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Now Border patrol can search your cell phone

I’m not sure if it’s because he’s from Southern California—Bikkannavar was born in Pasadena—or because his side hobby, racing solar-powered vehicles, requires a certain amount of calm. Whatever the source, over the course of our 30-minute conversation about his experience being detained by US Customs and Border patrol, his voice betrays frustration only once. And it’s not when he admits—only after I ask him—that this wasn’t the first time.

“When there are random searches, I’ll often get pulled into the random search,” said Bikkannavar. “That doesn’t offend me. I know they need to search people and if it’s me, it’s me. You know, I know I have a foreign sounding name, I know my skin is a little darker, so if it makes me more likely to be searched so be it. I’ve really never taken issue with that or been offended by that.”

“But what happened this time,” he adds, “was different.”

Losing His Chill

What frustrated Bikkannavar, a self-described pretty private person, enough to make him talk to the press was this: “I’ve now compromised the privacy of my friends, and family, colleagues, contacts—anyone whose digital life kind of touched my phone.”

How did Bikkannavar betray his friends and family? He left the United States. Or, to be more precise, he returned.

The same weekend that President Trump signed an executive order restricting travel from certain countries, Bikkannavar arrived at the United States border in Houston, Texas. He’d spent two weeks racing cars down in the Patagonia Region of Chile. Chile was not on the list of countries outlined in the executive order, but even if it was Bikkannavar wouldn’t have automatically qualified for extra scrutiny.

To begin with, Bikkannavar is an American citizen. His father is of Indian descent, hence his name, but on his mother’s side his family has lived in the United States since colonial days. In fact, his grandparents worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) just like Bikkannavar does now.

“When we’re working with spacecraft,” said Bikkannavar, “we’re working with equipment that costs maybe billions of dollars or is highly dangerous, so there is a process to make sure that we are trustworthy and safe.”

JPL is part of NASA, but in addition to rocketry it does a significant amount of work for the Department of Defense. As a result, even low level employees at JPL undergo a background check invasive enough that employees once sued to stop it..

But even if Bikkannavar didn’t work for JPL, there’s still the fact that he forked over $100 and underwent a background check to qualify for Global Entry—the “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.”

Despite a level of vetting that some might even call extreme, Bikkannavar was still detained and placed in a holding room at Customs and Border Patrol.

“There were some people asleep [in the room]. I arrived at 5am in the morning, so I’m assuming that those people who were in there sleeping on the recliners and the cots had already been there stranded,” said Bikkanavar. “Eventually I get called into an interview room and they explain to me that because I’m trying to enter the country they need to search my property to make sure that I’m not bringing anything dangerous in. And they gave me a slip of paper that explains their rights to do all of this stuff.”

That stuff included searching his phone. After hesitating, and explaining that the phone was his work phone, he complied.

“As soon as I gave them the PIN they sort of pulled the phone back, wrote down the pin, and left with my phone,” said Bikkannavar. “They returned me to the waiting area with all of my luggage, and they didn’t search any of that. They didn’t swab it for bomb stuff, they didn’t even open it. They didn’t check what was in my pockets. They were only interested in the phone.”

 If they had gone through Bikkannavar’s luggage, that would have violated his privacy. But going through his phone? That violated the privacy of anyone who had texted, messaged, or otherwise contacted him since the last time he’d wiped the device.

“Not only is the privacy of the free speech rights of the device holder at stake,” said Sophia Cope, a staff attorney with the Electronic Freedom Foundation, “but also that of all of their associates.”

This may include people who have never set foot near a border, people who have never set foot in this country. That it’s considered a privacy issue is obvious—how happy would you be to have strangers flipping through your cell phone for no reason? But it’s also considered a free speech issue, because many argue that there’s no such thing as free speech without privacy. If your thoughts and words are closely monitored by the government, can you really consider yourself free?

“Free speech and privacy are considered human rights in international law,” said Cope, “So there’s that issue of whether or not the US is going to uphold those international principles.”

