RC IRK http://rc-irk.net/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 22:45:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://rc-irk.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png RC IRK http://rc-irk.net/ 32 32 How to avoid a rejected ballot application in Tarrant County https://rc-irk.net/how-to-avoid-a-rejected-ballot-application-in-tarrant-county/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 22:45:46 +0000 https://rc-irk.net/how-to-avoid-a-rejected-ballot-application-in-tarrant-county/

To avoid a denied mail-in ballot application, provide both your driver's license number and the last four digits of your security code, the county elections commissioner says.

To avoid a denied mail-in ballot application, provide both your driver’s license number and the last four digits of your security code, the county elections commissioner says.

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Nearly 53% of applications submitted to Tarrant County for mail-in ballots were denied, most because of missing driver’s license numbers and Social Security number digits, Elections Administrator Heider Garcia told county commissioners at their meeting Tuesday.

The trouble comes after that a bill that went into effect in December requires that applications include either the applicant’s driver’s license number, the last four digits of their social security number, or a statement that the applicant does not have a number. The numbers must match the numbers a person used to register to vote, Garcia said.

Tarrant County residents aren’t the only ones affected by the new rules. The law, which opponents say restricts access to polling stations and strips minority, disabled and elderly voters the right to vote, has produced a result Hundreds of rejections across the state. In Travis County a few weeks ago, 50% of voter motions were rejected, With harris and Bexar counties also reporting problems with an unusually high number of rejections.

The solution to making sure your application isn’t denied: Provide both your driver’s license and the last four digits of your Social Security number when registering to vote or applying for a ballot, Garcia advised.

He said those who have already registered should update their registration with both numbers.

“As long as one of them fits, it’s a try,” Garcia said.

Those whose applications were denied will receive a letter in the mail along with a new form to try again.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is February 18.

Abby Church reports on the Tarrant County government for Star-Telegram. She holds degrees in journalism and creative writing from James Madison University, where she was editor of the award-winning student newspaper, The Breeze. Abby comes to Texas after telling stories in Virginia and North Carolina. Send news tips to achurch@star-telegram.com by email, by phone or text to 817-390-7131, or on Twitter @abbschurch.

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Microsoft, WhatsApp and DHL are the top phishing targets https://rc-irk.net/microsoft-whatsapp-and-dhl-are-the-top-phishing-targets/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 05:41:29 +0000 https://rc-irk.net/microsoft-whatsapp-and-dhl-are-the-top-phishing-targets/

The Microsoft brand accounted for 20 percent of all phishing attempts in the fourth quarter, up from 29 percent in the third quarter

New Delhi: Global logistics and distribution company DHL, Microsoft and WhatsApp are the top brands often impersonated by cybercriminals in their attempts to steal personal data or payment information from individuals, a new report showed on Monday.

During the October-December (Q4) period of 2021, global logistics and distribution company DHL ended Microsoft’s long-standing reign as the brand most commonly impersonated by cybercriminals attempting to steal credentials or deploy malware via sophisticated phishing techniques.

According to Check Point Research’s Brand Phishing Report, 23 percent of all brand phishing attempts were related to DHL, up from just 9 percent in the previous quarter.

The Microsoft brand accounted for 20 percent of all phishing attempts in the fourth quarter, up from 29 percent in the third quarter.

FedEx also appeared in the top 10 list for the first time in Q4 2021.

“Our most recent Q4 report also reiterated the continued impersonation of social media brands in phishing scams, with WhatsApp ranking third behind DHL and Microsoft in a global list of top target brands,” the report reads.

WhatsApp, owned by Meta (formerly Facebook), moved up from sixth to third place, representing 11 percent of all phishing attempts worldwide.

In a brand phishing attack, criminals try to impersonate the official website of a well-known brand by using a similar domain name or URL and webpage design as the real website.

The link to the fake website can be sent to targeted individuals via emails or SMS, redirect a user while browsing the web, or triggered by a rogue mobile application.

The fake website often contains a form that aims to steal login credentials, payment details or other personal information from users.

Other brands in Check Point Research’s top 10 list include Google, LinkedIn, Amazon, Roblox, Paypal and Apple.

