GDPR: What is it? What Does It Mean?
Unless you’ve been asleep for the past several weeks, you’ve undoubtedly heard about GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation. Your inbox has surely noticed as well, as companies across Europe and America update their privacy policies and affirm how they will treat your personal data in the future, as well as your options for controlling that data.
Businesses large and small are scrambling to both understand and comply (if necessary) with the new regulations that in essence are designed to establish new ground rules for consumer data and privacy.
GDPR is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). It came into effect across the EU on May 25, 2018, and its effect crosses continents including the US.
A concise definition by TechRepublic states “Under the terms of GDPR, not only will organisations have to ensure that personal data is gathered legally and under strict conditions, but those who collect and manage it will be obliged to protect it from misuse and exploitation, as well as to respect the rights of data owners – or face penalties for not doing so.”
How It Affects US Business and Consumers
While of EU origin, take note: the rules apply to all who do business in the EU, as well as any organizations outside of the EU which offer goods or services to customers or businesses in the EU.
Consumers should take advantage of the new protections where applicable as a substantial number of companies such as Microsoft, Adobe, any number of other providers, and most social media sites that do business here and abroad will be affected by the new GDPR regulations.
IT professionals and business large and small should be checking to determine whether they are GDPR compliant. TechRepublic is offering a free guide to GDPR readiness: IT pro’s guide to GDPR compliance. ZDNet is also providing substantive coverage of how-tos and the business implications of GDPR.
FBI Urges You to Reboot Your Router Now!
The FBI is warning that Russian hackers have infiltrated hundreds of thousands of home and business routers in over 50 countries. The FBI says the malware, called “VPNFilter,” can interrupt internet access, steal information from users, and use the device to spread malware. Routers include those made by major manufacturers such as TP-Link, Netgear, and Linksys, as well as others.
As an immediate and temporary precaution, users are urged to first reboot their router. Other important precautions include disabling remote-management settings, changing passwords and upgrading to the latest firmware.
- Turn off router
- Unplug from outlet
- Wait 30 seconds
- Plug back in and power back on
- Check your internet connection
USA Today’s special by Kim Komando has additional tips and how-tos. including updating your router’s firmware, changing your router password, turning off router remote administration and more.
To see if your router has been compromised, try this handy router check by F-Secure Router Checker. Note that even though your router hasn’t been hacked, you still may not be protected from future attacks.
To disable remote desktop control in Windows 10 and earlier see this handy article from Lifewire. You can always turn it back on when needed.
In The News
iOS 12 is coming to iPhones and iPads later this year, and, as predicted, it primarily focuses on performance and stability, with a few new features.
Microsoft is acquiring GitHub. After reports emerged that the software giant was in talks to acquire GitHub, Microsoft is making it official
The new Gmail web interface has been available for over a month now, but it’s still in preview and it’s an opt-in affair. However, the new UI will roll out to all G Suite users in July, and we’d expect the same to be true of regular Gmail users.
Google has fleshed out its plans to upend the way browsers warn users of insecure websites, spelling out gradual steps the company will take with Chrome.
Intel’s upcoming microcode updates to address the just-revealed Spectre variant 4 attack are likely to put a significant drain on CPU performance.
HP: Reimagining the Future. HP has a set of potentially revolutionary technologies that, when combined, could redefine how we build physical products