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Green Car by Mina Tocalini for 360 Magazine

Concentric Q×A

In the current age of digital technology, car owners are being forced to consider their vehicle’s susceptibility to ransomware attacks. These malicious cyber-attacks can expose your personal data to online hackers. However, there are certain measures that car owners can take to help prevent security breaches. Proactive car owners are utilizing services like Concentric to safeguard their technology and online identity. 360 Magazine spoke with Laura Hoffner, Chief of Staff at Concentric, and Sam Connour, Concentric Intern, about how to best practice car system security.

What steps can proactive car owners take to protect their vehicles from security threats and hackers?

First, understand that all digital property can be hacked.

Second, as a result, be conscious of what personal technology you connect to or tether with. Understand that if you connect your phone to your car via Bluetooth, someone hacking into your car will then result in vulnerability to your phone (and everything else connected to your phone such as your home Wi-Fi, addresses, credit cards.)

Third, ensure your vehicle’s software is up today. Car makers, like Tesla and Jeep, are known to push out patches for these potential holes hackers can access. Keeping your vehicle up to date will aid in that effort.

Finally, protect that vulnerability by being aware of the modifications you’re making to your vehicle’s software. Don’t let unknown devices connect to your car, and be wary of who has physical access to your vehicle

What makes a car susceptible to ransomware attacks?

Cars are now equal [in terms of susceptibility] to computers as a result of their connectivity capabilities both to the internet and to Bluetooth. If a car is connected to an insecure and unprotected internet connection, hackers are capable of installing malware into a vehicle’s operating or infotainment systems.

What models of cars are the most likely to encounter hacking/privacy issues?

Cars with self-driving capabilities, or features such as lane assist or automatic braking, are particularly at risk. But practically any vehicle made in the past 20 years can be hacked. Generally, vehicles [from] 2007 or newer run a higher risk of personal information being compromised. Car makers, with a warning from the FBI, are taking steps to beef up cybersecurity within their vehicles.

Should customers be weary of certain car brands when buying technology systems for their vehicles? How can consumers find quality retailers with safe car products?

Rather than it being a concern about specific car brands, consumers should instead educate themselves on the risk associated with these vulnerabilities and take proper protocol to mitigate those risks.

Can Concentric offer any services for car owners looking to safeguard their vehicles?

Concentric offers holistic security solutions for our clients. Included in that is a residential risk assessment that can identify specific concerns and vulnerabilities. This is where personal risk associated with property would be assessed, [as well as] physical and behavioral recommendations.

How did your experience as a Naval Intelligence Officer and in the Naval Reserves translate into your current role at Concentric?

Understanding the threat landscape both nationally and internationally– as well as the acknowledgement that we make both micro and macro decisions about risk daily– ultimately prepared me to understand the corporate security landscape. Holistically viewing a problem set and identifying creative solutions are [at] the core of Naval Intelligence, thus it wasn’t a large leap to bring that mindset over with me from the government side.

As Concentrics’ Chief of Staff, what is your best advice regarding car related security?

Car-related security advice is the same as all other security advice we have: educate yourself, your family, and your team to know what risk decisions you are making that have vast implications across your security vulnerability spectrum. Additionally, security is not something to think about when you’re in a crisis. Avoid or better prepare yourself for the crisis beforehand by taking steps to vastly reduce, or eliminate, your vulnerabilities to exploitation.

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7 Things to Know about Car Window Tinting: From Cost to Legal

In 2019, the window tinting industry was worth over $9 billion and is expected to grow 4% by 2027.

Car window tinting has a wealth of benefits from improving a car’s appearance to protecting passengers from harmful UV rays. But that’s not all, there’s plenty to familiarize yourself with before getting it installed.

If you want to learn more about car window tinting cost and other features, you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven things you need to know.

What Is Car Window Tinting?

Before asking yourself “should I tint my car windows?”, it’s important to understand what the process consists of. Mechanics apply car window tint, a transparent film, over a vehicle’s windows, mostly for functional purposes. 

Window tinting has soared in popularity because you can choose the thickness and material depending on your preference. For example, dyed car window tinting and looks dark but without the UV protection associated with other options.

