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A game that cryptojacks, a town under seige, and more data breaches | Avast

Avast Security News Team August 3, 2018 #malware, Cryptomining, ransomware, Security News

Steam game found to be secretly cryptomining

“Malicious cryptomining has become so popular among cybercriminals that it has earned its own name: cryptojacking,” states Avast security evangelist Luis Corrons. “It is one of the most popular ways to make easy money nowadays, and we have seen in the last months how thousands of vulnerable websites have been hacked to make their visitors cryptomine, or using ads to push cryptomining JavaScript.”

We’ll take “what’s trending” for a hundred

The Keyword August 3, 2018 High Five

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You may be a Jeopardy! whiz, but can you name a few of the top search trends of the week? Here’s a look, with data from the Google News Lab.

And now, for final Jeopardy…

Captain Jeopardy! himself, Alex Trebek, might be hanging up his boots after a 34-year run. Trebek recently said in an interview that his chances of returning when his contract expires are 50-50, so let’s not—“First word in the title of the 2002 thriller starring Jodie Foster,” “What is Panic?”—just yet.  One of the top questions on Search this week was, “Who would replace Alex Trebek?” Apparently the front runners are Alex Faust, the play-by-play announcer for the LA Kings, and Laura Coates, an on-air personality for CNN. And if search interest is any indication of who would get the nod, “Laura Coates” was searched 170 percent more than “Alex Faust” over the past week.

Lebron’s greatest accomplishment isn’t on the court

Three-time NBA Champion and four-time MVP Lebron James just opened up the “I Promise” school for at-risk youth in his hometown of Akron, Ohio—prompting one of the top-searched questions of the week, “How to get into LeBron’s school?” Lebron called the opening of the school the greatest moment of his career, which is saying something considering he’s arguably the best basketball player to ever live. Either way, “I Promise” made him the top-searched NBA player this week, followed by Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant.

Did I tell you that I do CrossFit?

The 2018 CrossFit games are underway, and the fittest folks in all the land are gathering in Wisconsin to flex their muscles and see who can tell each other the fastest that they do CrossFit. The states with the most searches for CrossFit this past week were Wisconsin (gotta work off the cheese), Colorado (gotta work off the munchies?) and Montana (not sure what they’re working off). For exercise fiends across the country—not just CrossFitters—the top searched workouts of the week were “ab workout,” “shoulder workout” and “HIIT workout.” For the record, the only CrossFit I partake in is trying to fit this burrito ‘cross my mouth.

Keep calm and be yonce

Due to Beyoncé’s deity-like status, she’s been given complete control over the September issue of the fashion bible, a.k.a. “Vogue.” Bey’s inaugural act as “Vogue” top dog? Hiring the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the magazine’s 126-year history: 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell. Search interest in Tyler saw a 1,000 percent spike, while queries for Beyoncé were 55 percent higher than fellow superstar Rihanna, who is on the September issue of British “Vogue.”

Hide ya kids, hide ya jewels

Some sneaky sneaky folks stole the Swedish family crown jewels from their display at the Strängnäs Cathedral on Tuesday, then escaped via speedboat into a nearby lake. Nicholas Cage, that you? “How much are the Swedish crown jewels worth?” was a big question on Search—but the crown jewels weren’t even the top-searched heist of the week. That honor was stolen by “McDonald’s Monopoly heist.” My childhood self wept as we learned that the McDonald’s Monopoly game was rigged for 12 years by the marketing firm responsible for the game. I’m not loving it.

Avast Business: Bye-bye basic antivirus, hello superior protection | Avast Business

Gill Langston August 3, 2018 Business Security

In the world of cybersecurity and malware, what was cutting-edge yesterday is old hat tomorrow, which is why we never rest. We’re focused on staying ahead of the bad guys. We issue updates, upgrades, and patches regularly to keep you fully protected by the best there is. Our latest update in business security is a major one — we are phasing out Avast for Business Basic Antivirus and Endpoint Protection/Premium products.

Why download the exploit, when you can carry it with you?

Jessica Bair August 2, 2018 Cisco Umbrella, cisco umbrella investigate, Cognitive Cloud Analytics, Cryptomining, Next Generation Firewall with IPS, RSAC 2018, security, stealthwatch, Threat Grid

For the 2nd year, RSA Conference 2018 APJ created an educational exhibit, sponsored by RSA and Cisco, to monitor the RSA Conference public Wi-Fi network provided by the Marina Bay Sands (MBS).

