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Are smartphones causing more teens to be depressed?

Shortly after 2011, something started going wrong in the lives of teens. In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more troubling, the number of 13- to 18-year-olds who committed suicide jumped 31 percent. In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all...

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Pizza Hut identifies security breach after customers complain of fraud

After Pizza Hut has suffered a data breach and the perpetrators got away with sensitive credit card information. Pizza Hut failed to let customer knows. Leaving them vulnerable to fraud. It took Pizza Hut 2 weeks after they realized they had been hacked to let customers know. “Pizza Hut has recently identified a temporary security intrusion that occurred on our website,” the company wrote in the email. “We have learned that the information of some customers who visited our website or mobile application during an approximately 28-hour period (from the morning of October 1, 2017, through midday on October...

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Equifax’s website was breached again

After Equifax’s website was breached by attackers who made of with personal information of over 150 million people. Again yesterday the site was compromised, this time to deliver fraudulent Adobe Flash updates, which when clicked, infected visitors’ computers with adware that was detected by only three of 65 antivirus providers. Independent security analyst Randy Abrams discovered the hack earlier this week. Eventually, his browser opened up a page on the domain hxxp:centerbluray.info that looked like this: Which 3 out 65 Antivirus companies successfully blocked this? ESET Avira MalwareBytes      ...

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CIOs have bigger budgets in 2018 and here is what they are buying

Last month, Tech Pro Research, surveyed tech workers about the IT budget for the 2018 fiscal or calendar year within their organization. Over half said that in terms of funding, their organization would dedicate more to IT. However, another interesting trend emerged from this survey with regard to organizational IT spending. In this year’s survey, 48 percent of respondents said they felt executive management at their organization valued IT funding as much as other departmental budgets. Last year, 65 percent of respondents said the IT budget was given equal importance within their organization. The portion of respondents who felt...

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Most businesses not sure where data is actually stored

With the cloud allowing organizations the ability to store data  across a number of platforms and locations. It may not be surprising then that only 47 percent of organizations know where their data is stored at all times according to a new study. The survey by McAfee of 800 business decision makers looks at how enterprises are looking after their data in the light of legislation including GDPR. The findings reveal that nearly half (48 percent) of organizations surveyed will migrate their data to a new location because of regulations like GDPR. A similar amount will migrate their data...

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