Archive for Security

Phone-Shaped Stun Gun in Disguise

Posted in Security by Reuben Drake on September 15th, 2007

The Immobilizer stun gun is shaped like a cell phoneThis gadget may look like a modern-day cell phone but it’s actually not a phone at all. In fact, if you hear something ringing you’ll want to make a point NOT to try to answer this one.

This mobile-phone impostor is actually a 900,000 volt stun gun, which is one of the highest voltage stun guns available according to the company. The Immobilizer Cell Phone Stun Gun measures only 4 inches tall and provides protection from would-be bad guys who will really never know what hit them.

The Immobilizer has a couple working buttons on the face where you would usually find the Send Call and End Call buttons. One is for a built-in 12 LED flashlight and the other is a whopping jot of stun. Due to this you’ll want to be sure of which button you want when …

Fujitsu Launches Palm Reading Security Mouse

Posted in Biometrics,Fujitsu,Mouse,Security by Reuben Drake on September 11th, 2007

Fujitsu PalmSecure PC Login kit uses vein biometric authentication to secure a PCFujitsu today unveiled a new product in PC security that uses “palm vein biometric authentication” to secure access to computers called the PalmSecure PC Login Kit. The kit comes in two versions, one as a standard which incorporates the palm vein scanner and the other that doubles as a standard computer mouse with the vein reader built in.

The palm vein device from Fujitsu uses a newer type of authentication which uses near-infrared rays to identify the unique patterns of veins in a persons hand. The system promises to provide secure authentication since no two persons vein patterns are exactly alike, and is touchless providing a more hygenic biometric authentication than touching a fingerprint scanner. Also, since the technology looks for deoxidized hemoglobin in the veins to reflect the pattern a hand with no blood pumping …

New NEC laptops issue you a Face Pass

Posted in NEC,Notebooks,Security by Chetz on September 4th, 2007

NEC laptop has face pass recognition securityImproved security for your computer is all the rage these days and NEC is out to impress you (and attain your patronage) by going the facial recognition route. The company has just announced plans to bring out two new laptop lines for the Japanese market that integrate NEC’s “Face Pass” technology to keep strangers out of your files.

The LaVie C and LaVie L series use the laptop’s 2.0 megapixel camera and its NeoFace software to recognize your mug when you try and log on to the machine. NeoFace can ascertain the physical differences between your face and someone else’s by measuring the distance from your eyes to specific features on your face.

BioCert finger scanner an all-American

Posted in Scanners,Security by Nino Marchetti on September 4th, 2007

BioCert PCLokR Pro 1610Artemis Solutions Group, through its BioCert division of of fingerprint security devices, is making available a new fingerprint reader for small business and home computer users. The BioCert PCLokR Pro 1610 is priced at around $40 and available now.

The BioCert PCLokR Pro 1610 incorporates a new slide fingerprint sensor which BioCert says is very accurate. It’s a small fingerprint reader which supports up to 25 users desiring to login into a particular PC. A slightly more expensive bundle version comes with PC security software.

Lazer Trip Wire

Posted in Security,Spy Gear by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2007

Lazer Trip Wire to protect your areaWith these Lazer Trip Wires you can set up an invisible perimeter to alert your of any unwanted invasions of your “space”. The devices don’t actually use real laser beams (hence the spelling ‘lazer’), but use infrared beams to create an invisible trip wire that sets off an alarm when anyone crosses it.

The kit comes with three devices, one main and two secondary units that each send and detect a beam. You can set up two that point at each other or all three or more to create a perimeter. Each has an adjustment to compensate for the ambient light and once armed a voice indicates “System Armed”. When any of the infrared beams are broken an audible alarm is triggered alerting you of the security breach.

The Lazer Trip Wire kit also comes with a misting bottle that you can use …

YouTube AntiPiracy Tool By September

Posted in Google,News,Security,YouTube by Reuben Drake on July 28th, 2007

Google to have Youtube antipiracy tool for videos out by SeptemberGoogle may have an antipiracy tool for the YouTube video sharing site as soon as September according to a statement Friday by an attorney for Google. During a hearing in the copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Viacom against Google last March a Google attorney stated that they are currently working on some type of video recognition technology.

The new technology should be able to create a unique identification on each video, similar to the uniqueness of a fingerprint, that owners of the videos can place on their media. In the event that anyone would upload a copyrighted video on to YouTube the site would be able to automatically recognize and remove it within minutes of its upload. According to the attorney’s statement to the judge Google hopes to have this technology in place this fall and could …

Lock Stop Secures Your Bottle

Posted in Security by Darrin Olson on July 15th, 2007

Lock Stop locks up bottlesIf you have some booze that you’d like to keep from others in your home and you don’t have the luxury of a lockable liquor cabinet, you might want to consider one or more of these Lock Stop gadgets to keep it safe.

Using a three-number combination you can set the cork-like lock and twist it down into your bottle. The design of the lock keeps it from being removed (sans breaking the bottle) until you enter the combination again. Heck, I could have used this numerous times just to keep my friends from drinking my beer while I’m in the bathroom. Maybe a rule of thumb would be to use it for bottles that cost more than the lock since the Lock Stop runs about $30 from the Gadget Hub.

via NerdApproved

SmartScan protects home unless finger hacked off

Posted in Home,Security by Nino Marchetti on July 9th, 2007

Kwikset SmartScanIf you like biometric USB drives and the like for the ultimate in individualized security you’ll be interested to know this technology is also available for the doors of your home. Kwikset is making available for purchase shortly a biometric-based door lock solution known as SmartScan.

SmartScan works by scanning the sub-dermal part of your finger to unlock its deadbolt. Assuming no one hacks off your finger (in which case you have bigger problems) you should be able to enjoy keyless entry each time you come home. In case your finger is hacked off though there’s also back up key usage to gain entry.

