Top 5 IoT Security Tips

By 2017, more than 6.4 billion Internet of Things devices were in use worldwide. By all predictions, this number stands to increase greatly in the future. People tend to use the Internet of things more and more in their lives. Even though the Internet of Things is growing, this advanced technology also has some potential security issues like malware and hackers. Whether a person uses a single device or a number of smart devices, they must also use reliable of IoT security solutions. Any safety measures used for single devices should be boosted to ensure the safety of IoT.

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Below you can find some tips to ensure the safety of the Internet of Things:

  1. Know what is connected

The first thing you have to do before securing your devices with any type of antivirus software, is that you have to understand what factors are subjected to attacks. One can have a number of connected devices at home apart from computers and smartphones. So, take a look on your home’s connected devices like media players, game consoles, smart TVs, smart refrigerators, and check what information the devices have access to.

  1. Protect all your devices and accounts with passwords

This is an important thing to do. You have to protect each and every smart device that you use through an internet based account with a password. While setting passwords for such devices make sure you choose a strong password that includes a combination of letters, symbols and numbers. Also, don’t use the same password for multiple accounts. This is because it is easy to hack all the devices with the same password.

  1. Don’t use insecure internet connections

Using an insecure internet connection is one of the major reasons for attacks on IoT devices. Some people use Wi-Fi connections for checking their smart devices remotely from their smartphone or tablet. This isn’t a secure way because the connection is not password protected. Such types of insecure connections may lead to unauthorized access to your devices and make them vulnerable to attacks. So, improve the security of your personal network by making strong passwords. Also, use strong passwords for your wi-fi connections and routers.

  1. Maintain your smartphone in a secure manner

Nowadays you can use of your smartphone to control or maintain all your smart devices via the internet. So, if you misplace or lose your smartphone, then there may be chances for hacking and potential threats to your personal information and smart devices. So protect your smartphone with powerful mobile security programs. They can track your mobile’s location, back up your data and remotely lock your phone and wipe the data in it in theft or loss cases. Protecting the phone with a password or PIN is also a good way to make sure potential thieves can’t access your data.

  1. Install a Firewall

This is a common step most of the people follow. Install a firewall in your device that can help prevent viruses, worms, and hackers from reaching your devices over the internet. The firewall does this by denying unauthorized access and traffic. Nowadays, most of the computer systems come with pre-installed firewall and if you need some extra protection install a firewall that provides more security to your devices.

Scrum master makes a scrum team stringer and effective

Scrum if described stands for software which is needed to make the development process in the area of project management. Ikujiro Nonaka and Hirotaka Takeuchi is said to have initiated it in the year 1986. It is one which makes the product much better since it involves every single person in the organization is included in the manufacturing of the product. Persons in the product development team know what is to be done so that they engage them in the project management. The plan is made in such a way that it becomes easy to produce the best and quality product. The division in the production system is made in such a way that each single group has separate things to do. In this way the production system is improved.


The strong and powerful team:

Each team consists of a team leader and he has to control the team making sure that each labor is performing with the best of their ability. The team with the Safe 4.0 Adavanced Scrum Master Course in Toronto knows what is to be done. Similarly the production team has such groups who have the thorough knowledge and makes premium quality products which again have to pass through the quality control before it is set out for the market. This way the software includes the traditional method which is developed and mingled with the new software to increase the rate of production. The Scrum technology is effective in making flawless products and even if there is a problem it is taken care by the team leaders and the supervisors.

The company looks forward to the team and as the rate of production is high and its does not keep any backlog they make they come up with a great profit margin. This also makes the stake holders happy since they can also earn quite a good margin. This opens avenue where other investors become interested in pumping their money for the company which is a good sign and it earns fame and greater profit margin for the company.

How does it affect the policy of the company?

When the company sees the increase in the rate of production start to change the marketing policy of the company, which enables them to make way for a much better profit margin, and gives the chance to become a mighty industry of the country and also well known all over the world. The Safe 4.0 Adavanced Scrum Master Course in all ways makes the team more equipped and they form a chain which is linked with one another. Each and every segment interrelated and they all work together in bring a better prosperity for the company. One very important thing is the transparency which is maintained in the process of the production of the products. Each one of the labors feels important since they know that the next segment depends on them as they are dependent on others and this works fine with a hassle free production giving the company the hike in revenue generation.

