Hackers took advantage of an unpatched Drupal vulnerability in the organization’s website to launch a cryptojacking attack.
Instagram is going to rely on “machine learning tools” to cut down on people gaming the system.
You don’t need to make more friends to get more Instagram followers — all you need to do is swipe your credit card, and some services will boost your follower count for you.
Instagram wants to cut down on that. Starting Monday, Instagram says it will no longer allow “inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity.” That includes buying “Likes” and followers, and paying for other engagement generated by apps that require a user’s Instagram login details in order to operate on their behalf.
Instagram says it “built machine learning tools” to help detect accounts growing artificially. The move is not retroactive, so Instagram won’t be removing “Likes” or followers that accounts have already garnered. It’s just going to prevent them in the future.
Here’s the message users will receive when they try to add “inauthentic” likes or followers.
Instagram doesn’t list any specific apps or services on its blog post, so it’s tough to tell which third-party services will be impacted by this. But it’s easy to find services that sell “Likes” and followers online.
It’s easy to understand why people pay to boost their “Likes” and followers. An Instagram influencer with a larger following, or more engagement, can charge more to advertisers who want pay them to promote their products. There’s also a psychological element to it: The more followers you have, the more legitimate you look to real Instagram users who may also want to follow you.
But social media companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have been cracking down on bots and “inauthentic activity” in recent years. Some of it can be dangerous, like when Russian actors used Facebook to try and sway public opinion ahead of the 2016 U.S. elections. It’s also annoying, and delegitimizes the rest of the service. Who cares about follower counts and “Likes” if they’re coming from bots?
This kind of activity has been against Instagram’s Terms of Service for a while, so it’s not entirely clear why Instagram wants to crack down on this now. Here’s a logical guess though: Facebook is under more pressure than ever to police the activity on its platforms, given all that has happened with Facebook and Russian election meddling since 2016.
And Instagram isn’t done: “We’ll have more updates in the coming weeks on additional measures we’re taking to tackle inauthentic activity on Instagram,” the company wrote on its blog.
If you’re working with others on a shared Google Sheets file, sometimes people can enter unexpected data or something that breaks a formula. One way to ensure everyone enters the data you want is to provide it for them in a drop-down validation list.
How to Create a Drop-Down List
A drop-down list is a great way to ensure the data people enter into your form, application, or spreadsheet is exactly what you’re expecting. It also provides a much faster way for people to input that data since they’re selecting from a pre-configured list you provide.
The first thing you need to do is open up your Google Sheets file and select the cell(s) for which you want to use a drop-down list.
Next, open the “Data” menu and select the “Data Validation” command.
From the Criteria drop-down, choose either “List From a Range” or “List of Items.”
- List From a Range: A list of values that have been selected from other cells in the same or a different sheet. For example, if you want to use the values in cells B1-B9 on sheet 2, you’d type
Sheet2!B1:B9to have the data contained in them appear in the drop-down list, or by selecting any of the cells from your Sheet directly.
- List of Items: A list of predetermined data items. This can be either text or numbers, and you’ll type each value yourself, separating them by commas (and no spaces). This option does not allow you to insert data directly from other cells.
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Wi-Fi Cameras are easier to install and set up compared to Wired Cameras. But they often require subscriptions to get the most out of them, and that can include cloud storage. If you don’t want to pay for a subscription, you will want to choose a camera that supports local storage.
Not all Wi-Fi cameras support local storage. Most would prefer you subscribe to their service and to entice you they might offer a free tier that provides a small amount of cloud storage. But if you don’t need facial and movement recognition, it can be a lot to ask for just to store more video. Also, note that in giving up cloud storage you do run the risk of the camera and all its video being stolen.
That said, read on for a list of Wi-Fi cameras that can store video on microSD cards.
Yi 1080p Home Camera
You will find 1080p resolution (as the name implies), two-way audio, night vision, and some intelligence (such as detecting the sound of a baby crying and motion detection). You’ll need to install a dedicated app to see your feeds on your phone or tablet, but you can watch up to four feeds on your desktop. There is no Google Home integration and Alexa support is limited to on/off functionality. More importantly, it lacks two-factor authentication. As we’ve said before, cheap Wi-Fi cameras do have certain drawbacks. This camera offers no cloud storage, but instead, you can use a microSD card to keep your recordings in house.
Sense8 Home Security Camera
If you want to just purchase a Wi-Fi camera without worrying about subscriptions, add-ons, or the need to purchase additional items, then the Sense8 Home Security camera makes a pretty strong case—as long as you’re willing to pay a little more up front.
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