Self-erasing chips could thwart counterfeit tech

A new self-erasing chip could help stop counterfeit electronics. It can store a secret message or authentication code for days before it disappears.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electronics materials-science security science-and-technology

What the US needs to do to secure election 2020

Paper ballots and updated voter machine standards are among the best ways to protect democracy and the security of the election, experts say.

George Vlahakis-Indiana • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: united-states security society-and-culture elections voting

People think they’re too smart to fall for phishing scams

People tend to think other people are more vulnerable to phishing scams online. But that actually makes you less safe, researchers say.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: internet privacy security society-and-culture crimes

Algorithm could sniff out smuggled nuclear material

A new algorithm could speed up detection of weapons-grade nuclear material at national borders to protect against nuclear terrorism, researchers report.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
May 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: security radiation nuclear-weapons algorithms science-and-technology terrorism

Those Facebook ‘challenges’ can expose you to hackers

Sharing photos and information as part of a game or challenge can threaten your social media security, an expert warns.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence internet privacy security hackers featured society-and-culture

Why we adopt and then ditch online security tips

Ever given up on a online security measure like using a VPN? Researchers have figured out why we abandon steps to protect ourselves.

Laurel Thomas-Michigan • futurity
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: internet privacy security society-and-culture

‘Surfing attacks’ could let hackers read your texts

Surfing attacks use ultrasonic waves to control your phone from afar. They could let hackers make calls or read texts, all without you knowing.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: privacy security hackers mobile-devices featured science-and-technology voice-technology ultrasound

App tells you who’s collecting your data and why

A new app called IoT Assistant can tell you when your data's being collected in public places. Try it out on your own phone.

Daniel Tkacik-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: internet-of-things privacy security featured science-and-technology laws

Knowing the motive is key to stopping hackers

Hackers have a range of motives for the cyberattacks they pull off. Understanding more about those motives could help stop web defacements.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: internet privacy security hackers science-and-technology crimes

Edible security tags on pills could fight fake drugs

Putting edible tags made of proteins on pills could help fight back against counterfeit drugs, which claim thousands of lives each year.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: security proteins featured health-and-medicine medications led crimes

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