Standards help, too, as we fight to ensure the cost of sharing doesn't outweigh the benefits
A long-ago cartoon in The New Yorker put it plainly: "On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog." If that cartoon had been written today, the caption might have read, "On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a fraud."
Scam artists, snake oil salesmen, sock puppets, bot armies and bullies - every time we look up, it seems as though we discover another form of dishonesty, grifting grown to global scale via the magnificent yet terrifying combination of Internet and smartphone.
None of that should surprise us. People are wonderful and horrible. The network we’ve built for ourselves serves both the honest and the liar. But we have no infrastructure to manage a planet of thieves.
Navigating this stuff goes well beyond ‘caveat emptor’, into the darkest secrets of spear phishing and social engineering playing on our higher selves for the basest reasons. It’s no longer an African prince offering you a hundred million dollars for your assistance; it’s a customer who carefully noted all her transactions and registration numbers on a Word document she’s enclosed in a very helpful email.
Security has been stretched to the breaking point. If things continue as they have, the costs of connectivity could begin to outweigh the benefits, and at that point, the post-Web civilization of sharing and knowledge, already fraying, would unwind comprehensively, as people and businesses withdraw behind defensible perimeters and call it a day.
All of this served as subtext - never spoken, yet always front of mind - at the Twenty-Sixth International Conference on the World Wide Web. In some broader sense, this is all the Web’s fault - the shadow of its culture of sharing - so might it be a problem that the Web can fix?
This question obsessed the hundreds of research postgraduates presenting papers and posters at the conference. Insofar as papers presented by the Web’s core research community are a reliable indicator of the future direction for the Web, that future centers on learning how to detect lies.
Detecting false advertisements, bullies, and bots - all of these can be done with machine learning. It can even be applied to a politician's tweets - to find out if they’ve been fibbing about where they’ve been, and when.
This flurry of research hearkens back to one of the oldest problems in Computer Science - the Turing Test. Can you detect whether someone at the other end of a text-based connection is a person or a computer? What questions do you ask? How do you analyse their responses? Take those same ideas and apply them to a vendor on Alibaba or an account on Twitter - ask the questions, analyse and probe - then decide: truth or lies.
As Sir Tim Berners-Lee won the ACM A.M. Turing Award last week, the timing of this next evolution of his Web could not be more appropriate. The Web needs to grow a meta-layer of error-checking and truth-telling. Those will likely slow things down a bit, even as it helps us feel more assured that the fake can be suppressed.
This will never be as true as we might want it to be. As soon as any system to detect lies goes into widespread deployment, the least honest and most clever will go to work undermining that algorithmic determination of truth, finding its weaknesses, and exploiting them. It was ever thus; over the long term, the search for truth will has always been an act of persistence and dedication.
Machines can help us in this battle - but machines will be used on both sides, deceiving and revealing deceit. Yet there is hope: there’s too much money on the table to allow the forces of darkness to gain ascendancy. Chaos is bad for business.
Any alignment of commerce with the greater good is a rare and potent combination, meaning the resources to fight this battle will be available into the foreseeable future. Those graduate students with their fraud and bot detection algorithms will be snapped up by those giant firms whose profits depend on a Web that is truthful enough for commerce. When it comes to truth, what’s good for Google and Facebook is good for the rest of us.
From an IP address, you can find out where the IP address is coming from, whether it's from a fixed line, a mobile line, a military IP and so on. This is what we referred as ISP usage type in our fraud verification system. This information plays an important fraud indicator in telling you if any phishing activity behind the scene. For example, if you found out an IP address coming from Data Center/Web Hosting/Transit, chances are they may not be a legitimate buyers. You may want to flag this order for fraud review and manually calling them for further authentication.
What are the ISP usage types supported?
• Content Delivery Network
• Fixed Line
• Mobile Line
• Data center/Web Hosting/Transit
• Search Engine Spider
Below are the steps on how to configure the usage type validation
1. Login to the FraudLabs Pro Merchant Control Panel.
2. Click on the Rules then click Add Rule.
3. Select ISP Usage Type below the IP Validation category.
4. Select the Condition.
5. Select the ISP that you wish to validate.
6. Choose the action you want.
7. Click Add Rule and don't forget to click Save and you are done.
Heimdal Online Security – The idea that we should create a gargantuan list of cyber security tools started to spring in our minds around the beginning of this year.
We started from a simple idea: It should be useful. We need it. You need it. It will come in handy in the future, to have all those tools in one place.
In our journey into the cyber security and data protection world, we ran into lots of useful tools. Some of them were unmarketed gems that we had no idea that they even existed. We ran into most of them completely by mistake, while searching for something else (usually on Quora or randomly navigating on blogs).
When we finally decided to do it, to work on the list, we had no idea how and where to begin.
What tools should we include? What should we not? How do we tell if one is worthy and the other one is not?
Do we mention ultra-known products?
