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How to avoid Facebook phishing baits, according to Symantec

Symantec has observed a scam where phishers were trying to steal login credentials, but their means of data theft wasn’t with the phishing bait alone. Their ploy also used malware for harvesting users’ confidential information. The phishing site spoofed the login page of Facebook and was hosted on a free web hosting site.

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Phishers frequently introduce bogus applications to add new flavor into their phishing baits. Symantec has observed a scam where phishers were trying to steal login credentials, but their means of data theft wasn’t with the phishing bait alone. Their ploy also used malware for harvesting users’ confidential information. The phishing site spoofed the login page of Facebook and was hosted on a free web hosting site.

The phishing site boasted that the application would enable users to view a list of people who visited their profile page. The site offered two options to activate the fake app. If users fell victim to the phishing site by entering their login credentials, the phishers would have successfully stolen their information for identity theft purposes.

Internet users are advised to follow best practices to avoid phishing attacks:

  • Check the URL in the address bar when logging into your account and make sure it belongs to the website that you want to go to
  • Do not click on suspicious links in email messages
  • Do not provide any personal information when answering an email
  • Do not enter personal information in a pop-up page or window
  • Ensure that the website is encrypted with an SSL certificate by looking for the padlock image/icon, “https” or the green address bar when entering personal or financial information
  • Use comprehensive security software, such as Norton Internet Security or Norton 360, which protects you from phishing scams and social networking scams
  • Exercise caution when clicking on enticing links sent through email or posted on social networks
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Are robots designed to include the LGBTQIA community?

Developers need to be more inclusive with AI and robot design, researchers say.

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Technology is not developed in a vacuum, but instead reflects biases and reproduces societal values and beliefs.

This is why “it is imperative that we construct mechanisms and policies that acknowledge the importance of inclusivity, diversity, and non-discrimination, also for the LGBTQ+ community in the development and use of robots and AI,” said researchers.

In a new short paper in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, Roger A. Søraa from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and co-authors Eduard Fosch-Villaronga from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and Adam Poulsen from Charles Sturt University in Australia discuss what a queering of robots might entail.

Søraa is active in robot and cyborg research through the newly started Immersive Technology and Social Robots Lab at NTNU, and has been active in queer and gender debates, including starting the NTNU LGBTQ+ networks for employees.

Søraa and his co-authors highlight the lack in the inclusion of queer perspectives on robots and machines. This, they argue, should be better recognized in both the research and design of the robots of the future, and should prod developers and designers to be more inclusive in how they build and create the machines that increasingly walk, talk and act among us.

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Sorting your new broadband after you move house

One of the key factors that is going to play a role in your move is the broadband you choose for your new home. This is something that’s going to impact your life in a big way, and these are some of the things you need to think about when trying to sort this out right now.

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Moving house is a process that comes with a lot of stress and worry, and you need to think about the best ways of achieving a stress-free move as much as possible. Think about what it takes to move house in the most organized and efficient way you possibly can. This is a big step in your life, and it is important to make sure you focus on doing things in the right way when you plan your move. 

There are so many factors that play a part in making the right kind of house move, and this is something that you need to keep in mind right now. One of the key factors that is going to play a role in your move is the broadband you choose for your new home. This is something that’s going to impact your life in a big way, and these are some of the things you need to think about when trying to sort this out right now. 

You also need to look at how you can find the best possible deal for your broadband, and this means looking at the right providers.

What are the Options?

The first thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that there are multiple options that play a role when it comes to choosing the right broadband. This is something you are going to have to keep in mind as much as possible when you are looking to make the right options here. You might like to go for regular broadband, or you may be considering fibre optic broadband options. Either way, it is important that you do what you can to make the right choices here. 

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How Can You Find the Best Deal?

You also need to look at how you can find the best possible deal for your broadband, and this means looking at the right providers. There are a lot of great ideas that you need to work on when it comes to improving your broadband options, and one of the key things to consider is finding a deal that works for you. There are a lot of things that play a part in this, and looking at package deals is something that plays a massive part in helping you achieve this. 

Do Plenty of Research

You should make sure you do plenty of research before you actually choose any options or deals. There is so much information online where you can find the best broadband reviews, and discover all you want to know about how to get the best broadband for you. Make sure you think about what it takes to find out about your deals and check out the different suppliers and providers on the market. This is something you are going to need to get right as much as you possibly can, and this is important for finding the right options for you. 

One of the key factors that is going to play a role in your move is the broadband you choose for your new home.

