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Google Chrome Mutes AutoPlay Videos Based on User Behavior

Thanks Google! Have you fallen victim of visiting a site and you’re in a meeting or at your desk and in a quiet environment when your computer starts talking? This has happened to most of us at Spigot, Inc! If you find this annoying, you will be happy to read from TechCrunch that Chrome and other browsers have muted this autoplay feature. The best news to Spigot, Inc is that it is based on user behavior, which we value above all.

There’s little that’s more annoying on the web than videos that start playing automatically and with their volume up. Over the course of the last few years, Chrome and other browser vendors have started to combat this, but for the most part, those solutions relied on the user explicitly taking action. Now, following the launch of a similar feature on mobile, Chrome on desktop is also getting much smarter about which sites it’ll allow to autoplay and which it’ll block — and it’ll learn from your behavior to personalize this feature.

Google says a “significant number of autoplays” are paused and muted, or have their tabs closed, within six seconds. I’m actually guessing most people close those tabs faster, but six seconds seems like a good enough measure to know whether a user wanted to hear the sound from a video or not.

Going forward, Google will learn from your own browsing behavior and learn which sites you’ll want to mute. For users who aren’t logged in — or who are new to Chrome — the browser will automatically mute about 1,000 sites by default based on that six-second measure it’s using to detect annoying sites.

Be sure to continue reading on TechCrunch for the full story.

WARNING: Tech Support Scams are at their Best

Microsoft released a warning about tech support scams. It seems that these scammers have become very convincing. Spigot, Inc shares the latest from Windows Defender.

Tech support scams are an industry-wide issue where scammers use scare tactics to trick you into paying for unnecessary technical support services that supposedly fix contrived device, platform, or software problems.

Scammers may call you directly on your phone and pretend to be representatives of a software company. They might even spoof the caller ID so that it displays a legitimate support phone number from a trusted company. They can then ask you to install applications that give them remote access to your device. Using remote access, these experienced scammers can misrepresent normal system output as signs of problems.

Scammers might also initiate contact by displaying fake error messages on websites you visit, displaying support numbers and enticing you to call. They can also put your browser on full screen and display pop-up messages that won’t go away, essentially locking your browser. These fake error messages aim to trick you into calling an indicated technical support hotline. Note that Microsoft error and warning messages never include phone numbers.

When you engage with the scammers, they can offer fake solutions for your “problems” and ask for payment in the form of a one-time fee or subscription to a purported support service.

Continue the article on the Windows Defender Blog.

 

Spigot, Inc Needs ANOTHER Data Scientist

Yes, we are still hiring and need yet ANOTHER Data Scientist. The Spigot, Inc Fort Myers office just continues to grow! If you thrive on increasing profits and efficiency by digging into data and product performance, continue reading below. Be sure check out the culture on our blog as well and let us know if you’re a fit for Spigot, Inc.

Position Overview

The Business Intelligence Analyst will be responsible for completing profit-driven analysis to provide recommendations on how to increase profits and efficiency on all aspects of the business as necessary; especially those related to product performance. This person is able to present ideas in the morning, implement them in the afternoon and later check the performance of their idea via data analysis. Primary duties include:

    1. Ad-hoc queries using MSSQL Server and other RDBMS
    2. Data manipulation and presentation in Excel
    3. Tracking and analysis of Key Performance Indicators such as profit, user value, click through & conversion rates, traffic volumes, etc.
    4. Development and execution of new reports (trends, opportunities, etc.) to boost the business intelligence of the team.

Performing market place intelligence and refining information into actionable recommendations to Product Development team members.

The successful candidate will be an inspiring and confident leader with at least:

    • Practical experience with Excel (pivot tables, vlookup, etc)
    • Proficiency in SQL (select/from/where clauses, etc)

The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following abilities:

    • Independent Decision Making: Uses intelligence, analysis, consistent rationality and objectivity when making decisions; Anticipates consequences of judgments with the ability to work autonomously with little supervision and a high attention to detail and quality.
    • Energetic: The ability to find solutions and deliver results within a rapid, fast changing, entrepreneurial, technology-driven culture; Passion for technology and a positive, can-do attitude is a must.
    • Adaptability: Capable of adjusting to changing priorities, and possesses the ability to master new technologies in a short period of time.
    • Results-Oriented and Data Driven: Must be a data driven decision maker who loves impacting the bottom line and achieves goals with available resources and abilities.
    • Communication (written & oral): Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish, develop and maintain cross-functional business relationships, as well as have excellent presentation and problem-solving skills.

