Checklist to Avoid the Next Cayla Doll

The Cayla doll story is frightening. The unintended consequences of a clever child’s toy amount to an invasion of child privacy. I expect more such stories. Devices now in homes don’t just offer entertainment and convenience. They can also open doors to corporate and criminal intrusion. TV’s, refrigerators, along with our phones and laptops can […]

Cayla, A Living Doll from the Twilight Zone

Cayla, a computer driven talking doll, uses technology similar to that behind Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple’s Siri, and Google Home to construct a toy that simulates a living friend for a child. Unfortunately, some believe that Cayla may be the embodiment of the murderous Talky Tina of the fifty-year-old episode of The Twilight Zone, […]

Tax Refund Cyber Fraud

I’ve been thinking about tax refund fraud a lot this month. I was resolved that we would get our tax return in early this year so it would be harder for a scammer to rip off our refund, but not all the required documents have wandered in yet and so I sit and fret.

The […]

Relabel the Email Send Button “Make Public”

Email is not private. Ever.

We’ve heard a lot about email security during this election year and I am afraid people may have gotten some wrong impressions from the discussion. Most of the debate has been over the use of secure email servers. People may get the impression that using a secure email server makes […]