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Whole Foods credit card breach

Recently discovered by the Whole Foods company was the possibility that nine of its Bay Area locations had their credit card information exposed to hackers.

Customers who bought groceries at 56 stores through the country were unaffected by the breach.  However those who frequent the in-store table-service restaurants and taprooms at those locations may have had a breach in their credit card information. The main registers of the store were unaffected.

The breach in security was made public last week, along with the nationwide locations that were affected. The link to the site that shows affected stores is here.

Two San Francisco locations, three in the South Bay, and other parts of the Bay Area. Currently it is unclear how many customers were affected by the breach.

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Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone!

Recently announced was Google’s Pixel 2 smartphone. Now i know, its just another phone, and this is an I.T. businesses article, so how does this relate? Well that’s where the fun is!

The Pixel 2 has a strong feature with it’s hardware that really might become a big game changer! Pixel 2’s AI technology is becoming the talk of the tech community. With the Pixel 2 comes an accessory that works uniquely well with the smartphone. Headphones! Well, ok, not just any headphones, Google Pixel Buds! These headphones sport Google’s AI technology to the highest degree yet!

The headphones function very simply and without the need to pull out your phone. They incorporate an AI assistant in the head phones that you can ask for directions, among many other features that are similar to Google’s home speaker system Google Home. To change the volume you simply swipe forward on the right headphone to increase and swipe back to decrease. What these headphones have but the Google Home does not, is translation capabilities. Yes, translation, like taking words spoken in English and transforming them into another language totally eradicating language barriers.

So how does it work? While the Google Buds are in your ear, you can simply hold the right ear bud which has touch capabilities, and speak in your native tongue. The Google AI will listen to your words in the known language, and translate through the main speaker of the Pixel 2. This functionality could become an essential tool in multiple ways, especially from a business perspective. This AI technology could help promote cross language engagements and possibly further the partnerships between businesses that would otherwise not be possible due to language restrictions.

Aside from a business standpoint, these headphones could help promote the growth and interaction between people across the world without language barriers and miscommunication occurring!

Thus far the Pixel Buds have 40 languages incorporated into its system, with an expanse in languages likely coming overtime.

This innovative tech is really cool! We think so at least! Give us a call today and inquire about the other cool tech that we personally use as an I.T. company, that can help your home or business network become stronger, and more capable than you might have known was possible! 

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Yahoos 2013 hack affected everyone!

Yahoo’s most known and infamous hack in history, is worse than initially thought.

According to Verizon, who acquired yahoo in June, its now known that all 3 billion users were affected at the time of the hack. No one got away. This is a huge upset in comparison to the initial damage report of 1 billion, that was disclosed years ago.

The hacked information was most all sensitive and private information of the users. Phone numbers, birth dates, security questions and answers, and “hashed”, also known as scrambled, passwords. After the recent investigation of Verizon while transitioning Yahoo, it was noted that the scramble function for Yahoo user’s passwords was very outdated and easily unscrambled, so account passwords were likely breached.

Yahoo is sending emails to those accounts previously thought of as unaffected by the hack back in 2013.

Four years later and we have discovered that a hack that was already known to be one of the worst in history, is now back in the limelight because it was actually much worse than initially reported. This is a prime example that, despite thinking we have all we need to know on a situation, it can come back and bite us in the butt again. This reason alone should be proof enough that cyber security is something to take seriously, and provide the right amount of attention in order to lessen the likelihood that it occurs to you or your company!

Give us at Re2tech a call today and let us help you set up a strong network, and educate on the necessary precautions and management of a network. 

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Not sure if your company has some loopholes in its cyber security? Let us test it for you!

Recently with the more and more hacking news coverage, people are becoming increasingly worries about their cyber security. With reason to be worried, there are businesses hiring ethical hackers to test their systems and discover any loopholes that may be present.

In India, there is a new platform startup that’s become increasingly popular. An ethical hacker, or in other words, a hacker who tests the networks of businesses/companies, has been getting more and more attention. The basis is that there are a lot of loopholes in cyber security, but if you don’t know what to look for, there’s no way of knowing it’s there.

This startup was started by two young men who thought businesses should be aware of their vulnerabilities. At first people were skeptical about trusting self proclaimed “hackers” but were later happy about their decision to go through the process. The two young men have become somewhat famous in India for their service to businesses and even home networks.

The idea that cyber-security  is not necessary or something to worry about, is being overwritten by the recent activity of malicious hackers. The Equifax breach was a tough blow to stomach, however it has helped people become more aware of the possible vulnerabilities that lay in front of them.

We at Re2tech may not be hackers, but we are better! We are I.T.! We have a more elaborate skill set and understanding of cyber security and networking. We can provide you with a strong sense of security when it comes to your business or home network, helping you move along with your day not worrying about your data that is essential in your everyday life!

Give us a call today and lets ensure your network is above standards! We will ensure to close any loopholes we find, and trust us, we know what to look for! Don’t wait until you are already a victim, its better to make plans that anticipate, rather than plans that react! Lucky for you we do both! 

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