 If you’re wondering if this is legal, you’re not alone.

In theory, the fourth amendment of the US Constitution (which begins, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects,against unreasonable searches and seizures…”) sounds like it protects us from, well, unreasonable searches and seizures.

“But the law,” said Cope, “is unfortunately fuzzy.”

Here’s what’s clear: within the United States, the fourth amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizure. Pretty much every procedural court drama gets this part right. A government entity shows up in court, presents evidence that there was probably a crime, and that searching the item in question will confirm it. If the judge thinks that the evidence supports a reasonably high chance—say 60-70 percent—of criminal activity she will issue a search warrant. A warrant isn’t a carte blanche though. It’s “particularized” to the crime. If they’re searching your phone looking for a terrorist threat and discover that you’ve illegally downloaded the Rolling Stone’s entire back catalog, that’s a separate issue.

But there is some wiggle room.

If a police officer sees you stuff a pile of crisply-bound $100 bills into a duffel as you run out of a bank that’s sounding its alarm, that’s enough probable cause to seize you—i.e. arrest you. Checkpoints like the kind used to check for drunk drivers are another exception. After all, everyone gets checked whether or not the police officers suspect them of being drunk. The Supreme Court rules this is ok because the scope is narrow and it’s in the broader public interest.

“At the border,” said Cope, “the Supreme Court says there’s a discrete interest in protecting the welfare and the safety of our nation.”

Basically, it’s in the national interest to make sure that we pay duties on the $3,000-dollar bottle of wine we picked up in Italy, that we don’t secretly bring in seeds that pose a threat to the American farm industry or drugs and weapons that pose a risk to the American people. So the Supreme Court ruled that routine searches at the border are permitted, even without a warrant or probable cause. This decision was made, however, before we were carrying around computers, never mind ones that contain the level of information contained in a smartphone.

“The problem now,” said Cope, “is that a piece of luggage Is nowhere near that type of personal information, sensitive information. Even if you have a diary or some sexy photos in your luggage that still does not equate to what is essentially your entire life, particularly on your smartphone.”

The decision also doesn’t take into consideration the fact with cell phones, it’s not just the person who crosses the border whose information is being searched and potentially cataloged, but anyone who has communicated with that person. It’s this that compelled Bikkannavar to speak out, and a thought that should give us all pause.

It’s also an act that chills speech. How freely would you speak (or text) if you knew all of your communications were being observed? You don’t even have to work very hard to see the difference—compare your text and email conversations to your public social media posts.

The directive that guides U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) electronic seizure rules dates back to 2009—it’s called CBP Directive No. 3340-049. It was only released because of a Freedom of Information Act, or public disclosure request. And while lawsuits in recent years suggest that there have been policy changes, those changes have not been disclosed to the public. That makes it awfully difficult for citizens to know their rights.

In 2009, the year of CBPs publicly available guidelines, the iPhone was 2 years old. Most of us were using blackberries or a flip phone, and apps were few and mostly entertainment based. Now our phones contain personal photos, banking information, inside jokes…the shape and breadth of our lives. We are expected to entrust that information—without cause—to a department that, according to the The New York Times, recently found that over 10 years almost 200 employees and contract workers had taken nearly $15 million dollars in bribes. In 2015 police officers found 110 pounds of cocaine in a US Border Patrol agent’s car. One could be rightly concerned as to what an agent might do if they had access to banking information, blackmail fodder, or proprietary info from a border crosser’s business life.

The policy as disclosed says that they can only search—not copy or hold onto the device—unless they see evidence of a crime.

“But we were hearing reports at the border of CBP officers writing down like names of people from contact lists and stuff,” said Cope. And in Bikkannavar’s case the phone was taken out of the room, making it impossible to know whether the contents were copied.

