The case of the missing laptop RAM

The case of the missing laptop RAM

One of the best tech support programs in the industry has been Dell's ProSupport program, which routinely answers within 10 seconds and offers excellent techs who truly try to help. It also offers a next-day onsite repair program...

Text authentication is even worse than almost anyone thought

Text authentication is even worse than almost anyone thought

For years, security experts have been sounding the alarm about texting numbers for authentication. Now, due to some excellent work from Vice, it's clear the text situation is far worse than we thought.

WhatsApp's new 'privacy' policy is a gift to other messaging apps

WhatsApp's new 'privacy' policy is a gift to other messaging apps

WhatsApp does not treat all interaction data the same. For now, user-to-user/customer-to-customer/consumer-to-consumer messaging is encrypted and considered private. But when a user communicates with a business, Facebook can do...

Apple tramples on security in the name of convenience

Apple tramples on security in the name of convenience

Apple's upcoming iOS 14.5 and WatchOS 7.4 OSes will allow masked enterprise employees to access their iPhone if they happen to be wearing an Apple Watch that is unlocked. If companies don't stop workers from using this convenience, it...

Have a pacemaker and an iPhone? Could be a deadly combination

Have a pacemaker and an iPhone? Could be a deadly combination

Apple itself has issued a warning that its newest iPhone could attack your heart — literally.

When cryptographers looked at iOS and Android security, they weren’t happy

When cryptographers looked at iOS and Android security, they weren’t happy

In recent years, the feds have stopped asking for a workaround to get past Apple security. Why? It turns out that iOS, along with Android, is simply not as secure as those companies suggested.

SMS: Texting numeric strings is the best holiday gift to cyberthieves

SMS: Texting numeric strings is the best holiday gift to cyberthieves

Multi-Factor Authentication has become so common a security tool that many users assume it must work well to protect data and communications. What it really does is provide false comfort.

Apple's iPhone slowdown ploy was ridiculous, even by Apple standards

Apple's iPhone slowdown ploy was ridiculous, even by Apple standards

Now that Apple has agreed to pay $113 million to settle with iPhone users whose smartphone clockspeed was artificially slowed to boost hardware sales, it's worth examining why the move was so colossally stupid.

Should IT buy the new iPhone 12 Pro? Almost certainly not

Should IT buy the new iPhone 12 Pro? Almost certainly not

When it comes to whether enterprise IT should seriously consider this purchase — for those operations where BYOD hasn't yet alleviated the need to buy phones ever again — it doesn't make sense for most.

Zoom's new encryption approach is incremental, but better

Zoom's new encryption approach is incremental, but better

Max Krohn, Zoom's head of security engineering, detailed what users need to give up to get the better encryption protection that's coming.

How IT can use COVID-19 mobile crowdsourcing data to safeguard workers

How IT can use COVID-19 mobile crowdsourcing data to safeguard workers

Mobile apps galore have used crowdsourcing techniques this year to fight COVID-19. Now, a new app wants to build on those efforts by identifying communities (often down to the Zip Code) that are being aggressive or lenient in...

Dual biometrics for banking: Double trouble or super-secure?

Dual biometrics for banking: Double trouble or super-secure?

Two European banks are looking to boost security by layering a pair of biometric authentication methods – facial recognition and palm recognition – atop one another. That could mean more security, or more headaches for users.

Apple Watch's planned handwashing reminder feature? I don't trust it

Apple Watch's planned handwashing reminder feature? I don't trust it

When Apple rolled out its planned changes for iOS 14 and its companion WatchOS 7, it included a variety of interesting tweaks. Two stood out as especially interesting: a COVID-friendly Watch handwashing app and an...

Is 7-Eleven's mobile app a way to minimize COVID exposure?

Is 7-Eleven's mobile app a way to minimize COVID exposure?

Efforts by people to avoid getting COVID-19 are already affecting mobile payments, particularly contactless NFC payments. Since shoppers now want to avoid going inside stores, even briefly, app payments that happen far away from a POS...

Mobile security forces difficult questions

Mobile security forces difficult questions

As governments consider COVID-19 contact tracing and its privacy implications, it's not a bad idea for companies to take the opportunity to look more closely at their mobile agreements with employees.

Mobile payments may soar, thanks to COVID-19

Mobile payments may soar, thanks to COVID-19

One of the most frequently asked questions these days is "When will things get back to normal?" And the fair and valid answers are generally "They won't. Good-bye handshakes" and "In stages, ending when a vaccine is approved and...

Telecommuting in a post-COVID U.S. will be radically different. And that's a very good thing.

Telecommuting in a post-COVID U.S. will be radically different. And that's a very good thing.

IT execs need to start talking with other C-levels now and figure out what they want their post-COVID company to look like.

Amid the pandemic, MFA's shortcomings are clearer than ever

Amid the pandemic, MFA's shortcomings are clearer than ever

The pandemic means there is no time for security niceties, such as properly processing RFPs for apps that were thoroughly vetted. That brings us to MFA and why it has to be radically re-envisioned.

Automated car happenings: Better lane tracking, but can you trust it?

Automated car happenings: Better lane tracking, but can you trust it?

Autonomous and semiautonomous vehicles are making serious progress, but they are going to run head on into a massive obstacle: human trust.

Will pay by palm be a thing? Should it be?

Will pay by palm be a thing? Should it be?

Amazon is experimenting with a way to allow shoppers to use a palm-print biometric to authenticate payments and to do so in physical stores far beyond Amazon-owned brick-and-mortars. Amazon is reportedly looking at QSRs (quick-service...

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