Measurements of Success

There are several key measurements of success this employee will use to benchmark performance including:

    • Improving the effectiveness of the product development team through relevant analysis, planning and reporting.
    • Growing the business through insightful reporting and analysis.
    • Advancing the productivity of the team through skilled planning, research, and operational efficiencies.

If you feel like you have the drive and passion to launch your career in dynamic and laid back culture, Spigot, Inc would like to speak with you. Send your resume and cover letter to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog.

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Spigot, Inc Shares How Brands Can Protect themselves from Cyberattacks

Cyberattacks have become well known in today’s world. Spigot, Inc shares the latest on how brands can protect themselves. Read the full article from Adweek.

The price of falling victim to cybercrime is much costlier than simply losing data. Cyberattacks can permanently tarnish a company’s reputation. Take the Target breach, for example. Last year, Target agreed to an $18.5 million multistate settlement from a 2013 incident when hackers gained access to over 40 million customers’ credit card information, marking this as the largest data breach in history.

The effects of a cyberattack can be devastating, but many businesses operate under the assumption that they are immune to attack. Although most enterprises implement some form of cybersecurity protection, they remain vulnerable if it is not properly managed and maintained. With so much information being stored online, in the cloud and on mobile devices, it is time to make security everyone’s priority. Cybercriminals hide behind the elusive exterior of ads and apps. They use malware and ransomware to exploit their victim’s vulnerabilities and attack their networks.

Continue to visit the Spigot, Inc blog for the latest security updates.

 

Spigot, Inc will be at the SWFL Regional Career Fair May 2nd at FGCU Alico Arena

On May 2nd, 2018 Spigot, Inc will be at the largest career fair to occur in Southwest Florida at Alico Arena on the FGCU campus… home of #DunkCity. Spigot, Inc has several positions available locally at our Fort Myers office and we are excited to speak with job seekers in the community.

The career fair is open to the public, not limited to FGCU students. While the students are finishing their final exams, beat the crowd and stop by Spigot, Inc booth #54 in the morning. EXAM STUDENTS – Spigot, Inc has a post exam recovery kit for you. Be sure to come by and get yours. The morning session is from 9AM-12PM while the afternoon session is from 1PM-3:30PM. Spigot, Inc will be there for both sessions.

Spigot, Inc is giving away a Vizio 39″ Flatscreen Smart TV to one lucky applicant. Spin our prize wheel as we have many other giveaways! We’ll see you at the Spigot, Inc booth #54. Leave your resume to be entered for the grand prize and spin that wheel.

If you feel like you have the drive and passion to launch your career in a start up environment and are unable to attend the career fair, send your resume and cover letter to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog.

Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot Inc lifestyle.

Consumers do not Mind Ads on Mobile if they are Optimized Properly

Spigot, Inc learned that adults in the UK do not mind ads on mobile if they are properly optimized. Read the full story from Marketing Tech News.

Ads can be annoying, especially on mobile. But, according to research IAB UK the main source of annoyance for consumers using mobile is not the ads themselves, but the fact that a lot of them aren’t optimised for the format.

12,000 UK adults were asked about their feelings towards mobile advertising, and the vast majority of them are in favour of ads in order to keep online content free. 84% prefer ads to paying for an ad-free experience.

“A sustainable future is about making the experience work for everyone in the digital ecosystem, most importantly, people,” said Tim Elkington, Chief Digital Officer at IAB UK.

“Context is not a new concept, but we are still seeing a lot of ads not fit for purpose, and this report shows there are big benefits for brands that optimise for smartphones.”

The biggest factor that is likely to squander consumer goodwill towards ads is anything that makes whatever they are trying to do more difficult to do. Clunky, screen-filling ads that have people furiously jabbing at their screens are not likely to end in a conversion, unless by accident.

“When it comes to mobile, brands often use TV ads or desktop creative for a mobile environment and expect it to work. This is not the right approach and never will be,” said Ben Phillips, Global Head of Mobile, at MediaCom.

 

 

Entrepreneurial Students Were Inspired by Spigot, Inc President, Ryan Stephens

Ryan Stephens, President of Spigot Inc spoke to aspiring entrepreneurial students again at Florida Gulf Coast University. This class, led by Reid Lennertz, Director of FGCU Career Development Services was very engaged and inquisitive. Hands raised across the room when Professor Lennertz asked if there were any questions. One student who was so intrigued by the Spigot, Inc story stopped by the office after he completed his day at the college. Ryan sat down with him and other colleagues to learn more about him and his interests. He was also given a tour of the office by our new Executive Recruiter, Shayna Paolucci!

