What did we learn from Equifax’s security breach?

What happened with Equifax?

In March this year a security vulnerability in Apache (web server software) was patched and released to the Apache community. Any CSO or CIO worth their salt would have picked up on it, realised the impact of the vulnerability and implemented early fixesIn May this year hackers obtained access by exploiting this unpatched bug and siphoned off as much as they could, which would have been fairly easy.

In July this year Equifax realised that they had been compromised. It took them two months to work out how to tell their 143 million users. The security patch itself probably didn’t take that long.

Equifax had a major security breach that compromised that private data of 143 million users. CanYa will not let this happen, find out how
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143 million Americans had their data exposed and sold on. The effects of this will be felt over the next decades in credit card fraud, identity theft and phishing scams.

How do we avoid this happening again?

A security breach like this is a huge deal! Apart from all of the obvious shortcomings like the fumbled damage control campaign, the real issue lies in how the user-data was left to be so vulnerable.

Big companies can have all the security policies they want, but there’s usually still a way in, and someone willing to find that way in. Which is why user-data storage needs to be encrypted, it needs to be stored in a decentralised manner, and users need to retain ultimate ownership of the data at all times.

Locked padlock on a smartphone app is representative of CanYa's security with data

This sounds out-of-reach; but that is not the case. Enter blockchain and cryptography; important pieces of the puzzle that will allow us to solve the problem. User-data can be anonymised properly, it can be stored in a decentralised manner with no single point of failure, and users retain ultimate control of that data.

Here at CanYa, we believe in a decentralised future, where no single entity can make mistakes and expose half of America’s data overnight. So we’re partnering with other companies who have similar visions and willing to spend the time and effort to get this right.

CanYa is a functioning local and digital services platform that will soon have a cryptocurrency layer over the top; CanYaCoin

CanYa & MADANA

We’re excited to announce our partnership with MADANA – a marketplace of data analytics. MADANA will allow users to retain control of their data at all times, and even choose to monetise it if they want. We’ll have more information about our partnership with MADANA soon.
CanYaCoin and Madana are partnering up to ensure that all of your data is secure and decentralised. There is no reason another Equifax should occur again!
It’s time to handle data properly, and more importantly, it’s time to give users back ultimate control of their data; more on this to come.

For all the latest news and updates follow us here:

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When car meets water: 4 disasters that make you wonder ‘how did that happen?’

CanYa‘s Provider of the Week, NT Towing, have seen their fair share of predicaments when it comes to getting bogged, and have shared some of the curlier moments with us*.

*No cars were harmed in the making of this blog (only the driver’s egos).

 1. I don’t think a shovel is going to get them out of this one!

Put yourself in this poor souls shoes… go out for a leisurely drive and BAM!

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Thankfully NT Towing was there to save the day!

2.    Jeepers creeper! This rescue made the headlines.

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You would think you need the Navy to save this one right? Think again.

3. Cars 4

The movie about a small car with a big dream.
Spoiler alert: he realises in the end he’s not a boat, and accepts himself for who he is. 

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4. At least it would make a good story for his 21st speeches.

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We hope these pictures haven’t inspired you to test out whether your car is amphibious. But if it has, this article has some good tips on what to do if you find yourself bogged.  

If you’re in Darwin, and you find yourself in a muddy situation, you know NT Towing can get you out (just look at the pictures above for proof!).

Book them today with Australia’s easiest way to hire local and digital service; CanYa.

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CanYaCoin – An ICO with a mature product, not a hopeful idea

Hello world!

Today the CanYa team is excited to introduce our P2P marketplace of skilled services to the cryptocurrency community, and to share our vision of a decentralised marketplace where services can instantly be exchanged for cryptocurrency or fiat. 

CanYa is a mature services app that is available on the internet via your laptop or on your Android and Apple iPhone.Unlike most projects in the ICO space, CanYa already has a revenue generating product. The CanYa app is available on the app store (currently only in Australia), google play store and online, and has processed over a thousand P2P jobs since it’s soft launch earlier this year. CanYa is now moving towards the next stage in it’s launch, an Initial Coin Offering to power international growth and to move from a centralised Australian dollar based solution to a decentralised multi-currency solution.

