Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Healthcare

Big data. Quite possibly the buzzwords of this decade. For the first time in history, our increasingly interconnected world has been allowing industries of all kinds to amass incredible amounts of data about us all. From Google searches, to places we visit, to the posts we like on Facebook, and beyond. Much of this data has been leveraged to advertise to us in more and more effective and targeted ways. That’s great for marketers and the companies that hire them, but there are other far greater benefits to humanity just around the corner thanks to big data.

Healthcare gathers huge amounts of data already; digitised patient records are just the tip of the iceberg, with rapid advances in genomics and related disciplines generating mind-boggling amounts of data. With the cost of a full genome sequence recently ducking below the $1,000 mark, it has been predicted that, by 2025, the data generated annually by the field of genomics alone will be equivalent to what is generated by astronomical science, YouTube and Twitter combined!

When you combine these huge datasets with associated patience records and outcomes, as well as the large amounts of research being performed in every college and university across the globe, the challenge is how to make use of all of this. That’s where machine and deep learning come in. Machine learning is one key field of artificial intelligence, and deep learning is a subset of this that seeks to train neural networks to analyse and identify patterns in information

Indeed, there are many players in the field already, with one of the most high-profile ones being IBM’s Dr Watson. Dr Watson is currently providing assistance to oncologists, and has advanced capabilities with regards to analysing clinical notes. It takes this data as well as external research and data in order to provide the clinician with potential treatment plans. Another example is Google’s Deepmind Health project, which is a pilot project that mines data from medical records in order to provide improved health outcomes – in this case specifically with Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to improve eye-related treatment.

With regards to genomics and the huge associated data sets, deep learning techniques are being leveraged in order to identify patterns between these and patient medical records en masse, looking for potential mutations that may be associated with disease, future risks, or responsiveness to drugs. This will allow doctors to monitor patients more effectively for diseases they may be at risk of, to more effectively treat patients when they do get ill, and again all of those outcomes will be fed back into patient data allowing for more further refinement of treatment and diagnoses.

It is clear that the future of healthcare has the potential to be very bright indeed, with deep learning and machine learning giving us the ability to make sense of large swathes of data in a way that has never before been possible. It’s no wonder that so many tech companies are betting big on this field, it seems to be a natural evolution for Silicon Valley. Let’s see where it all goes!

How to Protect Yourself from Ransomware

Ransomware attacks have surged in the last few years. Today, ransomware is becoming increasingly sneaky about how it attacks victims. We’re here to teach you how to defend yourself against ransomware attacks.

Ransomware

Understand How Ransomware Works

Ransomware all works in a similar way. You download the malicious file through an email attachment or an infected website. Then, the software quietly encrypts files on your computer. Sometimes, it targets specific documents. In other cases, it encrypts everything on your computer.

Then, the ransomware locks down your computer. Instead of being able to access your computer’s normal functions, you see a “ransom note”. Your computer displays a message demanding you pay a certain amount of money in a certain period of time. If you don’t pay that money, your files will be deleted.

Never Let Your Defenses Down, No Matter Where You Work

In May 2017, UK hospitals were attacked by a ransomware called WannaCry. That ransomware shut down a significant number of NHS hospitals – a shutdown that could have killed people.

That same WannaCry ransomware attacked a Spanish telecom giant, FedEx, and the Russian Interior Ministry.

Whether you’re an individual user or an employee at a large organization, you can’t afford to let your defenses down. If you receive a suspicious email with an attachment, you need to think twice before opening that file.

Question Even the Most Innocent-Looking Emails

Ransomware emails don’t say things like, “Hey, I’ve attached ransomware to this email. Download it to infect your computer. Thanks.”

Instead, they say things like “Please see the attached invoice and remit payment according to the terms listed at the bottom of the invoice.” Check out this ransomware email, identified by McAfee, for an example.

Remember that Attacks Can Be Targeted

If you work for a corporation, then your company email address could be accessible online. An attacker could extract your email, then send personalized messages to employees in an effort to breach the corporate network.

Even if you’re just a cog in the machine, you need to question every email you receive. Emails can be targeted. They could mention your specific position by name. They might even know personal details about you. For all intents and purposes, it looks like a legitimate email from a legitimate contact.

Don’t Trust Your Contacts

Most people are smart enough not to open an email from an unidentified contact on their work system. But what about a contact from a trusted coworker? What about an email from your boss? Would you think twice before downloading an attachment from those people?

Ransomware creators use social engineering strategies to enhance the efficiency of their attacks. Take a closer look at the email address. Just because the email appears to come from a trusted contact doesn’t mean that it’s actually from that contact.