These are some of the key considerations you’re going to need to make when you are trying to choose the right broadband deals for you and your home. There are so many excellent benefits to getting the right broadband, and this is most definitely something you have to make sure you get right. 

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Lenovo cited for supporting gender equality

In its latest diversity and inclusion report, Lenovo reports a global employee base of over 57,000 employees, around the world, with women comprising 36 percent of the workforce. Women currently represent 18.5 percent of global executive positions within the company.

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Lenovo’s pro-equality moves… at least in the US.

Lenovo has been named  to the 2020 Bloomberg Gender Equality Index (GEI) and received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

Lenovo is one of 325 companies across 50 industries to be featured in the Bloomberg GEI this year, which tracks the financial performance of global, committed to supporting gender equality through policy development, representation, and transparency. The reference index measures gender equality across five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline, equal pay and gender pay parity, inclusive culture, sexual harassment policies, and pro-women brand.

Lenovo’s efforts in satisfying all the criteria for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s CEI earned the company the recognition as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality alongside the 100 percent ranking. The CEI showcases companies that promote LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the  evaluating companies based on the categories of non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, organizational competency and accountability, public commitment, and responsible citizenship.

“As the company continues to grow, we’ve been on this journey of establishing a culture of inclusivity that welcomes everyone who walks through the door at Lenovo,” says Yolanda Lee Conyers, Chief Diversity Officer and President of the Lenovo Foundation. “This recognition is proof that our infrastructure fosters the right environment for attracting and retaining the top talent that’s required to be truly innovative and to achieve our vision of providing smarter technology for all.”

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In its latest diversity and inclusion report, Lenovo reports a global employee base of over 57,000 employees, around the world, with women comprising 36 percent of the workforce. Women currently represent 18.5 percent of global executive positions within the company. Lenovo is progressing toward a goal of achieving 20 percent global women executives by the year 2020 through programs like the Women’s Leadership Development Program, dedicated to advancing high-potential females through professional development training.

Lenovo offers progressive benefits to employees, including Gender Transition Support through medical, mental health, and pharmacy policies. In 2019, Lenovo announced a new U.S.-based  LGBTQ employee resource group (ERG) “PRIDE” – Professionals Respecting Identity, Diversity and Empowerment, which recently expanded to new chapters in Latin American countries. Lenovo ERGs in the U.S. and Slovakia are regular participants in corporate and local events around LGBTQ celebrations.

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Design approach may help fix bias in artificial intelligence

An approach called feminist design thinking could serve as a valuable framework for developing software that reduces algorithmic bias in a meaningful way. In this context, the application of feminist design thinking would mean incorporating the idea of equity into the design of the algorithm itself.

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Bias in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning programs is well established. Researchers from North Carolina State University and Pennsylvania State University are now proposing that software developers incorporate the concept of “feminist design thinking” into their development process as a way of improving equity – particularly in the development of software used in the hiring process.

“There seem to be countless stories of ways that bias in AI is manifesting itself, and there are many thought pieces out there on what contributes to this bias,” says Fay Payton, a professor of information systems/technology and University Faculty Scholar at NC State. “Our goal here was to put forward guidelines that can be used to develop workable solutions to algorithm bias against women, African American and Latinx professions in the IT workforce.

“Too many existing hiring algorithms incorporate de facto identity markers that exclude qualified candidates because of their gender, race, ethnicity, age and so on,” says Payton, who is co-lead author of a paper on the work. “We are simply looking for equity – that job candidates be able to participate in the hiring process on an equal footing.”

Payton and her collaborators argue that an approach called feminist design thinking could serve as a valuable framework for developing software that reduces algorithmic bias in a meaningful way. In this context, the application of feminist design thinking would mean incorporating the idea of equity into the design of the algorithm itself.

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“Compounding the effects of algorithmic bias is the historical underrepresentation of women, Black and Latinx software engineers to provide novel insights regarding equitable design approaches based on their lived experiences,” says Lynette Yarger, co-lead author of the paper and an associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State.

“Essentially, this approach would mean developing algorithms that value inclusion and equity across gender, race and ethnicity,” Payton says. “The practical application of this is the development and implementation of a process for creating algorithms in which designers are considering an audience that includes women, that includes Black people, that includes Latinx people. Essentially, developers of all backgrounds would be called on to actively consider – and value – people who are different from themselves.

