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May 2015

Encrypting Your Laptop Like You Mean It

Time and again, people are told there is one obvious way to mitigate privacy threats of all sorts, from mass government surveillance to pervasive online tracking to cybercriminals: Encryption. As President Obama put it earlier this year, speaking in between his administration’s attacks on encryption, “There’s no scenario in which we don’t want really strong encryption.” Even after helping expose all the ways the government can get its hands on …Read More

Will mobile biometric authentication replace today’s passwords?

We use passwords constantly to log into dozens of systems and services every single day. And as the number of systems and services we subscribe to grows, the more we have to remember. According to a study from Cyber Streetwise, the average consumer in the U.K. needs to recall 19 passwords on a regular basis for desktop and network logins, email, social networks, e-commerce and banking. As the number of …Read More

Weak Homegrown Crypto Dooms Open Smart Grid Protocol

In the three years since its inception, the Open Smart Grid Protocol has found its way into more than four million smart meters and similar devices worldwide. And like its SCADA, industrial control system, and embedded system brethren, it’s rife with security issues. Two researchers, Phillip Jovanovic of the University of Passau in Germany and Samuel Neves of the University of Coimbra in Portugal, published a paper exposing encryption weaknesses …Read More

Digital identity card in development stage: interior minister

Deputy Interior Minister Chen Chwen-jing yesterday dispelled media reports by saying that the Ministry of the Interior’s (MOI) plan to launch digital identification cards is still at the developmental stage. Reports said that the MOI expects to see its digital identification cards in use in 2019, replacing the 18.8 million paper ID cards nationwide by integrating information from the citizen digital certificate, driver’s license and National Health Insurance Card into …Read More

Smartphone Secrets May Be Better Than a Password

Before you read this story, try to answer the following question: Who was the first person to text you today? Even if you can’t remember, you can keep reading. But a group of researchers think that kind of question could eventually work as a simpler log-in method for some websites and services. The kinds of things you do regularly on your smartphone or computer may be easy for you to …Read More

The 1st Government Forum On Electronic Identity in Africa

On 2-4 June 2015, the National Identification Authority (NIDA) of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Tanzania, together with APSCA and the Identity Counsel International will host the 1st Government Forum on Electronic Identity in Africa, in Dar es Salaam, Tanazania. The theme is “How National eID can Support Social and Economic Development”. This inaugural event under ID4Africa will focus on digital identity (eID) and its applications for driving socio-economic …Read More