The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-31T05:29:40Z Your Apps are spying on you and giving away your personal information 2019-12-31T05:29:40Z your-apps-are-spying-on-you-and-giving-away-your-personal-information Apps are everywhere nowadays. We use them for everything, and they’re a constant in almost everyone’s life. According to Anushka Bandara, co founder and CEO of Elegant Media, Australia’s leading App developer, lots of companies use smartphone location information through Apps to provide to advertisers and affiliate businesses.  “People need to understand that while technology brings convenience and access to services, it also comes at a risk to personal privacy,” Anushka said today.  “Apps on your phone gather information about your movements and location and this information is then shared and sold to others.  “Given the fast evolving nature of technology, Apps can now tell if you have gone to Woolworths, walked your dog, driven to work or even gone out to dinner and they can identify which restaurant you have visited. If you’ve been to see your doctor or a psychiatrist, this will be captured as well.”  The New York Times has reported that many companies receive anonymous precise location data from Apps whose users enable location services to get local news and weather or other information. The Times found several of these businesses claim to track up to 200 million mobile devices in the US.  “Location data is big business for a lot of companies that want to use the data to better understand consumer behaviour, better target advertising or sell the data to others,” Anushka added. “Location data is a hot market with sales of location targeted advertising set to reach $30 billion by 2020. As a result a lot of businesses are getting involved in the location data sector. IBM has entered the industry with the purchase of the Weather Channel’s Apps. “While businesses tell you that they are only interested in consumer patterns and can’t identify people, the reality is that if you are able to draw together the raw data, you can identify the people you are tracking. “The truth is that App users can be identified and this information can be accessed by anyone who is able to enquire the data. This includes your identity, where you live and your contact details. This is concerning and raises questions about the security of the data. “We all experience weird happenings like advertisements for businesses or products that start popping up on our devices not long after we’ve visited a physical location. We didn’t give anyone our details while were were there, so how did they even know we were there? The answer is, your location, movements and actions are known to more businesses and people than you think, all thanks to your Apps. “If you enable location services on a App, then you are fair game. Not only will your movements be tracked, your identification may become known and your personal information most probably shared and sold. “Apps usually include lengthy permissions and the detail is buried deep in the content. Most people do not read them. “The mobile location industry started out as a way for Apps to customise their offerings and businesses to better target their ads to nearby consumers. Unfortunately it has evolved into a much bigger industry – a data collection and analysis machine that is now operating more like big brother. “If you are comfortable with the possibility of potential employers or health insurance funds knowing your inner most secrets, then no need to worry. However, if you don’t want your personal information being shared without your awareness or consent, then there are things you can do. Be aware of the real cost of free online services. There is always a cost and thanks to your Apps, the cost is the capture and dissemination of your personal information Be selective about what Apps you download and use Take the time to adjust App settings to minimise their ability to access your phone and location information. Where setting adjustment is not possible, think about whether you really need the App on your phone Remove old Apps that you don’t use “Apple and Google make a lot of money from Apps but also have an obligation to protect the interests of users. The most recent version of Android only allows Apps that are not in use to collect information a few times an hour, rather than continuously, which is what most Apps do. Apple has gone one step further and requires Apps to inform the user of the intended data collection. “Apple at one point was even looking at showing a blue bar onscreen whenever an App not in use was gaining access to location data. I think key players across the industry probably pushed pretty hard to have this initiative binned. “Our role as App developers is to work with businesses to help them to design and build an effective App that adds value or solves a genuine market issue. While we also assist in the monetisation strategy we also ensure businesses understand their obligations around privacy and data security. “My concern is that, like with every industry, there is always the opportunity for sinister behaviour to creep in. We have high standards in Australia for App development, but it is also important for App users to be vigilant as well, particularly given that many Apps are developed overseas.” www.elegantmedia.com.au New app digitises aviation regs 2019-12-16T08:14:58Z new-app-digitises-aviation-regs Australia’s Department of Defence has partnered with Australia’s leading app developer, Elegant Media, to create an online platform to store, manage and access the department’s regulatory aviation information. FILE PHOTO (February 2019): Two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 Hornets take off at Avalon, Victoria. Photo by Corporal Jessica de Rouw. Mainly pertaining to the maintenance side of the house, pilots will also have access – however, this new project does not link with the existing CAMM2 [computer-aided maintenance management] system. Called the ‘Manual of Continuing Air Worthiness’, the project will provide a streamlined approach for ADF staff employed in aviation-related duties to access regulatory documentation via a single-source website and smart application via