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13Feb2018

Security Not Top-of-Mind at CES

It’s fair to say I was disappointed when talking to IoT device manufacturers at CES in Las Vegas last month. Security was not the big thing on their minds. And except for a TV screen that you can roll up like paper (which I couldn’t see at the show), there wasn’t anything I wanted to
  • 13 Feb, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 5G, AI, Alexa, Android, Apple, autonomous vehicles, Bigsby, CES, In-car systems, IoT, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony,
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13Feb2018

Spectre and Meltdown Raise Need to Update

We’ve seen lots of patches from chip manufacturers and operating-system publishers trying to resolve the Spectre and Meltdown issues. Their effectiveness is mixed, but there are a couple of things you can do to help protect your systems: backup your files and update your software. The patches came out quickly last month, and they kept
  • 13 Feb, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • antivirus protection, Apple, applications, browsers, chromebook, cybercesurity, cybercrime, data security, firmware, intel, meltdown, Microsoft, online safety, operating systems, risk management, spectre,
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13Feb2018

Tax Season: The Next Scam Season

I don’t know whether more money changes hands during the holiday shopping season or during tax season, but a lot is at stake between now and April 17 as people prepare tax returns. It’s a busy time of year for scammers, most of whom want to use fraudulent information to get your tax return money.
  • 13 Feb, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • back taxes, chbersecurity, cybercrime, data breach, data security, email scams, equifax, fraud, irs, online security, phishing, phone scam, risk management, scams, spoofing, strong passwords, tax season,
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09Jan2018

Unsecure Security Cameras

As more businesses and homes add security cameras to monitor their premises, hackers are enjoying the view, too. While camera manufacturers can and should secure the backdoors to their systems, there are also steps you can take to protect your property. We’re seeing an uptick in security camera systems being hacked, and one recent incident
  • 9 Jan, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybersecurity, privacy, risk management, security cameras. IoT, Surveillance,
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09Jan2018

Protecting Your Email Accounts

My dad wasn’t getting his personal email for a few days and thought it was because his service was down. We found otherwise, and he wasn’t the only victim. The message here is: Pay attention to oddities. One of my dad’s symptoms of an email problem was that he wasn’t getting any messages. Unfortunately, that
  • 9 Jan, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, email hacked, online safety, privacy,
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09Jan2018

Managing Assistants

Alexa, Google Home, Siri and Cortana are online assistants who can help you get information and even order products without you ever having to tap a screen or look at one. They are a convenience, but they also raise privacy and security issues. Siri (Apple) and Cortana (Microsoft) are associated with devices, such as phones,
  • 9 Jan, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Android, Apple, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, iPhone, privacy, risk management, smartphone,
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09Jan2018

‘Free’ Streaming

Not all streaming is meant to be shared – or least not shared with dozens of strangers around the world. Cable companies and content providers are concerned about lost fees as access credentials to programming are increasingly abused. They’re cracking down on piracy. Stealing service has been a problem since the first electrical wires and
  • 9 Jan, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Amazon Prime, cybersecurity, data security, Hulu, netflix, online safety, privacy, risk management, security, Streaming services,
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12Dec2017

We’re Not Neutral on Net Neutrality

The intended repeal of net neutrality by the FCC will affect all of us. We’re likely to see the first changes as they affect the cost and availability of streamed programming and premium content; less is likely to cost more. We don’t know, yet, how it will affect search engines and your ability to find
  • 12 Dec, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Amazon, facebook, fairness, Google, internet acces, ISP, level playing field, Microsoft, net neutrality, netflix,
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12Dec2017

New Browser War

Mozilla just launched Quantum, the fastest and most feature-laden version of its Firefox browser. Will it be the shot heard ‘round the internet? We think it’s overtaken Chrome and that it’s way ahead of Edge, which Microsoft launched to replace Internet Explorer. When it was introduced in 2004, Firefox, an open-source darling, shot ahead of
  • 12 Dec, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Chrome, Edge, Firefox Quantum, IE11, Mozilla, Safari,
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12Dec2017

Automotive Electronics Systems are Flat Tires

In an article about the reliability of automotive brands, in-car electronics systems took the big hits for some big brands. Surprising? Not at all. We’re putting a lot of pressure on electronics, and they, in turn, are putting pressure on our cars’ batteries and our overall perception of how well our cars are working. Batteries
  • 12 Dec, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Apple Maps, bluetooth, Google Maps, in-car electronics, infotainment, navigation system, Waze,
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