Daily Archives: March 29, 2018

Drop Google and Facebook Groups and Use This Instead 

Trying to find the best tool to get a bunch of people organized and sharing knowledge can be a pain. Google Groups can feel exceedingly complicated. Facebook cares little about your privacy. And if you’re still using Yahoo Groups … why? Instead of the Big Three, consider a service like Groups.io, a sensible, free platform that’s incredibly easy to use.For a bit of background, Groups.io was founded by Mark Fletcher, who has a deep history of working with online collaboration services. He founded ONElist in 1998, which later became eGroups, which was then acquired by Yahoo and transformed into that which we now know as Yahoo Groups, first of its name and protector of the realm.Fletcher left Yahoo after the acquisition, but he never gave up on groups, as he described in a 2014 blog post announcing the beta launch of Groups.io:

Source: Drop Google and Facebook Groups and Use This Instead 

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GOP pushes for ‘phase two’ of tax cuts 

Republicans are increasingly talking about “phase two” of tax cuts — including a permanent extension of the new law’s individual tax cuts — in an effort to highlight their signature legislative accomplishment and force Democrats to take tough votes. While Republicans could struggle to pass another tax bill this year, conservatives said that an effort to cement the new individual rates would be both smart policy and smart politics. “I am 100 percent behind that and would support it and even help promote it,” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. President Trump and some key lawmakers have made comments in recent weeks about pursuing additional tax cuts following the enactment of the GOP’s tax-overhaul bill last year.

Source: GOP pushes for ‘phase two’ of tax cuts | TheHill

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The Only Reason We’re Examining Facebook’s Sleazy Behavior Is Because Trump Won 

Trust me, there’s nobody more thrilled to see Facebook’s unethical and abusive practices finally getting the attention they deserve from mass media and members of the public who simply didn’t want to hear about it previously. I’ve written multiple articles over the years warning people about the platform (links at the end), but these mostly fell on deaf ears.That’s just the way things go. All sorts of horrible behaviors can continue for a very long time before the corporate media and general public come around to caring. You typically need some sort of external event to change mass psychology. In this case, that event was Trump winning the election.The more I read about the recent Facebook scandal, it’s clear this sort of thing’s been going on for a very long time. The major difference is this time the data mining was used by campaign consultants of the person who wasn’t supposed to win. Donald Trump.To get a sense of what I mean, let’s take a look at some excerpts from a deeply troubling article recently published at the Guardian, ‘Utterly Horrifying’: Ex-Facebook Insider Says Covert Data Harvesting Was Routine:

Source: The Only Reason We’re Examining Facebook’s Sleazy Behavior Is Because Trump Won | Liberty Blitzkrieg

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Understanding email fraud: Do you have visibility into email threats?

82% of boards are concerned with email fraud, and 59% consider it a top security risk – no longer just an IT issue. Yet 30% of respondents to a survey conducted by Censuswide cited a lack of executive support as a key challenge to email fraud protection deployment, according to Proofpoint.“Email fraud is highly pervasive and deceptively simple; hackers don’t need to include attachments or URLs, emails are distributed in fewer volumes, and typically impersonate people in authority for maximum impact,” said Robert Holmes, vice president of Email Security Products for Proofpoint. “These and other factors make email fraud, also known as business email compromise (BEC), extremely difficult to detect and stop with traditional security tools.”Censuswide asked 2,250 senior IT decision makers across the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, and Australia for their email fraud experiences from the last two years. The survey demonstrates that email fraud is pervasive, disruptive, and in many cases, catching businesses unprepared. Insights include:75 percent of organizations experienced at least one targeted email fraud attack, with 41 percent suffering multiple attempts in the last two years. However, some organizations are taking proactive measures to protect both their brand and their employees. More than half (57%) have implemented a user-awareness program on phishing, and 46 percent use email authentication.More than 77 percent of businesses expect they will fall victim to email fraud in the next 12 months, and yet only 40 percent have full visibility into email threats. There is a disconnect between the anxiety felt by IT decision makers in relation to protecting the organization from email fraud and the buy-in from the boardroom to implement preventative methods.Cyber criminals are reaching deeper into the organization beyond the C-suite. Respondents deemed the Finance and Accounts Payable departments most at risk of receiving spoofed emails, with the C-level executives almost on par with the general workforce.More than half (56%) of respondents who were aware of a breach in the last two years, suffered downtime and disruption, and a third (33%) experienced a loss of funds. Email fraud also puts employees directly at risk. Nearly one in four attacks (24%) resulted in employment termination.

Source: Understanding email fraud: Do you have visibility into email threats? – Help Net Security

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London Police Edit ‘Thought Crime’ Threat After Ridicule Online 

People can be “charged” with an “offence” if their actions are within the law but their “reasons for doing it” are perceived as illegal hate by others, London police have said, before withdrawing the claim.Social media users began drawing attention to the Metropolitan force’s new, and highly unusual, definition of a ‘hate crime’ on the 16th of this month. It remained like that until the 18th, according to Google cache, before the police edited it again on Monday.The definition did not match that given by the College of Policing or Crown Prosecution Service, and critics online claimed it could be read as a threat against “thought crimes”.

Breitbart London asked the Metropolitan Police for comment on their change of heart over hate crime, but no reply had been received at the time of publication.“London’s Metropolitan Police inform you that you can be arrested for doing something that isn’t illegal, if someone else thinks you had bad thoughts while doing it,” joked U.S. commentator Jeff Jacoby.“In 21st century Britain you could be charged with a hate crime, if ANYONE THINKS your actions could have been motivated by hate,” added another Twitter user.“The Met seems to imply that a person can face two charges, one for the assault, and another for ‘their reasons for doing it.’ That is not true,” added criminal barrister Matthew Scott in an extensive blog post.

Source: London Police Edit ‘Thought Crime’ Threat After Ridicule Online | Breitbart

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Play Android Games In Play Store Without Downloading Them, Here Is How

Google has redesigned Google Play Games app, and its latest addition is the Google Play Instant feature that allows users to play trial games without downloading them.The Google Play Instant is now available in the Play Store, but it only has a handful of Android games offering trials at the moment such as Clash Royale, Crosswords, Mighty Battles, etc.You can take trials of the game just by tapping at the “Play” button which lets you experience the game’s full, native experience quickly without any major delay given that you have a good internet connection.While you try out the games, the app prompts you to download the game if you liked it and with a single tap, the game would be installed on your Android device.There is a new “Arcade” tab where you can check out some cool video game trailers or YouTube videos to get an overview of the game.

Source: Play Android Games In Play Store Without Downloading Them, Here Is How

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