Those who remember the old days without the global network can still recall the feeling of not being available all the time. However, Generation Z will never have that privilege as the Internet has been a part of their lives almost since the day they were born.
The Power of the Internet of Things
A popular definition says that IoT is “the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects.” From someone’s pacemaker to a fitness device, any gadget or device can become interconnected to make our lives easier.
What’s more, IoT is not only about consumers’ smart devices – it has now been raised to a whole new level and is affecting multitudes. Take Industrial IoT, for example. Industrial IoT (IIoT) is reshaping manufacturing processes and products.
By integrating an IoT platform with legacy control systems, factory managers can now transform a semi-automated factory into a digitally active facility. Also, by integrating IoT technology with the city’s infrastructure, cities can overcome different urbanization challenges.
From the distribution of electricity, water, and gas to the deployment of emergency services and traffic management, a city can leverage the IoT in a variety of ways. As a result, it becomes a well-organized system delivering a better quality of life for its residents.
So, we can say that IoT has successfully entered almost every aspect of our society. However, any disruption of that harmony wreaks havoc – from small hiccups to severe data breaches and even loss of business.
Cyber Attacks: How Should We Protect Ourselves?
In this new digital environment where cyber threats can take various forms, security is imperative. It is up to you to follow adequate procedures meticulously and protect yourself accordingly. Take a look at some simple ways to ensure that you do not fall victim to a cyberattack:
1. Avoid Using Bluetooth
Bluetooth is a wireless technology for sharing data over a short distance without the use of the Internet. Still, it is not 100% safe as there are several hacking methods designed especially for Bluetooth.
To minimize your exposure to real vulnerabilities, you need to:
- Ensure that Bluetooth is turned off when not in use. You can do this by setting the Bluetooth configuration to “non-discoverable.” In this way, people searching for nearby devices can’t see yours.
- Ignore or decline unknown requests that pop-up through a Bluetooth connection, such as an offer to “pair with a device.”
- Minimize the range of devices to the shortest reasonable distance.
- Install anti-virus and personal firewall software on each Bluetooth device.
While Bluetooth is an excellent addition to your business productivity toolbox, it should be closely managed because it can increase the risk to business information assets.
2. Use a Strong Password
The next IoT way of protection is a strong password. Apply all those rules you have known for so long. Use numbers, random capital, and lowercase combination of letters. Also, make sure you do not have only one password for all your devices.
3. Update Your Devices Regularly
No system is 100% safe. Once the hackers are in, the secret is out. In that event, the way to penetrate an app becomes common knowledge in the cyber community. There is even a website that goes by the name WiGLE which offers lists of very vulnerable wireless spots.
Updating your device constantly can be a real pain in the neck. However, by postponing or ignoring the operating system and app updates, you can easily become exposed to a data breach.
Luckily, all the important updates often have improved safety features that will help your mobile phone or a computer run more smoothly. Don’t put off updating your software for too long – the sooner you update, the sooner you’ll feel confident that your device is secure. If you are forgetful, change the settings to automatic updates so you don’t have to worry about potential cyber-attacks.
4. Use a VPN for Maximum Protection
One of the most popular ways to protect your data is to turn to virtual private network providers for their services. VPNs are extremely practical, useful, and safe because they provide encrypted data which prospective attackers see as streams of incomprehensible characters.
Furthermore, a virtual private network can mask your IP address — use a VPN and make your exact location unknown. By activating a VPN on your Wi-Fi router, you immediately protect all your IoT devices which are on the network. There are plenty of excellent VPNs on the market that offer excellent cybersecurity features. Plus, they are compatible with most smart devices such as routers, game consoles, cell phones, smart TVs, and similar.
However, not all VPNs on the market offer the privacy and security they promise. It is, therefore, essential to choose top-notch service providers. For example, service providers like ExpressVPN and NordVPN do not seem to have compromised user data so far even though they have some differences in terms of security, speed, and pricing.
5. Don’t Click “I Agree” Instantly
Many users are happy to share their personal data in exchange for access to a certain service without being truly aware of what agreeing to share their data really means. Although there are a lot of devices and software out there asking for your location and similar information, this does not mean that all of them store your data properly.
Luckily, there are some practical steps you can take to limit day-to-day privacy risks:
- If you can, avoid sharing your personal information on social media. For starters, check your privacy settings. Create customised lists of visitors who can access and view your personal information and don’t include too much information regarding your education, place of living, birthday, etc.
