This week there seems to be more mention of medical technologies and the problems that may arise with some of them, including an interesting expose on how smart phones may shock cardiac device wearers, as their pace maker may “sense” the smart phone’s signals as a cardiac event ? Shocking! The new de facto standard for health seems to be 10,000 steps a day, thanks to the FitBit, but, Huffington post asks, is that correct ?
More information is coming out about the Office Personal Management in the US security breech, and evidently the information taken is the Motherload for hackers, and some of the information taken was quite saucy. I learned that the average botnet has about 1700 infected PCs as its constituent parts, at least in 2015. More and more technology sites are going towards total encryption and Reddit is no exception, with Yahoo also following suit.
No more backdoors was a concept I first heard about from a friend in the 90’s and it seems it is making a comeback with a Tougher Encryption Guidelines close a Backdoor. Speaking of backdoors Cisco has warned their customers about default ssh keys on their appliances, that is a lot of machines to go fix. Do you think that AntiVirus software has backdoors? You sure ? Did you know that Chrome has a Voice interface to do “close by” URL transfers? Well evidently on Chromium that capability has been removed, due to a few anomalies.
In a somewhat antitechnology stance evidently Mathematicians are fighting to get this type of chalk (the manufacturer has shut down). In a real technology article Cellular News points out that Wireless Data Consumption is up 25% between 2013 and 2014. The feeling does seem to be that Wireless may be the consumer’s choice for internet access. Speaking of ludicrously old technology, the US Navy is paying Microsoft to keep supporting Windows XP ? #Wow.
Malwarebytes points out that Registry cleaners are Technology Snake Oil, and that they don’t do your system any good.Nice to see that Windows 10 (speaking of registries) is going to be free for everyone. Wouldn’t it be nice to have superfast free wi-fi available where you live, Google thinks so.
A thought on security to end our little list:
If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What’s more, you deserve to be hacked. — White House Cybersecurity Advisor, Richard Clarke