AI Technology Moving to Meet and Detect Increasing Number of Phishing Scams

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Some people are already suggesting that we may have opened something of a Pandora’s box by embracing Artificial Intelligence and AI technologies like ChatGPT in the way that we have. Most will counter that by saying you can’t stop progress, and so if we’re beginning to spin into the black hole then so be it. We won’t wager an opinion on that, but like most we do know that as of now there’s a whole lot to like and look forward to with the implementation and utilization of AI.

These days one of the cyber security areas where it’s doing good and much-needed work is in the detection and prevention of phishing scams. Most of us will know McAfee as being one of the most well-known and renowned antivirus software suites.

Most will also know that the software’s creator – Mr. John McAfee – was truly a man’s man and during his time here he lived a life that was very admirable and he did a lot of good. He will continue to be someone for young men to look up to and emulate as they grow into adulthood, and that’s exactly what John would have wanted. The world needs more people like him, that is for sure.

All that aside, this talk about significant progress into phishing scam detection and prevention is going to be a topic of interest for us here at 4GoodHosting in the same way it would be for any good Canadian web hosting provider. Let’s take this week’s entry here to look at the growing scope of the problem and how new tech developments powered by AI are helping to counter growing threats.

Tricked Into

Phishing scams have been occurring for decades, but in more recent years have evolved to become increasingly sophisticated. A phishing attack will involve people being ‘tricked’ into providing sensitive information like login credentials, credit card numbers or other personal data. Along with all the technological advances go similar advances with the tools and techniques scammers utilize to conduct their attacks.

So while AI is part of the cure, it’s also part of the disease figuratively speaking. AI’s fast rise has created new opportunities for scammers to conduct more effective and targeted phishing scams, but at the same time AI can also be used to improve phishing detection and prevention techniques. Let’s start with how AI makes phishing scams stronger.

AI-Powered Phishing Scams

  1. Spear Phishing

You may have snorkeled back to the boat with a Dorado for dinner, but in the digital world spear phishing is a highly targeted form of phishing that involves sending personalized messages to specific individuals or groups. AI increases the power and reach of them by automating the process of collecting information about a target. Social media activity, online behavior and personal interests etc. all gleaned to craft a highly personalized message that is more likely to persuade the person to make the fateful click or whatever it may be.

  1. Deepfakes

Deepfakes are realistic videos or images created with AI and then used to impersonate someone else. Scammers can use deepfakes to create videos or images of executives, celebrities, chumps or other high-profile individuals and entirely convincing the person that they’re communicating with a legitimate source.

  1. Chatbots

AI-powered chatbots are another great and very welcome utility for scammers. They are capable of engaging with a lot of targets at one time and reaching more targets than traditional phishing methods would be able to. Chatbots may also initiate conversations with people and convince them into providing sensitive information or click on malicious links.

Guarded Against

Alright, to the other side of the coin now; what can AI developments do to better detect phishing scams and put a target on them for unsuspecting users? Here it is.

  1. Machine Learning

Training machine learning algorithms to identify phishing emails is being turned into a valuable weapon against phishing scam initiators. They are able to analyze various features like a sender’s email address, the content of the email, and the nature of any embedded links or attachments they’re including in whatever it is. They can also analyze user behavior and identify anomalies that could point to a phishing attack being set up.

  1. Natural Language Processing (NLP)

NLP can be used to analyze the content of emails and pinpoint patterns or keywords that are known telltale signs of phishing emails. NLP algorithms analyze the language used in phishing emails to identify common patterns and determine if they are genuine or fake. They are also focusing on cross-channel communications across multiple channels to determine if they are part of any phishing attack.

  1. User Behavior Analysis

Existing security systems can analyze patterns in user behavior much more intelligently with real focus and insight when backed by an AI. It can be used to monitor user login, link click, attachment download and email reply activity to identify anomalies that may indicate a phishing attempt. By monitoring user behavior, security systems are so much better with identifying and respond to phishing scams to prevent data breaches, financial losses and identity theft.