Providing a decentralised P2P marketplace for the sharing economy

The CanYa team is convinced that decentralisation (and the technology behind Ethereum specifically) is going to revolutionise the current economy. For this reason we’re launching the CanYaCoin (CAN) token and moving our platform to an autonomous set of smart contracts that will replace the current centralised system.

A decentralised and globally accepted cryptocurrency – like CAN – will allow money and skills to cross-borders and fully harness the $2tn global ‘gig economy‘. The fragmented booking process and exploitive marketplaces around the world will be disrupted by CanYaCoin.

The old job booking process is broken and expensive. The new CanYa experience is easy, clean and intuitive.

The transition of moving CanYa’s payments and operations onto the Ethereum Blockchain will allow for increased transparency, quicker settlement times and will create a truly trustless environment.

Not only will the CanYa community benefit from Ethereum; the Ethereum and cryptocurrency community will also benefit from CanYa. CanYa will act as the ultimate link between crypto and the real world allowing users to pay for local and international services with CAN instantly.

Our ICO is Live right NOW! Join our Community and get involved! CanYa Contribute!?

CanYa is a stable platform that will soon encorporate CanYaCoin so you can pay your cleaner with crypto!

The beginning of CanYa’s crypto story

Imagine a plumber in Venezuela being instantly paid in a stable currency that can be spent anywhere in the world without the fear of suffering from crippling over-inflation. Imagine a Russian technology company finding the best app developers in India and paying them with no international currency fees or excessive conversion charges. CanYaCoin will make the services marketplace truly global but it all starts with an ICO.

CanYa will be having it’s pre-sale during the month of October. The pre-sale is restricted with a hard cap of 3780 ETH. This small initial offering will be offered at a discount and will allow us to ramp up operations to an international audience. The pre-sale will also give the CanYa team an opportunity to expand before going into the primary ICO which will be approximately one month after the pre-sale.

We are looking to build our community from both sides of the table – from those who are interested in using CanYa in the growing sharing economy and those who are interested in turning their cryptocurrency profits into real world services.

CanYa is the best place to book home services, CanYaCoin makes it even easier

The CanYa Community

CanYa already has a strong community of early adopters behind it from beta-testing and real world operation. If you would like to find out more about CanYaCoin then the first stop must be https://canya.io. CanYa.io is the best place to have an in-depth look at our Whitepaper, our team and our product! 

Come and get involved with the CanYa community, we’d love to hear your ideas and comments; plus shortly these ideas and comments will be rewarded through our community bounty program.

Stay up to date with CanYa announcements!

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Qualities of a great builder

What makes for a great builder?

Finding builders is simple these days – you have CanYa 😉, Google and the entire internet. The problem is, how do you know if you have a good builder or a GREAT builder? Turns out that there are some common characteristics that all great builders share.

CanYa is the place to find the best builders in your area

Licensing and insurance

Licensing is a very good place to start. Certain trades (usually the safety critical ones) require mandatory licensing to be able to work. Think plumbers, electricians, builders etc.

Having adequate insurance is another sign of a great builder. They need to be appropriately covered to protect themselves, you and your project. Make sure you check that your builder is licensed and insured before you hire them.

CanYa gives you the ability to find licensed and insured builders in your area.

Realistic quoting

The main gripe with hiring builders that you don’t know is the tendency to quote low but ultimately charge high. The reason for this is simple, people are mainly price sensitive when looking online because it is traditionally quite hard to measure a builders quality. The builder gets his (or her) foot in the door with a low quote and then adds on all the extras that weren’t in the original quote but are essential to getting a good result.

Look for a builder that gives you a detailed, reasonable and written quote.

CanYa is the home services app that gives you flexible and detailed quote for free

Professional

It is important to remember that this person is working for you. With this comes an expectation of professionalism. They should be open, honest, approachable and reasonable. Any deposits they require should be checked against State or Territory guidelines and given with plenty of notice.

A CanYa handyman about the get to work on a job he got from Australia's easiest way to hire local service providers

Contract

This is a very important aspect of the process that is routinely done poorly. You must have everything detailed in a very clear written contract (depending on the job size) and you need to have discussed expectations, timelines,  limitations, budget etc. A great builder will give you the time to read, change and amend the contract to accurately reflect your expectations.

