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Take these 5 critical steps to protect yourself from cybercrime

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Your data, private information, and finances are under attack. These are the key ways to fight back.

High-profile data breaches at companies like British Airways and Marriott get a lot of media coverage, but cybercriminals are increasingly going after community groups, schools, small businesses, and municipal governments. Just in the Midwest, hospitals, libraries, voter registration systems, and police departments have fallen victim to one type of digital hijacking or another. Cybercrime is not just a concern for corporate technology departments. Schools, scout troops, rotary clubs, and religious organizations need to know what to look for and how to handle it. As the academic director of a new cybersecurity clinic at Indiana University, I’ll be helping to lead students and faculty members in teaching local, county, and state government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and small businesses how to improve their cyber hygiene. They’ll learn how to better manage digital systems, protect their intellectual property, and improve consumer privacy. Everyone should know the basics for how to protect themselves and the groups or organizations they’re part of. Here is a brief look at some of the cybersecurity best practices we’ll be teaching members of our communities to keep in mind as they go online for work, play, or volunteering.

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How celebrity shout-out startup Cameo is trying to turn its 15 minutes into full-fledged stardom

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With a recent round of funding and a growing celebrity roster on the platform, Cameo is at crucial juncture. CEO Steven Galanis’ plan: “Don’t f— it up.”

For as along as there’s been a cadre of the rich, famous, and influential, there’s also been the public in their wake fascinated by their every move. Researchers in the 1950s actually coined the term para-social interaction to describe the perceived relationship people have with public figures.

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These are the 3 potential pitfalls of managing up

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Building a great worker/manager relationship involves a degree of managing up. But both parties need to be careful to ensure that it doesn’t harm other relationships in the workplace.

It’s no secret that employees and managers need to build great relationships and work well together to create a productive, engaging, and encouraging environment. This is also ideal for employee retention: research shows that relationships between employees and managers have a significant impact. That’s why we so often hear that employees don’t quit their job; they quit their boss. Cultivating a positive relationship is critical to employee satisfaction and retention.

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The world’s largest rooftop farm will open soon in Paris

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150,000 square feet of vegetables.

Large rooftop farms aren’t new—in Chicago’s South Side, a 75,000-square-foot greenhouse on top of a factory building grows up to 10 million heads of leafy greens each year (and was the largest rooftop greenhouse in the world when it was built). In Brooklyn, a new rooftop farm with a 55,000-square-foot garden and 5,000-square-foot greenhouse is opening this month. But the latest rooftop farm to open will be quite a bit larger: around 150,000 square feet.

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This is what many B2B companies are doing wrong when they build products

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It’s about focusing on your customers, of course—but probably not the one you’re talking with already.

Solution Selling. The Challenger Sale. MEDDIC. Customer-Centric Selling. The B2B world is full of countless methodologies promising large, profitable results. There are so many meetings, product demos, and stakeholders to win over along the way, and it’s easy to get totally consumed by their requirements. 

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Why we don’t want you and your Android green bubbles in our iMessage chat

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iPhone users’ distaste for the telltale green bubbles that indicate a friend is using Android isn’t (entirely) about snobbery.

Analyst Ben Bajarin recently talked to a teenage boy at his daughters’ school who had defected from an Android phone to iPhone because of “iMessage Lock-in.” The boy said he was tired of being shut out of iMessage group chats because messages from his Android phone were showing up as green bubbles and his iPhone-using pals, whose messages appear in blue bubbles, didn’t like it.

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Apple doubles down on stopping ad tech companies from stalking you

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The company said it will expand use of its Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) technology to stop the use of first-party cookies that stalk users around the web.

Apple is talking tough on advertising companies who drop cookies to track your browser around the web to collect ad targeting data. The company says it sees cookie offenders as no better than bad actors who try to disable privacy and security features on its phones.

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