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Will AI Be Safe in 2018?

Artificial intelligence, or AI, has become incredibly popular in the last few years. And current industry standards show that the relatively new technology will only become more popular in the years to come. But how safe will it be? Whenever a new technology takes over and becomes a societal standard, we must always ask ourselves this question. And almost every time that we ask it, we are never really sure of our answer. When the Internet first became relevant, nobody could have predicted how unsafe it is if not properly used. Will AI follow a similar path?

A recent report from Ericsson, a telecommunications company, found that several consumers fully expect their devices to be considered some form of a human being in the near future. Some experts believe that we will no longer need to know our devices, because our devices will know us.

So what does this mean for security? Think of it this way: You want to know the latest showtimes for a movie so you ask your smartphone to find showtimes at local theaters. Your phone then uses your actual location to provide an answer. Or you want to purchase a gift for someone through Amazon and you ask your computer to make the purchase using your credit card and other sensitive information which are already stored on your device. These are real-world activities that will only become more common. And these activities share vast amounts of data. And in order for AI to become more advanced and more lifelike, it will need to send and receive large amounts of sensitive information almost constantly.

This naturally leads to vulnerabilities in sharing information. Areas where users’ personal information can slip through the cracks and fall into the hands of cybercriminals.

So how can we protect ourselves?

Luckily, we may not have to. The very technology that may be putting us at risk could potentially prevent any risk in the first place.

AI can become so advanced that it may, and very likely will, be utilized in cyber security software. And with machine learning, these technologies can become even smarter and prevent attacks and hacks from happening before they even begin.

AI is looking to make big waves this year. While some may fear what it will expose and put at risk, just know that it is capable of doing far more good than harm.


Greatest Cyber Threats in 2018

It’s a new year, full of optimism and potential. If all goes right, 2018 can prove to be a great year for the world. But this year also has tremendous potential to be incredibly dangerous.


For those that do not know, 2017 was a landmark year for cybersecurity. The rise of ransomware reached its zenith with the NotPetya and WannaCry worldwide cyber attacks bringing several businesses and governments to a screeching halt; and data breaches became something of the norm, with major corporations, such as Equifax, HBO and Uber, admitting sensitive information was breached. Billions of people around the world were affected in one way or another by 2017’s cyber attacks alone. There’s no reason to believe that this year won’t be any different; in fact, it may be even worse.


So what are some threats that we should be aware of this year?


The Number of Cyber Criminals Will Rise

With how frequent these cyber attacks have become, it stands to reason that they’ve gained a bit of attention. Multiple high-profile news outlets have reported on the attacks and even claimed that hacking is a billion-dollar industry. Naturally, this makes the “hacking industry” seem too attractive to not partake.


It has also become easier than ever to become a hacker. In order to become a hacker in the past, you needed a computer and an in-depth knowledge of programming and coding; today, you simply need a basic understanding of how technology works and a computer (which are far more abundant and common). Expect the number of hackers to rise in 2018.


Attacks on Vulnerable Systems

Cybercriminals will continue their malignant campaigns against the systems that are too weak or underfunded to defend themselves. Naturally, this means healthcare and schools. Both schools and healthcare systems have vast amounts of sensitive, private information that can easily get into the hands of criminals, especially considering how popular IoT devices have become.


Security Software Must Be Ready

You may be thinking, “I have Internet security software on my computer and phone, I’m perfectly safe.” Well, that may not be the case. Industry professionals also predict that the new year will bring a new focus on security software. Essentially, hackers will be delving into the code of security software and attempting to find holes and weaknesses.


While we must enter every year with a slight sense of hope, we must also be prepared for any and all dangers. Cyber security is no longer a possibility; it is a reality. And it is one that we must prepare for.

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What is Sfara Guardian?

In today’s world, there are multiple threats lingering around every corner. From digital to physical, we all must work diligently to ensure that we are all safe and protected. While there have been many services, devices and applications over the years that have assisted in providing protection from threats, there hasn’t been an all-encompassing service, a “catch-all” application that offers protection on all fronts. Until now.


Sfara, a mobile safety solutions company, has recently launched Sfara Guardian, the company’s new service that offers around-the-clock care and security. The company believes that the service could revolutionize the security industry, and it very well could.


Sfara Guardian comes in the form of a mobile application that connects users to what Sfara calls “Emergency Managers.” These operators interact with users to assess any calls for assistance. Once a call is placed to one of Sfara’s Emergency Responders, the responder can then contact the appropriate authorities if the situation demands it. Emergency Managers also provide first responders with real-time data on accidents and rescues, directions to the nearest medical facility and can dispatch roadside assistance.


So far, Sfara Guardian may sound very pleasant, but nothing about it truly stands out. Everything that I’ve described above can be completed through some other service in some form or another. However, Guardian does have one ace up its sleeve: artificial intelligence.


