Report Says Average Cost of Downtime Due to Ransomware Highest in Canada

The world’s most prominent malware threat is alive and well, and its devastating financial impact on businesses has only increased, especially in Canada, according to Datto Inc.’s fourth annual Global State of the Channel Ransomware Report. In 2019, Canada has the highest average cost of downtime related to a ransomware attack at $180,000, according to Datto’s annual survey. Last year, that number was $65,724. More than 1,400 managed service More »

Pitney Bowes Hit by Ransomware

Pitney Bowes, A US mailing technology company has been hit by ransomware over the past few days, highlighting the continued threat to businesses of all types. Pitney Bowes, provides services to print labels, track parcels and manage expenses. It claimed a third-party attack “encrypted information on some systems and disrupted customer access to our services.” SendPro products, postage refill, and Your Account access have all More »

Why You Should Never Swipe Your Credit or Debit Cards

Hopefully  credit and debit card users know about cards with little gold squares called security chips. If you have a card with a chip you should NOT swipe the card when you pay for things. Swiping is bad, because the machine reads your personal data on the black stripe on the back of the card. And the machines that read that data can be easily More »

US Bank Withholding Canadian Coffee Stand’s Revenue

The owners of a Toronto coffee stand say Square Canada has told them they can no longer use the popular payment technology because of concerns the coffee stand is selling beverages made from Cuban coffee beans. Square Canada allows customers to tap or swipe their financial cards to pay for things — in this case coffee from Toronto’s Little Havana coffee stand https://www.thelittlehavanacafe.com/ Little Havana’s More »

Hackers have crippled the computer systems of three Ontario hospitals

The malware, known as “Ryuk,” attacks computer networks but remains invisible to average users for weeks or months. During that time, it collects information about the organization and its perceived ability to pay a ransom. Ryuk then locks files, demanding the network owner pay a sum of money to make them accessible again. The impact of the malware attack has been wide-ranging for the three affected More »

Microsoft is back in the Phone Business.

At its Surface launch event in New York last week, Microsoft made an unexpected move and unveiled the Surface Duo, a foldable Surface tablet smartphone The Surface Duo is absolutely massive. A single half is large enough to dwarf the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, making it nearly impossible to fit into pockets. Details of the Surface Duo are scarce, but we do know that it’s running More »

Tech Companies Need to Allow Remote Work to Compete

Tech companies will need to start allowing for more remote work opportunities, as location was found to be an important factor for tech workers in Toronto, according to a new study by Hired.com. 29 per cent of respondents stated they would not consider a job that requires more than 30 minutes to commute to and 65 per cent said they would be interested in a position More »

Going Cashless Could Save Retailers 15 Hours a Week?

A recent study from Square, Inc. would seem to support this strategy. The study, which surveyed 310 Canadian business owners, found that businesses are losing 14.5 hours a week by handling cash. “There’s endless ways to contribute to your business outside of just counting money. Once you get the burden of mathematics out of the way, it kind of frees you up as an operator to expand More »

Food Delivery App Door Dash Data Breach

Global News is reporting Food delivery app DoorDash says it is enhancing security after being hit by a data breach earlier this year that potentially affects 4.9 million consumers, couriers and merchants in Canada and the U.S. In a blog post on Thursday, the company said customer data that was accessible may include names, order history, email addresses, phone numbers and “hashed, salted passwords” that More »

Siri, Tie My Shoes! Seriously?

Nike on Thursday announced Adapt Huarache shoes. They’re a redesign of the original Nike Huarache launched in 1991 and use FitAdapt self-lacing technology similar to the Nike Adapt BB shoes that were announced in January. The Adapt Huaraches work with the Apple Watch and Siri, so you can ask Siri to control a motor inside to lace or unlace the shoes. With support for Apple’s Siri shortcuts, users More »

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