@Bakare, @ HC: thx for your posts I agree on your opinions; going further about concerns on security I was analyzing some data regards issues trend on hw and on sw. During that I watched as news "Ministry of Justice Britain- Home Office and Metropolitan Police- lose almost 200 laptops and smartphones in two years"...Electronics lost seems one of the most important issues on security...
I quite agree with you to an extent. With rise and rise in market of smartthings proactive approach needs to be taken to reduce the security threats.
Actually, information communication technology security challenge remains very much unaddressed despite much efforts being carried out with most research institutions around the world
In actual fact, joint efforts from both the high-tech companies and Government agencies will go some steps further in reducing the much security concern in ICT world.
Intel's acquisition of software security giant McAfee is a good deal. Well shall see whether a more enhanced sophiscated firmware security product than just existing McAfee products. What measures would other OEMs take to contribute their quotas to this?
I was actually a bit surprised that Intel purchased McAfee, Intel is more of a hardware company, but there you go.
Personally I cannot see protection that is implemented in the software stack of a 'plug in product actually providing that must of a protection mechanism.
There are far more interesting ways of identifying people, that just getting them to enter information into a website( this is an area that Google excel at)
Consider the situation of wireless routers, if you know where a router is and you can use the device to identify the router, then you know where the device is!!
This is not actually allowing the device to log into the services available, but rather leveraging the Meta-data that is available.
Consider when you power up your note book and you see all the 'locked out' WI-FI devices.
(those devices also see you).
You may not be able to form a connection, but any application that 'sees' those available networks, can triangulate your location.
This works for any number of technologies, something that some advertisers are leveraging by having product technology that can 'scan' an area around an advertising hotspot.
No amount of 'Mcafee' or other software, can prevent these devices seeing you, and there in lies a key issue, no matter how well you try to obusificate your location there are other devices and technology that are outside of your control, but still providing information to interested parties.
In some cases this is built into the hardware and cannot easily be disabled because it operates at a level that is sometimes even below the device operating system, and as such cannot be detected by software that sits above that point, furthermore the irony of this , is that some companies 'Google' are producing technology (Android) that makes their job easier, and all under the 'guise of being 'Not being Evil'
You can't really appreciate the need for security until you've had a teen and pre-teen that have had the technology world at their fingertips from a very young age. I find that no matter how many things I take away and how many lectures I give, they still feel that they know more and that they are not vulnerable to predators. I joked around the other day that I play mother, friend, companion not to mention private investigator, police, judge and jury. It's a lot of roles for one person!!!
Intel didn't get to where it is today by being backward-looking. In context, McAfee looks like a brilliant move. The more transparent an OEM can make security, the easier it will be to sell the concept (and products). Too much programming or downloading too many apps will make security a chore rather than a necessity.
You make an excellent point regarding security involving technology that children (and teenagers / young adults) are using. Many who have grown up with technology at their fingertips are more than a little naive with the information they are wiling to openly provide. HW and/or SW apps that protect our children would be greatly appreciated.
I for one am very glad to see Data Security start to be taken more seriously. There is so much that we all do on the web via many different hardware options that having some kind of standard security measures have become critical.
Outside of (and more important than) protecting our own personal and financial information, we need to protect our children. At younger ages, children are now equipped with mobile phones, iTouches, computers, etc. It is nearly impossible for the parent to monitor 100% of the activity so knowing that security is "hard wired" into the device takes just a little of the pressure off. Children's activities will always need to be monitored, however, having the technology assist in the monitoring process is a huge help.
In view of the technology, Intels' acquisition of McAfee seems like a logical move. It seems like it would be to their benefit to market the security aspects on the technology that they develop, as a means of reassuring the consumer, and acquiring market share.
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