The Internet of Things has a child privacy problem

The Internet of Things has a child privacy problem

Copyright -The Washington Post/Worldcrunch- Karen Turner

“In sum: Alexa is kinda my new best friend,” writes Rebecca Hanover, an author and blogger on Mommyproof. As a mother of young children, it’s not hard to see why: Hanover details the joys of virtual assistant Amazon Echo, which functions as a kind of combined kitchen helper, child entertainer and DJ. “Is it weird that Alexa feels like my trusty little friend during that six pm witching hour, gently guiding me through dinnertime?” Continue reading

Scrum-Developers – the underrated heroes of digitalisation

Scrum-Developers – the underrated heroes of digitalisation

The popularity of Scrum has increased enormously through digitalisation. As an agile methodology Scrum enables teams to self-organize. This gives developers more power over the decision how to develop software. This lack of choice was one big drawback when using the waterfall model, where developers are only carry out tasks. At the same time, this leads to more pressure because developers have to finalise and release often. Continue reading

Hackers Now Use QR Codes To Ensnare Users

Hackers Now Use QR Codes To Ensnare Users

Copyright – Les Echos – Fabien Rech

Hackers have started sending fraudulent emails using QR code technology, masquerading as a national communications provider to get client usernames and passwords.

It is a first in the history of hacking. Vade Retro, a company that specializes in mailbox protection, recently announced it had detected the first use of fraudulent emails using QR codes — two-dimensional barcodes used to store digital information that can be deciphered by a smartphone. Continue reading

The Coming Security Storm Over The Digital Cloud

Copyright – Les Echos – Fabien Rech

Would you give your house keys to a complete stranger when you are on vacation? Probably not. Human instincts opt for a safer solution.

The question of security is the major constraint preventing more widespread adoption of cloud computing technology. A study by Crowd Research Partners revealed that nine out of 10 professionals worry about safety and security. Data breaches remain the biggest concern for businesses that deploy private cloud servers, software cloud servers (Software as a Service, SaaS), or infrastructure cloud products (Infrastructure as a Service, IaaS). Continue reading