border checkpoint in China. In Amsterdam, a printed mask fooled facial recognition at a passport-control gate at Schiphol Airport, they said. The researchers […]

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Drones May One Day Deliver Your Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

A Japanese drone startup said on Tuesday it was partnering with Unilever, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s, to explore developing an ice cream drone-delivery service in New York. February 5, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Move over ice cream truck. The parent company of Ben & Jerry’s is looking at using drones to deliver ice cream. On Tuesday, a Japanese drone startup announced it was partnering with Unilever, the owner of Ben & Jerry’s, to explore developing an ice cream drone-delivery service in New York. The startup, Terra Drone Corporation, said it showed off the concept during a recent Unilever’s investor event by using a drone to deliver a package of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cups to a pre-determined location. The drone flew and landed, carrying three 72 gram-ice cream containers in a delivery box that said “Open Me.” Related: Amazon’s New ‘Prime Air’ Drone Can Morph […]

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