30 Nov 2018

Your Spit is Your Real Government ID

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The DHS is using Congress’ “Real ID” Act of 2005 to require all US states to issue new, more robust IDs for air travel originating in the United States (source). Has the DHS missed the real opportunity, to consider today’s state of technology? There are already millions upon millions of dollars being spent to upgrade every citizen’s driver’s license to a “Real ID”. Why not, in the same process, associate each one’s retina scan, fingerprint,... Read more...

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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...

29 Jun 2017

Mexico Takes Up Cyberarms

The Other White House  There is another White House south of the border and a series of scandals to match.  A $7 million second home, known as “Casa Blanca”, was built for Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto by a prominent government contractor. This apparent conflict of interest created a huge scandal. The journalists who investigated the “White House Scandal” along with much more serious crimes, were attacked with government-exclusive... Read more...

15 Jun 2017

Prove it!

How can you prove what really happened behind closed doors? Can we ever know what happened in a meeting behind closed doors, with no recording devices and no third party witnesses? Probably not. Is email a clearer way to communicate a complex message? Not always…. Have you ever been in a situation where an email vanishes? Has your recipient ever claimed not to have received your message, a contract, even your invoice? When an email gets lost... Read more...

31 Mar 2017

The Honeypot for Hackers: Twitter Heats Up

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The average Internet user has over 100 online accounts, according to Dashlane. Who on earth can keep track of that many accounts? No one really. That’s why millions of people use password managers to keep their passwords encrypted and organized. Typically, password managers are apps that encrypt and store your passwords in the cloud or locally on your computer, requiring you to use just one secure password to access all your passwords. Convenient,... Read more...

17 Mar 2017

Why Hasn’t Anyone Thrown Out Their Microwave?

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Were you shocked to learn that Wikileaks had published “Vault 7”, leaked documents that reveal the intricate details of CIA’s hacking capabilities? Were you extremely concerned that the CIA has now “lost control” of these tools to the public domain, meaning that any cybercriminal in the world can now learn these methods and use them against you? Did the recent news cause you to take a long and close look at every sensor on your iPhone or... Read more...

27 Feb 2017

Email Privacy Act Passes Unanimously in the House of Representatives

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Yes, it’s true. The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act. The fact that everyone in the House can agree on the importance of email privacy suggests that Americans overwhelmingly consider email privacy an essential right. The federal government currently has the right to seize any email, or cloud file that is more than 180 days old, without getting a warrant. This has been true since the Electronic Communications Privacy... Read more...

22 Dec 2016

Beware What’s Under Your Christmas Tree

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Charlie Brown once said, “It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.” It’s a lovely sentiment, but it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit when the special toy you’ve chosen for your child is taking photos of your child and recording his or her conversations, then transmitting this data via the Internet (for speech recognition processing, for example), where it can easily be associated with your... Read more...

12 Sep 2016

Self-Driving Cars — Accelerating into an Uncertain Future

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Just a decade ago, self-driving cars were relegated to science fiction and the dreams of a handful of technologists. Today, self-driving cars are already on the roads. Uber is using them to pick up passengers in Pittsburgh. Self-driving features are built into the latest models of Mercedes, BMW, and of course, Tesla – although these cars still require a human driver to be attentive and ready to assume manual control at any moment. In recent months,... Read more...

14 Jul 2016

Millions Give Up Personal Privacy and even Safety to “Catch Them All”

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If you see grown men and women staring at their phones as they walk into police stations, churches or the backyards of strangers, you could be witness to the latest video gaming phenomenon to take the world by storm. Launched in July of 2016 for Android and iOS, Nintendo’s Pokémon Go free mobile game is already the #1 downloaded and top-grossing app in every country it is available. Pokémon Go uses your camera and your GPS location to “place”... Read more...