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#sextrafficking | Advocates say youth shelter in Truro would protect teens from human trafficking | #tinder | #pof | #match | romancescams | #scams

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The recent case of a man who was unlawfully at large in the Truro, N.S., area and allegedly committed dozens of sex and drug trafficking crimes against children shows the need for a local youth shelter is dire, says a youth advocate.

Michelle Rafuse, a volunteer who supports First Nations youth in court, said a shelter for young people would help prevent at-risk youth from becoming victims of violence and sexual exploitation.

“There’s no place for kids to go in Truro if they need a place to stay,” said Rafuse, who often allows homeless kids to stay at her own home.

“If they have no place to go, they end up in circumstances where they could get led down a path they don’t want to be on.”

Truro and the surrounding Colchester County do not have a youth shelter. The counties of Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, Pictou and Halifax all have youth shelters serving their areas.

Youth shelters are usually run by not-for-profit groups and are aimed at ending homelessness for people aged 16 to 24. The youth stay for several months and receive connections and support to help them get their lives on track.

Morgan MacDonald, 31, was living in Truro and unlawfully at large during the time he is alleged to have committed dozens of sex and drug trafficking crimes against children. He communicated over Facebook using the name Kaycee MacDonald, victims say. (CBC)

CBC News spoke to a 22-year-old Indigenous man who said he spent the last several years homeless in Truro. He said he used to walk around the town at night messaging friends and asking for a place to stay, often crashing at the homes of friends on their laundry room floors. If he couldn’t find a place to stay, he kept walking.

“It was weird sleeping outside, so I just stayed awake,” said the young man, who recently found housing because a member of the community offered up her home. “There’s a lot of people in the same boat. There’s a pretty big need for it.”

CBC News is not identifying the man because he has been a participant in the youth criminal justice system, involved in break and enters, which he said he did to get money to support himself. He said he wouldn’t have committed those crimes had he not been so desperate and had a safe home.

He said his troubles started in his teens when his relationship with his father turned volatile. Upset about the fighting, he failed to turn up at his job baking cookies and bread at a local bakery. After losing the job, he said he was kicked out of the house because he could no longer pay the rent.

Truro has emergency shelter, but it’s not just for youth

Truro has a youth centre, which has been closed due to COVID-19, but it’s only open during the day. There is also an overnight emergency shelter open to youth over the age of 16.

Truro, with its population of 12,500 is a hub town, a crossroads where the Trans-Canada Highway joins from three different directions. The town is next door to the Millbrook First Nation, a Mi’kmaw community with many members living off-reserve. 

A 2018 Statistics Canada study found Nova Scotia had the highest rate of human trafficking in the country in 2016.

Joe Pinto, a local developer and businessman, said he’s noticed the growing issue of youth homelessness in Truro.

“There seems to be a lot of kids that the parents are not available to look after them or they’re just on the street, couch-surfing, going from place to place. I feel that there’s a need to house them and give them a bit of guidance,” he said. 

Pinto said he has space available in downtown Truro for a youth shelter if a community group is interested.

Social services and housing are provincial responsibilities. In a joint statement, the Department of Community Services and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing described having a place to live as an important piece of the complex problem of human trafficking.

To propose a youth shelter for the town, a community group would first have to submit a proposal, which could include a request for funding, to Nova Scotia’s Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. So far, no such proposal has come forward.

What the province says it’s doing

The Nova Scotia government earmarked $1.4 million in new funding to combat human trafficking, some of which is trickling down to Truro. In the town, there is one housing support worker and a trustee who can help at-risk youth find secure, stable housing. The province said rent subsidies are available and the Truro Homeless Outreach Society can also connect people to safe and affordable housing.

Truro Mayor Bill Mills said he’s open to the idea of a youth shelter, but it’s going to be a tough sell right now to get funding from the municipality because everyone is being stretched.

“On the surface, if we could pull this off and have a youth shelter and the right people in place… sure, why not,” he said, adding that a letter to council would be the first step.

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#onlinedating | Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard admits he cannot face dating again following split from Maura Higgins | #bumble | #tinder | #pof | romancescams | #scams

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Curtis Pritchard admits that he cannot face dating again following his messy split from Maura Higgins.

