Headline October 11, 2016/ ''' SAM -*DIGI*- SUN '''

''' SAM -*DIGI*- SUN '''

EVERY YEAR, FOR  EVERY year past,  I find myself more ignorant than the last. But thank, God!   -for some very bright  students like:

Rabo, Haleema, Dee, Vishnu/India,  Hussain, Saima, Sanyia, Tooba, Mahnoor,  Abu Bakr/Sweden, Zaeem, Ghazi, Eman/ Mustafa/LUMS,  Noman,  Armeen/ Ahsen/ Amina/LUMS,   

Little Hanyia, tiny Meriurm/Singapore, Reza/Canada, Danyial/UK.  I would probably end up  -only fencing with my tail.

For example, I always figured that one of the biggest security risks for computers users is their Wi-Fi. Wrong, totally wrong!
Microsoft has just just disclosed that it's your  *web browser*.

According to Microsoft,  90 percent of phishing emails use the browser to initiate attacks, which can then be used to help attackers establish a beachhead inside the company

Microsoft is aiming to better protect users and organizations from the threats that they face with a new feature called  *Windows Defender Application Guard*..

''YANGYANG'' :[ !WOW! ]    -IS SO SMASHINGLY PRETTY  -that it may just get your heart to swoon, and God forbid, just stop dead.
BUT,....And what I have to disclose is that  *Yangyang*  is a humanoid robot. 

At Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, China, Yangyang displayed some classic beauty, facial expressions, sending the audience into ruptures of utter delight and curiosity.

The android was produced jointly by  *China's Shanghai Yangyang Intelligent Robot Science Service Center*  and  *Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro*     -with the aim of popularizing robotics among young students.

But reverting to what I said at the beginning of the post, -when I pointed to some computer security concerns, we now have some new developments.

A SMARTPHONE CAN BE used to send a secure password through the human body and open a door with electronic smart lock.

Rather than rely on easy to back  Wi Fi  or  Bluetooth signals, researchers have developed a system that uses the human body to securely transmit pass words. 

Computer scientists and  electrical engineers have devised a way to relay the signal from a fingerprint scanner or touchpad through the body to a receiving device that is also in contact with the user.

These  ''on-body''  transmissions offer a secure option for authentication that does not require a password, the researchers said. 

''Let's say I want to open a door using an electronic smart lock,'' said study co-lead author Merhdad Hessar, an  electrical engineering doctorate student at  University of Washington-

''I can touch the doorknob and touch the fingerprints sensor on my phone and transmit my secret credentials through my body to open the door, without leaking that personal information over the air.''

The system uses the signals that are already generated by fingerprint sensors on smartphones and laptop touchpads, which have this far been used to receive input about the physical characteristics of a user's finger.

''What is cool is that we've shown for the first time that fingerprint sensors can be re-purposed to send out information that is confined to the body,'' study senior author:
Shyam Gollakota, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington, said in a statement.

The researchers devised a way to use the signals that are generated by fingerprint sensors and touchpads as output, corresponding to data like a password or access code.

Better than transmitting sensitive data  ''over the air''  to a receiving device , the system allows that information to travel securely through the body to a receiver that 's embedded in a device that needs authentication.

In tests so far, the system worked with  iPhones, Lenovo laptop trackpads and the Adafruit touchpad  {a trackpad that can be used with computers}. the tests were successful with 10 people who had different heights, weights and body types, and worked when the subjects were in different postures or in motion.

The on-body transmissions reached the rates of  50bps for the touchpads and 25bps for the phone sensors  -fast enough for a simple password or numerical code.

Bit rates measure the amount of data that can be transmitted per second, with higher rates representing more data [for instance, a small file rather than a simple password].

On-body transmissions could also be applied to medical devices, such as glucose monitors or insulin pumps, which require secure data sharing to confirm the patient's identity, according to the researchers.

Once they have more access to the software used by fingerprint sensor manufacturers, the researchers aim to continue researching how to provide greater and faster transmission options.

The technology is described in a study that was published online Sept 12 in the Proceedings of the  2016  ACM  International Joint conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing.

With respectful dedication to the Scientists, Inventors, Students, Professors and Teachers of Engineering and Technology. See Ya all on !WOW!   -the World Students Society and !E-WOW!  -the Ecosystem 2011:

''' Security Lab '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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