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PINoptic login system is 37 times more secure than a normal password

Posted in Security by Shane McGlaun on February 2nd, 2009

PINopticMost of us are aware of the security concerns of losing a notebook or a flash drive, but with the growth of smartphones, losing your phone could be just as bad if not worse. The typical smartphone today has all sorts of emails, contacts, and access to secure corporate networks tucked inside.

Some people use security with a 4-digit pin to log into their phone, but even a pin can be defeated easily enough just by watching someone log in. PINoptic is a new software product that installs on the smartphone and uses a series of images rather than numbers to login to the device.

Voice-Activated Biometric Safe is…safe

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on November 18th, 2008

Voice-Activated Biometric Safe is…safeWe sure got a ton of nerd rage regarding that Lego safe we posted last night. If you find the Lego safe to be not safe enough, maybe this safe is more up your alley. With the Voice-Activated Biometric Safe, you can be sure that your nerd-stuff (Like that valuable signed William Shatner album) stays safe and sound.

It will only open with a voice command! Once the proper sound waves of your voice are heard, the door will open automatically. If someone tries and fails, the alarm will sound. Of course, someone will just record your voice and can probably get in that way. It’s only $24.99 and takes three AA batteries.

Lego Safe is ultra secure

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2008

Legos SafeYou might think that a Lego safe would be easy to open. Maybe just remove a few bricks and you’re in. But that’s not the case with this thing, the cutting edge of Lego safe technology. The safe weighs 14 pounds and has a motion detecting alarm so it can’t be moved without creating a huge ruckus.

The lock takes five double digit codes to open it. That translates into over 305 billion different combinations. It even boasts an electronic status display showing the numbers as you turn the combination dials. When you enter the combination, the door electronically opens itself. It’s a great place to store all of your valuable geek stuff. Check out a video below.

Exploding bike lock keeps your ride safe

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on November 5th, 2008

Exploding bike lock keeps your ride safeBike theft is always going on, especially in big cities. And it really sucks to have your bike stolen and have to walk home. Chances are they can’t even catch the thief, because your bike is so similar to everyone else’s and he’s long gone. These problems are now solved thanks to the exploding bike lock. The exploding bike lock…explodes.

If a thief tries to cut it, bang! It goes off. It sprays permanent dye everywhere when it’s cut, so the thief is covered and thereby easily identified. Chances are he’ll leave the bike and he will also be identifiable. I personally think that it would be an added bonus if it smelled like, say, urine. Serves him right. It’s called Karma punk!

Ila Dusk Personal Alarm does the screaming for you

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on October 16th, 2008

Ila Dusk Personal Alarm does the screaming for youThe streets can be unsafe anywhere these days and you can’t take your safety for granted, especially if you are a woman. You can always have some mace or a taser handy, but as some added protection you may want to pack a loud alarm on your person to scare the bad guy off and alert those nearby that you are in trouble.

That’s where this device comes in handy. The Ila Personal Alarm is named after the Hindu goddess of voice and the device will omit a 130 decibel shriek that sounds like a female scream. At £19.50 it’s not a huge purchase and it’s a small price to pay for safety. It could save your life.

3M Mobile ID Reader makes security checks quicker

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2008

3M Mobile ID Reader makes security checks quickerThis new 3M Mobile ID Reader could soon be used at events or in situations that require tight security. The idea is that it would scan your identification quickly to prove that you are who you say you are. Then you can be on your way in no time. It works like a credit card scanner and it would be used to scan things like your Visa card or passport, cross checking that info with watch lists of those who are threats.

It runs on Windows Mobile 6 and features WiFi, GSM/GPRS EDGE and a fingerprint sensor. It also has 8GB of storage for keeping track of those that have been scanned. That way they can leave all of that data sitting around somewhere and screw us all. Let’s hope not.

Magic Message Mirror home security system

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on September 20th, 2008

Magic Message Mirror home security systemThe Magic Message Mirror is for those who want to combine their love of Disney with home security. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the safest one of all? You will be, of course. The portrait in the photo above is actually a home security device.

Just wire it into your existing home security system and it will appear to be an ordinary mirror until it’s triggered by someone walking in front of the beam. That’s when the scary apparition appear just like in the Snow White movie, yelling prerecorded phrases you’ve recorded. The mirror is actually a 30 inch LCD display with a CGI character known as “Basil of the Mirror”. I’m not sure it would scare a thief enough to leave and give up his life of crime. It would probably scare him for a few seconds until he realized what’s going on. Then they would likely steal the mirror, because it’s cool.

New Swann security camera uses encrypted wireless signals

Posted in Security by Nino Marchetti on August 11th, 2008

Swann ADW-300

Swann Communications is unveilng a new digital wireless security camera which transmits via an encrypted signal so no one can watch you running around the house naked. It is called the Swann ADW-300 and it will cost you around $200.

