The Passcode to Hack Most Credit Card Readers

About 90 percent of checkout payment card readers, like those implicated in last year’s string of retailer data breaches, currently use the same password. Reason: The default setting hasn’t been changed – either by its manufacturer, middlemen vendors or retailer clients that purchase the devices. That’s the stunning conclusion after researchers from cybersecurity firm Trustware examined point-of-sale (POS) card readers at 120 retailers nationwide. “No one is changing the password when they set this up for the first time; everybody …

The Thing About the Internet of Things

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Often, the discussion revolves around issues associated with data privacy and cybersecurity. So what is the IoT and what’s all the fuss about? IoT refers to the ever-expanding array of devices that can communicate to external networks. While we all realize our computers and smartphones are connecting to the outside world, more and more devices such as fitness trackers, cameras, cars and thermostats are doing so as well. …

Once More Unto the Security Breach

For the third time this year, I opened an unmarked envelope to find a new credit card glued to the insert. Actually, it wasn’t a new card. Just a replacement for my current card, now unusable because of a security breach somewhere. I’ll be amazed if this card makes it to the end of the year. Sound familiar? Security Breaches on a Massive Scale Huge data breaches affecting millions of American consumers seem to be happening with regularity these days. …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The world’s first 3-D printed car took about 44 hours to assemble. (Learn more at Mashable) 2. Ditching your cellphone? It’s best to scramble all the data (including nude selfies) before erasing it. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Delta has installed smaller toilets on some of its flights to squeeze in more seats. (Learn more at AARP) >> 19 New Fall TV Shows for Grownups 4. A funeral home in Michigan offers a drive-thru …

¿Quieres saber cuántos años vivirás? Una nueva tecnologí­a podrí­a predecirlo

Imagina un dí­a en el que te tomes un selfie y una app de tu teléfono despliegue una serie de datos como tu edad y tus años de vida, pero no simplemente cuántos años tienes, sino cuántos podrí­as vivir. Parece que ya no estamos tan lejos de ese dí­a. Actualmente un grupo de cientí­ficos desarrolla una tecnologí­a con la capacidad de pronosticar cuánto tiempo vivirá una persona de acuerdo a cómo envejece su rostro, según informa el Washington Post. Es …

What Health Apps Tell Outsiders About You

Hundreds of health applications these days can track our weight, steps, caloric intake, blood pressure – and even our friends’ workouts at the gym. And those diagnosed with an ailment can go online to get answers to health questions or share their stories with others suffering from the same illness. Sure, this can be useful for consumers seeking to take control of their health. These new outlets, however, raise other questions: Who else is looking at our medical information? And …