Numerous benefits make Clenbuterol a popular steroid

Clenbuterol was formerly intended for people suffering from breathing disorders. People with chronic asthma take this drug for relaxed breathing. It works by opening up the lungs for providing aid in an asthmatic’s breathing. Besides being a bronchodilator, it also works as a stimulant. It has identical effects as ephedrine. Like ephedrine, this medicine increases blood pressure in the process of inspiring the central nervous system. When compared to other stimulants the impacts of this supplement is more long lasting and more potent. Additionally, this medicine is also thermogenic, meaning it produces heat by motivating the metabolism of the user.

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The right amount of dosages

Most commonly the doses in a Clen cycle increases as the usage moves forward. A proper dosing schedule is needed for reducing the risks of side effects as improper doses can be dangerous. Irrespective of your experience with this supplement the initial starting point for cutting cycles remains the same. Males who supplement this medicine finds 40mcg daily to be the perfect starting dose whereas women find themselves well served at 20mcg each day. When you can tolerate this dose you can increase the amount by 20mcg daily. With habit being formed you take 3 – 4 Clenbuterol tablets in a day.

The best time to take your pills or liquid is early in the morning or just before a workout. Consuming this medicine later may cause insomnia. It is particularly important to monitor any negative reactions or side effects. Increasing the amount of dosage is only recommended to users who can adjust well to the increasing doses. Moreover, females’ reaction to this drug is stronger compared to males that’s why their dosing levels are required to be monitored more closely. For men, the extreme dose will be 140mcg each day and women find 100mcg daily to supply them with all their needs.

Proper cycles

Liquid Clen cycles are found in various forms but among them the most commonly used cycles are a couple of days on/a couple of days off, 2 weeks on/2 weeks offand non-stop usage of the dosage that increases all through the cycle. The 2 days on/2 days off cycle is known as bursting cycle and this process is simple. You take a high dosage of this drug for a couple of days, then take nothing for the subsequent two days and begin the cycle again. This cycle can be continued for months but this cycle is not very popular as it doesn’t make the best use of your potential.

The more effective cycle is a couple of weeks on/couple of weeks off for its effectiveness on body fat and easy to follow routine. In this cycle you start with 20mcg -40mcg and then increase the dosage till you reach the maximum dosage of 100mcg -140mcg. When you finish the two week period you do not take this medicine and restart after a couple of weeks. If you have finished the last cycle at 100mcg then you will start the next cycle at 140mcg. Some people in order to get the maximum outcomes take 3-4 Clenbuterol tablets per day.

iPhone 7 RED, iPhone SE, iPad Lineup India Prices Revealed

Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED on Tuesday, in addition to iPhone SE with bumped up storage, and a new iPad with an improved display and the A9 chipset. As is the custom, Apple announced India price of only select new models, but now, Gadgets 360 has information about pricing of the entire lineup of new products.

iPhone 7 RED, iPhone SE, iPad Lineup India Prices Revealed

iPhone SE 128GB price in India

Let’s start with the iPhone SE, which we already knew starts at Rs. 27,200 for the new 32GB variant. Gadgets 360 can confirm that new 128GB model of the iPhone SE is priced in India at Rs. 37,200. The 16GB and 64GB iPhone SE variants are priced at price points around Rs. 21,000 and Rs. 30,000, respectively.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus red variant price in India

We can also confirm that all iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition models will be available in India at the same price as other colours of the same capacity. That means 128GB iPhone 7 (PRODUCT) RED is priced at Rs. 70,000, while you can get double the storage by paying Rs. 10,000 extra. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition 128GB and 256GB models are priced at Rs. 82,000 and Rs. 92,000 respectively.

Apple iPad price in India

As for the new iPad, Apple announced earlier that the 32GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular models start at Rs. 28,900 and Rs. 39,900 respectively. Gadgets 360 can confirm that the new iPad 128GB Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + cellular models will retail in India at Rs. 36,900 and Rs. 47,900 respectively. Smart covers for the new iPad are priced at Rs. 3,500.

As always, that all prices listed here are MRP, and the market operating prices (MOP) will usually be lower, as we’ve seen recently and before.

