Cellphones for Children May Not Be a Wise Choice

My colleague Michelle Quinn got her son an iPhone when he entered middle school last year. My son wasn’t so lucky. Not only did he not get a smartphone when he entered middle school, but I don’t plan to get him even a simple cellphone anytime soon. Michelle’s story about what happened with her son’s use of his phone has served as a cautionary tale. That, plus some research I’ve done on my own, has influenced my thinking. My take-away...

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Experts: Fingerprint as Password Is a Bad Idea

Ever since Apple introduced TouchID for iPhones, more and more smartphones feature fingerprint scanners. And that has some security researchers worried. “If you leak a password, you can just change it; if you leak a fingerprint, it’s lost for your whole life,” FireEye researcher Yulong Zhang said at a presentation at the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas last week. Zhang was part of a team that revealed that several Android...

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