Through the use of AI and a patented algorithm, Sfara Guardian can utilize the sensors found on many of today’s most popular smartphones to determine if an accident has occurred. If a user were to get into a car accident and was unable to pick up his phone to call for help, the app’s sophisticated algorithm can detect the accident and dial for assistance immediately.


The application also features other methods of contacting Emergency Managers, such as triple tapping and even setting a check-in timer that will notify a manager if a user doesn’t check-in to a designated location within a certain amount of time.


The app features a bevy of robust features, but none more advanced than its patented algorithm. Sfara Guardian has the potential to completely revolutionize personal security with its refreshing blend of traditional and futuristic methods of retrieving help.


Will you be downloading Sfara Guardian?

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How Can Bitcoin Help in Ransomware Attacks?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the last few months, you’ve heard of Bitcoin. It’s the latest craze sweeping the nation. Many people want to learn about the mysterious virtual currency and see if it can reap major fiduciary rewards. However, it is now being used for a completely different purpose.


Before I go any further, it might help to know what Bitcoin is. In short, Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency that is monitored on a peer-to-peer basis. It is not centralized by a governing bank or group and it is completely virtual. It gets a bit more technical and complicated when you really dive into it, but, for the purposes of this article, that’s all you really need to know.


So how can Bitcoin help in the fight against ransomware attacks? Well, quite simply, it can be used to pay off those ridiculous ransoms. For those unaware of how ransomware works, it is very simple; a computer that is infected with a ransomware virus is held “hostage” and its information is held for ransom. When the owner of the computer pays the ransom, then he or she gets access to the computer again and can access their information. That is the most broad definition of ransomware.


Because of the growing popularity of ransomware in recent years, some companies are considering to stock up on Bitcoin in order to pay off these large ransoms and continue with their business. When an entire network of computers are locked up and held ransom, it can be a headache to fix the system and bypass the virus. So, some companies are looking into simply using Bitcoin to avoid the hassle and pay the hackers.


Several British companies are utilizing this tactic. Because ransomware attacks are so commonplace, several British companies are informing employees to maintain a Bitcoin wallet in case of an emergency. Unfortunately, paying hackers can only provide a temporary solution. In fact, in most cases, even if a ransom is paid, the information isn’t guaranteed to be returned. But most companies prefer to stay quiet about online attacks.


Can Bitcoin be the ultimate solution to stopping ransomware hackers? Or will paying them off with digital currency be the same as feeding a stray cat? Only time will tell, but my guess is the latter.

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Even More Gadgets for Personal Security

Last month I wrote an article about important personal security devices that are important to keep on your person. And although I covered a few items, there are still plenty of other gadgets out there that can should be used for protection. And so, I thought it would be a good idea to list a few more personal security items.


Security Alarm

This may seem like an obvious choice for those who value their personal security, but not everybody is aware that these devices exist. Essentially, personal security alarms are tiny devices that can be carried discreetly and, in the case of an emergency, set off in order to alert authorities. Devices like the GE Personal Security Keychain Alarm or the Nimb Ring all offer a sense of safety for anybody.


Portable Camera

Admittedly, this might be a bit of overkill, but depending on your situation, you might want to have a camera on you at all times. Especially if you are walking alone in the park or through the streets. By having a portable camera on your person, you can video record your assailant and report him or her to the authorities. With video evidence, they can then track the perpetrator and bring him to justice.


Undercover Colors

This “gadget” is possibly one of the most unique and ingenious devices I’ve ever seen. Undercover Colors is a brand name of nail polish that can be used to detect predatory drugs. According to Undercover Colors, 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. This special blend of technology and nail polish is looking to combat that. The nail polish can be worn as normal and dipped into a variety of beverages; if the nail polish changes color, that means that the drink has been spiked with a predatory drug. This fantastic device is stylish and secure, and could help prevent thousands of unnecessary acts of violence.

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Two of the Worst Online Hacks in History

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we cannot escape technology. Technology has infested our everyday lives. And because of that technology, we have put a large amount of our personal information out in the open, without us fully realizing it. From online purchases to banking, our credit card and social security numbers, dates of birth and just about everything else are all out in the open, waiting to be taken. And unfortunately, malicious hackers have taken advantage. There have been dozens of online hacks on companies which have put millions of users’ information at risk before, but there are two in particular that I feel are exceptionally bad.


Playstation Network Outage

Video games are a multibillion dollar industry, with billions playing around the world. And Playstation, one of the world’s most popular gaming consoles, has a very popular online gaming community called the Playstation Network. In this community, subscribers can play video games and speak with each other and purchase video games or movies through the online store, which requires a credit card. And in 2011, hackers breached the Playstation Network, bringing the platform to its knees. The attack resulted in the access of 77 million subscribers’ personal information by hackers. Sony, the parent company of Playstation, was forced to shut down the service for a total of 23 days. In that time, they restructured the infrastructure and made the network safe to use again. In response, Sony executives publicly apologized during a press conference by bowing their heads in shame. At the time, it was one of the worst online hacks in history.