Apple Acquires Workflow, a Productivity App for iOS

Apple has acquired Workflow, a productivity app on iOS. Workflow lets you chain multiple actions to create tasks that you can activate with just one tap or sometimes not even that. If you’re the sort of person who’d like to check your calendar for free times and share it with people, Workflow lets you create a one-tap action for this. Similarly, you can create a whole bunch of actions such as making a gif from the album art on Apple Music, among many others.

Apple Acquires Workflow, a Productivity App for iOS

Workflow’s acquisition was first reported by TechCrunch but the report said financial details were not known. The move could mean that Apple realised that Workflow’s automation tools are something it can’t build on its own and that iOS and watchOS could use these tools. If we were to speculate, we’d go so far as to say that we’d see more productivity and automation oriented tools in future versions of iOS, maybe even as soon as iOS 11 that could be announced at WWDC 2017 in June.

While the iPhone is Apple’s leading breadwinner, the iPad is where productivity oriented tasks have more value. With the launch of two models of the iPad Pro, Apple has made it abundantly clear that it intends to push the iPad as a productivity device for professionals. It will be interesting to see how Workflow is integrated into iOS and whether it can help turn the iPad into a device that replaces a laptop for many people.

While Workflow’s acquisition does appear to be good news for Apple and its customers, the people who use the app may not be so chuffed. The latest update of Workflow removes support for several actions that compete with Apple products. Release notes inside the app show that maps actions in Workflow now support only Apple Maps, the Translate Text workflow is powered by Microsoft Translate, and workflows that involve Uber, Telegram, Google Chrome, Pocket, Line messenger, or Google Street View are no longer supported.

This is a typical big company move after acquiring an indie app. They tend to remove some of the app’s best features because those support products that compete with the acquiring company. We saw a similar thing when Amazon acquired Comixology, an independent comics app. The first thing Amazon did was remove support for buying comics via the Comixology iOS app, as 30 percent of the value of every purchase through the app goes to Apple.

The biggest deal-breaker for those who paid for Workflow, however, could be that Workflow gallery submissions are also gone for good. Workflow gallery is a curated showcase inside the app that helps people discover new workflows. We’ve found some of our favourite workflows through this feature and it looks like we’ll have to be content with workflows that are already in the gallery.

We’re big fans of Workflow, as we noted in our review of the app , and the app has only gotten better over time. It even won an Apple design award back in 2015. However, some of the features removed make it a lot less useful now so we’re just going to hope that the app’s integration with iOS will make Apple’s mobile OS a lot better in the future.

Hayo’s Kinect-like sensor for your home now has an API

Sometimes I miss the Kinect. It was such a breakthrough device, yet it didn’t go anywhere. But it inspired a lot of entrepreneurs, including the team behind Hayo. This new device lets you set up virtual buttons on a table to control all your connected objects.

Hayo recently announced there will be an API so developers can play with the company’s image recognition technology. Some people already want to use Hayo for games, others for their shops. There are many possibilities, and I can’t wait to see how developers are going to use this new input device.

Brian already wrote about the device, and the company is now live on Indiegogo — in fact, the campaign will certainly reach its goal today. The device is shipping later this year and currently costs $219 on Indiegogo.

I played with a prototype at a TechCrunch meetup in Barcelona and I was quite impressed by the technology behind it. You can put the tube-shaped device on a table and tap on a specific area to turn on the lights, pause the music and more.

 Hayo isn’t a complicated device. In fact, the first prototype was just a Kinect and a few electronic components inside a Pringles can. But the magic happens on the company’s servers. The startup has been working on image and signal processing for years.

The device creates a depth map with a bunch of sensors and then sends data to a server. The server analyzes the data using the company’s image processing algorithms. If a user triggered something, Hayo can then send a message back to the device. Finally, the device talks with the connected devices around your home to control them.

In my testing, this could provide a nice alternative to voice-powered interfaces like Alexa, Google Home or Siri. We tried using it with Philips Hue lights and a Sonos speaker. You can use objects as “phantom switches” or maybe print some buttons to pin them up. But I’m even more interested in other use cases that will go beyond the smart home.