- Avoid sharing your exact location as this may be an immediate signal that your home is empty. Plus, this allows the trackers to track your offline habits so they can make money targeting you with adverts.
- Always read the fine print, or at least skim it. When you sign up for a service and provide your most sensitive data, you are basically handing over key details that make you a prime target for data mining, censorship, targeted advertisements and other invasive practices.
By reading through the fine print you agree to, you will find out if you are comfortable with the way the website will treat or own your information and ultimately protect your right to privacy.
6. Build Your IoT Solution on Top of a GDPR Compliant IoT Platform
The introduction of GDPR has been one of the hottest topics in the digital world for some time now. Many businesses who focus their efforts on building an IoT project have to make sure they are GDPR compliant.
In light of these events, many IoT Platform vendors had to adapt their products to meet their clients’ business needs and protect their data. Thus, one of the ways to ensure the safety of your data in your IoT project is to invest in a GDPR compliant IoT platform that will:
- Protect your data from unauthorized viewers.
- Provide you with end-to-end data protection.
- Help you achieve GDPR compliance.
In this way, you will know that your data is handled responsibly.
It is essential that you use as many protection layers as possible. If you can add any security level to your solution, do it. Otherwise, you risk compromising your personal data, which can be followed by grave consequences.
Take famous cyberattack testing, for example. Two professional hackers conducted an experiment. They wanted to demonstrate how hundreds and thousands of vehicles can be hacked and sabotaged. They took advantage of an exposed unit like an Internet-connected computer in a dashboard.
They were able to take complete control over a moving vehicle in the middle of the highway. As a consequence, the driver could not regain control over the steering wheel, transmission, or the brakes.
Industrial facilities are highly vulnerable to cyber attacks, too. A typical example is the case of a German steel mill. Its production system was penetrated with the combination of spear phishing and social engineering. We can only guess how it affected the revenues. Not to mention the instances when companies are blackmailed into making a deal with hackers.
The Bottom Line
To sum up, data privacy is imperative. In the wake of a variety of cyber attacks and data privacy issues, it is vital you take protective measures without any delay. This is mainly due to enormous usage and the incredible amount of generated, transferred, and stored data.
To prevent data leakage and make sure you stay ahead of the game, you need to have an in-depth knowledge of all the ways your privacy can get compromised. Finally, you need to react accordingly by using some of the mechanisms we have outlined in this article.
It’s time you took preventive measures and held on to your data. What’s your move?
College football winners and losers led by Wisconsin, Oregon in Week 8
There are worse things than losing to Illinois. You could lose to Kansas, for example.
This isn’t to say anything positive about No. 6 Wisconsin’s 24-23 upset at Illinois, which maims the Badgers’ hopes of reaching the College Football Playoff, puts a dent in the perception of the Big Ten and removes every ounce of excitement surrounding that matchup with No. 4 Ohio State to end October.
That the Badgers are going to plunge in the next Amway Coaches Poll, issued on Sunday, is a justified reaction to what just occurred: they lost to Illinois. Wisconsin was a 30.5-point favorite. Illinois hadn’t beaten a ranked Big Ten team since 2007, a 28-game stretch that stood as the second-longest such streak in the Bowl Subdivision. (Behind Kansas, of course.)
Since opening the season with a win at home against Akron, which remains winless, Illinois had dropped games at Memorial Stadium to Eastern Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan. Meanwhile, Wisconsin had pitched four shutouts in the year’s first six games, the first time the program had done so since 1930, and had allowed just 29 points, the fewest by any team through six games since Florida State gave up 29 points in 1993.
The Badgers hadn’t trailed all season — and didn’t trail Illinois until kicker James McCourt made a 39-yard field goal as time expired. (From the perspective of timing, if the game-winning attempt came with zeroes on the clock, did Wisconsin technically lead for the entire game? If so, the Badgers still haven’t trailed through seven games despite holding a loss.)
