Managing your personal network

Keeping expenses down while maintaining the speeds and data you need can be a delicate balance. Here are some tips for managing your own personal network to ensure you’re getting what you need without breaking the bank. 1: Assess what you’re paying for! You need to make sure you understand exactly what you are paying each month and what you’re getting for those payments. Are you paying full price? Are you paying for services you don’t need? Are you paying for services you don’t even realize you have access to? Are you signed up for a minimum-term contract with penalties

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Energy companies are major target for hackers in 2016

Findings from a Deloitte LLP report show that in 2016, three out of four natural gas and oil companies were victims of at least one cyber attack, marking an increasing trend in the energy industry. Why gas and oil? According to The Financial Post, “Technology advances, such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s recent control of operations in Argentina from an operating center in Canada, offer new openings for hackers, the authors wrote. At the same time, older equipment retrofitted for cybersecurity, including the pumps known as nodding donkeys, make it tougher to defend against sophisticated attacks.” Inadequate tech and security

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It’s 2017 and email is still running our lives

There are lots of services and companies out there that are trying to revolutionize the way we communicate. Despite the increasing number of options, recent studies show that, at least in the U.S., email isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s taking more of our time than ever. According to Entrepreneur, a new survey conducted by email-marketing software company ReachMail suggests that 54 percent of people report that they have more email to deal with than they did three years ago. Only 14 percent claim to receive less. ReachMail surveyed 1,000 Americans who use email for work daily. What they found

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FCC grants permission for OneWeb to launch internet-providing satellites into space

As confirmed by chairman Ajit Pai in a statement, the Federal Communications Commission has granted permission to internet innovation company OneWeb to launch internet-beaming satellites into space. OneWeb has been working on providing internet via satellite since 2000. According to The Verge, OneWeb is working “to launch a constellation of 720 low-Earth orbit satellites using non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) technology in order to provide global, high-speed broadband.” OneWeb’s goal is a noble one: providing internet to rural, remote, and other isolated communities or individuals who have suffered poor coverage. OneWeb has also stated that it wants connect “every unconnected school”

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Workplace chat platform Slack draws interest from Amazon

Amazon might have shown a great deal of interest in the real world with its recent purchase of Whole Foods, but don’t be fooled – the company is still looking to snap up any promising Internet presences as well. According to the Financial Post, one such potential presence is Slack Technologies Inc, a corporate chatroom startup based in San Francisco. There’s no agreement or deal on the table yet, but Amazon insiders have confirmed that the company is interested. Experts believe that this deal would place Slack at a value of around nine billion USD. Slack launched in 2013 and

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The CRTC banned unlocking fees: here’s how that affects the average Canadian

As of December 1, 2017, Canadian telecom companies will no longer be able to carrier-lock phones or charge customers unlocking fees. This CRTC ruling is a big win for not only the Liberal government, who promised telecom reform back in 2015, but also the consumers who will undoubtedly benefit from the new regulations. In 2016, carriers like Rogers, Telus, and Bell made $37.7 million CAD in unlocking fees. That’s a lot of money from the pockets of consumers. And while it might seem like taking that income away from the carriers might impact them negatively, Mobile Syrup points out that

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Galaxy S8 disappoints in sales while iPhone remains on top

Despite their anticipated release and positive critical reception, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones have not garnered the hoped-for success in the U.S smartphone market. In fact, according to BGR, Android makers in general are struggling to compete with Apple in the United States. Data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech says that Android’s market share in the U.S fell 5.9 percent from 67.6 to 61.7 percent in the three month period that ended in April of 2017. At the same time, iOS sales grew 5.8 percent across the U.S, giving Apple 36.5 percent of market share. “Android partner

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Does CIBC have Canada’s best banking app?

After being pit against five competitors – including TD and RBC – CIBC has been proclaimed by Forrester Research Inc. to have the best online banking application. According to MobileSyrup, Forrester evaluated five different banking apps on functionality and usability based on 54 different criteria. CIBC’s app scored highest in both categories. It also compared CIBC to a number of undisclosed global competitors, where it still ranked number one. According to Forrester, CIBC’s app has a number of impressive and unique features, including the ability to order foreign currency, and smartwatch functionality. And unlike RBC and TD, CIBC supports the

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Simply hovering over a link in PowerPoint could infect your computer with malware

 Security is always a worry when surfing the web – even more so nowadays when considering large-scale attacks such as the WannaCry ransomware. If you click on the wrong link, you might find your computer infected, held hostage, or worse. However, a new kind of malware makes this threat even scarier; it can be installed on your PC without a single click, needing you to simply hover your cursor over the infected link. Tend Micro, a security vendor, recently discovered this malware method inside a PowerPoint presentation slide. The malicious link can be attached to either text or an image.

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Northwest Territories gets Fibre Optic Connection

Residents of the Mackenzie Valley in the Northwest Territories are about to find their internet connectivity vastly improved. According to CBC, a 1,154 kilometre fibre optic line is set to come online after a $82 million construction project, bringing these northern Canadians better access to video streaming, data collection, and more. In the communities it reaches, this fibre optic line should triple internet speeds. “We’re very happy because it gives us a more secure communication line and much bigger potential for future endeavours,” said Grant Hood, senior administrative officer with the Town of Inuvik, one of the communities benefiting from

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