To be clear, what’s happening isn’t new. There are reports Customs and Border Patrol searching laptops and phones dating back to 2008. Hard data on searches is difficult to find (and PopSci will update if it becomes available), but anecdotes suggest that it is becoming more frequent.

And Cope argues that even one person is too many. Especially when you consider how many people are in your contact list.

Protecting Yourself

The natural question, is how can we protect our information at the border?

Since technology, in part, created this problem, it can be tempting to turn to technology to resolve it. For example, it’s possible to partition a laptop’s hard drive to boot one way with one passcode and another way with a different one.

“You have to be careful,” said Scope. “If there is evidence that you are lying or misleading a government agent, that is itself a crime.”

At minimum, you should practice basic digital security: enable two factor authentication on your social media accounts. Disable any biometric locks—fingerprint locks in particular area notoriously easy to forge, and it’s not hard for a CPB agent to simply press your finger against your phone to make it unlock. Enable hard disk encryption.

None of that matters, however, if you unlock your device for an agent.

American citizens traveling to the United States have the right to return. You can’t be denied entry into your own country. So you can simply refuse to comply—though you do risk them taking the device.

Increasingly, customs and border patrol agents have been asking people—primarily foreign nationals—for the passwords to their cloud accounts. Americans don’t have to comply, and Americans do have the right to an attorney—but foreign nationals have less of a choice.

Bikkannavar said that the interaction between he and the CBP agents was unfailingly polite on both sides, but the situation itself intimidating, in part, because he didn’t really know his rights. So before you travel, make sure you know yours.

Cope suggests literally wiping the device before you’re forced to hand it over. Or, if you’re an American citizen, encrypting the device in the strongest way possible and refusing to comply. They might take the device away, but at least you’ll know they (probably) can’t get at your information.

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This Watch a snake robot wriggle

A snake is a tube that eats, a wriggling cylinder that carries a stomach and not much else. So it was a natural inspiration for Eelume AS, a Norwegian underwater robotics company, when they needed to design an efficient, minimalist robot. They decided to replicate a snake’s bendy body, creating a compact form adorned only with small sideboard motors and cameras.

Here’s what that looks like in practice:

We first saw the Eelume remotely operated vehicle last year, when aprototype writhed around obstacles in a testing tank. Today, Eelume released the first footage of a robot undergoing trials in ocean water, at the PREZIOSO Linjebygg Subsea Test Center in the Trondheimsfjord. With a face full of lights and cameras, and a flexible body carrying engines and side-facing cameras, the Eelume looks like quite the minimalist submarine.

Unlike snakes, the Eelume has a modular structure. That lets users attach various tools to its front end, adding or subtracting engines, cameras, joint sections, and other tools. People can also reconfigure the robot at different lengths for different functions.

Once outfitted, the robots can settle into their watery home: Eelume AS designed them to stay underwater permanently, in a little docking station on the bottom of the sea. From there, they can swim out to inspect and repair undersea infrastructure, like pipelines or oil rigs, without any concern about the weather above the ocean’s surface.

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Info Robotic food delivery is rolling into the United States

Starship Technologies, co-founded by Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis of Skype fame, raised $17.2 million in January to build a fleet of six-wheeled delivery robots. More feasible for large-scale rollouts than drones, these delivery bots are scheduled to have their American debut in Washington, D.C. and Redwood City, California in early February.

On test day, the Starship company will have an employee walking behind the bot—which is basically a secured container box rolling along at 4 mph—to deal with unexpected incidents and too-curious pedestrians, according toCNN Money. For the lucky crowds who are going to live-tweet this scene, the spectacle may bear resemblance to a parent following their toddler as it learns how to walk, the parent ready to save the little tyke from tripping and crying.

 

Evan Long via flickr

Mom with her walking baby

Will a robot learning its route to your doorsteps be cuter than this toddler?

The company’s first two U.S. customers will be Postmates and DoorDash, but their product is already pretty street savvy. The Starship baby has already been tested in the U.K., Germany, and Switzerland, where it has delivered food orders, groceries, and parcels. As of November 2016, the bot had over 12,000 miles under its belt (or under its wheels, if you will).

