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Facial recognition: ten reasons you should be worried about the technology

Facial recognition technology is spreading fast. Already widespread in China, software that identifies people by comparing images of their faces against a database of records is now being adopted across much of the rest of the world. It’s common among police forces but has also been used at airports, railway stations and shopping centres. The rapid growth of this technology has triggered a much-ne...[Read More]

Stolen fingerprints could spell the end of biometric security – here’s how to save it

The unique nature of biometrics is also its flaw. Biometric data might provide a way to identify people with a high degree of accuracy but once it is stolen there is nothing you can do to make it secure again. Of course, if your fingerprint is stolen you could always use another finger, but you could only do this 10 times.

Silicon Valley wants to read your mind – here’s why you should be worried

Silicon Valley companies (and governments) already surreptitiously gather as much data on us as they can and use it in ways we’d rather they didn’t. How sure can we be that our random and personal thoughts won’t be captured and studied alongside the instructions we want to give the technology?

5 ways to protect yourself from cybercrime

Cybercrime is not just a concern for corporate technology departments. Schools, scout troops, Rotary clubs and religious organizations need to know what to look for and how to handle it.

People who spread deepfakes think their lies reveal a deeper truth

While photographic fakes have been around since the dawn of photography, the more recent use of deep learning artificial intelligence techniques (the “deep” in deepfakes) is leading to the creation of increasingly credible computer simulations.

Are Silicon Valley companies chaos factories? Tim Cook thinks so

Apple CEO Tim Cook threw some shade at Silicon Valley tech companies at in his Stanford commencement speech last week.

Your internet data is rotting

The internet currently accesses about 15 zettabytes of data, and is growing at a rate of 70 terabytes per second. It is an admittedly leaky vessel, and content is constantly going offline to wind up lost forever.

Revolt on the horizon? How young people really feel about digital technology

As digital technologies facilitate the growth of both new and incumbent organisations, we have started to see the darker sides of the digital economy unravel. In recent years, many unethical business practices have been exposed, including the capture and use of consumers’ data, anticompetitive activities and covert social experiments. But what do young people who grew up with the internet think ab...[Read More]

South Africans don’t trust companies to protect their data privacy

A survey found that consumers’ were very concerned about the protection of their data. As much as 64% of the participants know someone personally whose personal data has been misused. Unwanted marketing was common, suggesting that contact information which was meant to be kept private, had been shared with others.

How to break our bad online security habits – with a flashing cyber nudge

Research has shown that when computers were fitted with proximity sensors (which facilitate online security by automatically logging users out when they move away from the machine) users began placing cups over the sensors to disable them.

WhatsApp can be exploited and infected by a single missed call – no answer needed

WhatsApp may be expiring for some users, but those folks without worries on that front still have something to worry about. Certain versions of the app are vulnerable to an exploit that installs spyware, developed by Israeli outfit NSO Group according to reports. And the nasty part is the penetration method -- WhatsApp can be infected with nothing more than a missed call. 

WhatsApp may block in-app screenshots in a future update

WhatsApp is reportedly testing a feature that’ll block users from taking screen shots in-app to increase security for users and stop people sharing private conversations.

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