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NortonLifeLock: Two out of every five Americans affected by cybercrime in 2020
by Paul Hill
New data from NortonLifeLock and The Harris Poll has found that nearly 108 million Americans experienced cybercrime in the past 12 months resulting in a cumulative 719 million hours spent trying to resolve issues or about 6.7 hours per person. In total, 10,030 adults from 10 countries were involved in the survey to help shed light on cybersecurity issues.
The survey was conducted in February between the 15th and the 28th. There were around 1,000 respondents from Australia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States and the results were weighted to bring them in line with their actual proportions in the population. Weighted variables differed by country but included things like age, gender, ethnicity, region, education, marital status, internet usage, household size and income, size of the place, and propensity to be online.
According to the report, 65% of people are spending more time online as a result of the pandemic and that cybercriminals are taking advantage of this fact by launching attacks against unsuspecting victims. The survey data suggests that 330 million people across the 10 countries were affected by cybercrime and 55 million suffered identity theft. Collectively, it’s predicted that 2.7 billion hours were spent trying to resolve the problems arising from these attacks in the 10 countries.
Commenting on the findings, Paige Hanson, chief of cyber safety education at NortonLifeLock, said:
With regards to people fighting back against cybercrime, NortonLifeLock’s report found that 77% of Americans are taking more precautions online with 99% of those who noticed unauthorized access on an account taking action to improve their cyber safety. Two-thirds created stronger passwords for their account and 51% contacted the company to let them know their account had been hacked. A third of respondents said they turned to family members or the internet for cybersecurity assistance while a fifth invested more money in security software.
Another interesting finding in this study is that those under 40 – those normally portrayed as technically savvy – were less likely to know what to do if their identity was stolen compared to those over 40 (62% vs. 37%).
While there are many internet security suites including Norton Internet Security, common sense and caution go a long way in helping you stay safe online. In addition to security software, you should be careful clicking any links you receive, make sure you use different passwords, and ensure all the software you use is kept up-to-date.
By Usman Khan Lodhi
Facebook will pin vaccine information to top of News Feed
by Usman Khan Lodhi
Facebook announced today that it would bring information regarding COVID-19 vaccines to more people, as states are now expanding the eligibility to all adults in the country. The state-specific information, which would be taken from local health departments, would detail how adults can get vaccinated.
The information would be provided in the form of pinned messages at the top of the News Feed, and Facebook is reusing a similar method it used during the U.S. 2020 presidential election since both voting and vaccine rollout are handled by state and local authorities. Adults eligible to get the vaccine will be able to see these notifications across the U.S. and "nearly 20 countries." Facebook stated it would roll out the feature to other countries when they "expand vaccinations." The firm iterated that it has played a pivotal role in sharing vaccine information with its users.
Last week, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's COO, stated that the firm would convert part of its headquarters in Menlo Park into a vaccination center.
Google Pixel 5a 5G will only launch in Japan and the U.S.
by Paul Hill
Image via OnLeaks (Voice) According to a report on Android Central, the upcoming Google Pixel 5a 5G is experiencing production issues due to a chip shortage and as a result, it will only come to the Japanese and U.S. markets. The existence and the planned launch of the phone were confirmed by Google after Jon Prosser posted on Twitter that he had been told the device had been cancelled, which turned out to be wrong.
Following reports that the Google Pixel 5a 5G had been cancelled, Google issued the following statement to let everyone know what was actually going on:
With the new phone only launching in two markets for definite, Google will keep selling the Pixel 4a and the 5G variant throughout the year in other areas. According to Android Central’s sources, Google engineers will continue to focus on the Google Pixel 4a 5G for testing software as it will likely be one of the more popular products in markets that don’t get the newer Pixel 5a 5G.
Google is set to host its annual Google I/O event this year from May 18 to May 20. It is being held virtually this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but will be the first Google I/O event since 2019 due to its last-minute cancellation last year. We may hear more about the Google Pixel 5a 5G launch plans at the event.
PayPal enables cryptocurrencies at checkout in the U.S.
by Paul Hill
Image via PayPal PayPal has moved forward with its support for cryptocurrencies by allowing people to pay with cryptocurrency at checkout. The firm said that Checkout with Crypto “significantly expands” the usefulness of cryptocurrencies which have largely been kept as assets to date due to the lack of merchants that accept bitcoin and other cryptos.
As things stand PayPal only allows customers in the United States to hold cryptocurrencies so Checkout with Crypto is also limited to consumers in the U.S. although it looks like businesses globally can take crypto payments because the amount is automatically converted into fiat currencies.
With Checkout with Crypto, PayPal says that users will have certainty of value when converting cryptocurrencies into fiat currency and that there will be no additional transaction fees to pay. Users will see the option to pay with cryptocurrencies if their PayPal account is loaded with enough crypto.
Commenting on the announcement, Dan Schulman, CEO and president of PayPal, said:
Checkout with Crypto is a huge development for the cryptocurrency world which will help legitimise bitcoin, ethereum, and a range of other cryptocurrencies with more of the general public who may be a bit confused by the decade-old technology.
By Usama Jawad96
Financing plans for HoloLens 2 Development Edition are now available
by Usama Jawad
Microsoft released HoloLens 2 Development Edition for the United States back in November 2020. Compared to its predecessor, the mixed reality device makes use of an ARM processor - the Snapdragon 850 Compute Platform -, new sensors, and an increased field of view. Given that this is the Development Edition of the device, it also comes with Azure credits and trials for Unity Pro and Pixyz Plugin.
While Microsoft previously sold the HoloLens 2 Development Edition for an upfront cost of $3,500, it has now announced financing plans in order to make the device more accessible.
Currently, these financing plans are only available in the United States, and consist of four options at 0% interest:
18 monthly payments at $194.44/month + tax 24 monthly payments at $145.83/month + tax 30 monthly payments at $116.67/month + tax 36 monthly payments at $97.22/month + tax As is usual with the Development Edition, customers also get $500 of Azure credit, a three-month Unity Pro subscription worth $450, and a three-month subscription to Pixyz Plugin valued at $300. This essentially means that customers get a combined value of $4,750 when they purchase the HoloLens 2 Development Edition for $3,500.
With the recent introduction of Microsoft Mesh, the company is banking on developers and organizations to take advantage of mixed reality devices such as HoloLens 2, as well as Azure cloud services in order to create immersive experiences. It is clear that the future of Mesh relies heavily on developer support, and these financing plans for HoloLens 2 Development Edition are just some of the ways that Microsoft is trying to entice developers on this front. You can purchase the mixed reality device from Microsoft here.