The password as an authentication feature needs to die. It’s just that no one has really wanted to admit it. The good news is that a potential replacement is around the corner - biometrics.
The idea that digital privacy is dead is widespread. That belief hasn’t stopped privacy advocates from pushing for better, more widespread user protections. Nor has it prevented a pushback from marketing agencies and other data-driven organizations. Will there ever be a happy medium between the two?
The idea of killer robots - of artificial intelligence that one day deems humanity obsolete - is one of the most common tropes in science fiction. And maybe someday, machine overlords will be a real threat. For the time being, however, it’s not artificial intelligence we should fear. It’s human intelligence - or the lack of it.
You wouldn’t exactly expect a celebrity musician to be tuned-in to cybersecurity issues. Many superstars, after all, are notorious for either taking a hands-off approach with stuff outside their sphere or else being woefully misinformed. Taylor Swift is neither - and she might be our best bet for making people outside of IT care about data privacy.
Phishing emails remain one of the most common methods by which cybercriminals target both enterprises and individuals. And why shouldn’t they be? Even though it’s a simple tactic, it works extremely well - all it takes is one weak link, and your network’s compromised. What can you even do to defend against something like that? Quite a bit, actually.