Parents coming to visit? This tech can help – CNET

So your parents text you to say, Surprise! They’re coming into town to “see how you’re settling in” to your new apartment.

Three reactions: one, you love your parents, but you don’t have time to entertain them all weekend.

So your parents text you to say, Surprise! They’re coming into town to “see how you’re settling in” to your new apartment.

Three reactions: one, you love your parents, but you don’t have time to entertain them all weekend. Two, you don’t really want the ‘rents going through all your stuff while you’re at work. And three, your roommate wakes and bakes, and you don’t have time to go home and air out the apartment before they arrive.

The good news: smart home tech can save you from all these problems, even on short notice. Here’s what you need.

1. A smart air purifier

If you need to air out your apartment, a smart purifier could help. It’s not going to get every odor out, but it’s a start. On the high end, you have $500 Dyson’s Pure Cool Link — a smart fan and purifier that’ll tell you exactly what the air quality in your apartment is. Plus, you can activate it remotely, so as soon as you get that surprise text, you can start clearing the air for the folks.

For a more affordable product with the same features and one-fifth of the price, you can get the WeMo app-enabled Holmes air purifier.

2. A smart lock

Smart locks are convenient if you want to let your parents into your flat while you’re still at work. With devices like the August Smart Lock or Schlage Sense, you can send temporary keys that so that the folks can get inside. It’s also a benefit if your parents are prone to lose spare keys.

Another cool feature: if you’re not sure when you’re parents are arriving, smart locks can send you a notification when they’re unlocked.

3. A smart remote

Parents always seem to have trouble with new TVs, so a smart universal remote might be a lifesaver. If you have a Logitech Harmony hub and remote (running from $100-$350), for instance, your folks will be able to call up Netflix with a voice command to Alexa — and the input will even switch for them.

Even a basic smart TV like Vizio’s could make starting various streaming services a little easier for the controller-challenged relatives.

4. A window/door sensor

This is a simple one, but it has two great uses. First, if you can’t install a new lock in your apartment door, this sensor will still send you a notification when the folks arrive. But another great benefit: if you’re worried about your mom going into your room while you’re away, either to snoop around or “just tidy up,” you can use this handy sensor to get a notification. That way, you can call and let them know you’re aware of the intrusion.

The one downside with sensors like these is that they’re typically part of a larger system. Some security and smart-home systems that support them include SmartThings, Scout and Abode.

5. A drawer lock

If you have anything you want to keep away from prying eyes, and you don’t want to dish out hundreds of dollars for a safe, a retrofit drawer lock could help. The Smart Armor Cube, for instance, is available now for preorder for $80.

6. An Echo Dot

Not only is an Echo an easy way to keep the parents occupied while you’re at work (it can provide info on local attractions, for instance), but it also offers helpful info like the Wi-Fi password. Just download the Wiffy skill, and your parents can ask Alexa for the password any time they need it.

7. A smart plug

At the end of the day, parents visiting is about spending time with family. But remember, you’re an adult now, which means you get to say when it’s time for lights out. If your parents forget to switch off your lamps, connected plugs can let you control all the lights with a single Siri command or button press.

Plenty of smart plugs are on the market, ranging in price and features. Check out all the options here.

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EY announces Matt O’Bryan of KLA Laboratories, Inc. Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award finalist in Michigan and Northwest Ohio

The 88-year-old family-owned firm based in Dearborn, Mich. provides a range of information technology and communication services including audio/visual systems, distributed antenna systems (DAS), network cabling installation, network integration services and solutions, network staging services, wireless LAN (WiFi), video systems and event production services and all driven by constant technological changes such as the Internet of Things (IoT) to companies.

The 88-year-old family-owned firm based in Dearborn, Mich. provides a range of information technology and communication services including audio/visual systems, distributed antenna systems (DAS), network cabling installation, network integration services and solutions, network staging services, wireless LAN (WiFi), video systems and event production services and all driven by constant technological changes such as the Internet of Things (IoT) to companies.

Now in its 31st year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 18, 2017. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth ForumTM, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Sponsors:
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the US by SAP America, Merrill Corporation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

In Michigan and Northwest Ohio sponsors also include Citizens Bank, Colliers International, Foley & Lardner, Oswald Companies, Crain’s Detroit, Tanner Friedman and WJR.