Despite its 4 mph speed, the robot actually sounds pretty high-tech, according to an Ars Technica story from late 2016. It has “nine cameras, a 360-degree ultrasonic sensor array, and an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor” to take in its surroundings, map the environment and avoid obstacles. And its navigation system is reportedly more precise (by 1.5 meters) than “the best non-military GPS receivers” out there.

 

Starship Technologies

Bot meets runners on street

If you are in D.C. or Redwood City, you may run into a Starship delivery robot on an urban jogging trip—and easily outrun it.

Starship isn’t the world’s only attempt at automated food delivery, and the competing bots are already having playful rivalries. When Domino’s Pizzalaunched its self-driving, four-wheeled bot in Australia last spring, Starship’s official Twitter advised its buddy DRU (Domino’s Robotic Unit) to seriously consider losing some weight:

DRU weighs 419 lbs. Starship? 35 lbs. But DRU’s extra heft helps give it more power, allowing it to zip along at a cool 12 mph—three times faster than Starship.

Ubiquitous robot delivery is probably a long way off. Starship’s current robots can only carry 20 pound loads within a 3-mile radius. As Postmates’ senior vice president of business Holger Luedorf put it, the upcoming test is part of a learning process. The company will analyze data like delivery time, delivery quality rated by customers, and feedback from merchants to determine whether they want to pursue this ground-based robot delivery strategy on a grander scale.

Customers won’t be asked to shell out extra for the privilege of a robotic delivery—at least for now. “We are treating these robots just like any other Postmates carrier,” Luedorf says.

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Benefits That Technology Has Brought to the Education Sector

Here in this century a lot of people from various parts of the globe are in need of education. Nowadays a good number of people are in the pursuit to make sure that they get more details in multiple areas that they are interested in at all the time. One of the essential need among many people is the education. As a result a lot of people are willing to pay the cost of reading more now. A well-educated person will at most of the time be the best in their area of specialization. Now here in this century those people in need of the education will get the education in various ways. Usually, most of the people willing to learn more here will make sure that they incorporate the technology in their quest to read more here. Technology has taken the lead in many areas here in this century. Many people will there be ready to incorporate technology in their different areas where they need to learn more at all the time. Incorporating technology in the education sector has the following benefits.

Through technology one can get to learn more despite the location that he or she is located. In most cases a lot of people in various areas will incorporate technology to get the kind of education that they require. Usually people in need of education will make sure that they incorporate technology in the area that they need to learn. Of late technology has made it possible for the availability of online platforms that can educate people by having devices that will be able to access the internet. As a result, people in need of getting an education are doing so quickly in this century. Here it will be good to make sure that one get an education in a modern way.

Here it will be good to make sure that you incorporate technology in the pursuit to get the education to make sure that you only spend less of your income. In most cases a lot of people will at first consider the cost of a particular commodity before they buy it from the market. Now a significant portion of the community in various parts of the globe will make sure that they incorporate technology to be able to cater to the financial need of getting more info in particular area. Here it will be useful to at all the time when in lack of learning more in a given area to make use of the technology as this will be profitable in many ways.

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Choosing the Right Education Technology

It is hard for the district leaders and schools to implement the ideal choices due to the many education technology tools available. Make sure you are aware of your student’s preference before choosing any model. Find out whether the tool can be used together with your lesson plan. This article highlights the procedure to follow to find and test an education technology.

Start the process by identifying your objectives before paying for the model. Decide why the training institute is investing in this channel. Use the available guidelines to help you develop and recheck goals to ascertain that they relate to the upcoming system. Find out whether you want to substitute, redefine, augment, or modify an existing teaching activity. Evaluate your aims to confirm that they match your dreams.

