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Half of Consumers Perceive Security and Privacy as Obstacles to IoT Adoption

Some 47% of consumers in 28 countries avoid buying IoT devices because they lack security and pose privacy risks, while 62% think they are too expensive, a survey shows. Image source: Pixabay “Security has moved from being a nagging problem to a top barrier as consumers are now choosing to abandon IoT devices and services over security concerns,” the report notes. “More than two-thirds of the consumers surv...

How to stop Internet-connected toys from spying on kids

These days, children are encouraged to surf the web and use mobile apps from a young age. We’re seeing toddlers trading toy cars and Barbies for tablets and mobile devices. In fact, 7 per cent of kids under the age of 4 play with their tablets and watch their favorite TV programs on them before bed, a study reveals. Barbie isn’t what she used to be either. Mattel created a smart A.I.-wired Barbie that talks...

Migration to SHA-2 Inevitable, as SHA-1 is Broken

The SHA-1 security standard used for digital signatures has been deemed vulnerable by security specialists, prompting accelerated migration to SHA-2 for better security. Privacy specialist Bruce Schneier has predicted in the past that hackers would be able to afford to attack SHA-1 by 2015, as costs were estimated at $700,000. However, recent research using the power of the cloud and rented graphics cards h...

800,000 fans of the Kardashians left exposed after privacy blunder

Kim, Kendall, Khloe and Kylie. Some of the most famous people in the world with first names beginning with "K" launched their subscription-based apps, promising exclusive content from the Kardashian/Jenner clan earlier this week. 19-year-old web developer Alaxic Smith downloaded Kylie Jenner's app out of curiousity, and investigated her website. In a blog post, entitled "The Insecurities of the Kardashians:...

Gen Y Makes Security and Privacy Top Priorities While Surfing Online

Security and privacy are more important than page load speeds, customization or social integration features during online browsing, according to a study by Refuel Agency on Generation Y members. Image source: Flickr Some 70% of the respondents say security is important in a browser and 68% care about privacy. Webpage loading speed and user friendly features come third and fourth. Customizability and social...

Tech Industry Protests New Terrorist Activity Reporting Section in US Senate Bill

Tech companies have protested against Section 603 of the US Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 Tech - that requires companies to report any potential terrorist activities on their platforms to authorities - claiming it may infringe on users’ privacy.   Arguing that the term “any terrorist activity” leaves too much room for interpretation, the open letter signed by the Internet Association,...

New Do-Not-Track Standard Promises Better User Privacy Protection

Stronger “Do-Not-Track” settings to protect the privacy of users’ online web browsing were recently announced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in coalition with other internet and privacy companies, in an attempt to encourage companies to respect users’ choice not to be tracked online. The DNT (Do-Not-Track) preference can be enabled from any major browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, and signals websit...

One in Two Users Fears Personal Health Data Is Unsafe on Fitness Apps and Gadgets

More than 45% of wearable and mobile app users worry that hackers may steal their personal health information, according to a survey conducted by Healthline. One in four users is concerned about data on a Fitbit or a health-tracking app. Of the 15% of consumers that own a Fitbit or similar activity tracker, more than 80 percent say the device keeps them motivated to stick to their exercise routine. Source:...

Smartwatches Are Extremely Vulnerable to Security Threats, Study Shows

Smartwatches harbor significant vulnerabilities, including insufficient authentication, lack of encryption and privacy concerns, according to HP’s security assessment. No smartwatch the company tested had two-step authentication security enabled, while some 30% were vulnerable to account harvesting, with attackers easily gaining access to their operating systems. HP’s Smartwatch Security Study evaluated 10...

Twitter Unveils New Dashboard to Manage Privacy Easier

Twitter has introduced data dashboard, a tool to help monitor and manage user accounts. The dashboard shows account activation details, the devices that have accessed user accounts and recent login history. Users who see login activity from an app they don’t recognize can now go to the apps tab in the settings section to revoke its access to their Twitter account. If users notice logins from suspicious loca...

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