About KLA Laboratories, Inc.:
Established in 1929, KLA Laboratories, Inc. provides turn-key solutions for networks, premise cabling, in-building wireless systems, video and sound system installations. KLA also offers audiovisual installation and event production for events of all sizes including corporate presentations and festivals. From concept to completion, KLA Laboratories prides itself on detailed design, consulting, project management and on-time completion for any size project, anywhere. For more information, please visit www.klalabs.com.

About Entrepreneur Of The Year®:
Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, chosen from an independent panel of judges including entrepreneurs and prominent leaders from business, finance, and the local community. The program makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global awards program of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in over 145 cities and more than 60 countries. ey.com/eoy.

About EY’s Growth Markets Network:
EY’s worldwide Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early stage, venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/sgm or follow news on Twitter @EY_Growth.

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EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

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AT&T Invests Nearly $7.2 Billion Over 3-Year Period to Enhance Local Networks in California

Nationwide we now market a 1-gigabit connection on our 100% fiber network to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas. We plan to reach at least 75 major metros overall.

Nationwide we now market a 1-gigabit connection on our 100% fiber network to 4.6 million locations across 52 major metro areas. We plan to reach at least 75 major metros overall. We expect to add 2 million locations in 2017, and we plan to reach at least 12.5 million locations by mid-2019.

In addition, we have started to expand access to locations with slow or no internet connectivity — primarily in rural areas — as part of our participation in the FCC’s Connect America Fund Phase II (CAF II) Program. In California, we will use the CAF II support to offer high-speed internet access to more than 141,500 homes and small businesses in the FCC-identified census blocks by 2020. Many of these communities will jump to at least 10Mbps Fixed Wireless Internet service.

“We know that Californians demand a world-class communications network, and we’re committed to maintaining and growing our wired and wireless networks to provide our customers with the fast, reliable, highly secure connectivity they expect, in every corner of the state,” said Ken McNeely, president of AT&T California. “We’re proud that our continued investment across California is driving innovation and opening up new possibilities for consumers and entrepreneurs, from San Francisco to Bakersfield to San Diego and beyond.”

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) recently chose AT&T to build a nationwide public safety broadband network. The network will be dedicated to America’s police, firefighters, EMS personnel and other first responders when they need it. Should California opt-in to the FirstNet network, we will build upon our current and planned investments with a dedicated focus on the state’s first responders.

And we would expect to make a significant investment to upgrade and maintain California’s FirstNet network over the next 25 years, bringing your first responders the coverage, value and experience they expect.

For the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2017. We are also No. 37 among the Top 50 World’s Most Admired Companies.

AT&T is the only telecommunications company on the list. We ranked No. 1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services.

We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. And we provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million locations around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home internet customers get access to the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network3 at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

To learn more about our coverage in California, or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

1AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
2 Actual customer speeds may vary. Download speeds are typically up to 940Mbps due to overhead capacity reserved to deliver the data.
3 Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See www.attwifi.com for details and locations.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward- looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services. We offer the nation’s best data network* and the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.** We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. Nearly 3.5 million companies, from small to large businesses around the globe, turn to AT&T for our highly secure smart solutions.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at facebook.com/att and YouTube at youtube.com/att.

© 2017 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

*Claim based on the Nielsen Certified Data Network Score. Score includes data reported by wireless consumers in the Nielsen Mobile Insights survey, network measurements from Nielsen Mobile Performance and Nielsen Drive Test Benchmarks for Q3+Q4 2016 across 121 markets.

**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

From FORTUNE Magazine, March 1, 2017. 2017 Time Inc. FORTUNE© and The World’s Most Admired Companies® are registered trademarks of Time Inc. and are used under License. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, AT&T.

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Home Automation buying guide – CNET

Intro to Home Automation

Step into the CNET Smart Home and see what an automated living space is all about.