Note the nature of the platform that the system will find. Point out the tools the school is using. Identify the comfortable gears that are still working and avoid fixing any tool that is not broken. Make sure that you do not discard any existing technology that still meets your requirements. This step will make it easy to prepare a specification note as you are certain of the tools to acquire.

Prepare a detailed financial plan. State the figures the school is ready and willing to spend on these tools. Go through the web page of several renowned dealers to learn about their prices and for more info. Focus on providers who offer applications that allow the users to test them first. Comparing the prices allow you to get the name of that dealer who charges reasonable rates for the tools.

At this stage, you should be testing the models for efficiency. Comapring three apps will save you time and energy. Focus on apps that are easy to integrate and use. Note the pros and cons of the available systems depending on how the learners respond to it. Pay attention on the availability of the dealers and the nature of upkeep the experts provide. Determine how these options integrate into your existing lesson plan.

Choose an education model that has many benefits and low maintenance costs. Do not forget to come up with precautions that students and instructors should adhere to when implementing the system. Go back to your goals to ensure that you are using the application as per your objectives. Make amendments in case you are not using the tool in the right manner.

It is necessary to scrutinize your choice after using the education model for a specified time. Identify if it was worth your investment. Do not forget to state any unexpected issue you and the learners encountered while using it. Pay for the system if it met your expectations and replace it in case you feel it need improvements.

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Some of the Things That You Have to Evaluate When Selecting an E-commerce Platform

In the last few years, the e-commerce trends have been advancing. Most are the clients that are trading online. You, therefore, need to employ online marketing so that you may be able to market your product. You need to find a number of factors if you wish to get the best e-commerce platform so that you have success as you are marketing your products. This website avails to you some of the guidelines that will help you any time you are selecting the best e-commerce platform where you can be able to create awareness for your brand. Here are some of the things that you need to understand when you are choosing the best e-commerce platform to help you sell online.

One of the aspects that you have to think of when you are choosing the best e-commerce platform is the price. As a small business or even as a growing business you need to think of the charges that you are expected to pay for online marketing. It is therefore good that you have a budget of the amount that you are planning to pay for the online marketing. If you have a budget you will have an easy time as you will seek the economic e-commerce platform. Many are the e-commerce platform, and each platform will require you to cater for the fee. It is advisable that as you are getting the e-commerce platform that you have one that you can afford.

The SEO ranking is the other factors that will help you know more about the best e-commerce. You target to see the e-commerce site that ranks well on different search engines. The best e-commerce platform that you have to work with is one that has the best ratings by the search engines. Therefore, you will seek to ensure that people can quickly find the e-commerce site on the internet when they search. It is vital you learn more about how you can check domain type to know the top e-commerce site.

Another area that you need to have in mind as you are planning for online marketing is the service offered. A good e-commerce platform that you can market your products in marks one that attends you your concern at the required time. It should be noted that most are times when the server develops a problem, and thus you have to get the e-commerce platform that thinks about your interest. You need to have the e-commerce trend that has 24/7 services. If you are hiring the e-commerce platform you will be able to access your customers at all times.

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Figuring Out Support

Merits of Outsourced IT Services to Your Small Business
Most of the small businesses in the modern world have a common challenge of whether to hire an in-house IT tech or to outsource IT support for their business. With the entrance of the managed services for small, medium, and large businesses, the decision making became even tougher. With outsourced IT services, the decision making in a small business tends to be so much simplified. It would be modest to know some of the benefits that comes with going for remote IT solutions.
It is also essential to note that small businesses would benefit more on going for outsourced IT services when compared to in-house IT services. As a result, remote technical services offer the best option for your company. The remote access allows entry to individual devices or even computer networks using an external computer device. Another advantage of the remote IT support is that most of the issues can be resolved without having the technician traveling all the way to the site. With remote IT support, it is possible to install drivers, scan malware as well as deal with any computer viruses.
Remote technical support tends to increase response time as it resolves issues now! You would not have to wait until the technician visit your office to resolve a problem where you have remote technical support. Your business would spend the least time possible to resolve any computer related problem. The remote computer support also tend to reduce cost as the technicians tend to resolve the problem without having to waste time and money visiting the site. One would need to note that the savings realized from remote computer support can be extended to the profits or even to the customers.
It also tends to be the aim of any business to focus on making profits and growing with time. One would need to learn more about how to grow his or her business as opposed to spend so much time on dealing with computer related issues. You would need to focus more on the success of your business as the outsourced IT solutions focus on fixing any arising issues with your computers.
You can also be sure of more productivity in a case where you have stable remote IT services. You as a result end up serve your customers faster and have your employees more productive. Among other benefits of computer and network support services include easy access to expertise, access to the latest technology, and access to the after-hours services.