The Love Islander, 24, has said that he is not looking for another relationship after he and his former co-star broke up in a series of blazing bust-ups and public rows.  

Speaking to The Sun about the split, Curtis said: ‘It hurt. I wasn’t ready for everyone to know we had split up — I wanted some time.

Candid: Curtis Pritchard admits that he cannot face dating again following his messy split from Maura Higgins

‘It was a shock to see that she had announced it on social media hours later.’ 

He insists that he is now content to remain single and will not be signing up to online dating platforms anytime soon.

The TV personality added: ‘I’m very old-fashioned. I don’t actually like talking to people over a mobile phone or laptop. I’m a very sociable person. I like to be with somebody and talk to them.’ 

Heartache: The Love Islander, 24, has said that he is not looking for another relationship after he and his former co-star broke up in a series of blazing bust-ups and public rows

Heartache: The Love Islander, 24, has said that he is not looking for another relationship after he and his former co-star broke up in a series of blazing bust-ups and public rows

But it comes after Maura herself said that she would consider going back onto Love Island because she ‘needs a man’.

The 29-year-old took to Instagram last month to discuss her love life with fans. 

She rubbished claims linking her to Dancing on Ice partner Alexander Demetriou after he separated from his wife of four years, Carlotta Edwards, last month.

Newly-single: But it comes after Maura, 29, said that she would consider going back onto Love Island because she 'needs a man'

Newly-single: But it comes after Maura, 29, said that she would consider going back onto Love Island because she ‘needs a man’

Maura said during the Q and A: ‘It doesn’t bother me. We’re in 2020 and a man and woman cannot just be friends…’ 

She then zoomed in on her face and said: ‘Pure sh*** you know.’

Maura also revealed that she has struggled with adjusting to fame since leaving the Love Island villa but assured fans that she is still single. 

Asked if she would ever return to Love Island, the Irish beauty replied: ‘Well, to be honest, I need a man. So maybe I’ll go back in next year, you never know.’ 

All over: Maura's revelation comes after Dancing On Ice star Alexander Demetriou  confirmed he has separated from wife Carlotta Edwards (pictured together last November)

All over: Maura’s revelation comes after Dancing On Ice star Alexander Demetriou  confirmed he has separated from wife Carlotta Edwards (pictured together last November)

Sad times: The reality star was asked by a fan if she's bothered by the speculation surrounding her and Alexander's relationship following the news he and his wife had split

Sad times: The reality star was asked by a fan if she’s bothered by the speculation surrounding her and Alexander’s relationship following the news he and his wife had split

Confirmation: The professional skater took to Instagram stories to confirm the news and revealed to his followers that it had been a 'tough time' for him

Confirmation: The professional skater took to Instagram stories to confirm the news and revealed to his followers that it had been a ‘tough time’ for him

Last month, Alexander, 28, took to Instagram stories to confirm he had split from Carlotta amid reports that he became ‘besotted’ with Love Island beauty Maura. 

In a statement posted on Instagram stories, Alexander said: ‘I’m sorry I have been quiet on social media recently but it’s been a tough time for me personally. 

‘Carlotta and I have separated. Although it saddens me that we can no longer be together, I feel this is best for both of us.

‘I’m looking forward to what the future will bring but in the meantime let’s all say home and stay safe.’

A friend of the former couple recently told their marriage troubles ‘came as a shock’, as they were so close before the last Dancing On Ice series. 

Heartache: Maura has been single since splitting from her Love Island beau Curtis Pritchard earlier this year

Heartache: Maura has been single since splitting from her Love Island beau Curtis Pritchard earlier this year 

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Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard says he can’t face dating again after split from Maura Higgins following cheating claims | #tinder | #pof | romancescams | #scams

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

CURTIS PRITCHARD has revealed he is not looking for another relationship after his split from Maura Higgins.

The pair dated for eight months after meeting on last summer’s Love Island, but split in March after a series of blazing rows and public ­bust-ups. There were also accusations of cheating.

