When printing copies of documents, it's often forgotten that many printers today are online and may not be secure. The last thing you want is for an outside party to have access to private documents, so how can you pick a secure printer? Most online printers have security features available, but they may be overlooked. If security features are unavailable, there are other steps you can take to secure your printer(s).
Are you familiar with the malware called Loapi? It can literally burn your smartphone to the ground. Loapi was nicknamed the "jack of all trades" of mobile malware. It can be adware. It can turn your phone into a botnet for DDoS attacks. It can do premium text scams, but most importantly, it can cryptojack your gadget. Here's what you need to know to start protecting your business.
Let's face it, we're all giving up some of our privacy in the 21st century. As much as you may value your privacy, your personal information is in the hands of computer makers, websites, corporations, politicians, government agencies, hackers and who knows who else? While the internet has made all of our lives better, the one downside is that it seems everyone is collecting information about you and sharing it with everyone else. The good news is that you can significantly limit the amount of private information they collect, whether you're using a laptop, smartphone, or fitness tracker. Often that starts with the information you allow them to collect when you're first setting up these devices. Take a moment, and really read through each step in the setup before check-marking anything. It's easy to mindlessly click through a setup, but that's when companies like Microsoft are asking for you permission to collect private information. It's easier to protect your privacy by restricting what a company can collect than going back and trying to reclaim your privacy.
Technology is getting smarter and, thanks to recent big advances in machine learning, it can now automate many of the functions that used to be performed by humans. Self-healing automation is the next step in this revolution. It refers to applications, devices, and systems that can discover system faults or security problems, and make the necessary changes to fix them, without human intervention. It's set to be a game-changer for IT departments that spend huge amounts of time resolving issues and dealing with security threats.
The idea that systems could be designed to diagnose and repair themselves can be traced back to the early 2000s, when IBM initiated the term "autonomic computing." It was inspired by the human body's ability to self-heal. Now that technologies, such as mobile networks and the internet of things (IoT) look set to rival the human body in complexity, the concept is becoming more relevant than ever before. A key attribute of self-healing automation is that it is proactive, not reactive, which allows it to:
As such, this type of automation will become not just a benefit, but a necessity when using business systems that are too big and complex for people to manage alone.
It's been said, accurately, that every company is now a technology company. Businesses of all sizes need their software, computers, and office machines to run efficiently and securely. In today's increasingly connected world, they can't afford outages that will significantly disrupt customer service.