As work-life and technology continue to evolve, a growing number of small business owners find themselves adopting remote work policies or "WFH" perks. However, their employees, who use company platforms and networks in popular locations such as coffee shops and airports, are more susceptible to the risk of an online attack.
"Despite the growing popularity of connected devices in the home, including smart devices, streaming media players, and smart TVs, a new report from The NPD Group reveals that 31% of U.S. households do not currently have a broadband connection (25Mbps per second download speed or greater). This equates to roughly 100 million consumers, totaling nearly one-third of the U.S. population, and the vast majority of these consumers are in rural markets."
"Whether it’s automated assistants in their homes, smart devices in their hands or virtual experiences in the store, consumers are actively embracing the role of technology in their everyday lives. And they are sending early signals in terms of what this means for their shopping behavior and expectations, reports the National Retail Federation."
"According to NPD’s Checkout E‑commerce data, online technology spending in the U.S. increased 10% in the 12 months ending March 2019 compared to year ago. But while consumers are increasingly shopping online, consumers aged 18–34, 35–54, and 55+ are prioritizing their spend across major technology categories differently."
"The growing access to foodservice delivery has garnered lots of attention from the marketplace and media, but while delivery grabs the spotlight, digital restaurant orders overall steadily grow by double-digits, reports The NPD Group."
"Consumers in the U.S. are keeping their smartphones longer. According to the latest Mobile Connectivity Report from NPD Connected Intelligence, one in four (25%) smartphone owners held onto their last device for more than three years before upgrading, up from 18% two years prior (2H 2018 vs. 2H 2016)."
"The leading grocery retailers have been playing a game of one-upmanship when it comes to raising the bar on online ordering convenience. From offering grocery delivery to-your-door to same-day delivery through a variety of service modes, like drive-up pick-up, grocers are making shopping easier and an increasing number of consumers are responding."
"The amount of time that Americans ages 60 and older spend on their TVs, computers, tablets or other electronic devices has risen almost half an hour per day over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data, even as screen time among younger people has more or less held steady."
"Midterm voter turnout reached a modern high in 2018, and Generation Z, millennials and Generation X accounted for a narrow majority of those voters, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available Census Bureau data."
"Many Americans say the creation and spread of made-up news and information is causing significant harm to the nation and needs to be stopped, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 6,127 U.S. adults."
"It’s a no-brainer that food tastes better alfresco, but the decision to take music outdoors is a little more complex, says Consumer Reports. Your house has traditionally been your wireless speaker’s best friend, protecting it from the elements and providing enough sonic support and noise isolation (i.e., walls) to let it sound its best."
"According to The NPD Group, 22% of U.S. internet households reported owning a smart home device in Q4 2018, up from 17% in Q4 2017. Alongside ownership growth, 2018 saw an 18% dollar sales growth in home automation devices compared to 2017, and NPD’s latest Future of Tech forecast expects the category to reach $2.5 billion dollars by the end of 2019."