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How the Amazon Echo Look improves privacy

Today, 07:00 AM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

Look! A new Amazon Echo!

The Amazon Echo Look is like the original Echo, plus a camera.

The $200 device delivers the Alexa virtual assistant. But the camera is optimized for helping you choose clothing to look your best when you get dressed.

The Echo Look is a camera for your bedroom. As such, it's being widely slammed as a massive invasion of privacy.

But this view is wrong and based on a provably false assumption.

I'll tell you exactly how the Echo Look actually improves privacy. But first, let's take a closer look at the Look.

Alexa as fashion consultant

The Echo Look is shaped like a oversized pill — a cylinder with rounded ends that appears to be about half the size of the original Echo. It sits on a stand or mounts to a wall.

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How seven mesh routers deal with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)

Yesterday, 02:20 PM

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

The recent wave of new mesh router systems has brought with it changes besides the obvious increase in Wi-Fi range. For example, these mesh routers are more likely to insist on WPA2-AES encryption, as many have dropped support for the less secure WEP and WPA options. Not all of them, but many.

Here I take a look at another insecure router technology, WPS (Wi-Fi protected setup) and how these new mesh routers deal with it. 

WPS is an alternate way of gaining access to a Wi-Fi network that does away with having to know the SSID (network name) and password. Much of what you read about WPS is incomplete, as it supports at least four different modes of operation.

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54% off SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive, Speeds Up To 26

27 Apr 2017

Posted by Computerworld in Computerworld News

The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive features a sizable 128GB of storage, and read speeds of up to 260MB/s lets you easily transfer a full-length movie in seconds. The sophisticated design and durable aluminum metal casing help to protect against every day wear and tear on the outside, while the included SanDisk SecureAccess software provides 128-bit AES file encryption and password protection on the inside for your private files. The SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive is backed with a lifetime limited warranty. It currently averages 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 530 people (80% rate the full 5 stars: see reviews here), and its typical list price has been reduced generously to just $59.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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