Walmart Partners With WALDO To Offer Affordable Contact Lens – Walmart Corporate

July 26, 2022
BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 26, 2022 Walmart and WALDO are partnering to make eyecare more accessible and affordable. Walmart is the first exclusive retailer to offer WALDO, an innovative and accessible eyecare brand that believes in the power of positive vision. These first-of-their-kind lenses are enriched with essential vitamins, including B12, to help refresh and rejuvenate eyes.
At $23.86 for a 30-pack of the Hydra Boost Daily Lenses, customers can save 13%-84% off the cash price of comparable branded daily disposable contact lenses at Walmart, which translates into a savings of up to $552 a year at Walmart.1
“We are thrilled to partner with Walmart to expand access to affordable eyecare options across the country,” says Ashleigh Hinde, Founder and CEO at WALDO. “Partnering with Walmart allows us to grow our community and help foster much larger conversation around the importance of eye health and the need for accessible options for eyecare.”
WALDO is committed to making eye care an essential part of everyday life through accessible, high-quality products, trustworthy expert service and a platform to elevate the vision of their customers.
“Walmart is continuously looking for ways to bring our customers brands they already use and love to our stores, making it even more convenient to prioritize their health during their weekly shopping trips,” says Tabitha Watkins, Divisional Merchandising Manager – Specialty Healthcare at Walmart. “We are so pleased to be the first retailer to carry WALDO, a brand that is delivering innovative eyecare products at a great value for our customers.”
Routine eye exams are an important part of taking care of your whole health. Walmart operates more than 3,000 vision centers nationwide, allowing customers to easily fill prescriptions for prescription eyewear, sunglasses, reading glasses and contact lenses2. Walmart Vision Centers across the country are being transformed into state-of-the-art facilities with an all-new customer experience that features family tables and full-length mirrors for a functional try-on atmosphere. The remodeled centers will have newly designed and interactive shelving, semi-private spaces for associate consultations and more.
WALDO products will be available nationwide beginning July 26. Shop WALDO now at
1 The out-of-pocket costs customers pay for daily disposable contact lenses depend on a variety of factors. These savings have been calculated based on customers purchasing contact lenses without vision insurance.
2 Contact lenses are not available from Walmart Vision Centers in Arkansas, Rhode Island and Delaware.
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About Waldo
WALDO is an innovative and accessible eyecare brand that champions positive vision for all through high quality products and service. Founded by Ashleigh Hinde in 2017, WALDO is leading the movement in making eyecare an essential part of everyday life. Challenging industry perceptions by removing alienating jargon and investing in product innovation and services that are always centered around the customer. Since launch, WALDO lenses have been worn by over 200,000 customers and the company has expanded its eyecare product range and services to reach the EU and USA. Through innovative products, an insightful and thoughtful business philosophy and courage to push boundaries – WALDO strives to lead industry evolution. For more information, please visit


The stock market's 'horror story' first half of 2022 – Fortune

Good morning,
Welcome to the second half of 2022.
When looking in the rearview mirror, a mix of high inflation, interest rate hikes, the onset of crypto winter, and more made the stock market’s first half of this year pretty tumultuous. 
In the Fortune piece, ‘A horror story’. These 3 charts show just how historically bad markets performed in the first half of 2022, my colleague Bernhard Warner notes that “nearly every asset class finished deep in the red.” Warner refers to a July 1 note Jim Reid, part of Deutsche Bank’s thematic research team, sent clients: “It’s a bit of a horror story. The S&P 500 has now seen its worst H1 total return performance in 60 years. And also, in total return terms, it’s fallen for two consecutive quarters for the first time since the [global financial crisis]. Meanwhile, 10-year Treasuries look set…to have recorded their worst H1 since 1788, just before George Washington became President.”
Warner writes: “If you are long safe-haven dollar and crude, your portfolio is outperforming the pack. The U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate is up 39% on the year, and the greenback is far outperforming the world’s currencies so far. Congratulations. But if you’re heavily invested in Bitcoin, tech stocks, blue-chips, Asian shares, you name it—it’s been a first half to forget.” He provides an in-depth analysis of the worst performance in 60 years. (You can read the complete report here.)
As for the next six months, many finance chiefs have a bearish market outlook. The “CFO view of the stock market’s next leg: it will be lower,” according to a recent CNBC survey. About 77% of CFOs said they “expect the Dow Jones Industrial Average to fall below 30,000 before ever setting a new high,” CNBC found. At the end of day July 1, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was 31,097.26. And 55% of CFOs said over the next six months, energy will show the most growth among all sectors in the economy. Energy shares are up more than 30% in 2022, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
CFOs in the energy and resources sector have the highest net optimism (+14) for the financial prospects of their companies, Deloitte’s Q2 2002 CFO survey found. In comparison, CFOs in financial services (including insurance, banking and securities, investment management, real estate, and private equity) had one of the lowest net optimism scores (-38). 
How are finance chiefs preparing for the road ahead? “From our interactions with CFOs, we understand that many are working to reduce debt, increase margins, and seek efficiencies, including through technology,” Steve Gallucci, the global and U.S. leader of Deloitte’s CFO Program, recently told me. 
The first half of 2022 was a “horror story.” And it doesn’t seem like the next six months will be a fairy tale. In preparation, what are you focusing on? Let me know.
See you tomorrow.
Sheryl Estrada
Morgan Stanley’s E-Trade released data on July 1 from its monthly sector rotation study. The top three sectors in May and June were consumer discretionary (nonessential goods and services, like cars and entertainment), industrials and energy. All three sectors increased in June, with consumer discretionary reaching 15.22%, according to the findings. The results are based on the trading platform’s customer notional net percentage buy/sell behavior for stocks that comprise the S&P 500 sectors.

Courtesy of Morgan Stanley’s E-Trade 
Adjusting Your Strategy in a Tight Market, a report in Harvard Business Review, suggests that companies must stop prioritizing growth above all else as the business environment adjusts to high inflation and less abundant capital. Companies should recognize that innovation remains essential. "They will need better thought-through strategies that pay attention to costs as well as necessary changes to technologies and business models," according to the report.
Donna Blackman was promoted to CFO at Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN), a provider of itech-enabled education solutions. Blackman has served as Stride’s chief accounting officer and treasurer for the past two years. She will replace outgoing CFO Timothy Medina, who is retiring. Before joining Stride in 2020, Blackman served as the SVP of business operations at BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom. During her tenure at BET, Blackman also held roles as SVP and head of finance, SVP of financial planning and analysis, and SVP of finance and controller. Earlier in her career, Blackman worked for both Marriott International and KPMG in various leadership roles in accounting and finance positions.
Jillian B. Thomsen was promoted to SVP and CFO at Nektar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NKTR). Gil Labrucherie, the company's current COO and CFO, will be departing the company to pursue another opportunity at a private biotechnology company. In April 2008, Thomsen was appointed chief accounting officer at Nektar. She has over 30 years of finance and accounting experience. From 2006 to 2008, she served as VP of finance and controller of Nektar. Before joining Nektar in 2006, Thomsen was deputy controller of Calpine Corporation. She started her career serving twelve years in Arthur Andersen LLP's audit and business advisory services practice.
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Global Firms Deal with 51 Security Incidents Each Day – Infosecurity Magazine

Security operations (SecOps) teams are struggling to respond to dozens of cybersecurity incidents every single day, according to a new report from Trellix.
The security vendor polled 9000 security decision makers from organizations with 500+ employees across 15 markets to compile its latest study, XDR: Redefining the future of cybersecurity.
It found that the average SecOps team has to manage 51 incidents per day, with 36% of respondents claiming they deal with 50 to 200 daily incidents. Around half (46%) agreed that they are “inundated by a never-ending stream of cyber-attacks.”
Part of the problem is the siloed nature of security and detection and response systems, the study claimed.
Some 60% of respondents argued that poorly integrated products mean teams can’t work efficiently, while a third (34%) admitted they have blind spots. 
It’s perhaps no surprise, therefore, that 60% admitted they can’t keep pace with the rapid evolution of security threats.
This could be having a major impact on the bottom line. The vast majority (84%) of security decision makers Trellix spoke to estimated that their organization lost up to 10% of revenue from security breaches in the past year.
Medium size businesses ($50–$100m in revenue) lost an average of 8% in revenue, versus 5% for large businesses with a turnover of $10bn–$25bn. That could mean hundreds of millions of dollars are being thrown away each year due to inadequate SecOps.
Separate studies have highlighted the physical and mental toll this can take on SecOps analysts.
A Trend Micro report from last year claimed that 70% of first responders feel so stressed outside of work that they are unable to switch off or relax, and are irritable with friends and family.
Worse still, this pressure is leading to poor outcomes for threat detection and response.
In the SOC or IT security department, many respondents admitted turning off alerts (43%), walking away from their computer (43%), hoping another team member will step in (50%) or ignoring alerts entirely (40%).