You can also choose metalized tint where the film is blended with tiny bits of metal so the window blocks UV rays and becomes more reflective. Or perhaps you’d prefer carbon tint which has a matte texture to keep your car cooler because carbon is less prone to fade or crack in excessive heat. This option is popular in hotter climates.

Other mid-range options include hybrid and crystalline tint which come in increasing thickness from transparent to opaque. But if money’s no problem, treat your vehicle to a ceramic tint as it blocks almost 50% of heat emitted by solar rays and 99.9% of UV exposure so it protects the interior. 

“How much to tint car windows?” You ask. 

In terms of car window tinting cost, it varies depending on the size of the windows and the material you want. On average, a basic, non-reflective film is around $100 to $600 whereas a premium option can be in the $800 range.

Car Window Tinting Facts

Before taking the plunge, figure out why you want car window tinting whether it’s for privacy reasons or style. When you have a clear idea, you can choose the right material for your vehicle. Here are other reasons to choose window tinting.

1. Protects Interior from Sun Exposure

When the sun’s harmful rays beat through the window, the radiation becomes more intense which can ruin the dashboard, seats, and other upholstery. If this happens for an extended period, the material will fade or crack and need to be replaced.
But an affordable preventative measure is installing an automotive window film as it’ll extend the lifespan of your vehicle’s interior. It’ll also help retain your car’s value which is useful if you’re planning to sell. 

UV rays can also damage your skin even when it beams through the glass. To prevent skin cancer or sunburn, apply window tinting because it’s designed to block UV rays.

2. Keeps Your Car Cooler

Before you Google “car window tinting near me”, consider how hot your vehicle gets on a summer afternoon.

IR (known as infrared radiation) causes your vehicle to heat up but it’s possible to lower the temperature without turning on the AC. Simply install a window tinting film because it blocks 50% of IR so you and your fellow passengers have a cool, comfortable ride.

3. Laws Differ from State to State 

You may wonder “is tinting car windows illegal?” and the answer depends on where you live. Although window tints aren’t fully illegal anywhere, several states forbid tinted windshields or front windows.
Because the window tinting laws vary between states you must find out more so you don’t face hefty fines. 

4. Shattered Glass Protection

An underrated advantage of car window tints is how it protects your vehicle. The film is designed to keep the glass intact even if an object hits against it or a thief tries to break in.
The film’s strength is especially crucial if you’re involved in an accident because it protects the passengers from flying shards of glass.

5. Gives You Privacy 

Install window tints if you want privacy. Although no one can see into the vehicle, you still get a clear view of the outside so it doesn’t compromise your driving.

Privacy is important if you’re worried about thieves as it stops people from looking in your back seat, useful if you accidentally left behind a wallet or phone.

6. Cost-Effective

Another advantage of window tinting is its energy energy-efficiency so you don’t need to crank up the AC or heat. Simply pay a one-time installation payment so your car automatically cools or heats up. As a result, your battery lasts longer and you save on fuel.

7. Improves Your Vehicle’s Aesthetic 

Many drivers want a car that not only functions well but looks stylish. An easy way to elevate your vehicle’s aesthetic is getting car window tints as the darker appearance looks sleeker. Plus, choosing the right tint can improve an older car’s appearance.

That’s Everything About Car Window Tinting Cost to the Law

Now you know about car window tinting cost and advantages.
Before installing the window film, check your state’s laws to see which windows you can cover along with the percentage. Window tinting is not only affordable but it improves your car’s aesthetic, protects passengers, and gives you more privacy to prevent break-ins.

But make sure it’s professionally applied because mechanics have the tools and expertise to do a fantastic job. Happy tinting!

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Trump Banning Tik Tok

By Eamonn Burke

President Trump announced Friday night that he plans to ban the social media sensation TikTok, calling it a “severance” from the Chinese-owned app.

“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Trump told officials aboard his Air Force One flight in Tampa. “I can do it with an executive order or [emergency economic powers].”

This comes after TikTok has been accused of being a security threat from China, with whom tensions are currently high. ByteDance, the app’s parent company, has been accused of giving American users’ information to the country. Meanwhile, a Tik Tok spokesman assures that they are committed to their users’ privacy, saying that “TikTok US user data is stored in the US, with strict controls on employee access.”