Curtis Pritchard says he can’t face dating again after split with Maura Higgins following cheating claimsCredit: Getty – Contributor

Speaking about the break-up previously, Curtis said: “It hurt. I wasn’t ready for everyone to know we had split up — I wanted some time.

“It was a shock to see that she had announced it on social media hours later.”

Curtis is now content to remain single for the time being — and insists you will not find him on a dating app any time soon.

He added: “I’m very old-fashioned. I don’t actually like talking to people over a mobile phone or laptop. I’m a very sociable person. I like to be with somebody and talk to them.”

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Maura Higgins proved popular with fans during her time in the villa and even landed herself a job on This MorningCredit: Ann Summers

When asked if he had signed up for dating apps such as Tinder, Curtis said: “No.” His older brother, who has been with girlfriend Abbie Quinnen, a fellow dancer, for two years, added: “He’s too lazy for that, honestly.”

The Pritchard brothers have revealed their “end goal” is to become a presenting duo to rival Ant and Dec.

And they are keeping their eyes firmly on that prize — with no distractions.

For dance pro AJ, quitting Strictly just weeks before the pandemic hit put a break on his ambitious career plans.

Curtis and Maura finished fourth place in the 2019 series of Love Island

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Curtis and Maura finished fourth place in the 2019 series of Love IslandCredit: Rex Features

But dancer AJ Pritchard has no regrets — and no plans to ever go back
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, the 25-year-old, who made it to the latter stages of the BBC1 series last year with YouTube star Saffron Barker said: “I made a decision and I’m very happy with that decision.

“I felt like coming out on what was a complete high.

“That last year with Saffron was a fantastic year, and if you don’t move forward and keep striving for what is your end goal,  you won’t be able to make that jump.

“To wait another year just didn’t feel right for me. I won’t ever go back.”

AJ says that he is happy with his decision to quite Strictly and has no regrets

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AJ says that he is happy with his decision to quite Strictly and has no regretsCredit: Getty – Contributor

AJ was the second big Strictly name to announce their departure this year, after Kevin Clifton quit the show in March.

In his four years there, AJ’s highest finish was fourth with Team GB gymnast Claudia Fragapane in 2016.

However, his most memorable series came the following year with singer Mollie King from The Saturdays, as the pair were rumoured to be getting close away from the dance floor.

TV chiefs are still trying to replace AJ and Kevin for the upcoming series, which is set to go ahead despite the complications from Covid-19.

The dancer says he will never go back to the show as he is ready to move on

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The dancer says he will never go back to the show as he is ready to move on

AJ is backing plans for the show to return, but admits there will obviously be draw-backs.

He  says: “There are things you can do to still work with social distancing, whether that be dances like the Charleston or jive.

“You can create routines where you don’t have to be close together. I think the professional group numbers are the one thing that could fall short this year. Usually the professionals learn them as a group.”

And he joked: “You could replay all the numbers from the past few years — and then I’ll be back on the TV.”

‘WE WANT TO BE LIKE ANT & DEC’

In recent months, AJ and Curtis have got a taste of their dream jobs as a presenting duo with an appearance on the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal for those affected by coronavirus.

But their ultimate aim is to bag a prime-time Saturday night variety show, such as Britain’s Got Talent, which AJ appeared on as a contestant in 2013 with dance partner Chloe Hewitt.

AJ said: “Our aim is to get roles on big shiny floor TV shows and to become a household name as presenters.

“We want to definitely get our own shows commissioned and be like Ant and Dec.

The brothers have big dreams of becoming TV regulars like Ant and Dec

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The brothers have big dreams of becoming TV regulars like Ant and Dec

“My first TV appearance was on Britain’s Got Talent. Doing some presenting on a variety show like that would be an absolute dream for me.”

The boys were tight-lipped on whether they had been in any meetings to discuss their own series yet, but did confirm nothing had been commissioned.

Curtis added: “We would absolutely love to be presenters.

“BGT is a prestigious and incredible show so hosting something like that would be a bit of a dream come true.”

‘I NEVER WANTED TO BE LABELLED DYSLEXIC’

But with both boys suffering from dyslexia, reading autocues on live shows can be extremely difficult.

Instead, they have to learn their lines ahead of time.

