Monthly Archives: November 2015

It’s time to secure your Amazon account with two-factor authentication

Relying solely on passwords to secure important accounts may be outdated, but until they’re gone for good your best alternative is locking things down with two-factor authentication: Amazon. Considering you probably already have a credit card or other payment info stored there, it just makes sense to add an extra layer of security that makes sure it’s really you logging in. The only problem? Until recently Amazon didn’t have any option to support the feature, but now it does. I noticed the new option while updating my password last night (also a good security idea), and one of the engineers told me it launched a couple of weeks ago after a private beta.

Source: Amazon Support


Fraud and Shopping Online

The holidays are coming. Are you protected while shopping online?

It’s holiday shopping season. If you’re like millions of other shoppers, you like to do your shopping online, however, online shopping also comes with risk.

Here are some tips to help protect you while shopping online.

  • Secure your mobile device and computer. Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date.
  • Use strong passwords. If you need to create an account, use a strong password, and use a unique password for each site.
  • Do not use public computers or public wireless networks for your online shopping. Criminals may be intercepting traffic on public wireless networks to steal credit card numbers and other confidential information.
  • Pay by credit card, not debit card. Credit cards are covered by the Fair Credit Billing Act, which may limit your liability if your information is used improperly. Check your statements regularly.
  • Limit your online shopping to merchants you know and trust. If you have questions about a merchant, check with the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission. Confirm the online seller’s address and phone number.
  • Look for “https” when making an online purchase. The “s” in “https” stands for “secure.”
  • Do not respond to pop-ups. When a window pops up promising you cash or gift cards for answering a question or taking a survey, close it by pressing Control + F4 for Windows and Command + W for Macs.
  • Hover over links in emails before clicking on them to verify where you’re being directed. If you question the validity of an email, contact the source directly.
  • Do not auto-save your personal information. t is always safest to opt out of auto-save and enter in your information manually every time.
  • Don’t ever give your financial or personal information by email or text. Information on many current scams can be found on the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.
  • Review privacy policies. Know what information the merchant is collecting about you, how it will be stored, how it will be used, and if it will be shared with others.
  • Keep all receipts and documents. Make sure you print out a copy of the receipt once you have finished your purchase.

Apple’s Indoor Survey App Creates Building Interior Maps Using an iPhone

Apple has quietly released a new iOS app that allows users to map out the interior spaces of a building using just an iPhone.

While the apps doesn’t show up in search within the App Store, you can grab it using this direct link, first spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith. The app’s description reads:

“By dropping ‘points’ on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through. As you do so, the indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware.”

Apple bought the start-up wifiSLAM two years ago, and with it the company’s ability to analyze and track RF signals from Wi-Fi access points to maps and determine a user’s location. It seems like at least some of that expertise has crept into Indoor Survey.

Apple’s been experimenting with a series of indoor positioning technologies over the past few years, testing its iBeacons in retail stores and inviting retailers to to submit indoor maps of large, successful stores for use in Apple Maps. Using Indoor Survey to crowdsource indoor maps may finally make them a more common addition to the world of digital navigation.

[Apple Insider]