It happened in the UK, Long Island, New YorkN,South Carolina and a lot of other places lately. A nanny camera set up in a child’s room roving and moving on its own thanks to hackers who managed to remotely access the cameras without the knowledge or approval of the owners.
In general, the Internet of Things means things like toys, music players like Alexa, refrigerators and more can be connected to the net. With this connection comes the risk of being exploited by hackers so use two level password protection and opt for the highest encryption possible.
Also, with adults spending an astonishing 11 hours per day glued to their screens – reading, watching, listening and interacting with media ‒ making a pledge to protect your online life is a digital must do. Intel, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Microsoft have an easy-to-implement solution for your New Year’s resolution: #UpdateMeow and keep your systems and software current. The message is simple: when you receive an update notification from your device manufacturer or operating system vendor, verify the source and apply the update. It’s one of the easiest ways to help keep devices secure.
Leveraging the popularity of cats on the internet, #UpdateMeow is a feline-friendly way to remind everyone to update their software and systems, which is often essential to fixing security bugs. It’s simple, has multiple benefits and will keep your interconnected world safer and more secure. What better way to kick off the New Year than by taking one simple step that will help protect you, your family and your entire online community.
With the big game one day away, the teams are focusing on their game plans and the advertisers are doing the same. Although a SuperBowl ad is a yearly tradition for some companies, others save their entire ad budgets for the exposure.
Over the past 30 days, there have been more than 75,000 social posts related to SuperBowl Advertising, but 40,000 of those have been posted just in the past seven days, according to international social media analytics firm Talkwalker.
So, who’s leading the way in pre-game SuperBowl ad hype? Over the past seven days, Snickers has been mentioned in relation to the SuperBowl 5,046 times, while Skittles comes in second at 4,444 and Mr. Clean 4,278.
In its SuperBowl ad debut, Mr. Clean has gotten a lot of buzz with its new take on cleaning, with this USA Today post claiming “Mr. Clean Gets a Little Dirty in New Ad” and garnering more than 28,000 likes.
One company that has received a lot of attention is Heinz – for choosing to not advertise in this year’s big game, but instead investing that $5 million plus that it would have spent on an ad in giving its employees the day off the Monday after the SuperBowl, using the hashtag #smunday, a campaign to make SuperBowlMonday a national holiday. Heinz may be on to something, as SuperBowlMonday as a national holiday sounds like a good idea to many Americans and the hashtag has caught on with more than 2,800 social posts in the past seven days.
With multiple ads for multiple brands, Anheuser Busch is getting a lot of mentions – but is still only in fifth place among brands mentioned. But this trailer for its ad for Budweiser, racked up 23,000 Facebook views.
In the last 24 hours, no company has been mentioned more than Skittles, with more than 3,000 posts in just the past day, featuring Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch taking the candy to Houston, Scotland.
Among the top hashtags trending over the past week, Skittles’ #TasteTheRainbow has realized an increase of more than 4,000 percent in the past week, while Intel’s #ExperienceMore has jumped 143 percent.
Trending brands related to the SuperBowlinclude Mr. Clean, up 931 percent in the past week, Ford Motor Company up 274 percent and SuperBowl participant The New England Patriots, up 256 percent.
Talkwalker (www.talkwalker.com) is one of the world’s leading social data intelligence companies. Its cutting edge technology provides actionable social media insights through real-time social listening and advanced social media analytics. Talkwalker helps marketers to prove the value of their social efforts and significantly enhances the speed and accuracy of business decision-making. Talkwalker’sstate of the art social intelligence platform monitors and analyzes online conversations on social networks, news websites, blogs, forums and more, in over 187 languages. Its 1500 servers process posts from 150 million websites every day. Talkwalker’s unique social intelligence software was selected to become a Twitter Official Partner in 2014.