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Today, its hard to imagine life without computers & internet, more and more people are storing some of their most valuable information in digital format, even online. So, it is even harder to imagine living a digital life without the protection of internet security software.

However, there are a number of internet security vendors providing various kinds of services from separate protection such as password management, traffic firewall or log analysis, to all-in-one security suite, plus some technical stuff like conflicts and compatibility, finding specific, helpful and correct information of the perfect protection you need can be really difficult.

Our goal is to educate you on exactly how to choose the best security protection for you, and to explain the pros and cons. We will provide some test results by some authority sites and also share our user experience on several products of the leading internet security providers.

OUR TIPS: Read Our Reviews, and have a free trial by yourself before you pay to see if you are liking it and if it works fine with the other software running in your system.

For ordinary user, we always recommend internet security suite, which provides all-around protection. One may think a good antivirus software is enough but viruses are far from the only threat your PC faces. There are hackers, scammers & advertisers who are seeking to spy on you, scam you or make use of your personal information to make money. There are also threats from spyware, adware and other malwares. This is why you need a full security suite.

Good internet security software suites offer additional protection besides antivirus, such as firewalls, HIPS features, warnings about phishing sites, and sandbox environments, etc. Someproducts such asBitdefender Internet Security 2016is even integrated with functionality of password management.Another reason to choose a security suite is that there is only small differences in prices betweenantivirus software & internet security suites, it makes sense to pay a little more for the more comprehensive protection features. And in most cases, top security vendors usually offer bigger discounts for new launched internet security products to grab more market share. For instance,Kaspersky Internet Security 2016costs the same with Anti-Virus 2016 now with $20 off. And in a 50% crazy promotion ofBitdefender Internet Security Suite 2016is even cheaper than its Anti-Virus product.

Our expertise team have reviewed some of the most highly famed and awarded internet security software products based on authority tests & ratings, pros and cons, help & support, customer reviews, complaints, and more, to elaborately select the best of the best for users who are seeking the perfect cyber security & privacy.

Top 3 Internet Security Suites Reviewed

Among the various features a security product may have, we value the following 3 most, that is:

1.Defense Performance

Defense performance of security products are measurements of how well they perform their key task: protecting against hackers & all kinds of malware, and can be evaluated in

(1) File Detection

A good file detection rate is always one of the most important, deterministic & reliable basic features of an anti-virus products. Best internet security software should have a very high detection rate as well as a very low false alarm (false positive) rate.

In the famous third-partyAV-ComparativesTest 2014,Kasperskyranked #1 with 99.8% detection accuracy,F-Secureranked #2 with 99.6% accuracy, whileBitdefenderranked #3 with 99.5% accuracy when detecting 125977 malware samples collected up to the 21st, February 2014.

What is impressive is Bitdefender also has a very low false alarm rate (only 3 false positive samples). Kaspersky has 9 false positive samples, which is a little higher, but also good considering its super high detection rate.

(2) Firewall

Nowadays, firewall is a necessary module of all internet security suites since it is almost impossible to find a computer that has no connection to the internet.In AV-Comparatives Test 2015, experiments are conducted to evaluate firewalls of top security products in both private and public network environment, expecting they can block connections such as Ping, file sharing and remote desktop in public network, while allow these connection requests in private network.

As a result, only 5 products react 100% correctly in these tests, Bitdefender, Kaspersky & F-Secure are among those best ones.

Our TIPS: Though windows firewall performs very well in these tests, we still strongly suggest use a good third-party firewall because windows firewall does not restrict outbound connections by default and hard to be configured properly.

Our TIPS: There are some famous free firewall, such like Comodo, which has achieved impressive performance in AV-TEST, but it is too complicated for ordinary users. So, we only suggest users with related technical background consider Comodo.

(3) Procative Defense

Many new malware samples appear every day, so it is very important for antivirus products not only provide new updates, as frequently and as quickly as possible, but also that they are able to detect such threats in advance with generic/heuristic techniques.

Proactive Defense is just the ability to act in advance to oppose an attack against computers and networks, rather than scan & repair after your computer has been compromised. It has become a very effective way to deal with new virus or other security threats that has not yet been seen and learned by anti-virus programs, the so called zero-day-malware-attack. Proactive defense is one of the most featured module of Bitdefender, in the famous Proactive/Behavioral Test 2014 by AV-Comparatives, which used 1,200 new unique and very prevalent malware samples that appeared for the first time shortly after the freezing date,Bitdefenderranked #1, Kaspersky ranked #2, while F-Secure ranked #4.

(4) Real World Protection Test

The performance recorded in the real-world protection test are particularly important because they show how good the protection packages are against all possible & relevant kinds of malicious websites/malware threats that are currently out there, presenting risks to ordinary users, which isjust like a real-world threat simulation. This is usually seen as an overall test because allprotections features of the product can be used to prevent infections.

In the worlds most famed AV-Comparatives Whole Product Dynamic Real-World Protection Test in 2015, the 3 products we recommend both get very high score, as illustrated in the graph below.

