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In IoT Central: “Keeping Voice-Activated Smart Home Device From Talking to the Wrong People”

In IoT Central: “Keeping Voice-Activated Smart Home Device From Talking to the Wrong People”

Keeping Voice-Activated Smart Home Device From Talking to the Wrong People by Jeff Finn, CEO of zvelo The introduction of voice-activated smart home solutions – like Amazon Echo and Dot, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod – have brought with them the dream of convenient Star Trek-like interfaces where a user’s spoken wish is their command. But at the same time, these devices have served as a Trojan Horse, increasingly inviting in security issues and unintended […]

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InfoSecurity Magazine Features How IoT Device Discovery and Activity Detection Can Work by Jeff Finn of zvelo

InfoSecurity Magazine Features How IoT Device Discovery and Activity Detection Can Work by Jeff Finn of zvelo

*****The following article, by Jeff Finn, appears as an online article in the Opinion section on InfoSecurity Magazine Home’s web site and was originally published on July 13, 2017. In InfoSecurity Magazine: How IoT Device Discovery and Activity Detection Can Work by Jeff Finn, CEO of zvelo Even as IoT device volume races towards 200 billion by 2020, the vast majority of our connected gadgets still have little or no security features in place – leaving them ripe for […]

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Internet Safety Resources, Guides and Tips for Everyone

Internet Safety Resources, Guides and Tips for Everyone

This article will be updated periodically, in support of numerous global online safety awareness campaigns occuring every year – Safer Internet Day (promoted in February), Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), IWF Awareness Day (also in October) and others. During these times, web safety advocates, companies, organizations and professionals worldwide raise awareness about safer and more responsible use of online technologies and mobile devices. Following is a living repository of online resources, guides, tips and entities aimed at helping everyone enjoy worry-free Internet experiences. Additional web safety resources will be hand-picked and added as they are discovered. To possibly be included in this list, or if other online safety resources exist that deserve mention, please feel free to comment below. Including a link and a brief description with each comment helps.

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EU-US Privacy Shield: EU Commission and United States agree on new framework for transatlantic data flows

EU-US Privacy Shield: EU Commission and United States agree on new framework for transatlantic data flows

EU-US Privacy Shield EU Commission and United States agree on new framework for transatlantic data flows A new US/EU arrangement puts stronger regulations on companies in the U.S. to protect the personal data of Europeans and stronger monitoring and enforcement by the U.S. A few highlights that new arrangement will include: Strong obligations on companies handling Europeans’ personal data and robust enforcement. U.S. companies wishing to import personal data from Europe will need to commit […]

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Open Source Intelligence: The Web’s Dirty Little Secret

Our willingness to surrender personal privacy in exchange for services that we now consider essential, as discussed in a previous article, has made it much easier for large governments and private individuals alike to collect information.

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Giving Up Our Privacy and Liking It

We are constantly reminded of the growing number of privacy concerns from the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). Some are quick to blame governments or commercial entities when our personal information is compromised. Very few stop to think whether or not the blame should be pointed at ourselves. To what extent are we as end-users responsible for facilitating our own personal privacy?

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Experiment Raises Online Privacy Eyebrow

People don’t seem to worry much about privacy when “checking in” to a favorite local restaurant or coffee shop, or from other social media posts that reveal one’s location. What if you were approached by a complete stranger who knew your name and other personally indefinable information within minutes after making an upload? A few socialites got quite the shock after a social media experiment revealed how much personal information can be extracted from publicly viewable status updates.

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Greater Online Privacy Control Coming Soon for Consumers

Consumers will soon know exactly how much of their personal information is being collected online, by whom, and may one day be able to correct errors or opt-out entirely from such activity. The name of the game is “privacy” and thanks to a combination of recent investigative reporting and pressure from advocacy groups, regulatory entities and politicians, the urgency to reach this point is now mainstream news.

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A Look Into Apple’s Geo-Location Tracking

The past weeks have been rife with accusations of privacy infringement against Apple for covertly collecting geo-location information from iPods, iPhones and iPads. Although the collecting of private information by mobile phone manufacturers and 3rd party apps is nothing new, the manner in which Apple stores its data has resulted in criticism from end-users and security experts alike.

 

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