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Covid: UK cases reach record again as PM urges New Year's Eve caution – BBC

The UK is in an "incomparably better" position than this time last year – but people should stay cautious when out on New Year's Eve, the PM has said.
In a year-end message, Boris Johnson hailed the "heroic" vaccination effort, adding that all adults in England had now been offered a booster jab.
The PM urged those celebrating tonight to take a Covid test and "remember the importance of ventilation".
UK daily Covid cases reached another record high of 189,846 on Friday.
There were also 203 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test.
And daily hospital admissions were up to 1,915 in the most recent figures available, from 27 December, compared with 1,506 the previous day.
However, the overall number of Covid patients in hospital only rose by 20, suggesting the number of patients admitted was broadly similar to the number being discharged.
New Year's Eve celebrations have been scaled back across much of the country as the more infectious Omicron variant continues to drive up cases.
Mr Johnson resisted calls to impose new regulations in England in the run-up to new year, but in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, tighter rules are now in place for pubs, bars and restaurants.
Events, including the traditional Trafalgar Square party in London and Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations, have been cancelled.
Amid warnings people should celebrate outdoors or in well-ventilated places, the Met Office said the UK was experiencing the warmest New Year's Eve on record – with Merryfield in Somerset recording a temperature of 15.8C (60.4F) earlier on Friday.
Benjamin Smith, from London, told the BBC he would be heading out to celebrate the new year, despite not often doing so in the past.
"I've had three jabs and recently recovered from an Omicron infection," he said, adding he would be going to a music event requiring proof of vaccination.
"I work in the events sector. We have had a torrid time of it throughout the pandemic, and I was effectively banned from doing my job for 15 months.
"I've done everything asked of me, and now is the time to do away with rules and allow people to make their own decisions. We can't be so averse to risk forever. "
Joanne Hopton from Derbyshire will be joining friends at the local pub for a meal and to hear some music.
"We were worried before Christmas about a lockdown, but are really pleased this hasn't come about," she said.
Joanne says she is fully vaccinated and has had her booster, and is currently taking lateral flow tests every day "as I have had a cold".
"I have followed all the advice, all the rules, got vaccinated – all so we can get on with life. To lock down now would be cruel," she adds.
But Peter, from Shropshire, plans to stay home and enjoy "the simple pleasures of life".
"One night in the year is no big deal! We don't need to have masses of drink or people to be happy."
The Department of Health and Social Care said it had met the goal set by the prime minister earlier this month for all eligible adults in England to be offered a Covid booster by 31 December.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also said they had met the booster target.
More than 90% of the UK population aged 12 and over have now received a first dose of a vaccine, it added.
Meanwhile, new data has shown a booster vaccine is initially 88% effective at preventing people ending up in hospital with coronavirus.
The UK Health Security Agency said there was not enough data to work out how long the protection would last, however.
The boosters work: it looks like a third dose better than halves your chances of catching a case of Omicron that puts you in hospital.
Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone behind the vaccine rollout, nearly 30% of people with two doses are yet to receive a booster.
And while Omicron looks to be roughly one-third as severe as Delta, cases are already three times higher than they were before the latest variant arrived.
And Plan B restrictions haven't checked Omicron, so we could see numbers run higher still.
We should prepare for rises in admissions, baked in by current case figures; more than a million cases were reported in the past week.
We're already seeing those effects in England, where slightly more current data show sharp rises in admissions.
Things are looking far, far better than they did last December – but the coming weeks will not be easy.
Analysis of the Omicron variant has shown people who catch it are up to 70% less likely to need hospital treatment compared with other variants.
But leading statistician Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter warned daily cases in the UK could be far higher than official statistics show because of problems with testing, and the fact reinfections are not counted.
"We could be talking about half a million new infections per day," he said.
Prof Sir David said there was going to be "a huge wave of cases" that "is going to cause big disruption" in hospitals – but that in terms of "very serious outcomes", there was cause to be optimistic.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the rise in hospitalisations was particularly affecting over 60s, but that the UK now has "some of the strongest defences this country has ever had during this pandemic", including antivirals.
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App Developers Increasingly Targeted via Slack, DevOps Tools – OODA Loop

According to new research, developers are facing increasing attacks via tools that they use to produce code and collaborate with other developers, including popular platforms such as Docker, Slack, and Kubernetes. Cybercriminals and threat actors are seeking to access the valuable software that these developers are working on on a daily basis. On September 18, an attacker claimed to have used stolen Slack credentials to access and copy more than 90 videos depicting early versions of Grand Theft Auto 6, an unreleased version of a popular video game by Rockstar Games. Just a week before this attack, Trend Micro found that attackers were searching for misconfigured Docker containers and attempting to compromise them.
According to security researchers, neither of the attacks involved vulnerabilities in the software programs themselves, but misconfigurations or security mishaps on behalf of the developers. Developers would be wary of their attack surface area and take significant steps to secure it. Developers often fail to see the value their projects hold to threat actors as the project is still in development. Oftentimes, developers believe that the finished product will be what attackers attempt to compromise. Therefore, they take unnecessary security risks such as setting up test environments at home or without security controls. However, the recent research suggests that these missteps are costing developers and are increasingly sought out by threat actors.
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Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: News, specs, pricing, availability, and more – Android Police

New chipset. Better cameras. What more could you want?
The Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro are now official, and we know almost everything about these new Android phones from Google. After months of teases, trickles of information, and leaks, we now have the full picture of both Pixel 7 products, and you'll be able to buy each sooner rather than later as they're up for pre-order now ahead of an October 13 release date.
During the Made by Google launch event on October 6, we learned about these new handsets as well as the Google Pixel Watch. Below, we'll run you through everything we know about the new devices, including the design, specs, cameras, and prices. If you're looking for our thoughts on the new phones, check out our Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro hands-on.
Last year, Google swung big with its design for the Google Pixel 6, giving the series a complete overhaul. From the controversial under-display fingerprint sensor—a first for the series—to the massive rear camera bar, the company has finally cemented a new design for its in-house smartphones. As revealed in May, the Pixel 7 design is largely similar for 2022, but each phone has some important tweaks. In the photo below, you'll see the Pixel 7 Pro (top left), the Pixel 7, and the Google Pixel 6a.
The visor-like camera strip remains on the Google Pixel 7, but its cameras are changing to a pill-and-dot cutout. The Pixel's glass rear camera bar has changed to metal, which was previously glass on the Google Pixel 6 series. We're hoping this camera change may mean less of an issue with lens flare in photos from this next pair of phones, as there's less glass around the shooter itself. The two phones differ here, with the Pixel 7 sporting two cameras in a pill cutout while the Google Pixel 7 Pro adds a third dot cutout to the mix.
Colors differ between the two models, and there are changes from the Pixel 6 range. Both phones will come in Obsidian and Snow, basically black and white color options. The Pixel 7 also comes in a unique Lemongrass shade (top right of the image below), and the pro model comes in Hazel as a third color option (bottom middle below). We don't yet know if there will be any market limitations to each color, but so far, it seems like there won't be.
Leaks have suggested that the mmWave window along the top edge of both models has been redesigned from the unsightly transparent window we saw on the Pixel 6 Pro (and specific carrier versions of the Pixel 6). Still, we haven't yet been able to confirm that during the launch. A leaked Pixel 7 prototype for sale on eBay shows a cleaner, smaller window built into the metal rail of the smaller model, suggesting both phones will include the feature this time around — no carrier markup necessary.

