From websites, applications, integrations, and more, the development industry has undoubtedly been one of the most influential industries in the market today. These new technologies have helped shape a new landscape for businesses and companies. Companies like Cafeto Software have been assisting countless companies in building their dream solutions and products.
Today, we will celebrate our team’s dedication and determination in bringing the best software solutions to the market. Without further ado, we are very excited to announce that Clutch has recently named us as one of the best custom software development companies in all of Colombia.
Here is our CEO, Luis Perez, for a brief speech of acceptance:
“Being recognized by Clutch as one of the Top Developers in Colombia is just amazing. This reinforces our commitment to give the best of ourselves every day to our clients and team members.”
We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to our clients! Our team wouldn’t be where it is today without your help. That’s why we wanted to dedicate this outstanding award to all of you who have supported us since day 1.
We are looking forward to creating more amazing projects with all of you in the future.
Lastly, for those that don’t know, Clutch is a rating and review website in the heart of Washington, D.C., Clutch connects businesses with the best-fit agencies or consultants they need to tackle their next big business challenge.
Do you have an idea in mind? Reach out to our team today, and let’s turn that idea into a reality. We are looking forward to hearing from you.
This seems like a selfish question, but it’s not. It is related to your data security and privacy on the internet. If you haven’t googled yourself yet, try this short search:
Google your first name + last name + city + state.
How accurate is the data you found about you?
Take inventory of the quantity and accuracy of personal information about you and your household displayed online. That information is just a five-second Google search away from scammers, hackers, and everyone else out there.
Exactly how much information does the world’s most widely used search platform know about you? Knowing that Google is tracking you is one thing. But how much data does Google collect? It’s probably more than you realize.
The kind of data Google collects includes:
The language(s) you speak.
The things you buy and your spending budget.
The places you look up in Google Maps and where you’ve been.
Your favorite shops, especially if you link your rewards cards to Google Pay.
Everything that goes on in your inbox — all your emails, attachments, and even the stuff you mark as spam or delete.
Everything you save in your Google Drive — work documents, purchase receipts, photos, videos, and so on.
Your YouTube viewing habits, including everything you’ve ever watched, any comments you’ve ever left, and anything you’ve ever searched for.
What your upcoming schedule looks like (and everything you’ve done that was in your Google Calendar).
The apps you open (if you’re using Android) and when you opened them.
The questions you ask your Google Assistant.
All the articles you read on Google News.
All the ads you view and click on (if they were shown to you through Google services, partner websites, or mobile apps).
But believe it or not, Google is not what we should worry about specifically regarding your data security and privacy, but the people-search sites.
In 2020, people-search sites began releasing data they acquired from consumer and marketing databases. This data reveals your purchasing behavior, and other information that touches almost every part of your personal life.
Information from consumer databases makes the free versions of people-search profiles much more complete. You can type in a person’s name, and besides their full name, home address and phone number, you’ll see their occupation, education level, income, credit score, hobbies, political views, and more.
People-search sites are now mining consumer records and public records for gold: your data security and privacy. They’re doing this because Google’s algorithm rewards them for it. After all, what could be more unique than your cell phone number, home address, mother’s name, and preference between cats and dogs?
Most of the data collected by these people-search sites come from guess where… yes, Google!
So, how to prevent your data from being used with the wrong intentions?
The answer is simple: make sure what is the information you are sharing on the internet. But, how?
By accessing my activity, you can see, in detail, all the data collected from your searches: ads, news, YouTube… You can even filter your information by date and keywords in the same section.
To know the data collected from your location, you must access the timeline section of Google Maps. There you can find all your locations in a timeline and see where you were on a specific day and at a certain time. It is very easy to be geolocated. They can do it through cell phone antennas and even through the Wi-Fi networks connected to our mobile when walking down the street.
All this information can be downloaded in Google TakeOut, create a file that the same platform sends you, and make a backup copy with the information you select as a kind of bibliographic record of your life.
In the ad personalization section, you can also see a list of interests that Google has collected or assumed from you. If you scroll down, you will find some data such as the type of food you like, the genre of music you usually listen to or the style of clothes you buy online. This is for Google to try to sell you what you would purchase. Or you have already bought.
How do I pause tracking?
Google may know everything about your data security and privacy, (and your smartphone knows just as much) but having happy customers is still a priority, which means that pausing your web activity is a pretty easy process. On the “My Google Activity” page, select “Activity Controls” in the sidebar. This will take you to a page that explains exactly what information Google is tracking.
Also, how often do you really read the terms and conditions?
And what can happen if you don’t read them?
1. The company cancels the services suddenly
One of the clauses that can be included in the tedious “terms and conditions of service” is the one that grants the company responsible for the application the right to suspend or cancel services at any time.
This is the case with the digital storage application Dropbox. From one day to the next, your entire account could disappear, and you are left without the data you have stored on its servers.
2. That it has access to all your photos, messages or location
“In theory, Instagram is free to do whatever it pleases with your photos,” reads the website of the software company Softonic.
And the fact is that when you install the app and accept the terms and conditions of use, you grant them a “non-exclusive” license to use the content you post.