CanYa saves you from having bad experiences with dodgy tradies

References/referrals

It is actually quite hard to find honest and candid references and referrals because it is usually the builder that provides them. What you need to do is find a platform like CanYa that lists all previous reviews (by score and written comments) to ensure that your builder is great quality.

CanYa gives you reviews so that you know you are hiring the right person
Know who you are hiring!

Example of a great builder

B. P. Building Services PTY LTD in Darwin (Australia) is CanYa’s Provider Of The Week and a perfect example of a GREAT builder. Brett is skilled in ceilings, roofing, flooring, bulkheads, cladding and framing, renovations, bathroom/kitchen fit outs and much more. Check out some of their handy work below:

All services that you require are on CanYa. Just find, book, pay and review them... that easy
Brett of many trades!
Find the best builders in Darwin on CanYa
No job too big or small

If you find yourself in need of a great builder in Darwin, hire B.P. Building Service today! If you need to find a great builder near you- who you can confirm their licenses & insurance, check their previous work and get a free quote- download Australia’s best way to hire local service today!

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How CanYa is totally awesome for clients

Booking a Plumber: Ye Olde way

Oh no, my sink is broken.

Broken sink, time to find a plumber on CanYa

  1. Google “Plumbers Adelaide“.
  2. Spend 10 minutes sifting through websites or Yellow Pages entries to find somebody that looks reputable.
    • ProblemI generally have no idea of their quality, availability, location or prices.
  3. Call up the Plumber to ask if they are available, describe the job and get a price estimate. I’ll probably do 2-3 calls before I find somebody who is available, sounds ok and is a reasonable price.
    • ProblemTime consuming.
  4. The plumber comes around and fixes my sink. Hooray!
  5. The plumber sends an invoice via email or snail mail. I pay via manual bank transfer.
    • ProblemSlow to initiate and slow for funds to actually transfer.
  6. We part ways, probably to never see each other again.
    • Problem: I cannot leave any feedback.
Female client left feeling frustrated because her plumber was less than desirable
Every feel this way when booking a random?

Here’s how this looks in CanYa

 

An infographic that describes the old way to book local service providers and the new way with the CanYa experience

The CanYa app plumber/gasfitter page which shows all of the local service providers

  • I tap the map button to see which ones are close by:

The CanYa App has a map function which shows you were all of the service providers are reference your location

OK Guy Morris is close by and ranked #3. Looking great so far. Let’s take a look at his profile to make sure he’s legit and gain some trust:

Provider profile on CanYa, it shows previous reviews, gives you the ability to in-app message or call him and also to make a job enquiry

Perfect. I scroll down and see he’s available this afternoon.

I have already made my choice.

If I have any questions before booking, I hit the chat button. It’s only been a couple of minutes and I’m sending a job request through to my ideal plumber:

The job enquiry is very simple, just add a job description, with some photos of the issue to get started

Normally I choose any time, but today I have a tight schedule so I give the plumber a time window any time between 11am and 4pm. I can see this will work for him too.

CanYa app gives the option to be very specific about the time requirements of the job and you can check this against the providers availability

I send off the enquiry and a few moments later I receive an SMS letting me know I have a quote!

The first stage of the CanYa job flow is to receive the quote from the local trusted provider that you chose

I confirm the quote. The job is now booked.

Nothing is locked in stone. No money has changed hands yet. We can chat or call, re-quote, re-schedule or cancel the job. Maximum flexibility.

The Plumber arrives & fixes my sink!

Guy finishes up and immediately sends me a finalised invoice (he used some extra materials):

Each job is dynamic and flexibility is the only way to keep it going, CanYa provides the ability to re-quote and add on the extra costs that might come up

I used CanYa Rewards to refer some friends to CanYa. So instead of CanYa having to pay money to advertisers, CanYa gave me some credits! Win-win.

I tap pay now and $54 is immediately taken from my credit card and paid to the plumber.

Guy was awesome, so lets give him a 5 star review:

Peer to peer mutual reviews are important and help build a genuine and trusted community

We are all done!

Wait – I generate a nice looking Tax Invoice for my records.
Now I’m done!

The CanYa invoice is one of the most comprehensive and nice looking invoices you will receive... and it is automatic

How do I start using CanYa today?

Get started with CanYa has never been easier – download Australia’s best way to hire local services today for free!

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Meet the CanYa team

By now you know what CanYa is, how you can use it and why it’s the bomb! So how about meeting some of the people who have helped bring CanYa to life.