“To be clear, this is not just about doing something because it is morally correct. But we know that women, African Americans and Latinx people are under-represented in IT fields. And there is ample evidence that a diverse, inclusive workforce improves a company’s bottom line,” Payton says. “If you can do the right thing and improve your profit margin, why wouldn’t you?”

The paper, “Algorithmic equity in the hiring of underrepresented IT job candidates,” is published in the journal Online Information Review. The paper was co-authored by Bikalpa Neupane of Penn State.

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It’s 2020, time to teach teens ‘safe’ sexting

This is not about encouraging sexting behaviors, any more than sex education is about encouraging teens to have sex. It simply recognizes the reality that young people are sexually curious, and some will experiment with various behaviors with or without informed guidance, and sexting is no exception.

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Preaching sexual abstinence to youth was popular for a number of decades, but research repeatedly found that such educational messages fell short in their intended goals. Simply telling youth not to have sex failed to delay the initiation of sex, prevent pregnancies, or stop the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases. Since the advent of photo- and video-sharing via phones, children have received similar fear-based messages to discourage sexting – the sending or receiving of sexually explicit or sexually suggestive images (photos or video) usually via mobile devices. Unfortunately, messages of sexting abstinence don’t seem to be reducing the prevalence of adolescents sharing nudes.

Consequently, in a new paper published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers from Florida Atlantic University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, say that it is time to teach youth “safe” sexting.

“The truth is that adolescents have always experimented with their sexuality, and some are now doing so via sexting,” said Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., co-author and a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice within FAU’s College for Design and Social Inquiry, and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. “We need to move beyond abstinence-only, fear-based sexting education or, worse yet, no education at all. Instead, we should give students the knowledge they need to make informed decisions when being intimate with others, something even they acknowledge is needed.”

Hinduja and co-author Justin Patchin, Ph.D., a professor of criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, acknowledge that although participating in sexting is never 100 percent “safe” (just like engaging in sex), empowering youth with strategies to reduce possible resultant harm seems prudent.

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Hinduja and Patchin collected (unpublished) data in April 2019 from a national sample of nearly 5,000 youth between the ages of 12 and 17, and found that 14 percent had sent and 23 percent had received sexually explicit images. These figures represent an increase of 13 percent for sending and 22 percent for receiving from what they previously found in 2016.

The authors do want youth to understand that those who sext open themselves up to possible significant and long-term consequences, such as humiliation, extortion, victimization, school sanction, reputational damage, and even criminal charges. But they also want youth who are going to do it anyway to exercise wisdom and discretion to prevent avoidable fallout.

“This is not about encouraging sexting behaviors, any more than sex education is about encouraging teens to have sex,” said Hinduja. “It simply recognizes the reality that young people are sexually curious, and some will experiment with various behaviors with or without informed guidance, and sexting is no exception.”

Simply telling youth not to have sex failed to delay the initiation of sex, prevent pregnancies, or stop the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases.
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Hinduja and Patchin provide suggested themes encapsulated in 10 specific, actionable messages that adults can share with adolescents in certain formal or informal contexts after weighing their developmental and sexual maturity.

  1. If someone sends you a sext, do not send it to — or show — anyone else. This could be considered nonconsensual sharing of pornography, and there are laws prohibiting it and which outline serious penalties (especially if the image portrays a minor).
  2. If you send someone a sext, make sure you know and fully trust them. “Catfishing”– where someone sets up a fictitious profile or pretends to be someone else to lure you into a fraudulent romantic relationship (and, often, to send sexts) — happens more often than you think. You can, of course, never really know if they will share it with others or post it online, but do not send photos or video to people you do not know well.
  3. Do not send images to someone who you are not certain would like to see it (make sure you receive textual consent that they are interested). Sending unsolicited explicit images to others could also lead to criminal charges.
  4. Consider boudoir pictures. Boudoir is a genre of photography that involves suggestion rather than explicitness. Instead of nudes, send photos that strategically cover the most private of private parts. They can still be intimate and flirty but lack the obvious nudity that could get you in trouble.
  5. Never include your face. Of course, this is so that images are not immediately identifiable as yours but also because certain social media sites have sophisticated facial recognition algorithms that automatically tag you in any pictures you would want to stay private.
  6. Make sure the images do not include tattoos, birthmarks, scars, or other features that could connect them to you. In addition, remove all jewelry before sharing. Also, consider your surroundings. Bedroom pictures could, for example, include wall art or furniture that others recognize.
  7. Turn your device’s location services off for all of your social media apps, make sure your photos are not automatically tagged with your location or username, and delete any meta-data digitally attached to the image.
  8. If you are being pressured or threatened to send nude photos, collect evidence when possible. Having digital evidence (such as screenshots of text messages) of any maliciousness or threats of sextortion will help law enforcement in their investigation and prosecution (if necessary) and social media sites in their flagging and deletion of accounts.
  9. Use apps that provide the capability for sent images to be automatically and securely deleted after a certain amount of time. You can never guarantee that a screenshot was not taken, nor that another device was not used to capture the image without you being notified, but using specialized apps can decrease the chance of distribution.
  10. Be sure to promptly delete any explicit photos or videos from your device. This applies to images you take of yourself and images received from someone else. Having images stored on your device increases the likelihood that someone — a parent, the police, a hacker — will find them. Possessing nude images of minors may have criminal implications. In 2015, for example, a North Carolina teen was charged with possessing child pornography, although the image on his phone was of himself.
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How does foreign exchange market work?

