Replacing Passwords and Pins with Icons

We have discussed the sorry state of passwords in many recent articles.  There is an alternative to passwords and pins that may be coming to a smartphone near you.  It is called SemanticLock and it uses emoji-like icons to unlock your smartphone.

Most smartphones go unsecured mainly because most people find it difficult to enter a password using the on-screen keyboard.  4 to 6 digit numeric PINs are slightly ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


NCCIC Webinar Series on Russian Government Cyber Activity

07/19/2018 05:08 PM EDT   Original release date: July 19, 2018

NCCIC will conduct a series of webinars on Russian government cyber activity against critical infrastructure (as detailed in NCCIC Alert TA18-074A), which will feature ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


“Ghosting” is making the hiring process harder.

You found the perfect candidate and are ready to make an offer, then your “purple unicorn” stops responding to phone calls, texts, and emails.  What gives?  Not a tech issue, but more an HR issue.  Still, if you can’t find qualified technical staff, this might be an issue.


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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


World’s first and oldest cybercrime (1830) predates electrical telegraphy.  Read how two French bond traders hacked France’s military semaphore telegraph.

Forget VPNfilter – here’s BACKLASH, a networking hack from way, way back

With a name like BACKLASH, you might think this hack comes from the era of mechanical devices, with gears and pulleys. You’d be right!


A pair of ...

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Where Does Cell Phone Location Data Go?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the location information your smartphone is collecting about you?  Who has access to that information, and for what purpose?  As it turns out, as told in a recent report by Brian Krebs, this information is available to pretty much anybody.

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How Secure Are Mobile Payment Apps Anyway?

The latest trend in the card payment universe are the mobile payment apps that let you use a smart watch or smartphone in place of a credit card.  Just how secure are these payment systems?  One of my regular readers, Eric Morley, owner of Big Frog Custom T-Shirts in Woodbury, MN, asked me that question via LinkedIn, and I thought it was a great idea for an article.  ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


Microsoft inches closer to commercially-viable quantum computing

Microsoft’s quest to create a powerful quantum computer comes closer to reality with the help of an elementary particle.


Cobalt/Carbanak bank malware gang’s alleged leader arrested

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


 Second company claims it can unlock iPhone X

A tiny US company called Grayshift is reportedly quietly touting software it claims can unlock Apple’s flagship handsets, the iPhone X and 8.


How women are helping to fight ...

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Fifty Years of Computing – Doug Engelbart

Fifty years ago, in 1968, computers were big mainframe systems that were programmed using large decks of punch cards.  All output came out of a printer.  There were no computer displays yet, just rows of blinking light bulbs that were call a “monitor.”  All programs were run as batch jobs, one at a time.  There were no windows, no multi-tasking, no interactive computing as we know it today.

On December 8, 1968 a computer engineer named Doug Engelbart made a presentation ...

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