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Tag Archives: Security

The Lowdown on Virtual Security and Keeping Safe On the Interwebs

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These days, hearing about people who had their accounts hacked or their personal information stolen is becoming a more common occurrence. Malware is on the rise, and hackers out there are taking advantage of users who are careless when it comes to online security. This is partly why many people resisted the concept of the cloud when it first came to be. Ironically, many of those people are probably already using the cloud, even though they don’t realize it.

Lots of online services, from email storage and notes, apps, file storage and archiving, are already cloud-based. With so many options, there will come a time when you’ll forget where you stored a specific file or message. You could search all of your apps and accounts manually–which is infinitely harder when you’re on your mobile–or you could just fire up CloudMagic, a cloud-searching app which we covered earlier.

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Sphyke Bike Wheel Lock

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It’s a sad reality of life that you have to take precautions to protect your belongings when cycling in an urban environment. Well… any environment, really. But while you can secure your two-wheeled vehicle with a good lock, the detachable wheels are sadly still somewhat vulnerable. That’s of course unless you protect them with Sphyke. It’s a simple combination lock that still allows you to remove the wheel when the need arises, but makes it quite a bit harder for a thief to run off with it. It’s $33.

The company also makes locks for the seat and seat pole, as well as the stem. It’s a while system designed to keep your bike secure.

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Doorbell Lets You See Who’s At The Door, Even If You’re Not Home

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The iDoorCam wants to let you see who is seeking entry into your abode, even if you yourself aren’t on the premises. The rugged, waterproof doorbell features a camera, a mic, speakers and of course, a WiFi module. With that gear, it simply gets online and allows you to access the system via smartphone, wherever you are. When someone rings the bell, you get a notification on your phone and you can have a two-way conversation with the person, as well as enjoy the ability to see them.

It doesn’t look like it has the ability to actually unlock your door from a distance, so it wouldn’t work if, say, the kids forgot their keys and you want to let them in. That could be something cool to add in future versions, but for now, $165 will get you yours, with an October delivery. The company will start accepting pre-orders soon. Oh, and it looks like it’s iOS only.

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Anti-Theft Backpack Could Keep Your Valuables Safe

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If you ask around in your circle of friends, you’re pretty likely to find at least one person who’s had stuff stolen right out of their backpack, either while traveling or even just while taking public transport. Pickpockets are of course more common in some countries than in the States, but that doesn’t mean that buying the Anti-Theft Backpack is only a good idea if you’re planning on backpacking it through Europe. It features a main zipper that is pressed up against your back, making it harder for someone to sneakily open it without you noticing. And there are quick-access pockets covered with noisy velcro which become an audible alarm when unauthorized access is being sought. Finally, there’s a Zip Pouch located on the shoulder strap for quick phone access.

The backpack is currently sitting in the Upcoming portion of Quirky, a website where designers submit ideas and where only certain products end up being made by the company. Depending on support, the Defender (the current proposed name) may or may not see the light of day at a proposed price of $24. If this seems to be for you, head on over to the link below and show your support.

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Volvo Sets Out to Build Crash-Free Cars by 2020

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Tens of thousands of people die each year due to car accidents. Often times, people are to blame, but that’s not stopping Volvo from wanting to develop crash-free cars by the year 2020. Volvo isn’t the only carmaker that’s hard at work building safety systems that will provide the driver with additional tools to avoid vehicular accidents.

These systems include: pedestrian detection in the dark, animal detection, road edge and barrier detection, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, self parking, and adaptive cruise control with steer assist.

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Visor Glasses Prevent Facial Detection to Protect Your Privacy

If you value your privacy, then you’re probably wary about surveillance or security systems that use facial recognition programs or snap pictures of passersby. They’re widely used these days, and you might’ve already resorted to wearing sunglasses to protect your privacy. However, sunglasses alone won’t be enough to prevent detection on facial recognition systems.

For that, you’d probably need something like these privacy visors that were developed by Japan’s National Institute of Informatics.

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Onion Pi Could Help You Remain Anonymous On The Internet

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Worried about all the NSA spying? You’re a law abiding citizen but are incensed that your browsing habits are being recorded and analyzed, in possible violation of your constitutional rights? There are ways to make that tracking more difficult (though, fair warning, possibly not impossible) with the DIY project pictured above. It’s called the Onion Pi, uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and access to TOR to give you access to potentially anonymous surfing.

Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. This is fun weekend project that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create a small, low-power and portable privacy Pi. Using it is easy-as-pie. First, plug the Ethernet cable into any Internet provider in your home, work, hotel or conference/event. Next, power up the Pi with the micro USB cable to your laptop or to the wall adapter. The Pi will boot up and create a new secure wireless access point called Onion Pi. Connecting to that access point will automatically route any web browsing from your computer through the anonymizing Tor network.

The link below brings you to a page that sells a pack with all the parts you need for the project. It’s $95, and a portion of the proceeds go to the Tor foundation. But yeah, you still have to put it together yourself.

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Unlock Your Doors With a Touch or a Virtual Key With UniKey

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People lock themselves out of their houses more often than you think. Being locked out of your very own home sucks and it’s a huge waste of time. There’s the matter of calling your roommate and asking him to bring the spare key; calling the super to let you in; or worse, climbing in through a window and having your neighbors sic the police on you because they thought you were a burglar.

With all this in mind, maybe it’s time we used something else to secure our homes. Of course, we’d still need a physical lock. But as far as keys go, Kwikset is setting out to change things up on this end with the UniKey.

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Interlock Bike Lock Actually Works, Is A Great Idea

Anyone that cycles will tell you: carrying a lock everywhere is essential, but cumbersome. The Interlock system aims to solve that problem by stuffing a long cable and lock within a specially designed seat post. Once you need to secure your bike, simply pull it out of the post and wrap it around the bike frame and an external object (like a bike rack). You can attach the cable in several different manners, some of which make it impossible to steal your post, or rear wheel. You can even combine the Interlock cable with a regular U-lock to render your ride extra secure. Any bike can be retrofitted with this system in a manner of minutes; you simply have to replace your old seat post with this one. The cable is pretty long, although we have no details on the strength of the materials. Sure, this won’t work for those that are extra paranoid about theft, or competitive cyclists who think that a carbon fiber post actually makes a difference. But for the casual to moderate cyclist looking for a convenient way to secure their bike, this is pretty decent. It’s $39 on pre-order at Kickstarter, and the project is halfway to being funded.

Hit the jump for a video of it in action, as well as a few more pictures and links.

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