Here's how Apple and Google Plan to track the coronavirus with Bluetooth
The tech giants – Google and Apple have teamed up to use a Bluetooth-based framework to help users prevent spreading COVID-19 infections without compromising location privacy.
SINCE COVID-19 pandemic began spreading across the world, tech giants have announced using a 'contact tracing system to track infections via handsets. Now, Google and Apple are teaming up to give contact-tracers the features to make that system possible.
In mid-May, both the technologists plan to announce an application programming interface (API) using a phone's Bluetooth radios – ranging about 30 feet to ensure whether a device owner has come into contact with someone infected with the coronavirus. Once notified, that individual can then get tested or self-isolate themselves.
While further details are yet to be revealed, given how early in development the project is. However, information from the sources demonstrates that the companies are planning to use Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE) radio technology to build the system.
COVID-19 has unleashed a wave of cyberattacks — here’s how to protect yourself
Today, many countries around the globe are trying to stop the COVID-19 spread. However, it seems hackers are not on lockdown. In recent times, many cybercriminals are striving to leverage the emergency situation by floating “phishing” attacks that trap people to click on malicious links. By doing this, hackers get to steal sensitive data and take control of a user’s device to attack other users.
When attacked, users either become a victim of a cyber-attack or even lose their computers. However, some guidelines are sure to help you protect yourself.
Many people are searching online for information about the coronavirus. The pandemic has created an ‘infodemic' – a term used by World Health Organization (WHO) to refer a situation where people are bombarded with a myriad of both accurate and inaccurate information that is spreading on the internet.
Hackers have begun capitalizing on this situation by floating emails that purport to provide health advice from reputable doctors & organizations such as the WHO and government that are only phishing attacks.
Moreover, the numbers of attacks are so big that it’s hard to determine how many users are being affected in a day. The new figure of the attacked users are now being reported nearly every day, and there are a few cybersecurity organization that has reported a substantial increase in inquiries as many people started working from home.
4 Smart ways to keep work out of your weekends during the COVID-19 pandemic
With most companies recommending employees to work from home to avoid any further spread of COVID-19 pandemic, finding productive ways to work from home successfully is essential important.
It is completely understandable working from home under lockdown is opposite to doing so in normal circumstances.
And in spite of everyone's best efforts to keep productive, it's likely to lose track of time and let weekdays blur into weekends.
Here are four tried and tested tips to help you gain control of your time while on lockdown.
Let's consider you're lucky enough to have a separate office or workspace other than your personal room. What best you can do is close the door on work on Friday noon and walk away until Monday morning.