Apart from these changes, the Pixel 7 series seems to sport a similar design to the Pixel 6. It has a glass rear—confirmed to be glossy, just as with the previous generation—the bottom edge features a USB-C port, and the right-hand edge is home to the power button and the volume rocker. The left-hand edge is feature free, apart from the phone's SIM tray. The screen is flat on the smaller model, and curved on the other. Both phones come with IP68 dust and water resistance ratings, plus there's Gorilla Glass Victus glass on each side of the phone.
Thankfully, there is one major improvement: higher storage tiers are available in more markets than last year. The Pixel 7 comes in 128GB or 256GB, while the Pixel 7 Pro has the choice of 128GB / 256GB or 512GB. We don't yet know the exact breakdown for each market, but we know this is the case in the US. For dimensions, the Pixel 7 is the smaller handset (obviously) with a 115.6 x 73.2 x 8.7mm and weighing in at 197g. The Pixel 7 Pro is 162.9 x 76.6 x 8.9mm, and it weighs 212g.
Onto screens, and the Pixel 7 comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display OLED with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 (that's 416ppi), while the Pixel 7 Pro comes with a 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO OLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 3120. That's 512ppi. The Pixel 7 is a 90Hz screen, while the 7 Pro is a 120Hz panel. Those are identical specs to last year's phones, and we've yet to learn if there are any specific differences. A bricked Pixel 7 Pro prototype revealed it was using a newer generation of Samsung's display, possibly setting up for some slight year-over-year improvements. Still, there's no clear sign of that happening during the launch event materials. We'll update here if we find out any.
It's unclear if Google's new phones will use the same fingerprint sensor as their predecessors. Software updates have solved most of the Pixel 6's bugs, but the under-display fingerprint sensor has only improved a modest amount since it launched last year. Google is confirmed to be using a different sensor in the Pixel 6a, and early results seem to suggest it is faster than the one found in the Pixel 6. That bodes well for the Pixel 7, though we don't know if that different sensor will actually show up in Google's 2022 flagships.

Inside each phone is a second-gen Tensor chip, now confirmed to be called the Tensor G2. This next-gen Tensor chip will feature better performance and other improvements, according to Google — including, potentially, Bluetooth LE Audio support. The truth is, we don't know a huge amount about the Tensor G2 yet. It wasn't a big deal during the company's launch event, so we'll likely need to try the phone out more to know what's happening here. We know that the Pixel 7 comes with 8GB of RAM, while the Pixel 7 Pro features 12GB. There don't seem to be any other variants available so far.
As usual, Google has crammed a massive 5,000mAh battery in the Pro, though the regular Pixel 7 holds a 4,355mAh cell. That's notably smaller than the Pixel 6's 4614mAh cell, so it'll be interesting to see its impact on battery life. Both phones feature 30W fast charging and wireless charging that has yet to be confirmed for any specific speed. Google estimates 24-hour battery life from a single charge and up to 72 hours of use with Extreme Battery Saver mode on. We'll want to try to put these phones through our review process before agreeing with those estimates.
Both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro feature 50MP f/1.85 GN1 primary and 12.5MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lenses. The primary camera is identical across both devices, but the ultra-wide differs slightly. The Pixel 7 has a 114-degree field-of-view, which is wider on the Pixel 7 Pro at 125.8 degrees. The 7 Pro also has autofocus on the ultrawide camera as well. These specs sound largely similar to what we saw on the Pixel 6 series, so you should expect a competent camera experience from both of these phones.
The Pixel 7 then features an LDAF (laser detect auto focus) sensor that uses optical and electronic image stabilization. The Pixel 7 Pro's big difference is the 48MP telephoto camera, which is largely similar to the last-gen Pro, but it does feature some changes. The Pixel 7 can do Super Res Zoom of up to 8x with its primary camera, while the Pixel 7 Pro features Super Res Zoom up to 30x. That camera has a 125.8-degree field of view.
As for the front-facing camera, there's good news for fans of the "smaller"—you know, relatively speaking—model. Both handsets feature 10.8MP selfie cameras, an upgrade for the Pixel 7 this year and a touch lower than the 11.1MP camera we saw on the Pixel 6 Pro. Both are a 93-degree field of view with an f/2.2 aperture. And the big deal is the introduction of Face Unlock, which has long been rumored for Pixel 6 devices allowing you to look at your phone to unlock it.
Revealed in full during the Made by Google event on October 6, the phone will then go on sale on October 13 around the world. That's the case for the US, and it may differ in other markets. Pre-orders for the handset have already begun, and we recommend checking out our where to preorder the Google Pixel 7 guide for all the latest on where to pick up the handset. We also have a guide to where to preorder the Pixel Watch.

Google didn't reinvent the wheel with the Pixel 7, but they didn't need to. With improved cameras, the next-gen Tensor 2 chipset, and Google's wonderfully feature-filled software, the Pixel 7 earns its price tag handily again this year.

Google's Pixel 7 Pro refines the Pixel experience after the 6 Pro's initial stumbles last year, improving stability and taking the camera prowess to new levels with image fusing and 4K60fps video on all cameras. 30W fast charging and Pixel's addictive features like automatic Call screening and Pixel recorder help make the Pixel 7 Pro an alluring phone even as an iterative update.
The Pixel 7 costs $599, while the Pixel 7 Pro costs $899, though you can trade in an eligible phone for a significant discount on both devices. These prices match the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro to a T, so while inflation might be rampant inside and outside the tech industry, it's clear that Google wants to continue undercutting its competition. The phone will be on sale in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, and Taiwan.
Will is the Phones Editor at Android Police, where he covers everything from leaks of your next phone to the components that’ll power it. He’s got plenty of opinions about the current state of Android phones — thoughts you’ll read in his reviews, editorials, and more. You’ll also find him writing up our buyer’s guides, where he hopes to help shoppers make the right choice in their next phone. Will appears on the Android Police podcast, where he occasionally taunts his co-hosts with bad opinions about smartwatches and charging cables, and writes AP’s weekend polls. In his spare time, he produces podcasts, rewatches the same 37 films, and pretends not to have a never-ending backlog of video games. He lives in Buffalo, NY and is willing to give you chicken wing recommendations at any time. Just ask.
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Attacks on Christians in Nigeria Surging After US Drops 'Concern' Tag: Report – The Epoch Times

More Christians have been killed in Nigeria since President Joe Biden’s administration declared there were no religious freedom violations in the country in October 2021,  watchdogs and church leaders told The Epoch Times.
In the first half of 2022, more than 2,543 Nigerian Christians were murdered by Islamic attackers, according to the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety).
The figure represents an 8.6 percent increase from a total of 4,650 Christian murders reported by Open Doors International.
It includes 350 murders by government security forces propagating an Islamic agenda, reads the report signed by Emeka Umeagbalasi, board chairman of Intersociety, and five others.
Also included are 140 Christian hostages killed by their Muslim abductors.
Analysts speaking to The Epoch Times have called for global action to avert the formation of an Islamic caliphate in Africa’s most populous nation.
In October 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken dropped Nigeria from the list of countries of particular concern, sparking criticism from around the world.
Blinken had ignored recommendations from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and global rights groups that pointed to endemic violations in the country.
The commission, which monitors the state of global religious freedom, is tasked with issuing recommendations as to the countries it believes should be designated as countries of concern for their religious liberty violations.
Nigeria had been designated in 2020 by the Trump administration, based on such recommendations.
The delisting of Nigeria means that the country had improved its religious conditions and would no longer face sanctions on the basis of them.
“On the contrary, the situation in Nigeria has grown worse,” argued five U.S. senators in a memo demanding the country’s redesignation.
Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Brawn (R-Ind.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), in a joint memo to Blinken, described the decision as misguided.
“Given the abysmal state of religious freedom in Nigeria, it is incumbent upon you to reverse last year’s decision and redesignate the country as a [country of particular concern]. The moment demands that you do so without delay,” the memo states.
The senators cited the recent “blasphemy killing” of Deborah Emmanuel Yakubu—a Christian college student who was stoned to death in northwest Sokoto state—and the massacre of more than 40 parishioners at St. Francis Catholic Church in the city of Owo in southwest Ondo state.
They also acknowledged Nigerian authorities’ suppression of religious minorities and their detaining of individuals indefinitely on “blasphemy-related charges.”
Nigeria’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, admitted on July 5 that ISIS terrorists have been attacking churches and Christians in the country’s northeast.
But Mohammed reiterated claims by genocide deniers that killings in other regions aren’t religious.
“Nobody in Nigeria is being persecuted, but we have issues of criminality going on and the criminals really do not make [a] distinction of any religion,” Mohammed told reporters in London.
Salihu Garba, a native of Sokoto state in northwest Nigeria who currently lives in the United States and serves as a minister with the Evangelical Church Winning All in Maryland, told The Epoch Times that Christians are the targets of Nigerian Muslim extremists.
“They occasionally attack nominal Muslims as well as ethnic and religious minorities whom they perceive to have sympathy for Christians,” Garba said.
On April 2, a popular Islamic cleric in Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja, Sheikh Muhammad Nuru Khalid, was fired by his mosque for condemning the killings.
Khalid, a member of the Hausa ethnicity, told The Epoch Times he was threatened after being fired for his comments.
“But I am not intimidated because the killings are real, and I am called to build and not destroy humanity,” he said.
Vice chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the country’s north, Rev. Joseph Hayab, told The Epoch Times that Mohammed’s prolonged denial of the murders was encouraging impunity in the country chiefly ruled by Fulani Muslims.
“Nigerian Christians are not safe and are constantly living in fear,” Hayab wrote in a text message. “Today, many pastors are afraid to take pastoral work in some communities.”
Open Doors International, a group that monitors persecution of Christians around the world, reported in 2021 that 4,650 Christians—or 80 percent of the world’s Christians killed for their faith—died in Nigeria.
That means 13 Christians per day were murdered, according to William Murray, president of Religious Freedom Coalition.
A new report by Intersociety states that attacks on Christians have increased in the past six months.
“The 2,543 Christian killings or deaths indicated that 14 [Christians] were killed daily and 420 monthly,” reads the report obtained by The Epoch Times and confirmed by Umeagbalasi.
The report shows the top three states include northwest Kaduna, with 323 deaths; central Niger, with 264 deaths; and Plateau, also in the central region, trailing closely with 229 deaths.
Figures include 140 murders of kidnapped Christians by terrorists. Also included are what are said to be 350 targeted religious murders by security forces.
The figures could be a lot higher, said Mark Lipdo, program coordinator at Stefanos Foundation, an organization that tracks religious killings in Nigeria.
“We can count the number of Christians killed in Plateau, Southern Kaduna, Benue, and other places, but can you count the number of Christians killed in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, and other parts of the north?” Lipdo said. “Nobody goes there to cover the stories.”
The Epoch Times has previously reported on terrorists and officials suppressing press freedom through targeted attacks and the intimidation of reporters. Epoch Times reporter Luka Binniyat was jailed in Kaduna for reporting on attacks.
The attacks causing population displacements across the country are aimed at religious and political domination, Lipdo said.
“Their target is to create an Islamic empire,” he said.
Garba gave a parallel opinion, saying: “The plan is to exterminate Christianity in the whole of Nigeria. Where they don’t succeed with that, they will reduce Christianity to a level where it will no longer be a threat to Islam.”
According to Solomon Maren, a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, as much as a quarter of Nigeria’s 200 million population has been displaced by Islamic attacks in recent years.
“In fact, local governments have been displaced,” Maren told The Epoch Times. “Many of the communities have been taken over by the attackers.”
After the brazen attack on Catholic worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) noted the “significant spread in violence against Christians and new threats in Nigeria that cannot be ignored.”
“Previously, Ondo had not seen major militant activity, and the attack indicates the southward migration of terror towards Christian-majority regions as well as Nigeria’s oil-producing areas,” Smith wrote in a letter to Victoria Nuland, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs.
A former archbishop of the Catholic archdiocese of Owerri, the capital of southeast Imo state, Anthony Obinna, told The Epoch Times that several territories in the region have been seized by Islamic militants.
“Those areas have become no-go zones for Christians,” Obinna said.
Local officials have confirmed the annexations.
In a June 7 statement, Abia state Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu ordered a military raid of forests allegedly seized by terrorists in the state.
The prelate of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Kalu Samuel Uche, was recently kidnapped near one of the forests known as Isuochi.
The large tropical rainforest located in the Umunneochi county of Abia borders all nine states in Nigeria’s southeast.
“As long as the perpetrators can continue with impunity there’s no indication that there will be an end to the killings,” British parliamentarian Baroness Caroline Cox wrote to The Epoch Times.
“There’s an urgent need for the Nigerian government and the international community to call the perpetrators to account.
“Until and unless they do so, they can be seen to be complicit.”


