The wild world of 3D printing

As you may have heard, 3D printers are going beyond the simple plastic creations we’re already familiar with. Way beyond. Scientists, engineers, doctors and creative makers are developing printers for advancements in health care, city planning and space travel. Oh, and now you can print sneakers and pizza, too. Here’s a roundup of the latest and greatest developments in the 3D printing world. Medical treatments A variety of 3D printing techniques are being used to create more customized medical care and treatment plans for patients. The FDA has approved the first 3D-printed drug: Spiritam, which controls seizures brought on by…

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See ya later, passwords

Google has announced that by the end of this year they plan to replace digital passwords with biometrics. Their “Trust API” will monitor things like location, typing patterns, speed and voice patterns, facial recognition, and more. “We have a phone, and these phones have all these sensors in them. Why couldn’t it just know who I was, so I don’t need a password? I should just be able to work,” Dan Kaufman, head of ATAP at Google, said at the company’s I/O conference in May.1 It’s something consumers are clamoring for. According to new research, 80% of users who are…

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Five Strategies for Winning at Working Solo

Eighty percent of all U.S. small businesses have no employees. The number of non-employee businesses is expected to grow in coming years, due in part to the expansion of the gig economy. Eighty percent of all U.S. small businesses have no employees. The number of non-employee businesses is expected to grow in coming years, due in part to the expansion of the gig economy (e.g., Uber, TaskRabbit, Thumbtack) and favorable economic conditions. Being in business with no employees means you don’t have to deal with payroll, minimum wage rules, and other employer-related responsibilities. But it doesn’t mean you are relieved of…

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Online security tips for working from home

Teleworking during the Coronavirus outbreak? While working from home can help slow the spread of the virus, it brings new challenges: juggling work while kids are home from school; learning new software and conferencing programs; and managing paper files at home. As you’re getting your work-at-home systems set up, here are some tips for protecting your devices and personal information. Start with cybersecurity basics. Keep your security software up to date. Use passwords on all your devices and apps. Make sure the passwords are long, strong and unique: at least 12 characters that are a mix of numbers, symbols and capital and…

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Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them

Unemployment scams and COVID-19: How to identify scams and help protect against them If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, you might seek unemployment benefits to ease financial pressure. The risk? You could become the victim of an unemployment scam. Newly idled Americans have filed millions of unemployment claims during the COVID-19 outbreak. Calls to state employment insurance services have at times overwhelmed phone lines and websites. That’s created opportunity for fraudsters. How? In some cases, scammers are pretending to represent government entities. Their goals include stealing claimant’s benefits,…

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Top 10 Reasons to Move Your Business to the Cloud

Here is  Top 10 List to Move Your Business to the Cloud: 10. It’s the future: Whether we like it or not, and whether you want to or not, your business will be moving to the cloud. Of course, you already do email in the cloud, but it is just as easy to move your other business applications there as well, be it is document storage, security, office applications, backup, finances & accounting, sales & marketing, or what have you. 9. It’s safer: Cloud services are housed in remote servers, servers that have the best security systems available, and which…

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10 of the latest Microsoft Teams integrations to help you work smarter, not harder

We built Microsoft Teams as a platform to bring together all of your workplace tools, apps, and services—whether or not we built them—to allow you to deliver better workday flow for you and your employees. A lot of you recognize the power of Teams, and you’ve been asking how to use Teams to its full advantage. Look no further. Today, we’re sharing ten of the latest Teams integrations you can use every day to simplify workflows, refocus your attention, and get back to working smarter—not harder. This is something our CEO, Satya Nadella, recently addressed in his interview on the future…

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Check email header information for signs of spoofing

Think about this scenario: A friend tells you that they received a message from your email address that wasn’t really sent from you. They think you’ve been hacked and your account is sending malicious emails to friends. How do you know if your email address account has been compromised, or if this malicious attempt is just spoofing your email address? Email “spoofing” means that an attacker is impersonating you by pretending to send an email from your account. The recipient of the email will see your email… but if you dig deeper into the email message’s contents, you can often…

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Securing Mobile Devices

Security is important, even on the go. Here are some quick tips on securing your mobile devices. Lock your device. Use a strong passcode, phrase, or PIN, just like you would secure your computer. Enable remote access. Check to see if the device manufacturer provides a service or feature to remotely connect to and locate your device. Use a Private Network. When on public wi-fi, use a VPN (virtual private network) to encrypt your connection. Install anti-virus. Mobile devices are the same as computers — they can get infected, so install trusted anti-virus and anti-malware software. Stop Bluetooth snoopers. When…

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A short guide to mitigating the risk of the dark web

used with permission from Tektonika (HP) The dark web is a nefarious place, where criminals lurk and communicate, buy, sell, plot, and plunder. The clue, of course, is in the name. Speaking to NBC, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Mark Knoll referred to it as “like your new drug dealer on the corner in the virtual world.” UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd went even further, saying it’s a place where “anonymity emboldens people to break the law in the most horrifying of ways with platforms that enable dangerous crimes and appalling abuse.” Highlighting the broader impact of the dark web is…

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