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New release of Avast Secure Browser Delivers Deeper Consumer Privacy

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Avast (LSE: AVST), the global leader in digital security products, has released a new version of Avast Secure Browser (code-named Aspen) which gives people even greater protection and control over their privacy, identity and personal data when browsing the internet. The new version introduces new features including Webcam Guard to give consumers complete control over who can access their computer cameras, and enhanced Anti-Fingerprinting to prevent websites from tracking people as they browse. This upgraded consumer privacy and protection capability is achieved alongside a high level of browsing performance and speed.

William Drewett, Senior Product Manager, Avast Secure Browser, said: “Consumer awareness of the need for online privacy and security has been heightened by recent high-profile data breaches, but people often find it complex or time consuming to work out how to protect themselves. In a recent Avast survey* of 8,000 people globally, 67% said they felt their privacy and security were threatened by information gathered about their online behavior from websites they visited. With our newest version of Avast Secure Browser, we’ve focused on making it simple and quick for people to protect their privacy online.”

Anti-Fingerprinting (enhanced)
Fingerprinting is the practice where many websites and advertising networks gather information about the web browser and system configuration to identify and track people. Browser fingerprints can be created even if cookies are rejected or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) has been installed, as they track more user information than just IPs. Avast’s Anti-Fingerprinting feature uses new, sophisticated techniques to camouflage the browser fully without compromising the performance of the websites visited. This makes the browser appear like thousands of other browsers, effectively hiding the user in plain sight by making them less identifiable.

Webcam Guard
Webcam Guard gives people complete control over which websites can access their computer cameras. When enabled, it will automatically block websites trying to use people’s webcams. Users can save preferences for favorite websites in advanced settings or opt to allow temporary access only.

Email hack check
Millions of stolen email addresses and associated passwords are being traded on the internet. For consumers worried about whether their details have been stolen in recent data breaches, Avast Secure Browser now includes a hack check feature that lets people know if their email addresses have been compromised. An option for a detailed report on the credentials stolen is provided along with guidance on generating a new random password for those affected.

Avast Secure Browser also includes other popular features such as Anti-Tracking, which prevents websites from tracking users online through cookies and other trackers; Bank Mode which stops hackers from seeing what users type so they are unable to steal passwords, credit card numbers and other personal data; Adblock which increases browsing speed and protects against malicious ads; Extension Guard which blocks unwanted add-ons or plugins; and Anti-Phishing which scans URLs for unsafe phishing or malware domains.

Avast Secure Browser is compatible with Windows 10, 8 and 7 and is available to download now: www.avast.com/secure-browser

*The survey, carried out by Censuswide on behalf of Avast in 2018, surveyed 8,102 respondents in the UK, US, France and Germany.

 

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Kountable CEO Talks with UNOPS Head of Global Innovation and Technology about Its Vital Role in Improving Supply Chain Access at BootstrapLabs AI Conference

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BootstrapLabs Applied Artificial Intelligence Conference featured entrepreneurs and innovators who shared the newest developments in the field of AI from research and business development to investing and business transformation.

One of several distinguished speakers was Chris Hale, CEO and Co-founder of Kountable, a managed marketplace for global trade, which focuses on collaboration in the supply chain, bringing together SMEs, multinational suppliers and end customers onto a single platform.

In a conversation with Jonas Svensson, Head of Global Innovation and Technology, Hale demonstrated the role Kountable can play in accelerating progress of the world’s biggest organizations towards equipping people for success in underserved markets.

Kountable focuses on aggregating the demand side in trade by partnering with high quality entrepreneur owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), bringing access to world class goods to underserved markets and accelerating progress towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

“The Global South is home to some of the fastest growing economies on the planet, despite being challenged by a general lack of traditional infrastructure, scarcity of information, trade frictions, political and currency risks or even corruption,” said Hale.

“Nevertheless, the benefits to bringing the next billion people into the global trade economy outweigh the risks and massive investments are being made in infrastructure, healthcare, IT, and transportation by governments, and other global organizations like the UN, Red Cross, World Bank, The Gates Foundation, or Buffet Foundation.”

Kountable is making this possible by building a data acquisition, normalization, and scoring platform that measures the behaviors of the best trades and their traders in these emerging markets. With unique data describing the last mile of the supply chain and unique data on the traders in these developing markets, Kountable is building behavioral analysis for historical and live-updating trader behaviors, NLP to analyze the type of goods being requested/provided, matching algorithms to identify best-fit for traders and trade opportunities, time-series analysis on historic FX rates and fluctuation patterns, image recognition to automatically recognize and categorize key documentation, as well as SNA to assess reliability and competency of traders and buyers without traditional “scoring” mechanisms.