Top 10 Best Antivirus In India In 2023. – Inventiva

Are you looking for the best online device security in 2023? Then, you’ve come to the right place. We thoroughly tested each antivirus service to compile a list of available best antivirus services.
Downloading antivirus software is the first and most important step in staying safe online. It remains your best defense against online criminals seeking financial access to your devices.
Virus behavior and goals have evolved, but their core motivation has remained consistent—they want to steal your money. Threats come in various shapes and sizes, but in general, Trojans, malware, and ransomware are designed to either steal your data or cause enough damage to your system that you must pay a high price to repair it. There are also outright liars.
You’re probably aware of why virus protection is such an important tool if you’ve arrived at this page. We’re not trying to scare you. Fortunately, the best antivirus providers for 2023 offer foolproof Security, extra features to keep you safe from scams, and simple installation and use. Here are our top recommendations for the best Mac antivirus software and excellent options for Windows and Android devices.
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Bitdefender is TechRadar’s best antivirus, outperforming some tough competitors while charging very low subscription fees.
So, what exactly makes it so appealing? To begin with, Bitdefender has an incredible number of features. Even if you purchase Bitdefender Antivirus Plus, a secure browser that protects you from all sides, you will still be protected when using Safepay online banking. A password manager and a reliable VPN with a daily bandwidth limit of 200MB.
Bitdefender’s user interface is polished and well-balanced, making it suitable for both experts looking to tweak things and complete beginners.
Bitdefender Internet Security, for example, includes all of the features listed above, as well as the ability to optimize computer performance and locate misplaced or stolen mobile devices. The company’s main product is Bitdefender Total Security. It is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac computers, as well as various PC maintenance tools, making it a one-stop shop for all your family’s online security needs.
We will discuss how Bitdefender outperforms the competition regarding virus protection in previous years’ reviews. This year, however, is different because the AV-Comparatives study yielded less accurate results than usual. Therefore, we’re willing to give Bitdefender the benefit of the doubt for the time being based on its previous performance, but we’ll keep a close eye on the independent lab results this year to see if that picture shifts.
You’ll get a lot for your money regardless of which Bitdefender edition you choose, especially if you go with Total Security if you have a lot of different devices (or a family to protect). You’ll also have peace of mind knowing that the best antivirus program for 2023 has your back.
Most antivirus programs fall short when it comes to providing a fast VPN. If you want to gain access to websites and content from different countries, use Bitdefender. Furthermore, Bitdefender safeguards your privacy by ensuring that no one can track you or prevent you from accessing websites.
Bitdefender’s Firewall provides excellent firewall protection. Not only that, but it also prevents malicious software from harming your computer by blocking unwanted traffic.
Bitdefender has demonstrated the least likelihood of interfering with other software. Bitdefender’s operation does not conflict with other programs on your computer and promotes fast system performance.
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NortonLifeLock, a security firm, is responsible for the well-known antivirus program Norton AntiVirus Plus. The main selling point is that even with the entry-level Antivirus Plus product, you get a slew of high-quality features.
They include extensive browser security features to keep you safe online and a very useful intelligent firewall that greatly aids system policing.
Other antivirus programs do not include features like a bundled cloud backup tool with 2GB of online storage (which is also very user-friendly and simplifies backup) and other useful PC maintenance software.
The central antivirus defenses of the package are critical, as we discovered during testing and as other testing labs have confirmed (albeit with slightly mixed results from one of those labs). For example, Norton lagged behind Bitdefender’s superior ransomware defense in our testing.
If you need more, NortonLifeLock offers several higher-level suites. For example, Norton 360 Standard features an integrated full VPN service, a larger backup capacity (10GB), and dark web surveillance, among other things (for some countries, including the US and UK). Apps for iOS and Android are also available.
You must upgrade to Norton 360 Deluxe if you need to protect more than one device. This version protects up to five devices and includes additional backup space (50GB) and a comprehensive set of parental controls. 360 Premium also comes with ten devices and 75GB of storage space.
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The following are our favorite aspects of Norton, the best cloud antivirus:
Compatibility with all devices: In essence, if you’re using? If you’re looking for antivirus software, you know that Norton works on all devices. As a result, you can use it confidently to protect your devices from all malware and Trojan horses.
Boost performance and delete harmful files: This is the most appealing feature, and we believe that removing harmful speeds up the devices. As a result, using it provides the best experience possible.
Affordably priced: Some people cannot purchase expensive antivirus software due to financial constraints. As a result, it is both convenient and cost-effective.
Protection while browsing: This is one of our favorite Norton features. It blocks access to websites that are extremely dangerous to use and are designed to attack your devices. All websites will be completely blocked, and all malicious domain names will be blocked.
Backup (having backup options): A backup of your device is more important than ever today. Previously, only Kaspersky had this feature; now, Norton antivirus also does.
This security company’s entry-level solution for Windows PCs is Kaspersky Anti-Virus, which protects ten computers. Although Kaspersky does not offer as many features as some of the other options on this list, it focuses on the most important aspects of Security.
The company was ranked first or second in all of the major independent test laboratories’ most recent findings, demonstrating the strength of Kaspersky’s core antivirus capabilities. That’s fantastic news, and our tests back it up. For example, Kaspersky Anti-Virus combats ransomware successfully, quickly removing even unknown threats and restoring the few files affected by the attack. Kaspersky includes some useful self-defense tools as well.
As previously stated, there weren’t a lot of extras, to begin with, and Kaspersky hasn’t added many new features in the last year or two.
Other features may be rendered ineffective. For example, Kaspersky’s numerous “wizards” fall short, with one of them only supporting Internet Explorer (not even Edge, let alone Chrome which is the most popular browser by far). Although an integrated VPN has few features (no destination options and a daily limit of 200MB), it may be useful occasionally.
The larger suites have more appealing bonuses, which is fantastic. For example, Kaspersky Internet Security comes with a secure browser and an intelligent firewall, and it works on Macs, Android, and iOS mobile devices.
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The user-friendly interface of Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security provides quick yet effective protection, and all settings are explained in plain English rather than technical jargon.
The antivirus engine has received rave reviews from independent testing labs. In recent evaluations, it produced some fantastic results, with the caveat that it raised a few more false positives than the leading competitors in some tests. Nevertheless, our review found Trend Micro Antivirus+ Security’s anti-ransomware defense fairly effective.
Another benefit is that this antivirus is now the best at detecting and blocking phishing websites (according to AV-Comparatives). In addition, pay Guard offers a secure online banking environment and superior web browsing security.
Is there a problem with it? It has a greater impact on system performance than some competitors. This is a user-friendly application rather than an export-oriented one. As a result, fewer options and features are available than with some competitors. On the other hand, trend Micro’s higher-level security suites have a plethora of additional features.
Trend Micro Internet Security, the next-level service, includes parental controls and social media security. Most customers will value Trend Micro Maximum Security, which protects Windows, Mac, and mobile devices.
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In contrast to the majority of the 2023 upgrades on this list, Avast disassembled everything and began with Avast One.
Avast One, the company’s well-known free antivirus, now includes new features (now known as Avast One Essential).
Whether you use the free or paid versions, independent testing labs now rank the program near the top of the heap in real-world malware tests and anti-phishing tasks.
There are apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, a basic firewall, data breach detection to notify you if your online accounts have been compromised, and data breach prevention.
So, why should you spend money on Avast One? It includes a HideMyAss VPN with a generous 5GB weekly capacity, tune-up tools, ad blockers, camera protection, malicious URL blocking, and nothing else. Of course, you’d have to pay for one of those add-ons if you wanted it; otherwise, we recommend going with a more comprehensive internet security package or sticking with the free Essential download.
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We noticed a lot of articles in 2021 claiming that the time for paying for antivirus software was over. Despite our general opposition, Microsoft Defender is likely the most compelling argument in its favor.
This is because your operating system comes pre-installed with excellent malware defense if you use Windows.
Microsoft Defender is a powerful program that offers effective mid-range security, often without the user’s knowledge. You won’t notice Defender’s interface, scan options, or other features unless you actively seek them out.
The independent lab AV-Comparatives ranked the Defender in the middle of the 17 providers it tested. As a result, it protects your computer better than some of the more expensive software on the market.
It not only protects against viruses but also acts as a firewall, Webcam and privacy protection, browser filtering, parental controls, and backup software.
So, what’s keeping you from installing Defender and deferring the rest? These are all fairly basic features that pale in comparison to most of the security suites mentioned above. Also, forget about protecting your Mac or smartphone; Defender is only available for Windows PCs, and other features are only available if you use Edge as your browser.
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Avira’s Avira Free Antivirus is the most well-known (one of the best out there – check lower down this page). But on the other hand, the low cost of its Antivirus Pro package should not overshadow its premium package’s value.
Avira’s entry-level antivirus includes all of the features you’d expect from a modern security app, such as real-time malware scanning, dedicated ransomware defenses, a software updater feature to keep all of your apps secure, and a variety of privacy tools, such as a file shredder for added Security.
The integration of the various services into the main user interface has been improved, including the free (but limited to 1GB monthly) VPN. The interface is also straightforward.
Even though the antivirus engine’s independent test lab evaluations are, at best mediocre, the software provides adequate Security.
When you upgrade to Internet Security, you’ll get a full password manager, the Pro edition of Software Updater (which allows for automated program updates), unlimited VPN usage, and mobile app support.