And in the German-basedAV-Test, one of the most respected third-party test labs, 25 internet security software are put to the overall ability test using windows 8.1.Only two packageswere able to scorethe maximum total of 18 points, namely the solutions fromBitdefender and Kaspersky Lab,another product we prefer F-Securescored 16.5, #4 in the ranking. The best free protection package couldnt manage any higher than 5th place.

OUR TIPS: You may also noticeAvira Internet Security, an award winning software from German Digital-Security Company, is extremely eye-catching in some of the above tests. We do think highly of Avira, but we are trying to recommend the top 3 security software for our readers, if there is a place for #4, we will recommend Avira for sure.

2. Impact to system

To give our computer systems full protection, security programs need to load on systems at a very early stage, and keep running as daemon services. Some features like standard file scanners or on-access scanners take up considerable resources when running. A good security product should not bring too much impact to the original system at the same time when it is providing excellent protection.

To evaluate the impact of the security products to system, the following activities were performed under an up-to-date Windows 8.1 64-Bit system:

The overall impact scores (the lower, the better) are shown below, Bitdefender & Kaspersky are still the top ones (1.2), F-Secure (10.2) is also acceptable as its impact score is comparative to Windows Defender.

OUR TIPS: We suggest consider the defense performance of each security products at the first place. As for system impact, products with scores under 12 are all acceptable.

3. Help & Support

When it comes to computer, there are lots of technical stuff to be handled, not to mention security related problems. Sothe best-performing internet security suites should also provide the best level help & support to their customers. We recommend the top 3 internet security products because they all meet the following 5 criteria:

1) Bitdefender Click herefor our full review.

2) Kaspersky Click herefor our full review.

3) F-Secure Click Herefor our full review.

We encourage you to download trial versions of the 3 internet security suites we reviewed and run them on your own systems for at least one week to compare the above security products on your own, also to test if they are compatible with your existing system & software.

We have provided our reviews as a basis, to help you make an informed decision. We have reached the conclusion thatBitdefender Internet Securityshows a distinct lead when closely compared to the others. Bitdefender provides #1 protection with affordable low price, and has the best reviews by a large margin. Now with thebig 50% off promotion, you can have your PC protected by the world #1 security suite atonly $24.97.

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GRC | LeakTest — Firewall Leakage Tester

Introducing LeakTestThis site has been most well-known for its FREE ShieldsUP! Internet security test. Crucial as it is to protect yourself from malicious hackers outside, those bad guys represent only half of the threat. The Internet has proven to be an extremely fertile transportation medium for all manner of nasty Trojan horse programs, rapidly proliferating viruses, and privacy invading commercial spyware. As a result, it is no longer true that all of the potential problems reside outside the computer.Your Internet connection flows bothways… so must your security.

Not only must our Internet connections be fortified to prevent external intrusion, they also provide secure management of internal extrusion. Any comprehensive security program must safeguard its owner by preventing Trojan horses, viruses, and spyware from using the system’s Internet connection without the owner’s knowledge. Scanning for the presence of Trojans, viruses, and spyware is important and effective, but if a piece of malware does get into your computer you want to expose it immediately by detecting its communication attempts and cut it off from communication with its external agencies.

Marketing and Exploitation of Loyalty and TrustJust like people, no two firewalls are identical. Some are rather spartan where others have plenty of bells and whistles. Some are easy to use and some have been made too easy to use rendering them highly insecure. And, sadly, there are others which are pure snake oil sucker bait. This situation is further complicated by the fact that in this weird and immature market, you don’t get what you pay for. One of the BEST firewalls is completely free, and one of the most WORTHLESS is the most expensive.

My RoleIt is for all of these reasons that I have decided to assume an active and vocal position as an unbiased third-party evaluator of the technology and security of personal software firewall products.

… which is NOT to say that I don’t have strong feelings and opinions about these products. But in every case you will know exactly why I feel as I do. And, more than that, you will be individually empowered to independently verify any and all of my findings. You don’t need to take my word for it. You can see for yourself.

The LeakTest FamilyTo aid in the exploration of product strengths and weaknesses, and to invite an independent consensus and confirmation of my findings, I am producing a series of completely FREE “LeakTest tools”. These tools may be freely used for experimenting with, and revealing, the security strengths and weaknesses of various firewalls.

My GoalThe biggest problem with highly technical products like software firewalls is that they are, ummmm, highly technical. When viewed from a great distance they often seem pretty much alike. And they all claim to be the latest state-of-the-art, most secure and amazing things ever to grace your hard drive. But few actually are. Many are simply junk.

By openly exposing the strengths and weaknesses of these products, two significant things will happen: YOU will be able to make fully-informed decisions about which products best suit your needs, and, Unable to hide in the darkness any longer, the forces of natural selection will induce these products to either improve or die. The truth is, I don’t care which. We only need a few personal firewalls and the market has become flooded with opportunistic competition.

