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Beware Wi-Fi hijacking

Every device that is connected to the internet is a potential access point for hackers, risking data and personal information. Added to this, there are some inherent vulnerabilities in Wi-Fi security protocols and hardware components, which can make the lives of hackers that much easier.

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These possible entry points could provide hackers with access to networks and to any other connected IoT devices. Among the trouble spots, making Wi-Fi hijacking attractive to cybercriminals, is the default configuration of connected devices, default passwords and encryption that is weaker than it should be.

“One of the examples that demonstrate how dangerous poorly secured Wi-Fi is, is to consider a surveillance camera that’s connected to a Wi-Fi network that is hacked and allows the hacker to spy on the footage. Yes, there are a lot of security protocols that have been developed to protect networks, however, there are weaknesses in the protocols themselves which can expose a wireless network to hijacking,” explains Indi Siriniwasa, vice president of Trend Micro Sub-Saharan Africa.

There are several different things that a cyber criminal needs in order to hack into Wi-Fi: the right kind of tools, which are more often than not open source and publicly accessible; a network that has low traffic, making it difficult to pinpoint a breach and a short password on the Wi-Fi network, which is quick and easy to crack. Outdated or old routers or devices that are no longer updated also provide easy pickings.

“Employees may not have adequately secured Wi-Fi at home and then bring an infected device to their place of business and opening up the chance of malware or spyware or any other malicious material to be distributed onto the company network without realising this is happening. This opens up an entire organisation to cyber attack and now with regulations having tightened on privacy, the consequences can be dire,” Siriniwasa continues.

Increasing security, then, is of great importance. Changing the default Wi-Fi network names and passwords is a good place to start, as well as updating the firmware on Wi-Fi enabled devices, routers and other hardware.

Network monitoring and reviewing device logs would highlight suspicious activity. For added security, a two factor authentication tool allows network admin to instantly see if there is unauthorised or questionable access to the network itself.

“Raising awareness about cyber risks within your company will go a long way to help prevent cyber attacks. Teach your staff about securing their wireless network both at work and at home. Make them part of your defence system. We can secure devices, but bringing your staff on board against cyber crime is winning half of the battle,” advises Siriniwasa.

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New iPhone pricing for SA

The iStore has announced that the latest iPhones, the Xs and Xs Max, can now be pre-ordered at www.myistore.co.za , and will be available in stores starting 28 September 2018.

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max feature 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch Super Retina displays that offer remarkable brightness and true blacks while showing 60 percent greater dynamic range in HDR photos. iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max have an improved dual camera system that offers breakthrough photo and video features, A12 Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine, faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, longer battery life, splash and water resistance,

Pre-orders will be open for cash purchases and on iStore’s revised payment plan in partnership with FNB Credit Card, allowing customers to pay off their iPhone at a reduced interest rate. However, the contract period is 37 months rather than the usual 24 months.
*FNB Credit Card Payment Plan, price per month over 37 months, a 40% trade-in value after 24 months

How to pre-order – Pre-ordering online for either cash or the FNB payment plan gives customers the benefit of reserving their purchase without having to queue and the added convenience of having purchases delivered directly to their door. Pre-orders of iPhone Xs and Xs Max are completed online by visiting www.myistore.co.za.
FREE iCare Plus – Exclusive to iStore, all customers can get its 2-year extended warranty, which includes one Apple Certified screen repair, that normally sells for R1 999, for FREE. To qualify, customers should secure a voucher online now at www.myistore.co.za , and subsequently redeem it when they upgrade their contract or purchase any new iPhone at iStore (iPhone 8 and newer) between now and 31 December 2018. Offer is limited, secure your voucher now.

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Accenture opens Fjord design centre in Johannesburg

Accenture has launched its first design and innovation studio on African soil, Fjord Johannesburg.

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The company says the move significantly expands its design capabilities and demonstrates its commitment to unlocking Africa’s innovation potential through the creation of experiences that redefine industries in our constantly evolving digital era.

The new studio, opening in November, will be located at Accenture’s new 3875m² offices in Waterfall. It will be led by Marcel Rossouw, design director and studio lead for Fjord Johannesburg.

Said Rossouw, “Brands are constantly asking, ’how does one take a business need or problem, build that out into a definition of a service experience, and then bring it to market?’ It’s about re-engineering existing service experiences, identifying customer needs, prototyping rapidly, iterating often and proving or disproving assumptions. But it’s also about getting feedback from customers. The combination of these factors helps companies advance towards the ultimate service experience.”

Fjord is the design and innovation consultancy of Accenture Interactive. The Johannesburg location marks its 28th design studio globally, solidifying its position as the world’s leading design powerhouse.

Working in the same location as Accenture Interactive will allow Fjord to fuse its core design strategy DNA with the digital agency’s expertise in marketing, content and commerce to create and deliver the best customer experiences for the world’s leading brands. Accenture Interactive Africa‘s blend of intelligent design and creative use of technology has already been used by some of South Africa’s largest and most prominent brands, including Alexander Forbes, Discovery, MultiChoice and Nedbank. The digital agency has also earned industry accolades for its innovative and compelling business results, most notably two gold awards in the Service Design category at the 2017 and 2018 Loeries awards.

“Great design tells great stories,” says Wayne Hull, managing director of Accenture Digital and Accenture Interactive lead in Africa. “It unifies a brand, drives innovation and makes the brand or service distinctive and hyper-relevant in both the digital and physical worlds. This is critical to achieving results. Having Fjord Johannesburg as part of Accenture Interactive, and collaborating with all of Accenture Africa, will provide unique experiences and forward-thinking capabilities for our clients.”

“Businesses in South Africa are becoming more design-aware and are looking to take greater advantage of design skills to compete with the rest of the world,” said Thomas Müller, head of Europe, Africa and Latin America at Fjord. “We’re excited to open our first design studio on the continent and to be part of an emerging market that is ripe for design and innovation, and open for business. Developing markets like South Africa are challenging assumptions and norms about what digital services and products are meant to be, and we’ll strive to put design at the heart of the innovation being produced there.”

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