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Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?
1—Hackers might be holding up to 300 million Apple accounts hostage.
Another week, another possible data breach – this time by music fans. A hacker group called Turkish Crime Family is demanding “$75,000 in crypto-currency or $100,000 in iTunes gift cards” or they will delete the information they have: 300 million Apple accounts. Apple claims that there have not been any breaches and that the “list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.” (Source: Forbes)
Why this is important for your business:
Whether the threat is real or not, it’s a good idea to change your password on all Apple services. Oh, and update your virus software, get some training and subscribe to an online backup service, too. Ransomware is a huge issue this year.
2—Instagram now has 1 million advertisers and 8 million business profiles.
The massive number of advertisers on Facebook's popular photo-sharing app can “be attributed in large part to Instagram’s focus on catering to small businesses, which make up the majority of Instagram’s advertisers, and its growing suite of free business tools,” according to Forbes' Kathleen Chaykowski. (Source: Forbes