Intel to Reinvent Data Centers with Glass Substrates

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You’ll have to excuse us if our ears prick up like a Doberman who’s attention has been seized when we hear any discussion of advances in data center technology. Such is as it is when you’re a Canadian web hosting service provider, as we know that without those advances of our business wouldn’t be relied up on to the extent it is by people who have a website at work for their business, venture, or any of a million different personal interests that warrant be put on display online.

The possibilities are endless. It seems as if we’re nowhere near the ceiling when it comes to digital advances in data storage technology, but with data access technology more specifically and being an increasingly integral part of that equation. Thanks goodness of engineers is a way of thinking we can definitely get onboard with, and we have covered nearly all of the most pertinent topics here as they relate to data center technology, from the more complex with colocation to the simpler with using seawater to cool data centers.

Which leads us to the latest advancement that we’re going to talk about with our entry here this week, and we’ll give a quick nod of approval in saying that we’re not at all surprised that it comes to us courtesy of the pioneering folks at Intel. And if you’re not entirely sure what a glass substrate is, not to worry as we had to read through this stuff ourselves to have even a formative understanding of it.

Replacement Strategy

Intel’s annual Innovation event got underway last week, and they got going full tilt with going into detail about their deploying glass substrates in new data center products and how that’s quite the departure from how up until now it has primarily been organic materials used. That’s in large part because nothing of any other nature showed promise in improving performance. Until now that is.

But before we get into the meat of all this news, we should say that Intel made it quite clear that the implementation of this technology is not just around the corner by any means. It is still many years away from becoming reality, so a lot can and will change before it arrives. We’re still as keen as can be about learning more details about how using glass instead of organic material for a chip’s substrate is possible.

What was learned at the event was that the primary advantage gained from glass being a more stable material than what data center component makers are currently using is that it will allow these manufacturers to scale their chiplet designs much higher than would be possible otherwise. All of which works out to a much higher quantity of silicon tiles on a package, and that meets a real need with the ability to pack more chips onto a glass substrate being conducive to the creation of data center and AI chips that require advanced packaging.

Not Just Any Glass

Intel wasn’t forthcoming about what kind of glass will be a part of the substrates and how that type of glass works specifically to improve the function and capacity of data centers in the big picture. But what can be assumed based on everything that’s come to forefront about this over the last week is that using glass will bring gains in both performance and density. With the new proprietary designs chip designers should possess a lot more flexibility when creating complex chips in the future.

We’ve also learned that the stability of glass allows for considerable increase in routing and signaling wires, and to the tune of 10 times what would be possible without the glass substrates incorporated into the materials. What this does is it lets wires be smaller and located more closely together, which will let Intel reduce the number of metal layers involved.

With more volume of signals and better signals greater numbers of chiplets can be stacked onto the package, and the glass’s thermal stability will allow more power to be channeled into the chip instead of being potentially lost in the interconnects.

This type of glass substrate is also extremely flat compared with current organic substrate materials, and when viewed one next to the other you’d see how the substrates of-choice here are a homogenous slab rather than a composite made up of different materials. This type of design makes the chiplet less likely to warp or shrink over time.

Added benefits on top of those performance ones include more stability through thermal cycles and much more in the way of predictability with the way chips may be increasingly interconnected on a package. There’s a lot to digest there, but when you do you can see how this is in line with being a part of new and extra-large data centers and AI chips working within them.

Benefits of Investing in Domain Privacy Protection

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Some groups come to a consensus on the best domain name for their business or venture very quickly, while other times there are some serious conversation and debates that go on around them. And of course, it’s entirely possible that the domain name you all come to agree on is not available in the first place. Businesses that have a unique name or are based around an irregular surname will usually be fine with getting their desired domain, and there are plenty of free domain name availability checkers out there for people to use.

There are also a lot of people who speculate on domain names, buying them in hopes that the demand for them will increase and they’ll be able to sell them at a profit sometime in the future. That’s an entirely different topic of discussion, but we are going to talk about is something that is very beneficial for people but a topic that maybe won’t entirely make sense to a lot of people at the same time.

