Don’t Be Hostage To Ransomware And FAA Fines Drone Operators

On Episode 338 of The Waves of Tech, we first dive into the news that Netflix announced its streaming movies service in addition to its DVD rental service ten years ago.  For the remainder of the podcast, we dive into a wide variety of safety and security topics.  First, some customers are refusing to give up their Galaxy Note 7s and is forcing Verizon and Samsung to step up their recall policies.  Second, the FAA fined a company $200,000 for performing unauthorized operations in congested and restricted airspace.  And thirdly, we consider the significant impact that ransomware and bitcoin is having on personal information and enterprise business.  Enjoy and share the podcast and continue to ride…the waves of tech!

Ten years ago, Netflix announced it would begin offering a streaming movies service in addition to its DVD rental service.  It seems like ages ago, but it has become a staple in home entertainment.

  • Netflix revolutionized the on-demand video subscription service, inspiring Hulu & Amazon
  • The departure from DVD to streaming serves as a turning point in video service
  • Netflix has improved their infrastructure and bandwidth issues over time

Believe it or not, people are still hanging on and using their Samsung Galaxy Note 7.  Verizon is now rerouting all non-emergency calls to customer service as an educational element.

  • Verizon and Samsung are taking concerted efforts to remove Note 7s from the market
  • It is surprising that despite the press and news, people are defiant to give up phones
  • Verizon is using customer service to educate customers on phone options
  • Samsung pushed an update to prevent charging but many have not updated

Drones, drones, drones.  It seems every week there is a new story of drones interfering with commercial flight.  The FAA issued a $200,000 fine against a company for flying drones illegally.

  • SkyPan International performed “unauthorized operations in some of our most congested airspace and heavily populated cities” over 60 times
  • The $200,000 fine is a small fraction of the $1.9 million penalty the FAA initially sought
  • SkyPan flew the drones near airports without notifying authorities
  • FAA is expected to appoint three new task groups to accommodate advancing technology

Malware, ransomware, and security continue to be a growing concern for users, both at the personal and enterprise level.  So, just listen up folks and take these security issues serious!

  • Ransomware is destroying business, enterprise, and employment opportunities
  • Practice safe surfing, understand e-mail monitoring, and ask if there is any doubt
  • Protect your data through multiple backups and automating security settings


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