AJ said: “Reading the full text and learning lines can be difficult with dyslexia.

“We do work that bit harder, but I think that TV producers see that and adapt to work with us.”

The pair hosted the BBC's Big Night In to help riase funds and fight Covid-19

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The pair hosted the BBC’s Big Night In to help riase funds and fight Covid-19

The boys, who this month became ambassadors for the British Dyslexia Association, credit their dyslexia with making them creative people and for steering them towards dancing.

But they were not always pleased with being a bit different.Curtis said: “I never wanted to be labelled dyslexic for a couple of reasons.

“I was scared of it and I thought it was a bad thing —  that I’ve got a problem or something, when in reality I couldn’t have been more wrong because it moulded me into the person I am today.

“And really it’s actually made me more creative and expressive and more knowledgeable.” With their creativity and upbeat attitude, all the brothers need now is for the TV industry to come back to full strength after lockdown.

And they are confident it will.

AJ said: “We’re both in the same mindset to move forward with that career.

“But the entertainment side will bounce back because people need to be entertained and want to have fun.”

AJ & Curtis Pritchard get the nation dancing for the NHS

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#computersecurity | #comptia | Ageing devices biggest threat to cybersecurity as work from home becomes norm – | #cybersecurity | #informationsecurity

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The IT companies are contemplating over extending this arrangement even after COVID-19 infections reduce. But, most companies agree to cybersecurity threat being a sword hanging over their heads

Rukmini Rao        Last Updated: June 10, 2020  | 18:54 IST

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • In 2019, network infra assets of 47.9% businesses aged or turned obsolete
  • Ageing and obsolete devices in technology sector at 59.6%
  • Redirection of spend towards cloud services is resulting in decreased investment

Various sectors across the globe are slowing and in a staggered fashion opening up after nearly five months of lockdown, perhaps with the only exception of information technology sector, which adapted to a different working model to tide over the crisis. The IT companies are contemplating over extending this arrangement even after COVID-19 infections reduce. But, most companies agree to cybersecurity threat being a sword hanging over their heads. However, a recent report by NTT Ltd shows the root cause of cybersecurity threat having substantially increased is perhaps the obsolete or ageing devices.

“The assets of 47.9 per cent  organisations were ageing or turning obsolete as a weighted average, representing a significant surge from 2017, when this figure was just 13.1 per cent. Both connectivity and security are being compromised by enterprises leaving obsolete devices on the network,” the report  said. While the industry average in the use of obsolete and ageing devices is 47.9 per cent, public sector leads the way with 61.7 per cent, and surprisingly close second is the technology sector with 59.6 per cent of devices either ageing or turning obsolete. On an average, an obsolete device has twice as many vulnerabilities per device (42.2 per cent) compared to ageing (26.8 per cent) and current devices (19.4 per cent). Interestingly, the report says that around 2015-16,  businesses started investing and deploying new technology and spending on new devices peaked in 2017 when there were 86.9 per cent of organisations with current (latest) devices. Even as adoption of new wireless infrastructure is on the rise, with an average increase of over 13 per cent year-on-year, ageing and obsolete devices create security vulnerabilities and put businesses at risk of cyber attacks with people logging in from co-working spaces and remote work locations.

One of the biggest reasons behind the lower investment in  on-premises infrastructure, according to report, is the growth in cloud spend outpacing that in overall IT spend. This is what is leading to lower investments. Cloud adoption and spend were predicted to grow at a faster rate and in the region of 21-25 per cent CAGR until 2023. “The increase in on-premises, ageing and obsolete devices is partially due to a redirection of spend towards Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and other cloud services, which results in a decrease in investment in on-premises infrastructure. However, we anticipate that there will be a significant increase in people working from home, even after pandemic reduction measures are lifted,” the report said.

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#cyberdegense | #computerhacking | GDPR Working from Home Checklist in The Light Of COVID-19 – | #cybersecurity | #informationsecurity

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Working from home in this pandemic period? Check some risk associated with it and Follow this step by step checklist that organizations need to take…

By Susan Alexandra, Contributing Writer

EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes strict checks and balances for any mishandling or accidental leakage of personal data. Companies and businesses have to take some mandatory measures to maintain GDPR compliance. The responsibility of the organizations for protecting data turns multifold in the current situation of work from home.