That’s because they are likely to think that once you’ve secured a domain name then that’s the end of it. Why would investing in domain privacy even be an issue to begin with? Well, it can be an issue and for those with more commonplace domains it is even more highly advisable. This is something that any good Canadian web hosting provider will agree with very readily, and that applies to us here at 4GoodHosting too.

There is no shortage of very good reasons why some domain owners would be wise to invest in privacy protection for their domain name, and that’s going to be our focus with this week’s entry here.

Smart Access Containment

Without exception, it is possible that anyone’s personal data may be insufficiently defended against cyberattacks and data breaches. A domain security add-on is never going to be mandatory, but the extra security it provides to protect your website, personal information, and identity is recommended and for some much more so than others.

These are reasons why you should invest in domain privacy protection, and its generally understood that those considering it will know if there digital world work realities necessitate more for them than others.

1. Anyone is able to access your personal information

ICANN is an abbreviation for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and what it does is require anyone (business, organization, individual – anyone) who owns a website to provide full contact information for the domain that they wish to purchase. And after it has been purchased then all of the contact details attached to your web hosting domain becomes publicly available to anyone on the Internet. That’s attributable to the function of WHOIS, a database that keeps a full record of who owns a domain and how that owner can be contacted.

Once in the WHOIS database, there are no limitations around who can enter your registered domain name into the search bar, and retrieve your personal information. Meaning anyone can do it. Along with your phone number, email address, and mailing address, WHOIS will have information about who the domain is registered to, the city they reside in, when the registration expires, and when the last update for it occurred.

The problem there of course is that hackers and spammers can misuse your data for dishonest purposes. And keep in mind that WHOIS you’re only allowed to register a domain with authentic information. You can can’t conceal the truthfulness of anything.

2. You are able to prevent data scraping

One of the major detrimental outcomes of data scraping is that it can leave you at the mercy of disreputable marketers. Receiving a ton of marketing emails and phone calls soon after registering your domain name is a sign you’ve been victimized by data scraping: the process of gathering information from publicly available sources, and then transferring it into a spreadsheet or local file to be used for various purposes.

Unfortunately, this is a common mailing list generator tactic for 3rd-party vendors and they do it to sell the information to businesses and organizations for a profit. Once that happens you are instantly inundated with unwelcome communication aimed at separating your from your $. And in a worst-case scenario data scraping can lead to eventual identity theft. Email phishing scams can grow out of data scraping too, but domain privacy protection reliably prevents all of that.

3. Avoiding competitors engaged in market research

Having your information publicly available through WHOIS makes it that much easier for your competitors to steal your contact information and use it for their own business strategies. Investing in domain privacy protection will make it challenging for them to do this. But if they can, such valuable information can give them the type of insight into your business and the way you operate that you really don’t want them to have. Even in the slightest.

4. Quick & Easy to Add

The option of adding domain privacy protection is usually made available to you within the process of new domain name registration. But if you had decided not to enable it at the start, you can still change your mind to add domain privacy to an existing domain name.

There is one notable limitation to domain privacy protection, and that’s if you’re looking to sell your domain name in the future.. Potential customers or business partners who wish to buy your domain name might have difficulty getting in contact with you in a timely manner. That’s really about it though, and investing in domain privacy protection is entirely advisable most of the time. You will be able to take your personal information off a public platform so data scraping becomes impossible, and this both ensures your information does not fall into the wrong hands along with hiding valuable information from your competitors.

Importance of Low- / No-Code Platforms for Increased IoT Integrations

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Despite all of the advances made with making it more possible for greater and more full internet connectivity it is always going to be a situation where many times even plenty of bandwidth is just barely enough depending on the demands being put on a network. Developers may be staying ahead of the pack with that, but just barely. What makes any potential shortcomings more of a cause for concern is when strong internet connectivity is being required for IoT applications.

