Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent data security, electronic scrap and mobile related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 3/11/2019-3/15/2019.
It’s time to say goodbye to passwords and hello to WebAuthn
Dealing with passwords can be extremely frustrating. Whether it’s constantly having to reset them or just trying to create unique and memorable sequences for each account, passwords can be a real pain. But the struggle could be a thing of the past. The World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance have recently took steps towards phasing out the use of traditional passwords by announcing WebAuthn, short for Web Authentication, as an official web standard. The login format essentially kills the password in favor of letting people log in using biometric data, security keys, and in some cases other electronic devices that are compatible with one another.
IT assets designed for disassembly could help with the global e-scrap crisis
The Amsterdam-based Studio Formafantasma, founded by Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, is known for their beautiful and poetic objects that range from lighting to home furniture. But the studio has taken a different direction as of late. Recently, the design duo has been applying its efforts towards tackling one of the biggest problems we’re facing today: The recycling of obsolete electronics. One of Studio Formafantasma’s solutions includes the implementation of a color-coding system that identifies recyclable metal elements and helps separate them from hazardous components.
Mobile and IoT devices on track to top $12 billion by 2022
There has been a worldwide rise in mobile access for consumers and business users. The expanded reach of mobile broadband has fostered a seemingly insatiable demand for mobile communications, media and an extensive range of mobile IoT applications. Just two years ago, there were five billion mobile users worldwide. Now, we’re expected to see that number to increase to 5.5 billion users over the next five years, according to a new report from networking technology provider Cisco.
Baby boomers are better at protecting their online privacy than millennials
Are seniors more vulnerable to hacks than tech-savvy millennials? Not necessarily. Recent research shows that about 75 percent of internet users aren’t bothered about the data they share with companies. And of the 25 percent of users who do care, most seem to be Baby Boomers. A survey released by online news source, Axios, reports people ages 65 and older are more likely to take the time to read through privacy policies and conduct other security precautions in order to safeguard their information while online.