On the other hand, Antivirus Plus is unquestionably the best value offer at its current incredibly low price. Moreover, this is a very appealing option because it is slightly more expensive than the free version.
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McAfee’s approach to Security is unique in that all of its products are variations on its core Total Protection solution. The primary distinction is that higher levels support more devices. McAfee Total Protection Single Device is a basic antivirus program that only protects one device, as the name implies.
The good news is that McAfee uses very few system resources and will not deplete your computer’s resources. So even though not all options are of the highest quality, you get a lot for your money, especially for a basic product, even though there are many of them. A strong spam filter, an integrated VPN powered by TunnelBear with unlimited data, a secure file vault, and several PC speed-up tools are also included.
Although some independent test lab results outperform others, the main issue here is the inadequate antivirus engine. This should raise some red flags. Another issue is that the basic service protects only one device.
The following are our favorite features of McAfee antivirus:
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Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus lives up to almost every antivirus program’s claim of being “lightweight,” taking up less than 2% of the memory footprint of some internet security suites, and virus definitions are stored in the cloud. In addition, it installs in seconds and takes up very little hard drive space.
Webroot is even more impressive because it does not skimp on features.
McAfee Total Protection Single Device is a free antivirus program that only protects one device, as the name implies. You get accurate real-time anti-phishing and quick virus scans that take less than 20 seconds, real-time firewall monitoring, identity theft protection, and much more.
The well-known testing labs do not rank SecureAnywhere AntiVirus, except SE Laboratories, which rated Webroot as adequate malware protection in its most recent Home Anti-Malware report – albeit not quite on par with the leading competitors.
Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus protects up to five devices, includes a password manager (thanks to LastPass), and protects mobile devices in addition to Windows and Mac computers (rather than three).
Internet Security Complete adds additional online privacy features and an automatic backup tool with 25GB of secure cloud storage at the top of the tree. In addition, the flagship suite is now available in a Family Pack, which includes 100GB of cloud storage and expands device coverage to ten devices.
Although SecureAnywhere Antivirus is adequate, we recommend Internet Security Plus as a full-featured solution. Another benefit worth mentioning is Webroot’s extended 70-day money-back guarantee, which instills user confidence.
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Sophos Home Premium can protect up to ten devices (Windows and Mac computers). Although experts may be critical of the UI’s simplicity and lack of features or low-level customizations, it was created with beginners in mind, which isn’t always a bad thing.
Even if the user interface is occasionally awkward, anyone who wants to manage and control their less tech-savvy family members’ devices may find the web management console useful.
Sophos offered competent virus protection and performed admirably in our anti-ransomware tests. Sophos Home Premium may be an excellent value for people who need to secure many PCs, given the antivirus software and the ten-device limit.
Remember that Sophos no longer offers new customers a lengthy free trial. Instead, it is free online but only a trial version and not a full-featured antivirus program.
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Antivirus software protects your devices from malware and other harmful viruses such as trojan horses, worms, adware, and others by preventing, detecting, searching for, and removing them. Such software is intended to be used as a proactive cyber security measure by preventing threats from accessing your PC and mobile device and posing a threat.
After installation, most antivirus programs run in the background and provide real-time protection against virus attacks. In addition, most antivirus software includes both automatic and manual filtering options. The option for instant scanning can examine data downloaded from the Internet, files created by software installers, and DVDs already on the computer.
Modern antivirus programs protect all operating systems and internet-connected devices because malware is a constant threat across all platforms. macOS desktops, Microsoft Windows laptops, and computers, as well as iOS and Android smartphones, are all included.
An antivirus program scans incoming code or files traveling through your network. Because hackers are constantly creating and spreading new viruses, such software will also scan systems for the presence of previously unknown malware threats.
The antivirus checks new and intriguing programs, files, and applications against a database of known malware types. The database is scanned and isolated, removing any similar or exact matches. Manually removing the exposed files is possible using the antivirus program’s clear, clean, or delete options.
The majority of programs will employ one of three detection tools:
Investing in the best antivirus software is an excellent way to protect your PC or Android device. You may be wondering why. Let’s look at some of the advantages of antivirus software to help you decide whether to buy it.
Removal of Spam Websites and Advertisements
One of the most common ways viruses infect your devices and corrupt your files is through spam websites and pop-up advertisements. These spam attempts aim to steal information from a user’s computer, compromise privacy, or cause significant financial losses.
An antivirus program protects you by blocking spam websites and advertisements while improving your user experience by preventing pop-ups and other interruptions.
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If you have an antivirus program installed on your computer, it will perform regular checks on all of your system’s operations. That is, if a virus infects your Android phone, your security software will be able to remove it.
Because everything happens in real-time, your antivirus can be your phone’s security guard. It will monitor your phone’s (or computer’s) activity and stop any suspicious or illegal activity.
Computer Improvement
Consider putting two computers next to each other. One problem is slow processing and frequent crashes. The inverse is AV-protected. Which will be the faster? The one equipped with antivirus software!
The antivirus program stopped the virus on the second PC before it could cause any real damage. In addition, some antivirus programs may delete and remove unnecessary files from unknown sources to speed up your computer and free up disk space.
Avira and House Call are two examples of free antivirus programs, even though many premium antivirus programs require a monthly or annual subscription fee.
These antivirus programs are nearly as secure as subscription-based antivirus programs. In addition, their premium editions are reasonably priced and well worth purchasing.
Although running virus scans and worrying about your computer’s Security is inconvenient, you would be more concerned if your antivirus software was ineffective.
Without antivirus software, you would be defenseless against viruses that lurk everywhere on the Internet. Finding it, removing it, and attempting to repair any damage it may have caused would take time.
Furthermore, even after the virus is eradicated, it will likely persist for a long time. If your real-time antivirus software is up and running, you will only be notified of the discovery of a virus and given the option to delete it.
You can also instruct the antivirus program to remove any viruses it discovers without requesting administrative privileges.
Preventative Measures
Receiving emails and advertisements regularly is vexing.
Many people are unaware that the spam they see every time they log in is likely the result of malware saved on their computer. By preventing viruses, an antivirus program reduces your exposure to spam.
Virus eradication
To detect and remove potentially harmful files, most antivirus programs run tests on your computer and all its connected hard drives. Additional features such as anti-spyware protection, virus prevention, and email scanning may be included in these programs.
Furthermore, antivirus software can be configured to automatically detect and install updates and representations and run at specific times and days.
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Boot-Time Testing
Most antivirus programs support “boot-time scanning,” which means that if the infection is advanced enough and the operating system is dynamic enough, it may be able to replicate even after it has been removed.
In contrast, a boot-time scan causes your antivirus program to shut down and restart Windows.
The software will then scan the entire hard drive for viruses and malware. Because the operating system has been disabled, any viruses discovered during the scan will be deleted and cloned.
Personal Data Protection
Hackers and viruses are just two sides of the same coin. A reliable antivirus program will keep you safe while browsing the Internet by preventing hackers from gaining access to your personal information, such as your bank account and credit card numbers.
Most antivirus software includes a firewall feature that prevents unauthorized incoming connections to your computer or network, preventing hackers from accessing your system and personal information.
It makes sense to avoid paying for antivirus software, given the abundance of free alternatives. Purchasing antivirus software, regardless of cost, has several advantages. Most free antivirus programs and paid antivirus software will not protect you or your computer. A subscription, whether annual or monthly, can be a wise investment. Consider the potential harm that malware and viruses could do to your device and how those effects could affect your personal life or, worse, your professional and business life.
While paid antivirus software provides more advanced Security, free antivirus software only protects against viruses. In addition, while free antivirus software may only protect a subset of your devices, paid versions can protect all of them (Mac, PC, and mobile).
Paid antivirus software boosts Security for sensitive online activities like banking and gives you more control over your data. Furthermore, paid options are more likely to include additional features to keep your children safe online, such as parental controls, anti-spam protection, and personal firewalls.
Furthermore, paid options can protect and store passwords for priceless files such as videos and photos. In contrast, a free app is only useful for basic PC security. However, there is nothing wrong with free antivirus software if you want to save money and feel more confident about minimizing online risks.
Investing in an antivirus program is a good idea if you want to feel safe while browsing the Internet on your devices. Of course, whether you use a paid or free antivirus program is entirely up to you and depends entirely on your needs. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of both options before making a decision. You don’t want to replace your computer or mobile device because the selected free antivirus software fell short of your expectations.
Ten options can give you a lot to think about and consider, and you undoubtedly want the best for yourself. So we’ll help you by telling you which antivirus program we think Norton and Bitdefender will be the best in India in 2023.
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Norton will optimize your system, facilitate data privacy, and minimize data breaches, in addition to real-time virus and malware protection. These features are achieved through smart scans and round-the-clock monitoring. You also get a VPN, password manager, and secure cloud storage to further protect your online identity. To get started, sign up for Norton right away!

