28 May 2018

Of Course, Alexa has Control of Your House

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Recent reports of the amazing eavesdropping power and home control Amazon’s Alexa has (similar to other voice-assistances) should not surprise. Its inherent in how these virtual assistants work. Alexa has to always be listening to be able to respond to a voice command that may come from you yelling across the kitchen. She has to be ready to respond to back-and-forth question-response to receive further clarifying instructions if needed, so she... Read more...

03 May 2018

Today’s Fake News will be “Quaint” by 2020

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Turning the power of connectivity against itself, fake Facebook and other social media accounts were able to spew propaganda to millions of targeted individuals who were specifically identified by the capturing of personal data from Facebook apps and Google analytics. Who was responsible? We won’t get involved in the debate here as you can easily form your own opinions. However, brace yourselves for what’s to come especially as we near the 2020... Read more...

21 Apr 2018

Is “Security by Obscurity” an Obsolete Concept?

The term “security by obscurity” has been around for a long time. Traditionally, this has referred to the idea that the best way to keep a system safe is to keep its design (and any potential vulnerabilities) a secret. To many, “security by obscurity” has also represented the idea that there is safety in numbers, such as on a social media network that has hundreds of millions of users. One might argue that the intersection of social media,... Read more...

20 Apr 2018

What is Your Mood Worth?

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Why all of the hype around Facebook privacy revelations? After all, the purpose of Facebook is to share your information (albeit, among your closest friends). Perhaps one of the most alarming insights from the Cambridge Analytica findings is that with many Facebook apps or online surveys, when installed or taken by **anyone** in your Facebook network of “Friends,” **your** detailed data is siphoned off and sent to the app/survey company... Read more...

06 Apr 2018

It’s a World of Soundbites. Will email adapt? The NFL has.

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Today’s NFL coaches are concerned that the new players being drafted are millennials and they will need to be treated differently – they report that football playmaking classroom training sessions need to be limited to 30 minutes, with breaks for the athletes to check their phones, text messages, and social media feeds. In the elevator, at lunch, or even crossing busy streets, people today scroll the headlines on their phone news feeds (whether... Read more...