Developers often work individually or in a larger team to produce products for a variety of consumers. Sometimes it’s a web app, a mobile app, or perhaps software for an overall system that includes some hardware. When developers are creating something that will be out on the marketplace they know it will reflect on them or their company, and have an impact on whether or not trust is built in the marketplace. In this scenario, documentation in the form of help menus or instruction manuals may be extensive to make sure the user experience is ideal and that any issues or concerns raised are promptly addressed. In contrast to this, when it comes to working with other developers through documentation or direct support, completeness and attention to detail can often be lacking.
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As many of you may know, October is breast cancer awareness month. According to the American Cancer Society, a woman in the US has a 1 in 8 chance of developing this disease. It is also the second leading cause of death for women, and they estimate that 1 in 37 women will die from breast cancer. As a result, this month is often paired with a reminder for women to get an annual mammogram and perform self-examinations.
It’s that time of year when you mow the yard a little tighter on Wednesday so that come Saturday you can fire up the grill, plop yourself in the La-z-Boy®, grab the clicker, and watch your favorite football team. As with the rest of life, technology has been increasingly entering the football world. Whether it’s the use of ear pieces in helmets, better surfaces to play on, or lighter weight equipment to increase player speed, everything seems to be getting an upgrade. IoT is getting in on the action as companies race to find ways to improve sports performance. What follows is a list of three of the most interesting areas where devices are being developed for football.
This month provides me the opportunity to share several examples of recent IoT hacks, and demonstrate how one can introduce risks when adding smart devices to a network. Leveraging this survey of happenings in IoT security breaches, it serves as a reminder to the importance of security as IoT evolves. As we’ve talked about in recent posts, MQTT is one example of a standard that is evolving to help address some security concerns in the IoT space. However, as we’ll see in at least one example, if users of IoT devices are not willing to care about security themselves, no amount of fancy protocols will solve your all your problems. Without further delay, let’s read through some of the more interesting recent IoT hacks.