Don't Believe Everything You Hear About Cyber-Security, Study Warns

Today’s topics include Symantec’s Norton LifeLock reporting on cyber-security myths, and Nvidia demonstrating its Jetson AGX Xavier Module.

A cyber-security study released on Dec. 19 by Symantec's Norton LifeLock found that there are many myths that Americans believe that simply are not factually accurate.

One finding is that 53 percent of Americans don’t know that their personal information is not protected even if they enable privacy settings on the websites, apps and social media sites they use. Paige Hanson, chief of identity education at Norton LifeLock, said that identity theft is commonly committed by someone who knows the victims and they're often able to gather their details from online profiles.

Thirteen percent of Americans also apparently believe that a locked phone prevents attackers from gaining access to data. Data is still replicated and stored in the cloud, which could leave it at risk if an attacker is able to gain access via social engineering or an exploit.

In addition, the study found that 35 percent of Americans do not know that paying the ransomware demand will not guarantee that they will get their data back.

Chipmaker Nvidia recently demonstrated its new Xavier Module to media members and others at company headquarters.

The Xavier Module is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet it delivers what Nvidia calls “workstation performance” with very low-energy consumption, in the range of what a clock radio requires. Developers can use the module to power a new generation of intelligent robots and other autonomous devices.

According to Nvidia Vice President Deepu Talla, “It’s built to be an AI server in a small form factor. There’s nothing else like it in this category.”

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