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Be Structured Hires their New CTO – Timothy Sheehan

Be Structured is an information technology company that has been devoted to avail tremendous and sufficient services to the people of Los Angeles. Throughout the years, this growth and development has been acknowledged through making quality services their focal point of reflection and operation. The reason why this company has managed the quality of these services is their thoroughness and ardency when it comes to screening and hiring their team of staff or employees. Mid this year, this company embraced the services of Timothy Sheehan and hired him for the position of chief technology officer. June 2018 is when new CTO-Timothy Sheehan was hired as the chief technologist of Be Structured after they acknowledged the immenseness of the experience he has in IT.

Be Structured necessitates immense experience and knowledge in MSP in order to avail irrefutable and incomparable services to their clients hence the necessity to hire Timothy Sheehan who holds extensive experience and knowledge in MSP world. This intensive knowledge and experience helps Tim work closely with other MSP staff of Be Structured in order to make instill some fundamental nips that will oversee the general wellbeing of the company and the service they avail. Through the services and devotion of Timothy, Be Structured is confident and assured of applying the best MSP practices that will generally help advance their care for the success of all their clients.

Before Be Structured could finally hire Timothy Sheehan as their CTO, they had to facilitate their due diligence. It was after thorough scrutiny that they acknowledged Tim to be the most experienced chief technologist. He has a reputation of availing tremendous and irrefutable solutions to businesses of all sizes and engineering. After Be Structured hired Tim as their new CTO, this news did spread like a bushfire following the experience and reputation of Tim. He holds an immense experience of over twenty years as an IT services provider. Be Structured relied on the info about Tim and the benefits they eye to achieve that motivated them.

Be Structured is overly relying on Tim to help implement some operations changes which are inevitable to the overall development of the country and the nature of clients’ satisfaction recorded. It has been noted that existing clients and new ones have been flocking the Be Structured official homepage in order to acquire more information about this newly hired CTO.

There’s need for Be Structured to fully meet their clients’ demands and needs. For this high level of satisfaction to be experienced, a company must record growth and development. This is something that every IT based company must learn and it will help thesem identify professionals or IT service providers who are competent and reliable like Timothy Sheehan.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Application

Influencers of Smartphone Application Download

Many people tend to download smartphones based on the word of mouth from friends and colleagues. As you read more you will note that so many people tend to download smartphone application that they do not necessarily use. One may go for a smartphone application that is all about finance, travel or even retail and end up using it minimally. It tends to be easy to make life far much easier where you choose the right smartphone applications. It would be critical for one to note that downloading a smartphone application blindly would end up being a waste of time as there are high chances that he or she will never use it. On average, any smartphone user has an average of 36 apps on the smartphone which are mostly gotten through friends and family. Some individuals tends to get an idea of an application they can use from a given website or even land a homepage with a good description of a smartphone application they may be interested in. There are yet other people who like it when they learn about smartphone applications through TV.
One would even be luckier he or she has a website where he or she can always learn more about smartphone applications he or she may be interested in. In a case where one has this website where he or she would have access to as much information as possible about a smartphone application he or she wants, he or she would have higher chances of always downloading the right smartphone application. One would also need to note that there are both purchased and free applications which one would need to consider checking what they have to offer. It would be wise to first use the trial application where the application is on sale before going for the purchased version.
Word of mouth tends to be yet another great influencer of whether people downloads a given piece of smartphone application or not. Some people on the other hand will be more willing to download a given smartphone application where there is a coupon attached to the download or even a gift. The smartphone application as a result tends to use gifts and coupons to influence some people to download a specific smartphone application.
In a case where one has a website that guides him or her on the best smartphone applications, one would have a very easy time downloading the best as he or she would always download smartphone applications based on reliable information. this product would save him the much trouble that comes with installing and uninstalling of applications before landing the right one. One would not only get a description of the application in question but also the user experience and the possible hiccups if any with the smartphone application in question.