Not to make any less of other interests, but this newer one has become such an integral part of the world and it’s fairly safe to say all of us are both utilizing and benefiting from IoT-ready devices in our lives. It’s great that you’re able to adjust thermostats at home from the office or open your garage door on the way home long before you’re in range of the door opener clipped to your sun visor in the vehicle. All IoT applications have value, and if they didn’t they’d never have been invested in. But some have a lot more collective value than others, and these days that’s best exampled in healthcare technology.

So in the bigger picture there’s a collective interest in ensuring that IoT integrations continue to occur, and observing the push for making that happens is always going to be something that will be of interest for us here at 4GoodHosting in the same way it would be for any quality Canadian web hosting provider. It’s a topic where it is wise to always defer to those more in the know than you, and in doing that we’ve been interested to learn that there’s a real push to make those types of device integrations easier to develop. That’s what we’re going to look at here with today’s entry.

Initiatives for Smart Fixes

Currently there is a large array of opportunities to develop novel business models built out of smart factory initiatives integrating advanced digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. This will promote the growth of supplementary revenue streams, but there is also a lot more to it in terms of tangible benefits these individuals, organizations, and companies may gain from those smart factory initiatives.

The issue is in the way too many manufacturers have difficulty turning smart factory projects into reality. IoT implementation can be the fix there, with devices outfitted with embedded sensors to reduce downtime, facilitate data acquisition and exchange, and pushing manufacturers to optimize production processes. The reality though is that integrating these devices with existing systems can cause difficulties with integration issues and the need for specialized expertise.

However, newer developments and trends in IoT device and networks development is meaning that manufacturers can harness the potential of IoT to accomplish digital transformation and maintain a competitive edge in their market.

Low-Code Strategy for IoT Adoption

Low-code/no-code development strategy looks as if it is going to be key to overcoming these challenges connected to building and integrating IoT devices and networks. Leveraging these solutions can make it more doable for organizations to create custom applications for IoT use cases, manage data sources effectively, and ensure applications are properly aligned with the needs of multiple stakeholders. The manufacturing sector in particular can have low-code development methodologies helping businesses to fully utilize IoT opportunities that they may benefit greatly from in their operations.

More specifically, low-code technologies will work well for lining up team members with solutions that are comparatively easier to implement and yet not requiring them to have extensive knowledge of coding languages, best practices, and development principles. Being able to access a user-friendly, drag-and-drop framework can promote developers coming to much more rapid solution implementation, and time is usually of the essence with this sort of development to begin with.

Low-code platforms let citizen developers create solutions without relying solely on IT. While IT is still essential for higher-order tasks like data ingestion, cybersecurity, and governance, low-code allows business departments allows for collaboration and more rapid development to occur at the same time.

Benefits of the Right Low-Code/No-Code Platform

Identifying the most ideal low-code/no-code platform for IoT integration is imperative for manufacturers who wish to speed up development workflows significantly, as well as for those who see a need to boost operational efficiency and maintain any competitive edges they may currently have.

There are many benefits of the right low-code / no-code platform that will cater that need, and the most standard of them are:

Multiple-System Integration: The correct platform will integrate with various systems and devices seamlessly, and this smooth transition will allow manufacturers to leverage existing infrastructure to support IoT devices as needed and in the best manner. Efficient data exchange and collaboration across the entire IoT ecosystem is likely to be an end result.

Security: Robust security features will need to be a part of any chosen platform, including data encryption, secure communication protocols, and access controls. The reason for this importance is in protecting sensitive data and maintain the overall security of the IoT ecosystem. Low and No-Code platforms will foster the type of work and insight into best practices that will cater to this need.

Flexibility & customization: Platforms will ideally offer a comprehensive development environment, including visual editors, pre-built components, and support for custom code. With them manufacturers will be better able to tailor applications and solutions to their specific processes and requirements.Vendor support and community: Robust vendor systems will be best when they support thorough documentation, regular updates, and dedicated customer service. All of which are needed for smooth IoT integration. This also better promotes an active developer community that can offer valuable insights, share libraries, and collectively contribute to an understanding of best practices for successful deployment and continuous improvement.