Google expands its African initiatives

Alphabet is committing to training another 1 million students under its Digital Skills for Africa program in the next 12 months, the company said at events in Lagos, Nairobi, and Johannesburg.

The commitment follows the company’s 1 million mark milestone reached today and follows the opening of Google’s Launchpad Accelerator for African startups earlier this month — tracking a growing presence by the global internet services firm on the continent.

Debuted in April 2016 with a goal of training 1 million within a year, Digital Skills for Africa offers online and face to face instruction to individuals and small businesses through 14 partners across 27 African countries. Anyone can register for free and set an individualized plan across three primary categories: business development, career advancement, or basic internet use. Users can choose from 89 courses across 23 topic areas and earn badges and certificates for successful completion.

“Across Africa…one of the things that hold people back from taking advantage of the web is a lack of understanding on how to use digital tools,” said Bunmi Banjo, Google’s Growth Engine and Brand Lead for Sub-Saharan Africa. “We are providing training to young people and business owners to succeed however, they define success for themselves―finding a job, growing a business, starting on email,” she told TechCrunch.

To meet the goal of another million trained, Google will add countries and regions to Digital Skills for Africa in 2017. It will include more offline versions of online training materials for low net access areas. Google will also offer instruction in new languages, such as Swahili, IsiZulu, and Hausa. Digital Skills for Africa will also increase its partner network for in-person instruction. Current partners include organizations like the eMobilus technical institute in Kenya and vocational training company Centrum Learning in Nigeria.

 As for Google’s overall Africa presence, it now has country heads in core economy nations such as South Africa (Luke Mckend), Nigeria (Juliet Ehimuan), and Kenya (Charles Murito). The Launchpad Accelerator―which offers 6 months of equity free Google startup support with two weeks in Silicon Valley―is now accepting Africa applications.

Google provides financial and capacity support to five African tech hubs in Kenya (iHub), South Africa, Ghana, and Uganda, and Nigeria (CCHub). The company has also begun programs and partnerships to overcome Africa’s internet access and connectivity challenges. Despite progress on mobile phone ownership and ICT infrastructure over the last decade, the continent remains one of the world’s most digitally disconnected. Though some countries, such as Kenya and South Africa, have attained high usage, Africa’s internet penetration lingers at less than one- third of the continent’s estimated 1.2 billion people.

In 2016, Google entered a licensing pact with South African startup Onyx, which plans to manufacture Android smartphones on the continent. In several African countries, the company also offers its “Add to Offline” option for YouTube video playback with little to no connectivity.

Though Google could not provide overall traffic data, African search activity has increased significantly in recent years, a spokesperson confirmed. Statistics are available for popular search terms across Africa’s largest economies, providing insight on the interest palette of the continent’s growing online community.

In 2016, Nigeria’s top Google person search was for Donald Trump. South Africa’s most searched term was Pokémon Go. Kenyans were most keen on football, googling “Euro 2016” more than any other topic last year.

Using Growth Hormone Combined with Steroid Cycles

Hormone injections are quite popular among bodybuilders. However, there is also this persistent debate as whether hormonal injections are same as taking supplements for various purposes. Chemically, these belong to different categories. Hormones such as HGH are produced by recombinant DNA technology in genetic laboratories. Scientists actually combine two or more DNA strands to produce a genetic information template similar to the effects of endogenous hormones. On the other hand, most supplements are various chemical compounds designed to trigger various hormonal and other mechanisms inside the body.

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Pay attention

As common experience in the physical circuit suggests, one should combine the potency of hormones with supplements carefully to achieve the desired results. The best and only way to do this is to depend on adequate research backed by verifiable scientific data. Look up a proper, resourceful website with all the information available. You should be able to make an informed decision always, especially in matters related to health. Visit the preferred service page to check out the pros and cons of using HGH combined with steroid cycles.

Things to note

Go through available scientific data to understand the way these products are supposed to act inside the body. Information such as these allows the allocation of stacking chemicals without damaging the interaction balance between the various elements of your stack. It is important to note that injecting genetic products in excess can mess up with the basic physiology of a body. Severe side effects reported include hampered brain functions, renal, and heart failures. As with anything so potent, it is crucial that proper precaution should be observed.