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The Basic Things to Do To Ensure That You Only Install the Secure Smartphone Apps

In this latest era of technology, it is difficult to distinguish between a genuine and malicious application. It does not matter whether you have security software or not since most of the application developers are crafty to get your sensitive information. The following are some of the tips to help you to download the best smartphone apps which will not damage your phone.

Ensure That You’re Getting Them from Your Application Store

The leading developers will work with the app store, and you’re likely to find the best of applications in the google play. There are strict guidelines that dictate on the type of content to be posted on the app store, and it will be difficult for developers to post unsafe software’s. When you are not sure about the safety of the application in the app store, it is essential that you check from the developer and get it from the source.

Research about the New Applications

You have to ensure that you scrutinize every detail especially when you’ll be downloading the new application. Checking about the developer that is coming up with an application can assist you to get more insights of the applications. Checking the review section for the pages of the app creators ensures that you get insights about the creators.

Verify On the Privacy Policy Terms

When downloading from most of the sites, the application is likely to request for different details about yourself. Some of the data to be collected includes the email addresses, your contact list, social media logins, and the time that you used the application. Reading through the privacy policy will assist you to know on the intentions of the company to collect your data and their usage. You need to understand on the different pieces of information of any application that you’re downloading.

Draft and Email to the Developer

When you cannot seem to get clear details about their policies, it is essential that you email the application developer. The right companies will respond to your email, and they will advise you accordingly.

Ensure That You Establish the Security Signs

When you are downloading directly from the websites, you have to ensure that it has the right security certificate. Any site that you are entering into needs to be secured through the secured logo and it should contain the ideal security server signs.

As you strive to download the different app for your smartphone, you should check the site that has the best applications. The following ideas can assist you to to get the most secure applications.

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Benefits Of Penetration Testing Certification

All organizations that depend on information security protocol have to ensure that their security is not breached for the safety of their client’s data. Because of the advancements that have been made over the years in technology, a lot of companies are using information technology software to carry out their transactions and therefore the need for security in their technological infrastructure. This is where penetration testing comes into play. It is important to have regular penetration testing done in your organization for the sake of your business’ security.

Through this testing, you get to know of threats that your business’ security could face. It is important to note that penetration testing allows you to see all the vulnerabilities that hackers could use against your business and therefore come up with appropriate measures to keep them away. This article seeks to educate the reader on the advantages of getting a penetration testing certification.

Businesses that have had penetration testing done have been able to manage security threats in an effective and optimal way. A penetration test will show you all the vulnerabilities that your company’s security has as well as the risks they may face thereby allowing you to look for effective ways to deal with risks. Through penetration testing, you will know which risks do deal with first because you will know which areas are high risk area and which ones are low risk areas.

The second advantage of penetration testing is that it allows businesses to continue. Because of the increased competition in a majority of industries, some unscrupulous organizations hire hackers to attack their competitor’s vulnerable areas so as to bring their businesses to a stop. With penetration testing, you do not have to worry about your operations coming to a stop because you will know how to deal with potential threats faced by your company.

