Author: Alex Reece

You should never recycle passwords

You should never recycle passwords

Cyber Security, Mobile, social media
Using one password for everything is convenient, but it’s also dangerously insecure. We examine the case of Mark, a young designer. Mark is a regular guy. He has e-mail, Facebook, Instagram, Amazon, eBay, Steam, and Battle.net accounts, not to mention ones for another dozen online stores and a forum dedicated to his favorite video game. The accounts are all linked to his e-mail. One day, the customer database of one of the online stores Mark has an account at suffers a leak (apparently it was kept unencrypted on an open-access server). No credit card information is stolen, but e-mail addresses, names, and passwords are. At first glance, there seems no particular reason to worry. Such leaks happen, and this is just a small online store — can you blame a humble shopkeeper
Cloud-based security solutions will power cyber security in 2019

Cloud-based security solutions will power cyber security in 2019

Business, Cyber Security, Technology
Based on interactions with organisations, a technology firm has released key trends for 2019 in the area of cyber security space. Matt Gyde, Group Executive (Cybersecurity) of Dimension Data, identifies five key trends that will empower the space. According to him, the trust will go digital as the technology helps organisations to embrace Digital Trust model, moving away from the present Zero Trust (don't trust anything, any person inside or outside the organisation) model. "In 2019, Zero trust is maturing into digital trust. IT will leverage ‘digital fingerprints’ for smoother authentication of users and provide them with easier access to apps and information," he says. "Identity-as-a-Service, user authentication, identity and access management are expected to be the largest segmen
Global internet access is plunging fast due to high cost of data, billions remain offline

Global internet access is plunging fast due to high cost of data, billions remain offline

Broadband, Internet
The internet today is central to our lives. Many depend on the web to shop, bank, learn, work, date and play to a degree unimaginable even ten years ago. On the odd occasion our connection goes down we panic. Suddenly hundreds of simple day-to day tasks become inordinately difficult or time consuming. Yet, that's life for over half the world’s population which is still offline. The latest UN figures show that the rate of people getting connected is slowing. In 2007 people came online at a rate of 19 per cent annually. Last year this dropped to just 6 per cent – and the rate of growth is projected to fall further. A new report by the Alliance for Affordable internet says over two billion people live in countries without affordable internet. That means getting connected to the internet
Ha! Cryptocurrency ‘isn’t real money’, Google takes a dig at miners

Ha! Cryptocurrency ‘isn’t real money’, Google takes a dig at miners

Business, Startups, Technology
Google has now taken a cheeky dig at the usefulness of cryptocurrencies. In a recent advertisement for its call screening service, the search engine giant mocked cryptocurrency’s high electricity consumption even going ahead to say that “it is not real money.” Starting June, Google banned all cryptocurrency related ads only to relax the rules later to allow select regulated exchange desks to advertise in the US and Japan. The latest video ad is perhaps trying to send a subtle message by advertising cryptocurrencies in its own content? Recently an industry player Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, indicated that the days of explosive growth in the blockchain industry have likely come and gone now the average person is aware of its existence. “The blockchain space is getting to
Taxify overtakes Uber in African cities

Taxify overtakes Uber in African cities

Business, Startups, Technology
Uber was the pioneer taxi hailing app in Africa, but that seems to be changing, the Estonian company Taxify is taking the fight for market share in Africa with Uber to places where Uber isn’t. Much of Taxify’s expansion has been due to being bankrolled by its recent $175 million capital raise—a funding round which valued the company at more than $1 billion. Taxify’s backers include Daimler, the German car giant and Didi Chuxing. In South Africa, Taxify is in fierce competition with Uber in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth but has also expanded to Polokwane. It is set to also launch in East London later this month. In addition to Lagos and Abuja, the only two cities where Uber currently operates in Nigeria, Taxify has launched operations in Ibadan, Nigeria’s largest