DESERVED LOSS: No. 6 Wisconsin didn’t play well and Illinois beat them
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The loss has the secondary effect of hurting the reputation of the Big Ten, which before this weekend could tout overall depth — there were six Big Ten teams in this week’s Amway Coaches Poll — along with three teams still in contention for the national semifinals, with the Badgers joined by the Buckeyes and Penn State. Not that it would matter in the end: Ohio State won’t be held out of the pflayoff because Wisconsin lost to Illinois.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Badgers’ only path demands not one but two wins against Ohio State, one in October and the other for the conference championship in early December, along with the predictable sort of chaos that ensues across the Power Five during the year’s second half. It sounds doable, sort of, except that the team that lost to Illinois would have no chance against the Buckeyes.
Here are the rest of Saturday’s winners and losers in college football:
The 35-31 win at No. 23 Washington keeps the No. 12 Ducks very much alive in the playoff hunt: Oregon is now 6-1 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play, with the one loss coming on a neutral site against No. 11 Auburn. While he struggled against pressure, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert completed 24 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns, giving him 21 touchdowns against one interception on the season, and showed why he’s viewed as one of top NFL prospects in the country.
STILL ALIVE: Oregon in playoff mix after road defeat of Washington
Bronco Mendenhall and the Cavaliers bounced back against Duke and made a case for returning to the Top 25. After dropping consecutive games to Notre Dame and Miami (Fla.), Virginia led 17-0 at halftime and 41-7 at the end of the third quarter in a 48-14 win. It helps to force turnovers: Duke turned it over five times while Virginia had five scoring drives of 40 or fewer yards. It still counts.
The Cavaliers’ Commonwealth Cup rival pulled of a 43-41 win against North Carolina in six overtimes, the longest game since the FBS enacted new overtime rules designed to shorten games that go into extra frames. Beginning this season, teams will begin attempting two-point conversions beginning in the fifth overtime. Exciting! Virginia Tech won on backup quarterback Quincy Patterson’s short scoring run in the sixth to move to a surprisingly positive 5-2 after losing early to Boston College and Duke. Painfully, UNC is 3-4 with the four losses coming by a combined 12 points: 24-18 to Wake Forest, 34-31 to Appalachian State, 21-20 to Clemson and 43-41 to the Hokies.
Matt Rhule is moving to the front of the line for some end-of-year coaching accolades. Even after losing senior linebacker Clay Johnston, the heart of an improved defense and an All-America candidate, Baylor pulled off a 45-27 win at Oklahoma State to move to 7-0 heading into winnable games against West Virginia and TCU. After winning just one game in his 2017 debut, Rhule has the Bears in contention for a New Year’s Six bowl.
Since losing by a nose to Baylor on Sept. 28, Iowa State has rolled off three convincing Big 12 wins in a row against TCU, West Virginia and, on Saturday, Texas Tech. In doing so, the Cyclones have painted themselves as perhaps the second-best team in the conference, trailing only Oklahoma. (We’ll find out for sure when the Cyclones meet Texas.) The three-game streak, capped by Saturday’s 34-24 win at the Red Raiders, also helps to erase the sour taste of narrow losses to the Bears and rival Iowa.
Here’s a fun one: Miami lost 28-21 in overtime to Georgia Tech, which earlier this season lost to The Citadel and hadn’t come within 16 points of each of its first three opponents in ACC play. The Yellow Jackets aren’t very good, you see, even if the team’s struggles were expected under first-year coach Geoff Collins. The Hurricanes’ new coach, Manny Diaz, now heads into the home stretch at 3-4 with five games left. Of that group, four come on the road: Pittsburgh, Florida State, Florida International and Duke.
“This is a rebuild,” Diaz said after the loss, which is laughable. The Hurricanes won 10 games just two years ago and were 49-29 across the previous six seasons — not great, but not rebuild-worthy numbers — while the program had inked top-25 recruiting classes in three of the past four years. To call this a rebuild is a desperate and transparent attempt at spinning a season that has spiraled out of control.
Meanwhile, in the MAC … Toledo has careened off the tracks in back-to-back losses to Bowling Green and Ball State, quickly transforming the Rockets from conference favorite to one of the more mystifying teams in the FBS. The loss to Bowling Green came as a heavy favorite. Saturday’s loss at Ball State might’ve been worse: Toledo gave up 374 yards rushing on 7.5 yards per carry, allowed 12.1 yards per pass attempt and had just 309 yards of offense in a 52-14 loss.
Missouri lost 21-14 to Vanderbilt, which one week ago lost 34-10 at home to UNLV. College football is not supposed to make sense — and it rarely does — but this is particularly strange, given that Missouri had made a quiet case for the Top 25 while the Commodores were supposedly circling the drain under embattled coach Derek Mason.