Risks of Working from Home

COVID-19 has forced the corporate industry to opt for remote working in place of an office setting. This has increased the risk of a data breach. The major causes of this increase in risk are:

  • Work from home means that several devices are connected to the company’s database. This increases the chances of data theft and leakage.
  • The flow of data to and fro the company’s system is carried out through multiple networks with varying security levels. This eases the work of predators and cybercriminals.
  • Most of the employees working in a traditional setting are not familiar with the usage of online tools. This increases the chances of human error and the mishandling of data.
  • Unprotected devices are always an easy target for phishing emails and malware. Just one risky device or a single random click by any employee can risk the whole system.

Checklist for GDPR Compliance

Here are some necessary measures that your company or organization must take, especially in this current situation of remote working, to maintain their compliance with GDPR.

  • The company must update its privacy policy for employees working from home.
  • New agreements must be made with third parties and outside vendors to maintain compliance with GDPR.
  • All the employees should be provided with secured devices by the company.
  • If employees are using their own devices, they must be well protected with an up to date version of antimalware and firewall.
  • The encrypted network is a must for data security. Therefore, the company should provide VPN protected Wi-Fi devices to all the employees working from home.
  • If the employees are using their own Wi-Fi, they must be restricted to use password-protected Wi-Fi only. They must avoid using shared or public Wi-Fi for accessing and sharing the company’s data.
  • Limit access to important files and data.
  • Two-factor authentication must be used for allowing access to the company’s database.
  • All the tools and software used for communicating and data transfer must be encrypted.
  • Employees must be asked to limit their online activities on the devices that are used for accessing the company’s database.
  • Employees must be restricted from sharing any details and passwords with unauthorized people. The company’s data should not be shared with anyone, not even with the family members.
  • Employees must be trained for the usage of online tools and software to decrease the chances of human error.
  • Employees must also be educated about online safety and how to stay safe from phishing emails and invading malware.
  • Companies should have a proper IT infrastructure to monitor remote devices connected with their system.
  • Notifications must be set to get an alert in case of any security risk from any device connected with the system. This device should be immediately removed from the system and denied access for the time being.
  • Companies must have taken Data Processing Impact Assessment (DPIA) to detect any issue in the security system.
  • If there are any loopholes in security, they must be dealt with on an urgent basis.
  • Companies must have prepared an alternate plan in case of a data breach.
  • Employees must also be trained to urgently deal with any security issue at their end.

These are some crucial steps that every organization must take to maintain GDPR compliance and avoid any fines by GDPR. According to a report by PrivacyAffairs, “the total number of GDPR fines are 256 yet”.

Maintaining GDPR compliance has become challenging for organizations in this work from home situation. GDPR is detecting more data breaches than ever and is actively imposing fines on the companies not following a proper data security regime. The time demands companies to be extra vigilant about their data security. They must revise their policies and devise new strategies for safer handling and storage of confidential and crucial data.

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Working from Home? These Tips Can Help You Adapt

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COVID-19 means many people are doing their jobs from outside the confines of the office. That may not be as easy as it sounds.

So, you’re working from home …

For a while.

You’ve probably worked remotely before, and you’re thinking, “I’ve got this!”

Odds are, you’re mistaken. You don’t have this. That’s OK; this is an opportunity to learn new skills.

You can think of working from home much like someone moving into an entirely new environment. Your patterns of work might be optimized for working in an office, and they might not quite fit at home. You can think of this post as moving you from accommodating yourself to including yourself — reducing the friction that misspends your energy just to exist.

Now it’s time to adapt. You need to adapt, your workday needs to adapt, and your environment needs to be adapted. So what can you do? Below is some advice — take it in the spirit of unsolicited advice on self-improvement. Some of these things will work for you; some of them won’t. Many of these ideas work for me or people near me; they might or might not work for you. Give them a try, and be willing to learn and adapt.

