Your Hot Hands Can Give Away Your Smartphone PIN

Thermal images reveal what parts of the screen were tapped, even after it’s left untouched for 30 seconds. If you were protecting your smartphone passcode from someone lurking over your shoulder, or from unseen security cameras, you might cover the screen as you tap in the PIN’s four or six digits. But once you’ve unlocked the phone, perhaps you’d let down your guard, and leave the screen in full view—especially if it’s off. That would be unwise, according to researchers at two German universities. A new study explains how someone armed with a thermal-imaging camera would have little trouble extracting your passcode from the heat signature left on your smartphone’s screen. It even works 30 seconds after you last touched it. How does this work? A guy enters a PIN to unlock his phone, then turns off the screen and puts it down […]

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The Growing Niche for Telecom Consultants

Why a Consultant? Facts, Myth Busters and the Cloud The convergence of IT and telecom has changed the landscape of telecommunications. In fact, the term “telephony” may be dying a slow death. Today, we’re primarily talking about “communications”… “IP communications.” Taken further, in the current environment, voice is just another application running on your network. This network convergence—voice and data—has opened a whole Pandora’s Box of services and solutions that enhance workforce collaboration and productivity.

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A guide to all those weird words your teen uses

I’m fairly hip, though my teenage daughter would beg to differ. Still, translating the latest “slanguage” in 2017 is no easy feat. Teens these days drop so many “lits,” “fams,” and “wokes,” that you never know if they’re giving you a compliment or secretly planning to set your house on fire. It’s partly the natural evolution of language and part byproduct of text messaging and social media.

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A “12 step” Program for small business security

If you’re a small to midsized business and you wing it when it comes to network management and security, then it’s not a question of if you will have a disaster, it’s merely a question of when. Why? Because malware, accidents and disasters are all waiting in the wings to pop out and make your life hell and cost you lots of money. Now I won’t lie to you, getting insulated from the bad stuff isn’t cheap, but if you think security and reliability is expensive, try fixing a disaster. Here are 12 steps that will, in the long run, make your business safer. Think you’ve got this covered? How many have you got in place?

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Major Cloudflare bug leaked sensitive data from customers’ websites

Have you heard? A tiny bug in Cloudflare’s code has led an unknown quantity of data—including passwords, personal information, messages, cookies, and more—to leak all over the internet. If you haven’t heard of the so-called Cloudbleed vulnerability, keep reading. This is a scary big deal. Let’s start with the good news. Cloudflare, one of the world’s largest internet security companies, acted fast when security researcher Tavis Ormandy of Google’s Project Zero identified the vulnerability. The bad news is that the Cloudflare-backed websites had been leaking data for months before Ormandy noticed the bug. Cloudflare says the earliest data leak dates back to September 2016. It’s so far unclear if blackhat hackers had already found the vulnerability and exploited it secretly before Cloudflare fixed its code. Cloudflare’s clients include huge companies like Uber, OKCupid, 1Password, and FitBit. That means an incalculable amount of sensitive […]

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Dell pioneers ocean plastics packaging

Dell is helping to keep the oceans free of plastic and has announced the technology industry’s first shipment of ocean plastics packaging, the result of an innovative, commercial-scale pilot program. Dell recycled plastics collected from waterways and beaches for use in the new packaging tray for its Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, building on its broader sustainable supply chain strategy. In 2017, Dell’s ocean plastics pilot will keep 16 000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean. Considering what a plastic bottle weighs, thats a lot of plastic.

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