2017 is the Worst Year for Ransomware On Record

2017 is on track to be the worst year for ransomware attacks. So far this year, we’ve seen tens of thousands of infected computers in over 100 countries around the world. Ransomware attacks are also more profitable than ever before. And, thanks to payment methods like bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, it’s easy for attackers to anonymously accept payments. By following the tips listed above, you can avoid 99% of all ransomware attacks.

How to Use MigrationWiz

MigrationWiz is an online application created by BitTitan that facilitates the automation of migration from a source service to a range of supported destination services without requiring extensive technical skills. Supported services include:

  • Mailboxes (e.g. Gmail, Exchange, Office365)
  • Cloud Documents (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive, SharePoint)
  • Public Folders (e.g. Exchange, Office365)
  • Archives (e.g. Google Vault, Office365), including large-scale enterprise archives
  • Collaboration Data (e.g. Google Sites, SharePoint)
  • Databases (e.g. Microsoft SQL, Microsoft Azure SQL)

After creating an account, you will be able to manage users, create migration projects and access as few basic tools but to perform anything more than a Trial Migration (recreates first-level folder hierarchy at the destination only) a MigrationWiz subscription is required for each user being migrated.

This starter guide will focus on project creation, user management and migration for a mailbox migration project. These steps can be recreated for other project types since the MigrationWiz interface is consistent throughout the application.

Project Creation

1. Navigate to https://faristechnology.com. Your window should look like this:

2. Click the green Start Migrating Now button. You should arrive at this page:

3. Click the green Create Project button. You will see a range of migration types:

4. Select Create A Mailbox Project and click Next Step.

You should now be in the Project Information section:

5. In the Project Name field, enter a name for the project (e.g. Mailbox Migration – Test Inc.)

6. Under Customer click New to create a new customer

7. Enter details of the customer you’re servicing and click Save

You should now be in the Source Settings section:

8. Under Endpoint click New to specify the service type you are migrating from

9. In the Endpoint Name field, enter a name for the service (e.g. Gmail – Test Inc.)

10. Under Endpoint Type select a service type from the dropdown menu. If you are unsure what to select, click, click Find My Service Provider for a list of service providers and services.

11. Provide login details for the customer’s administrator account if you have them, otherwise select Do not provide credentials

12. Click Add

13. Click Destination Settings on the left sidebar

You should now be in the Destination Settings section:

14. Perform steps 8 to 12 again to create your destination service

15. Click Save And Go To Summary

You should now be in the Project Summary section:

16. Click Save Project

You have successfully created a migration project, but MigrationWiz needs details about your client’s users before a migration is possible.

User Management

Skip steps 1 to 3 if you’re continuing from the above section, as you should have been automatically directed to the relevant page.

1. Navigate to https://migrationwiz.bittitan.com/app/

2. Click the green Go To My Projects button

There should now be a list of your projects on this page:

3. Click the project you wish to add users to

4. You will be presented with 4 green buttons corresponding to methods of adding users:

a. Click Add from MSPComplete if you already have users stored in MSPComplete, which will bring up a list of users you can apply a filter to and select from

b. Click Bulk Add if you have a .csv file of users or if you would like to input user details through an online spreadsheet interface

c. Click Autodiscover Items if you would like to automatically search through your MigrationWiz account for user details

d. Click Quick Add if you would like to manually input a small number of users’ details into a form interface

Once you’re satisfied with the users you’ve created, you are ready to begin migration.

Migration

Skip steps 1 to 3 if you’re continuing from the above section, as you should have been automatically directed to the relevant page.

1. Navigate to https://migrationwiz.bittitan.com/app/

2. Click the green Go To My Projects button

3. Click on the project you wish to begin migration on

You should now see a list of users you’ve added:

4. Select all the users you wish to perform a migration on

5. Click the Play icon (►) on the toolbar and then click Trial Migration

For this guide we will be doing a Trial Migration, however, a Full Migration can be executed by clicking on Full Migration and following the steps below. You should see the following menu pop up:

6. Under Select what to migrate, select the items you wish to migrate for the users you added in the previous section.

7. If you wish to schedule the migration for the future, tick Automatically start the migration at and select a date and time

8. Click Start Migration

Congratulations, you have successfully started your first migration! You can pause the migration for specific users by selecting them and clicking Pause in the toolbar. Information for each user, such as amount of data migrated and number of errors is displayed in columns on this page.

Partition hard drives with ease using Free AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is here to easily assist users with partitioning their hard drives and resolving partitioning issues. The software is compatible for most Windows Operating Systems – XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10 (32/64 bit) – which is a major bonus! Furthermore, it is free for home and commercial use which makes it undeniably better than similar products in the market place.

