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The Challenge Of Cyber Attack Threats For Thousands Of Businesses

The Challenge Of Cyber Attack Threats For Thousands Of Businesses

Moonfruit service is a company in the United Kingdom that allows small businesses to build websites and online stores through its templates. Moonfruit has announced last Thursday, December 10 that it has been threatened by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Its customer’s websites will be unavailable for about 12 hours due to infrastructure changes.

The problem begun when Moonfruit suffered from a 45-minute DDoS attack on its servers. During the attack, an organization that called itself Armada Collective contacted the company to demand a large amount of money. If they do not receive payment, they will be resuming the attack by Monday. After an investigation has been carried out on the group, it became clear to Moonfruit that the attacks will continue even if they were given the payment they demanded. There is also a possibility for the attacks to worsen so that they can demand more money.

Infrastructure changes will be the best protection against the attacks but unfortunately this will result in a great deal of inconvenience for the small businesses that are reliant on Moonfruit services. A lot of money can be lost from potential sales particularly since the holidays are just around the corner. It is incredibly bad timing for the online stores that are selling holiday gifts and cards.

It would have been better if Moonfruit has made upgrades to its infrastructure so that it will not be susceptible to attacks. The good thing is Moonfruit has decided to join the group of companies who refused to cave in to extortions. Nobody is happy with the downtime but the company is brave and courageous enough to stand up against its attackers. The company is working with law enforcement agencies and they are making all steps to ensure that work is completed as fast as possible.

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Reduction Of Red Tape A New Change

Reduction Of Red Tape A New Change

The property market in Perth has remained to be attractive which means that home and land package Perth continue to be in demand.

In a report, REIWA issued a statement that it welcomed changes to the regulations in its planning which will speed up the planning approvals for newly built homes by reducing the so called ‘red tape’. Starting second week of October this year, renovation and building homes could be cut by up to about two months for planning homes.

The frustration

The President of REIWA said that one of the main frustrations of home developers was the need to have an approved plan and separately a building permit is needed for a dwelling that was already zoned for new homes. Home builders ensure that the designs meet the conditions of the R-Codes. It has never really been practical to get two sets of approvals for one house which has added a lot of time for processing. Gratefully, the minister has seen this common-sense change which means that the single homes will no longer be required of approval.

This will also mean that simple things like carport, planning and installing patio or granny flats will save up to 60 days in processing time since the government has already removed the need for Development Application. The Development Application need not be submitted to the local authorities.

The president of REIWA also applauded the government’s new uniform approach with the processing and application of form across various states.

There are about 150 local government authorities in the region of West Australia. With the cooperation of these local authorities, it is imperative that there will be consistency in the processing from one council to another. According to Mr. Airey, the template for the schemes of local planning is great as it is now being presented in layman’s term without confusing legal language which may confuse people.

Perth market

This week, Perth Market showed that the number of sales increased 11 percent from the previous week. The lift was due to increase in units, houses and land sales of 10 percent, 11 percent and 15 percent respectively.

Internet Of Things And Its Effects On Healthcare

Internet Of Things And Its Effects On Healthcare

The most likely source of information for people who are looking for private clinics like GoLaserEyeSurgeryLiverpool.co.uk is the internet. The internet plays a major role in the success of many businesses because it allows them to reach their customers with a just a few clicks on the mouse. Technology has allowed businesses to grow and expand in ways that they never thought possible.

The Internet of Things is a technology that promises to transform the way that humanity operates. The hype over Internet of Things (loT) appears to be well funded. According to the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the world market for smart city technology services is expected to reach more than £250 billion by the end of the decade.

Internet of Things is the concept of basically connecting any device that has an on and off switch to the internet. This includes almost everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, wearable devices, headphones, etc. The loT is a giant network of connected things including people. The new rule of the future will be everything that can be connected will be connected meaning devices can start communicating with each other.

However, there is one area where loT is justified and it is the field of healthcare. Take the example of artificial pancreas; smart sensors inside the body will be able to monitor blood sugar levels and it can be networked into an internal insulin pump creating an artificial pancreas.

Similar applications can work with blood, endocrine system and other systems inside the human body. It is very likely that loT will be placed inside the body like a co-processor network. The good thing with this technology is it does not need to be surgically implanted because it can easily be swallowed orally. The device does not run through batteries but works through heat exchange or movement and still be wirelessly connected.

The loT means that patients that will be monitored with a greater degree of accuracy and it will be able to detect a heart attack through simple sensors. Sensors will also help prevent the spread of diseases. It can become the doctor in an emergency.

Why A Real Estate Business Can Be Better Off With Principal Agent Model

Why A Real Estate Business Can Be Better Off With Principal Agent Model

Ever since their inception, real estate investment companies like HomeUnion Investment have reached a certain level of achievement and recognition in the industry. The initial desire of a real estate agent is to build a team because there is a general belief that the more members of a team, the greater will be their success. However, there are pros and cons to having a larger team compared to the better and less-known option called the principal agent model.