Mustangs take off for 41-6 win with playoffs in mind – Sports – New Jersey Herald
SPARTA — With its state playoff hopes hanging in the balance, the Sussex Tech football team knows it can’t afford to take any opponent lightly during the final weeks of the season.
The Mustangs entered with a lopsided 5-0 record against Group 5 Bergen Tech since their program was reinstituted in 2008, but they could not afford to ease up with an opportunity for a power-point grab.
Instead, Sussex Tech went out and flattened the Knights, 41-6, behind its dynamic three-headed rushing attack of Brendan Hall, Bo Maroney and Austin Durham.
“You go back a couple of years ago, and the reason we even made the playoffs was a win over Bergen Tech and picking up those points,” Sussex Tech head coach Brian Stellingwerf said. “As much as we take this as a week-to-week basis, this was a real important one from a points standpoint.”
It was a much-needed result for the Mustangs, who entered the game outside the state tournament picture in 18th in the North, Group 2 United Power Rankings despite a 5-1 record.
Sussex Tech knows it can only control what’s in front of it, so it went out and took care of business in dominating fashion on Saturday. A season ago, a 6-3 record wasn’t enough to make states and the Mustangs are desperate to prove they belong this season.
“Last year we came up short in those couple of games, so this year we can make it,” Hall said. “We can get in there, and they’re a Group 5 so we get a couple of power points from beating them. We all just want to make a stand and show what we’ve been working toward the last four years.”
Now, another chance for a key win comes against Immaculate Conception (4-1) next weekend.
“It feels good because it makes the team practice harder too,” Maroney said. “We have good practices knowing that we have to get the win and there’s no excuse. Next week we’re going to focus up in practice and hope for the best.”
Behind their stout offensive line, the Mustangs rushing trio worked patiently to knife through the Bergen Tech defense early on. It took all of 14 offensive plays — all rushes — for the Mustangs to build a 28-0 cushion early in the second quarter.
Sussex Tech’s backs made light work of the Knights defense. Hall led the way with 108 yards and two scores on eight carries, Durham ran four times for 66 yards and a score and Maroney finished with 65 yards and a touchdown on four rushes.
“We have three different guys, we can spread it out and all of us do something different, but also similar,” Hall said. “Bo just runs harder, Austin’s so fast, so we’re all mixed together and it’s good for us.”
On the second play of the game, Maroney cut to his left, saw an opening and sprinted 44 yards untouched into the end zone to make it 7-0.
After three plays netted the Knights minus-8 yards, the Mustangs quickly chewed up a short field. On the fourth play, Hall stumbled through a hole but gathered his footing and stormed 33 yards into the end zone.
And on the next series, it was Durham’s turn.
A hand-off from Mustangs quarterback Aiden Smith went to Hall, but Durham came surging across from the right, grabbed the misdirection sweep and took off for a 44-yard score to make it 21-0 Sussex Tech at the 2:11 mark of the first.
Hall broke away for a 65-yard touchdown in the next series to make it 28-0.
“You definitely saw a complete effort from all three backs today,” Stellingwerf said. “You go into halftime and each of those guys are talking about blocking for each other, they’re not even talking about their bigger runs.
“It’s a different atmosphere with the way that these guys play together. Each one of them pulling for each other and it’s such a big difference you see us come out on offense.”
The Mustangs first-team defense did its job as well, coming away with three takeways, including a fumble recovery and interception by Sean Hall.
The other turnover resulted in a wild touchdown to give the Mustangs a 35-0 lead before halftime. Mustangs senior linebacker Joe Martinez leapt to intercept a wobbly pass by Evan Nicholas in front of two Bergen Tech players and pitched the ball off to Ryan Kinkead for an 80-yard sprint to the end zone.
“Our defense, we’re something special,” Maroney said. “We always move around pre-snap and we got a stud linebacker Joey Martinez. The kid is selfless as you saw, he got a pick and tossed to our buddy Ryan so he could get the touchdown. He’s just an animal.”
The Mustangs had 225 yards on 15 carries in the opening half, while Bergen Tech could only muster 23 yards on 18 rushing attempts in the opening 24 minutes.
The Knights lone touchdown did not come until there was less than a minute to play and Sussex Tech’s first-team squad was off the field.