CDM: the new driver of cybersecurity and IT modernization

Peter Romness August 2, 2018 #SecurityEverywhere, annual cybersecurity report, automation, cdm, continuous diagnostics and mitigation, cybersecurity, cybersecurity for government, DHS, diagnostics, federal, federal government, Government, IT modernization, national security, risk mitigation, state and local, State and Local Government

Recently, I had the opportunity to join many of my industry, agency, and Capitol Hill colleagues at the U.S. Capitol to discuss the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing Continuous Diagnostics…

Realtime Transit Trip Updates Added to CalcRoute API

Bing Team August 2, 2018 CalcRoute API, Real-time transit data, Realtime Transit Trip

We are announcing the addition of real-time transit trip updates to the CalcRoute API. Real-time transit data is made available by a limited set of transit agencies who provide their data in real-time format. We have coverage provided by 100 agencies in metro areas across the world including New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, Houston, and Baltimore. Currently, the 4 markets where coverage exists are the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, the last of which has coverage nationwide. The addition of real-time trip updates means we now 1) recommend better routes that accounts for these updates and 2) expose these updates to developers in the API response’s childItineraryItems object:

G Suite Pro Tips: how to record macros in Google Sheets

The Keyword August 2, 2018 G Suite

If you spend your day working in spreadsheets, you understand that with great data comes great responsibility—especially since that data can power your business and help you work smarter. Freeing up your time from repetitive tasks can help you focus on analyzing what’s in front of you. That’s where the new Macro Recorder in Google Sheets comes in.

The Macro Recorder lets you record time-consuming actions in Sheets and automatically play them back, without having to write the code yourself. Let’s say you typically format new data imports to match a standard style or you build the same charts in multiple sheets over and over again each month—you can use a macro for that.

Macro Recorder lets you record time-consuming actions in Sheets

The nuts and bolts of macros in Sheets

Recording and running macros is super simple, and it’s all you really need to know to improve how you work in spreadsheets. Here’s how it works.

When you record a macro, Sheets automatically converts the macro actions into an Apps Script. This means that if you want to update your macro, you can edit the script directly instead of having to re-record the macro from scratch. And if you want to integrate tools you already have, or if you write your own Apps Script functions, you can import them as new macros. This puts your favorite Sheets tricks only two clicks away. (You can also create a custom keyboard shortcut for your macro, too.)

Even better, macros are designed to follow the same principles that make Google Sheets great, so the collaborative nature of a Sheet holds true. Whether recording or running a macro, you’re free to continue making edits so that your work goes uninterrupted.  

What makes Google Sheets great

Because Google Sheets are cloud-based, there are more benefits to working in them than in other spreadsheet apps you might rely on—stuff like truly collaborative functionality, faster data analysis and ways to streamline processes (with tricks like macros!). Here are a few benefits that you might find helpful:

  • Your data says up to date. Sheets automatically saves data as it’s typed and multiple teammates can edit at the same time (whether you’re online or offline). This way, you don’t have to worry about whether you’re working with the most up-to-date information. Working in Sheets is a remarkably better alternative to saving changes in attachments and emailing them back and forth to teammates.

  • No version control issues here! Because your data is in the cloud, you don’t have to worry about version control or backups. You can restore information when you need it in “Version History.” Plus, you can name a specific version or make a copy of old versions for your records.

  • It’s more secure. Built-in security features make it easy to control who sees your information. And protecting your information is simple. You can allow users to “Edit,” “Comment” or “View only” on your documents. You can also mark specific cells, rows, columns or entire sheets as “Protected,” so that no one will be able to change the data, regardless of edit access.

  • You can use Google’s AI to speed up analysis. Tools like intelligent pivot tables can help you get insights from your data fast. You can also ask a question about your data and Sheets will return an answer using natural language processing.

  • You can personalize your view. If you have a certain way you like to view your data, you can use a Filter View to personalize your view in Sheets without disrupting your coworkers’ view. The cells aren’t actually moving or rearranging, but they may as well be from your perspective. Collaboration and consistency are important, but so is being able to do your job.

We could go on and on about why working in cloud-native applications is better for your business, but we’ll spare you. See for yourself.

XR on the Bay Recap: aka the Day Roger Didn’t Get to Meet Silicon Valley’s Gilfoyle (Part 2)

Roger Sherwood August 2, 2018 advanced imaging society, AI, ar, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, Cisco Media, Deep Learning, hollywood, Martin Starr, media, media and entertainment, post production, Silicon Valley, SP360: Service Provider, Virtual Reality, VR, xr on the bay, xronthebay

XR On the Bay is a conference exploring “the tech of Hollywood”, including AR, VR, AI, Post Production technologies, Blockchain, Cloud Services and more. More than any conference before, this is the event where Silicon Valley meets Hollywood.

The Best and Safest Phones for Kids of All Ages | Avast

Charlotte Empey August 2, 2018 Android, iOS, Mobile Security

Some kids take their first steps into the digital world at the tender age of one, when they discover Elmo apps on the family iPad. By the time we give them their first cell phones, they’re already familiar with the web, basic internet etiquette, and the way mobile devices work — let’s face it, they’re a savvy generation.

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