Professor Lennertz invited Ryan back for his future classes and also sent Spigot, Inc and Ryan a nice thank you. “Once again, Ryan Stephens, President of Spigot, Inc was a guest lecturer in our Entrepreneurship course. The students really enjoyed hearing about his experiences of building an innovative company. We are fortunate to have a successful executive in our community who is willing to share his expertise with our students!”

Spigot, Inc stays involved with FGCU Career Development Services, as they are a huge benefit for students who are preparing to launch their career. Ryan has spoken to numerous classes at the college and this certainly will not be the last. Spigot, Inc also participates in career fairs hosted by FGCU, meeting students who are eager to become interns in a fast paced environment where they can learn onsite and possibly grow into a full time position.

If you feel like you have the drive and passion to launch your career in a start up environment, send your resume and cover letter to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog.

Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot Inc lifestyle.

Spigot Inc Warns Best Buy Customers – Check to Make Sure You are Not a Victim of a Data Breach

Spigot Inc learned of a data breach from TechCrunch and we want you to be aware!

It’s been a week filled to the brim with customer security compromises, and here’s one more to add to the pile. A day after Sears, Kmart and Delta confirmed that they’d been impacted by a breach of data firm, [24]7.ai, Best Buy issued a public statement noting that it’s in the same boat.

At last count, Sears, Kmart and Delta believe that thousands of customers have potentially had data exposed. In its own statement, Best Buy seems slightly more optimistic about its own numbers, but from the sound of things, it’s still relatively early in the investigation.

“Since we were notified by [24]7.ai, we have been working to determine the extent to which Best Buy online customers’ information was affected,” the company said in the statement. “We have done that in collaboration with our third-party vendor and have notified law enforcement. As best we can tell, only a small fraction of our overall online customer population could have been caught up in this [24]7.ai incident, whether or not they used the chat function.”

Of course, a “small fraction” of the company’s overall online customer population still has the potential to be a fairly large number. According to [24]7.ai, the “cyber intrusion” occurred some time between September 27 and October 12, 2017, exposing customer payment information in the process.

The information was exposed by a piece of malware impacting [24]7.ai’s chat tool on October 12. The service says it issued an immediate fix and began an internal investigation into the source of the malicious code.

Visit the Spigot Inc blog often for security updates.

Sean Henry of Spigot Inc Fort Myers will Coach at Startup Weekend

Sean Henry of Spigot, Inc will coach at the Fort Myers Startup Weekend on April 13-15, 2018 at ENDEAVOR Innovative Workspaces. This event is sponsored by TechStars and powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

Sean has mastered the art of taking an idea from concept to building a profitable user base. His think bigger mentality is followed up by execution that produces successful campaigns. This has led him to scale multiple software products using rapid iteration methodologies. He has developed systems that drive products to direct success in any vertical. His continued desire to win keep him in front of major market changes. He applies this knowledge to daily strategies that fuel the growth of products. His passion is teaching these real world learnings to new and existing businesses, while helping them actualize growth potential.

The weekend as described by TechStars: “Startup Weekend Fort Myers is a 54 hour event brought to you by TechStars, Google, and local sponsors designed to propel your idea into a real business. It is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.”

Google for Entrepreneurs states as their mission… “We bring together startup communities and create spaces for entrepreneurs to learn and work.”

What an awesome concept! Spigot, Inc is proud that Sean is taking time out of his busy schedule to coach these young, aspiring entrepreneurs in our community. He is very active in the tech community and a huge asset to the Spigot, Inc team.

Spigot, Inc is hiring and quite the entrepreneurial atmosphere. If you feel like you have the drive and passion to launch your career in dynamic and laid back culture, Spigot, Inc would like to speak with you. Send your resume and cover letter to careers@spigot.com for review! Check out all of our adventures on the Spigot Inc blog.

Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram… like us on Facebook and never miss out on the Spigot Inc lifestyle.

 

 

 

Firefox is Building a New Browser for Augmented and Virtual Reality

Although it is in the early stages, Spigot, Inc shares the news from Mozilla regarding development of their open source browser, Firefox Reality.

Mozilla has revealed that it is developing a web browser to work with standalone virtual and augmented reality headsets.

The open-source software company said its new browser, Firefox Reality, will use existing Firefox web technology combined with Servo, its experimental web engine.

Mozilla said that while other options for browsing the web already exist for standalone headsets, these are closed and platform-specific. It wants Firefox Reality to run on a variety of devices and platforms and because the new browser — like Firefox — will be open source, it will make it easier for manufacturers to add the browser to their platform, and provides an additional level of transparency for users.

Continue the story on ZDNET