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iPhoneX: How secure is facial recognition?

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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256-bit AES Encryption for SSL and TLS: Maximal Security

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

SSL and TLS are the workhorses that provide the majority of security in the transmission of data over the Internet today. However, most people do not know that the degree of security and privacy inherent in a “secure” connection of this sort can vary from “almost none” to “really really good … good enough for US government TOP SECRET data”.  The piece which varies and thus provides the variable level of security is the “cipher” or “encryption technique”.  There are a large number of different ciphers — some are very fast and very insecure.  Some are slower and very secure.  Some weak ones (export-grade ciphers) are around from the days when the USA did not permit the export of decent security to other countries.

AES, the Advanced Encryption Standard, is a relatively new encryption technique/cipher that is the successor of DES.  AES was standardized in 2001 after a 5 year review, and is currently one of the most popular algorithms used in symmetric key cryptography (which, for example, is used for the actual data transmission in SSL and TLS).  It is also the “gold standard” encryption technique; many security-conscious organizations actually require that their employees use AES-256 (256-bit AES) for all communications.

This article discusses AES, its role in SSL, which web browsers and email programs support it, how you can make sure that you only use 256-bit AES encryption of all secure communications, and more.

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HIPAA Alert: Contacts, Calendar Events and Tasks may contain ePHI!

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

When health care organizations review their operations to see where electronic protected health information (ePHI) is being saved, transmitted, and viewed, a great deal of time is spent on the obvious candidates: email, chat, stored files, and health records, etc.

Many overlook the fact that ePHI can be embedded in Contacts, Calendars, and Tasks.  Consider for example:

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Apple iOS7 supports Automatic Notes Synchronization

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

iPhone 4Apple is releasing iOS7 for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices on September 18th.  Lost among the hype of this extremely updated version of the Apple mobile operating system is the fact that Apple mobile devices will support synchronization of “Notes” via Exchange ActiveSync.

This means that LuxSci customers using MobileSync to real-time push synchronization of email, calendars, tasks, and contacts, can now also have real-time push synchronization of the “Notes” in their mobile device to the Notes WebAides in their LuxSci web interface.

Benefits of Notes Sync

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How to encrypt the data stored on your iPhone or iPad with disk encryption

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Mobile devices are with us all the time … if you are a parent, you phone is probably at your side more than your kids.  With all the secrets of your life residing on your phone, protecting those against access should your phone be lost or stolen is important.  If you use your phone for work, then this may be critical. E.g. if you are a doctor or nurse and use your phone for access to email or other data that may contain patient-related information, then HIPAA essentially requires that easily-lost mobile devices like this are locked down and encrypted.

This article explains how to protect yourself if you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.

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