There is much buzz around quantum computers because they are expected to surpass even the most powerful classic supercomputers in certain calculations — especially handling problems that involve sifting through massive amounts of data. Quantum computers, for example, might be able to find distant habitable planets, the cure for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease or revamp complex airline flight schedules.
Quantum machines offer a different kind of computing power because instead of relying on ones and zeros – or bits – they use qubits, which can be both ones and zeros.
One of the rules of quantum mechanics is that a quantum system can be in more than one state at the same time, meaning it’s not known what a qubit is until it begins to interact with — or entangle — other qubits. Unlike classic computers that operate in a linear or orderly fashion, quantum computers gain their power from qubits working with each other, allowing them to calculate all possibilities at the same time, instead of one by one.
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The average ransomware payment rose to $1,077, up from $294 a year earlier, Symantec said. Hackers spreading ransomware are getting greedier. In 2016, the average ransom demand to free computers hit with the infection rose to $1,077, up from $294 the year before, according to security firm Symantec.
“Attackers clearly think that there’s more to be squeezed from victims,” Symantec said in a Wednesday report.
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The Robocall radar website has tracked 1.7 billion unwanted calls in the month of March 2017. The National Do Not Call Registry is relatively ineffective and does not stop nuisance calls. As VOIP (Voice Over IP) technology has taken over in recent years, area codes are virtually meaningless. Using computers, scammers can spoof or mask the numbers they are calling from. Calls originating in Africa, for example, can have your local area code. U.S. law enforcement has no jurisdiction overseas and can do virtually nothing to stop or prosecute scammers. Android and Apple devices have some limited call blocking abilities built in, but, as scammers frequently change their numbers, they are ineffective.
Recently AT&T, T-Mobile, and Samsung have started to address the growing problem with improved call screening technologies. There are also several 3rd party options available; however, there is one solution clearly leading the pack.
The best solution currently available, in my opinion, is clearly Hiya. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Samsung are using the Hiya technology for their call screening solutions in their newest devices. Hiya is available right now in the Google Play and Apple Apps store.
As no solution is perfect, Hiya is very effective in blocking unwanted calls. While using call screeners, there is always the risk of blocking wanted calls mistakenly (false positives). To me this is a small price to pay to stop or decrease the frequent interruptions from nuisance spam calls.
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