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5G is almost here. Craig talks with Ken Altshuler and Matt Gagnon about how everyone is getting ready for it, about Cyber Security Awareness month, and how interesting the new Apple Watch 4’s new features are.
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Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

Airing date: 10/03/2018

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai – 5G Cell Rollout – October Cyber Security Awareness – Small Business Security

Craig Peterson: [00:00:00] Hey, good morning everybody. I had a good chat this morning with our friends up in Maine. It’s kind of cool they do this I think what about once a quarter least every six months, they have breakfast. It’s kind of a politics and eggs type thing. So Ken and Matt were out of that. But we still had our little conversations we talked a bit about Ken’s, new desire for the Apple Watch for a little bit about Facebook. And we talked also about Ajit Pai who is, of course, the new chairman of the FCC. He’s been there for about a year or so now and he came to Maine and talked. So we talked about the new 5G rollout some of the things Ajit had said at a small conference that they host it up there and I talked also about this really important cybersecurity thing I have going on for small businesses. So we talked about all of that we’ve got it all put together and it’s it’s all here and if you have not registered for this, I do have replays available for the next week. So you can send me an email or text me and let me know that you’re interested. I’ll be glad to follow up with you just to me@craigpeterson.com or you can text me at 855-385-5553 Hey Have a great day and I will be back for my live radio show I Heart Radio show of this weekend.

Matt Gagnon 1:35
We are here live at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce’s eggs and also some.

Ken Altshuler 1:41
A lot of people here today.

Matt 1:41
There are. We’re here at the Holiday Inn by the Bay and yeah, there’s filtering in but they did slow down which means that the program is probably beginning soon. So…

Ken 1:49
Did you notice every gubernatorial candidate came over to our tables?

Matt 1:53
They did. I got a handshake from Janet and everything.

Ken 1:54
Yes. Yeah. And Shawn was very friendly, and Karen didn’t really chat with us.

Matt 2:01
I got a wave, as he walked by.

Ken 2:02
Queen’s wave. And we got high five from Kerry. exclamation points.

Matt 2:08
Side five. High five. Well, anyway, let’s go back to Craig Peterson, our tech guru who joins us as.

Ken 2:11
Well we can’t go back if we haven’t gone to him yet.

Matt 2:13
Good point. Let’s go to Craig.

Craig 2:15
Well you’re with me last week, right?

Matt 2:17
Yes. There you go. Thank you, Craig. Absolutely. We’re back. Back to you, sir.

Ken 2:22
Craig, I was gonna ask you about the Facebook hack. But I must tell you. I’ve been I’ve been reading about the iWatch 4 and this one looks spectacular. I think I’m gonna buy one.

Craig 2:36
Yeah. Yeah, a lot of people are really excited about this, iWatch. iWatch 4 is kind of a first watch that maybe Apple is going to have a bigger hit with, you know, when we’re comparing all four models, right? The iWatch e or the Apple Watch 1. It is not really an iWatch Ken. They call it an Apple Watch. But it’s, it’s the most popular because there’s no big wins in two or three. But four is absolutely phenomenal to watch. And I played with one last, no, two nights ago. And I really liked it. I, you know, I’m thinking about buying one as well. But I have the same problem you do. I have a hard time seeing small things. So it’s, yeah,

Ken 3:21
And we were able to, I had a friend who has who actually has the iWatch 4 now. And it looked like it was a little big one you can actually see some of the stuff on it.

Craig 3:30
It it is and you can increase the font sizes and you can have to scroll. You can do a lot of stuff with it to make it a little better for those of us that have presbyopia you know that have the problem seeing things up close as we age. So I think they’ve got a winner on their hands. There’s no doubt about that.

Ken 3:49
So let’s let’s get to some serious stuff though.

Craig 3:52
Yeah, exactly.

