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  1. Ahh sorry JW - Didn't want it in my sig as non-trade can then see it and it was for you guys to have before I disappear from trade Will check my PMs now in case full, it might just be down to status flux (will go and reverse the polarity and see if it helps).
  2. lol Not had time recent;y - But I have been doing a lot of similar writing up on Hacktivists and criminal gangs using online space to try and get rich.... Nothing changes in that the same principles in physical security apply online - path of least resistance still happens and common sense helps a lot. I will be writing more again soon though. lol #palmface Thanks for all the kind words guys - Again though, don't think badly of anyone enforcing a rule - I am happy to be non-trade as I am by definition now ex and rules is rules (Excepting Matt ofc ). I will be happy as long as I can still catch up with you guys from time to time and if you need to PM to ask a question instead of posting then that's fine by me. Happy for any of you to have those details as I know you are all pucker. As for the mortgage, of course I can help - Step into your nearest branch for a simple, personal and fair bit of advice
  3. btw - You know these industries are going to converge eventually anyway right? Don't you guys read the blogs
  4. Would be good to catch up again Adi - My number is still the same Don't let the role change cause any arguments guys, I said previously I am happy to be non-trade given the changeover I would still like to help answer any questions I can though based on previous experience so if there is a way to do that in an appropriate way then it would be good. Lifes too short (like norm) 'J
  5. Hi Guys, Been a while and I miss the banter with you lads. Just thought i'd stop by and say the new role is going very well indeed - I'm now playing a key role in infosec with Santander and I am loving it. I've been able to get very involved at the deep end pretty quickly and have been working with other companies as well so there is a lot of variety in the role. Working locally (Leicester) at London rates and with only very few trips to the capital. I still keep my toe in the industry and have been doing some work on electronic security still - specifically on the software / networking side and I still keep up with the news. I miss the old trade but at the same time I would be lying if I didn't say that I have a new spring in my step and am getting paid now for what to me is a hobby I love. If you have any questions then fire away and if I can ever help in my new sphere (or the old) then please give me a shout. 'J
  6. . We should be utilising Dual SIM card devices to improve security and resilience... As anyone in the Electronic Security industry will be aware, there have recently been many reported intermittent failures across all of the current Major Network Operators (MNO's) such as T-Mobile and Vodafone Some of this has been the result of MNOs upgrading their services to support 4G signalling (In some cases re-purposing 2G bandwidth for 4G services). Other outages have been due to planned maintenance work in the majority of cases. A small number have been the result of unplanned and unforeseen technical issues. Our friends in Éire have also seen a number of instances where the mobile communications have been blocked intentionally by those seeking to attack a protected site or asset. A significant proportion of the devices which currently utilise GPRS / 3G connections are dual path devices where the signal can be routed through the alternate path in the event of such an outage - Just as it was designed to do so. We are as an industry, increasingly embracing the idea of replacing single path PSTN devices with (in some cases) single path mobile path devices. Some would contend that the death of PSTN connectivity is a certainty at some point in the future. It can certainly be agreed that pressures to compress data traffic of analogue communications could lead to further issues such as seen previously. If we are to go ahead with such a mass migration of signalling devices, across to a medium that is currently under significant pressure to evolve, then we should ensure that we are taking all appropriate steps to mitigate any potential for our single path devices to fail to signal. I propose that we should adopt Dual SIM devices wherever possible to improve our capacity to overcome either malicious attempts to prevent signalling and also provide for redundancy of communications when a MNO has an outage of their core networks (something which has happened too often already). Some providers may indicate that they already provide a SIM capable of switching between several networks. This is absolutely true, however, what is not made clear in some cases is that an outage of the MNO with whom the SIM is hosted would mean that the SIM cannot 'lock onto' another network and is in effect rendered incapable of signalling due to an outage of a single supplier. With a Dual SIM card device, each SIM can have a different host network and as such provide much greater resilience. A number of smart phones already utilise Dual SIM capability, in part to support international travel and also in part for improved signalling capability and fault mitigation. As an industry we have for many years struggled to keep up with the changing pace of technology. In this aspect, we should now take the lead and establish the very best practise in the tradition of true British engineering and quality. Take the time to encourage your signalling providers of choice and the ARCs you utilise to support this approach and set the bar higher in our continuing fight to secure and protect our end users.
  7. Gesture controlled laptops on sale this year in what will be a very similar advertising potential for laptop users as with Smart Camera enabled TVs
  8. I used to use the MVPS host file - Which was handy. Also used Peerblock to acheive the same. No real preference but any site I use more than twice I always ensure ads are blocked unless it is a site I want to support (Like this one).
  9. When this first rolls out there should be some good opportunities for hardware hackers to get rid of ads and make their own remote inputs - This opportunity will be reduced as TV software is updated and TV software developers up their game. Good links thanks Cubit. I agree that it's better to have relevant ads - but I don't want to just see the same old adverts for the same old thing all the time. There needs to be a degree of entropy to allow you to see something outside your normal viewing habits or else nobody will explore and will just live in a bubble of sameness.
  10. Please use this post to discuss the blog entry: An Uninvited Guest In Your Living Room... A bit of a diversion from the usual security aspect in this one but I feel like it makes an interesting subject to discuss. Say goodbye to your remotes ...