AOMEI Partition Assistant comes jam packed which features including:

  • Resize/move partitions (also with command line partitioning for added support)
  • Merge partitions
  • Copy disk/partitions
  • Migrate OS to SSD
  • Create/Formate/Delete partitions
  • Split partition
  • Extend partition wizard
  • Partition recovery wizard
  • Make Bootable CD Wizard
  • Integrate to Recovery Wizard
  • Windows To Go Creator (New)
  • SSD Secure Erase Wizard (New)
  • Support to create Ext2 and Ext3 file system on USB drive (New)

AOMEI may appear complex, however, it has ‘hand holding’ wizards built in to aid us to perform our desired disk partitioning operations.

We had a play around with our external drive (Disk 3) and tested out the various operations. Partition Assistant Standard performed all these operations with a flourish and within minutes! Here is an example below of when we split the partition. We really liked how all the information was displayed to us during the operation process.

Voila! Our Disk 3 has been formatted, split partitioned, renamed and smaller partitions reformatted. This was smoothly done.

The wizards are idiot-proof and are very helpful if one is unsure of themselves when carrying out an operation. Take a look below when we tested out converting Fat32 to NTFS for our external hard drive.

The drives with Fat32 formatting appear in the list to ensure we choose the right one.

We are presented with the Confirm Operation dialog box which clarifies that this is the drive we want to convert the partition to NTFS. Always good to be able to double check these things!

The converter gets to work and accomplishes the conversion in a few minutes. All done!

AOMEI’s website has very thorough and detailed information on how each of the features operate for the product which we found very useful. Their clear screenshots and guidance means that we are in good hands and that the developers have an invested interest in successful customer service.  The AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is free but you can upgrade to a Professional, Server, Unlimited or Technical version for a one time fee which includes even more cool features and unlimited version upgrades. One such feature that is available in the paid products is – Quick Partition – as it enables us to quickly set up the same partition for a large network of computers.

We believe that the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard is a proficient and reliable software. We found it really easy to use and did not run into any issues when testing out its various features. We were particularly impressed with the Windows To Go Creator functionality which allows the user to create a bootable Windows 10 on a USB drive. An excellent partition software for free for home and commercial use! Highly recommended!

Uncover your missing data with Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Home

Been the victim of losing very important data? Perhaps it was your mum/dad/inquisitive cat/cookie monster who decide to have a fun play around on your machine and have alas deleted your university thesis! Well no need to cry yourself into a stupor, Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is here to save the day! This innovative piece of software is available for Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10 operating systems. It is so simple and straight forward that even the computer challenged will be comfortable using it.

So what can Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery do exactly?

* Recovers deleted data from Internal and external hard drives (including RAID and network drives) * Recovers lost data from inaccessible partitions (including ExFat, Fat and NTFS) * Recovers documents, photos, videos and other archive files * Scan and Recover data from specific folder within minutes

Well then, that is lots of data it can recover! Let’s give the software a test run. Below is what the home screen looks like which conveniently lays out all the types of files you can recover with the application.

On the Select Location page, we choose where the tool should scan for the missing data. The product also provides the option of a deep scan (you can toggle this on and off).

The tool gets to work and starts searching high and low for our long lost data. Since it looks like it’ll take a while, time to have a tea or coffee break. Data Recovery is hard work isn’t it?

Don’t be fooled by the 19 minutes though… realistically it only took a few minutes to perform the data recovery operation. Now let’s check out what the Stellar Phoenix tool recovered for us… *drum roll*

Well look at that, it found some files that I thought were long gone. Well done! They are listed under three tabs – File Type, Tree View and Deleted List to enable the user to smoothly manoeuvre wade through the files.

If you want to recover particular files, one proviso is that you have to make sure that the destination volume is not the same as the source volume. This is to prevent you accidentally overwriting your current data which would be a headache indeed! If you only have one source volume available, then you’ll have to use an external hard drive/USB to save the recovered files and then you can move them back onto your computer.

Support

The developers nicely have provided a how to guide on their website which is easily downloadable for all users and also knowledge base section for frequently asked questions. If you need to speak to a customer support specialist, they are available Monday to Friday, 24 hours which is a definite perk!

Final Thoughts

All in all, this is a very easy data recovery tool to use for beginners to connoisseurs of computing! The software is hardly complex which means you can stress less and get to searching for your missing data in a flash. The Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery – Home is a once only purchase, no infuriating monthly or yearly payments. Upon purchase, the download link is immediately sent to you via email and the license has lifetime validity. Still unsure? The developers enable you to download and scan with the demo version, you only need to pay if you want to save the recovered data.