A real estate agent usually hires an assistant to handle paperwork and administrative duties so that he can leverage his time to generate more sales. Buyer agents are also hired in order to take care of clients usually for a 50% commission. On the surface, everything looks okay because the team leader has more time on his hands to deal with pressing matters. However, issues can occur after the honeymoon period is over which can be after a few years or even sooner. Once the team grows larger, there are different personalities and expectations begin to clash. Management of a big team requires a strong personality and mindset.

On the other hand, the lesser known principal agent model may not be as impressive as building a team but for many realtors it is a better option to leverage and get the most from their real estate business. In principal agent model, leveraging is still the primary focus but instead of team members, independent contractors are hired. Independent contractors include administrative assistants, home inspectors, photographers, listing appointment coordinators, social media experts, SEO consultants, website admin and graphic designers. These experts are only hired when needed and the primary real estate agent remains to be the central nervous system of the business.

If the volume of sales has reached about 75 to 100 transactions, hiring a full-time assistant can be justified as well as some buyer agents. A long term benefit gained from principal agent model is the ability to maintain long term relationships and connections with clients. This will ensure client retention and increased referrals. Many real agents are most likely operating on this model but they do not actually realize it.

Avoid DUI With The New Drinking App

Avoid DUI With The New Drinking App

A new mobile phone application called ENDUI is being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help people avoid getting a DUI or into serious trouble. If a person is not sure how many drinks he had or how drunk he really is then the app will give him an idea and even help him get a ride home.

This exceptional app works when someone who is planning on drinking enters his sex, height, weight, and most importantly the number of alcoholic drinks he had consumed. The app then will help figure out just how much is a person’s blood-alcohol level. To further test the person’s drunkenness, he may play from the two interactive games available to see how long the reaction time and test the cognitive agility. ENDUI also uses GPS technology – after proving that a person is drink then it can call a cab and save the phone number of the designated driver.

The application, pronounced as End DUI, was announced by Maryland government and police officials last Thursday. The money for drunken-driving education is used to fund the app. It is only one among other efforts by the state to fight drunken driving.

The app, costing $50,000, is developed by Maryland Highway Safety Office. The app is unique and will target a lot of consumers since everyone has a mobile phone and always go out with one. It is the best medium to reach out to them and the ENDUI app is only the start of more wonderful apps.

New York, New Mexico, Colorado, and California are some of the states that launched their own version of the ENDUI app and they launched it two weeks ago. The app is absolutely free regardless of the state and the version it is in. It can be downloaded to both Android powered-phones and iPhones.

One of the games included is following the exact order of the nine road signs shown. As the level increases, the game gets more challenging for the player. While the second game is testing the players agility by measuring how many seconds the player could press the brake button when a pedestrian passes by or one of the cars in front of his stopped.

Kitchen Fitters Fraud: Finally Ended In Court

Kitchen Fitters Fraud: Finally Ended In Court

Customers were hoodwinked by a Horbury kitchen fitter by money that cost thousands in home improvements that never came to be. This may make any household wary of trusting Kitchen Fitters, but although there are trustworthy companies out there that already have a solid reputation, it is always best to do a background check beforehand.

Robert Cooper, aged 61, of RCA Home Designs, received payments for kitchens and bathrooms that he was suppose to fit from various residents from coming from the West and South part of Yorkshire. He had specifically conned six from Wakefield and three from Leeds.

His victims, unaware of his wide range of schemes, would take a flyer via their doors and then call for an estimate according to Trading Standards, who had began receiving complaints from a number of his customers since 2011.

Once he succeeds in getting a customer’s attention, Cooper would take some measurements, then requests for a considerable amount of cash and then would set out a myriad of reasons why he could not do the work within the fixed timeframe of six to eight weeks to finish the fitting.

It has resulted to a number of complaints filed to the company and the police. When it did not work out, they resorted to go to court.

A representative of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, David Lodge, has said that Cooper could have created for himself a legal and profitable business but unfortunately decided to resort to fleecing customers of their money without any intention of doing any sort of work.

He also urged customers to take extra caution when it comes to receiving any flyers delivered from their doorsteps and not let themselves be easily swayed by cons into believing everything they say and giving them money.

Cooper has since come clean about committing fraud when he emerged at Leeds Crown Court last Monday. Running the business from his former home located in School Lane, he agreed to continue on with a business with the intention of swindling customers. His business ran from June 2010 to January 2013.

The case was adjourned and the judge bailed Cooper on the proviso to not receive any considerable finances for future work from the day of his bail all the way up to his sentence.

This goes without saying that it is very important to only choose trusted Kitchen Fitters, which have a solid background and clear reputation. Another way to check is to make sure that all their employees are licensed, with proper IDs and permits.