Your online activity is being watched. There is a vast network of hidden trackers on most of the websites you browse and the apps you use. Not all tracking is malicious. Many web services rely on user data to enhance your online experience and provide relevant content. Sometimes the tracking enables websites to recommend products you might like or friends you could connect with.
A revolution has taken place in the computing world over the last few years with the popularisation of cloud computing. Many people are still not fully acquainted with this particular technology, but it is already changing people’s lives all over the world. Almost all of us utilize cloud services in some manner or other on a daily basis, given the number of online sites that have been entirely migrated to this data-intensive form of computing.
Storage media has evolved rapidly from the days when only a paltry amount of memory could be stored by a device the size of a single room. Today, it is possible to store gigabytes of information on a device which is no larger than a human thumb. But with exponential growth in information emanating from the phenomenon of Big Data, it is inevitable that the amount of data being stored will increase.
Apple has finally unveiled one of the worst kept secrets in the history of consumer electronics, its first smartwatch entitled the Apple Watch. Analysts have been predicting for some time that Apple would release a smartwatch, as the company had already promised in 2014 that it would develop new product lines in an attempt to increase revenue.
All companies today operate in an incredibly competitive business environment. Not only can margins of profit be extremely slim, but it is almost always a necessity to compete with businesses from all four corners of the planet. However, sometimes cutting corners may seem to make economic sense, but can actually be disastrous for the fiscal competitiveness of a company.
The by now infamous revelations of the former NSA worker Edward Snowden have had a massive influence on Western culture. Particularly in the United States and United Kingdom, the average person in the street now at least has some awareness of the extent to which government agencies attempt to spy on their everyday activities.
All businesses are hugely reliant on data in this information age, and this is doubly true given the increasing problems of cloud computing and big data. Although this technology offers commercial companies a huge amount of opportunities, by the same token it also necessitates robust backup provisions.
In the contemporary world, both business and home computer users need to be concerned about the threat from hacking. There is the constant threat of malware in the modern PC environment, and additionally where there is money to be made, teams of extremely resourceful and knowledgeable hackers will always be incentivised to steal personal information or hold files hostage.