What about antivirus products? We haven’t tested them all since there are independent industry experts who do a much better job.
Should we mention the services that are duplicated and basically do the same thing? Or should we stick to the best?
Why? Who decides what’s best for someone and what’s not?
Should we stick to what’s free or should we also add paid products?
Eventually we came up with what we’re about to read. But first here’s a quick guideline that you should read before we jump right to the subject:
We don’t claim that this is the ultimate list. It’s not complete and it’s definitely not final. It probably never will be. We are aware that we missed lots of essential, important tools – by mistake or just because we can’t know them all. So please feel free to jump in with more useful tools that you feel they should be mentioned.
We stayed away from recommending antivirus, VPN or firewall products. There are independent industry experts who only do that. Instead, we prefer to list those experts or websites that will help you compare such services, in order to choose what’s best for you.
We tried to test them all before recommending them. And we only included tools that have free versions.
Prized certification marks key developmental milestone for flag carrier after transformative year
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines www.vietnamairlines.com has been certified as a 4-Star Airline by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax ranking it alongside some of the world’s most reputable airlines, including British Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. Vietnam Airlines new President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Duong Tri Thanh, accepted the official certification during the World Airline Awards event at Farnborough International Airshow 2016.
Awarded after comprehensive Skytrax evaluation across all customer-facing product and service factors both onboard flights and at airports served by Vietnam Airlines, the prestigious 4-Star Airline certification is recognition for the significant recent improvements that Vietnam Airlines has made to the quality of its product and service standards, as part of its strategic plan to establish itself as the leading carrier for the region.
Last year Vietnam Airlines underwent a dramatic transformation, launching its new corporate identity and beginning a major fleet-wide upgrade to replace its entire fleet of wide body aircraft – significantly enhancing its product offering. 2015 saw Vietnam Airlines become the first airline to operate the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner nonstop between Southeast Asia and Europe, and the first Asian airline to operate both Boeing and Airbus’ modern next-generation aircraft at the same time. A total of 19 Boeing 787s and 14 Airbus A350-900 XWBs will be delivered to Vietnam Airlines by early 2019.
At the same time, Vietnam Airlines implemented a programmed to upgrade service levels to international 4-Star Airline standards – spearheaded by Vietnam Airlines’ new President and CEO Mr. Thanh in his previous role as Executive Vice President. Commenting on the news, Mr. Thanh said “I am honored to accept this highly prestigious accolade on behalf of Vietnam Airlines. This fantastic achievement is testament to the hard work of all of Vietnam Airlines’ dedicated employees, and an important indicator of the excellent progress we are making towards our goal of becoming one of the best-regarded airlines in Asia-Pacific.”
Mr. Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax said “This 4-Star Airline rating is an excellent achievement for Vietnam Airlines and the result of their hard work across a range of product and service areas. Introducing two brand new aircraft types into the fleet in such a short space of time is a difficult task, but the reward for Vietnam Airlines is a fabulous new product in their core long haul market. We acknowledge the considerable change and improvement they have achieved, with a new service concept rolled out in Business Class and an overhaul of cabin staff training procedures – all of which will further strengthen Vietnam Airlines position as a major Asian airline.”
Vietnam Airlines offers the UK’s only nonstop flights to Vietnam, operating daily services from Heathrow Terminal 4 to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Flights are carefully scheduled to offer convenient overnight journeys in both directions, and excellent onward connections via its comprehensive network of over 40 destinations in Asia, including 16 within Vietnam 5 in Indochina and the rest in other countries.
Return fares from Heathrow to Ho Chi Minh City currently start from £396 per person, inclusive of taxes. For further information and reservations visit www.vietnamairlines.com or speak to a travel agent.
Pine Cliffs Beach Club Pops Up In Canary Wharf London This Summer
13 July 2016 – No matter what the British weather has in store, Canary Wharf’s Montgomery Square will offer a tantalising taste of the Algarve this summer, with the arrival of the Pine Cliffs Beach Club. Open each weekday from 11am to 11pm throughout the summer season, the chic pop-up bar will bring the sun-kissed vibes of Portugal’s leading lifestyle destination, Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort, to the heart of London’s financial centre.
Set to be a popular hotspot for work-weary Londoners, the Pine Cliffs Beach Club will be run in partnership with award-winning travel specialist Quintessentially Travel, to celebrate the re-opening of the famed cliff-top retreat following a multi-million pound transformation of its rooms and facilities, including the debut of a state-of-the-art destination spa, that will firmly place Portugal on the radar of discerning spa connoisseurs.
In the true spirit of The Luxury Collection, Pine Cliffs Beach Club brings a taste of the Algarve to London providing global explorers with authentic experiences that reflect the local spirit, lifestyle and design. The al-fresco Pine Cliffs Beach Club will offer a wide selection of chilled drinks including fine Portuguese wines, Pine Cliffs Resort’s signature white port cocktails, Moet Ice and Sagres beer – the Algarve is just a Tube ride away! Throughout the summer, customers will also have the chance to win a 7-night stay for two at Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, including breakfast, a green fee at Pine Cliffs Golf & Country Club, return flights from the UK and transfers from and to Faro Airport.
