Nicole Hayward

Minim joins the RDK community

Minim open sources its router software agent for RDK-B and joins the 2018 RDK Technology Summit this week

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Samantha Albano

WiFi channels explained

You're trying to stream that new episode of your favorite show from your smart device, and it's taking what feels like years to load— Don't worry, we've all been there. WiFi connection and performance issues aren't an unfamiliar occurrence, especially in today's world where the U.S. adult spends an average of 72 minutes per day streaming video from their connected devices. So what's causing your slow WiFi connection, and, more importantly, making you miss seeing your favorite show? It could be the WiFi channel your router is using.

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Nicole Hayward

WiFi should be safe, says Minim in USA TODAY

We are very excited to join a security program that USA TODAY  has just launched. In partnership with the NYPD, National Crime Prevention Council, National Cyber Security Alliance, Department of Homeland Security, Internet of Things Consortium, Citrix, global security experts, (Minim), and more, the program urges Americans to take charge of their own safety, security, and well-being. This is all very timely as our VP Engineering, Alec Rooney, is giving a talk today at a Department of Homeland Security event on device security in the connected home. 

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Samantha Albano

The many reasons for Parental Controls in the Smart Home

Today, technology drives almost every aspect of society and culture. We are living in what is known as the Digital Age, where human activity is governed in large part by the use of technology— including parenting. In the words of a mom on Twitter: 

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Samantha Albano

Minim to present on IoT security at DHS meeting

Minim’s VP Engineering to present at the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Risk Economics (CYRIE) Stakeholder Exchange Meeting (SEM)

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Jeremy Hitchcock

Maslow’s Hierarchy for Internet and the Era of IoT

WiFi connectivity is the lynch pin for the next layer of connectivity

Maslow in 1948 came up with a hierarchy for how humans seek needs. In this concept, you focus on your most immediate needs before moving up the pyramid. In a world where the UN has declared Internet access as a basic human right and the Internet of Things is increasing our dependency on connectivity, I started to think about our hierarchy of Internet needs. 

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Nicole Hayward

Update on VPNFilter and the FBI router reboot warning

On May 23, 2018, research group Cisco Talos published an alert about widespread malware on routers called VPNFilter, infecting over 500,000 home routers. Soon after, the FBI issued a warning for homes to reboot their routers, which essentially disrupts this malware’s agenda. This wasn’t just a story for tech interested folks. It’s a serious public safety concern, making headlines— See this Washington Post article, New York Times article, and CNN articleThis week, the researchers have more bad news. 

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Samantha Albano

What happens to my Amazon Echo recordings?

Having a connected speaker in your home once meant you simply had a device that could play great quality sound from another connected device. Today, smart speakers like Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomePod do much more. These always on devices can respond to your questions, control functions of your smart home, set reminders, and still play your favorite music— all at your voice command. Homes are increasingly enjoying these conveniences; over 47.3 million of the U.S. adult population own a smart speaker.

But, as with many technologies, with convenience comes privacy concern. If you’re one of the millions of smart speaker owners, you ought to know how these devices actually work— and what better way to learn than from the experience of another smart speaker user.

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Nicole Hayward

FBI router reboot warning: what to do now [quick guide]

You may have heard about the FBI router reboot warning. Yes, it's a big deal, and it's still an active threat as I write this. 

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Jeremy Hitchcock

#SecurityFail For Home Routers

Have we become numb to security? Short of our phones with a black screen or someone hitting us over the head - I’m not sure that people care. The news about VPNFilter and maybe as few as 500,000 homes and small businesses being compromised passes like a normal news day. Basically, your home Internet connection is opened up like a freeway on-ramp and it’s allowing your Alexa, TVs, and cameras to be global accessible, just ready to be broken into and watched remotely.

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