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MATCHDAY: Lukaku’s goals struggle as Chelsea play Brighton | Sports https://rc-irk.net/matchday-lukakus-goals-struggle-as-chelsea-play-brighton-sports/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 20:44:00 +0000 https://rc-irk.net/matchday-lukakus-goals-struggle-as-chelsea-play-brighton-sports/

A look at what was happening in European football on Tuesday:

ENGLAND

Chelsea are away to Brighton with club-record new signing Romelu Lukaku struggling in front of goal. The striker has scored just five goals in 14 Premier League games since returning to Chelsea. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said: “He’s a key player so there will always be pressure, but no more pressure than he’s putting on himself.” Lukaku failed to find the net on Saturday as Chelsea scored after a 1-0 Losing to Manchester City fell 13 points behind the leaders and dropped to third place this weekend. Chelsea are the only current Premier League club that Brighton have not beaten since promotion in 2017. Brighton drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge in late December and are ninth. The Burnley v Watford match was postponed for the second time, this time because Burnley did not have 13 available outfield players.

SPAIN

Real Betis can consolidate their third place in La Liga if they host relegation-threatened Alavé. Betis are 10 points behind second-placed Sevilla and one ahead of fourth-placed Atlético Madrid. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have secured a 2-1 win over city rivals Sevilla in a Copa del Rey game that was suspended and resumed a day later after a Sevilla player was hit in the head by a piece of PVC on Saturday was thrown from the stands. Betis are without a win in three consecutive league games, with two defeats and one draw. Alavés are without a win in eight straight league games and sit 18th, a point from safety. Later on Tuesday, second-bottom Cádiz, without a win in seven league games and goalless in the last three, welcome midfielder Espanyol.

ITALY

The Italian Cup could be the only competition Juventus have a legitimate chance of winning this season. The defending champions host Sampdoria in their first game of this year’s tournament. Threatened with relegation, Sampdoria sacked coach Roberto D’Aversa on Monday and are reportedly close to signing Marco Giampaolo as a replacement, but youth coach Felice Tufano will coach the team against Juventus, who won the Italian Super Cup after extra time against Inter Milan last week has lost . In addition, Lazio host Udinese.

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Viber promises to fight fake news ahead of May’s elections https://rc-irk.net/viber-promises-to-fight-fake-news-ahead-of-mays-elections/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 20:28:00 +0000 https://rc-irk.net/viber-promises-to-fight-fake-news-ahead-of-mays-elections/

The messaging app Viber – which gained ground in the Philippine market in 2021 as the locked-down population increasingly relied on connectivity for work and everyday life – promised to help fight fake news, especially in the run-up to this year’s national election.

“The team is working hard to ensure that Viber does not become a platform where fake news or misleading information is possible,” said David Tse, Rakuten Viber senior director for Asia Pacific, in a press release on Monday.

“Regarding public content that you see frequently in our communities, we are beginning to increase moderation and resources in-country to ensure we catch inappropriate information and remove it in a timely manner.”

Through its communities, Viber offers an advanced group chat than any regular Viber group chat. A community, usually set up by institutions or interest groups, can recruit an unlimited number of members whose mobile numbers are hidden from other members.

By monitoring these communities, Viber has recognized that popular messaging apps could take on greater responsibility in curbing the spread of malicious and deceptive content.

Viber will help combat fake news by teaming up with legitimate sources of information, Tse said.

growth in calls

Citing the positive impact of local partnerships, Viber saw 57.37 percent growth in calls in 2021, while message usage increased by 31 percent. Group chats also grew 17 percent, while group chat messages saw 19 percent growth.

More than half of Viber users in the Philippines belong to the younger demographic, with 40 percent being in the 25-34 age group, followed by 35-50 year-olds at 30 percent.

Filipinos under the age of 24 have also started using the app more frequently, accounting for 17 percent of users, while the remaining 13 percent are aged 52 and over.

“Partnering with local brands and businesses has allowed Viber to strengthen its presence in the Philippines while enhancing our connection with them, responding to their needs and presenting them with new features that help them improve their communication and their Making life more efficient.” Tse said.

cooperation

The app has also reported significant growth in content collaboration across categories such as entertainment and sports. It has also partnered with fintech companies, government agencies (particularly the Department of Health), and telecom companies. For example, Viber has partnered with local brands like GCash to help micro, small and medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs with Food PH-Bot through Negosyo Serye’s webinars. It partnered with LEB Holdings Inc. to help Cebuanos connect with local food vendors in the Let’s Eat Bai community.

It also has existing partnerships with market company PGAG as well as with San-en NeoPhoenix to keep basketball fans updated with the latest sports news.