Yahoo! Account Breach

Speaking of the worst security breaches in history, Yahoo! has the unfortunate pleasure of laying claim to this record. An incredibly recent event, Yahoo!, the popular tech company, admitted to the breach of over 1 billion users’ accounts. What made the case so extraordinary was the fact that Yahoo! had been attacked twice within two years. The first hack occurred in 2013, which compromised the initial 1 billion accounts; the second hack took place a year later, adding an additional 500 million breached accounts. It is by far the worst data breach of any company on record. What makes matters worse is that Yahoo! only recently disclosed the security attack, in September of 2016. Although the news made headlines, it did not necessarily damage the company’s image.

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3 Best Internet Security Apps

We live in a technologically driven age. Our smartphones are attached to our hands, the Internet is no longer an option, and we are constantly connected to each other through social media. Technology is everywhere. And with that technology comes risk. Billions of people around the world access the Internet through a variety of devices, but typically, they connect to the World Wide Web through their computers. Regardless of whether it is a laptop or desktop, that computer is at risk. The digital age has given birth to the hacker. These hackers find ways to virtually enter your computer and steal information, money or both. This is most commonly done through the Internet; this rising trend in Internet hacks gave way to Internet security software.


Sometimes when purchasing a new computer, you aren’t exactly sure which software to purchase, or if you even need it. Firstly, you do need it. And secondly, it can be difficult making that choice. So I’ve decided to round up three of the best Internet security programs to help make the choice a bit less daunting.



Kaspersky Internet Security is one of the more popular suites on the market. Offering a comprehensive list of features, through a variety of tiers, Kaspersky could be the way to go. For the average user who will likely only use the Internet for reading articles or viewing entertainment, the Anti-Virus package may be the best fit for you. However, for those who will be doing a bit more, you might want to look into the Internet Security package—which features multiple platform use, better protection for online transactions, and parental controls—or the Total Security Package—which includes everything from the previous two packages, as well as secure storage of passwords and the ability to backup and encrypt files. With so many features at an affordable price, the Total Security package is the more common choice.


Another high-profile brand, Norton Internet Security has been around since the early 2000s. Much like Kaspersky, Norton Security offers multiple different software packages—Basic, Standard, Deluxe and Premium—with varying features. Again, average users could probably get by with the Basic package, which protects against spyware, malware and other online viruses. The Deluxe package, however, protects from viruses, offers the Norton 100% guarantee, is optimized to protect your computer while maintaining its speed, and grants the ability to use the software on 5 PCs, Macs, smartphones or tablets. And although these are all great packages, the Premium package—which includes all of the previously mentioned features, the ability to use the software on 10 devices, child friendly Internet surfing and 25GB of cloud storage—is by far the best choice. Did I mention that it’s also cheaper than the competition?



One of the more admittedly obscure brands, BitDefender is nonetheless deserving of its place on this list. While it does offer multiple different Internet security suites, with all of the expected features like antivirus protection, the ability to backup files and child protection, what makes BitDefender stand out is its BitDefender Box. The BitDefender Box takes the Internet security software idea and expands upon it. The box protects not only your laptop or desktop, but anything that is connected to the Internet. That includes smartphones and smart TVs. The box even allows for remote management of your devices. It’s an incredibly useful and intelligent feature that has earned several accolades from acclaimed publications like TIME and Digital Trends.

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Google’s New Home Security System

In today’s highly technologically advanced world, we are constantly stepping closer to a world similar to that of the Jetsons, full of self-driving cars and automated assistants. Probably one of the more sought-after pieces of tech has to be the smart house. A house that is connected to the Internet and can autonomously perform a variety of mundane tasks. And while there have been major breakthroughs in this field, one area that is constantly striving to advance itself is that of home security. And it appears as though Google has come up with new technology aimed to make your home even more secure.

According to a report from Digital Trends, Google has filed a patent for an incredibly advanced security system that would work completely autonomously, thus removing the need for any manual modification.

For example, currently, any home security system must be armed or unarmed manually, by any of the home’s occupants. And while there have been major improvements in making this process easier, such as remote arming through a Wi-Fi connection, the system still requires a human being to physically and manually arm it. Google’s newest security system is looking to fix that.

The patent, originally filed in December of 2014, was updated this past November. The patent describes a system that could monitor a house through the use of several inputs, then autonomously arm or disarm the security system. That being said, there are systems available that essentially accomplish the same goal, however Google’s system wants to include more inputs to increase its intelligence. These inputs include using the home occupants’ location through the use of smartphone tracking, motion sensor information, and collected data such as the average time that the house is vacant and full. The system will then analyze all of this data in order to make an intelligent decision on whether or not to arm the house.

In order for a system such as this to actually work, the house it monitors would have to be jam-packed with high-tech gadgetry, such as sensors, cameras, etc.

It is exciting to see where the future of home security systems is headed. Keep in mind that many companies file hundreds of patents, only to let them sit for years without any further development. Hopefully Google will move forward with this patent and bring us one step closer to a truly smart house.

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