Why am I doing this?Why do I do anything? Why did I create ShieldsUP!?, or FIX-CIH?, or Trouble In Paradise? (TIP), or Free&Clear? or any of the other things I’ve done? I am doing this because I believe it’s important. And because with YOUR support, trust and help we can together bring about significant positive changes in the state of the Internet security technology marketplace.For me, that’s reason enough.But if you want more, there is more…

LeakTest is destined to become a staple of this web site, and a continuing focus of my future work, because it’s a proper companion to, and complement of, my ShieldsUP! and NanoProbe services. As I explained at the top of this page, your Internet connection flows both ways, therefore, so must your security. And therefore, so must your security testing.For more than a year, ShieldsUP! has provided the personal computing industry with useful, free, “first pass” external security testing. NanoProbe will take that testing to its theoretical limits. The evolving LeakTest family will provide a suite of internal security tests.When viewed in retrospect, isn’t it obvious that we have desperately needed something like LeakTest?Thank you for your support.

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Download BestCrypt Volume Encryption 3.78.05 / 4.01.09 Beta

BestCrypt Volume Encryption is a comprehensive and practical program that provides transparent encryption of all the data stored in your disk devices, regardless of their type. It allows you to encrypt modern volumes, MS-DOS style disk partitions and various Windows 8 storage spaces.

Once you launch the application, you will notice that all the available partitions are listed in the main window, no matter the type of file system they are, be it NTFS, FAT or FAT32. It encrypts each partition you want and allows you to get access to them without keeping in mind all the necessary aspects regarding the physical location of the volume.

For those who have worked with the Disk Management feature (that each Windows operating system comes with), they will surely know how to work with this application since its main window is quite similar with the aforementioned utility, except for the menus. Basic details about each volume are also displayed, so you can easily view each ones capacity, status, file system type, volume type and algorithm.

Moreover, as BestCrypt Volume Encryption allows you to encrypt data with strong algorithms, namely AES (Rijndael), RC6, Serpent and Twofish, you can rest assured that all your data is secured against unauthorized users.

When it comes to encrypting the selected volume, you are able to choose the algorithm you are interested in, select the format mode, then specify the password that will protect your entire volume. In case you dont complete the encryption procedure, the application will notify you at a predefined period of time.

Another important function of BestCrypt Volume Encryption is that it allows you to manage passwords for encrypted volumes in several ways. In case you want to insert a new password, simply choose the volume you are interested in, then run the Add Password command, from the Volume menu.

To sum things up, BestCrypt Volume Encryption enables you to encrypt any volume you want with ease, so all your data will stay protects against unauthorized access. Also, you are able to boot encrypted volumes only from trusted network.

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End-to-end encryption – Wikipedia

End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is a system of communication where only the communicating users can read the messages. In principle, it prevents potential eavesdroppers including telecom providers, Internet providers, and even the provider of the communication service from being able to access the cryptographic keys needed to decrypt the conversation.[1] The systems are designed to defeat any attempts at surveillance or tampering because no third parties can decipher the data being communicated or stored. For example, companies that use end-to-end encryption are unable to hand over texts of their customers’ messages to the authorities.[2]

In an E2EE system, encryption keys must only be known to the communicating parties. To achieve this goal, E2EE systems can encrypt data using a pre-arranged string of symbols, called a pre-shared secret (PGP), or a one-time secret derived from such a pre-shared secret (DUKPT). They can also negotiate a secret key on the spot using Diffie-Hellman key exchange (OTR).[3]

As of 2016, typical server-based communications systems do not include end-to-end encryption. These systems can only guarantee the protection of communications between clients and servers, meaning that users have to trust the third parties who are running the servers with the original texts. End-to-end encryption is regarded as safer because it reduces the number of parties who might be able to interfere or break the encryption.[4] In the case of instant messaging, users may use a third-party client to implement an end-to-end encryption scheme over an otherwise non-E2EE protocol.[5]

Some non-E2EE systems, such as Lavabit and Hushmail, have described themselves as offering “end-to-end” encryption when they did not.[6] Other systems, such as Telegram and Google Allo, have been criticized for not having end-to-end encryption, which they offer, enabled by default.[7][8]

Some encrypted backup and file sharing services provide client-side encryption. The encryption they offer is here not referred to as end-to-end encryption, because the services are not meant for sharing messages between users. However, the term “end-to-end encryption” is often used as a synonym for client-side encryption.[citation needed]

End-to-end encryption ensures that data is transferred securely between endpoints. But, rather than try to break the encryption, an eavesdropper may impersonate a message recipient (during key exchange or by substituting his public key for the recipient’s), so that messages are encrypted with a key known to the attacker. After decrypting the message, the snoop can then encrypt it with a key that they share with the actual recipient, or their public key in case of asymmetric systems, and send the message on again to avoid detection. This is known as a man-in-the-middle attack.[1][9]