It also happens with Google Assistant – or Siri, Apple’s voice assistant – which can “read, interpret and interact with your text messages,” explains Andro4all, a website specializing in news about Google’s operating system.
3. Selling your data to third parties
Facebook has had major scandals throughout its history. But the main one was the misuse of data of 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 US presidential campaign, which forced Zuckerberg, founder of the platform, to submit to a public hearing.
The company stated that it expected the Federal Trade Commission to sanction it with a fine of up to 5 billion dollars for privacy violations: it would be the highest penalty in history imposed by the United States against a technology company, according to The New York Times.
The last tip for privacy-minded folks? Don’t disclose any personal information unless absolutely necessary, and take time to review the terms of service on a digital purchase or account sign-up. Those terms will tell you precisely what the company plans to do with your data. After all, you don’t have to let your information fall into third-party hands, including those of data brokers. Your data security and privacy depend on you.
The measures taken in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic made many people turn their homes into their workplaces and experience the methodology of teleworking. This, which is a new way of working for many, requires, among other things, a series of habits that improve productivity and help improve the quality of life. In short, we must promote safety and health at work.
For those who don’t have experience in the home office, it is important to recommend a work routine with active breaks. It would help if you avoided discomfort or pain caused by incorrect work postures by using ergonomic furniture not suitable for long working hours lack of physical activity, among others.
What are active breaks?
Active breaks are temporary breaks within the working day executed through physical and mental exercises to recover energy. This series of activities reduce work fatigue so that the body is not affected over time, running the risk of suffering a possible work-related illness or an occupational accident.
The main objective of active breaks is to promote work health and safety, and consist of a short routine of basic and functional joint mobility, stretching, strengthening and relaxation exercises during short breaks in the workday. They last between 5 and 15 minutes and allow you to regain energy and improve performance at work through different techniques that help reduce work fatigue, postural discomfort and prevent stress.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends visual, and muscle breaks as a method of rest. Many organizations have implemented preventive medicine programs for their employees as a way to guarantee work health and safety, known as active breaks, active work breaks, or work gymnastics.
These programs indicate joint mobility exercises, muscle stretching and muscle strength exercises, which promote changes in position and reduce muscle ailments caused by repetitive movements during the work routine. This type of physical activity acts in a preventive and therapeutic way, does not cause physical wear and tear, is short and is carried out in workplaces.
These activities aim to activate respiration, blood circulation, and body energy to prevent psychophysical alterations caused by physical and mental fatigue and enhance brain function, increasing work performance.
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, each week, adults need at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) of vigorous physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity activity for substantial health benefits. The Physical Activity Guidelines say adults also need moderate-intensity or higher muscle-strengthening activity, such as lifting weights or doing push-ups, at least 2 days each week.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
It is essential to mention that physical education and health professionals should design active work breaks or gymnastics programs because they work with people’s bodies, and any inappropriate movement can affect their health.
Physical activity is a fundamental pillar in promoting work health and safety the health and well-being of people since it has a significant impact on the prevention of diseases and improves cardiovascular, metabolic, cognitive and emotional health.
“Active breaks are important because, in the work environment, the vast majority of workers spend at least eight hours a day, and depending on the job, they are often seated, with a minimum level of physical activity. This favors that people do not have an optimal physical condition, promoting a sedentary attitude directly related to metabolic and structural changes in the human body. The work environment represents an ideal scenario for the promotion of physical activity and healthy habits.”
Lina Vieda, Cafeto Occupational Health and Safety Specialist.
Challenges of active breaks at work
Getting physical activity in one’s daily routine can be a challenge in busy workplaces across the world. Common barriers are lack of self-confidence or skill, cost, fear of injury, deadlines, and other time constraints.
Further complicating matters is that many occupations or jobs are sedentary in nature. Data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicate that Americans spend approximately 7.7 hours per day (55% of their monitored waking time) being sedentary. Sedentary behavior increases the risk of death from all causes.
So how can you make sure you do your active breaks at work?
There can be many ways, but specifically, at Cafeto, we have developed the ‘Discover your Health Keeper’ campaign that also can help you not fail when trying to take your daily active breaks at work.
But what is it, a Health Keeper? It is that person, pet, plant, or whatever that helps you maintain your mental sanity and physical health. Think who the hero that accompanies you every day is? Who or what enables you to get out of your position? To take a break, relax, de-stress, exercise, or simply give yourself a little respite from the toils of life. The answer to that question will be your health keeper!
If your health keeper is someone close to you, you can talk to them to help you keep these active breaks at specific times of your day. If your health keeper is a plant or pet, set times each day when you spend 10-15 minutes caring for them.
What do the Health Keepers do?
Invites you to a coffee at the end of the workday.
Is attentive to your diet.
Invites you to play soccer, tennis, go to the gym, even if you have refused before.
Sometimes he forces you to accompany him/her on errands to get you out of your house.
Calls you at least once a day, checking that you are okay.
If the Health Keeper is a plant or pet, its very existence forces you to stop from your workplace and dedicate a few minutes a day to make it feel good and healthy.
We hope these tips can help you actually do your active breaks and be a healthier and happier person!
Discover your Health Keeper!
You can also, check our page where you can check all the cool activities and programs we have for our CafetoMakers!