A common trend among bodybuilders is to combine androgenic supplements with growth hormones for optimum muscular inflation. While this is definitely achievable, yet one should be cautious about the entailed side effects as well. You can find several rich sources of genuine information regarding the use of supplements. These include chat forums, social media, and community discussion boards.

Making informed decisions

Chances are that all your existing questions are already answered by someone. In case, you got something unique to know, the chat forums are always open for posting new threads by members. Not only can you have useful information, but also use the contacts to chart your progress. Needless to mention, it is imperative that an individual expends sufficient physical training all the time. Many people seem to harbor the misconception that supplements have miraculous effects that automatically settle in the body. This is totally wrong because unless one uses up the boost of stamina and internal hormone triggers, the purported positive effects tend to show up as negative side effects.

Only a conscious commitment to real health can help one to avoid circumstances like these. In using HGH combined with steroid cycles, it is always important to keep a close note on the personal body clock symptoms. Observe how your body is responding to the drug after the preliminary discomfort for adjustments is over. Then again, once your system accepts the chemical, it is also necessary to avoid building up tolerance as this can lead to addictive dependency.

Floodgate closes sixth fund with $131 million

Floodgate, a Palo Alto, Ca.-based early stage venture capital firm, has raised $131 million for its sixth fund, according to an SEC filing that shows the 11-year-old firm turned to just eight investors for the capital commitments.

Though small by today’s fundraising standards, the fund reflects a bit of a departure for the firm, whose fifth fund closed with $76 million in 2014. (Its fourth fund similarly closed with $75 million and its third closed with $73.5 million.)

Floodgate doesn’t typically make announcements around its fundraises.

The firm was originally founded by Mike Maples, who cofounded and took public an Austin, Tex.-based software company, Motive, before jumping into venture capital.

Ann Miura Ko, once an analyst at CRV, joined Maples soon after as a cofounding partner in 2008.

The firm also counts as investors Iris Choi, Arjun Chopra and Ryan Walsh.

 Floodgate typically backs very early-stage companies in both the Bay Area and in Austin.

Some of its newest bets include LabDoor, a startup that tests and rates supplements (we wrote about it here); MissionU, a still-stealth education startup; legal discovery startup TextIQ (more on the company here), and a Mexico City-based delivery startup called Rappi.

Some of its most recent exits include the sale of Kanjoya, a cloud workforce intelligence startup, to Ultimate Software for undisclosed terms; the sale of the self-publishing platform Pronoun to MacMillan for an undisclosed sum; and the sale of the software development tool company Xamarin to Microsoft. (The terms were never publicly disclosed, but a WSJ source pegged the amount at between $400 million and $500 million.)

Floodgate’s other bets include the ride-hailing company Lyft; the digital lifestyle media company Refinery 29; the freelance labor force app TaskRabbit; Demandforce (which sold to Intuit for roughly $420 million in cash in 2012); and Twitter, which went public in late 2013.

One bitcoin is now worth more than one ounce of gold

For the first time ever, the price of one bitcoin has surpassed the price of one ounce of gold.

While today’s swap can be attributed to a good day for bitcoin (up ~3%) and a bad day for gold (down ~1.3%), the big picture is that bitcoin has more than doubled in the last year (up ~185% from a year ago) while gold is essentially trading exactly at the price it was a year ago.

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Even though bitcoin and gold are both thought of as alternative assets, they don’t usually trade in correlation.

Still, it’s notable that bitcoin has (at least temporarily) surpassed the price of gold. Gold is quite literally the “gold standard” of alternative assets, often used by investors to hedge against potential losses in more traditional assets like real estate and the stock market.

 When it was first launched, many said bitcoin would eventually replace gold as the preferred alternative asset and store of value for investors. This hasn’t happened yet for many reasons, including the fact that it’s still complicated to invest in bitcoin, as well as its volatile price history. So today’s price swap could be a sign that more mainstream investors are allocating at least some portion of their alternative investment portfolio to bitcoin.

And it may become much easier to invest in bitcoin very soon, as the SEC is about to announce whether they will approve the Winklevoss bitcoin ETF, which would be the first bitcoin ETF in a U.S market, and make it much easier for both Wall Street and regular investors to buy the digital currency.

Last week bitcoin hit an all-time high, partially due to speculation regarding the ETF, and partially because of other factors which you can read about here.