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KickStart Europe Summit 2021 moves online

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PRNewswire – As the digital infrastructure sector continues to catch up on the unprecedented global developments of last year and look to the future, over 750 industry leaders from around the world will gather once more on the 21st January for the fourth edition of the annual KickStart Europe Summit. The event will take place online in a new digital format, enabling the summit to continue to support the industry, facilitate networking, and further advance the conversations on strategy, trends and European investment in digital infrastructure at this pivotal time in the sector’s history.

This year, networking will take place via KickStart’s digital event platform, where delegates will be able to network with new and existing business partners from the comfort of their homes.

The program will continue to have a mixture of plenary and panel sessions, with C-Level experts, and remains focused on the latest tech trends and investments in the data center, connectivity and cloud landscape, to kickstart the year.

From Energy and Sustainability, to Investment Trends in Europe

Penny Madsen-Jones, EMEA Data Center Research at CBRE, will talk about emerging European data center markets. The C-Level Data Center panel – featuring Jasper Lankhorst (Global Switch), Matt Pullen (CyrusOne), Eric Boonstra (Iron Mountain), John Eland (NTT) and Alexandra Schless (NorthC), will reflect on these trends.

In the afternoon, eight panel sessions will take place around two overarching themes:

Energy and Sustainability – addressing the role of digitization in sustainable construction; increasing regulatory burdens; and the developments surrounding sustainable design and operations.

Tech and Business Trends – such as the Open Compute Project (OCP); edge infrastructure, digitalisation in the data center; new dynamics between colocation and cloud; and investments in emerging data center markets in Europe.

The program ends with an outlook from TechUK, France Data Centres, eco – Association of the Internet Industry, and Host in Ireland – moderated by Stijn Grove from the Dutch Data Center Association.

Stijn Grove, also initiator of the Summit, commented:

“We’re meeting at KickStart to share knowledge and collaborate on challenges such as public acceptance of the industry and the growing focus on sustainability.”

For the full program and registration, see www.kickstartconf.eu.

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What is the best internet security tip you have ever been given?

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From those working from home over the past year, to companies and those sporadically using the internet to communicate with family and friends, no one has escaped avid hackers in recent years. They have been busier than ever. In fact, a recent report by Beaming, an independent Internet Service Provider for businesses across the UK, revealed that in the first three months of 2021 firms were hit by over 172,000 attacks. These findings are as scary as they sound. Every day companies are having to survive 1912 attacks – with one intrusion attempt being carried out every 45 seconds in the United Kingdom.

The interest in breaching the online security of people and companies isn’t a new idea. Commercial organizations have suffered an 11% increase in cyber-attacks during the first months of 2021, with higher educational institutions across the UK and Europe also being the target of an increasing number of cyber-attacks in recent months.

As we all need to use digital devices and the internet, be it connecting to clients and family, or simply paying a bill, we need to know the answer to the question: How can we avoid the increasing risk of using technology?

Here, entrepreneurs and security experts share the best internet security tip they’ve ever been given – and the answers can make a big difference for you, and your business, too.

 

Don’t reuse old passwords

“The best internet security tip someone ever gave me is: do not reuse old passwords! Usually, I try to update all my password info – so my accounts are secure. However, I often catch myself reusing an old password. If one of my accounts gets breached, chances are that a different account of mine with the same old password might get breached too. That’s why I never have the same password for two accounts!

Having this on my mind, I force myself to think of new and stronger passwords that will keep my accounts safer. Regularly updating my passwords and creating new ones is what helps to keep all my data safe and secure.
David Morneau – CEO at SEO marketing agency www.breeeze.co

 

Don’t only rely on free software

“It seems simple, but the best online security tip I’ve been given was from my father when I was in my teens. It has made a huge difference: do not rely on the built in Windows firewall that comes as standard.

Always download a free version of AVG or Norton – or pay a fairly cheap yearly cost. The amount of viruses, phishing attacks and malware that’ll be picked up by these (and not Windows) is staggering.”

Alan Monaghan – Founder of soundproofing tutorials website www.quietliving.co.uk

 

Avoid public WiFi for sensitive browsing

“The internet can be a haven for some, but it can also put others at risk if not used cautiously. As a founder, the best internet security tip I received is not using public WiFi when browsing websites that require personal information. You’ll never know; someone might be collecting your data from the public WiFi and use it without your knowledge.”

Chris Muktar – Founder at www.wikiJob.co.uk

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Always use two-factor authentication

“As a website founder, the internet can be a viable source of information. That being said, it can also put our information at risk. The best internet security tip I have received is using two-factor authentication. It gives extra protection to the person who owns the account because there is another step to confirm the individual logging in is the authorized person. It prevents the hacker from invading an account. Even if they know the username and password, this alerts the authorized person that there is an attempt to login, and they can act right away to protect their account.
April Maccario – Founder at relationship advice website www.askapril.com

 

Have more than one email

“Have more than one email. Specifically, to have an email that I can put out there in the open, which, if compromised, won’t be putting me at great risk. This email is, of course, different from the one I use for my bank transactions and the like.”
Ted Liu – Founder at SEO agency www.justseo.co.nz

 

