Category Archives: Security, privacy

‘Word to your ‘puter

Passwords, by their nature, present a dilemma: the more secure they are, the more difficult they can be for the owner to remember. Add a plethora of different passwords for all your computer needs, and things get trickier; add a … Continue reading

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Never let them see you sweat

Several Israeli firms are working on biometric screening systems for airport security, unobtrusively measuring factors such as heart rate and respiration. While we usually applaud biometrics that are based on universal capabilities, we’re worried about this one. How will it … Continue reading

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Key largo

Swiss researchers have found four different ways of remotely detecting keystrokes issued from wired keyboards, even through walls and from distances over 65 feet away. A confidentiality issue, sure, but it could also be exploited to extend access when a … Continue reading

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You oughta be in pictures

Picture phones are nothing new, but GE is demonstrating the first one we’ve heard of that starts picture transmission before the recipient picks up. We think this could be a great tool for people with cognitive disabilities who may find … Continue reading

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New biometric device saves faces

Biometrics keep advancing, in support of security and user authentication applications.  There are continuing concerns about accessibility because many of these technologies use characteristics that some folks lack, such as fingers and retinas.  But pretty much everyone has a face, … Continue reading

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More CAPTCHA follies

We’ve posted a good bit about CAPTCHAs, the automated techniques that try to distinguish humans from vile software bots when visiting websites or registering for accounts, such as the blurry letters you have to type into a box. It’s an … Continue reading

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