It is important to note that with penetration testing, you do not have to worry about not protecting your clients, partners and third parties because they will have adequate protection. If your company suffer a security breach, you are not the only one who stands to suffer because your clients will suffer as well. Ensure that you have regular penetration testing done if you wish to instil confidence in your clients as well as all other people who deal with your organization. It is important to note that customers are the backbone of any organization and they should therefore be protected at all costs. A company that produces quality goods and services enhances its stand in the market because it is able to attract a lot of customers as well as retain its existing ones. Ensure you get penetration testing done if you own a business.

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Important Steps to Take When Looking for Effective Managed IT Services

One of the challenges of owning a business is ensuring that you really meet your long-term goals with all the tasks that you have at hand. Each aspect of your business will have something to contribute to the overall success of it. Take, for example, you have to pay attention to the accounting tasks, IT services, and other areas of your businesses. If you talk about your managed IT services, outsourcing them is the best way to go for the overall success of your business endeavors. You will never lose anything with outsourcing managed IT services because if you do, you will be reaping the latest in IT services without having to worry about spending way too much of your money. However, what are the things that you have to consider when you are still looking to outsource managed IT services? This website will let you learn more about finding the right company for all your needs now!

Of course, the very first thing that you must do is to research. The market is actually rich in managed IT service providers that you can hire. And just like other professionals that you hire, you can see that there are other companies that are better than the others and those that you should not hire. Even if a company is a good one, it might only offer you the typical IT services that most businesses need. When choosing which company you must outsource your managed IT services from, be sure to find one that an offer you several options of IT services as well as offer you the option to customize them. Always remember that your company is unlike any other. This could also mean that your IT service needs are not like most. When you must, before you go looking for the right company, be sure to assess what needs and goals you have as a company as well.

After you have some idea what to look for in an IT company, you proceed in considering possible managed IT service providers. Get some insights from people you know or those you work with if they have tried hiring these managed IT services and seek some help from them. When you do not know of anyone who knows any companies offering these services, you might want to consider looking at the internet. When you have come up with a short list, you then proceed to check their respective websites to see what their IT services are. Also, make sure to read the reviews being posted by people and companies who have tried hiring them. Be sure to click here for more of these companies now!

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Interesting Research on Application – What You Didn’t Know

The Main Reason Smartphone Applications Have Increased Popularity

If you think that smartphones are gadgets for those wealthy and influential people in the society, then you are wrong.Well, if you have one of these gadgets, you have installed some important applications to help you in various activities.If you desire to learn more and pick a second language; then there is an application that can assist you to discover more.Such applications have made these gadgets even more popular.Smartphones aren’t only a preserve of the ordinary user, companies too are discovering more on ways that they use them for advancing business.Considering this change in how the industry runs, firms have found it necessary to change their ways of doing business.In the following discussion, you are going to learn more on how smartphone applications have altered common cultures.
Game enthusiasts are one of the most-considered customer niche, they have the capability of enjoying whatever game they like on their smartphone as long as the application is available.This is great as it has provided great flexibility.Any consumer can now get hold of a smartphone as the market is highly populated with manufacturers.Additionally, application developers have vastly increased in number.Whenever you start investigating the market for a suitable gadget and application, you wouldn’t go through a hard task landing at whatever that you require; there are very many market players.When smartphones started entering the market, only very few application development firms could manage to create applications for the market but today, there are very many developers.Companies are taking advantage of this opportunity to develop applications for the market and also suit their personal needs.
On top of having very many firms taking an initiative of providing us with the best applications, the simplicity that they have added into our lives have created a huge demand.Think of anything that you want to do and you will find an application that can assist.You have an application for tracking your health, payment of bills and even communication.They basically make life easier.Mobile software are extremely functional as they are designed to fulfill a specific need.Don’t even worry about checking out the weather forecast, there is an application that provides periodic notifications on the same.With applications, companies can expand their business.People can easily discover advertisements on apps better than any other place.This means that you can create a click here for more hyperlink that directs people to your products or services.