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After months of waiting, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018, and user inboxes were flooded with emails alerting them of changes to company privacy policies. However, even though the world has (mostly) accepted GDPR and kept moving forward, that isn’t the end of EU privacy regulations for the tech industry.
On the heels of GDPR comes the ePrivacy regulation, a separate regulation that focuses on ensuring individual privacy as it relates to electronic communications. While the final draft of the ePrivacy regulation didn’t make it out in time to release with GDPR, it is in the works and expected to release soon.
As such, it is important that companies understand the different ways in which the GDPR and ePrivacy regulations will affect their business. Here are the three differences that business leaders and professionals need to know.
While the GDPR is the general regulation for personal data stored or used by a company, ePrivacy is lex specialis to GDPR when it comes to communications. What that means is that, when a data privacy issue is raised regarding communications, regulators will default to ePrivacy for that given instance. The two are meant to complement one another.
The ePrivacy regulation is an update to the standing ePrivacy Directive, which was originally put into place to guarantee “right to privacy in the electronic communication sector,” according to the directive. The directive originally focused mainly on email and SMS messages, but the proposed regulation would also address data privacy in services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype, along with Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
Additionally, the ePrivacy regulation will also protect metadata associated with electronic communications as well.
GDPR is laser-focused on the protection of personal data, but the ePrivacy regulation is focused more broadly on the confidentiality of communications, “which may also contain non-personal data and data related to a legal person,” the proposal states.
The original ePrivacy Directive is often referred to as the “cookie law” because it imposed the need for informed consent before a firm could track an internet user with cookies. The regulation will add new clarifications and simplifications for the consent rule, along with other new tools for protecting against unwanted communication tracking and more.
As noted in the proposal itself, the basis for the ePrivacy regulation are Article 16 and Article 114 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. However, it also reflects part of Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights: “Everyone has the right to respect for his or her private and family life, home and communications.”
GDPR, on the other hand, is based on Article 8 of the European Charter of Human Rights, which states: “Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.” However, for ePrivacy, the proposal notes that the meaning and scope of Article 7 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights shall be regarded in the same way as Article 8 from the European Charter of Human Rights.
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Keeping your email inbox completely empty can help decrease distractions and increase productivity.
It’s common knowledge that professionals tend to be on the lookout for ways to increase efficiency and productivity, whether that’s through a company-wide effort or in a personal space like their email inbox. It’s also common knowledge that professionals receive a lot of email.
Enter inbox zero. Developed by productivity expert Merlin Mann, inbox zero is a way to manage email by keeping the primary inbox empty. Instead of having several emails waiting in the inbox, the concept encourages professionals to either act on or organize emails into subfolders.
“Aiming for inbox zero makes life far less stressful, and once it’s achieved it’s easy to maintain,”
Here are 11 ways business professionals achieve and maintain inbox zero.
1. Get an early start
Begins each day with about 30 minutes of going through emails. The early start, along with working on emails periodically throughout the day, helps reduce inbox anxiety and push business forward. Try it!
2. Try out some plug-ins
A variety of tools and plug-ins exist to help better manage emails. Boomerang, which lets people set times for emails to reappear in their inbox. The tool essentially allows a user to delete an email until they truly need it, and can help schedule necessary follow-ups.
3. Utilize filters
Set up filters to automatically send emails with certain words in the subject or from specific senders into folders. This could also act as a catch-all spot for newsletters or social media notifications that you don’t need to get to immediately.
“The most important thing you can do to avoid inbox clutter is to prevent messages that don’t require your action or immediate attention from reaching your inbox in the first place,” .
“Your inbox should only hold important emails. Think of it as a sacred space.”
4. Only leave emails you need to deal with in your main inbox
“You don’t strew every single piece of business paperwork across your desk, so you shouldn’t do the same with your email client,” .
“Emails that don’t require action, or have already been dealt with, should be dragged immediately to their subfolders.”
5. Check email on your mobile device
A key part of achieving inbox zero is deleting emails, and a person can delete a lot of their emails after a quick glance or reply. Use brief periods of downtime, like waiting in a line, to get rid of emails.
6. Set up keyboard shortcuts
David Emerson, Deputy CISO at Cyxtera Technologies, uses custom keyboard shortcuts to quickly move emails from the inbox to popular subfolders. Shortcut setup depends on what computer software you use—here’s how to set them up on OS X El Capitan.
7. Have a tab or folder for everything
The goal of inbox zero is to have your primary inbox empty, but additional tabs or folders are fair game. Most people who subscribe to inbox zero use these to organize different kinds of emails, ranging from action categories to a holding spot for shipping notifications. Think of what folders you need the most, and create them.
