Data plays an increasingly important role in our personal lives, economic stability, and security. Just as we protect our valuable property in the physical world, it is equally vital to keep our important data security. Digital security is becoming more and more critical as we shop online, communicate, or engage in transactions. As our lives move rapidly in the digital world, everyone should be doing more to strengthen digital data security. Our digital world is always a prominent target for cybercriminals. According to statistics, at least 423 million identities have been exposed by data breaches in the year 2015 which is expected to increase by more than 20 percent in just one year.  As it has become critical to safeguard our information from cyber criminals, we have been relying on encryption for quite some time. Encryption is a part of nearly every service or device we use when living in…

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Introduction – What is Firebase? Firebase is a set of tools to build, improve, and grow your app. This will cover a large portion of services that developers would normally want to develop themselves. The services are hosted in the cloud and scale with little to no effort on the part of the developer. When it comes to “hosted in the cloud”, it means that the products have backend components that are fully maintained and operated by Google. Usually, traditional app development needs both frontend and backend development. But in firebase products, the backend development is bypassed. This helps the developers to develop dynamic and scalable apps quickly. It invalidates most of the hassle of creating and managing infrastructure. Simply we can that it is a cloud database. What are firebase security rules? On firebase, a client can connect to any firebase they want. Therefore, your data can be misused…

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As soon as websites exceed the size of a typical private homepage, there are a number of new challenges that arise. One is that the current content is as fully up-to-date as possible in the Google Index. Whilst this may sound simple, large sites are prone to making serious errors, as their content comes from a large number of different sources and is spread through many repositories. Even for Google, the tools available to capture and store website contents are minimal. This makes it possible for Google to use individual limitations per domain: how many URLs are creeping into the Google index per day? Extensive websites can quickly run into these limitations. Due to this, it is important to use the available resources as intelligently and productively as possible. In this article, I want to give you some background information on the topic google crawling and indexing. Google Crawling Crawling…

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Natural selection has created many species in which individual survival rests on computations performed by the organism’s own physiology. When can a physical system be said to perform a computation? However, physical computing is more interesting in the narrower domain in which a set of physical variables represents the values of another set of mathematical ones. A physical variable might be a voltage within a digital computer, the height of a stack of poker chips, or a chemical concentration in a biological cell. These variables are then dynamically transformed by physical processes, in a way that represents algorithmic manipulation of the mathematical variables. For physical computing systems that are also biological, it is often fruitful to view the organism as the ‘user’ of the computation. Natural selection has created many species in which individual survival rests on effective, often remarkable, computations performed by the organism’s own physiology.  For example, many…

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Unified user-profiles offer one single, centralized view of a user’s data. They display data that are typically scattered across channels1,  apps, and devices to paint one clear picture of all a user’s interactions with a brand. Unified user profiles are extremely valuable for building products and marketing to users, but can be difficult to create.  Why is it Important?  Unified user-profiles allow teams to treat users as individuals. Having all the data in one place allows analytics teams to take more accurate measurements4, marketers to target more valuable potential customers, and product teams to build more useful services. An individual might visit a brand’s website on desktop1, return later on the mobile web, and access the site a third time through an app on their tablet. Consumers expect to be treated as one individual across all three touchpoints but unless they sign in to an account each time, their data…

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The scientific knowledge gained from the Human Genome Projects helped propel DNA sequencing technology to its current state, but another major factor in the process has been the advancement of Computer Science and Engineering. They have been the biggest achievement to narrow the gap of modifying DNA. 1) Increased Storage and Speed Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), the technique widely used today, works by parallelizing many micro-scale reactions at the same time. As a result, NGS systems output about 15,000 times as much data per day as a Sanger Sequencer. Scientists can sequence an entire genome on an NGS machine in just days, compared to the years it took on a Sanger Sequencer. This increase in processing power and data generation necessitated a comparable increase in storage capacity, as an NGS machine can produce 1 terabyte of data in a single day. 2) Computational Biology Once a genome is sequenced, it must…

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Enterprises are leveraging a variety of open source products, including operating systems, code libraries, software, and applications for a range of business use cases. While using open source comes with cost, flexibility, and speed advantages, it can also pose some unique security challenges. Given that open source components may be present in up to 96% of commercial applications, how can you be sure that your software is secure? To help you understand open-source better, this article will provide a guide on open-source software security risks and best practice tips. What is open-source software? Open-source software is a type of computer software in which source code is released under a license in which the copyright holder grants users the right to use, study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. The most well-known example is GNU/Linux, but thousands of other open-source software products are created for a seemingly endless…

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A botnet is a number of Internet-connected devices, each of which is running one or more bots. The term ‘bot’ is used when we have to define some automated tasks that are performed without user intervention The term botnet is not a malicious one. A botnet is a short form of ‘robot network’. Botnets can be used to perform Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, steal data, send spam, and allows the attacker to access the device and its connection. The owner can control the botnet using command and control software Computers that serves as the zombie army are often those whose owners fail to protect their computers using effective firewalls and other safeguards. These bots are getting created when the internet port of the host computer is left open or via a small Trojan horse program that is left for future activation. The controller of the botnet via Trojan or other…

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As we already know, video conferencing has become an essential factor for organizations and institutes around the world due to the acceleration of the COVID-19 crisis. There was a dramatic increase in security issues of video conferencing platforms recently. Even a new term called ‘Zoombombing’ emerged as companies’ internal video conferences via Zoom were intruded and disturbed by unwanted guests. Google Meet, previously known as Google Hangouts Meet, is a reflection of how Google is doing their part to keep businesses, institutions, organizations, and schools connected during these tough times.  Google Meet is considered as one of the safest video conferencing platforms available. Let’s look into what makes it a safe conferencing platform. Benefits of Google Meet as a Google Service Security is an integral part of all operations at Google. Teams of full-time security and privacy professionals work together to ensure the security of Google services. All Google services…

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What is a RESTful API? The term API stands for Application Program Interface. It’s a piece of code that provides the interface for two software programs to interact. The API tells the developer the correct approach to write a program demanding services from an OS or any other application. In other words, it’s a set of precisely specified methods of interaction between various components of a software program. REST stands for REpresentational State Transfer and is a style of architecture that evolved as HTTP/1.1 and URI specifications were written by Fielding, and proved to be ideal for the development of distributed hypermedia applications.REST is most frequently used when communicating with services through HTTP. What are to be considered before developing a RESTful API?  Protection of Data is crucial It is always a high priority to protect the data that is transferred across APIs. It’s important to define specific access rights,…

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