Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Technology is weird

The world of technology is exciting and... weird, very weird. How many times has an unbelievable idea made up by an engineer made you feel as astonished as the cat on this photo?

Smart contact lenses for diabetics? You have to be endowed with a prodigious imagination to think that a lens can measure the level of glucose from a person’s tear and show it on his mobile phone or computer. This is such an innovative project that Google has agreed with Novartis to develop it. However, you have to wonder how this technology could pose some risks to patient’s safety.

The world of technology is so strange that there are researchers who spent some time wondering what comic book superhero became a greater supervillain on the Internet. Security firm McAfee has developed a ranking analyzing which superhero searches led to the most dangerous sites. Guess who's at the top of the list? Superman.

Another thing that will catch your attention is that a technology giant like Microsoft now encourages to use the same password for different websites and it even says that it is something necessary, contradicting the advice from most cybersecurity experts so far. The company argues that any user could not remember such a wide amount of different security codes. Therefore, you should use strong and unique ones for the most critical websites such as your online banking or your email, but the same password for other minor sites.

It does not seem unreasonable that some national intelligence services such as the British one use the latest technology for their activities. But maybe it's unusual to see that part of its technological arsenal is able to send large amounts of spam or modify, for example, the results of online polls. At least that is what we can see on an alleged GCHQ’s (Headquarters Government Communications Headquarters) list of tools filtered by Snowden.

However some other technological issues, such as software vulnerabilities or data breaches in organizations of all kinds, should greatly surprised us but, unfortunately, they became common situations. In this sense, Oracle has released a number of patches to fix 113 vulnerabilities in several of its products. On the other hand, a report by the state attorney of New York states that the total number of security breaches suffered by both public and private institutions in 2013 amounted to 900, which left exposed the personal data of 7.3 million of the state’s residents.

As we said at the beginning, the technology is as exciting as rare. The best you can do to stay informed about all its risks is to follow us through our social channels (find the links at the right sidebar) or here on our blog.


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