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Home automation is nothing new, but a recent boom in smart home tech has thrust it straight into the spotlight. Smart home kits, sensors and gadgets have been a dominating presence at CES for the past two years, with big names like Apple, Google, GE and Microsoft right there in the thick of it. That’s not surprising, given that market experts predict that the smart home’s market share will be worth tens of billions within the next few years.

All that action adds up to a rapidly growing number of things in the internet of things, along with a variety of platforms competing to control them all. That might make the idea of getting your smart home started a little bit overwhelming, but don’t worry. It’s actually easier than ever to start automating your home — provided you know your options.

What kinds of ‘things’ can I automate?

“Smart home” is a very broad term, covering a huge number of connected gadgets, systems and appliances that do a wide variety of different things. “Home automation” is slightly less broad, referring specifically to things in your home that can be programmed to function automatically. In years past, those automations were pretty basic — lamp timers, programmable thermostats and so on — but that’s fast been changing thanks to the recent sprawl of smart home tech aimed at mainstream consumers.

The possibilities are immense, ranging from lights and locks to cameras and coffee makers. The common denominator is automation, and a promise that these devices can save you time, save you money or make your life a little easier. An automated lamp might turn on by itself as soon as you walk into the room. An automated thermostat might turn the heat down when it detects you’ve left for the day, then back on when it thinks you’re on your way back.


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To cut through all of it and figure out what’s most relevant to you, imagine a typical day at home. Are there any devices you regularly turn on and off? Do you regularly adjust your home environment depending on what you’re doing? Those regular habits and activities are typically the best candidates for automation. Figure out which ones are most important to you, and you’ll have a much better idea of what to look for as you start shopping around.

Some of the most popular categories in home automation include light bulbs, switches, home security, door locks, cameras and climate control. If you’d like to dive deeper on any of those topics, just click the link to check out its own dedicated buying guide.


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Mind you, those categories are far from exhaustive. With so much competition, manufacturers are getting increasingly creative in order to stand out from the crowd, which is one of the main reasons that the smart home has diversified as quickly as it has.

Shop around, and you’ll find gadgets designed to help you sleep better, devices that promise to smarten up your home entertainment system and even connected tools for more intelligent gardening. We’ve even reviewed a smart home piggy bank. Sure, some of these devices come with an extra-high novelty factor, but if they’re automating something you care about, then they might merit consideration all the same.

How does home automation work?

Think of the automated home as a human body. It needs to be able to sense things, process information and react accordingly. Different smart home devices do different things, but all of them fall under at least one of those those three functions.

The first function, sense, is arguably the most important, which is why you’ll see so many smart home gadgets with built-in sensors for things like motion and temperature, as well as gadgets dedicated exclusively to monitoring them. These devices are the nervous system of the smart home — they’re able to sense the environment around them in some way, providing vital context for the decisions your automated home is going to make.

The devices that respond to those decisions — that is, the ones that actually do things — are the muscles of the smart home. A motion detector might sense you stepping out of bed in the morning, but it’s the automated coffee maker that reacts to that information, starting a brew that’ll be ready right as you’re getting out of the shower.

Larger, more elaborate setups with lots of different “nerves” and “muscles” might need a separate device or accessory to manage and process all of that information, especially if the different devices aren’t able to work directly with one another. Smart homes like these need more than just muscles and nerves — they need a brain.

Do I need a hub?

Smart hubs are designed to control multiple devices, even ones from different manufacturers. A good one will integrate every smart thing in your home into a single, seamless home automation experience, and offer consolidated controls within a single app.

Typically, a hub will include multiple radios for popular smart home protocols like Z-Wave and ZigBee — the wireless “languages” of smart home gadgetry. This allows the hub to “talk” to everything in its native language, then translate that info into a Wi-Fi signal that you (and your router) can understand and put to use. With the right hub, you’ll be able to expand your system dramatically without things getting too complicated.

But the smart home is evolving, and hubs are starting to feel a bit of a squeeze. Worthwhile standalone devices like the Amazon Echo can wrangle gadgets in a lot of the same ways as dedicated hubs — and developers are falling over themselves to hop on board. Some have all but left the traditional hubs in the dust. Manufacturers have taken notice, and some have started working to integrate hub technology into existing devices with standalone appeal — things like appliances, routers, and smart TVs. As a result, don’t be surprised if the next generation of hubs are essentially invisible.