Most end-to-end encryption protocols include some form of endpoint authentication specifically to prevent MITM attacks. For example, one could rely on certification authorities or a web of trust.[10] An alternative technique is to generate cryptographic hashes (fingerprints) based on the communicating users public keys or shared secret keys. The parties compare their fingerprints using an outside (out-of-band) communication channel that guarantees integrity and authenticity of communication (but not necessarily secrecy), before starting their conversation. If the fingerprints match, there is in theory, no man in the middle.[1]

When displayed for human inspection, fingerprints are usually encoded into hexadecimal strings. These strings are then formatted into groups of characters for readability. For example, a 128-bit MD5 fingerprint would be displayed as follows:

Some protocols display natural language representations of the hexadecimal blocks.[11] As the approach consists of a one-to-one mapping between fingerprint blocks and words, there is no loss in entropy. The protocol may choose to display words in the user’s native (system) language.[11] This can, however, make cross-language comparisons prone to errors.[12] In order to improve localization, some protocols have chosen to display fingerprints as base 10 strings instead of hexadecimal or natural language strings.[13][12] Modern messaging applications can also display fingerprints as QR codes that users can scan off each other’s devices.[13]

The end-to-end encryption paradigm does not directly address risks at the communications endpoints themselves. Each user’s computer can still be hacked to steal his or her cryptographic key (to create a MITM attack) or simply read the recipients decrypted messages both in real time and from log files. Even the most perfectly encrypted communication pipe is only as secure as the mailbox on the other end.[1] Major attempts to increase endpoint security have been to isolate key generation, storage and cryptographic operations to a smart card such as Google’s Project Vault.[14] However, since plaintext input and output are still visible to the host system, malware can monitor conversations in real time. A more robust approach is to isolate all sensitive data to a fully air gapped computer.[15] PGP has been recommended by experts for this purpose:

If I really had to trust my life to a piece of software, I would probably use something much less flashy GnuPG, maybe, running on an isolated computer locked in a basement.

However, as Bruce Schneier points out, Stuxnet developed by US and Israel successfully jumped air gap and reached Natanz nuclear plant’s network in Iran.[16] To deal with key exfiltration with malware, one approach is to split the Trusted Computing Base behind two unidirectionally connected computers that prevent either insertion of malware, or exfiltration of sensitive data with inserted malware.[17]

A backdoor is usually a secret method of bypassing normal authentication or encryption in a computer system, a product, or an embedded device, etc[18]. Companies may also willingly or unwillingly introduce backdoors to their software that help subvert key negotiation or bypass encryption altogether. In 2013, information leaked by Edward Snowden showed that Skype had a backdoor which allowed Microsoft to hand over their users’ messages to the NSA despite the fact that those messages were officially end-to-end encrypted.[19][20]

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Bitcoin price live: Latest updates as cryptocurrency …

Bitcoin fellto its lowest price of 2018 in June, having experienced its worst start to a year since the cryptocurrency was founded, however it is showing signs of recovery.

The value of bitcoinrose more than twenty-fold in 2017, generating huge amounts of interest in cryptocurrencies like ethereum and bitcoin cash.

After peaking at close to $20,000 in December, bitcoin’s value fell to below $10,000 within a matter of weeks. This precipitated a market-wide crash other leading cryptocurrencies tumble.

Its price is expected to continue to fluctuate unpredictably, and this live blog will be regularly updated with the latest news and significant changes.

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Unfortunately for the rest of the top five cryptocurrencies, the overall market has suffered from heavy losses since this time yesterday. Ethereum, ripple, bitcoin cash and EOS all fell by between 2 and 6 per cent.

Bitcoin has sustained its recent rally, holding above $7,300 since its 10 per cent price surge earlier this week.

The second major price surge this week has helped take bitcoin above $7,000 for the first time since early June.

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The price of bitcoin surged by more than $300 since this time yesterday, as news that BlackRock may be planning something major.

Bitcoin’s continued resurgence received a boost following news that investment firm BlackRock is looking to move into the cryptocurrency space.

The cryptocurrency rose4 per cent in value, takingthe digital currency back above $6,600 still well below its 2017 high, when it peaked at close to $20,000.

The rest of the top five cryptocurrencies saw similar gains, with EOS rising by more than 4 per cent over the last 24 hours.

As cryptocurrency continues to struggle to really break into the mainstream, two new devices could go some way towards addressing that.

The Finney Phone by Sirin Labs and the HTC Exodus both claim to be the world’s first blockchain smartphone,offering in-built cryptocurrency wallets and the possibility of decentralised applications that could “reshape the internet.”

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And the HTC Exodus here:

All other major cryptocurrencies experienced a similar fate, with all of the top five falling by between 1 and 5 per cent.

As bitcoin’s price remains relatively stable between $6,000 and $7,000, some cryptocurrency experts are making a case for its functionality as a mainstream currency.

A new study by researchers at Imperial College London say bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are the logical “next step” for moneyand are close to becoming a proper form of payment.