The app could be saved from legal issues if the rumored acquisition by Microsoft comes to fruition. The two companies have had discussion and the deal is allegedly in the works, although Trump has voiced opposition to it.

The creators of Tik Tok have also reacted to the ban, and to the ongoing concern for data privacy on the app. One influencer, 18 year old Josh Richards is leaving the app due to the privacy issues after amassing more than 20 million followers on the app. He announces that he will transfer to rival app Triller instead, whose investors include Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and fellow Tik Tok stars like Griffin Johnson and Noah Beck. Other stars are simply just saying goodbye to the app in recent posts.

Train illustration by Mina Tocalini

Amtrak Roomette

For those visiting family, friends or looking for an escape, Amtrak customers can travel in the comfort of a private room at a discounted price this summer. Now, when one person purchases a Roomette, one companion can join them for free. A truly unique experience when traveling by train, Roomette accommodations are offered on many routes across the country. Located in the sleeping car, a Roomette is the perfect option for customers seeking privacy and space on a short trip and added comfort and amenities when traveling overnight. Available on Amtrak.com or by using the Amtrak app customers can book between July 7-17, 2020 for travel from July 13, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

Roomettes feature two comfortable seats by day that convert to upper and lower berths by night. Each room includes a big picture window, fresh towels and linens and access to a private restroom and shower in your car. A dedicated sleeping car attendant provides turndown service, assists with meals, helps with luggage and shares great stories of life on the rails. All customers in private rooms receive complimentary lounge access at major stations, priority boarding and complimentary meals onboard. Two passengers can travel together one-way for as low as:

Roomette Pairing Cities 

New York, NY – Savannah, GA: $416

Washington, DC – Chicago, IL: $319

Chicago, IL – Denver, CO: $365

Oakland, CA – Seattle, WA: $352

Atlanta, GA – New Orleans, LA: $243

Chicago, IL – Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN: $193

Boston, MA – Chicago, IL: $402

Roomette accommodations are available across the national network on the following trains: California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder, Lake Shore Limited, Silver Service, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle. To receive this discount, use the Fare Finder from this page or enter code V306 when booking a trip on the Amtrak app. The offer is subject to availability and not available on the Auto Train. An advanced reservation of at least 3 days is required. Other restrictions may apply. As America gradually reopens, Amtrak is leading the way by setting a new standard of travel. In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience, several cleaning, contract-free and convenience measures have been implemented to every part of the customer journey – from time of booking to the moment of arrival. Learn more about all measures at Amtrak.com/coronavirus

With our state and commuter partners, Amtrak moves people and the nation forward. We are committed to operating a safe, environmentally efficient and fiscally responsible business. Book essential travel, check train status, access your eTicket and more through the Amtrak app. Learn more at Amtrak.com.

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Preventing Public Data Leaks

Protecting an individual’s identity from cyber thieves can be a monumental task, especially when thieves can gather information about someone by just using public data sources.

That’s why Rohit Chadha, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, is working with researchers at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on a $1.2 million grant over 4 years from the National Science Foundation to study how to help prevent privacy leaks when there is a large amount of data that can be gathered publicly.

“Differential privacy is a technique invented about fifteen years ago that ensures when someone asks questions of online databases — census data, consumer trends or aggregated information such as salary range or average number of children of people living in a certain area — the privacy of a person’s digital records remains intact,” Chadha said. “You still want to be able to grant access to these inquires because the data is important for businesses, researchers and governments. On the other hand, you also want to be able to protect an individual’s privacy.”

By asking enough valid questions of different databases, cyber thieves can build enough of a person’s profile that they can use that information in nefarious ways. Chadha said researchers have already begun testing different methods to thwart cyber thieves trying to attempt this.

“The research community has been aware of the possibility of these attacks for some time,” Chadha said.

Chadha, along with Aravinda Sistla of University of Illinois-Chicago and Mahesh Viswanathan of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and their teams will use the grant to verify the quality of the current methods being used and work to improve those methods as needed.