“Our defense has been flying around all year,” Hall said. “We fly to the ball, all hats to the ball, and we just keep coming every game.”
A year removed from a postseason snub, the Mustangs have been working hard to erase that disappointment.
And since its lone loss to Morris Catholic in Week 4, Sussex Tech has driven forward, beating three opponents by a combined score of 120-20. And now the Mustangs move on to another important matchup next week.
“When you look at what happened last year, that’s always fresh in our minds,” Stellingwerf said. “Winning out was something that was said right from that Morris Catholic loss; each week getting that win and picking up as many points as we can and staying focused on that. On Monday, these guys will come back in and we’ll get back to work.”
Sussex Tech 41, Bergen Tech 6
ST — Bo Maroney 44 run (Bo Maroney kick)
ST — Brendan Hall 33 run (Maroney kick)
ST — Austin Durham 44 run (Maroney kick)
ST — Hall 65 run (Maroney kick)
ST — Ryan Kinkead 80 interception return (Maroney kick)
ST — Ryan Marshall 2 run (attempt failed)
BT — Francis Gargiulo 20 run (kick failed)
Records: Bergen Tech 3-4, Sussex Tech 6-1
Astros Take 3-1 Lead vs. Yankees in Game 6: Live Updates
2nd Inning: Openers Give Way to Parade of Relievers
The Yankees clawed back a run and chased Brad Peacock out of the game as Gary Sanchez struck a single up the middle with a runner in scoring position, no less.
Peacock recorded five outs, but he started to lose command when his pitch count rose. (Relatively speaking, of course. He only threw 27 total, but he is not a starter.) With two outs, Didi Gregorius doubled to right field. Peacock statistically has greater success against right-handed batters, who only hit .197 against him in the regular season. He clearly began to tire and walked Gio Urshela, so A.J. Hinch made the first of what should be many pitching changes in this game, asking Josh James to face Brett Gardner. James got out of the jam when he caught Gardner looking a dubious strike three call. The pitch looked outside and maybe high.
The Yankees turned to the former Astros lefty J.A. Happ in the bottom of the second, and he had a nice, quiet inning. It was just what the Yankees needed. Martin Maldonado, Houston’s catcher, squared up one ball and hit a sharp line drive down the third base line, but Urshela caught it.
This game is going to get more fascinating as it progresses with all the matchups and decisions. James is still in for Houston.
1st Inning: Gurriel Blast Puts the Astros Ahead
Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run home run off opener Chad Green to give the Astros a 3-0 lead. Green struck out George Springer to start the inning, but he labored after that, giving up a double to Jose Altuve and then one out later he walked Alex Bregman. Gurriel connected on the first pitch — with Altuve breaking for third base — and lined it over the wall in left field as the crowd erupted. The Astros were borrowing from the script the Yankees provided in Game 5, when they scored four runs in the first inning on home runs by D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks.
For the Astros, Brad Peacock picked up where he left off last night, setting down the Yankees in order on 7 pitches (he needed 8 to get through the 8th inning of Game 5 on Friday). Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said before the game that he liked the idea of using Peacock because of his measured demeanor. Hinch acknowledged that the game could end up being chaotic with all the pitching changes and matchups.
“And who better to kick off the chaos of a bullpen day than a calm Brad Peacock,” he said. Chad Green
1. D.J. LeMahieu, 1B
2. Aaron Judge, RF
3. Gleyber Torres, 2B
4. Aaron Hicks, CF
5. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
6. Didi Gregorius, SS
7. Gary Sanchez, C
8. Gio Urshela, 3B
9. Brett Gardner, LF
Chad Green, P
1. George Springer, CF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Michael Brantley, LF
4. Alex Bregman, 3B
5. Yuli Gurriel, 1B
6. Carlos Correa, SS
7. Yordan Alvarez, DH
8. Martin Maldonado, C
9. Josh Reddick, RF
Brad Peacock, P
Encarnacion, who is mired in a 1-for-19 slump in his last five games, is back in the lineup as the designated hitter instead of Giancarlo Stanton. Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said the long flight was a factor for Stanton, who is recovering from a quad injury, and added that he thought Encarnacion would do well.
Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said he was opening with Peacock because he felt Peacock matched up well with the top of the Yankees’ order. Peacock pitched the eighth inning of Game 5 Friday, and got Gardner, LeMahieu and Judge in order on eight pitches.
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