Showing posts with label Privacy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Privacy. Show all posts

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Cybersecurity expert warns about the dangers of working from home


Cybersecurity expert warns about the dangers of working from home
 | #TpromoCom | Nuclear war would require billions of dollars and years of development. But someone in a basement can pull off a devastating cyberattack that takes down the critical infrastructure for practically nothing (wrcbtv
). https://bit.ly/3a8LKQN

On computer monitors at cybersecurity companies around the country, animated world maps show live cyber-attacks happening around the world. The attacks targeting the United States are often directed at health care systems, government offices, and regular people who are working on their computers. The attacks are often administered through email attachments and links, and websites that contain links to malware. It's easy to look at those animated maps and realize we are at war.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Letters to the Editor: Video surveillance registry

Letters to the Editor: Video surveillance registry | #TpromoCom #Police #VideoSurveillance | The issue of police access to home and business video surveillance systems is one contested by many and approved by even more of local populations. http://bit.ly/2M0wInb

Editor's Note: To read the letter to the editor on this issue, scroll down the page a bit, it's the second  letter covered by The Sun. --Al Colombo
"Recently, the City Council approved a motion for the city manager to investigate creating a registry of residents, business owners and others who have video surveillance systems.

"After surveillance camera owners raise their hands to be included in a registry, they could be compelled by the courts through subpoenas to turn over their video data. Doing so will not be voluntary.

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More and more we're seeing police departments across the nation requesting access to home and business video surveillance systems that have an Internet connections. The manufacturer of the ever growingly popular doorbell camera, Ring, has, in fact, given local police access to their IP addresses so dispatch can quickly look in on events as they unfold. 

There was a day when I was animatedly against access to public cameras by law enforcement. Some of our readers will remember when I mentioned a case in Boston where a young nurse, the mother of two young children, was murdered and the police had absolutely no clues... until another day when an investigator revisited the crime scene. 

Looking up, he suddenly realized there was a camera looking down on the spot where the mother  had been murdered. He was able to obtain the video pertinent to the crime, which ultimately led to the conviction of the rightful party.  

After being told about this situation by the CEO of a video camera manufacturer in the late 90's, early 2000's, I've changed my mind--police should have access to video, when it's associated with a criminal event. However, I still maintain my position on personal and societal privacy in that no one outside your home or business should have real-time access to your video surveillance system. 

There's been talk out and about regarding making such a connection mandatory by municipalities, especially where it involves high-rise and large facilities. What's your opinion on all of this? 

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Should law enforcement have ready, real-time access to home or business video surveillance systems?  

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Amazon faces a privacy backlash for its Sidewalk feature, which turns Alexa devices into neighborhood WiFi networks that owners have to opt out of

Amazon faces a privacy backlash for its Sidewalk feature, which turns Alexa devices into neighborhood WiFi networks that owners have to opt out of | #TpromoCom #Amazon #Alexa #Privacy | Amazon customers are being automatically opted in to Sidewalk, a feature set to launch later this year that the company says will connect Alexa devices to nearby WiFi networks, even those owned by someone else (Kevin Shalvey)

Sidewalk uses Alexa devices, including Echo and Ring video doorbells, to create a "shared network" meant to help "devices work better," Amazon said in an email to device owners. It allows nearby devices to use a portion of a neighbor's WiFi bandwidth so devices can have more range. 

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