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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Jeremy Hitchcock

IoT device classification for better management

Billions of new devices in the home have created a big headache for home owners, consumer electronic companies, service providers, and IT solution providers.  Not only are an estimated 40% of IoT devices not ever properly setup, the management paradigm for IoT requires a different approach from BYOD and other corporate devices. Here’s an inside look on how Minim tackles IoT management for homes.

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Nicole Hayward

Smart home security teardown: why VPN, firewall, and antivirus don't cut it

The number of devices in homes is exploding, and service providers are feeling the impact. The “smart home” is a fun term for progressive consumers, but in this moment, it might be best translated to “widened attack surface” to ISPs. (Not as fun.)

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Nicole Hayward

BLU’s FTC settlement: good reminder that IoT security is tricky

On April 30, 2018, the FTC announced that it has reached a settlement with the US mobile phone maker BLU over deceptive security claims. As we're focused on consumer IoT security and management, I thought I'd reflect on some challenges this event has highlighted.

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