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D-Link adds CAPTCHA anti-trojan security to routers

Posted in D-Link by Conner Flynn on May 12th, 2009

D-Link adds CAPTCHA anti-trojan security to routersWe are all familiar with those annoying know captchas that can be found on sites all over the web. The idea is to make sure that you are human. Well, D-Link has added it to their latest router range. Yep. Routers with Captcha-capability built-in, hoping to prevent attacks from malware and spyware.

The new firmware will also also work with current models, where the distorted letters and numbers combination are added to common router settings pages. The D-Link router models that feature CAPTCHA include the DIR-615, DIR-625, DIR-628, DIR-655, DIR-825, DIR-855, DIR-685 and DGL-4500.

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card reader

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card readerIf you’re paranoid about your credit card info while shopping online, (And who isn’t?) it just got a little safer thanks to the SmartSwipe credit card reader. You might think you’re safe online as long as that padlock icon is displayed in your browser. And you are pretty safe, but not completely, hackers can still access your personal information while it is being entered into your computer and while it is still in memory.

With this SmartSwipe card reader your info is safe becaue your card information is never stored on your computer. The device uses Dynamic SSL technology and the same level of encryption used in bank machines and ATMs.

Fujitsu Secure USB protects your info

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2009

Fujitsu Secure USB protects your infoIf you want to make sure that your personal information is protected, check out the latest from Fujitsu. The Secure USB Memory Device makes absolutely sure your data is secure. If you transport a lot of information from computer to computer it will be very useful.

Think of it as a thumb drive with a battery and a processor built in. You can adjust the security settings on the drive so that data will be automatically deleted after a certain period of time. Whatever you decide. Or if someone else tries t use it on another computer.

Asus Eee PC1004DN: First Eee PC with a Super-Multi optical disc drive

Posted in ASUS by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

Asus Eee PC1004DNThe Asus Eee PC1004DN is the first Eee PC to feature a Super-Multi optical disc drive, which lets users read and write optical discs for convenient data back-ups. A power-efficient Express Card slot provides expansion capabilities, along with plug-and-play compatibility and auto-configuration access.

The Asus Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) technology will give you an extended battery life while on-the-go. The Asus Eee PC1004DN also features the Asus Data Security System (ADSM) which gives users the option of logging-on using their fingerprints. It will recognize multiple fingerprints belonging to the same user and allow you to encrypt a single folder with the same security system.

Bed Bunker: Under-the-mattress storage for the paranoid

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Bed Bunker: Under-the-mattress storage for the paranoidThere’s a lot to be paranoid about these days. UFOs are abducting humans and cows at an alarming rate. The near collapse of our nation’s banking system. Bigfoot. Shadow governments. The Illuminati. E-coli. North Korea. Bird flu. Grocery store muzak. Falling satellites. Nuclear weapons. Just to name a few.

I don’t have to tell you what it all means. It means that it’s time to start shoving stuff under your mattress. Money. Guns. Medicine. Powdered food rations. Maybe a back-up gaming console. Everyone knows that under the mattress is the most secure place for all your stuff. You sleep there don’t you? You’ll be safe as long as you have your stash of important stuff.

Twitter Burglar Alarm tweets to let you know your stuff is being stolen

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on February 11th, 2009

Twitter Burglar Alarm tweets to let you know your stuff is being stolenThis latest Arduino project turns it into a twitter home security system of sorts. The Arduino is used to monitor a home burglar alarm and send out status messages should the status change: Like when the alarm was activated or shut off, error messages, or just when the alarm actually sounds because you are being robbed.

The Arduino’s digital IO pins are wired up to the alarm’s output signals. An XBee wireless module was added, because the alarm control panel is some distance away from the ethernet hook-up, and a simple Linux server (with the USB XBee receiver) monitors any changes and sends the Twitter messages. @alarmdude By the time help gets here I’m gone. Left the zune on your desk.

