Retailer data breach trend not likely to end soon

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Three major retail chains have recently admitted being victims of massive data breaches that compromised sensitive data from over 100 million customers. Sadly, though, Target, Nieman-Marcus, and Michael’s are just the beginning of a trend that isn’t likely to fade away any time soon.

Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) from May of 2013 found that 24 percent of the confirmed data breaches in 2012 affected the retail and restaurant sector—second only to the financial sector. In all, there were 156 confirmed data breaches in the retail and food services industries. 

In all three of the recent high-profile cases, attackers were apparently able to plant malware on point-of-sale (PoS) systems to gather credit card information from unsuspecting shoppers. The Target breach affected as many as 110 million customers, Nieman Marcus 1.1 million, and the scope of the Michael’s breach is still a work in progress. There’s a very good chance other retailers have been compromised as well and just haven’t discovered it yet.

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South Korea wireless speed leaves U.S. service in the dust

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Wireless service providers in the United States are constantly battling each other over which has the largest or fastest wireless network. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile are just big fish swimming in a small pond, though, because none of them can come close to what wireless providers are delivering in South Korea—not even on their best day.

In South Korea, LG Uplus is rolling out 300Mbps wireless service. Meanwhile SK Telecom will reportedly demonstrate 450Mbps wireless at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Those speeds are four to six times faster than the theoretical maximum speeds of U.S. wireless providers and 10 times faster or more than real-world speeds achieved by most US wireless customers.

The current marketing campaign for Verizon centers around its 4G/LTE coverage. The commercials show random people trying to make sense of different maps of the United States that depict the 4G coverage for the major wireless providers. Verizon—because it seems to have the broadest coverage—is the only one instantly recognizable as a map of the United States. The question, though, is what does that coverage get you?

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LogMeIn just logged everyone out of free service

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LogMeIn shocked customers today with a notice announcing the end of LogMeIn Free

According to the notice posted to the LogMeIn blog, users will have seven days to upgrade to a premium access account. The grace period begins the next time a user logs in to their account. Users who do not subscribe to a premium account service within the seven-day window will lose access to the LogMeIn service.

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LogMeIn lets you remotely access and use a PC from your mobile device.

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Target breach notifications are a perfect example of what not to do

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Hopefully your company will never be the victim of a massive data breach. If it is, though, and customer data is compromised, make sure you don’t follow Target’s lead when it comes to notifying customers. Target’s customer notification efforts are wrong on almost every level.

Customers are conditioned to not click on links in email messages. In the wake of a massive data breach like Target experienced, phishing scams often try to exploit the heightened awareness by sending out emails that look very legitimate.

Security experts warn users to specifically avoid such emails following a data breach, and remind users that a legitimate, reputable company would not send you an email and ask you to click on a link.

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Never get caught without a charging cable

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I don’t know if anyone has coined a term for it yet, but there is some variation of Murphy’s Law at play that ensures your smartphone or tablet will run out of power when you need it most. Finding a power source is generally pretty simple, but without the proper charging cable for your device you may still be out of luck. 

Depending on your device, you might be able to borrow a cable from a friend or random stranger. MicroUSB is fairly ubiquitous, but the Lightning cable used for current iOS devices is harder to come by. Regardless of which connection your device uses you don’t want your ability to recharge to be dependent on the kindness of strangers, and you don’t want the burden of having to carry a long charging cable around in your pocket.

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The Nomad ChargeCard fits nicely in a credit card slot in your wallet.

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VIPorbit now offering VIPsync and Backup My Stuff services for free

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VIPorbit recently announced that it is dropping the price of its VIPsync service to zero. Now that the service is free, it will be easy for VIPorbit users to make sure their contact and calendar data stays in sync between their various devices.

In case you’re not familiar with VIPorbit, it is a relationship management tool. At face value, it seems to simply replace your contacts and calendar applications, but VIPorbit is more than that. VIPorbit also integrates with social network accounts, and acts as a communications hub that lets you track and manage your communications and relationships more effectively.

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Manage your relationships across all of your devices with VIPorbit.

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Box overhauls iOS apps and offers 50GB of free storage for life

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Box rolled out new and improved apps for iPhone and iPad on Wednesday. Users probably have enough incentive to download the newest Box apps just to take advantage of the latest features, but Box also sweetened the pot by offering 50GB of free cloud storage for life for users who download the new apps during the next 30 days.

According to a Box blog post, the new app has a simpler, more intuitive interface, faster document rendering, and progressive loading of photos to allow for faster previewing and scrolling.

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Box has completely revamped its iPhone and iPad apps.

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