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How Scamming Can Affect All Of Us!

In recent year there have been a number of high profile scams that cybercriminals have instigated, some have been impersonating a tax official stating that the individual is due a tax refund, others have been on social websites for example how to get more likes to an individual posts. All of these scams are designed for hackers to get access to personal setting of the individual.

In simple terms, many scams still rely on the poor security habits of the general public to succeed.

However, one particular scam has involved cybercriminals purporting to be Google. The cybercriminal gets access to the individuals email address and phone number; both of which can be easily obtained, the attacker poses as the individual and requests a password reset from Goggle. Google then send the code to the individual, followed up closely with a response from the hacker to the individual that states that there has been a breach in security and use the code from Google to reply and stop unauthorized access. Once the individual has responded to the attackers request, the hacker has access and the individual is not aware they have been attacked.

Another worrying aspect of cyber security has been the use of sextortion; individuals are tempted to access sites that are designed to encourage individuals to share sexually-explicit videos and pictures. The individuals are encouraged to continue the liaison through very clever Apps by revealing personal details such as phone numbers, account details and all of their contacts. It is at this stage that the individual is blackmailed by the attackers, to stop them sending the sexually explicit material to their contact list. Because of the sensitive nature of the individual, many find it difficult to go and report the crime to the authorities that they end up paying vast sums of money to the criminals.

Many social media platforms remain favoured target for scammers. Individuals tend to trust people they have in their social networks, and scammers try to leverage the trust in people social circles to spread scams, fake links and phishing. Many scammers use fake accounts for celebrities or news feeds that may be of interest to the individual and their circle of friends. Once the scammer has got an interest from within the social circle they are on the inside and build up trust with the network and then the articles get shared or retweeted, and then the scammer can have access to a network of friends that trust one another.

Scammers will continue to develop further avenues to exploit people for their personal details, however everyone needs to be vigilant and do not release your personal details to anyone. Make sure that the company data is backed up regularily on a data storage medium.

What Is Mu-mimo Technology And How Its Wi-fi Works?

So what is MU-MIMO Technology? Well, maybe we shouldnt get ahead of ourselves and start with SU-MIMO technology, which is probably what you have in your home. The difference being Single User (SU) and Multiple User (MU). You may be thinking that your current WIFI network works just fine with multiple devices. Well, truth be told your current setup isnt really serving multiple devices at once, rather they take turns. So how does it seem so fast? Well, thats because SU-MIMO can simultaneously receive or transmit streams of data, which speeds up the process; however, this is slowed by communicating the data to devices.

This is all due to the way the antennae are configured. What you wont see within the majority of your home devices (think Cells or tablets), is that they typically only have two antennae; which are receive and transmit. This is a step manufacturers make to meet the demand of longer lasting battery times (as an aside, it also helps to reduce the manufacturers costs).

Well, it enables multiple users onto the router at the same time. Yes, even if they only have two antennae as long as they support MU-MIMO technology they are compatible. Its probably worth noting at this point, that even those that arent experience a raise in speed, as those that are, are dealt with more quickly.

So why dont we all have it? Well, there are very few home routers that feature the tech, due in part to the proliferation of SU-MIMO devices. You could say that we are at the cusp of change, where the widespread uptake will justify the cost, but it will take a driving force to lead the way. A modern equivalent would be the MP3 from physical media.

Another fantastic benefit of MU-MIMO technology is that, at the present time, the data is essentially encrypted. Well, until the tech becomes popular and someone develops a tool to de-crypt the data for those that werent intended to see it.

While MU-MIMO technology may seem like it is too good to be true, there is a catch. It can only accommodate multiple users on the receipt channels, so only incoming data to your home network. Another hiccup is that to get the main benefit from this tech, you do need MU-MIMO ready devices or the existing SU-MIMO devices that you have, will work as they have always done and provide little benefit to you.