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Kerala to provide Free Internet to 20 Lakh people and declares Internet as a basic right

Post Demonetization, India had been steadily transforming to a Digital Nation. Central Government along with State Governments have been taking several initiatives for achieving digital India. In this process, the state with highest literacy rate Kerala had become the first digital state in India.

The government of Kerala had declared Internet access as a basic right for every citizen in the state. Like the other basic human rights like food, water and education, Internet is also counted as basic human right in Kerala. The most literate state in India is stepping towards achieving digitalization and proper use of the Internet.

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During the budget session, Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac on Friday announced different projects for making the internet accessible to more people. Funds are allotted in the budget for providing free internet to 20 lakh people who were backward centers of the economy.

“The government’s idea will be to deliver internet connectivity with limited bandwidth to individual households through an optic fiber network to be established parallel to the distribution network of the KSEB,” said M Sivasankar, secretary, department of electronics and information technology.

According to the budget, the Kerala government is planning to set up a network under the name K-FON (Kerala Fibre Optic Network).In the span of 18 months, the state government had allotted Rs 1,000 crore through KIIFB for this project. Under the project, internet services shall be provided at lesser prices for economically backward people. Another important decision the budget session made is the setting of Free WIFI at Akshaya Centers,Government Offices, Libraries and other Public Places.

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In addition to the Free Internet, the Kerala govt also allotted good amounts to the electronic and IT sector. “Electronic hardware production is getting a big push. The budget looks at exploiting the opportunities to invite more investment,” said the IT secretary.

The Kerala Govt stands as an example of making the state grow in literacy and usage of internet. We hope all other states would follow the foot marks of Kerala in broadening the digitalization process.

Google Pushes HTTPS-based Web Security Measures

A HTTPS-based website is a safer way to protect users from possible security attacks, the security director at Google has said, emphasizing that major South Korean search engines do not support this system.

“Top websites in (South) Korea that don’t support HTTPS are Naver and Daum. It’s not just a problem for (South) Korea but a challenge for the world and the developers,” said Parisa Tabriz.Tabriz heads the team who protects Google Chrome and its billions of users from criminal hackers reported.

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Google began adding security warnings for websites that do not use strong encryption beginning in 2017, putting a clear “Not secure” warning next to online websites that use unencrypted HTTP connections rather than encrypted HTTPS connections.

Tabriz said HTTP websites, which account for nearly half of the world’s websites, are vulnerable to attacks that Google calls in security terms, “man in the middle.” “Encryption will give the security we need. HTTPS does not solve all security problems, but it provides a foundation for this,” she said.

As to some complaints that Google’s HTTPS policy may be expensive and time-consuming, the security expert said switching to HTTPS is not easy but necessary. “It is just a misconception that there is cost. It was true 10 years ago, but cost is no longer true for today,” the Iranian-American hacker who protects Google said.

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“Without the HTTPS, there is no privacy. We also published a transparency report,” she said, adding that HTTPS websites have steadily increased during the past one year with Google’s effort.

As for general security, she advised Internet uses not to reuse or use the same password for different websites since hackers know this, and they will attack the weakest website to obtain personal data. “Don’t login on shared computers and verify your account security setting,” she added.


Cisco Launches Umbrella: First Secure Internet Gateway in the Cloud

Global networking giant Cisco on Monday launched Umbrella, a Cloud-based secure internet gateway that provides visibility and protection against threats wherever users work.

A secure internet gateway (SIG) provides safe access to the internet anywhere users go, even when they are off the VPN and provides the first line of visibility and defense regardless of where users are located or to what they’re trying to connect.

“Our secure internet gateway, Cisco Umbrella, can protect today’s enterprise and beyond as mobility increases and new cloud services are adopted,” said David Ulevitch, Vice President, General Manager, Security Business Group, Cisco Systems.

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Umbrella stops current and emergent threats over all ports and protocols for the most comprehensive coverage. It blocks access to malicious domains, URLs, IPs, and files before a connection is ever established or a file downloaded.

By combining “Umbrella” with Cisco Cloudlock’s Cloud Access Security Broker technology, Cisco can now enable organisations to identify which SaaS apps are being used and enforce policies to block risky or inappropriate apps.

“Umbrella” can integrate with existing systems, including security appliances, intelligence platforms or feeds, and custom, in-house tools which enables users to extend protection for devices and locations beyond the perimeter.

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“‘Umbrella’ resolves over 100 billion internet requests every day and correlates this live data with over 11 billion historical events. This is analysed to identify patterns, detect anomalies, and create models to automatically uncover attacker infrastructure being staged for the next threat,” the company said in a statement.

Idea Offers 15GB of Data to Buyers of 4G Smartphones From Flipkart

Idea Cellular partnered with leading e-commerce retailer Flipkart, to offer exciting deals to its subscribers who upgrade to 4G smartphones. The latest announcement made by the company is that they are offering 15GB data for a price of 1GB data.

The company teamed up with Flipkart to introduce the new 4G deal to their customers. Under this deal, Idea customers who buy a 4G-enabled smartphone through online portal Flipkart can avail 15GB just by paying for 1GB data price. Nowadays the usage of 4G network increased, most of all the people prefer 4G data for a speed of the internet.

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Users can who are Idea 4G Sim holders and buy a new smartphone from Flipkart can avail this offer. To enjoy 15GB data of 4G network,

  • Head over to the E-commerce website and purchase 4G smartphone.
  • Ensure that you have a new Idea 4G sim.
  • Register your mobile number through purchased smartphone using Idea network.
  • After completed the registration process, just recharge your number with standard 1GB data.
  • And automatically remaining 14GB data will be added to your account.

“With 4G ecosystem evolving, Idea aims to get more and more customers to join the digital bandwagon and get Idea’s best in class mobile broadband services across the country. The union with Flipkart will enable Idea users to access a wide-range of high-quality 4G smartphones with unmatched offers and data benefits up to 15GB for the price of 1GB,” Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular, said in a statement.

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Moreover, this data package comes with a validity of 28 days. Users can enjoy 15GB data for the price of 1GB data for only three times until 31st March.

  • For prepaid users, the activation of this additional data pack can get through an exclusive monthly package of Rs. 255.
  • For postpaid users, they need to activate the data package within 48 to 72 hours of inserting the sim.

To activate 15GB data package on your postpaid number, you have to dial *121*999# or 121999 from your mobile. Users of Idea 3G and 2G circles, they can avail the offer in respective 3G and 2G circles.

Android New Feature ‘Instant Tethering’ in Google Play Services Gets You Online

Android has introduced the new feature with the name of instant tethering in Google play services. We use the mobile hotspot to access the internet, but it takes some time to tether manually. So Google has introduced this feature

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In this instant tethering, it is linked up with the devices which are connected to the Google account. It helps you to stay on online when your connection is lost. In case if you lost the internet connection, it will ask you to tether with another device. For this process, no additional setup is required. They use Bluetooth to negotiate the connection.  It will also show the battery level of another device

It works on a server side component and in Google play services 10.2 version. This feature will work on the devices running on Nougat 7.1.1 like Nexus, pixel. The Nexus 9 and Pixel C are only supported as clients. This user can connect to the compatible devices, and it also works on the marshmallow.

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Phones like Pixel XL will act as hotspot side, and these two phones can connect to each other with instant tethering. This feature is testing on more devices. There is server side component attached to this device, so you can’t see this features immediately after installing from new play services.

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