Another way to give your automated home a brain is to unite your devices behind a singular software platform. That’s what Apple’s attempting to do with HomeKit, an iOS-based software architecture that’ll let you manage multiple third-party devices through your iPhone, with voice control via Siri.

One other smart home platform you might have heard something about is IFTTT. An acronym for “If This, Then That,” IFTTT is a free service that lets you craft automation recipes that link smart gadgets, web services, and online tools. Select a cause (“if this”) and an effect (“then that”), and the recipe will run automatically. A social networking recipe might automatically save your Instagram photos to a Dropbox folder, for instance. Once you start adding smart home gadgets into the mix things get even more interesting — and more and more are joining IFTTT’s ranks all the time.

How to get started with home automation

If you’re wondering what all the smart home fuss is about, start here.

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OK… so how do I get started?

Home automation can conjure Jetsons-esque images of fully mechanized, highly intelligent living spaces. That’s a fun ideal, but it’s not a terribly practical frame of reference as you start smartening up your home. The better approach is to start small, with one or two things that you’d like to automate.

If you’ve got a specific vision for want you want your home automation setup to accomplish, all that’s left is to study your options, narrow them down, and give one a shot. Our smart home reviews are designed to help you do exactly that (and our Best Smart Home Gadgets list might help you cut to the chase).

If, on the other hand, you’re still a little uncertain, don’t worry. There are plenty of smart, affordable entry points that offer surprisingly high levels of functionality, making it easy to experiment and figure out what you want from your connected home.


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Keep it simple

The majority of home automation boils down to things turning on and off on their own. To this end, a smart switch capable of controlling anything you plug into it makes a very sensible connected home starting point. There are plenty of options available now from names like Belkin and D-Link, as well as options that work with HomeKit like the iDevices Switch and the iHome Smart Plug.

For now, my pick is the Belkin WeMo Mini, which offers a mature, well-developed system, tons of use scenarios, fairly wide third-party compatibility, and best of all, a price point of just $35. It’s a low-risk way to dip your foot into smart home waters, and if you like it, finding compatible gadgets that make it even smarter isn’t difficult at all.

How to turn your smart home on and off using your car

With the right gadgetry you can easily teach your smart home to recognize when you’re coming and going. Here’s how.

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Once you’ve got the hang of automating something like a lamp, you can try automating other things, too. Coffee makers, desk fans and space heaters all work well with WeMo. You can even plug a power strip into a WeMo Switch, then automate several devices all at once — a handy way of shutting down TVs, game consoles, and other electronics that can leech power even in the off position.

You can also control the WeMo Switch using IFTTT, with recipes that take your automation capabilities to the next level. You could, for instance, craft a recipe that turns your lamp on whenever your phone enters the area around your home. Or, you could set the light to flash whenever the boss emails (just don’t tell him about it, lest he decide to troll you at 4 a.m.)


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Try something new

Whether it’s a switch or something else, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to build your smart home’s starting point into something a little more complex. If you’re adding something to your system, the key is compatibility — you want something that’ll play well with the rest of your system, rather than buying into a separate, walled off ecosystem.

Maybe that means buying an additional device from the same brand as your original purchase, but it doesn’t have to. In general, smart home manufacturers see the value in keeping things at least somewhat open, and many go out of their way to embrace third-party hubs and smart home platforms as a means of providing compatibility with other gadgets. That means that you’ve got a lot of options. And, if you’re looking for an easy way to stay on top of what works with what, our handy smart home compatibility tracker is here to help.


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IFTTT is helpful here, too, as you can sync various gadgets up without needing to spend any extra cash on a hub. Browse the list of supported services and devices and you’re likely to start getting some fun new ideas for your setup.

How to smarten up your garden without spending a cent

With Koubachi’s application and a little bit of setup, you can get reminders and advice on the most important pieces of plant care for free.

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You can also find ways of experimenting with home automation that don’t cost anything at all. Many smart devices offer demo modes within their apps that’ll let you get the gist of things before you buy anything. Taking things for a test-drive can help you decide whether or not the product fits your needs, and it might also inspire a few new ideas for how you can put it to use.

