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Artyom Leydiker

Technology Blog

About Artyom

Artyom Leydiker has been interested in technology for as long as he can remember. Now more than ever, technology has become a domineering force — both in our individual everyday lives and in global shifts toward change and progress in business, entertainment, education, and much more. Artyom created this blog to share some of the news and trends in technology that inspire him, including but not limited to virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and the rise of blockchain. Check out his blog page for all content, or get started with a few posts below!

Keeping Your Technology Safe

Keeping Your Technology Safe

Technology is now part and parcel of our day-to-day lives. Daily, we use tens of tech-tools to facilitate efficient and comfortable living. The application of these technologies, however, comes with some new added challenges, the primary of which is the rising rates of cyber security. Large businesses and prominent persons are a primary target of cybercriminals who seek to illegally infiltrate tech-tools and maliciously obtain crucial data. Self-protection against such breaches is, therefore, highly necessary to keep your technological tools and platforms safe.

Use of Security Software

The rising trends in cyber insecurity have led to the creation of internet and device security software that can help auto-detect and defend against common viruses, malware, and spyware among other potential online and offline threats. Correctly configured device security software is effective in warding off any potential infiltrations.

Use of Access Control

As a technology user, you should seek to appropriately control access to your tech devices and platforms. Access control comes in various options including the use of hard-to-decipher passwords, passcodes, and biometric authentication. Access control ensures that unauthorized and illegal use of your devices and technology tools is effectively avoided. When it comes to access control, you may use a combination of the authentication methods to ensure an added layer of cybersecurity.

Do Not Fall For Traps

Cybercriminals currently use witty methods to lure you into a trap from where they can obtain access to your tech devices. Some of the commonly utilized tricks and techniques include providing free Wi-Fi connectivity or gifts over the internet. These straps prove costly as the criminals obtain any data transmitted via such free accessories and services, thereby leading to a massive breach of personal tech security.

Take Charge of Data Transmission

Social media has become one of the biggest platforms where information shared can be maliciously used. You should, therefore, take charge of whatever actions you take in terms of posting or sharing of personal information on social media platforms. Criminals can use details such as photographs of you in an ATM to obtain credit card numbers and track your movements which can then lead to hacking.

Update Your Security Measures

You should also beware of using a single cybersecurity means for far too long. Passwords and passwords should be changed regularly. Also, device security software should be set to auto-update themselves to incorporate the latest definitions of virus, spyware, and malware codes that are being released on a day-to-day basis.

Driverless Cars

Driverless Cars

The advent of driverless vehicles holds many possibilities. Not unlike traveling by bus, plane or train, commuters may soon have the ability to busy themselves with reading, communicating with others or engaging in some other activity other than driving. Autonomous vehicles function using a combination of radar, sensors, and software to control a car or truck.

Levels of Autonomy

Self-driving vehicles are rated on a zero to five scale that explains different levels of autonomous functions.

  • Zero-Fully controlled by humans
  • 1-Vehicles having automatic braking systems, cruise control or parking assist
  • 2-The vehicle is capable of having two autonomous features operating simultaneously.
  • 3- Vehicles control safety features automatically but require human intervention
  • 4-The vehicle capably functions independently in certain situations.
  • 5-A vehicle functions independently under all circumstances

Varying degrees of autonomous function have been incorporated into vehicles manufactured by Google, Nissan, Tesla, and Uber. The self-driving vehicles features an internal map and radar sensors. Google’s prototypes have been equipped with cameras, lasers, radar, and sonar technologies that enable the vehicles to function independently. Some of Uber’s prototypes features 64 lasers in addition to various other sensors.

Onboard software programs receive the data gathered by the cameras and sensors to transmit instructions to the components of the vehicle that control acceleration, braking or steering. The software also features algorithms that instruct the vehicle to avoid obstacles and obey traffic regulations.

Potential Problems

However, the software is not fully capable of correctly analyzing and acting in certain situations. A self-driving vehicle created by Google became involved in a collision. The autonomous vehicle stopped at a red light. When the light turned green, the vehicle proceeded through the intersection. However, a distracted driver ran the stoplight and hit the robotic car. Thus far, self-driving vehicles are not equipped to handle situations involving human error.

Self-driving vehicles are also susceptible to hacking. More than one million Jeep Cherokees were subject to recall when it was determined that the autonomous technology was accessible by hackers. Security specialists determined that hackers could easily access the wireless technology that controlled acceleration, infotainment systems, and windshield wiper function.

Alterations or stickers added to road signs also confuse autonomous technology. In worst case scenarios, the self-driving vehicles may then ignore stop signs or other warnings that require specific actions on the part of vehicle drivers.