“We’re leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to help us find, resource, train, grow and promote these traders who are generally small and medium enterprises (SMEs),” said Danielle Russell, Head of Product at Kountable. “These traders are the engines of growth in these rapidly growing economies and connect the largest buyers in these economies to the top suppliers and brands in the world and are literally the point of access to global commerce for their respective countries.”

 

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BMC Named A Strong Performer in Intelligent Application and Service Monitoring by Independent Research Firm

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BMC, a global leader in IT solutions for the digital enterprise, today announced that Forrester Research Inc. recognized the company as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Intelligent Application And Service Monitoring, Q2 2019. BMC received the highest score possible in the product innovation road map criterion.

According to the Forrester Wave, “BMC Software has continually advanced its product portfolio over time through organic innovation and acquisitions. Recent releases have introduced AI/ML-driven monitoring for data center and multicloud environments and rebuilt the solution from the ground up in a modern, portable, and scalable architecture leveraging containers. This allows the product to deploy into a number of environments (e.g., hybrid cloud or on-premises) to meet the needs of a large cross-section of customers.”

“We believe that the TrueSight platform’s position as a strong performer in this Forrester Wave reflects the capability of the solution to deliver robust, enterprise-class service and application-aware monitoring,” said David Cramer, President, Digital Service Operations, BMC. “In addition, earning the highest score possible in the product innovation road map criterion validates, in our opinion, our ongoing strategy to both deliver more advanced analytics and intelligent automation capabilities into the TrueSight platform, as well as continuously modernize our solutions to make them faster to deploy, easier to manage, and provide more rapid time to value for our customers.”

The BMC solution evaluated in this report, TrueSight Operations Management, offers a holistic monitoring and event management solution that ingests data, events, logs, and metrics from many sources. It applies machine learning and advanced analytics combined with application and service aware context to help IT Ops teams predictively find and fix problems faster to reduce risk, increase efficiency, and drive down costs across IT Ops processes.

“BMC Software’s TrueSight suite will assuredly benefit enterprises that are starting their journey into modernizing their applications yet also have a large number of legacy and commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems to support,” stated the Forrester Wave.

In this report, Forrester also recommended that customers should look for IASM solutions that offer ‘intelligent root cause analysis and remediation’. The TrueSight platform helps customers significantly reduce time to identify root cause and remediate issues faster with advanced correlation of millions of operational data points and log analytics deployed across complex infrastructure and application environments.

Digital transformation is forcing IT organizations to reconsider how to ensure infrastructure and application performance. Growth in complexity of IT environments and data volume that IT Ops teams need to manage makes maintaining the health and performance of infrastructure and applications very difficult. Intelligent monitoring tools are needed as part of a holistic IT Operations Management (ITOM) strategy to minimize costs without compromising the health and performance of increasingly complex, diverse infrastructure and applications.

“The artificial intelligence is really going to help us move from the reactive service model to proactive, and ultimately to predictive, where we’ll be able to see signs that there’s an impending failure and maybe remediate it before it happens, really saving our customer a lot of downtime. Without the TrueSight solution, we have no way of getting there,” said Chris Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer, Park Place Technologies.

Forrester Research employed a rigorous process to create the Forrester Wave. Its evaluation of this report included a review of the 13 most significant vendors in the IASM market across 29 criteria.

To read the Forrester Wave™: Intelligent Application And Service Monitoring, Q2 2019 report, visit here. The report is available to Forrester subscribers or for purchase.

 

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Kavout Releases K Score for United Kingdom and Germany Stock Markets

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Kavout announced today the launch of K Score for the United Kingdom and Germany stock markets. Used by buyside firms, K Score is a Quantamental stock rating score of 1 to 9 that generates predictive analytics using AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning. K Score serve as buy/sell signals, or as an effective input to investment firms’ privately developed models.

K Score are now available for publicly traded companies included on UK’s FTSE 350 and FTSE 100, and Germany’s HDAX and MCSI small-cap ETF. This is an expansion on the K Score current availability for stocks traded on the US exchanges, and A-share stocks on the China market.

“K Score has been well received by forward-looking quantitative and fundamental investors,” said Kavout’s Chief Commercial Officer, Isabell Sheang. “Our mission is to enable more investors globally to take advantage of AI solutions, and to find an edge. The decision to make K Score available for the UK and European markets aligns well with our expansion roadmap.”

K Score are ratings built by the Kavout Intelligence (KAI) engine. By taking in fundamental data, pricing signals, technical indicators, and alternative data, our machine learning models and algorithms rate and rank stocks between 1 to 9. A higher K Score assigned to a stock indicates a higher probability of outperformance over the next 1-3 months, whereas a lower K Score indicates a lower probability of outperformance.

Those interested in finding out more about K Score for markets in US, ChinaGermany and United Kingdom, please contact marketing@kavout.co.

 

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