Some devices go even further, offering full-fledged features within their apps that go way beyond demo territory. The video above is a great example of how you can automate your gardening routine without needing to buy anything.

Consider voice control

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One last tip: don’t sleep on voice control. Since rocketing into the spotlight in 2014, when Alexa made her debut, it’s been a nonstop market mover for the smart home. And it’s not just Alexa — Siri and the Google Assistant have proven to be capable smart home managers, too.

With more and more people buying in, development is happening at a rapid-fire pace. That means that the voice assistants of the smart home are learning new tricks all of the time — and also that it’s a very safe bet that they’ll remain relevant as the smart home continues to mature.

The bottom line

Automating your home doesn’t need to be daunting. On the contrary, the barrier to entry has never been lower. Today’s tech is clamoring for mainstream approval, with an emphasis on ease of use. Competition is bringing prices down, and legitimate platforms are starting to emerge. In sum, it’s a great time to give home automation a shot.

With a little research and perhaps a bit of trial and error, you can build a fairly comprehensive smart home setup if that’s what you want. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with just picking one or two devices that make sense to you and leaving it at that.

For many consumers, that sort of simple, scaled-back approach makes far more sense than a larger, more elaborate setup. Understand your needs, find the devices that meet them, and you’ll have an automated home that’s smart in more ways than one.

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Network management vulnerability exposes cable modems to hacking

Hundreds of thousands of internet gateway devices around the world, primarily residential cable modems, are vulnerable to hacking because of a serious weakness in their Simple Network Management Protocol implementation.

SNMP is used for automated network device identification, monitoring and remote configuration.

Hundreds of thousands of internet gateway devices around the world, primarily residential cable modems, are vulnerable to hacking because of a serious weakness in their Simple Network Management Protocol implementation.

SNMP is used for automated network device identification, monitoring and remote configuration. It is supported and enabled by default in many devices, including servers, printers, networking hubs, switches and routers.

Independent researchers Ezequiel Fernandez and Bertin Bervis recently found a way to bypass SNMP authentication on 78 models of cable modems that ISPs from around the world have provided to their customers.

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Their internet scans revealed hundreds of thousands of devices whose configurations could be changed remotely through the SNMP weakness that they found and dubbed StringBleed.

Versions 1 and 2 of the SNMP protocol don’t have strong authentication to begin with. They provide either read-only or write access to a device’s configuration through passwords called community strings. By default these passwords are “public” for read-only access and “private” for write access, but device manufacturers can change them in their implementations and it’s generally recommended to do so.

The leaking of sensitive configuration data through the default “public” SNMP community string is a known problem that has affected many devices over the years. In 2014, researchers from Rapid7 found SNMP leaks in almost half a million internet-connected devices made by Brocade, Ambit and Netopia.

However, what Fernandez and Bervis found is much worse: devices from multiple vendors that accept virtually any value for the SNMP community string and unlock both read and write access to their configuration data.

The two researchers first located a small number of vulnerable devices, including the Cisco DPC3928SL cable modem that’s now part of Technicolor’s product portfolio following the company’s acquisition of Cisco’s Connected Devices division in 2015.

The researchers claim that when they reported the issue to Technicolor, the company told them that it was the result of an access misconfiguration by a single ISP in Mexico rather than a problem with the device itself.

This prompted the researchers to perform a wider internet scan that resulted in the discovery of 78 vulnerable cable modem models from 19 manufacturers, including Cisco, Technicolor, Motorola, D-Link and Thomson.

The number of vulnerable devices that can be targeted directly over the internet range from less than 10 for some models to tens and hundreds of thousands for others. For example, there are almost 280,000 vulnerable Thomson DWG850-4 devices on the internet, most of them are in Brazil, according to the researchers.

The researchers believe that the underlying problem is located in the SNMP implementation used by the modems, rather than being the result of misconfiguration by ISPs.

Regardless of the cause, the problem is serious, as attackers could exploit this flaw to extract administrative and Wi-Fi passwords or to hijack devices by modifying their configurations.