In June 2021, the app added a new feature, Viber Lens, which offers augmented reality (AR) for the in-app camera, allowing users to make their chats more fun and creative with virtual masks and filters. Since then, the app has seen more than 7.3 million users who have added lenses to their photos, videos or GIFs – and 56 percent of them are women.

The 30-40 age group formed the largest segment of Viber Lens users at 23 percent, closely followed by users in the 40-60 age group at 18 percent. Users under the age of 17 made up 13 percent of Lens users.

All in one

“Viber is really evolving into an all-in-one app. Not only is it a platform for users to express themselves, but it has also enabled them to transact while being entertained,” Tse explained. “What matters most to us is the users’ journey and how relevant we are to their daily lives. Our users remain and will always be at the forefront of our developments.”

Given Viber’s performance in 2021, Tse is optimistic that Viber can enter 2022 in a position of strength. Even if restrictions are lifted, he said the pandemic has already shown people how messaging apps like Viber could increase efficiencies — like reducing the cost of business travel and allowing educators to maximize online chats.

“As we continue to grapple with our current reality, online communication will continue to strive, become more efficient and change the way people communicate,” Tse said. “And these new insights and habits will definitely inform our plans and how we perform in 2022.” INQ

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Makati is offering free Covid-19 testing to residents https://rc-irk.net/makati-is-offering-free-covid-19-testing-to-residents/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 10:35:00 +0000 https://rc-irk.net/makati-is-offering-free-covid-19-testing-to-residents/

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MANILA – The Government of Makati City will offer free testing for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to qualified residents.

In a social media note Monday, the city government said it will allow symptomatic residents to use reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and antigen testing for Covid-19 free of charge.

Seniors, those with comorbidities, vulnerable populations, and even unvaccinated individuals who have close contacts with a Covid-19 patient qualify for free Covid-19 testing because they are the most vulnerable to contracting the dreaded infection.

Ipapatupad ito dahil sa tumataas na demand free Covid-19 testing (This is being carried out in light of the increasing demand for free Covid-19 testing),” the city’s recommendation said.

The city’s Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance decides whether patients undergo antigen or RT-PCR testing.

The city government said the antigen test kits were from the Ministry of Health and Abbott Labors Philippines.

Symptomatic residents can contact 0917-844-6997, 0917-812-1229, 0917-844-6904, (02) 8870-1442, (02) 8870-1444, (02) 8870-1447, (02) 8870-1448 , or send an email to makaticesu@gmail.com.

You can also avail Makati’s e-consultation services through Facebook or Viber application.

The city reminded residents to stay home and only go out for essential travel.

Makati City is currently enforcing regulated mobility for unvaccinated individuals. (PNA)

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Jio, Airtel, Vi giving free 3 month top up to celebrate 90 crore vaccinations? The truth about the viral WhatsApp message is… https://rc-irk.net/jio-airtel-vi-giving-free-3-month-top-up-to-celebrate-90-crore-vaccinations-the-truth-about-the-viral-whatsapp-message-is/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 08:26:15 +0000 https://rc-irk.net/jio-airtel-vi-giving-free-3-month-top-up-to-celebrate-90-crore-vaccinations-the-truth-about-the-viral-whatsapp-message-is/

Vaccination protects you but does not give you free talk time

A message on WhatsApp is going viral in India. The message says so “All Indian users will receive a free top-up for three months in the joy of having record vaccinations in the country. If you have a Jio, Airtel or Vi SIM card, you can take advantage of this offer.” At the end of the message thread there is a link through which you can use the said top-up. However, the good times end as soon as you tap the link as the people who fall for the message get scammed.

No telecom company has officially confirmed the launch of a 3-month free top-up in the name of record vaccinations, the WhatsApp message claims. The links provided in such messages usually direct the user to various screen sharing apps that allow these scammers full access to the user’s mobile phone. It is more than likely that innocent people who otherwise would not know about such scams could fall for it. One must be aware that their banking details, login details and personal/sensitive information can be stolen very easily using such deceptive methods.

What should one do?

Even if such news seems very convincing and of course very lucrative, it is always advisable to check such offers. After all, if the mentioned telecom companies offered 3 months free service, they wouldn’t want to advertise it only on WhatsApp, would they? They would post it on their respective official websites and their social media addresses, and you would surely know about such an offer through other avenues like TV and radio and not just WhatsApp forwarding.

If you are aware of such fraudulent activity, we also encourage you to make others aware of it. Finally, if you receive such a message from someone you know, you can let them know that such messages are nothing but a scam and stop them from sharing such messages.