Your Workspace
Maybe you’ve been getting by with sitting on the couch or on the floor in the corner of your bedroom. Those might be all the choices you have, but you should consider some changes:

  • Use an external monitor. One of the biggest productivity gains comes from useful screen real estate, so finding a way to get more is incredibly helpful to you. Paired with an external keyboard and mouse, you’re also on your way to better ergonomics.
  • Use a desk and a chair. Sitting on a couch for a long period is probably not healthy in a lot of ways. Can you fit in a sit/stand desk? Maybe you do need a different ergonomic choice, but make it deliberately.
  • If you can dedicate a workspace, that’s ideal. If you can’t, consider a space that you can set up at the start of the workday, then tear it back down in the evening — so you have clearly delineated boundaries of when you’re “in the office” instead of just chilling.
  • Even if you can’t dedicate a workspace, make a conscious effort to not take a meal (be it lunch, dinner, etc.) from where you are working. If you have a dedicated workspace, leave it and go to your kitchen, another room, or, if possible, outside for your meal. This should be time to mentally recharge as much as physically recharge. If you don’t have a dedicated space, still take the time to close your laptop and do something that is not work. Your brain (and your similarly stressed co-workers) will thank you.
  • Do you have a headset with a microphone to take meetings with? Gaming headsets can be an affordable and high-quality solution, or possibly Bluetooth earbuds. Anything is an improvement over just using your laptop’s speakers. But also think about how your ears might feel after multiple hours using a device you’re not familiar with. Maybe change between earbuds and a headset … or even just take a long break from videoconferencing.   
  • Wired Ethernet makes an enormous difference for videoconferencing — and for many of our other tools. Even if the cable has to get unplugged when you roll up your desk at the end of the day, this can be worth the trouble.

Your Family
There’s a good chance you’re sharing your space with other people — a partner, some children, maybe roommates. Their needs will matter, too, and it’s better for you to plan ahead with your schedules so that no one is disappointed.

  • Do you have to homeschool small children? What does your plan look like for that, and how are you trading it off with your partner?
  • Do you need to add daily household meetings to identify any issues?

Your Commute
You might be really excited about not having to waste time getting to the office because you can just hit work running. But take a moment to think about what you also do during your commute. Are you thinking about your schedule for the day? Working on a hard problem? Thinking about your kids? That’s valuable mental time, which you should consider how to keep in your day so that you can gracefully transition between parts of your life.

  • Can you go for a walk around the block (or further)?
  • Can you set aside quiet time at the start and end of your day, before you dive into email?
  • Make sure you take time for lunch. This might make a good time to check in with your colleagues in your co-working space or take quiet time for yourself. You might want to think about planning for those lunches to make sure you’re making healthy choices rather than just grabbing whatever is available.
  • Make a hard break. “Bye, kids, I’m headed to work!” can be a really powerful boundary to set.

Your Meetings
Meeting culture is very location-centric, especially when that location is your headquarters. Some of that is a product of enterprise tools (many video solutions makes it hard to see more than a few participants at once, and the slight added latency over the Internet interacts with the human desire to jump in as the next speaker), some is a product of our organizations (meetings where 80% of the attendees are physically in one place), and some is a product of habit (sitting in a circle, which then excludes the video participants). This is an opportunity to work on more-inclusive meeting structures.

  • Consider nonverbal cues for meeting participants to use to call for attention. If everyone is visible, that can be a raised hand; if that’s not the case, then a chat backchannel can help.
  • Work more on pauses between speakers. There is rarely a need to jump in instantly, and that’s often seen as a behavior that is exclusionary anyway, so this is a good opportunity to evaluate it. Past three people, a moderator helps enormously — perhaps defaulting to whomever called the meeting or wrote the agenda.
  • Consider working off a shared document with an agenda and notes so that some information flows can be faster-than-verbal. This might rely on everyone having more screen real estate.
  • Think about the lighting. You should be able to clearly see your face, which generally means lights and windows should be in front of you, not behind you. It’s always possible to learn from one call and revise or improve for the next one.
  • Thirty-minute blocks are not fundamental to the universe. You can meet for 5 minutes or 15 — and jumping from chat to a video call for 5 minutes can unlock great work for you or your colleagues.
  • As a last resort, disabling video can improve audio distortions, jitter, and latency in meetings.

