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renesmee abney

Kobenhavn, Kobenhavn, Denmark

Designer (Journalism)

Member since February 15, 2013

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    Do you constantly check your cell phone for e-mail alerts, news updates, and the weather? If so, you could be one of the 66 percent of people who suffer from "no mobile phone phobia" — nomophobia — the fear of being without a cell or mobile phone, says SecurEnvoy, a UK-based Internet security and mobile technology firm who conducted the survey. Living in a revolutionizing digital age where everything is fast, instant and, most importantly, on-the-go, people are disengaged from having one-on-one face interactions. While Apple applications like FaceTime, and the program Skype help reinforce personal connections, the unhealthy usage of cell phone devices continues to escalate. According to the Morningside Recovery Rehabilitation Center, the average American spends 144 minutes a day using their phone. For those who suffer from nomopohbia, the fear of being disconnected from the virtual world is heightened when they are restrained from checking their phone. The lives of cell phone addicts are so contingent on their need to feel socially connected on their phones that without mobile technology, they begin to express a sense of vulnerability that can trigger certain moods and behaviors.

    "Cellphones are addictive in the same way slot machines are," said Dr. Fran Walfish, child, couple, and family psychotherapist and author in Beverly Hills, Calif., to Medical Daily. "The immediacy of response, gratification, and excitation combine to make the use...

  • Abney and Associates Online Warning

    Communication, Communication Design

    SHANGHAI — China has issued a new call for international “rules and cooperation” on Internet espionage issues, while insisting that accusations of Chinese government involvement in recent hacking attacks were part of an international smear campaign.

    The remarks, by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, were China’s highest-level response yet to intensifying reports that the Chinese military may be engaging in cyberespionage.

    “Anyone who tries to fabricate or piece together a sensational story to serve a political motive will not be able to blacken the name of others nor whitewash themselves,” he said.

    Speaking to the news media on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress on Saturday, Mr. Yang said that the reports were “built on shaky ground” and that cyberspace should not be turned into a battlefield.

    Beijing has stepped up its response to the attacks in recent weeks, saying that China is often the victim of such attacks. Although security experts have found evidence that many of the most aggressive attacks can be traced back to Internet addresses inside China, the Chinese military recently said that attacks on its own computers were linked to Internet addresses in the United States.

    Many experts on the issue acknowledge that it is difficult to pinpoint the origins of attacks. However, some experts in the United States and Canada say there is more and more evidence that the attacks on W...

  • Security Warning Hong Kong Abney and Associates

    Community, Communication Design

    A new security update from Apple blocks outdated versions of Adobe's Flash plug-in, forcing users to nab the newest version.

    Apple has tightened up security in its Safari Web browser following recent patches to Adobe's Flash technology. As part of an update that went out yesterday, OS X will now block older and thus vulnerable versions of Flash, forcing users to update to the latest version if they wish to view Flash-based content. In order to block older versions of the software, Apple is using its Xprotect malware scanner, which is built into Mac OS X and can spot and quarantine known malware. The move comes roughly a month after Apple began blocking older versions of Oracle-owned Java on OS X over security concerns. That issue proved to be a bit more complex, with Apple last week saying that it too was targeted as part of an organized hacking attempt that capitalized on Java vulnerabilities, but did not target the company's customers. Earlier this week Adobe pushed out a software update that patched three vulnerabilities in Flash, two of which it said were designed to target Mozilla's Firefox browser.

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  • Abney Associates Internet Security

    Well-being, Communication Design

    Wanneer David Cameron een nieuw pact van de veiligheid van de cyberruimte gisteren met zijn Indiase tegenhanger Manmohan Singh overeengekomen, was hij niet alleen streeft naar de zeer gevoelige persoonlijke gegevens van miljoenen Britse huishoudens dat wordt opgeslagen door de Indiase callcenters en computerservers beschermen. Hij was op zoek om een belangrijke strategische alliantie die helpen zullen om onze kusten te beschermen tegen de dreiging van de montage van China's formidabele cyber oorlogvoering machine. Natuurlijk, is bescherming van individuen privé informatie essentieel als Groot-Brittannië is het handhaven van haar benijdenswaardige positie als wereldleider in online diensten. Ongekende schade kan worden gedaan om onze persoonlijke financiën en reputatie, als toegang tot dergelijke informatie valt in de verkeerde handen: er wordt geschat dat een aanzienlijk deel van de 73 miljard pond Groot-Brittannië aan fraude elk jaar verliest tot valse internetactiviteit is...

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