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Five major cyber threats to real estate businesses While many industries have struggled to navigate the changes brought on by the pandemic, the real estate industry has continued to thrive. Although real estate has found ways to combat many of the unforeseen threats of COVID-19, cyber risks continue to be a heightened concern. Remote business operations have presented new digital vulnerabilities that, if left unprotected, can have disastrous and costly consequences on Canadian real estate...

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In the time of COVID, another obstacle has been added to the process of selling your home: being unable to have potential buyers physically visit your property. Even if you are able to invite people inside, the rules and restrictions can turn off potential buyers from visiting. Luckily, we also live in an era when technology keeps us easily connected with one another.  Virtual open houses are a great way of inviting people into your...

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The breakneck pace of technological change has fundamentally affected the way industries operate and innovate, and banking is no exception. Accessing financial services online has been the norm for years now, with an overwhelming majority of the population using digital channels for most banking transactions. The infrastructure that makes all of this possible, routinely processes massive amounts of sensitive data and needs to constantly evolve to ensure it all remains secure. To gain a better...

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We’re halfway into 2020, and still trying to navigate the uncertainties of a COVID-19 world. This is no less true for businesses and industries, as new developments necessitate immediate operational changes and unprecedented levels of flexibility in order to keep the doors open and the lights on. The human impact of this pandemic – both in terms of customers and employees – has been a particularly complex and urgent problem to contend with. The Real...

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Simple Home Technology Upgrades It’s an excellent time to be alive if you’re an early adopter of technology; it’s slightly less excellent if you’re a well-meaning-but-late-anyway adopter (like myself). The breakneck pace of technological innovation can easily leave you behind the curve, with new startups, apps, and devices appearing on an almost daily basis. Trying to catch up to the pack can be daunting and expensive even if you’re willing to get with the times....

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The future is now-ish, if you’re brave enough for it. With Alexa, Google, and Siri becoming household names, we’re right on the cusp of living in futuristic spaces that are equal parts habitation and technological wonder. However, it remains to be seen whether all this emergent technology will elevate us to a shining utopia, or leave us trapped in a Black Mirror episode. Here are a few incredible technological developments popping up on the horizon,...

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Fraud related to COVID-19 pandemic on the rise. Canadians have seen everything from phoney fundraisers and products to sham testing kits and door-to-door solicitations. The aim of these scams is either to get money, steal your personal information or install malware on your device. Here’s how to avoid being scammed. Prominent scams to be aware of The most widely spread scam in Canada related to COVID-19 has to do with face masks. Fraudsters have been...

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With restrictions on social interactions and a global pandemic to contend with, the world is turning to artificial intelligence technologies such as machine learning, computer vision and natural-language processing to help track, stop and possibly even find a cure for COVID-19. Here’s how. Traditional drug strategies take too long It takes scientists years to develop a new drug. Then, there are six or seven years of clinical trials to get through. As far as COVID-19...

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It’s been a few weeks since working from home became the norm, as opposed to the exception. Living rooms, bedrooms, kitchen counters—any available spaces, really—have become improvised offices, unless you already had a home office set up. Self-isolation measures have been something of a stress-test for remote workplace setups, as you scramble to use your home technology and devices for a full day’s work. However, the same devices are likely also fulfilling secondary roles in...

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Technology is such an integral part of our lives–from the bathroom to the bedroom and everywhere in between. A recent poll found that more than 50% of Canadians spend at least two hours on their phones each day. That number is considerably higher right now. Bust as with any aspect of life, bad habits can form if you aren’t vigilant. Here are a few of the bad tech habits we all need to break. Slouching...