The Swann ADW-300 transmits its video signals via what Swann calls a “point to point” digital wireless feed from the camera to the receiver. Swann says this special technology doesn’t suffer interfence from other types of wireless signals and is encrypted for your protection.

D-Link elves, never sleeping, roll out another network security camera

Posted in Security by Nino Marchetti on July 24th, 2008

D-Link Fixed Dome Network Camera (DCS-6110)

I don’t think the people at D-Link sleep given the fact they put out so many products all the time. The latest to cross the tech news wires is the new D-Link Fixed Dome Network Camera (DCS-6110), priced at around $700.

The D-Link Fixed Dome Network Camera (DCS-6110) is designed for professional indoor surveillance and security applications, though you can probably mount a few of these bad boys around the home as well. It is an IP-based network camera equipped with PoE support so it can receive both power and data over a single Ethernet cable, allowing it to be placed in locations that aren’t near a power outlet.

D-Link releases new network security cameras

Posted in Security by Nino Marchetti on June 10th, 2008

D-Link DCS-900 seriesD-Link announced today two new pretty inexpensive network cameras for remote monitoring of various locations or creatures. These new models are the DCS-920 and DCS-910, priced at around $120 and $100, respectively.

The new DCS-920 and DCS-910 join D-Link’s line of SecuriCam digital security cameras. The DCS-920 is 802.11g enabled, allowing wireless installation as well as wired. The DCS-910 is a wired version only, requiring a nearby Ethernet port for use.

Wordlock: Keeping the world safe from illiteracy

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2008

Wordlock: Keeping the world safe from illiteracy
The Wordlock Combination Lock will keep your stuff safe from those who can’t spell. And we all know their numbers are growing. Sort of like a speak and spell for locks, without the speaking. More like a Secure & Spell. It’s basically the first combination lock that allows you to set your combination using words instead of numbers. It eliminates the need for remember numbers altogether. Cause numbers are hard compared to letters. I can’t help thinking that the inventor came up with the idea while watching Sesame street for some reason.

I’m no expert on numbers or letters and it’s been awhile since I had any fancy book learnin’, but I would imagine this is more easily cracked by a thief, as I think we visualize words easier then numbers. Unless that thief is illiterate. Still, pretty neat invention. And any thief worth the time he’ll do in the pen will have to try the naughty words first.

uControl security system with media streaming

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2008

uControl security system with media streaming
Here’s a decent alarm system with a slick interface. uControl is a fairly new company in the home security arena. They took a year developing and refining a platform called SMA (Security, Monitoring and Automation) and a TouchScreen control panel that both works as a fresh system install and can also integrate with your existing alarm. That means you are covered no matter what.

The company says that it will replace any control panel or alarm box in an existing system, bringing together all the existing functionality of equipment, sensors and wiring. In a new install, the 7-inch WVGA TouchScreen is a stand-alone wireless alarm system that communicates with wireless peripherals and sensors. It also offers remote control from any browser or cellphone, alerts via email or SMS, redundant connectivity (WiFi, ethernet and built-in GPRS cellular), cameras and compatibility with home automation setups.

Microsoft COFEE extracts criminal data from PCs

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2008

Microsoft COFEE security key extracts criminal data from PCsMicrosoft has revealed some interesting info. Since June 2007, multiple law enforcement agencies have been using a forensic device it has developed that can bypass security on a Windows-powered machine and extract data for use in criminal investigations.

It’s named COFEE, for Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor. The device is a USB thumb-drive armed with 150 “commands” that can do all sorts of things like decrypt passwords, display internet activity, and uncover all data stored on the computer. The most important aspect is that it can do all of this on-site, instead of having to remove the machine during a search or raid and send it to a lab.

Trace Me Luggage Tracker

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 29th, 2008

Trace Me Luggage Tracker
If you’ve ever lost your luggage, you’ll like this idea. Surprisingly, the tags don’t use GPS or any electronic tracking system. Instead they feature a unique barcode and serial number that gets registered on the Immobilise database with your contact info.

So, if your luggage does get lost, an agent can scan the barcode or punch in the serial number which will give them with your contact info. Then a text message is sent to your mobile phone letting you know that your bag has been located and what to do. Pretty good idea, which should help avoid some headaches. You won’t have to put your info on the bag itself. The tags cost about $24 each, which is a one-time fee.

Yoggie announces ExpressCard slot compatible hardware security solution

Posted in Security by Nino Marchetti on April 24th, 2008

Yoggie ExpressCard Gatekeeper Pro Card for notebook securityYoggie Security Systems is known for their hardware security on a stick type approaches. It is no wonder then the company is moving now in the direction of computer cards by unveiling the Gatekeeper Card Pro, a “security mini-computer inside a computer” for around $200.

The Yoggie Gatekeeper Card Pro slides into your ExpressCard slot and functions as a front-line security hardware solution for your laptop. Yoggie says this card is Linux-based and comes complete with its own processor. It acts in a simple plug and forget kind of manner, updating itself automatically every time you open an Internet connection.