There’s not much that users can do if their ISP supplied them with a vulnerable device, other than ask for a different model or install their own modem. Unfortunately, not many ISPs allow their residential customers to use their own gateway devices, because they want uniformity and remote management capabilities on their networks.

Determining if a particular device is vulnerable to this issue is possible, but requires a bit of work. An online port scanner like ShieldsUp can be used to determine if the device responds to SNMP requests over its public IP address.

If SNMP is open, a different online tool can be used to check if the device’s SNMP server returns valid responses when the “public” or random community strings are used. At the very least this would indicate an information leak problem.

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Cloud Security Market Growing at a CAGR of 25.5% During 2017 to 2022 – ReportsnReports

Browse 68 tables and 71 figures, 16 Company profiles spread across 169 pages available at

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The cloud security market size is expected to grow from USD 4.09 billion in 2017 to USD 12.73 billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25.5%.

Browse 68 tables and 71 figures, 16 Company profiles spread across 169 pages available at

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The cloud security market size is expected to grow from USD 4.09 billion in 2017 to USD 12.73 billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25.5%. The cloud security market is driven by factors, such as increased adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and Internet of Things (IoT0 trends, rise in adoption of cloud-based security solutions, increasing demand for cloud computing &increasing government initiatives, and emergence of smart cities. However, stringent government rules &regulations, risk of information loss, and lack of trust on cloud service providers may restrict the cloud security market’s growth.

Organizations are deploying various cloud-based applications on their endpoints, resulting in the growth of high-profile attacks on applications. To secure the web and on-premises applications, organizations are continuously deploying cloud-based application security solutions. Thus, the application security type is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. However, the web and email security type is expected to have the largest market size in 2017.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) service model is expected to dominate the cloud security market from 2017 to 2022 with the largest market share, due to the growing demand for cloud-based applications. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is expected to play a key role in the cloud security market and may grow at the highest growth rate during the forecast period, as it provides security capabilities on its own infrastructure.

APAC includes emerging economies, such as China, Australia, Singapore, and India, which are rapidly deploying cloud security solutions. APAC is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. This is mainly due to the increasing adoption of IoT and BYOD trends in many industry verticals, such as Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance (BFSI),government, Information Technology (IT)& telecom, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail. Furthermore, North America is expected to have the largest market size in 2017.

In-depth interviews were conducted with Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), marketing directors, innovation & technology directors, and executives from various key organizations operating in the cloud security market.

By Company Type: Tier 1: 50%, Tier 2: 30%, and Tier 3: 20%By Designation: C-Level: 60%, Director Level: 20%, and Others: 20%By Region:North America: 15%, Europe: 15%, APAC: 40%, and RoW: 30%

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However, stringent government rules and regulations may restrict the cloud security market’s growth. Major vendors that offer cloud security services across the globe are Trend Micro, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan), Intel Security (California, U.S.), Symantec Corporation (California, U.S.), IBM Corporation (New York, U.S.), Cisco systems (California, U.S.), CA Technologies, Inc. (New York, U.S.), CSC (Virginia, U.S.), and Fortinet, Inc. (California, U.S.). These vendors have adopted different types of organic and inorganic growth strategies, such as new product launches, partnerships & collaborations, and acquisitions, to expand their offerings in the cloud security market.

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Sistema de seguridad inalámbrico integral para la protección del hogar y el negocio — Foscam presenta el nuevo sistema de seguridad inalámbrico WiFi de 720P para interiores/exteriores con 4 cámaras IP a prueba de intemperie y una grabadora de video

Los consumidores pueden visualizar y controlar el sistema de manera segura, lo mismo localmente que a distancia, mediante la Internet y las aplicaciones móviles de NVR gratuitas para iOS y Android de Foscam.

Los consumidores pueden visualizar y controlar el sistema de manera segura, lo mismo localmente que a distancia, mediante la Internet y las aplicaciones móviles de NVR gratuitas para iOS y Android de Foscam. El disco duro de 1 TB ya viene instalado y ofrece grabación las 24 horas, los 7 días a la semana e historia de reproducción de 14 días. Los 30 LED infrarrojos ofrecen un alcance infrarrojo de 66 pies de clara visión nocturna. La cubierta a prueba de intemperie, con clasificación IP66, garantiza la protección contra el tiempo inclemente durante todo el año, y posee un rango de temperatura operativo entre 14 y 140 grados Fahrenheit (-10 y 60 centígrados).

