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Google Rolls Out Chrome 79 With Better Password Protections

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Google has rolled out Chrome version 79. The browser extension will alert users on leaked passwords.

The move is important because cyber-attacks are on the rise. The new chrome with better password protection will ensure a streamlined flow or work.

In 2018, the worldwide spending on Cybersecurity approximated to $114 billion an increase of 12.4 per cent from 2017 according to Cybersecurity Ventures market Report 2019.

However, the figures are gradually growing with businesses as the biggest targets of spending on Cybersecurity.

For instance, The largest cybersecurity budgets belong to Fortune 500 corporations, with financial institutions seemingly having the deepest pockets. In a 2018 letter to J.P. Morgan Chase & Co shareholders, The company roughly spends $600 million each year on cybersecurity up from a projected $500 million in 2016,

Companies will cut on password protection expenditures with Chrome enabled the extension.

Previously, Chrome has been warning about reused passwords once you check in on two separate browsers. The company is now rolling out away chrome can provide warnings as you log in on sites of the web.

From now on, Chrome will send notifications to users on leaked passwords and let them change to secure ones.

It will enable you to control the functionality in the sync settings in chrome and sent you warnings when your password is stolen.

Google now uses strongly hashed and encrypted copies of passwords to match them using layers of encryption.

Once you sign into a website, Chrome will send a hashed copy of your username and password.  Google will then encrypt with a secret key only known to chrome.

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Google will then turn your password into a hash. A chrome algorithm that turns it into a collection of letters or numbers.

According to Forbes, The hash numbers look like for instance, 855c3497ef6299c66733. If the same password has existed in Google’s strove of previously stolen passcodes,  it will be easier for them to note a stolen password.

Chrome 79 now allows you to download a password manager. This will help you create unique passwords for each site you visit.

Alongside password warnings, Google is improving its phishing protection with a real-time option.

Until now, the company has been using a list of phishing sites that updates every 30 minutes but still, fraudsters have been quickly switching domains or hiding from Google’s crawlers.

the new and improved real-time protection will generate warnings for 30 per cent more cases of phishing.

Another thing is Chrome’s multiple profiles support. for people who use multiple profiles in Chrome or share  PC’s with others, Chrome is now equipped with a better visual indicator of what profile is currently being used to ensure the right password and profile is used.


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What You Need To Know About YouTube Analytics

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Do you want to understand YouTube analytics?

I used to think that all you needed to do on YouTube was to post videos and it would grow without even trying. However, YouTube is not as simple as you think, this is why people who invest their time on YouTube content and videos always tend to do well, most likely because they took their time to understand how the metrics work and would keep tracking their analytics especially because YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world after Google. Here are simple ways to understand your metrics.

1. Watch time

From YouTube’s perspective, Watch Time, or the estimated total minutes spent viewing your content, is more important than a raw view. The updated Analytics dashboard makes this clear by dedicating an entire section to this new, more telling metric of video performance. You need to track your watch time so that you understand if you need to go back to the drawing board and either change the quality of your videos or use a better video editing app.

2. Understand your traffic sources

Where are you getting more numbers when it comes to your content? YouTube has a comprehensive report that shows you a graph displaying various sources of traffic. This is meant to help you understand where your audience are getting your videos. By understanding this report, you’re able to see where you need to focus on to increase your reach.

3. Get the demographic right

You might have a commercial YouTube channel but majority of your audience are below the age of 18, which would then be rather pointless. However, if your demographic is right you’re able to create content for the right age group as YouTube shows you the gender that is consuming your content, geographical location and age group as well.

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4. Where is your audience

Determining where your videos are being viewed can help you understand how your audience is discovering your content. Are they searching and finding it through YouTube itself or via external websites? This way you can easily understand if you need to optimize your content or whether the real opportunities is getting your videos embedded on external websites and blogs.

5. Quality of views

Do you want to know if people are actually watching all your videos until the end? You can take a look at the audience retention rate which shows you how long people watched your video for and when the drop off was. This way, you can see if your videos are too long or is it because of the topic that you chose. Using this information, you can figure out where you lost your viewers’ attention and what may have caused them to leave, which helps you prevent similar mistakes in the future.

