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Blog // Connect Michigan

Partners Bridging the Digital Divide

By Eric Frederick

Lack of access to technology, training, or reliable Internet are all factors widening the digital divide, causing or exacerbating education or wealth disparity through location, income, or age. Where the digital divide has caused great needs for technology, training or broadband access, many community organizations and non-profits across the nation have risen to the challenge. However, starting or expanding a new technology-based program in a community slashed by the digital divide raises many challenges such as how to find funding, where to find resources, and how to find experienced instructors. Though many established organizations have...

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Pay or Lose Everything: the Rise of Ransomware

By Eric Frederick

Recently, businesses, governments, and universities have been finding their information locked down under an ultimatum: pay up or lose your information forever. A familiar tactic in a new age, this is a virus aptly named ransomware, and it is on the rise nationwide.  Ransomware began with the Trojan horse program CryptoLocker. Spreading through infected e-mails, CryptoLocker made a victim's files—texts, videos, photos, spreadsheets, and more—encrypted and unusable. In its final act, CryptoLocker informed the victim that their information would stay encrypted forever unless a ransom was paid within a set time frame. Though the original...

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