Emerging research promotes a new screening method to diagnose autism, which unlike current methods does not rely on subjective criteria.
Researchers from Rutgers University and Indiana University led a series of studies funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Drs. Elizabeth Torres, a computational neuroscientist, and Dimitri Metaxas, a computer scientist, in collaboration with Dr. Jorge V. Jose, a theoretical physicist and computational neuroscientist, developed the new technique that provides an earlier, more objective and accurate diagnosis of autism by factoring in the importance of sensory and motor impairments.
It measures tiny fluctuations in movement and uses a digital real-time map of the subject moving through space and can determine the exact degree to which these patterns of motion differ from more typically developing individuals.
Even in nonverbal children and adults with autism, the method can diagnose autism subtypes, identify gender differences and track individual progress in development and treatment. The method may also be applied to infants.
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The Primary category will contain messages from friends and family, as well as any other messages that don’t appear in other tabs. Another tab called Social will automatically contain notifications and messages from social networks sites, like Facebook notifications or Twitter follower alerts. The Promotions group will capture deals, offers and promotions from places like shopping or coupon websites.
Bills, receipts, and confirmation emails will be organized into the Updates group, and messages from online groups, discussion boards and mailing lists will appear in the Forums group.
The inbox organization groups are optional so a user can choose which of the five categories they want to use.
To protect your computer from hackers, it is crucial to select a username for online bank accounts or other sensitive web sites by not using the most obvious choices. In other words, don’t use your name, any version of your name, your pet’s name, or any version of a family member’s name. Instead, use something that you have never used anywhere else online. It is extremely important to turn on two-step authentication whenever possible to protect your accounts.
If you connect to the Internet over Wi-Fi, you need to make sure you have a secure connection. The first step is to password protect your router. Each router is different; so if you don’t know how to do this, read the instructions for doing so online. Again…make sure you have created a good strong password.
The next step is to turn off broadcasting of your network. If you do this, your Wi-Fi router will not show up in other people’s lists of available connections. Most routers have this feature, which can be accessed through the router’s management software. You can probably download this, if you don’t have it installed. From there, you should turn off the option that says “Enable SSID Broadcast.”
Hackers are not all bad………..many late hours are spent in front of a computer, working on computer programs to find their vulnerabilities. About three dozen young people in the Seattle area are the “white hat” hackers who work for Internet security companies.
With the Seattle area being a high-tech hub, it’s only natural that about 10 such firms or branches of firms exist there.
Cyberattacks are costing corporations and consumers a lot of money. In a six-year span starting in 2005, data breaches in 33 countries, including the U.S., cost the firms involved more than $156 billion, says the nonprofit Digital Forensics Association.
Every second, in various parts of the world, there are 18 cybercrime victims — some 1.6 million a day — says a 2012 Norton by Symantec study.
In a survey of more than 600 people, researchers found that computer users who were running antivirus, anti-adware and anti-spyware software were 50 percent less likely to have their credit card information stolen. The study appears in the research journal Deviant Behavior. “When you think about antivirus software protecting you, think about it keeping your files safe and not losing your music and photos,” said Thomas Holt, MSU associate professor of criminal justice and lead researcher on the project. “The important thing we are finding here is that it’s not just about protecting your files, but also about protecting you economically — about reducing your chances of being a victim of identity theft”? According to the study, about 15 percent of respondents said they had experienced computer-related identity theft in the past year. Males were more likely to be victims, Holt said.?”We’re not sure what this might be a consequence of,” he said. “Is it that males are less careful about what they do online? Is it a difference in how they shop online or conduct online commerce?”
Those who engaged in “computer-related deviance” — such as downloading pirated music or pornographic images — were more likely to be victims of identity theft, the study found. This is a large risk for users because pirated movies and music may contain malware and place users at risk for harm. ?But the most practical news for computer users was the combined protective factor of the antivirus, anti-spyware and anti-adware software, each of which has a different function for keeping a computer safe, Holt said.? Antivirus software detects and removes malicious software programs such as viruses and worms that can corrupt a computer, delete data and spread to other computers. Anti-spyware and anti-adware programs are designed to protect against software that either self-installs without the user’s knowledge or is installed by the user and enables information to be gathered covertly about a person’s Internet use, passwords and so on. “You have a much better chance of not getting your credit card number stolen if you have all three forms of protective software,” Holt said.