6. Track your subscribers

How many subscribers do you have? and how many people are following you and also track the Subscribers using the report you can view the amount of subscribers you lost or gained on a video-by-video basis.

7. Monitor your comments

It’s important to track your comments and always respond accordingly. Always ensure that you have responded to comments to keep your audience engaged.


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Vilcap, AMI launch NextGen Ecosystem Builders for startup talent in Africa

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Village Capital (Vilcap) and African Management Institute, with support from the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), have launched NextGen Ecosystem Builders Africa 2020 to support the growth of talent in accelerators and incubators in Africa.

Vilcap and African Management Institute, say the management development program, open for applications here includes training on both technical skills and soft skills for participating mid-level team members within entrepreneur support organisations in Africa.

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Africa’s startup ecosystems have experienced incredible growth in recent years, driven in part by the rise of entrepreneur support organisations (ESOs) which encompass coworking spaces, accelerators, incubators, business advisory firms, markerspaces/fablabs and tech hubs. The number of active Tech Hubs has tripled from 200 in 2015 to more than 600 in 2019.

These organisations are critical to the success of Africa’s burgeoning entrepreneurship sector, providing entrepreneurs with business training, access to markets, networks and mentors, financial and social capital, and in-kind support. They are key to unlocking the pipeline of early-stage innovation in Africa, and driving investment and job creation across the continent.

However, these ESOs face their own barriers to sustainability and growth. As highlighted in Village Capital’s 2019 report Unlocking Pipeline, these barriers include talent attraction and retention, the ability to absorb increasing amounts of capital from donors, impact measurement, efficiency and productivity of internal operations, and time/budget to develop, test and enhance products and services. 

All of these challenges can be overcome through the vision and execution of a strong team, especially the mid-level managers who lead programs or departments and are responsible for the successful implementation of services/programs for entrepreneurs. These mid-level team members with the strategic guidance of strong leadership are the key to delivering exceptional outcomes at the organisational level. 

Currently, overstretched budgets and intense program schedules leave very little time to provide these critical team members with skill enhancement and professional development to overcome these barriers and deliver better outcomes to the entrepreneurs and enterprises they serve. 

Village Capital and African Management Institute, with support from the Dutch Good Growth Fund, have launched a management training program for the next generation of talent within entrepreneur support organisations in Africa. 

Apply here.


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Jumia Kenya appoints new CCO to drive commercial success

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Jumia Kenya has appointed Kenneth Oyolla as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) to drive commercial success as the firm eyes new revenue streams.

Oyolla joins Jumia from IPS Group Limited where he previously held the same position. He brings a wealth of experience from the industry, having held senior Commercial and Management positions across Unilever, Nokia, Microsoft and Multichoice.

He has vast knowledge in Brand and Marketing Management, Brand and Sales Management, Product Marketing, Customer Marketing, Global Business Development, and E-commerce Sales Management

He will be tasked to grow the company’s position as the leading e-commerce marketplace in Kenya, drive commercial success of the company and shape its strategic plan for growth.

Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Nairobi and is an alumni of London Business School.  He is an accomplished leader with deep operational and leadership experience gained across multiple geographies globally.

Prior to joining Jumia, Kenneth has held various roles as a startup entrepreneur and in general management roles in the software and broadcast media as well as manufacturing industries with Multichoice and Industrial Promotion Services.

Kenneth takes over from Diana Owusu-Kyereko, who, after nearly 3 years as part of the Jumia Kenya family, will be taking on the role of CEO for Jumia Ghana.

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Jumia recently sold its Africa travel business to TravelStart, a Cape Town-based online travel agency. The firm also shut down its operations in Rwanda, its third African market.

TravelStart will power Jumia Travel’s pan-African online travel booking portal and will take control of the sales, fulfilment and customer service aspects of Jumia Travel online booking websites in all its operating territories.


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