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Avoiding Cyber Threats on Facebook: A Guide

Facebook’s reputation has certainly taken a hit in recent years, especially on its main account, Facebook. Scandal after scandal have rocked this company, which is why it is more important than ever before that you, whether you are a business or an individual, work hard to dismantle your account so that your online data cannot be used against you.

Threats on Facebook

There are many threats to Facebook. Knowing these threats is key to avoiding them and to reduce the risk of your more personal accounts, like your bank account or even information that can lead to identity theft are not accessible to thieves online.

Use of Personal Information Against You

Public profiles are not Facebook’s fault. It is up to you to share information publicly or privately. By sharing information publicly, however, you run the risk of breaches. Most notably, a hacker could determine the answers to security questions on your accounts, and then work their way into more important accounts through the back door.

In the past, Facebook was a massive company that seemed completely impenetrable. Today it has been fraught with scandals and become a breeding ground for misinformation. In 2018, over 50 million users’ data was hacked into. The year before the Cambridge Analytica scandal proved that firms could pay their way to access private information and even skew election results. According to the NYTimes, this scandal has possibly even led to the deaths of individuals around the world.

Harassment Online

Cyberstalking and harassment are both very serious issues, especially for those who have public information that makes it easy for the cyberstalker to find you in the real world.

How to Avoid These Cyber Threats

To avoid these cyber threats, you will want to:

Set Up Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication, though not perfect, can stop a general hack.

Create a Unique Password for Facebook

Create unique passwords for every account so that breaches which involve your password being stolen are isolated.

Delete All Unnecessary Information

Go through your profile and old posts and delete all unnecessary information that can be used to correctly enter security questions.

Audit Your Friends List

If you aren’t actually friends with them, unfriend them. You don’t need strangers accessing your personal information.

Use Facebook’s Privacy Settings

Limit who can see your posts and sensitive information. Only your name and profile photo should be visible to a non-friend.

Remove Listing From Google

There is a setting which will remove your profile from Google and other search engines. Use this feature.

If you get harassment via messages, report, block, and do not engage.

Use Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)

What is EDR? EDR, or Endpoint Detection and Response, is a way to analyze your endpoints. Perfect for companies, this can help ensure that a Facebook login on your server doesn’t inadvertently let hackers into your Cloud account where they can then access your data. With EDR, you will be able to monitor your endpoints and respond to attacks before they become an issue.

You should never use Facebook, as an individual or as a company, without considering the risk and how you can mitigate it. By taking these steps, you can minimize and avoid cyber threats altogether. Continue to audit your accounts and use new security features to reduce the risk associated with putting your data online.

Temara Melek, 360 MAGAZINE

TEMARA MELEK Releases New Single

Musician and Actress TEMARA MELEK Releases New Single “PRIVACY”

Temara Melek knows exactly who she is. Whether she’s gracing the screen on your favorite TV show or playing in your headphones, the young singer has always had a clear vision. “I’ve always loved pop music, I loved Britney Spears, Nsync, the Backstreet Boys and Madonna”. It’s no surprise then, that Melek’s new single “Privacy” is a glimmering pop track that makes listeners want to get up and dance. Temara full-heartedly leans into the pop-star persona, with catchy pop melodies and sparkling backing beats. She also recognizes this song as a bit of a departure from her earlier works. “This song shows a little more growth and maturity for me. I want people to understand it’s okay to take time for yourself so that you can find your own happiness.”

 
Fans may remember Temara from her hit songs like “Karma’s Not Pretty”, which skyrocketed to #1 on the UK’s Power FM Global Radio Network. The video featured prominent cameos from young stars Keegan Allen and Greg Sulkin. The success of the single even earned the young songstress an opening performance for Demi Lovato and in 2013, Temara was featured on DJ Antoine’s song “Go With Your Heart”, a song that went to number 1 on the dance charts in 6 European countries.
 
Over the years, Temara has also appeared in numerous shows like Legacies, The Vampire Diaries and Westworld. Outside of music and acting, Temara has nurtured a deep love and respect for animals. Melek lives a mostly plant-based lifestyle and uses her platform to garner attention to different issues facing animals like ocean pollution affecting the health and wellness of marine animals. 
 
