Sick of entering a PIN every time you turn on your phone? Want something a bit more futuristic to go with the vastly improved OS of your smartphone? The University of Manchester has the answer - facial recognition.
In order to keep your identity safe in the very likely situation of misplacing your phone, the University of Manchester has created a sophisticated facial recognition technology called the Active Appearance modeling technique that locks in and tracks twenty-two of your facial features, even when upside down. The facial recognition technology was created as a way to access social media sites securely through your smartphone, but no word yet as far as how quickly it works in action. Check out the video after the jump.
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Oddly enough, amidst all the tweaks, fixes, and refinements in Snow Leopard is an old version of the Adobe Flash Player. Specifically, the version of Flash Player that is included in Snow Leopard is 10.0.23.1. Problem is, the newer 10.0.32.18 includes fixes for a few security holes that, we assume, you’d prefer weren’t left on your system. If you’re running Snow Leopard and haven’t upgraded Flash yet, head on over to the Flash Player download page to take care of it.
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For those of you who want some added security to your flash drive should consider the Flash Drive Lock. Hopefully, an info-thief won’t be able to dial the 1,000 possible combinations before you catch him or her trying to steal from you.
This little extra piece of security will cost you about $9.80 and is available Read More | Red Ferret
Since we live in an age of personal security, it is important that the valuable information on our hard drives is locked down under lock and key. Fortunately, Freecom has released the Hard Drive Secure.
The Hard Drive Secure is a compact and portable external hard drive that can only be accessed with the use of an AES-encrypted RFID keycard. Passing the card through the reader gives the user access to their data in just seconds, while maintaining that extra level of security.
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Morro is finally available in beta, limited to users in the United States, Brazil, and Israel. The free security tool replaces Windows Live OneCare, which was a paid service. Available for 32- and 64-bit installations of Windows XP/Vista/7, it supplies you with protection against viruses, malware and others baddies on the Internet. Microsoft is hoping to target those who let their yearly software subscriptions expire, those who don’t buy it and users that never turned theirs on.
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Alarm.com has released a free app for iPhone for those who already have one of their systems. You still have full control over your system from anywhere you are and can arm/disarm if necessary. With included tools, receive real time updates on your home, watch live and recorded feeds and check event histories of past occurrences. Kudos to Alarm.com for coming up with a clever way to possibly drum up some new business.
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We know that security experts are fairly nervous of late and this video of Skyscraper Space Invaders seemed to really freak out McAffee. “Perhaps the first demo was just for fun, but the others will have less juvenile goals,” said McAfee Avert Labs researcher Francois Paget.
Yves Peitzner, director of Brainstormclub, the German company that produced the video, said that this was a promotional idea for a video game conference. They produced it even when the planners backed out. Two buildings in Munich were used and the game was added in post production.
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In an effort to combat credit card fraud, Visa is testing a new card. The Emue generates and displays a new code each time it is used. A PIN number is used to generate the code that is displayed on an alpha-numeric screen built into the card. There will also be an account number, magnetic strip and 3 digit security code. A three year battery is used in the device so that the card will expire before another is needed. A pilot study to test the new card should be completed by the end of the year.
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President Obama’s BlackBerry 8830 seems to be on the way. It is in the final stages of development with the NSA overlooking the encryption software SecureVoice. He will be able to use it around the White House and when he travels. Michelle and VP Biden will also get one. By the way, if you visit the White House, you will have to check your BlackBerry, iPhone, cell phone or other electronic device at the door.
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McAfee commissioned spam expert Richi Jennings to study its environmental impact. The results were that the energy used in transmitting and deleting is equal to the electricity used in 2.4 million homes. Furthermore, the GHG emissions were equivalent to 3.1 million automobiles. Last year, McColo was taken offline and the spam volume dropped 70%, with the energy savings equal to taking 2.2 million cars off the road that day. Sign up at McAfee if you would like to download the entire report, although we suggest you don’t print it to save a tree.
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