Ken 3:56

Craig 3:56
The whole thing about the Facebook hack is really interesting because this month is Cyber Security Awareness Month. So we’ve got to thank the Zuck for bringing this to all to our attention. They get out there because Zuckerberg’s account was hacked. As we’re a minimum of 50 million other people’s Facebook accounts. Now I’m saying a mil, a minimum of 50 million. Because at this point, we don’t have full disclosure from Facebook, they’re still trying to figure everything out. It’s a real problem. very sophisticated hack, I have to say whoever did this really knew what they were doing. Because they had to use three different bugs in Facebook systems and use them against each other in order to get into these accounts. So this may well have been a nation state actor. In other words, China or Russia, China has been very busy lately in attacking us, our infrastructure, our computers, etc. So may well have been China could be some other countries. Who knows Iran and North Korea, they both have big cyber attack facilities as part of the military is out there. But if you were hacked, you’re going to have to kind of wait a little while to find out because we don’t know exactly what might have been stolen. And it’s going to be on a by person basis if anything was stolen. But if you had to log into your Facebook again this week than that probably means your account was one of the ones that was compromised because the attack use these tokens that Facebook what’s on your computer to know it’s your computer so they don’t have to log in every time. So kind of a big deal.

And I’ve got to mention too, because it’s Cyber Security Awareness Month. And because the FBI, his newest statistics that came out about a month ago are saying that about $12 billion has been stolen from business, $12 billion cash stolen from business over the last 24 months. And since most small and medium businesses just cannot afford to have the technology help that they need when it comes to the cybersecurity I’m doing a couple of free webinars here, actually a series of three, one starting this afternoon. So absolutely free. There is going to be a ton of great information, I’m going to go into a little bit more depth and everything. Obviously, I’m not going to try and turn it into a cybersecurity expert. You got a business to run, right. That’s part of the reason that you’re having troubles with your cyber security, you have a real life but the bad guys are coming after you more and more and more so this afternoon at 4pm. I’m going to be doing the first in a series of three webinars for small and medium businesses to help you with awareness help you know what to do help you know how to fix these problems. So if you want to attend hand, it’s absolutely free. No credit card nothing. Okay. This is information packed. Just either send me an email just me@craigpeterson.com. me@craigpeterson.com. Send me an email, let me know you’d be interested in attending. I’ll send you the link and stuff or you can text me so obviously if you’re driving, you’re going to have to call back to this station and ask Danny for the phone number okay to text. But you can also text me at 855-385-5553. Believe me, this is a great service. Everyone’s been telling me I did one of these last summer and I’m probably going to do some more this fall. But just text me 855-385-5563. We’re going to be talking about the security problems that small businesses have. Here’s Zuckerberg got hacked, right? Mark Zuckerberg accounts on hack Facebook got hacked they can afford with billions in the bank. They can afford to have the security people cover everything up, take care of everything. You as a small business person. And then this is happening every day when you lose your data. When you’re busy. When that data is disclosed and your reputation is hard that enough is enough to destroy your business. So you’ve got to make sure you understand security that it’s being taken care of properly. We’ll talk a little bit about outsourcing it to local it firms, etc. What kind of questions should you ask them will cover all of this stuff over the next three webinars which are over the course of a week but send me an email just me@craigpeterson.com. I’ll sign me up this is it could not be more important.

Matt 8:51
We’re ralking to Craig Peterson, our tech guru who’s joining us as he always does at this time every Wednesday to go over some tech topics. Craig, I’m going to name drop. Please don’t please don’t hold it against me. But Ajit Pai who is the chairman of the FCC joined the Maine Areas Policy Center my organization for a big lunch and talk a few weeks ago. And when he did I had a chance to talk to them a little bit. And he told me all about 5G. He kept talking about 5G deployment. 5G here how we’re going to get it here. How are we going to do it here? What it’s going to mean for you know, the country in general, and how we use the internet and all that kind of stuff. So 5G is a topic of conversation to say the least. And it is something that we all have an eye on for the future. Is it is it quote unquote, here yet? I mean, do we have 5G? Should we look forward to this very soon?

