I hadn't noticed this before but PGP's new beta version 9 of their product includes AIM chat protection. I guess this means that even though PGP Inc people don't agree with me that email is dying, a hedge isn't a bad thing.
Mozilla security is back in the news again with a $2,500 bounty for Firefox flaws. I think this is a good idea. Research I'm working on indicates a dramatic need to improve information (as opposed to acquiring information from asymmetrically informed parties, which I reject) and this is one way to do it.
Speaking of paying for stuff, it seems that the top price for your social security number (if you are an american) is $45. That sounds high to me, there are obviously going to be deals for bulk work.
It's $35 at www.secret-info.com. It's $45 at www.Iinfosearch.com, where users can also sign up for a report containing an individual's credit-card charges, as well as an e-mail with other "tips, secrets & spy info!" The Web site Gum-shoes.com promises that "if the information is out there, our licensed investigators can find it."
"The current system has the worst of all worlds," Solove said. "Anyone can easily find it [the Social Security number] out . . . It's used everywhere, and it's really hard to change if it falls in the wrong hands. How could you come up with a worse system?"
Yes, I'd agree. In fact if we all sat down and tried to design a worse system, I'm not sure we could. Why is that?
An unusual claim: are people naturally doing mental double entry bookkeeping? An article suggests that they are. I'm not so sure I'd go that far, but it is food for thought. Note that the article does not list any primary research, and the site for the interviewee has older papers listed only:
In closing, more research saying "you should buy our 2-factor doobelackie."
Published: 01/04/2005 00:41:00
Banks must act "urgently" to tackle Net user security fears if they are to
retain and attract customers to cheaper online channels says Forrester
In a survey of more than 22,000 Europeans, Forrester found that just 30% of
Internet users are confident of the security of personal financial
information, like credit and debit card numbers, when used to make
transactions online. Two-fifths of the European Net users who don't use
online banking say they don't because they worry about security.
Benjamin Ensor, senior analyst, financial services at Forrester says:
"Consumers' deep-seated security fears remain one of the biggest barriers to
online banking use in Europe, particularly in countries like Italy, France,
and the UK, where two-factor online banking authentication is rare or
unknown. The more confidence Net users have in security, the more likely
they are to bank online."
The analyst group says that banks should look to educate Net users about
security precautions, not let usability fears compromise security, deploy or
strengthen two-factor authentication "urgently", and collaborate rather than
compete on security.
¿ Finextra Research 2005
It is amazing what research you can buy in an open market.Posted by iang at April 10, 2005 09:37 PM | TrackBack