8. Answer your emails right away
“I don’t just skim through my box for fires that I need to put out,” Sylvie Stacy, a physician fulfillment expert, said. “I read each email deliberately and then stop and think, ‘Can I take whatever action is needed right here and now, in the amount of time I have available?’ If the answer is yes, then I do it. Otherwise, I make a plan to address it later, which might involve putting an item on my to do list.”
9. Rely on the archive button
Archive emails and trust that you’ll be able to find an email later via the search bar, several professionals said.
“I’ve learned to trust the search function,” entrepreneurship writer Fiona Adler said. “Years ago, searching didn’t work well and some of us came up with elaborate filing systems for our email. With today’s technology, there’s no need to do this.”
10. Don’t use the inbox as a to-do list
Treating your inbox as a to-do list nearly guarantees emails will always be there. Instead, read the email and figure out the best course of action. If there is an appointment to be made or task to be completed, create the appointment or task in a separate area.
11. Learn to be OK with deleting
“It’s amazing how many people equate deleting emails with some sort of mass personal affront – and instead take the time to meticulously file away those old meeting briefs, dial in reminders, and pictures of cats”.
“If you’re never going to re-read an email don’t store it in your inbox, bin it now.”
Microsoft has launched the next-generation of its giant conference room display – Surface Hub 2. The Hub 2 uses a 50.5-inch 3:2 display with a greater than 4K resolution and 3:2 aspect ratio with extremely thin bezels.
The Hub 2 rotates to a portrait position with a clever mechanism that looks similar to Microsoft’s Surface Book muscle wire lock, and also works as a powerhouse to Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Whiteboard, Office 365, Windows 10 and the intelligent cloud.
Furthermore, it comes with 4K cameras rotate with the device, integrated speakers, and far-field mic arrays allow everyone in the meeting to feel. Microsoft has also teamed up with workplace expert Steelcase to create a system of rolling stands and easy-to-use mounts.
Furthermore, the Hub 2 runs on Windows 10 and brings in multi-user sign in using the built-in fingerprint reader, which will let multiple people authenticate and access documents and make collaboration as natural as meeting at a whiteboard.
According to Microsoft, it has sold over 5000 Surface Hub devices across 25 markets. Well, the Microsoft Surface Hub will be available in 2019 (no exact time frame mentioned) and the pricing will be in line with similar competitive devices (no number mentioned).
Aditya Birla Group, one of India’s largest conglomerates, suffered a cryptojack attack last month. In what is termed to be India’s first big cryptojacking attack, 2000 computers of various companies of the Aditya Birla’s group were targeted, reported Economic Times.
Cryptojacking, is a type of attack that lets a hacker mine cryptocurrency on the hacker’s behalf from someone else’s computer.
First detected at an overseas subsidiary of the group a month ago, the malware spread to manufacturing and other services companies of Aditya Birla group.
A person familiar with the attack told ET, that the hacker’s intent isn’t to steal information, rather use the power supply of the organization to mine crypto.
“Recently, the advance threat detection systems of our Group alerted us of suspicious activity on some desktop systems. Based on this, our internal team immediately carried out an investigation and deployed countermeasures to isolate and eliminate the cause of this activity. This has resulted in limiting its spread. We also ascertained that there was no data loss due to this activity,” a spokesperson of the group told ET.
Monero was the currency mined in the attack. Monero, is considered the best virtual currency as it is quite untraceable. It is a favorite among the dark web users as it caters to the privacy-centric users, who love anonymity. Also, Monero requires lesser computational power to mine, as compared to Bitcoin.
Symptoms that you are victim to cryptojack attack
1. Your CPU usage is exceptionally high. Noticing a spike in the CPU usage while doing an activity that doesn’t require that much of the computational power, is a symptom of a cryptojack attack. You can check it on Activity Monitor on Mac and Task Manager on Windows.
2. Sudden slowing of the machines is also an indication of the cryptojack attack.
A recent report by the security giant Symantec reveals that India stands second in the Asia-Pacific and Japan region and ninth globally when it comes to increased cryptojacking activities. Symantec’s Internet Threat Security report also revealed that the detection of coin miners on the endpoint computers increased by 8500 percent in 2017.
Though considered as a passing phase by many experts, cryptojacking is sure to wreak havoc if not contained in time, involving critical threat to your IT infrastructure.
Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 update called Redstone 4, is due to roll out today. The update will arrive as an OTA to Windows 10-powered systems that will roll out gradually in phases, so don’t expect a pop up notification right away.
For those of you who just can’t wait, there is something you can do till it arrives. Head to the Settings menu, tap on Update & Security, then click on Windows Update and then hit the magical ‘Check for Updates’ button until Microsoft decides on sending the update to you.