Irikon Thumb Drive Scans Iris for Security

Posted in Flash Memory,Security,USB by Darrin Olson on July 3rd, 2007

Irikon flash memory USB drive uses iris scan for securityIf a finger print scanner isn’t quite enough for you to feel comfortable with keeping your data on a portable USB flash drive you will want to take a look at the Irikon Flash memory device from Rehoboth Technology.

This thumb drive has biometric security similar to many flash drives that use finger print scanners except that this one requires a scan of your eye, or your iris to be exact, to authenticate your access of the drive. It can remember up to 20 different irises and is USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible. Not a whole lot of detail is given about how the iris scanning part works other than you need to look into the iris camera from no further away than 6 cm.

The Irikon has an on-board rechargeable battery that charges up when it’s connected. …

Lock Alarm Screams at 100 Decibels

Posted in Security by Reuben Drake on June 16th, 2007

Lock Alarm sounds at 100 decibals to thwart thievesThis Lock Alarm from Skymall comes with a 24 inch cable and will alarm with a shrill of 100 decibels if tampered with. Use the cable and combination lock to secure your bike, laptop or briefcase and if the lock is tampered with or the cable is cut and a sound equivalent to the loudness of a jackhammer will bring some attention.

The Lock Alarm also has a motion sensor that can be set to go off with any movement. A short time delay lets you open the lock with the combination before the alarm sounds, but if you get it wrong a couple times get ready to cover your ears. It runs on batteries (which can only be removed when unlocked) and it retails for just under $25. While the cable is nice on this one, we’re …

SanDisk Cruzer Professional & Enterprise

Posted in Flash Memory,SanDisk,Security,USB by Nino Marchetti on June 4th, 2007

SanDisk Cruzer Profession and Enterprise USB Flash memory drives offere security with storageSanDisk today is offering business computer users some serious new security USB flash drives for protecting valuable data. These drives are the Cruzer Professional ($55 to $145) and the Cruzer Enterprise ($75 to $185).

The SanDisk Cruzer Professional, available in storage sizes up to 4GB, offers hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption. This is on top of letting you create a password protected private area on the drive for your eyes only. The Cruzer Professional gets a maximum read speed of 24MB per second.

The Cruzer Enterprise, meanwhile, has the same hardware protection while also taking the password option one step further. It requires that all of the drive’s contents be complex password protected. While we aren’t exactly sure what complex means we assume the four letter password of your dog’s name won’t work with this drive.

Yoggie Pico – Security in a Stick

Posted in Security,USB,Yoggie by Darrin Olson on May 29th, 2007

Yoggie Pico provides enterprise level security in a small USB stick.Yoggie has announced the unveiling of its new Pico USB stick used to protect your PC from incoming data through mediums such as your wireless adapter, LAN or Bluetooth. Similar to the Gatekeeper series, Pico is a Linux based software running on the small thumb-sized device with a built-in 520MHz processor and 128MB of RAM to keep those protection-processing resources out of your computer and in the device.

In an enterprise network, most of the protection for computers is provided by separate appliances protecting the whole network. At home any type of spam protection or firewall software usually runs directly on the computer, taking up memory and processing power. With the Pico this is all taken care of within the stick which simply plugs into your USB port.

The Yoggie Pico runs 13 different applications providing protection from …

Digg Stands Their Ground on AACS Encryption Key Posts

Posted in Blu-ray,Digg,HD DVD,News,Security by Chris Weber on May 2nd, 2007

Digg leaves posts with AACS encryption code for HD DVD and Blu-rayDigg This was the last post on the Digg Blog yesterday by founder Kevin Rose posting the one-key-to-rule-them-all encryption key that can be used to break the protection on secure HD DVD and Blu-Ray discs.

The issue of breaking the AACS encryption code of HD DVD’s came about very shortly after the DVD’s using the encryption was released – 8 days after it was released to be exact. An individual called Muslix64 posted information to compromise the HD DVD protection back in December, and the following month was able to use the same method to compromise the protection of Blu-Ray discs as well.

Since then another individual found that there was one “master” key that could be used to break the encryption of all the discs instead of having to find the individual key for …

MacLockPick Gets Private Data from Mac OS X

Posted in Mac,Security by Darrin Olson on April 28th, 2007

MacLockPickA company out of California called SubRosaSoft has just released a new product called the MacLockPick, and it does just what the name implies. The device is able to extract OS user passwords, logins for different Apple applications, website history and passwords to different visited sites and more.

The MacLockPick software is installed onto a USB flash drive that when inserted into the USB drive of a computer running Mac OS X, it will start extracting all the private data off of the computer and save it to the USB drive in an organized little database. The owner of the MacLockPick can then take the data pack to their own computer running OS X, Windows or Linux and read the data.

This little “live forensics” intended device can get 24 different points of data from the OS X system, including everything from the operating system login for the current …

Databreaker On Duty

Posted in DataBreaker,Security by Chetz on April 20th, 2007

DataBreakerIf you’re looking for another layer of security to protect your PC from the wild ravages of hackers and viruses, you may be interested in picking up the Databreaker. This piece of hardware connects to your wall socket/power bar and then to your router/modem, acting as another break-wall on top of the firewall and computer protection that you should already have.

What the Databreaker does is turn off your computer’s connection to the internet when you’re not accessing information, that way if someone were trying to access your machine they would have no entry mechanism when the actual electronic connection is severed. If you’re unfamiliar with firewalls or have doubts about the security of your system the $39.95 spent on the Databreaker may give you peace of mind especially if you tend to leave your computer on overnight or plugged in for long periods of time when …