If you haven’t heard of Forex trading before, you might be wondering how the foreign exchange market works.

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The foreign exchange market or Forex trading operates through online brokerages. These brokerages, trade international currencies and operate comparably to stock market exchanges. The foreign exchange market offers a large amount of liquidity compared to the stock market and this attracts some investors to this form of trading.

If you haven’t heard of Forex trading before, you might be wondering how the foreign exchange market works.

The Basics – Baby Steps

Foreign exchange markets are essentially markets that operate the same way that stock market exchanges do, but they are traded in international foreign currencies. Geopolitical circumstances can make currency values fluctuate, so you’ll want to pay attention to the news and global ongoings. The online currency is generally traded on online platforms or through online brokerages which may charge commission rates/fixed fees. Foreign currency exchanges may carry a higher amount of risk than national stock trading, but this volatility may be something to be taken advantage of.

With a Forex broker, you’re able to set up automatic transactions or have them alert you when currencies hit a certain value. Foreign currency exchange can be confusing, so set up with a platform that offers a demo account that will allow you to trade “dummy” money to get a feel for the markets.

Getting Started On A Platform

Many platforms will only require you to invest an initial amount of 100$ or less in order to start trading. As mentioned previously, you will likely want to find a platform that offers a demo option so you can learn the ropes without losing any money. You can track how other traders are trading via a platform, and investigate the historical value of different currencies. The professionals from forextrading-online.com mention that you should also seek a Forex broker who is searching for clientele who also meet your demographic. Investing a large sum of money into a trading exchange you’re just getting into maybe too risky if you don’t want to lose your investment.

If you haven’t heard of Forex trading before, you might be wondering how the foreign exchange market works.

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Research an excessive amount about what currencies you should be investing in prior to involving yourself in trade. Always keep up with the news regarding the currencies that you’re trading in, and attempt to develop a personal strategy. Pay attention to previous changes in the currency market and its history to see if you think any event will have a major impact on value.

The great thing about the foreign exchange market is that you’re able to buy and sell quickly due to the large volume found on the market. Once you develop a consistent and profitable flow, there’s no real reason to divert from these strategies. Gauge your win and loss percentage and ensure you’re staying above a profitable amount. If not, reassess and review where you should make your next move. You do not necessarily need to generate a profit every trade that you may, but you want your overall rates of trades to represent “wins”.

What You Need To Know

You’ll also want to look into your local regulation regarding profits made from the foreign exchange market. Just like the stock market exchange, there are taxes associated with Forex trading. Speak to a taxation lawyer if you’re worried about what taxes you’ll be expected to pay.

Also, don’t just settle on any Forex trading platform, do some shopping around. Find a platform with commission rates you find tolerable, and initial fees that won’t put too much of a dent into your finances. If you’re using this on a regular basis, you won’t want to feel like it’s a headache when you’re trading currencies. You might want to keep in mind some trading platforms may charge you an inactivity fee with use, so cancel any accounts with platforms you don’t think you’ll continue to use in the future.

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As you can see, there’s a lot of information to take in when it comes to the foreign exchange market. You won’t learn everything all at once, but if you keep researching you’ll get a handle of the ins and outs of Forex trading. Remember the initial costs of utilizing a Forex trading platform through a broker and ensure you review your investment goals prior to placing money into your online account. Trialing demo trading on platforms is really going to help you get a grasp on how to adjust to Forex trading. Make sure you’re constantly researching and learning in order to develop a better understanding at all times and be aware of taxation laws within your region. After some time and strategy enhancement, you’ll develop a better understanding of how foreign exchange markets operate.

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