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EOS saw the biggest losses, falling by more than 11 per cent over the last 24 hours.

Other major cryptocurrencies followed bitcoin’s lead, however all of the top five suffered a slight dip over the last 24 hours, dropping by between 1 and 5 per cent in value.

Bitcoin is enjoying a relative period of stability, having hovered around the $6,500 price point for the past few days.

This has been reflected across the cryptocurrency market, with all of the top five cryptocurrencies remaining relatively stable since the start of the week.

The price of bitcoin dipped slightly over the last 24 hours but still remains well above its recent low.

The top five digital currencies rose between 5 and 15 per cent over the last 24 hours, marking the biggest gains in over a month.

The price of bitcoin has shot up once again, with the cryptocurrency now closing in on $7,000.

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Bitcoin experienced a mini price surge over the weekend, rising by $400 in a matter of hours to jump back above $6,000.

The price of bitcoin has crashed below $6,000, falling by 4 per cent over the last 24 hoursto hit its lowest level since November 2017.

All other major cryptocurrencies saw gains of between 0.5 and 5 per cent since this time yesterday.

As bitcoin’s price continues its free-fall, there are signs of hope.

Famed venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz is launching a $300 million crypto fund and doesn’t plan to sell its cryptocurrency assets for at least another five years.

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Banning cryptocurrency ads has been a popular move among technology giants, with Facebook, Google and Twitter all introducing strict rules this year.

Facebook has now decided to reverse its decision, once again prompting rumours that it is planning something major in the cryptocurrency space. Experts tellThe Independentthat this could be anything from acquiring the bitcoin exchange Coinbase, or even launching its own virtual currency.

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After hitting a record high of more than $19,850 (14,214) in mid-December,bitcoins value tumbled to $12,000 (8,630) within days.

On 3 January, 2009, the genesis block of bitcoin appeared. It came less than a year after the pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto detailed the cryptocurrency in a paper titled ‘Bitcoin: A peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System’

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On 22 May, 2010, the first ever real-world bitcoin transaction took place. Lazlo Hanyecz bought two pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins the equivalent of $90 million at today’s prices

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Bitcoin soon gained notoriety for its use on the dark web. The Silk Road marketplace, established in 2011, was the first of hundreds of sites to offer illegal drugs and services in exchange for bitcoin

On 29 October, 2013, the first ever bitcoin ATM was installed in a coffee shop in Vancouver, Canada. The machine allowed people to exchange bitcoins for cash

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The world’s biggest bitcoin exchange, MtGox, filed for bankruptcy in February 2014 after losing almost 750,000 of its customers bitcoins. At the time, this was around 7 per cent of all bitcoins and the market inevitably crashed

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In 2015, Australian police raided the home of Craig Wright after the entrepreneur claimed he was Satoshi Nakamoto. He later rescinded the claim

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On 1 August, 2017, an unresolvable dispute within the bitcoin community saw the network split. The fork of bitcoin’s underlying blockchain technology spawned a new cryptocurrency: Bitcoin cash

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2018 Bahamas Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Conference

Day 1 June 20th

All Day Exhibits (Local, Regional, and Global Companies Sponsors, Service Providers

9:00am 10:15am Official Opening Programme

10:30am 11:45am Speaker/Panel/Fireside Chat Opportunities

Topic: How Can I Get Funded?

Moderator: Rhonda Eldridge, CPA, CA, Founder & Impactioneer, Harness All Possibilities, Inc.

Panelists

12:00 noon 1:15pm Invitation Only: Prime Ministers Lunch

Speaker: The Honourable K. Peter Turnquest, M.P., Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

1:30pm 3:15pm Afternoon Panel Discussion:

Topic: The Technology Sector in The Bahamas is Open for Business: Cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and Exchanges

Moderator: Dr. Donovan Moxey, Chairman, 2018 BBCC Planning Committee and Co-Founder, CBI Mobile (Bah) Ltd

Panelists

3:30pm 4:45pm Speaker/Panel/Fireside Chat Opportunities

Topic: Islands in the Data Stream: Blockchain as a Global Resource for Seed and Growth Capital

Moderator: Kristie Powell

Panelists

5:00pm 6:30pm Speaker/Panel/Fireside Chat Opportunities

Topic: Should I Invest?

