Paul Wagenseil, cyber editor at Tom’s Guide, discusses the latest WannaCry Ransomware attack and offers advice.

“This is a cyber criminal effort, entirely for financial gain,” said Wagenseil. “You pay [the ransom to release your data] to a BitCoin address, no one knows where that address is.”

Wagenseil says that hospitals and small businesses will be the most vulnerable to the attack, since they don’t always have the capacity to update their security systems. So, what can you do?

Keep your system updated with the latest patch level and have a certain awareness of fishing attacks.

Check it out here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/wannacry-randsomeware-and-what-do/

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If you’ve got the need for speed when browsing the web or downloading apps on your smartphone, turn to Verizon. For the second consecutive year, Verizon finished as the fastest wireless network in testing conducted by Tom’s Guide.

T-Mobile and its MetroPCS subsidiary were the runners-up in Tom’s Guide’s special report, finishing with the top average upload speed and coming in behind Verizon for the top download speed. MetroPCS was the top-performing prepaid carrier in the test, making the carrier an excellent choice for customers looking outside the Big Four carriers for coverage.

“Now that all the major carriers offer unlimited plans, there’s a lot of attention being paid to price,” said Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief of Tom’s Guide. “Our in-depth testing shows you just how much performance you’re getting for your money.”

To determine the fastest wireless network speeds, Tom’s Guide dispatched testers to six cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Houston. The tests measured the download and upload speeds of nine mobile carriers and timed how long it took to download a typical app.

Tom’s Guide Fastest Wireless Network Winners

Fastest Overall: Verizon

Fastest Prepaid: MetroPCS

Fastest in New York: Verizon

Fastest in Los Angeles: AT&T

Fastest in Chicago: Verizon

Fastest in San Francisco: AT&T

Fastest in Seattle: T-Mobile

Fastest in Houston: Sprint/T-Mobile (Tie)

To see how all of the carriers fared and to get a city-by-city breakdown, go to our full report on the Fastest Wireless Networks in the U.S.

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By Daniel Terdiman

Sean Parker may have famously said of Facebook’s early years that only a billion dollars is cool, but for the maker of the hit virtual reality game Raw Data, a million dollars is a damn good start.

According to Culver City, California-based SurviosRaw Data, available only for HTC’s high-end Vive, has become the first consumer VR game to hit $1 million in sales in a month. In addition, the company said, at least 20% of all Vive owners have purchased the $40 first-person shooter, and it became the first-ever VR game to top the charts at Steam, a leading game platform and ranking site.

Raw Data has earned rave reviews—such as Tom’s Guide’s best VR game award at this year’s Game Developers Conference—thanks to high-fidelity graphics, Active VR technology that gives players an immersive, free-moving, shared-space experience, and a high-quality gaming experience.

Read the full article here: https://www.fastcompany.com/3063747/how-to-make-a-million-dollars-in-vr-release-an-expensive-game

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