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November 9, 2020


Hardware News

 

USB-C Explained: How to Get the Most from It

USB-C is now part and parcel of most laptops, phones and tablets made today. USB Type-C, usually referred to as just USB-C, is a relatively new connector for delivering data and power to and from computing devices. Because the USB-C plug is symmetrical, it can be inserted either way, eliminating the frustrations of earlier USB ports and putting it on a par with Apple’s reversible Lightning plug. This article dives into all of the details on USB-C that you might want to know.

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iStorage Launches diskAshur M2, a Portable PIN Authenticated, Hardware Encrypted SSD

iStorage has launched the diskAshur M2 which is the company's smallest, lightest, fastest and most rugged FIPS compliant encrypted portable SSD and includes connectivity for both USB type A and C ports. The new diskAshur M2 SSD encrypts data using FIPS PUB 197 validated, AES-XTS 256-bit hardware encryption and uniquely incorporates a Common Criteria EAL4+ ready secure microprocessor, which employs built-in physical protection mechanisms designed to help defend against external tamper, bypass physical attacks and more.

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Software Updates

 

Microsoft Is Releasing a Non-Subscription Office Suite in 2021

Microsoft has been pushing Microsoft 365 for years now as the main way to get its Office apps. This subscription-based version of its suite gives you access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other apps for a monthly payment. However, the tech giant’s Exchange team wrote (as spotted by Windows Central) that a new version of Office you can purchase with a one-time payment is coming next year.

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How to Tell How Much Virtual Machine Storage Is Really Being Used

Although Microsoft Hyper-V Manager provides some basic metrics about Hyper-V VM resource usage, it is possible to get far more detailed information through PowerShell by using a feature called Resource Metering. However, the key to using resource metering to effectively gauge virtual machine storage is understanding how to interpret the data. Resource Metering is covered in depth in this article.

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Mastercard Taps AI to Help FIs Fight off Cyber Risks

Mastercard has unveiled an AI-powered suite of tools designed to help FIs assess cyber risks across their ecosystem and prevent breaches. Drawing on the capabilities of RiskRecon, which Mastercard acquired earlier this year, the Cyber Secure suite's AI combines multiple public and proprietary data sources. Then it evaluates this data against 40 security and infrastructure criteria, with the impact and importance of each vulnerability analyzed to produce a cyber risk rating.

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ATMs/Kiosks

 

How COVID-19 Is Transforming ATM Strategies

The author states that FIs currently have three broad ATM channel distribution strategies at their disposal, and that these strategies have been brought into sharper focus because of COVID-19. They are: 1) Branch and in-house ATM network; 2) The digital-heavy approach; and 3) Tapping into an existing plug-and-play ATM infrastructure.

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Wireless World

 

QR Codes Could Be the Future of Payments in the U.S.

Paying for goods and services using a QR code may seem uncommon to an American, but this payment method is already fairly common overseas, especially in Asia and developing countries around the world. In China and Japan, for example, QR codes processed $1.65 trillion in purchases in 2016. Now QR codes are becoming more popular in the U.S. Mercator’s data show that while only 13% of consumers used QR codes on their smartphones prior to the pandemic, an additional 11% have used the technology since. Moreover, 34% of those who were already using this payment technology reported using it more since COVID began.

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IBM Forms 5G Network Partnership with AT&T to Bolster Its Hybrid Cloud Architecture

IBM and AT&T have formed a new partnership that's meant to help clients adopt 5G technologies using IBM Cloud Satellite, IBM's hybrid cloud platform for managing apps in IBM Cloud, on-premises, or at the edge. Specifically, IBM and AT&T will work together to help organizations manage their applications hosted in hybrid cloud environments with IBM Cloud Satellite leveraging Red Hat OpenShift, over AT&T networks.

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Security Section

 

Business Email Compromise Attacks Are on the Rise

The Business Email Compromise (BEC) is a particular type of phishing attack in which cybercriminals impersonate a trusted contact or other party, either internal or external. The goal is to convince the recipient to pay invoices, transfer funds, or provide other confidential information. Among the most impersonated brands, DHL took the top spot with fraudulent emails requesting payment for alleged shipments. Dropbox took second place, followed by Amazon, iCloud, and LinkedIn.

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Technology and Marketing

 

Excel and Power BI: This Is How You Can Use Both Tools Together to Make More of Your Data

For many years Microsoft's Excel has been key to analyzing and using that data. However much of that torch has passed to the Power Platform and to Power BI (originally a set of Excel tools that became its own product). But it's always been an amicable split, with the two tools working well together and using the Power Query tooling as a common data extraction, transformation, and load pipeline. This article covers how to transfer data between the two tools.

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Online Banking/E-Commerce/Website Design

 

What You Don't Know About Open Banking

Ninth Wave Founder and CEO George Anderson discusses the importance of Open Banking and the differences between open banking vs open finance in this interview.

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Zelle Logs Double-Digit Increases as Consumers and Businesses Contend with Covid-19

Spurred by consumers’ need to send money to family and friends during the Covid-19 pandemic and an increasing number of FIs being onboarded, the Zelle peer-to-peer payment network recently announced it processed $84 billion in transactions during the third quarter of 2020, up 18% from the second quarter. Consumers made 323 million transactions for the quarter, up 17% from the second quarter. For the 12 months ended in September, consumers conducted more than 1 billion payment transactions.

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Internet Access

 

Cloudflare Wants to Run Your Web Browser in the Cloud

Cloudflare announced that a new “browser isolation” service which runs a web browser in the cloud. The browser runs on a virtual machine inside a cloud provider's data center. This means that any threats from the browser will stay in that virtual machine and won't be able to infect a corporate laptop or move laterally across an organization's network.

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How to Give Chrome a Super-Simple Security Upgrade

This article discusses Chrome's Enhanced Safe Browsing mode along with the steps needed to implement it.

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Call Centers

 

How Technology Can Help in a Work-from-Home Contact Center

From sourcing and recruiting to training, management and retention, digitized solutions alongside process changes are crucial for supporting virtual and hybrid contact centers and work-from-home agents. The author recommends some best practices for contact centers to ensure their candidates and employees remain engaged in the new remote contact center.

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