Voice Assistants ALWAYS listening

Are your beloved voice assistants listening to your conversation? According to Bloomberg, the answer is yes, and by thousands of people. In its hotly trending article, Bloomberg interviewed seven works dedicated to transcribing keywords in conversations recorded from Amazon Alexa. They’re supposed to help Alexa more accurately respond to these keywords, but as you’d imagine, these conversations can often be extremely personal private. Audio details include More »

Government of Canada issues cyber security guide for SMBs

Small and mid-sized companies face a dilemma when it comes to cyber security: If they can’t afford full-time infosec experts to effectively defend themselves, what and how much can they afford to do? To answer, the government hopes, is in a new guide issued by the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. The Centre is the recently-established federal advisory agency on security. It’s a unit of More »

Malware Attacks up 103%

Canada faced the second biggest increase in malware attacks last year among customers according to corporate security vendor SonicWall. Malware attacks detected by those using SonicWall firewalls and other security devices hit 432.2 million, up 103 per cent over 2017, according to a report released Tuesday by the company in its annual cyber threat report. By comparison, attacks against Brazil were up 119 per cent More »

Amazing display on a foldable phone

When the big phone manufacturers were still pouring over their respective foldable display technology, Royole beat them all to the punch with the Flex Pai, the world’s first purchasable foldable phone. This story is from Tom Li at IT World Canada. click on the link to read all about this new phone…. https://www.itworldcanada.com/article/royole-flex-pai-hands-on-a-display-that-comes-with-a-phone/415441

Protection from hackers

I received this question via email yesterday. “How do small to medium size businesses protect themselves from hackers in today’s connected digital world?” Here are some basic steps all businesses should take that do not take a lot of money to begin. 1) Educate your employees – most attacks on small business come via bad emails. Get your IT professional to explain how attacks occur More »

Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7 is now in extended support and Microsoft’s end-of-service date for Windows 7 is January 14, 2020 Now, we here at HSL consider any OS in ‘extended support’ to be End Of Life as the manufacturer may or may not publish a fix for any bugs found. There is no obligation or  guaranty that a patch will be released if an issue is found. More »

Windows 7 Network Scanner Issue

On January 8th, Microsoft released an update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, which have been causing networking and licensing havok for users and organizations that have installed them. Ever since the updates came out for the January 2019 Patch Tuesday rollout, numerous threads on Reddit have been created where users complain about their license becoming deactivated or not being able to access More »

Top 5 Business Phones

Top 5 business smartphones of 2018 – All Hands on Tech

Mobile Phone Security Tips

Our mobile devices keep us connected, and we can do anything from our mobile devices – from anywhere in the world. Online banking, hotel reservations, email – all can be accessed with a tap of the finger. But are you taking the steps required to protect your important information? If you forget your phone at a restaurant, at work, or at the pub – how confident are you that More »

The Cost of a Digital Identity

With all the talk of cyber attacks and Ransomware many of our clients ask “what is the actual cost of an individuals’ digital identity? Security magazine has published a good article that explains the price of a person’s identity – click here for the complete article

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