How To Protect Your Car From Hackers

The FBI issued a PSA this week warning us of how hackers can take control of our cars. Its time for a software upgrade.

This week the FBI warned that consumers and manufacturers should remain vigilant to computer attacks targeted at automobiles. In a joint press release with the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the FBI cautioned that motor vehicles are increasingly vulnerable to remote exploits, allowing hackers to sever the brakes and control the steering. As unsuccessful as we’ve been in the ongoing struggle with malicious hackers over control of our mobile phones and bank accounts, I can only imagine where this will lead. 

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Why We May End Up No Longer Carrying Cash

Researchers at the University College of London have proposed the development of a centralized digital currency. It's unlike Bitcoin, but has all its benefits.

England’s central bank has inspired the development a cryptocurrency. Dubbed RSCoin, it will operate on blockchain technology similar to the digital ecosystem that powers the much-maligned digital currency Bitcoin. Originally motivated by the Bank of England’s digital currency agenda, the University College of London announced the creation of the new cryptocurrency at the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS) in San Diego. If RSCoin moves forward, the implications of a central-bank-controlled digital currency may usher in a new era of innovation and creativity in the financial services sector. It may also mean that we no longer carry wallets.

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How Much Personal Data Do You Give Your ISP?

The Chairman of the FCC is proposing significant new rules that allow consumers to better protect their data from ISPs.

This week Tom Wheeler, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), proposed rules that would require Internet service providers (ISP) to obtain the consent of their customers before the broadband provider can use or share user data. Similar to how the phone company is limited in how it can use information about your telephone usage, Wheeler argues that ISPs should be required to do the same, or at least seek the permission of their customers before using their data.

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What The Apps On Your Phone Say About You

Researchers have discovered that the apps you have installed on your phone can predict your age, income, gender, and marital status. 

How many apps do you have on your phone? A couple dozen? More? Ever wonder if simply having an app installed on your phone can help identify who you are? In a study released late last month, researchers discovered that they can use the type of apps you’ve installed to determine your age, gender, marital status, and income.

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