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How dangerous is image file metadata?

Unless your digital camera or camera equipped cellphone is more than fifteen (15) years old, the chances are good that any pictures taken with that device contain metadata; which describes the (who, what, where, when and how) conditions under which the picture was taken. The metadata is stored with the picture in an image file, and goes everywhere the file is copied, uploaded or downloaded. But as Catherine (Cat) Schwartz learned in 2003, certain kinds of image file metadata can be rather embarrassing. At the completion of a three (3) month qualitative risk assessment, The Assurer answers the question, “How dangerous is image file metadata?” Some of the more interesting results are that high risk probability for the iPhone 4 decreased 11.5% from the 3gs, while the amount of metadata created by the Droid 2 increased by 16% over the original Motorola Droid…

The dark side of mobile Augmented Reality

As smartphones become more popular, the use of mobile Augmented Reality (AR) applications has increased. But there lurks a “dark side” to Augmented Reality. One that is not being publicly discussed, that affects us on many personal, civil, criminal, and national security levels.

Verizon Droid pattern lock bypass

One of the interesting features of Android smart-phones is the pattern lock screen. Instead of a four digit PIN, the phone is secured with a “pattern” of four to nine dots, arranged in a 3 by 3 square. This results in a possible 3,024 to 362,880 different combinations. Sounds pretty secure, right?

The GSM encryption “hack,” & how it affects you

The Wall Street Journal reports that German “hacker” Karsten Nohl demonstrated how it was possible to break the security of GSM cell phones, and to monitor conversations and text messages as they take place. However, before anyone starts fearing for their privacy, let us assess the real risk posed by this so-called breakthrough.

Text messages — Is it them… or someone else?

How can you be certain the person you are exchanging texts with, is who you think it is? The caller ID and that cute little contact picture, only tell you whose phone sent the message! Unlike phone calls there is no heuristic method by which you can be sure of who is on the other side of the keypad.

Police dispatchers believe what they see on TV

As reported in the Los Angeles Times, residents in the 90210 ZIP code that contain portions of Los Angeles, complained the LAPD sometimes ignored calls for assistance because…