MIT’s low power encryption chip could make IoT devices more secure

The Internet of Things hasn't ever been super secure. Hacked smart devices have been blamed for web blackouts, broken internet, spam and phishing attempts and, of course, the coming smart-thing apocalypse. One of the reasons that we haven't seen the…
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Pennsylvania wants more secure paper-backed voting machines, but can’t afford them yet

Pennsylvania is the latest state to demand new voting machines that leave a paper trial — a security measure to prevent against hacking. But, according to a report from AP, it’s unlikely the change will be made any time soon. The directive issued by governor Tom Wolf was only for the state to buy paper-backed machines if and when they replace their current stock. And as the latest budget plan does not include money for this, it’s not clear when the change will happen.

Nevertheless, the news was warmly welcomed by groups demanding paper-backed voting machines to maintain the integrity of US elections. Marybeth Kuznik, an election judge and founder of VotePA, a nonprofit group opposing digital-only voting, told the AP that the order was “a…

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Chrome will show all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ later this year

For years, HTTPS was regarded as only necessary for sites handling critical information, like bank portals. The movement for all sites to use HTTPS has gained traction over the past few years, partially thanks to the availability of free SSL/TLS certificates from Let’s Encrypt, and partially thanks to browsers encouraging sites to switch. Starting with version 68, Chrome will start marking all HTTP sites as ‘Not Secure.’

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, especially since Chrome already marks HTTP pages with text fields as insecure when you enter any information.

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Chrome will label all HTTP pages “Not secure” from July

Around this time last year, Google’s Chrome browser started labeling HTTP pages with text fields as “Not secure” when you enter any information. And today the company has announced the next and final step in its strategy meant to get website owners to switch to HTTPS encryption. From July, when Chrome version 68 is set to become stable, all HTTP pages will be labeled “Not secure”, as seen in the image below. For those webmasters who still haven’t transitioned to HTTPS, the company offers set-up guides to help them get started and explain why encryption is important. In the past…

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How to secure AirPlay on HomePod

How do you control who can access your HomePod over Airplay — anyone, people on your network, or people who share your HomeKit Home? With the Home app!

While Apple Music & Podcasts and iTunes purchases & Match can be played natively on HomePod, everything else requires AirPlay — Apple’s streaming audio and video protocol. Does that mean anyone can sneak up to your house an start streaming Chipmunks to your HomePod? Only if you don’t lock it all down in the Home App.

How to control who can access AirPlay on your HomePod

You can set permissions for your AirPlay on your HomePod using the Home app.

  1. Launch the Home app on your iPhone or iPad Home screen.
  2. Tap on the Add Home button (looks like a location arrow), top right.
  3. Tap on Allow Speaker Access in the Speakers section.
  4. Tap on:
    • Everyone to allow unfettered access.
    • Anyone on the Same Network to allow anyone who is on your local Wi-Fi network.
    • Only People Sharing This Home to allow only those with whom you’ve shared your Home in HomeKit.
  5. Tap on Require Password if you want additional security.
  6. Tap the Password to change it.

Any AirPlay on HomePod questions?

If you have any questions about AirPlay or HomePod, drop them in the comments below!

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