Funciones del sistema de seguridad FN3104W-B4 de Foscam

El NVR y las cámaras se conectan automáticamente a la red inalámbrica, mediante una sencilla configuración. Visualización en vivo por 4 canales y reproducción síncrona por 4 canales con nítidas imágenes de video en formato HD 720P. Visualización local y a distancia mediante la aplicación Foscam NVR; navegadores como IE, Firefox y Safari; o un monitor. Grabación de imágenes las 24 horas, los 7 días a la semana gracias a un disco duro de hasta 4 TB y al alcance infrarrojo de 66 pies. Las alertas inteligentes de detección de movimiento envían notificaciones por correo electrónico y FTP; alertan cuando algo está ocurriendo.

Foscam presenta el FN3104W-B4, un sistema de seguridad NVR WIFI de 720P por $349.99 (precio minorista sugerido por el fabricante). Ahorre 15% con Amazon Deal, vigente hasta el 6 de Mayo de 2017.

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Why 2×2 Wave 2 access points make no sense

Everyone loves the latest and greatest technology. A new iPhone comes out, and people camp out at the stores to buy one. Microsoft releases a new version of Xbox, and they’re sold out for months.

Everyone loves the latest and greatest technology. A new iPhone comes out, and people camp out at the stores to buy one. Microsoft releases a new version of Xbox, and they’re sold out for months.

Sometimes, though, the newest thing doesn’t make sense because the incremental value of the innovation is limited. In technology, this doesn’t happen very often, but I believe there’s a current “latest and greatest” that provides limited value—and that’s the 2×2 Wave 2 access points (AP) that are now available from many of the mainstream Wi-Fi providers.

Before I explain my opinion on this, it’s worth doing a quick refresh of Wave 1 versus Wave 2 because it’s important to understand the principals of Wave 2. Below are the benefits of 802.11ac Wave 2 versus Wave 1:

Additional spatial streams. Wave 2 APs have a maximum of four streams compared to three with Wave 1. The additional stream enables more data to be transmitted/received to and from a single client.Support for 160 MHz channels. Wave 2 enables channels to be bonded together to widen the communications path to a single client, which increases the theoretical bandwidth.Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO). This enables an AP to connect to multiple client devices simultaneously. For example, a 4×4 Wave 2 AP could connect to four 1×1 or 2 2×2 clients at the same time. However, a 3×3 Wave 1 AP could talk to only a single 1×1 client. The other devices would need to wait until the connected endpoint finishes transmitting data before it connects because Wave 1 supports only single-user MIMO.

Based on the above, it is logical to assume that anything Wave 2 must be better than anything Wave 1, correct? In the words of Donald J Trump – “Wrong.” Here are the facts (actual, not alternative) that support my argument.

2×2 Wave 2 APs aren’t necessarily better

There is no extra capacity between Wave 1 and Wave 2 2×2 APs. Look at the bandwidth specs from any of the W-iFi vendors. The maximum bandwidth is 867 Mbps, which is exactly the same throughput as the Wave 1 APs. But wait. Wasn’t Wave 2 supposed to be faster? It can be given the following:

Extra streams. Recall that one of the big benefits of Wave 2 versus Wave 1 is having four spatial streams instead of three. But that’s meaningless on a 2×2 AP because it supports only two streams. A 4×4 or even 3×3 AP will increase throughput, but a 2×2 will not.160 MHz channels. None of the vendors supports 160MHz channels right now and for good reason. APs have limited channels, and the wider ones are created by bonding multiple channels together. This is analogous to taking two highway lanes and making it one. At high volumes, it’s not going to push cars through any faster because the actual width of the lane is the same. It can make a difference at home where there are only a handful of devices, and that’s the sweet spot for 80 and 160 MHz. It’s not likely we will see these in business class APs any time soon.MU-MIMO. This is another advantage of Wave 2 that I listed above. It’s worth noting that MU-MIMO is bandwidth management versus an increase in bandwidth. A 2×2 Wave 2 AP could communicate with two 1×1 clients at the same time, but Wave 2 clients are still limited. Also, most of the Wave 2 clients operate at 2×2, so a matching radio could process only one client at a time anyway, effectively making it a single-user MIMO AP. IHS recently published numbers that showed that in 2016 only 1 percent of the mobile PCs, 7 percent of smart phones and 0.6 percent of tablets had Wave 2 radios in it. Many of the high-volume manufacturers, such as Apple and Samsung, are skipping Wave 2 and plan to support 802.11ax in the future.

