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faryl
faryl
3/31/2016 8:57:16 PM
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Re: Where and how the info gets handled
I first finally started using the fingerprint option on my iPhone a few months ago. Not sure why it took me so long to warn up to the idea, but now I'm hooked. :)

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dlr5288
dlr5288
3/30/2016 4:49:15 PM
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Re: Privacy Issues As Well
Very good points!

Yeah it's all a little scary. No one takes the time to read the user agrreements anymore and for all they know they could be signing over their life. I, myself, am guilty of doing this. I know even with the iphones there's a certain setting with the new update, a few months ago, and your iphone can always tell where you are at. I turned mine off as soon as I realized this. It's so scary anyone can know where you are and it's a huge invasion of privacy.

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vnewman
vnewman
3/28/2016 6:06:17 PM
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Re: Where and how the info gets handled
I don't think people have yet embraced the fingerprint option universally.  The biometrics are too simple right now.  Witness the Chinese hacker who made a mold of a fingertip using Play Doh to gain entry to the user's phone or the German hacker who managed to take a high resolution picture of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen's finger, and reverse engineer that to unlock her phone.

Now, these methods aren't really viable to hack phones on a mass scale, but it is a hack nonetheless, which of course gives some of us pause.

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faryl
faryl
3/28/2016 5:44:06 PM
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Re: Privacy Issues As Well
You'll get no argument from me there. I'm of the mindset that "Big Brother" is already watching - which I think more people are starting to understand. Where I think people are still a bit naive is that "just not doing anything illegal" is equivalent to "will be never be accused of a crime" or "will be found innocent"... the same data set can be used to paint different pictures, and as more novel data becomes available, the less likely juries are to question the picture that's presented. As a supporter of the Courage Foundation and the Innocence Project (and someone addicted to Dateline and true crime documentaries!), that's the type of potential side-effects I find worrisome.

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faryl
faryl
3/28/2016 5:33:07 PM
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Re: Where and how the info gets handled
Excellent point. I forgot about that option. Wells Fargo just implemented the fingerprint login option for their iPhone app. Makes me happy, because I found myself using my iPhone less as my passwords became stronger, since I can never remember them! As forgetful as I can be, I've yet to forget my hands at home - so it not only adds security, it adds convenience as well (one might say, it's quite handy!) (sorry - couldn't resist!) Hope you had a wonderful Easter as well!

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
3/26/2016 10:05:10 PM
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Re: Privacy Issues As Well
I would submit that this has already occurred with what came out as a result of what Snowden did.   Whether Government learnt lessons from it remains to be seen as we are witness to Apple vs. FBI fight--although reports I have reviewed note that apparently that is going to be mute to the Israeli Technology Co. that has the technology to fix this problem.

Fascinating Times on this Easter weekend 2016..as I again wish you all a fabulous Easter!!



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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
3/26/2016 10:03:10 PM
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Re: Where and how the info gets handled
That's why the idea of somehow making our online access not dependent of Passwords is the ultimate transformation.   Passwords, themselves, are becoming increasingly irrelevant though with two-step authentication and other strategies.   Although we have to remain vigilant.

Happy Easter!!!



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faryl
faryl
3/26/2016 9:45:07 PM
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Privacy Issues As Well
For me, another concern is privacy. Setting technical security risks aside, there's the potential for the government to exploit the information that's being collected under the guise of "national security", similar to their recent attempts to override encryption. People are also going to need to be more vigilant about understanding how information might be collected and used, and make sure to fully understand their user agreements with respect to whether or not their information may be shared or sold and with whom. I think this becomes a particular issue as IoT becomes more ubiquitous and integrated and companies like Facebook and Google find ways to provide or partner with services in this arena. People tend to overlook usage agreements for free services or existing accounts. It's creepy enough having Facebook ads related to sites you've visited or timeline information...the potential to know how often you do laundry, what times you're most active at home/using the most power, how often you hydrate, etc. opens up more invasive marketing techniques that people may not know/think to opt out of.

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faryl
faryl
3/26/2016 9:30:17 PM
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Re: Where and how the info gets handled
I agree. On top of that, as people find more data-collection uses for IoT, the amount and type of information potentially being stored creates additional personal security and privacy risks, if that data becomes accessible. All it takes is some start-up hardware or app vendor who doesn't think through all of their potential vulnerabilities to make people easy targets. The nature of the info could be especially useful in future social-engineering type hacks. People who use the same password for everything are going to find themselves particularly vulnerable (as they already are, but I think consequences could be more pervasive).

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
3/24/2016 10:29:31 AM
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Re: Where and how the info gets handled
As I reflected upon this morning, I could not help but be a bit "gratified" that somehow my view on Security was in the mainstream.    The idea that somehow one's house can be "hacked into" or one's car can be "hijacked" is a problem--it should not matter what platform one is in.

 

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