Moderator: Kelly Banks, Head of Digital and Innovation, Ansbacher

Panelists

6:30pm Private Reception

Day 2 June 21st

All Day Exhibit (Local, Regional, and Global Companies Sponsors, Service Providers

9:00am 10:45am Investor Pitches

11:00am 11:45pm noon Opening Keynote Address

Speaker: Michael J. Casey, Chairman, CoinDesk Advisory Board

12:00 noon 1:15pm Lunch Break at Local Establishments

1:30pm 4:15pm Main stage

1:30 pm Investor Pitches

2:20 pm 3:15 pm Full STEAM Ahead: Small Island Nation Educational Outreach

3:30 pm 4:30 pm RoundTable Discussions Outreach

Topic: Bahamian Blockchain Enthusiasts

Moderator: Michael J. Casey, Chairman, CoinDesk Advisory Board

Panelists

4:30pm 5:45pm Afternoon Panel Discussion

Topic: A Global Perspective on Regulatory Frameworks for Cryptocurrency and ICOs

Moderator: Joel Telpner, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester

Panelists

Day 3 June 22nd

All Day Exhibit (Local, Regional, and Global Companies Sponsors, Service Providers

9:00am 10:45am Investor Pitches

Discussion Leader: Donovan Moxey

11:00am 11:45am Keynote Address

Speaker: Mr. Anthony Di Iorio, CEO, Decentral

12:00 noon 1:15pm Lunch Break

1:30pm 2:45pm Afternoon Panel Discussion

Moderator: Stuart Hoegner, General Counsel, Bitfinex

Topic: Digital Token Exchanges

Panelists

3:00pm 4:15pm Investor Pitches

4:30pm 6:00pm Afternoon Presentation and Fireside Chat Topic: What Does the Future look like for Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and FinTech Solutions?

Interviewer: Kimberly King Burns, Managing Director, Convergenz

Speaker(s): Manie Eagar, CEO, Digital Futures; Matthew Arnett, CEO, Po8; John Willock, Co-Founder & CEO, Quantex, Ltd.

7:30pm Closing Reception/Celebration/Local Culture Sponsored by: BTC

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Download Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.4.0 Build 1100

Having private information in emails end up in the wrong hands is a worst-case scenario, especially in the corporate environment. Leaving aside the encryption capabilities provided by any reputable email client, the end-to-end email encryption provided by Symantec Encryption Desktop can automatically safeguard the content in the user’s emails, making the transfer between source and destination clients much more difficult to intercept.

Symantec Encryption Desktop is compatible with the most popular email clients, namely Microsoft Outlook, Exchange and Office 365, Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, Lotus Notes / Domino Server, and can also encrypt data on Exchange, IBM Domino, and vSphere servers.

In its endeavor to achieve unbreakable data protection, it relies on PGP technology and uses strong public key algorithms, such as DSA (1024-bit keys only), RSA (up to 4096-bit keys), and Diffie-Hellman. Popular mail protocols are supported (POP3, SMTP, IMAP, MAPI, and Lotus Notes).

To benefit from automatic email encryption, users must create a new PGP key for their email account and configure the security policies they want Symantec Encryption Desktop to apply. Aside from the default policies, users can create additional rules for message encoding. Advanced messaging safety standards are supported, such as PGP/MIME RFC 3156, S/MIME v3 RFC 2633, X.509 v3, or OpenPGP RFC 4880.

While its main purpose is to secure email content, Symantec Encryption Desktop also delivers additional data protection tools. It can create so-called PGP Zips, meaning it can encrypt the contents of any folder on the computer. Going even further, it can encrypt entire disks or partitions, rendering the computer unable to boot in case anyone tries to break into it without permission.

Additionally, it enables users to generate virtual disks, each having its own unique PGP key, where sensitive data can be stored safely. And, as expected, it also comprises a data wiping tool that can shred important files users want to get rid of permanently.

Having Symantec’s proven technology at its core, the Encryption Desktop utility relies on user-generated PGP keys to protect important information that is transferred from and to email clients, as well as data stored locally on the user’s computer. What’s more, it can be used for secure file sharing and allows users to encrypt or sign data in opened windows or located in the clipboard.

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Best Cryptocurrency Trading Platform 2018 | Top Crypto …

Whats the newest asset class taking the investment world by storm?

Cryptocurrency. Lack of regulation is its biggest appeal. However, that may change, given a recent call for regulating this segment. Though it is a big hit with investors, especially because of the record run of Bitcoin, the most popular of all the digital currencies, there have been skeptics crying foul over the legitimacy of this investment class.

The mushrooming of cryptocurrency is proof that its moving toward mainstream acceptance. Apart from Bitcoin, there are a multitude of cryptocurrency options for traders such as Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, etc.

If you are looking for a solid US based company to trade Bitcoin Futures, TradeStation is your best option. They offer low commissions, overnight daytrade margins, and more interest earned on your existing cash balance.

Technically, cryptocurrency, also known as digital currency, are entries made in a digital ledger which cannot be tampered with unless they fulfill certain conditions. In other words, it is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system. The best part is, it is decentralized, with no server or central authority.

Cryptocurrency consists of each peer in a network of peers who have a record of the complete history of transactions and are privy to the balance of every account.

Ultimately, cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange created and stored electronically in the blockchain using encryption techniques with a two-fold purpose:

This image showcases how cryptocurrency works:

Cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange created and and stored electronically in the blockchain.

Those interested in trading in cryptocurrency should have a good understanding of the characteristics of the cryptocurrency market.