So, what’s the key takeaway here for readers?

A 2×2 Wave 2 AP will cost about twice the price of a 2×2 Wave 1 AP. Given the limited benefits, it makes no sense to invest in them. If the business really does need the latest and greatest Wi-Fi technology, then it should buy a 3×3 or 4×4 Wave 2 AP. Otherwise, stick to a Wave 1 AP, and get exactly the same performance as its higher-priced counterpart.

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Cool off your garden with these smart sprinklers – CNET

Get your lawn ready for the summer with a smart sprinkler controller. Rachio makes a popular model that’s at the forefront of smart sprinkler tech. Like most smart sprinklers, Rachio replaces your existing controller for your in-ground sprinkler system.

Get your lawn ready for the summer with a smart sprinkler controller. Rachio makes a popular model that’s at the forefront of smart sprinkler tech. Like most smart sprinklers, Rachio replaces your existing controller for your in-ground sprinkler system. Then, it connects to the cloud through Wi-Fi, monitors the weather and helps you make a smarter schedule for when to water. Plus, Rachio gives you full control over the system with an app.

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Mother’s Day solved: Save 30 percent on a Nixplay digital photo frame – CNET

CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. And find more great buys on the CNET Deals page.

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Mother’s Day is May 14, meaning you’ve got just over two weeks to find a wonderful gift for Mom.

I got you.

For a limited time (and I’m quite certain supplies will last, because this comes direct from the company), Nixplay is offering 30 percent off a single 7- or 8-inch Seed digital photo frame when you apply promo code CNETS30 at checkout. That translates to a price of $70 or $91, with free shipping on both.

You can also get 25 percent off the 10-inch model — so $127.50 — with promo code CNETS25. My advice: Splurge on Mom and get the big one.

(As you’ll note when you get to the site, Nixplay is actually touting “up to 40 percent off” its frames, but that’s when you purchase three or more.)

How to frame your mom (in a good way)

Here’s the thing: She probably has a zillion photos on her phone, right? And countless more tucked away in albums and scrapbooks? A digital photo frame puts any and all photos on display in a perpetual slideshow, bringing back wonderful memories every time you glance at it — or sit and watch it for a few minutes, which is a regular occurrence in my house.

(Want to amp up this gift? Digitize a bunch of Mom’s favorite printed photos and add them to the frame. Here are four ways to scan old photos.)

The Seed is available in your choice of black, blue, mango or mulberry. Unlike the digital frames of yesteryear, this one is fully connected. It taps into your home Wi-Fi network to slurp up photos from Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Dropbox and other online sources.

It also has its own email address that friends and family members can use to send new photos. A companion app (for Android and iOS) lets you upload directly from your phone or tablet.

In other words, gone are the old hassles of adding new pictures. The Seed is also noteworthy for working in either landscape or portrait orientation. A power-saving option activates the screen when there’s motion in the room and deactivates it when there’s not. And the power card ingeniously doubles as the frame’s stand, allowing for just about any viewing angle.

I’m a big fan of these. And sales are rare. You handle the setup so Mom doesn’t have to, and I guarantee she’ll prize this present for years to come.

Bonus deal: Need a dirt-cheap web hosting solution for your new business, project or the like? For a limited time, Webhostface is offering 90 percent off its one-year hosting plans. That means you can get a year of the Face Extra plan for just $13.08 (assuming you remove Premium Support from your cart; it adds $2/month), or a Standard plan for only $8.28. You can also add the Weebly site builder at no extra charge; it’s a solid (but basic) tool for creating sites (like this one, ahem).

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