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FTC Hits LifeLock With $100M Penalty
Identity

FTC Hits LifeLock With $100M Penalty

The Federal Trade Commission many times will allow first-time offending companies to get off relatively easily when they run afoul of consumer-protection laws, often settling with non-financial penalties. But that generosity does not extend to companies that later violate those settlements. LifeLock executives found that out the hard way on Thursday when […]

On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin
Authentication, Podcast

On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin

In the premiere episode of the On the Wire podcast, Dennis Fisher talks with Jessy Irwin of 1Password about the state of authentication on the Internet, why it’s so difficult to use passwords securely, whether passwords will ever go away completely, and the difficulty of educating users about security. Podcast […]

Welcome to On the Wire
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

Welcome to On the Wire

The Internet is useful for a lot of things—watching videos of dogs dancing to Toto, ordering drone-delivered ice cream—but it has become less-than-useful at the task that it was originally designed for: organizing information and connecting people to that information. The sheer volume of data, opinions, and speculation available on […]

Your Voice Is Not Your Own
Authentication, Identity

Your Voice Is Not Your Own

The security industry has been trying to replace usernames and passwords since, well, forever, and with little success. The rush to employ biometrics has produced plenty of options, some of which can be defeated by Gummy bears, and no clear winner. Voice recognition recently has emerged as one of the […]

The Silent Tracking Beacon in Your TV Ads
Privacy

The Silent Tracking Beacon in Your TV Ads

It turns out that the weird guy in your office who keeps telling you that his TV is spying on him isn’t totally insane. Well, he might still be insane, but his TV also might be spying on him. An Indian company called SilverPush has developed a technology that allows […]