How would you like to ‘glide unseen’ into an area? While Harry Potter and countless other fictional characters have used cloaks of invisibility to achieve that trick, we more mundane beings have limited powers to make ourselves non-intrusive. And some folks are better at it than others…my laugh is so recognizable, it’s been the subject of much commentary over the years. But, if I could clamp down on my tendency to be mirthful, maybe I have a shot at not standing out in the crowd?
Read about tech that’s making at least part of you unrecognizable… Developed by AVG in the Czech Republic,
“The glasses, they explained, could help prevent smartphone users from snapping and uploading unwanted and potentially embarrassing photos of you. They can also prevent your likeness from being captured and featured in Google StreetView or other big-data projects.“
Sorta’ makes you feel like a super-hero, doesn’t it? What potential good (or harm) do you see resulting from this technology? Is there an improvement or offshoot that you can envision? AVG is a worldwide company – take a look at their job opps across the globe here: Careers at AVG
There is a sweeping change set to affect credit card payment security. Although the US lags behind other developed nations in adopting this technology, it could mark a radical shift in how consumers view the safety of their transactions – whether in store or online. The steps to begin adoption of this technology were brought about through an executive order signed by President Obama in October 2014 to speed the adoption of EMV-standard cards in the US. Target date for nationwide deployment is October 2015. This is good news for the beleaguered companies that were hit by hackers over the past few months across the American continent!
Here’s what EMV is all about… EMV stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, a global standard for inter-operation of integrated circuit cards (IC cards or “chip cards”) and IC card capable point of sale (POS) terminals and automated teller machines (ATMs), for authenticating credit and debit card transactions. (Click the link for a detailed explanation from Wikipedia)
And here’s an FAQ developed by the Smart Card Alliance to answer questions about EMV. How is this new technology ‘different’ from the current standard? The biggest benefit of EMV is the reduction in card fraud resulting from counterfeit, lost and stolen cards. EMV also provides interoperability with the global payments infrastructure – consumers with EMV chip payment cards can use their card on any EMV-compatible payment terminal. EMV technology supports enhanced cardholder verification methods and, unlike magnetic stripe cards, EMV payment cards can also be used to secure online payment transactions.
Cyber-security is a burgeoning field as more and more of our daily activities go ‘online’. What part will you play in keeping data safe?