Ms. Smith

Ms. Smith (not her real name) is a freelance writer and programmer with a special and somewhat personal interest in IT privacy and security issues. She focuses on the unique challenges of maintaining privacy and security, both for individuals and enterprises. She has worked as a journalist and has also penned many technical papers and guides covering various technologies. Smith is herself a self-described privacy and security freak.

Facial recognition in public restroom required if you want toilet paper

Samsung virtual assistant Bixby coming to Galaxy S8, then all smart Samsung appliances

Samsung virtual assistant Bixby coming to Galaxy S8, then all smart Samsung appliances

Samsung revealed Bixby, its take on virtual assistants, will first come to Galaxy S8 and eventually to all smart Samsung appliances.

FBI arrests man for allegedly sending seizure-causing GIF to journalist

FBI arrests man for allegedly sending seizure-causing GIF to journalist

The FBI arrested a man for allegedly tweeting an animated GIF of a strobe light to a Newsweek reporter who has epilepsy.

Star Trek-themed Kirk ransomware has Spock decryptor, demands ransom be paid in Monero

Star Trek-themed Kirk ransomware has Spock decryptor, demands ransom be paid in Monero

Newly discovered Kirk ransomware masquerades as Low Orbital Ion Cannon network stress tool. Victims must pay ransom in Monero to get Spock decryptor.

PII of 33,698,126 Americans leaked online

PII of 33,698,126 Americans leaked online

Highly personal identifying information for nearly 34 million Americans has been leaked online thanks to a NetProspex breach.

Microsoft releases 18 security bulletins, 9 rated critical, many bugs disclosed/exploited

Microsoft releases 18 security bulletins, 9 rated critical, many bugs disclosed/exploited

For March's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released 18 security bulletins, 9 of which are rated critical.

Rapid7 discloses multiple vulnerabilities in telepresence robot

Rapid7 discloses multiple vulnerabilities in telepresence robot

Rapid7 discovered three flaws in Double Robotics' Double 2 telepresence robots.

On web's 28th anniversary, its creator Tim Berners-Lee takes aim at fake news

On web's 28th anniversary, its creator Tim Berners-Lee takes aim at fake news

Happy 28th birthday, World Wide Web, but your creator is worried about you.

Apple, Cisco, Microsoft and Samsung react to CIA targeting their products

Apple, Cisco, Microsoft and Samsung react to CIA targeting their products

Some companies responded after the WikiLeaks dump suggested that the CIA targets their products, while others remain silent.

BBC warns Facebook about child porn posts, Facebook reports BBC to cops

BBC warns Facebook about child porn posts, Facebook reports BBC to cops

BBC journalists flagged obscene content on Facebook and later sent the images not removed to a Facebook exec as requested. Facebook reported the BBC to the police.

Should police departments be able to have their own DNA databases?

Should police departments be able to have their own DNA databases?

Critics argue that police are creating their own DNA databases to get around regulations.

Ransomware attack hit Pennsylvania Democratic senators

Ransomware attack hit Pennsylvania Democratic senators

The ransomware attack on the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus locked 16 Democratic senators out of their computer network.

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