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Unvaccinated truckers entering Canada must quarantine -government – Reuters

OTTAWA/WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Unvaccinated Canadian truckers re-entering Canada from the United States must get tested for COVID-19 and quarantine themselves starting Jan. 15, the Canadian government said on Thursday, a day after the Canadian border agency dropped the rule.
Some 10% to 20%, or between 12,000-22,000 Canadian truck drivers, and 40%, or 16,000 U.S. truck drivers traveling into Canada would be sidelined by upcoming mandates in both countries, the Canadian Trucking Association (CTA) estimates. Driver shortages are further expected to fuel red-hot inflation, industry lobby groups have said.
Canadian federal government ministers issued a statement on Thursday, saying the Canadian border agency made an error on Wednesday when it said those requirements were dropped.
Unvaccinated foreign truckers will be barred from entering Canada starting Saturday. The CTA said to expect supply-chain disruptions if both countries do not allow exemptions.
Canada first announced the vaccine mandate for the truckers in November.
The United States has also said that foreign truck driversmust show proof of inoculation to enter that country starting on Jan. 22.
If both countries keep their bans on unvaccinated foreign drivers, it would be the first policy measure since the pandemic began that could limit cross-border trucking.
Bob Costello, a senior vice president and chief economist at the American Trucking Associations (ATA) urged "leaders in Ottawa and Washington to reconsider these mandates so we can avoid any further economic disruptions."
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The trucking industry carries more than two-thirds of the C$650 billion ($521 billion) in goods traded annually between Canada and the United States.
"We're asking both countries to work together to remove their foreign national (vaccine) mandate and look for a better date to put this in place," Stephen Laskowski, president and chief executive of CTA, told Reuters.
Supply chain disruptions drove Canada's headline inflation to an 18-year high in November, and the Bank of Canada has signaled it could raise interest rates as soon as April.
In the United States, inflation rose at its fastest pace year-to-year in nearly four decades in December.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Joe Biden's pandemic-related vaccination-or-testing mandate for large businesses, including for trucking companies with more than 100 employees. But that is a separate measure from the border requirement.
Both the ATA and the CTA argue that the nature of trucking means that drivers stay mostly isolated from the general public, and that has meant low coronavirus infection rates among drivers.
The White House declined to immediately comment.
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A new ransomware called "Agenda" has been found on Dark Web – The Tech Outlook

Agenda is a brand-new targeted malware that Trend Micro researchers have just discovered. Using the Go programming language, Agenda was produced. The ransomware attack was directed against one of the company’s customers. The results of the incident investigation revealed that a public-facing Citrix server was used by the threat actor to access the victim’s network. They most likely made lateral moves inside the victim’s network using a genuine account to gain access to this server.
Attacks utilizing the new ransomware family were directed at businesses in Asia and Africa. The word “Agenda” can be seen in ransom notes and posts on the dark web by a person going by the name of “Qilin,” who is likely associated with the people who distribute ransomware.
Computers infected with the Agenda ransomware may restart in safe mode, and it can block a variety of server-specific services and operations. The researchers found that the samples they looked at were customized for each victim and included unique firm IDs as well as stolen account information.
The samples were 64-bit Windows PE (Portable Executable) files that were aimed at medical and educational facilities in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Thailand.
Agenda removes shadow volume copies and creates a runtime configuration to specify its behavior when vssadmin.exe clean shadows /all /quiet is launched. Additionally, it terminates antivirus software and service-related activities and adds an auto-start entry directing to a clone of itself.
Experts found that Agenda modifies the default user’s password in order to prevent detection and stops automatic login using the old login credentials. Agenda uses a technique used by REvil and other ransomware groups to reboot the victim’s PC in safe mode before encrypting files.
The threat actor accessed Active Directory through RDP while utilizing compromised identities, then used Nmap.exe and Nping.exe to scan the network. The planned job was then pushed by the group policy domain computer.
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Britain exceeds 100000 daily COVID-19 cases for the first time – Reuters UK