IDrive portable HDD backs up your files online

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2009

IDrive portable HDD backs your files onlineThere are endless options to choose from when it comes to portable hard drives, but the IDrive Portable is a little different. For one, it’s the “thinnest and lightest portable USB drive in its class,” and the 0.3 pound device will give you 320GB of space on a 5,400RPM HDD. It’s also compatible with Windows / OS X machines.

Like many, there’s a one-click backup option for storing data outside of your PC, but this one also gives you the option to backup online for still more protection. That feature will cost you up to $4.95 per month, but it’s just a question of how much your data is worth to you. he unit itself will cost you $119.95.

Sony mofiria secures devices with vein recognition

Posted in Sony by Conner Flynn on February 2nd, 2009

Sony mofiria secures devices with vein recognitionThere are many biometric devices on the market, but honestly we haven’t seen any of them really hit it big with the masses. Sony is probably hoping to change that with their just announced Mofiria, a high speed, compact biometric solution for mobile devices.

Just like Fujitsu’s PalmSecure, it uses near infrared LEDs and a CMOS sensor to take a picture of your veins. News to me, but apparently vein patterns vary enough from person to person and don’t change through life. So they are a perfect thing to use for authentication. And perfect for Sony to make an extra buck with.

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.

Lok8u announces Nu•M8 GPS child locator watch

Posted in CES 2009 by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2009

Lok8u announces Nu•M8 GPS child locator watchLok8u has made the trek from the UK all the way to Vegas so they could show off their Nu•M8 GPS child locator at CES. It’s the “innovative new best friend for parents and children.” Yippee. Try telling your kid that after he’s been beat up for wearing such a hefty nerd watch.

The device is touted as the first of its kind, created specifically to be worn by children with the technology “cleverly concealed within a child’s digital watch.” Um, okay. I think everyone who sees this watch knows that something is up. The watch will also send an alert if it’s ever “forcibly removed,”, thereby forcing your child to wear their $218 watch.

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.

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!

LEGO security bracelet for kids

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on October 30th, 2008

LEGO security bracelet for kidsThis concept security bracelet for kids comes from a project led by Rodrigo Torres. The idea is that if you combine a security bracelet with LEGO, kids will be more apt to wear it and be tracked for safety reasons. It’s got several features that will get your kid to keep it with him/her.

First off, they can design it the way they like with LEGO bricks. Throw in some games, photos, speaker and the a Lego man in front, and your kid is suckered into being tracked while having a fun device of their own. Heck, I want one myself. I don’t care if it’s tracking me. Sadly, it remains but a concept at the moment.

City Rack: A bike rack with built-in lock

Posted in Outdoors by Conner Flynn on October 19th, 2008

City Rack: A bike rack with built-in lockIt can be a pain commuting everywhere on a bike. Especially when you forget to bring a bike chain with you so you can lock up your bike. The conceptual City Rack by designers Ilya Tkach and Nikita Gutsalenko will make life a bit easier for those who don’t have or forget their bike chain.

The rack has a lock built-in and several City Racks can be placed side-by-side, which makes for a great revenue generator for the city. The ring-shaped design makes it easy to lock your bike any which way you want. Sure, it isn’t free. But if that bothers you, then don’t forget your own lock and chain so you can lock it up anywhere.

$12,000 bullet-proof Polo shirt

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on October 8th, 2008

$12,000 bullet-proof Polo shirtIn these trying economic times, as the divide between the rich and the poor grows ever greater, the rich need to protect themselves. Landing comfortably safe with your golden parachute may have protected you when you ran your bank into the ground, but it won’t keep you safe from the angry villagers with torches.

Or worse, guns. Joe six-pack is pretty pissed at guys like you, dontcha know. This polo shirt from Caballero will protect you from their bullets while letting you look casual. It will protect you from a 9mm pistol, so that you may live to gorge yourself on the American financial system one more day. $12,000 is nothing my wealthy friend. You’ve earned the bullets, so get yourself a bullet-proof shirt.