an electronic device. Commencing in August this year, the project is expected to conclude in November, with sustainment works continuing until the end of 2021. Project managed by Flight Lieutenant Justin Crosby and Flight Sergeant Daniel Cividin, this project involves digitising relevant regulative corporate processes, putting in place systems for real-time updates and then creating an online platform in the form of a website and app to enable staff to access the information at any time from virtually any location. Flight Lieutenant Crosby said that many industries such as aviation were information and regulation intensive and involved the need to access significant volumes of information. “[For efficiency], this requires fast and immediate access to the content at any time,” Flight Lieutenant Crosby said. “This project will provide our people with the ability to access the information easily online rather than having to continually refer to hard-copy versions of the documentation.” Co-founder and CEO of Elegant Media Anushka Bandara said that as experts in software development, Elegant Media understood the role of technology in supporting and facilitating improved workflows in business processes. “Our software is developed using machine learning and other intelligent solutions so our focus is ensuring the technology we install intuitively supports the complex needs of human operations. “We make life easier for people, and operations better for business. “This platform is a wonderful example of how software technology can help people in the workplace to undertake their work with access to important and up-to-date information in real time.” Users of the app will have access to the most recent information off-line, with the latest materials and updates downloaded automatically when an internet connection becomes available. The app will be rolled out across all three services and for all platforms – fixed-wing, rotary and unmanned. It is a secure application, compatible for use in conflict zones etc. Why Shouldn’t You Buy Low-Priced House Insulation? 2019-05-31T09:22:50Z why-shouldn-t-you-buy-low-priced-house-insulation House Insulation creates the best atmosphere in your home to live a comfortable life all through the year. In Australia, we come across four seasons a year, and summer and winter are the challenging ones in terms of low and high-temperature levels. Relying on heaters and air conditioners is not the right option. So, the need for House Insulation is a fact by now. But, the product type you purchase for your home is the ultimate fact that determines the life quality you will enjoy after you investing money in it. Low-quality insulation is not an investment; it is a total time and money waste. OK, what is low-quality House Insulation? In the thermal barrier world, reputable manufacturers adhere to Australian standards. One can import insulation made in developed countries, and those also fulfil Australian standards. So, those are the only two thermal barrier types that you should get for your home. It is a well-known fact that anything quality comes at a reasonable price. Low-quality items, on the other hand; come at unnaturally low prices. House Insulation produced by using the highest quality material is affordable, but they can’t be low-priced. Well, even a reputable thermal barrier supplier may advertise their products under the label “cheap insulation,” but they clarify what they refer by cheap. What is the whole purpose of you spending money on thermal barriers? Thermal protection from winter cold and summer heat are the top requirements to fulfil. But, only quality insulation can fulfil this crucial need for you. A quick tip: a product that comes with the “cheap” label comes with many hidden costs. Once you install such low-priced House Insulation, you will realize that it doesn’t balance the temperature in your home. In the worst scenario, your family members’ health condition may deteriorate after those thermal barriers invade your home. Reputable insulation manufacturers produce their products using safe materials, and the Australian government has named those safe products by now. Fibreglass, earthwool, cotton, and cellulose are safe materials to use for manufacturing batt insulation. Materials contaminated with asbestos and other chemicals such as formaldehyde will undoubtedly ruin your health in many ways. In the beginning, you may consider it this way, “wow, this low-priced House Insulation saved half of the money!” Anyway, that feeling is only a temporary one. After a few weeks when you start to notice/realize the mistake you did make; it’s too late by then. In other words, buying low-priced insulation in the first hand for the sake of saving money doubles the cost for thermal barriers. Again, you will have to spend money on quality House Insulation. Can low-priced thermal barriers do any good for you? Well, it is not possible. The right R-value is the fact that determines the thermal performance of many insulation types. And, the right R-value is a result of quality materials and the best manufacturing technique. An insulation supplier fulfilling these two crucial requirements means there’s no way they sell their products at unnaturally low prices. If the manufacturer cuts corners; use low-quality materials; only then they can become overly cheap. So, now you do understand the downsides of purchasing low-priced House Insulation. Make the right choice; then become a long-term winner. For high-quality thermal barriers, choose NoGap as your long-term supplier! Office Cleaning — The Big Picture Of It Explained 2019-05-29T08:22:49Z office-cleaning-the-big-picture-of-it-explained Office Cleaning — why is it necessary? Well, the cleanliness of any property guarantees many things such as a good first impression and your health. What would happen if you don’t clean your home and its elements for a week? Well, it is pretty safe to say that then your home will become a place that is not safe for your family members. In a way, we can consider offices as commercial properties as clients visit those every day. And, clients and customers are group individuals who expect your commercial property to be a clean place; hence Office Cleaning is necessary