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Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore

Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore
You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious—that can reveal everything about you. Your email. Your bank account. Your address and credit card number. No matter how complex, no matter how unique, your passwords can no longer protect you. Look around. This summer, hackers destroyed my entire digital life in the span of an hour. The age of the password is over. Since that awful day, I’ve devoted myself to researching the world of online security. First thing I do? This summer I learned how to get into, well, everything. The common weakness in these hacks is the password. Passwords are as old as civilization. In 413 BC, at the height of the Peloponnesian War, the Athenian general Demosthenes landed in Sicily with 5,000 soldiers to assist in the attack on Syracusae. During the formative years of the web, as we all went online, passwords worked pretty well.

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untitled VENEZUELANS are famously inventive with words. After 17 years of chavismo, the left-wing ideology of the late president, Hugo Chávez, they have plenty of material. Insults aimed at his “Bolivarian revolution” abound; the regime, now led by Nicolás Maduro, hurls its own ammunition. With parliamentary elections due on December 6th, The Economist offers a sample. Bachaquero. Derived from “bachaco”, a voracious large-bottomed leaf-cutter ant. France Connect : un accès universel à la e-administration Les impôts, la Caf, la Sécurité Sociale, la mairie etc… Pour entreprendre leur démarche en ligne, les usagers jonglent avec une multitude d’identités numériques. A chaque fois, ils doivent se remémorer les identifiants et les mots de passe. Et lorsqu’ils sollicitent une nouvelle administration, ils se voient contraints de créer un nouveau compte. Pourtant, derrière les démarches menées auprès de ces différents organismes, les usagers s’adressent bien à une seule entité : l’administration. En ce sens, ils seraient en droit d’exiger un système d’authentification et d’identification unique pour toutes leurs démarches, qu’elles concernent une collectivité, un opérateur public, la fonction hospitalière ou bien sûr l’Etat. Comme Facebook Connect

Eye Tracking What if you could move a cursor on your TV with just your eyes? Or turn the page of an ebook without using your hands? These are the promises of PredictGaze, what’s basically (and somewhat allegedly) a series of ingenious algorithms by a team of garage engineers. PredictGaze can work with the lousy webcam in your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and even in low-light conditions, track your eyes and identify your face to enable all sorts of futuristic controls. One demo shows the iPad scrolling through eye movements alone. What makes this impressive?

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Internet et les salariés Article archivé Avec l’émergence des nouvelles technologies au sein de l’entreprise, se posent des questions de respect de la vie privée des salariés, notamment concernant la surveillance de l’utilisation d’Internet et des messageries électroniques, mais également des blogs depuis peu. On constate également qu’Internet permet, sous certaines conditions, un développement du syndicalisme. Les conditions de contrôle par l’employeur : L’employeur a un pouvoir de direction et en vertu de ce pouvoir, il peut contrôler l’activité de ses salariés. Les employeurs veulent surveiller leurs salariés pour vérifier à quelles fins ils utilisent leur temps de travail et qu’aucune information confidentielle ne sorte de l’entreprise. Interactive Design Era It’s all moving so quickly. Just yesterday, we were amazed by the miracle of making calls from our cars. Now we’re furious when our 4G cuts out while streaming an HD video on a four-inch touch screen, just because we’re 50 feet underground riding the subway. Connecting is a short documentary by Bassett & Partners and Microsoft that explores how our lives (and our gadgets) have and will change in a more connected world. It’s 18 minutes long but very worth the time, as it features interviews with designers from Method, Twitter, Arduino, Frog, Stamen, Microsoft, and Nokia.

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