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LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Britain reported more than 100,000 new daily COVID-19 cases for the first time since widespread testing was introduced, with 106,122 on Wednesday compared with 90,629 on Tuesday.
The rapid spread of the Omicron variant has driven a surge in cases in the last seven days, with the total rising by 643,219, or 59%, according to government data.
Many industries are struggling with staff shortages as sick workers self-isolate, and hospitals have warned of the risk of an impact on patient safety.
The British government said on Wednesday it was reducing the COVID-19 self-isolation period to seven days from 10 days for people in England who get a negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row. read more
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday ruled out new restrictions before Christmas, saying that there was uncertainty about the severity of Omicron and hospitalisation rates.
However, he did not rule out further measures after the holiday if the situation deteriorated. read more
There were 195 patients hospitalised with Omicron up to Tuesday and 18 deaths of people with the variant, according to separate data.
The total number of COVID-19 patients in hospital was 8,008, slightly up in the last seven days but still far below the levels of more than 38,000 in January.
There were 140 deaths within 28 days of a positive case, down from 172 the previous day.
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OnePlus 10 Pro Review: A Great Android Phone With Some Problems – CNET

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Competitive pricing and solid all-round performance make the 10 Pro a compelling option. But a few carrier restrictions take the shine off.
Andrew Lanxon
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Andrew is CNET’s go-to guy for product coverage and lead photographer for Europe. When not testing the latest phones, he can normally be found with his camera in hand, behind his drums or eating his stash of home-cooked food. Sometimes all at once.
The OnePlus 10 Pro is without doubt the best phone the company has ever made. From its powerful processor and its beautiful display, to its solid camera and smart design, it ticks pretty much every box you should expect from a high-end flagship Android phone in 2022. And at $899 (£799, roughly AU$1,400), the phone is competitively priced against high-end rivals like the Galaxy S22 Ultra ($1,200) and iPhone 13 Pro ($999). 
It offers similar performance, 5G and a smooth, approachable interface. However, it’s let down slightly by mediocre low-light camera performance, a lack of an official IP water resistance rating on most versions of the phone and a few omissions when it comes to the US models.
But even with those relatively minor issues, the OnePlus 10 Pro offers a lot for the money and is well worth considering if you’re looking for a high-performance Android phone that leaves a little cash left in your pocket.
I love the look of the 10 Pro. It’s got a frosted glass back, with an attractive camera unit and a lovely green color that I think is smarter and more stylish than the shiny fingerprint-prone backs of the previous OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. It has a look that I think stands out well against the likes of the iPhone or S22 Ultra.
From left to right, the Pixel 6 Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro, the OnePlus 10 Pro and the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
It should put up with some abuse too, as the back is made from toughened Gorilla Glass 5 and there’s even more hardcore Gorilla Glass Victus covering the front. There’s no official waterproofing though, unless you buy the T-Mobile exclusive version in the US which does have an IP68 rating. The rest of you — including everyone outside of the US — will simply have to keep it extra safe from spilled drinks. 
OnePlus has partnered with T-Mobile for the phone’s US launch, with the carrier selling the phone as well as allowing full 5G support for customers who bring an unlocked model. The phone won’t support 5G when used on AT&T, but you can bring it to the carrier to use just on its 4G network. The OnePlus 10 Pro will also work on Verizon’s 5G network, but you’ll have to buy it unlocked before setting it up with the carrier.
Waterproofing being a T-Mobile exclusive is a shame, as it’s pretty standard on many of its rivals, including the iPhone 13 Pro, S22 Ultra and Pixel 6 Pro. The previous OnePlus 9 Pro was also IP68-rated, so it feels especially disappointing that this useful safety feature has been restricted solely as part of an exclusivity agreement with one US carrier.
The 6.7-inch display has a 3,216×1,440-pixel maximum resolution, making even tiny little details look pin sharp. It’s bright, too, with punchy colors that do justice to colorful games like Candy Crush and Alto’s Odyssey or vibrant TV shows like Squid Game or even Bluey. 
The screen has a 120Hz refresh rate which makes it seem buttery smooth when scrolling around, but it can automatically switch to lower rates in less demanding tasks in order to conserve battery. You’ll also find a fingerprint scanner invisibly hidden beneath the display which works quickly and accurately most of the time. 
The back of the phone is home to three cameras; a 48-megapixel main camera, a 50-megapixel ultrawide camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera offering 3.3x optical zoom. 
I’ve spent some time already using the main camera in an earlier test and I’m pleased to report that results are generally excellent, with accurate colors, a great balance of exposure and plenty of detail. There’s a new raw file option too — called Raw Plus — hidden in the Pro camera mode which uses computational techniques including HDR blending but still outputs a DNG raw file for easier editing. It’s similar to what Apple does with its ProRaw mode and it works well here if you’re the sort of person who likes editing your images later on.
OnePlus 10 Pro main lens.
OnePlus 10 Pro main lens.
OnePlus 10 Pro main lens.
It has a portrait mode which does a good job of separating your subject from the blurred background, along with neat features like a panoramic-style mode called XPAN (harking back to old Hasselblad cameras) for wide and narrow images and a motion blur mode for creating blurred water effects or car headlights streaking through a night-time street scene. 
OnePlus 10 Pro, portrait mode.
OnePlus 10 Pro, XPAN mode.
OnePlus 10 Pro, long exposure mode.
The super wide lens is vibrant and sharp too, although there’s sometimes a noticeable color shift between the normal and wide modes, while the optical zoom lens gives enough zoom to help you find more interesting compositions in your surroundings. It too is reasonably sharp, although I’ve found the iPhone’s zoom produces clearer results. Of course if zoom is a priority for you, no phone comes close to the whopping 10x optical zoom offered by the Galaxy S22 Ultra.
OnePlus 10 Pro main lens.
OnePlus 10 Pro ultrawide lens. Note the significant color shift over the image from the main lens.
OnePlus 10 Pro, telephoto lens.
OnePlus 10 Pro, telephoto lens.
Then there’s the 32-megapixel front-facing camera, which consistently produces vibrant and sharp images that’s perfect for the selfie obsessed among you.
OnePlus 10 Pro, front-facing camera test.
OnePlus 10 Pro, front-facing camera test.
When the sun goes down, the night mode does a decent job of creating bright and sharp images from the main lens but results still aren’t quite up there with the iPhone. Especially not when you switch to the zoom lens, which struggled at night, resulting in a noisy, blurry shot that was world’s apart from the iPhone’s effort in the same scene. 
OnePlus 10 Pro, main lens, night mode.
OnePlus 10 Pro, main lens, night mode.
OnePlus 10 Pro, telephoto lens, night mode.
iPhone 13 Pro, telephoto lens, night mode.
OnePlus 10 Pro, telephoto lens, night mode, 100% crop. Up close it’s clear to see the mushy details in the shot from the telephoto lens.
iPhone 13 Pro, telephoto lens, night mode, 100% crop. The iPhone’s shot is darker, but those fine details are much clearer.
OnePlus cameras have always been decent, but they’ve typically not done enough to compete with the best phones around. And while the 10 Pro packs the best camera OnePlus has ever put into a phone, it lets itself down a little with both its night mode and zoom skills. Its main camera is excellent for most daytime scenes, however, and it’ll serve you well if photography is important but maybe not the sole reason you’re buying a phone.
Powering the phone is Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, along with 12GB of RAM on my UK review model, although US versions will have a maximum of 8GB. This combo put in some great scores in our various benchmark tests. It’s certainly up there among its rivals and there’s no doubt that it’s capable of handling any of the everyday tasks you’d want to throw at it. 
It breezed through things like raw photo editing and video streaming and demanding games like Asphalt 9 or PUBG played beautifully smoothly even with the settings cranked to the max. OnePlus has apparently done a variety of tweaks to ensure that gaming performance is optimized for smooth frame rates along with reducing the latency between you tapping the screen and an action taking place. Mobile gamers are well catered for here. 
Gaming on the OnePlus 10 Pro is fantastic.
Interestingly there’s an option in the settings to expand the available RAM up to a whopping 19GB (as reviewed) by using some of the regular storage. However, I didn’t notice any real improvement in performance when doing this (and no change in benchmark results). Whether you’ll find this genuinely useful when using lots of apps at once remains to be seen.
The Android 12-based software, running the latest version of Oxygen OS, is neat and free of general clutter making it a good option for both experienced Android users or those taking their first steps into the Android world. 
Providing the juice is a capacious 5,000-mAh battery, which thanks to the various performance improvements will comfortably allow for a full day of mixed use. During my testing, I found that after an hour of YouTube streaming with the screen on max brightness it had dropped from full to only 99%, dropping to 94% after a second hour which is better than I’d found from both the Pixel 6 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro. 
The OnePlus 10 Pro can charge as fast as 80W internationally, and a still fast 65W in the US.
It supports fast charging too; my UK review model being able to suck down the juice at 80W, although in the US its peak fast charging is done at 65W which OnePlus says will take it from empty to full in a little over 30 minutes. That’s still incredibly fast and allows you to give it a quick boost if needed before you head out for the evening, safe in the knowledge you’ll have enough battery to call a cab home after a few beers. 
The OnePlus 10 Pro may have the S22 Ultra and the iPhone 13 Pro in its sights, but the closest competitor the phone has may be the Pixel 6 Pro that’s also at $899 in the US. The OnePlus 10 Pro makes use of the newest Qualcomm chip, while the 6 Pro is powered by Google’s in-house Tensor chip. Both provide fast speeds and show off the best of Android 12.
Yet due to features that are exclusive to T-Mobile, especially water resistance, many people might be better off with the Pixel simply for its wider compatibility. Internationally, however, the OnePlus 10 Pro stands on slightly more even ground and can surpass thanks to its ludicrously fast wired charging speeds and, for the UK, the 10 Pro is cheaper at £799 than the 6 Pro at £849.


