Category Archives: Wireless Networking

Smart Phone Security

On April 17, 2016, the CBS show 60 Minutes presented a segment by Sharyn Alforsi on how hackable smart phones are. It’s a pretty alarming report and I’d highly recommend that you watch it first before you continue to read this post. The purpose of this post is my attempt to put this report into …

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Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10

Now that Windows 10 is available for upgrade, there is a new feature that you should know about prior to upgrading your system to Windows 10. The new feature is called Wi-Fi Sense. Wi-Fi Sense allows you to share your Wi-Fi network credentials with friends and family without explicitly giving them the credentials. When enabled, Wi-Fi Sense copies …

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Cleaning out the cobwebs …

When I find topics to discuss on this blog, I typically send myself an email with links for background.  If I haven’t blogged in a while, these emails languish and start to coalesce into a lonely bunch of ticklers.  So, with that in mind, it’s time to clean out the digital cobwebs:

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Virtual Private Networks – It’s not just for the enterprise any more

When I was gainfully employed, like most folks who depend upon technology in the workplace, I used a company supplied virtual private network (VPN) to remotely access the corporate network. Though the primary purpose was to securely access services within the corporate Intranet like email, it also provided a secure link between my computer and …

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Cyber security at the Sochi Games …

With all the controversy about the Sochi Olympics, especially the concerns about terrorist threats, a new threat has emerged that is probably more menacing than potential violence.  That threat is the cyber-hacking against the visitors and competitors at the games. Richard Engel from NBC News reported on getting both his smart phone and computers hacked …

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The middle child of the technology family: Bluetooth

I just purchased a new Bose Wave radio with a Bluetooth attachment and I’m really impressed.  I’m a heavy listener to SiriusXM  both in my car and over the Net.   I’ve been tempted to acquire a satellite radio for the house.  However, it’s complicated and expensive on a yearly basis, so I’ve been reluctant. …

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White Hat Security Research

In August, there are a couple very influential conferences in the area of computer security.  The first is the Black Hat Cybersecurity Conference in  Las Vegas, with the other the USENIX Security Symposium in Washington, DC.   These conferences serve and attract a wide variety of experts in cyber security defense, as well as various white …

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A smarter thermostat: Nest

For most folks, the lowly thermostat is a a bit of anachronism.  You set it to “heat” or (if you’re lucky) “cool”, then set the temperature.  If you have a programmable thermostat, you might be programming the temperature by time of day (cooler when sleeping or away, warmer when home). However, there are some options …

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Using your electrical wiring for networking

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I needed to do some investigation into using your home’s electrical wiring for an easy high-throughput networking solution.  So, I did a little research on the topic.  I’ve not had the chance to actually experiment with this technology, nor have I thoroughly investigated it.  However, with that disclaimer out …

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As I suspected …

As I suspected when I started this little project, more and more people are being thrown into the role of their family help desk and are looking for answers to their questions and concerns.  Salon.com’s David Sirota just published an interesting article on this very topic called Surviving the Networked Home.  It’s an interesting read …

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