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Microsoft Delays AI-Powered Recall Feature for Copilot+ PCs...

Microsoft on Thursday revealed that it's delaying the rollout of the controversial artificial intelligence (AI)-powered Recall feature for Copilot+ PCs. To that end, the company said it intends to shift from general availability to a preview available first in the Windows Insider Program (WIP) in the coming weeks. "We are adjusting the release model for Recall to leverage the expertise of the Windows Insider community to ensure the experience meets our high standards for quality and security," it said in an update. "This decision is rooted in our commitment to providing a trusted, secure and robust experience for all customers and to seek additional feedback prior to making the...

Google I/O 2024 Unveils the Future?

Google I/O 2024 was an impressive showcase of how Google continues to push the envelope with artificial intelligence. This year's event introduced significant advancements across multiple services and platforms, demonstrating Google's commitment to an AI-first future. Below, I try and summarize the event into the key announcements and what they mean for users and developers alike, so you don't' have to boggle yourself. 1. Gemini AI Advancements: Next-Gen AI Capabilities Gemini 1.5 Pro: Enhanced Processing Power: The Gemini 1.5 Pro model has doubled its processing capacity, now capable of handling up to 2 million tokens. This enables it to analyze extensive documents, large codebases, videos, and audio recordings, making...

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John McAfee ‘Q’ Instagram Post Sparks Dead Man’s Switch Conspiracy

A cryptic image posted on John McAfee's Instagram moments after he was reported dead sparked speculation from QAnon conspiracy theorists that the antivirus software entrepreneur had activated a so-called "dead man's switch" to expose the government. John McAfee, 75, was found dead in a Barcelona prison cell hours after a Spanish court agreed to extradite [...]

Continued Use of Python 2 Will Heighten Security Risks

Nearly five months after the Python Software Foundation finally ended support for the Python 2 programming language, many developers are continuing to use it, heightening security risks for their organizations in the process. Support for Python 2 ended Jan. 1,...

Why I chose Laravel and stuck to it

Laravel framework is known for its elegant syntax which is easy to learn, and enjoyable to work with. With Laravel, you get to work on your projects quickly. You can also save a lot of time, and work with access to functions such as user authentication, section management, and caching.

Regulation Insights from Starlink’s in Zimbabwe

In recent times, the journey of Starlink, Elon Musk's ambitious satellite internet venture under SpaceX, has been marked by regulatory challenges, particularly in Zimbabwe....

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA): What Organizations Need to Know

In the second post of our series on cyber legislation and regulations, we will discuss the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) and its impact on organizations in the United States. CISA is a law that was passed by the U.S....

Failing the pen test

Ideally, a penetration test gives the client confidence about their defenses. That could mean anything from staff identifying an intruder before they can gain access to a server room, to ensuring nobody gives out sensitive information to a phisher. But in practice,...

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Leave a minimal digital footprint

Your digital footprint paints a picture of who you are. Every day, whether we want to or not, most of us contribute to a growing...

How Kenyans (and the world) are falling for a Bitcoin Scam

Bitcoin scams seem to gain track in Kenya and globally overall. Here, Blancos explains how these scams operate, and how to really identify...

Ransomware: Now and The Future

Ransomware has staked its claim as a major element of the cybercriminal ecosystem. As one of the most potentially damaging and costly types of...

Attack Lifecycle story – part 1

I was recently explaining to a group of colleagues how a hacker gains access to a system. Then it hit me; most people are...

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Information Security in the Time of Covid-19 – Moving to the Cloud as a Cost-Cutting Measure Does Not Lessen Compliance Obligations

Recurringly, organizations fail to ask themselves the most rudimentary questions before moving to cloud platforms, and they suffer as a result...

On-Premises vs. Cloud Security

As usual, we begin by championing cybersecurity. It stands as the foremost concern for organizations striving to safeguard their sensitive data and digital assets. Among the many strategies available, two dominant paradigms have emerged: on-premises security and cloud security....

Microsoft: Here’s how we’re trying to manage increased cloud demand

Microsoft prioritized the needs of first responders, healthcare workers, and others on the front line, as they've noted previously. And they've throttled some less-essential services to try to keep things humming. On April 23, officials...

Amazon took data from its own sellers to develop competing products

Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +1.64% employees have used data about independent sellers on the company’s platform to develop competing products, a practice at odds with the company’s stated policies. The online retailing giant has long asserted, including to Congress, that when it makes and sells its own products, it doesn’t use information it collects from the [...]
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How to Effectively Detect and Respond to a Data Breach

Prevention is key, so be sure to take steps to prevent breaches from occurring in the first place by implementing strong security measures and regularly monitoring your systems for potential threats

Australia: Unprecedented surveillance bill rushed through parliament in 24 hours.

Australian police can now hack your device, collect or delete your data, take over your social media accounts - all without a judge's warrant. The Australian government has been moving towards a surveillance state for some years already. Now they are putting the nail in the coffin with an unprecedented surveillance bill that allows the [...]

Leave a minimal digital footprint

Your digital footprint paints a picture of who you are. Every day, whether we want to or not, most of us contribute to a growing portrait of who we are online; a portrait that is probably more public than we...

A Rant: Stripping Privacy in This Era

The world has a privacy problem. Everything connected to the Internet (which is almost everything today), is for the taking. Looking around an average person's daily routine, it exposes the enlarging attack surface with each device we purchase, each...

WhatsApp extends deadline for new privacy policy after people fled

WhatsApp on Friday announced that it will be extending the deadline of its confusing policy implementation by three months. The widely criticised policy required that its two billion users must either accept its updated terms and conditions by February...

How Kenya’s new personal data protection law could affect researchers

The risk of infringing on privacy is growing by the day given the increased frequency and granularity of the data being collected, and advances in the technology for processing them. This has, inevitably, led to the need for laws to secure personal data privacy. Researchers and research data are not exempt: advances in big data [...]

Court Explains About Claim To Let Government Listen To Citizens’ Phones

The Judiciary came out to disprove a news report by Standard carried on the daily's Sunday edition that claimed that in a ruling by the Court of Appeal, the government had been given the go-ahead to tap and listen to private calls
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Cryptojackers and hackers

What qualifies as nightmare news for many cryptocurrency owners—prices of most major tokens taking another dive into the gutter—seems to not be that big a problem for cybercriminals who hijack hardware resources to mine it on someone else’s dime. The...

Amazon is finally getting serious about crypto and hopes to bring it to customers ‘as soon as possible,’ as it looks to hire a...

Amazon is finally getting serious about crypto technologies like bitcoin, a move that pushes the e-commerce giant into the burgeoning yet wildly volatile digital-currency space.