New plastic could bring infrared security to your home

Lenses made of a special type of plastic could lower the cost of infrared imaging for use in home security, fire protection, and autonomous vehicles.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology imaging-technology infrared-light lenses plastics polymers security sensors

Laser pointers can hijack your virtual assistants

Virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant are vulnerable to hijacking via "Light Commands" with as little as a regular laser pointer.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology hackers light security sensors voice-technology

Imposters could pose as a relative using your DNA info

Malicious users could use a site called GEDmatch to get your genetic identity and use it to impersonate family.

Sarah McQuate-Washington | Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture dna families internet privacy security

Why companies should be open about cybersecurity

Companies that are more open about their cybersecurity risk management efforts fare better with investors than companies that keep things close to the vest.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture business investments money security

Privacy and security threats lurk in these everyday choices

"We provide online service, app, and content providers with detailed information about our whereabouts, our thoughts, our feelings, our moods, and our life patterns."

Boston University | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology society-and-culture crimes hackers internet mobile-devices privacy security social-media

‘Genetic hacking’ is a risk of online genealogy

Your search for long-lost cousins could open you up to "genetic hacking." And unlike credit card information, you can't just cancel your old genome and get a new one.

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Oct. 23, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine consumers genes genomes hackers privacy security

Stealthy tool detects malware in JavaScript

A new tool called VisibleV8 can protect you against malware in JavaScript programs on your favorite sites.

Matt Shipman-NC State | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology hackers internet malware security software

These factors influence which teens start hacking

How do teens get involved in cybercrime? New research identifies contributing factors, including gender.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State | Sept. 23, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture crimes gender hackers internet security teenagers

‘EarEcho’ uses your ear to unlock your phone

A new prototype technology called EarEcho identifies smartphone users by their ear canals to keep their devices secure.

Cory Nealon-Buffalo | Sept. 19, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology ears mobile-devices security sound

This site shows the security risks of your smart devices

Do you have a smart thermostat, voice assistant, or other internet-connected devices? A new website can tell you about their security risks.

John Toon-Georgia Tech | Sept. 5, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology consumers internet internet-of-things security

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