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D-Link’s Attention to the KRACK Vulnerability Gives Me Pause

omna webcam in my handOne of our goals in Home Automation has been to buy HomeKit-compatible devices whenever possible for security reasons. I’ve even created an elaborate network setup to isolate non-HomeKit (and Windows) devices from the rest of my gear.

Last year we bought the first HomeKit-compatible webcam, the Omna 180 Cam HD from D-Link. At $150 it wasn’t cheap but buying from a reputable company like D-Link who clearly have been in the business of network gear for ages gave us peace of mind.

The camera hasn’t been a huge success for us for a few reasons. The video isn’t as sharp as we’d expected. It was supposed to be 1080p but it’s pretty fuzzy. It doesn’t store information anywhere but on its own SD card, which might be a plus for some people but for us it limits the usefulness. It gets pretty hot which concerns us, and it is simply offline sometimes and we have to unplug it and plug it in to get it running again.

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CES 2018: L’Oréal UV Sense

Allison interviews Dr. Guive Balooch from L’Oréal about their UV Sense sun safety technology. Dr. Balooch described two new wearable products at CES: a special edition version of My UV Patch and a brand new sensor called UV Sense. My UV Patch is a stretchable skin sensor designed to monitor UV exposure. UV Sense is a thin, 9-mm-diameter electronic sensor designed to be worn on the thumbnail. The sensor transmits UV exposure data to a mobile device using near-field technology and an app. Both products provide an indication of UV radiation the consumer receives over long periods to a mobile app without the use of a battery. Studies have shown the data these wearables encourage positive sun safety behaviors by users. The setting is CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Learn more at https://www.laroche-posay.us/wearable-tech.html

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Security Bits – Password Trackers, IOHIDeous, Meltdown & Spectre

Security Bits – 5 Jan 2018

Security Medium 1 — Password Managers as Trackers

Security researchers have found that less-reputable tracking firms have deployed JavaScript which uses invisible forms to trick password managers into entering information which can then be used as a kind of super-cookie that users cannot delete, and hence, track them around the web.

This problem affects all features that auto-fill usernames and passwords, whether or not they are native to the browser, or, provided by third-party plugins, so this affects everyone who saves passwords in their browser in any way.

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