Up next, Temara says she’s excited to release new music, “I’ve been in the studio and can’t wait to release more of what I’ve been working on!” You can stream “Privacy” now on all major streaming platforms and follow all of Temara’s adventures on Instagram @TemaraMelek

Photographer credit: Kalie Johnston

HOTEL CHEVAL

HOTEL CHEVAL NAMED #1 SMALL HOTEL IN THE UNITED STATES BY TRIPADVISOR

Paso Robles-Based Boutique Luxury Hotel Receives Top Honors and

Three Award Wins from 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels

Hotel Cheval, www.hotelcheval.com, today announced it has been recognized as the overall winner in the Top 25 Small Hotels in the United States category of the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards for Hotels, ranking first out of 25. Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide. In the 16th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has recognized 8,095 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide.

This year, the awards celebrate hotel winners in 10 categories. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice hotels winners are remarkable service, value and quality.

2018 Awards won by Hotel Cheval include:

#1 Small Hotel in the United States

#8 Small Hotel in the World

#8 Romance Hotel in the United States

“We are incredibly honored to receive recognition as the #1 hotel in the US and a total of three awards from the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Jayne Christman, General Manager of Hotel Cheval. “We would like to thank the countless guests who shared their opinion of Hotel Cheval with their TripAdvisor reviews. This recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire staff who make the guest experience their #1 priority every day.”

“This year’s Travelers’ Choice awards for Hotels recognize thousands of exceptional accommodations that received the highest marks for overall experience, including service, amenities and value, from travelers worldwide,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications. “The global TripAdvisor community informed this list of winners that will inspire and help travelers find the hotel that’s right for them as they plan and book their next amazing trip.”

For the complete list of Travelers’ Choice Hotel awardwinners for 2018, as well as the latest reviews and candid traveler photos, visit: www.TripAdvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels. Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #TravelersChoice. To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Hotel Cheval go to: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g32861-d654198-Reviews-Hotel_Cheval-Paso_Robles_San_Luis_Obispo_County_California.html

Travelers can read the latest reviews and compare prices from more than 200 sites to find the lowest prices on the right hotel for their trip at www.TripAdvisor.com.

About Hotel Cheval

Hotel Cheval, is an intimate 16-room boutique luxury hotel, located just off Paso Robles’ historic town square and offers well-traveled guests a unique and memorable experience. With exceptional, personalized service and thoughtfully-designed and refined accommodations, Hotel Cheval is the perfect place to call home during your visit to Paso Robles and its environs. In 2018, Hotel Cheval will break ground on an expansion, to include 20 additional guestrooms, dedicated spa, and an infinity pool. Hotel Cheval is located at 1021 Pine Street in Paso Robles, California 93446. For more information, visit www.hotelcheval.com or call (805) 226-9995.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site**, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 570 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide — covering 7.3 million accommodations, airlines, attractions, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets, and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors*, all looking to get the most out of every trip. TripAdvisor: Know better. Book better. Go better.

Roderick Jones

After Equifax’s large-scale cyber attack was revealed, Deloitte is the latest company to have been breached in a similar attack.

Available to discuss the implications of the Deloitte cyber attack, and what this could mean for companies and consumers, is cyber security expert Roderick Jones.

The Founder & CEO of cyber security firm Rubica, Roderick previously worked in the Special Branch of Scotland Yard, focusing on international terrorism. Below, Roderick explains the main takeaways from the latest attack:

  • The information illegally accessed by attackers will, where possible, be meshed with other known data to create further exploits against companies and individuals
  • Executives and their networks are increasingly at risk from cyber-breach due to the amount of personal data being lost

While six of Deloitte’s clients have been told that their information was compromised in the hack, the latest cyber attack is yet another example of the growing threat to companies’ and individuals’ online information.

About Roderick Jones // San Francisco
Roderick Jones is a global security leader with over 15 years of experience operating at the highest levels of the international security environment. During his time as a member of Scotland Yard’s Special Branch, Roderick focused on international terrorism and the protection of a prominent British cabinet member. He is the founder of cyber security firm Rubica, the global authority on cyber security and privacy for the world’s elite. Originally a service of Concentric Advisors, a physical security firm, Rubica provides those concerned with online crime the most effective digital security available. Jones received his master’s degree from the University of Cambridge.
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