Never use the same password for everything
“One of the best tips I can give is to not use the same password for every account. Also, be sure to include numbers and various symbols like an exclamation mark or an @ sign. While it may seem easier to remember your password by using a common word or phrase, it makes it much easier for a cyber attacker to figure out your password and steal your information. Passwords should also be updated regularly, and you should use multi-factor authentication whenever possible. Then, even if a hacker does obtain your password, they likely won’t be able to get in without the second factor of authentication, like a pin being sent to your phone.
Cindy Murphy – President of Digital Forensics at cybersecurity firm www.tetradefense.com

 

Easy to remember, easier to be stolen

“One piece of advice that helped me a lot with internet security is to never use passwords that have some kind of meaning and are easy to remember. Instead, get used to using a password management software and create strong, hard to crack passwords.”
Mikkel Andreassen – Customer Experience Manager at customer service software firm www.dixa.com

 

 

 

 

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More European countries get Pinterest’ skin tone range feature

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Skin tone ranges is a Pinterest-exclusive feature that allows Pinners to refine their beauty-related searches based on a set of skin tone ranges

American image sharing and social media service Pinterest has announced the expansion of its skin tone range feature to several additional countries. Besides India, Indonesia, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, in Europe, additional countries include France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Netherlands.

Skin tone ranges is a Pinterest-exclusive feature that allows Pinners to refine their beauty-related searches based on a set of skin tone ranges. Applying this filter updates your search results to show content that is similar to the skin tone range you’ve selected.

One of the biggest digital platforms in the world, where millions of people search for fresh beauty ideas each month, Pinterest had more than 80 million users searching for beauty ideas over the past month, according to the digital platform launched in 20210.

Over the past year Pinterest has seen the number of people using the skin tone range feature to discover beauty ideas on the platform increase five-fold.

Tyi McCray, Pinterest Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity, says:

“Our mission is to inspire everyone to create a life they love. With that in mind, building a globally inclusive platform where you can see yourself represented is a top priority for us. We want all of our Pinners around the world to discover ideas that feel personalised, relevant and reflective of who they are. Expanding skin tone ranges to additional countries around the world will help to surface ideas that speak to everyone and drive positive change.”

Augmented reality – As we celebrate International Women’s Month, Pinterest continues to highlight its inclusive inspiration on the Today tab and on the home feed throughout March. The company ‘s focus on building inclusive products, includes integrating Try On, a tool using AR technology to enable users to see similar lip shades and eye shadow on skin tones that match their own.

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Virtual club night to take over London historic events venue during Easter 2021

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Tobacco Dock has partnered with virtual live event platform Sansar

Award-winning events venue Tobacco Dock has partnered with virtual live event platform Sansar to turn the venue, a Grade I listed warehouse in East London, into the UK’s first hybrid clubbing space.

The idea is to help bridge the gap between in person and online events by creating an immersive virtual reality platform, Tobacco Dock Virtual, that will cater to a global audience.

“Live events and face-to-face experiences are vital for businesses and for London as a thriving business hub. However, by creating a virtual venue we offer the best of both worlds – in person and virtual – where online users can experience being at an event in real time by engaging with presentations, interacting with products, accessing content and networking with other attendees. While we wait to come together at live events in the next couple of months, Tobacco Dock Virtual acts as an alternative venue to help break the barriers between face-to-face and online meeting experiences. The next phase of events will see the physical and virtual running simultaneously and across a wide range of devices, meaning our venue is accessible to a truly global audience. As we’ve seen the business event landscape adapt and prepare to re-open in London, we believe Tobacco Dock Virtual will allow more individuals and businesses to engage in powerful, immersive experiences blurring the edges between the real life and the virtual.” – says Jonny Read, Commercial Director at Tobacco Dock London.

To kickstart the pioneering partnership, a diverse lineup including some of the biggest names in clubland, alongside exciting rising talent, has been announced for the Tobacco Dock Virtual opening weekend, which is free-to-attend across all platforms and devices. Taking place on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd April 2021, the two-day Easter Weekend features over 40 artists playing across four arenas at the immersive, virtual venue, including Swedish techno producer and DJ Adam Beyer, British DJs Wilkinson, Hot Since 82, Mollie Collins, Patrick Topping and Daniel Pearce – a.k.a Eats Everything – amongst other entertainers.

Available on mobile, MAC, tablet, PC, or VR through the Sansar app or any browser – without need for specialist equipment, not only do hybrid events allow for people to join virtually no matter their geographic location or timezone, but it also gives access to those who missed out on tickets or who may have been priced out economically. Those who may suffer from anxiety in public spaces will benefit from an outlet to enjoy clubbing, whilst remaining in the comfort of familiar surroundings.

Live-stream and media partner Beatport will also broadcast sets across Facebook, Youtube, Twitch and Beatport.com, replicating the social experience as closely as possible and enabling partygoers to meet and catch up with friends, throw shapes on the dancefloor and explore the venue together. Adding to the shared experience, a range of games and quests can also be enjoyed, including custom avatars, quests and challenges.

To find out more about hybrid events at Tobacco Dock and to get tickets, visit: www.tobaccodockvirtual.com

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