As we wind down the 2019 and the previous decade and look ahead to the New Year and the start of the next decade, technology is moving at a faster pace than ever before. Some changes have already started to occur and are built on previous technologies. Other technologies will just be emerging thanks to other advances.
We rely on our hard drive to store pictures, videos, music, documents, and other files. We trust that it will work correctly for a long time. However, just like other types of devices, hard drives do have a limited life span before they wear out.
Most hard drives on the market today are designed to last about 5 to 6 years, sometimes longer. It depends on the frequency of use, as well as the operating environment, humidity levels, and temperature.
Scammers and hackers take advantage of our carelessness to obtain our personal information from us or off our devices. This is why it is important to use multi-factor authentication, like fingerprints, Face ID, and pin codes when accessing personal information on our devices.
When it comes to paying for goods and services, one growing segment is using mobile payments via our smartphones. However, many people still have concerns that mobile payments are not as secure or safe as how they are being promoted.
Unlike using a credit or debit card, there is no risk of a skimmer obtaining your card information. The card number you enter into the phone is encrypted and requires two-factor authentication when you tap your phone to make a payment.
As smartphone usage has grown, more and more people are keeping a ton of personal and financial information right on their phones. This is a hacker’s paradise since it offers a wealth of information.
Hackers are finding ways to exploit people to get access to everything they need. Even though Apple, Android, and Google take steps to improve security on their devices, hackers aren’t attempting to exploit those vulnerabilities as much.
Apple started a recall of select MacBook Pros with 15-inch displays earlier this summer after complaints the laptops were catching on fire. The problem has been traced to faulty lithium batteries. Apple has a list of what models are affected by the recall on their website.
When it comes to our smartphones, tablets, and computers, we upgrade these regularly. During the time we use the devices, we tend to collect a lot of data, music, videos, pictures, and other files we do not want to lose. To ensure you do not lose any of your data, let’s take a look at some effective ways on how to safely transfer data to your new device.
Gaming systems today have essentially become a type of computer. While gaming consoles have not reached the stage where they are easily susceptible to viruses and malware, like other devices, there are still ways hackers attempt to gain access. One of the most popular methods is to attack online gaming accounts.
Our reliance on touchscreens has grown exponentially over the past several years. From smartphones and tablets to touchscreen laptops and desktop computers, we have grown accustomed to tapping the screen for various apps, tasks, and other functions.
A growing problem in Florida is the use of skimmers on credit card machines. Skimmers are small devices attached over the actual card reader. When you insert your card, the device reads your card information and then sends it electronically to the person who installed it.
Skimming devices have grown more complex in recent years. As soon as steps are taken to identify current devices, the criminals have already developed a new method of skimming card numbers.