  11. ...Is 2014 the year when we will see the death of the remote control and the introduction of 24hr monitoring inside every living room? For many years TV manufacturers have made the bulk of their profits from the selling of increasingly minimised hardware at reasonable profits. This has been supported by innovations such as increasingly larger screens followed by LCD,LED,HD,3D and 4K providing yet another “next new thing” to allow them to sell a combination as yet another new TV to those who always want the latest available technology. This has provided substantial profits to the likes of Samsung, Panasonic and Toshiba and other hardware manufacturers over the years. More recently, the introduction of so called ‘Smart TVs’ has provided a new income stream as TV manufacturers have been able to provide their own ‘App stores’ to provide built in software applications to provide additional functionality to users such as Skype or Netflix integrations. This has only generated a modest amount of revenue though and is likely still generating more cost in terms of research and development at this time leading to a net loss. Both of these areas could soon be overshadowed however by a significant upcoming change in the role that TVs will play in how we interact with the services available… A rising number of TVs now ship with built in cameras to allow video calls to be seamlessly integrated and to enable gesture controls. This same functionality has been proven to allow the possibility of tracking eye movements and facial expressions. Extend this one small step further and with a Kinect style ability to recognise individuals there is suddenly a huge new market emerging for TV manufacturers to take advantage of. Relevant content Why would an advertiser want to show their advert while their target audience is not watching? Why would a teenager watching the TV want to see an advert for "shiny, clean dentures"? Similarly, your 100 year old relative is unlikely to want to take up skateboarding. This is wasted advertising money… Instead, if they know that certain people are watching, then they might want to instead show some relevant content for them or place their advert elsewhere. If facial expressions and eye movement can be tracked using the built in camera, then advertisers can suddenly learn what impact the wording of their adverts has upon specific users and tailor audio tracks to get their attention. Perhaps “Best pizza in the whole of Manchester!” did not make you look up from your smartphone, but “Best Hot Pepperoni Pizza at your door in 30 seconds!” may have you looking up and/or licking your lips… Can you imagine how powerful this could be for the multi-billion pound advertising industry? The humble TV suddenly becomes a tool to target viewers on the basis of who is in the room with different adverts shown to Peter or Paul based on their personal, perhaps even sub-conscious preferences. With the significant income that TV manufacturers could generate from advertisers to have access to this immensely valuable metadata, it is likely that they would want all of their new TVs to feature built in cameras. It is also possible that the costs of new TVs in future would be much lower as they do not need lots of new technology to support this technique as it is mostly down to video analysis of the scene caught by a built in camera. Privacy Expectations If users suddenly begin to understand though, that they have become mere products in this supply chain, then it would be only natural for those who want to protect their privacy to want to cover up cameras so as to maintain their own comfort level of sharing information. This of course would stop the TV manufacturers in their tracks and suddenly remove the input of all of the potentially much more lucrative reaction data. This is especially the case if they subsidise the cost of new sets by using the sold data to offset the manufacturing costs. So how do you prevent people from covering up the cameras? This tricky issue is perhaps easily resolved by adding a new ‘feature’ by the way of gesture controlled televisions where no remote control is available or indeed possible. If you take the remote control out of the equation then the only way to adjust the volume or change the channel will be to leave the camera uncovered to allow gesture recognition. Just before UK readers shout: “Hah! I will just use my Sky box controller or Virgin remote” or American readers grab their TiVo remotes, I would urge you to consider that these set top box providers are probably looking at the exact same market space also at the moment, for the very same reasons. It would be interesting to hear the UK Information Commissioners take on this potential development and the impact that it might have regarding privacy versus profit. So to summarise, what does this mean in practical terms as the next few years unfold? Gesture controls will be advertised as a feature TV Remote controls will no longer be provided Cameras will be a standard feature at increasing resolutions Set top box providers and TV manufacturers will compete for market share Viewers will be at risk of living in a viewing ‘bubble’ without diversity Blocking the camera will be rendered impractical / inefficient TVs will be cheaper You will become the product Shares in TV manufacturers may be a good purchase decision in 2014 Adverts may become dynamic and hosted by TV manufacturers as a service Advertisement funded TV content providers may feel impact (Think ITV...) Service provision may be funded by access to camera output Smart TVs already pose a data security risk - Mandatory cameras extend this References: Ongoing - Smart TVs on Wikipedia 28/10/13 - Getting Smart on Smart TVs: Awareness Increases Likelihood of Consumer Purchasing, Survey Shows 04/09/13 - Smart TV interactive ad formats increase brand engagement 20/12/13 - Media Devices Hit 140 Million, Smart TVs Push Increase 18/08/13 - Google patents 'pay-per-gaze' eye-tracking that could measure emotional response to real-world ads 08/05/13 - Eye-Tracking Technologies Are About To Make Advertising Even More Invasive
  12. TekeEye is integrated into Sentinel Plus - So most UK ARCs can support it without relying on SMTP via Immix. The tech contacts i've spoken to seem pretty on the ball and the issues we highlighted were mostly all addressed reasonably quickly.
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