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PCR’s guide to PC gaming components Despite fast adoption of IoT, 72% don’t know how to protect their smart devices

Despite fast adoption of IoT, 72% don't know how to protect their smart devices

66 per cent of consumers are worried about hacks and breaches against their IoT devices, and 72 per cent don’t know how to protect themselves from these risks, according to new research from BullGuard.

The mobile and internet security provider surveyed over 6,000 UK residents, finding that 34 per cent have already experienced a security incident or privacy problem.

The report reveals that 78 per cent of consumers expressed concern about security risks such as viruses, malware and hackers, while 66 per cent of consumers expressed concern over data collected by device manufacturers being inappropriately used or stolen. 57 per cent of consumers are also anxious about privacy breaches.

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Hundreds of thousands of engine immobilisers hackable over the net

Homer Simpson driving

Kiwi hacker finds brutal holes in location, tracking units

Kiwicon Kiwi hacker Lachlan Temple has found holes in a popular cheap car tracking and immobilisation gadget that can allow remote attackers to locate, eavesdrop, and in some cases cut the fuel intake to hundreds of thousands of vehicles, some while in motion.

The gadgets are rebranded white box units from Chinese concern ThinkRace that allow users to attach to their cars to enable remote tracking, engine immobilisation, microphone recording, geo-fencing, and location tracking over a web interface.

In Australia the units badged as “Response” sell for about A$150 at electronics chain JayCar or through some mechanics who offer to install the devices.

One of the unit’s relay leads is commonly attached to car fuel pumps as a means to remotely-immobilise stolen vehicles.

But session cookie vulnerabilities turn that function – in the worst case scenario – into a means to shut off fuel supply to cars while in motion over the internet.

Read More by Darren Pauli

12 Days oh how Far we have come

Edge

Windows 10 is here and we have been testing Windows 10 Enterprise on our own equipment.  Have I found any issues, in essence, nope, not had a Blue Screen, not found an App which I use cause any headache.  Now, before you all go out and download and install, the Applications (apps) I use is different to what you might use.

Edge, the New Browser,  Wow, how rushed.  This doesn’t mean it doesn’t work, it supports HTML 5 very nicely, but if your page requires anything too Technical, then it recommends Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox (the other Browers I have).  Cool things which I have played with are writing on Websites, I can’t see the requirements for this, but add a Magic White Board or Tablet Device, then yes I could see how it could be very useful.

Playing with Text.

For Techies, Powershell is Highly used now rather then Command Line (Dos) which is nice, although, adapting “Run as Administrator” is a Tad Tricky to then pin to your Task Bar.

For those who Care, Calculator, Really Microsoft, what are you thinking,  Not good (it does work but the application Graphical User Interface (GUI) is pants.  Pants are a Technical Term for not very good.  Yes it works and it gives you some cool stuf like Scientic and Measurements, but not my cup of tea.

I have just given you a quick over view of what I have found, there are a load more up dates / upgrades, but don’t want to make you sleep, so please ask.

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