Hello my name is….

 

CanYa has a strong team behind it; this is Kyle the Chief Operations Officer (COO)

Name: Kyle

Which state do you live in: New South Wales

What do you do at CanYa? I am the Chief of Operations (COO). On top of the standard duties that come with the COO title, I coordinate the various teams (including our blog, Facebook/Social Media teams and customer service teams).

Fun CanYa fact: I have been working with CanYa for over a year, and still haven’t met (face-to-face) many of the people I work with on a daily basis. As a tech company, we are always working together collaboratively in our virtual workplace through various channels (email, FaceTime, WhatsApp etc). I see this as a huge testament to the people behind CanYa, as we’re all striving together for the same thing (the best app for our customers), from all corners of Australia.

 

CanYa has a huge marketing team that is headed up by Chris

Name: Chris

Which state do you live in: New South Wales

What do you do at CanYa? Chief Marketing Officer. I head up our awesome marketing team to help as many people find out about CanYa. I’m also responsible for the strategic guidance of our national marketing strategy.

Fun CanYa story: I absolutely love that we have have a crocodile handler in Darwin. It’s so Australian – which is what CanYa is all about. We love that we can connect providers of all shapes, sizes and expertise to their customers.

 

 

Steve helps us with all our technical needs. He is part of the CanYa tech team

Name: Steve

Where in the world are you from? The Nation’s Capital (ACT)

What do you do at CanYa? I manage the CanYa website and all technical things related to our web presence. I also like to give my 5 cents worth on our strategy (whether wanted or not!).

Fun CanYa story: This may sound biased, but every time someone I know uses they app, they say something along the lines of: ‘Dude – this is awesome. How come you guys didn’t come up with this sooner?’ Which I have to say is a pretty great reaction!

Steph is CanYa's online content and social media manager. She helps us create the face of the company

Name: Steph

Which state do you live in: The Wild-Wild West (Western Australia).

What do you do at CanYa? I work on our Instagram account (if you’re a provider reading this feel free send me message with pictures of your completed tasks for a feature!). I also coordinate our ‘Provider of the week’ program, which highlights our awesome providers.

 

Jake is our customer service agent that you will have the pleasure of dealing with if you contact CanYa Support.

Name: Jake

What state do you live in? South Australia (currently in Florida).

What do you do at CanYa? I am CanYa’s Regional Manager. I’m in charge of coming up with ideas, managing events (i.e. our Adelaide launch party – woo! ), and promoting the app in Adelaide.

How do you the CanYa app? Lucky for me, CanYa has launched and is now well established in Adelaide. I have used the app to book cleaners, photographers and even managed to arrange for my computer to be fixed on a Sunday (which would otherwise be virtually impossible!).

Fun CanYa story: I always have a great experience meeting our providers, but one particular experience stands out for me. As part of our Adelaide launch, we invited our first signed up providers to come along to our launch party. I met Matt, a recently migrated man from Iran, who had signed up to CanYa within the first few weeks of arriving in Australia. Since then, he had been booked for a handful of jobs. I think this is a perfect example of how CanYa can help an individual with a skill find work independently.

Thanks for being part of the CanYa community!

If you aren’t onboard yet, download CanYa – Australia’s best way to hire local service providers.

CanYa is available on iOS and Android, it is the easiest way to hire local service providers near you

Wedding photographers, an essential for any couple to be!

Got a special event coming up and need someone to capture it? Look no further!

Nothing can really beat an amazing photo, especially if it captures friends, family and special events. These days you need more than just a selfie stick, someone who is familiar with adobe photoshop is kinda a must! So look no further!

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Let me introduce you to Navin and his supreme ability to capture very intimate moments.

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Quite clearly you can see from these photos that you cannot find a higher quality man (or camera?) for the job!

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Navin specialises in weddings, portfolio shoots, modelling and believe it or not, sports photography.

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Navin; available for all types of weddings!

You only get one chance at a good photographer on your wedding day!

Forget the amateurs, hire a pro instead! If you’re in Darwin, hire Navin through Australia’s best app for downloading local services; CanYa. As you can see, there is absolutely nothing to worry about!

To see some more of his handy work, check out below! Or alternatively you can visit his professional website here or visit his Instagram.

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