Craig 9:39
Yeah, yeah, it’s interesting, because 5G is not going to start out as 5G, basically, they adopted a standard, it was accepted last December for a new 5G standard, which is basically just an enhanced 4G or LTE that we’re used to right now. It’s going to roll out, it’s going to roll out pretty quickly, it’s already rolled out to some kind of some test markets to see how it’s all working. But it’s going to be absolutely phenomenal. This is a fifth generation of cell networking, it’s going to provide a lot more data bandwidth at a much lower price. So this is going to be something that’s going to kind of hit the cable companies who have been providing us with internet and, and also the phone companies. Because in depending on where you are, if you’re out in the middle of the woods, this isn’t going to help you much. But if you’re near an area that has a lot of people in it, they’re going to be installing a ton more cell sites or the little micro sites, there will be a probably four or five of these micro sites for every cell tower. It’s going to be less obvious, it’s not going to make this guideline look worse. And it’s going to allow all of our devices to have incredible network conductivity.

Matt 11:04
And not to interrupt you, Craig, but from what I understand about this is what you when you’re talking about the deployment of these things, instead of these giants cell towers, it’s essentially something the size of like a pizza box that’s going to be able to provide this connectivity, right. I mean, so that by itself, you know, it helps deployed in more places, because that way, you don’t have the same resistance to it with this giant tower, you know, that you used to have to put up you know, now you just have something that nobody even barely even notices, which might help clear up some of those dead spots. And also with faster.

Craig 11:33
Yeah, it doesn’t looks like trees, right?

Matt 11:36
Yeah. Big trees.

Ken 11:38
They’re very attractive. Like Christmas trees.

Craig 11:40
Yeah, yeah, you’re right. Those are the micro sites and the micro sites they need a lot of them and small businesses that own buildings are going to have the opportunity to host one of these little pizza boxes basically these micro site they will be everywhere. They aren’t going to spread very quickly which is nice as well it’s not going to be ugly and you’re not gonna believe the tougher because everything you know our cars need this in order to coordinate for the autonomous vehicles out there the new clothes like Levi’s came out with a new Levi’s jacket that has built right into it sensors and they can be network connected. You know your coat is network connected but you talked about this 4G phone.

Ken 12:29
You mean the coat’s talked, your Levi’s coat’s talk to other Levi’s coats?

Craig 12:35
Yeah exactly. That’s what it is. And the Levi’s coat can control your other devices right from a sensor on your wrist in the coat. Okay, so everything is about to change. We’ve got Apple working on these Google Glasses type things. Of course Google is as well. Other companies are you’ll be able to be walking around have alerts pop right up, you’ll see them like a heads up display. And and for all of this, we needed bandwidth. And that’s what 5G’s going to provide. That’s why we’ve got sprint and T Mobile are trying to get together they’re trying to do a merger waiting for all of the regulatory approvals in order to compete in the 5G marketplace. But everything changes and and Matt, anything else that just said, because that guy is really on top of it.

Matt 13:29
I said a lot of things. I was one of the more interested ones I thought, you know, we talked an awful lot about net neutrality, which I know we’ve gone over the program more than once
and sort of what we’ve seen you covered that a couple weeks ago, I thought about the change in the sort of internet speeds and our ranking internationally and how it’s starting to lead to some investment in that kind of thing. But you know, generally speaking, things like that. Yeah, he was he was definitely a good talk. It’s very interesting.

Craig 13:52
Yeah, yeah, good guy. So everybody, don’t forget today. I’ll give it out again right now phone number to be able to attend this series of free webinars. It’s informational, no credit card needed. It’s all about how to secure your small business, how to find someone to help take care of your small business security and it’s all going to be via webinar and you can find out more just email me@craigpeterson.com.

Ken 14:23
Our tech guru Craig Peterson joins us every Wednesdays at 7:38 this not being an exception. Craig, thanks for joining us. I may go look the iWatch this weekend. So I’ll give you an update next week.

Craig 14:33
Oh cool, thanks Ken.

Ken 14:36
Talk to you later.

Matt 14:37
Alright, so we’re gonna take a quick break here. We’ll come back.