This market is decentralized, with no government or bank involved. This ensures privacy of transaction and elimination of transaction charges. Whats more, there is no capital limit with respect to the transactions.

The supply of cryptocurrencies are limited, as it cannot be created arbitrarily and will have to be mined by digital means. For example, Bitcoin founders have stipulated that only 21 million Bitcoins can be mined in total.

The cryptocurrency craze is reaching a feverish pitch due to several reasons, some of which are listed below:

In simple terms, block is like a page of a record or ledger. Blocks are files where data concerning a digital currency network is stored permanently.

It is the list of all transactions in a peer-to-peer network.

Mining is a computationally-intensive process the computers or nodes in a cryptocurrency network complete to verify the transaction record. In return, miners receive digital coins as compensation.

Computer system used for mining cyrptocurrencies.

Any computer that connects to a blockchain is called a node.

These are websites where cryptocurrencies can be bought or sold, or in other words, exchanged in return for other digital currencies or traditional currencies.

Initial Coin Offering, or ICO, is selling a new digital currency or token at a discount by a company to raise money. It is the means by which a new cryptocurrency venture raises funds.

Asoftware program used to store private and public keys which are used to send and receive digital currencies and monitor their balance by interfacing with various blockchains.

Cryptocurrency can be traded through two ways. Actual cryptocurrency can be bought and sold at a cryptocurrency exchange. The digital currency as a speculative investment is traded as contract for difference, or CFD, through brokers.

A CFA is an tradable instrument that moves in tandem with the underlying asset and is a contract negotiated between the broker and its customer. Traders dont actually own the underlying asset, but profits or losses when the underlying asset moves in relation to the position taken.

For our comparison purpose, only brokers were taken into account.

If youre a US-based trader, those no doubt that you have heard about Coinbase. Its pretty large;the company has served over 200 million customers and handled about$150 billion in transactions.

Coinbase boasts great customer service, which is a huge win for customers of an online platform. And, your cryptocurrency whether youre trading Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, ERC20 token, or anything else is protected. The platform uses vaultprotections, delayed withdrawals, and two-factor authentication. The best part? Your cryptocurrencyis covered by insurance.

The desktop and mobile apps are simple to use, especially for first time traders. You have easy access to trends, charts, and can buy and sell with a few clicks. Set up recurring buys, too. The simplicity makes for a pretty seamless trading experience.

While their Digital Wallet service is free, Coinbase does have fees for buying and selling cryptocurrency. In the United States, Coinbase has a 4 percent base rate for all transactions. But exact payout, deposit, and transfer fees will differ depending on the amount and type of transaction.

AvaTrade has emerged as one of the overall winners among brokers offering cryptocurrency trading. Its trading platform caters to various types of traders. AvaTrade also has additional trading tools such as live quotes and charts and it has carved a unique niche for itself in cryptocurrency trading.

The fairly affordable account minimum, competitive swap rates and the breadth of coins offered also makes it a preferred destination for investors looking to make some quick bucks through trading cryptocurrencies.

These are the digital currencies offered by brokers:

Among the brokers on our radar, most of them offer desktop, online, as well as web trading platforms.

Plus500 offers its proprietary trading platform, which comes in four versions: downloadable, web-based, app version and a version for Apple Watch Platform. The platform has a charting software, allows trading in multiple markets from the same screen and provides real time quotes.

eToro offers web and mobile trading platforms.

AvaTrade presents a wide-selection of platforms and also the option for automated trading. The trading platforms offered include AvaTradeAct, Metatrader 4, Mac Trading, Automated Trading, Web Trading and Mobile Trading.

AvaTrade looks like a clear winner this category.

Among the shortlisted brokers, the minimum deposit requirement is as follows:

Etoro is the clear winner in this category, as it has the lowest account minimum requirement.

Plus500 scores the most.

Cryptocurrency trading happens 24/7, necessitating customer service around the clock. More importantly, live support is preferred over auto-attendants, given the complexities involved in trading digital currencies.

AvaTrade offers phone support and allows deposits and withdrawals through multiple avenues such as credit/debit card, wire transfer, e-payments, etc. The firm claims one-click functionality for buying Bitcoin or Bitcoin cash on its MT4 platform. Meanwhile, Plus500 does not have phone support, and instead, services clients through live chat and e-mail. Markets.com assists through in-platform live support and 24/5 help center.

Meanwhile, easyMarkets promises 24/5 support, the option to trade anywhere (mobile, tablet or PC) and market insight. UFX promises a personal trading coach and allows funding your account using Bitcoins.

AvaTrade scores highest in the customer service category.

AvaTrade emerges the winner in this category.

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Google Cloud IoT Reviews and Pricing – 2018

Pros: Right from the onboarding, configuring to daily use, for our mobility fleet, Google Cloud IOT has always been up to our expectations. Its integration with Android SDK and the highest level of compatibility with our mobile apps has made the experience even better. In the end, everything boils down to the pricing, and it has been really effective for our use. Per second pricing makes more sense, as we can avoid costs during our down-times and pay only when our fleet is in use and communicating with the platform.

