Sunday, June 4, 2017

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The Trillion Dollar Industry of Cyber Attacks

No business, no phone, no information is safe from the threat of a cyber attack. Hackers, scammers, and criminals are increasingly looking toward the internet as a means of illegal financial gain.

Each year, cybercrime continues to rise as more of our most delicate data makes its way to the cloud. This criminal entity of the internet is particularly concerning for small businesses, who are the most frequent targets of phishing attacks and the most vulnerable to financial ruin following an online security breach.

This infographic dives into the most critical issues surrounding cyber attacks, and cites figures that point toward trends that should and do concern businesses, both big and small. It also sheds light on issues of cyber security that affect people, especially concerning sensitive records, malware, smart devices, and email security.

This infographic is not a dramatization. These are not cherry-picked figures. These things are actually happening. This is why we chose to display data in dollars and percentages. They’re easily digestible and resonate most with the average internet users, who perhaps have the most to lose to cyber criminals, including their money, security, sensitive records, or even identities.

You’ll notice elements of the infographic are animated for emphasis as you scroll the page. We believe this interactive design will bring more attention to the alarming statistics displayed in the infographic, and hopefully, help more people and businesses consider the importance of cyber security.

The page begins with a simple question: “Is your business protected against cyber attacks?” That is the most important takeaway, but the design also draws intrigue to the topic.

A Guy Fawkes mask sits below that question, outlined in orange on a black background. It highlights the unknown entities lurking on the internet, and gives the graphic an almost Halloween-esque sentiment.

But this visage is not meant to alarm viewers. The numbers alone can do that. Presenting them in bold colors with graphics and some “scary” elements was a stylistic choice, one that we think works for the overall message of the infographic.

The infographic ends with a somwhat prophetic quote from IBM CEO Ginni Rometty. She calls data the “world’s new natural resource,” and a transformative element for every profession. If all of this is true, she says, then cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company in the world.

This infographic highlights the dangerous reality of that notion.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Hyperrension Prevention

Hypertension Prevention. High blood pressure is out of control in the US and worldwide. 2 out of 3 adults in the US (that is 150 million people) and over 1 billion people worldwide have pre-hypertension or hypertension! Only 54% have their blood pressure under control. Learn more about high blood pressure, related cardiovascular risks and ways to prevent it without medication.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

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Coffee Bean Roasting, Take a Crack at It!

What are the different degrees of Coffee Bean Roast?

Unroasted - When you purchase coffee beans that are unroasted, they are referred to a "green" beans. This means that they have not been put to the flame by the farmer or the company that has packaged your beans. However, it is likely that your beans have had to make a trip from their tropical location to your front door. This means being stored for periods of time at around 72 °F.

Drying - Some farmers dry their beans after wet processing. This Drying step occurs at 329 °F, until all of the moisture is removed from the bean (just before first crack).

Cinnamon roast - One of the very lightest roasts is the Cinnamon roast (385 °F up until right at first crack). This leaves the coffee bean with almost all of its native flavors and aroma.

Light roast - The typical degree of roasting that occurs for coffee beans that are labeled Light roast (401 °F). Coffee beans that are roasted this lightly are more acidic.

American roast - The first stage of Medium roasted coffee beans (410 °F until after first crack). Drinker love the taste of these beans over Light because of lower acidity while maintaining much of the beans original complexity.

City roast - Often the just referred to as Medium roast. These beans are roast to complete full first crack at approximatley 426 °F. Sometimes people want just past first crack and call it City+ (435 °F). 

Full City roast - This is the first shade of Dark roasting (437 °F). As second crack begins, oils are released and can start caramelizing. At this point, the roasting flavor begins to overtake the coffee bean flavor. This is the degree of Dark roast that maintains the most characteristics of the original coffee bean.

Vienna roast - The oils caramelize more, the acidity begins to fade. The original flavors of the coffee bean have been transformed into thier roasted equivalents (original coffee bean flavors are all but lost at 446 °F).

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