Jokes aside, there is another way and that is to head to Microsoft.com, download the latest Windows update tool, by clicking on the blue button on the page and then simply click to download the ISO file.
The new update is expected to bring a better Windows experience, with new security updates, some big changes to the UI, Cortana and the Microsoft Edge browser.
Called Redstone 4, it is the fifth big update to arrive after Microsoft’s decision to switch to change its product upgrade cycle to and deliver updates every six months. So let’s have a look at the new features that will arrive on your Windows-powered system in the coming days.
The biggest feature is Timeline. It’s a new feature that lets you go back in time and find files, opened documents or even search queries that you were working on in the past few hours, a week or even a month ago.
Apart from being a visual treat, the feature is practical and will let you go back in time up to 30 days to help you find files faster and pick up on something that you left half-way a few days ago.
The button appears on the task bar, right next to the Search bar. Tapping on it reveals a full screen window with plenty of tiles giving users a glimpse of all the tasks they were working on. So if you were planning on renovating your house and happened to perform a search on Bing, you will find that in a tile as a task. Simply tap on the tile to resume that task or open that app or to open that particular file. Timeline is all about saving time and finding stuff faster by simply remembering the time frame when you were working on it.
Since everything about Edge and Windows 10 works with the cloud, if you happened to be searching for something on the Edge browser on your Android smartphone, Timeline will browse through those instances as well making it even easier find.
Focus Assist is simply a ‘Do Not Disturb’ button for your desktop or laptop on Windows. You can activate it by either heading into Settings or tapping on Focus Assist or open the Notifications bar and tap or click on the toggle that sits alongside the Network, Connect, Flight Mode, and Battery buttons. In short, it’s a renamed ‘Quite hours’ button.
Like the Do not disturb mode found on most Android smartphones, Focus Assist will basically let you focus on the task that you are working on and will turn off all sorts of notifications, coming from a variety of apps or contacts (both native and third-party).
While the time period is customisable, it you can also customise who you want to let in during those quiet hours. This could be your boss at work, your spouse at home or even a best friend whom you just cannot afford to disconnect with.
What’s different here, is that once the Focus Assist period expires, you are provided with a handy summary of the notifications (emails or updates) from the apps installed on your Windows system.
Additionally, Focus Assist also makes its way on to the web thanks to Microsoft’s Edge browser. Users on the new Redstone 4 update will be able to mute and unmute tabs. Those who read a lot of documents off the web can now do so distraction free by going full-screen.
Microsoft’s browser also gets autofill not just for addresses, but payment information as well, making it easier to shop online. Also available are new Grammar Tools that enable comprehension aid, and even break words into syllables apart from highlighting nouns, verbs and adjectives.
Dictation is another cool new feature that lets you type using your voice. Users with the new update simply need to tap on the text field and then press down Win + H and begin talking. Thanks to improved dictation with the new update, penning down your thoughts gets a lot easier.
Indeed, no Windows update would be complete without any upgrades to Microsoft’s virtual assistant, Cortana. Redstone 4 brings a big update, in the sense that it now allows users to control their IoT devices using Cortana.
Need to change the living room’s temperature but can’t find the remote? Simply ask Cortana to set the living room thermostat down by a few degrees. For now, Cortana will be able to connect to ecobee, Honeywell and Nest devices for now.
The above mentioned features are simply the main ones that most users will notice, if you need to check out complete list of updates, bug fixes and improvements, you can check them out on Microsoft’s website by clicking here.
Update & Stay Secure. and End of the day, it’s Windows!
Microsoft recently released Windows 10 Build 17134.1 to the Slow and Release Preview rings. The official release date of version 1803 is still not announced, and even its official name is not revealed. However, Microsoft Edge on Build 17134.1 shows Windows 10 April Update on the homepage.
The Welcome experience page says “Welcome to the April Update. This Windows 10 update contains many new features. Start here.”. This may indicate two things.
Anyway, Microsoft hasn’t officially revealed the name of the feature update, so we can only guess it.
It is possible to access the updated Welcome experience page directly in your browser on the MSN website. Check out the following link:
As you may already know, the original release date was April 10th, but critical bugs caused Microsoft to postpone the release. It looks like no blocking issues were found in Build 17134 and it is ready to be pushed out to users.
Windows 10 Build 17134 may receive a few cumulative updates before being pushed to the stable branch, then the Fast Ring will start getting “Redstone 5” builds. To learn what’s new in Windows 10 Build 17134, please refer to the article
Update : Windows 10 “Redstone 4” finally has an official name: The Windows 10 April 2018 Update. And it also finally has an official availability date. On Monday, April 30 . It finally will begin to roll out to non-Insider testers.