Cons: Despite being an amazing platform, the limitation which impacted us the most was its compatibility with our prototype IoT hardware. This had set us back by a few months, as we had to change the IoT hardware to something which would be more compatible with Google Cloud. I only wish that it could be integrated with all the components available in the market.

Overall: Real-time analytics on the data generated by mobility fleet.

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Cryptocurrency: Advantages And Disadvantages Explained

Cryptocurrency: Advantages & Disadvantages Explained

With the price spike of digital currencies such as Bitcoin in 2017, the space has begun receiving more media attention than it ever has before. Its coverage frequently takes the form of a debate, with advocates citing cryptocurrency as the clear future of money while opponents point out many flaws that have yet to be worked out. The public’s knowledge base in this area is relatively lacking, the fact that both sides use to sway general opinion toward their position.

This article serves as a primer on the arguments for and against crypto. It does not include all information on the topic; instead, it sticks with fundamental concepts to allow the layman to decide for themselves whether to support cryptocurrencies or not.

The most persuasive argument in favor of digital monies is their underlying blockchain technology. The blockchain is a decentralized public ledger displaying every transaction that has ever taken place on a given token’s network. This system enables the tracking of individual coins through every account that they have ever been in, making it very easy to track stolen coins. Backers cite this feature as proof that Bitcoin and similar currencies are hack-proof where traditional banking is not.

Hackers may also have a hard time with the lack of a central hub on which to focus a cyber attack. While the U.S. government and large banking institutions have centralized information ripe for stealing, the blockchain has no equivalent. Every block, or group of transactions on the blockchain, is checked against previous blocks to ensure that they are valid by volunteer miners who use computers to process complicated algebraic equations. With no central authority, the crypto community has total control over the digital money supply, making it a far more democratic financial system.

Digital money offers several practical advantages over more traditional currencies as well. For example, citizens of developing countries may have a hard time locating a currency with any worth in the global marketplace, effectively locking them out of it. A digital currency with universal acceptance would theoretically open the global market to every possible participant, allowing everyone to compete on an even playing field.

Some blockchains, such as the one used by Ethereum, are also programmable. That serves twin purposes: first, it enables developers interested in blockchain technology to work on a common platform with multiple applications. Second, it allows for the development of smart contracts, or electronic contracts capable of fulfilling themselves. These agreements have the potential to revolutionize the way people conduct their global business.

Finally, crypto transactions may involve less money than those reliant on fiat currencies. For instance, a Bitcoin transaction requires only a Satoshi (5,430 millionths of one Bitcoin) to process. Deals using American dollars must be worth at least $0.01, as there is no physical coin for less than that. That opens a broad range of microtransactions that are just impossible to process otherwise.

Most crypto skeptics struggle with the idea that digital currency is worth anything at all. Gold has enjoyed high value since the dawn of history, and government-issued money gets backing from that government. Bitcoin serves no practical purpose in the modern marketplace and has nothing underwriting its value, so it could theoretically become utterly worthless in a day.

Wild price fluctuations often exacerbate these fears. Even in Bitcoin’s banner 2017, there was a two-week stretch in December where it lost 25 percent of its total value. These fluctuations make it challenging for businesses to accept crypto as payment for goods and services, as the effective price can vary dramatically by the hour.

Some cryptos, including Bitcoin, are also too slow to process for everyday commercial use. For example, Bitcoin miners can handle three to seven transactions per second, compared to Visa, which can process more than 24,000 over the same period. The resources required to verify Bitcoin transactions are also cost-prohibitive at times, producing transaction fees of up to USD 25 during peak periods. That renders Bitcoin unsuitable for cheaper transactions even as it touts an ability to go less expensive than traditional monies can.

Many people do not trust the underlying code behind blockchain either. The technology was the brainchild of a person or group calling themselves Satoshi Nakamoto. Their true identity was never made public, leading many to question how much influence they might still hold over the cryptocurrency.

Other scams are also common in the space. So-called crypto experts frequently take advantage of the lack of regulation to buy a lot of a cheap token they then hype up in the media. Their recommendation causes a demand spike that allows the expert to profit handsomely from their investment. Everybody else loses their money as a part of the scheme.

The exchanges that facilitate crypto trades are also unscrupulous at times. For instance, one popular exchange called BitConnect was forced to shut down amid allegations that it was orchestrating a Ponzi scheme rather than offering a legitimate service. Even honest exchanges lack insurance, meaning that a hacker can delete anybody’s virtual assets and leave them with no method to recover their money. That is what happened to an exchange called Mount Gulg in 2014 when someone discovered $473 million worth of Bitcoin siphoned from their customers’ accounts over a period of years.

An unbiased observer is likely to conclude that digital currencies have a lot of future potential, but a lot of problems to overcome before they realize it. It’s up to you whether you think the time is now for cryptocurrencies, or if traditional money systems are safe for the time being.

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