Month: June 2021

What is the best way to prepare for a ransomware attack?

Q: What is the best way to prepare for a ransomware attack? Are all your drives vulnerable? What about my OneDrive? What about other computers on my LAN at home?

For now, I have manually backed up all my critical data to a WD My Book USB drive. I then went into the Device manager and disabled it. I plan to do this about once a month. Do you have any other suggestions?

— Richard Hawes, Bothell

A: Timely questions!

First the bad news. Once a computer is infected with ransomware all drives to which it is connected —

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Palm Beach County coalition shows a way to improve digital access

In South Florida, a coalition of community, heath and technology groups have developed an innovative project, in an attempt to bring digital access to all in the area. 

During Palm Beach County’s stay-at-home orders at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the community realized just how many residents lacked fundamental digital access. In April of 2020, the Economic Council of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County school district led initial discussions on the issue.

The county commission developed workgroups to advise the county government on navigating the pandemic, and the initial focus was to ensure that all students

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Computer problem takes Hubble offline

WASHINGTON — Spacecraft controllers are continuing to work on a faulty computer memory system on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope that has stopped telescope operations for nearly a week.

A payload computer on Hubble stopped working June 13, the agency said in a June 16 statement. Engineers speculated that the computer, used to manage operations of Hubble’s science instruments, malfunctioned because of a degrading memory module, putting the instruments into a safe mode.

The agency said at the time that it would switch of a backup memory module that day and, after about a day of testing, restart the instruments and

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Seattle marijuana startup Leafly raises $23M as recent legalization boosts cannabis market

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Seattle-based online cannabis marketplace Leafly has closed $23 million in new funding, GeekWire confirmed with the company. The fresh cash infusion comes as the cannabis market sees an increase in sales as more states legalize pot and dispensaries were declared essential businesses during the pandemic.

The startup plans to expand its online marketplace that lets customers and retailers buy and sell cannabis. Leafly also serves as an educational resource. The platform has 120 million annual visitors.

The funding will be used to add to the company’s 160-person workforce and follows a series of layoffs over the past

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GSMA Study Reveals that the Gender Gap in Mobile Internet Use is Shrinking, Despite the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic

LONDON, June 17, 2021 /CNW/ — A record number of women in South Asia now use mobile internet services, helping shrink the gender gap to 15% from 19% last year in low- and middle-income countries despite the onset of COVID-19, according to the fourth annual GSMA Mobile Gender Gap Report published today.

The gains in South Asia, which had the most significant gender gap in 2019 with women 50% less likely than men to use mobile internet, masked the stagnation in other regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa. Women in both regions now face a similar gender gap in

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Adobe Projects Profit That Tops Estimates on Marketing Software

Adobe Inc. gave a profit forecast for the current quarter that topped analysts’ estimates as more customers sign up for subscriptions to its digital marketing and customer analysis software.

Sales will be about $3.88 billion in the period ending in August, the San Jose, California-based company said Thursday in a statement. Analysts, on average, estimated $3.83 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Profit, excluding some items, will be about $3 a share. Analysts projected $2.90. Digital experience subscription sales will rise 25% and digital medial software revenue will increase 22%, the company said.

Chief Executive Officer Shantanu Narayen has

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