Your Physical Wellness
When working from home, it can be really easy to fall into a rut with no physical activity. Perhaps you roll out of bed, grab a quick bite, and hop on a call. For a day, that’s only a little bad, but that’s a bad long-term pattern. Schedule your exercise time.

  • Maybe take that long walk at the start of your day or after lunch.
  • If you’re fortunate enough to have a treadmill or stationary cycle in your house, maybe you take a walking meeting with a colleague.
  • Look at how you can keep your body from stiffening from a lack of movement or poor ergonomics. Take stretch breaks. Take a 20-second break every 20 minutes and look out at something at least 20 feet away to prevent eyestrain. Consider how to incorporate physical wellness into your everyday routine.

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Andy Ellis is Akamai’s chief security officer and his mission is “making the Internet suck less.” Governing security, compliance, and safety for the planetary-scale cloud platform since 2000, he has designed many of its security products. Andy has also guided Akamai’s IT … View Full Bio

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#infosec | Hackers Steal Customer Info from UK FinTech Loqbox

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A UK-based fintech was hit by a “sophisticated” cyber-attack last month, compromising the payment information and personal details of its customers.

The firm, which helps customers improve their credit score by taking out and repaying loans with it, revealed the incident in an email to customers seen by MoneySavingExpert.

It happened on February 20 this year, and although the number of customers affected is thus far unknown, the variety of personal information compromised should set alarm bells ringing for those affected.

It includes customers’ names, dates of birth, postal addresses and phone numbers alongside: the first six and last four digits of their card number, expiry date, sort code and two digits from their bank account number.

This information isn’t enough on its own for hackers to use in payment or account takeover fraud, but it could certainly be deployed to make follow-on phishing attacks more convincing.

If a victim responded to such an email with more of their details, hackers could piece together enough digital information to commit a range of identity fraud scams.

“Cyber-criminals are quick to create genuine-looking fake sites and emails designed to manipulate further information out of their victims including passwords or other missing data,” warned ESET cybersecurity specialist, Jake Moore.

Loqbox itself has claimed to have notified the relevant regulatory authorities and police, and has taken steps to address the security issues which led to the breach.

It reassured customers that any funds paid into accounts were still secure. However, there’s no public breach notification on its website or Twitter feed, the latter not having been updated since June 2019.

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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | DEF CON 27, Artificial Intelligence Village – Tal Leibovich’s & Shimon Noam Oren’s ‘From Noisy Distorted Data Sets To Excellent Prediction Models’

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#infosec | Google Pulls 600 Apps from Play Store

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Google has removed almost 600 Android apps from its Play Store for violating its policy on disruptive advertising.

The tech giant has not only removed the titles from the Android marketplace but also banned them from Google AdMob and Ad Manager, meaning their developers will not be able to monetize them on its platforms.

The disruptive ad practices highlighted by Google included “out of context” advertising, which pops up when the user isn’t even logged into a specific app.

“This is an invasive maneuver that results in poor user experiences that often disrupt key device functions and this approach can lead to unintentional ad clicks that waste advertiser spend,” argued Per Bjorke, senior product manager for Ad Traffic Quality.

“For example, imagine being unexpectedly served a full-screen ad when you attempt to make a phone call, unlock your phone, or while using your favorite map app’s turn-by-turn navigation.”

Bjorke explained that Google had developed machine learning functionality to help detect such “out of context” ads, which led to this enforcement action.

“Mobile ad fraud is an industry-wide challenge that can appear in many different forms with a variety of methods, and it has the potential to harm users, advertisers and publishers,” he added.

Google is also getting better at finding and removing apps on its Play Store that contain malware. Last year, it claimed to have increased rejected app submissions by over 55% and app suspensions by more than 66% in 2018.

That doesn’t stop the black hats trying, however: malicious apps still make their way onto the platform and sometimes are downloaded millions of times before being blocked.

In June last year, adware was found in 238 apps on the Play Store, installed by an estimated 440 million Android users.

However, downloading apps from the official marketplace is still the recommended option: last year, Android malware dubbed “Agent Smith” was downloaded over 25 million times from a popular third-party store.

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