One of Europe’s leading lifestyle destinations, Pine Cliffs enjoys a spectacular, unrivalled location on the Algarve coastline. Set across 72 hectares, the resort offers a wide range of luxurious accommodation options for couples, groups and families. There are exceptional leisure and sports facilities, with 11 different restaurants and bars, including the poolside seafood restaurant O Pescador; Beach Club on the golden shore of Praia Falésia; Piri Piri Steak House; and Zest, a new outlet offering guests an array of health-conscious drinks, snacks and dishes. In addition, the hotel features six swimming pools, Porto Pirata kids club, an Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, a nine-hole golf course with panoramic views, complemented by a world-class wellness and fitness offering comprising the new Serenity The Art of Well Being destination spa and Pine Cliffs Goes Active gym and health club, as well as numerous shops and boutiques.
Pine Cliffs Beach Club is located in Montgomery Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5JJ. Opening times from 11am to 11pm Monday to Friday until September.
We cherish the promise of the American Dream. We’re taught that if we work hard and invest wisely, we’ll be able to retire comfortably. And with child-like optimism, we plug on until we’re 65. Yet, the numbers just don’t add up. The reality: as hard as we work, 92% of working households still won’t meet conservative retirement savings targets for their age and income. Even worse, with the loss of pensions, our current system (social security) to help ensure financial stability might not be here for our younger generation (Millennials).
As the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, Millennials are facing real challenges (some out of their control) that will inhibit their ability to maintain the same quality of life they have today when they reach retirement. In a recent study, we found that 40% of Millennials haven’t opened a single retirement savings account. And, 73% don’t know their net worth. Why does this matter?
Aside from the obvious (time is your biggest asset when it comes to planning for retirement!) – these two factors are critical for taking control of your financial life, whether you’re making a retirement plan, paying off student debt, planning for a family or any other financial priority. They’re also important for figuring out how much risk you can take on to protect yourself from unforeseen expenses or financial emergencies.
The Road To Retirement
With the average projected savings needed to retire comfortably hitting at least $1 million, far too many Millennials are already staggeringly behind. Cost of living is no joke in many of the big cities that Millennials flock to these days, yet according to our data, some Millennials are hoping to work for just 15 years. That amounts to nominal retirement savings at best, even if they’re maxing out their 401k contributions. To supplement the rest of their income in retirement, many are banking on living on inheritances without having a backup plan. On top of that, a scary number would pull out money from their retirement savings early to pay for big purchases like a car or wedding. We have an obligation to stop complaining about the shaky state of retirement readiness and help this generation live more stable financial lives. Because when they gamble with their retirement future, the American Dream ceases to exist.
From our research, we’ve found that the future of millennial retirement readiness depends on transparency – from quick mobile access to financial accounts, to support from trusted financial experts. In fact, Millennials are demanding better access to their retirement plans – 94% want mobile access to their retirement accounts. And, Millennials are twice as likely as people age 45 and older to say they’d check their retirement savings account daily if they could access it on their mobile device.
If we meet Millennials where they are, there is hope. I’ve invested my career in companies with the mission to make it easier for people to understand and manage their financial lives. I’ve seen that when people have the ability to interact with their finances, at their fingertips, they make smarter financial decisions – both short and long-term. We need to keep creating technology and fueling innovation that will meet the specific needs of the Millennial generation. Mobile banking led the way for everyday financial literacy. Soon, mobile retirement planning, coupled with broader access to financial advisors, will (and should) be the norm. Every day we’re getting one step closer.
House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R – Texas) has disclosed that, under his leadership, the Committee will immediately draft US international tax reform legislation, while laying the framework for more comprehensive tax reform in 2017.
On February 12, 2016, Mr. Brady delivered the keynote address at the Tax Council Policy Institute's 17th Annual Tax Policy & Practice Symposium, and confirmed that, "in the months ahead and beyond, the Ways and Means Committee will be the center of the tax reform discussion and debate. … The code we have is too costly, complex and unfair. It is abundantly clear that now is the time to overhaul our tax system from top to bottom".
Chairman Brady’s proposed changes include:
• Making the tax code simpler, fairer, and flatter
• Replacing the current world-wide tax system with a permanent, modern territorial-type system
• Closing loopholes, eliminating special rules and limiting deductions, exclusions and credits
• Providing businesses both large and small with a competitive tax system, including a fair and competitive tax rate
• Encouraging businesses to locate their operations in the United States rather than incentivizing (effectively) the shift of jobs overseas
Mr. Brady confirmed that the Committee will move forward immediately to draft international tax reform legislation – "as we plan for that finish line in 2017, developments in the global environment demand our immediate attention."
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