today. Anyway, we don’t refer to regular cleaning here. You can employ a cleaning staff member for the purpose, but is it a safe choice? For a large-scale office where a lot of tech gadgets such as PCs and servers are there; trained staff is a vital factor to fulfill. But, employing an in-house, full cleaning staff is an expensive option for office managers. Also, damage to tech gadgets is something that you can’t afford today. So, the need for professional Office Cleaning companies that have mastered the safe cleaning of those tech gadgets is a fact. The fact you should keep in your mind — Office Cleaning is not a DIY task, most of the time. Anyway, if you maintain a home office for your home business; you wouldn’t hire professional cleaners for it. Still, you will benefit from hiring a full-service cleaning company like Baps Cleaning that offers housecleaning services. Ignoring the cleaning of your office premises comes with many downsides, and you should keep it in your mind as an office manager/owner. Also, the cleaning of it should be an ongoing process; not only on Mondays or Fridays. Dust is something that is everywhere in Australia; hence the chance that your tech gadgets will get covered with it is pretty high. And, it is a well-known fact that dust causes damages to PCs, servers, fax machines, and other tech gadgets. Why is Office Cleaning difficult? Well, the number of tech devices, the right cleaning times, and safety are the factors to consider here. For example, a large-scale office may hold over 500 PCs; hence the cleaning of those needs an efficient service. Efficiency guarantees that all the cleaning tasks completed before your clients visit your office premises. How about cleaning your office while clients are there? Well, times might come when you need to clean your office while clients are still there. And, it is the time when you should give top priority to the safety of employees and clients. Individuals, especially clients can get injured while the cleaning tasks are taking place. For example, wet floors are a top danger when it comes to Office Cleaning; hence the cleaning individuals should do it according to industry, safety standards. So, this is the point that professional cleaning staff comes in handy for office managers. What is the right frequency of Office Cleaning? Well, a few times a week to everyday cleaning are the options to consider here. If your office premises is a busy place where hundreds of clients meet you; it needs regular cleaning; we recommend daily cleaning in this case. Washrooms or toilets of any property needs daily cleaning when a large number of clients use it every day. Office Cleaning Services Melbourne Myths Busted 2019-04-30T04:38:26Z office-cleaning-services-melbourne-myths-busted Office Cleaning Services Melbourne is a reliable service until you get it from reputable service providers like us. Anyway, a few myths are there to bust regarding this industry, which is our mission today. As a reliable, genuine cleaning company in Australia; breaking those myths that discourage clients about hiring this service is our responsibility, and we know it. Are you an office manager/owner who fears common myths related to Office Cleaning Services Melbourne companies; hence you don’t hire any? Read this article; then you will get the big picture of it! The first myth that we bust here is regarding the price of this reliable service. For example, “office cleaners are expensive to hire.” Are you an office owner who believes this? Well, a reliable service provider has to charge you a reasonable amount of money to provide you with a comprehensive cleaning service. But, that doesn’t mean that those reputable cleaning companies are evidently expensive service providers. The reality is the opposite! For example, we have explained in our previous articles regarding the costly long-term downsides that you will have to face if you DIY this complicated cleaning process. Your in-house cleaning team can’t get it right for you, and neglecting office cleaning is a disaster. So, it is pretty clear that you should hire external Office Cleaning Services Melbourne companies for the task. Let’s get this straight! Reputable office cleaners are affordable, not expensive or cheap. The second myth — office cleaning companies are not flexible. Well, this is completely funny as reputable office cleaners in Australia could be the most flexible service group. When clients meet us in person; the first question we ask is this, “what services do you need?” So, the client gets the change to request the services he/she really needs for her/his office. Also, most of the Office Cleaning Services Melbourne companies now stick to customized package trend these days. In other words, we craft cleaning packages according to your requirements. We don’t blast you with a few “fixed” cleaning packages and force you to get one of those. Of course, if you are happy with our fixed packages; you can get those for your office. In summary, office cleaners are a pretty flexible service provider group today. Office Cleaning Services Melbourne companies use third-party cleaning staff — a myth that fears office managers to a greater extent. Yes, our previous articles have explained this in detail. Shoddy or unnaturally low-priced cleaning companies do this, most of the time. They don’t have an in-house staff; hence they hire third-party cleaning members such as university students who are not the right cleaning staff. And, it is correct that getting such untrained cleaning staff members to clean your office premises is a harmful act. Anyway, reputable Office Cleaning Services Melbourne companies never do it that way. For example, we train our in-house cleaning staff, and the training we give to them is an ongoing process. Also, we never get cleaners from third-party companies to get our projects completed. Like us, all other reputable cleaning companies in Australia only use in-house, trained cleaning staff for it. So, don’t believe the fact that “all the” Office Cleaning Services Melbourne companies use third-party cleaning staff today! Moreover, we have shielded our staff with coverage for accidents and injuries, and all the reputable service providers do the same.