Best Big Phone 2022: Phablets At Large – Tech Advisor

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Phones used to be small – the first iPhone only had a 3.5in display, which today looks comically tiny. 2021’s iPhone 13 Pro Max sports a whopping 6.7in display and it isn’t the only phone with a sizeable screen. In fact, Apple was relatively late to the big phone party.
You may have heard the term ‘phablet’, which is a portmanteau of ‘phone’ and ‘tablet’. If you’re anything like us, you might also prefer to use a large-screened phone all the time, instead of having to resort to a tablet for specific situations.
There are a host of refinements that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 lords over its predecessor; with a cleaner, hardier design that somehow integrates water resistance, an expanded feature set (including S Pen support) and a lower starting price.
While processing, gaming and camera performance may not be industry-leading, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 focuses on making the foldable concept more attainable without presenting any real sacrifices in a particular area.
What the Fold 3 does highlight within this burgeoning product category, however, is that building experiences for folding form factors is hard and right now, Samsung is the principal driving force behind that getting any easier.
While the S21 Ultra dabbled with Note-like features, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is unquestionably a full-blown successor to 2020’s  Note 20 Ultra in everything but name.
The design is distinctly different from the other entries in the Galaxy S22 range (which is to say very ‘Note-like’) and features an integrated S Pen stylus that expands functionality beyond most rivals, especially in terms of productivity.
Despite familiar-looking camera hardware, the upgrades made by Samsung render it one of the best systems in any phone right now; with a 108Mp main shooter backed up by an ultrawide and two telephoto lenses at different zoom levels – with the zoom performance particularly improved on previous models.
The expansive 6.8in LTPO AMOLED display delivers both high WQHD+ resolution and an adaptive refresh rate up to 120Hz, while long-term software support that surpasses even Google’s Pixels rounds out an impressive list of pros.
Google shook things up for 2021, with the  Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro debuting the company’s new Tensor silicon and a refreshed Android 12 experience, along with a completely new design and some significantly enhanced cameras.
Despite dropping the ‘Pixel XL’ naming convention a couple of generations back, the 6 Pro is an undeniably sizeable phone, with a stunning QHD+ curved-edge OLED that – for the first time in the series – makes the move to a higher 120Hz smooth refresh rate (just like its direct rivals in the iPhone 13 Pro range).
The camera system also relies on a new 50Mp main sensor, which packs astounding dynamic range and showcases smart new features, like Magic Eraser and rock-solid Face Unblur. It’s also backed up by both a 12Mp ultrawide and a periscopic 48Mp telephoto camera, with a 4x optical zoom; a far cry from the Pixel range’s old single-sensor approach to photography.
Tensor doesn’t benchmark well against the competition but in real-world use offers more than enough grunt to handle the most demanding mobile apps and games, while also boasting a specialised skill set for machine learning and AI tasks that rival silicon lags behind in.
A huge 5003mAh battery also ensures some of the best battery life on a Pixel ever, even if fast charging is a bit of a mess.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max boasts the same display size and resolution as its predecessor, but with one major upgrade: it now supports 120Hz tech (which Apple calls ‘ProMotion’), finally bringing it in line with Android rivals.
The wider aspect ratio Apple adopted means that while some Android devices have bigger displays on paper, few feel as big as this, especially once you factor in the squared off sides. That means the 13 Pro Max is a decidedly two-handed device, but those who relish the extra screen space will love it.
Otherwise, you get all the top specs you’d expect from the latest Apple flagship, along with a welcome upgrade to battery life that finally makes the most of the space for a truly multi-day device.
The Oppo Find X5 Pro is a phenomenal phone by any measure. The 6.7in 10-bit 120Hz QHD+ panel is one of the best displays in any phone right now and Oppo backs it up with 80W wired and 50W wireless charging, a 5000mAh battery, and a top-tier camera that boasts 50Mp sensors on both the main and ultrawide lenses.
You’ll have to live without a periscopic zoom lens – the telephoto here is a measly 2x zoom – but results across all three rear lenses are exceptional. The design is unique too, thanks to a seamlessly sloped camera module built right into the ceramic of the phone’s body.
In terms of pure performance, the Find X5 Pro is also hard to beat, with all of the above, plus a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, 256GB storage and 12GB RAM. You just have to be willing to pay the price, as it doesn’t come cheap.
The Xiaomi 12 Pro has an awful lot going for it, but that’s coupled with a pair of major flaws.
It sports a sleek, understated design, there’s a beautiful display paired with a quad-speaker setup and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip delivers impressive performance. For the most part, the camera system is great too, not quite best-in-class but good.
Unfortunately, the battery life is a clear failing – which might be fixed with updates, but for the moment frustrates.
A mid-range reworking of Xiaomi’s Mi 11 flagship from the start of 2021, the 11T sports a similar top-tier Snapdragon 888 chipset and other highlights, like a strong lead 108Mp camera, but all at a considerably lower price.
It lacks the astounding 120W super-fast charging of its ‘Pro’-branded sibling but still supports rapid 67W speeds that aren’t to be sniffed at.
The 6.67in 120Hz Full HD+ AMOLED display comes protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, while a 480Hz touch response rate and stereo speakers mean the 11T is also great for gaming.
While only a minor update to the Red Magic 6S Pro from 2021, the Red Magic 7 pushes the envelope by being one of the first gaming phones to feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset.
The stunning 165Hz display endures from the last few Red Magic flagships, while also continuing to outpace mainstream rivals – making it ideal for gaming – and Nubia’s finally addressed camera performance too, which is better than it’s ever been.
The Red Magic 7’s Android launcher won’t be to everyone’s tastes, the move to a smaller battery has proven to be a detrimental change (especially for gaming phone) and this is still a big bulky device, but the price/performance balance it strikes and the gaming prowess it facilitates are unrivalled.
The Moto G200 is something of an outlier in Motorola’s affordable mid-range Moto G line, but the oddities that make it stand out also happen to be its greatest strengths.
One of the few devices rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ that delivers flagship-class performance on a budget, while its expansive 6.8in display offers super-smooth 144Hz visuals, making it ideal for gaming, while Ready For support also affords you a desktop-like user experience when plugging into an external display.
A sizeable 5000mAh battery also ensures great battery life and 33W fast charging ensures you’re not left waiting for the phone to fill back up for hours at a time.
The Xperia 1 III offers up more of what we’ve come to know and love from Sony’s flagship phone line: namely a killer camera setup and an eye-popping 4K display.
The big upgrade for 2021 was the move to 120Hz, which joins a smattering of cutting-edge display technologies, including 4K resolution, an HDR OLED panel and an uncommon 21:9 aspect ratio that’s brilliant for enjoying movies on the go.
The rear camera setup takes work to get the most out of it but offers unprecedented control, especially with regards to video capture, while the pairing of a Snapdragon 888 chip and 12GB of RAM delivers some of the best performance for an Android phone out there.
Battery life and price are the main things holding the 1 III back from true greatness but for some, it’s the obvious choice.
Most phones with displays over 5.5in (measured corner to corner) and sporting an aspect ratio of 16:9 are considered phablets, but in recent times phones have gotten taller and narrower, allowing displays to get bigger without the phones feeling bigger overall. Most of the phones in this chart have these taller aspect ratios.
Such a quality is the reason this roundup includes both the screen sizes and the aspect ratios of these devices; so you have a better idea of whether a phone is generally big or just tall and slim.
Not all phones with large screens are considered ‘big’ – despite its 6.1in display, we wouldn’t consider the regular Galaxy S22 to be a phablet, because its tiny bezels and narrow aspect ratio mean it’s relatively compact in-hand.
Samsung, Sony, Motorola and others all offer phones that require two-handed use most of the time as a result of their displays, but to their credit, big phones don’t just offer a better viewing experience, they boast other great benefits, like larger batteries.
It’s also important to take into account that the bigger the screen, the more resolution matters; so Quad HD is favourable over Full HD and anything less than 1080p is probably best avoided, where big phones are concerned.
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