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August 31, 2019  10:59 PM

Concern Arises About Alexa-based Mental Health Checker

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

Over the past few years, there have been a number of incidents regarding law enforcement and attorneys wanting access to recordings made by smart devices such as the Amazon...

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July 18, 2019  9:15 AM

Wikipedia in DNA Storage is Another Leap Forward

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Storage

We’ve talked before about DNA storage, or the ability to store large amounts of data in DNA. Now there’s another company that’s taking a stab at it. While DNA storage is incredibly dense and is thought to last longer than traditional magnetic storage, it’s


July 7, 2019  10:00 PM

Spokeo as a Precedent Goes Far Beyond Original Database Case

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Database, Storage

A 2016 Supreme Court decision based on how much damage it costs a person when information about them is incorrect in a database is continuing to be used as a precedent in other legal cases that are far removed from the original case. The


June 30, 2019  5:31 PM

Dead Cryptocurrency Founder Transferred Lots of Money Before He Died

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Cryptocurrency, Storage

Remember earlier this year when the head of a cryptocurrency company died and access to the system supposedly died with him? There was some concern at the time that it was...


June 13, 2019  9:38 AM

Hofeller Storage Case Fascinating Study in How Not to Protect Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

If you saw it on tv you’d probably chide it for being a cliché: A guy who spends his whole life passing information on in phone calls so he doesn’t have anything written down in email or paper dies, and has all sorts of incriminating stuff on his un-password-protected, unencrypted computer...


March 31, 2019  10:48 AM

Could This be the End of World Backup Day?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Backup, Storage

Could it be? Is World Backup Day actually dead? I had speculated on this last year, noting that the site’s


March 24, 2019  5:07 PM

Fun Hacking Salvaged Data Storage

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

Every few years, someone hits the papers—or, in this day and age, the Internet – by going out to eBay or Craigslist, buying a bunch of old computers, and checking out what data is still available on them. This year, it was Josh Frantz, a senior security consultant for Rapid7, a security...


February 28, 2019  11:55 PM

Ready for the 1TB SD Card?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
SD card, Storage

It wasn’t that long ago that I first heard about being able to get a terabyte on a laptop – which, of course, made me immediately want one – and it was even less time ago that


February 27, 2019  6:50 PM

Watch Out, Storage — State Legislatures are in Session

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
cellphones, Database, privacy, Security, Storage

For the states that don’t have year-around legislatures, this is typically the time of year when their legislatures are in session. And that makes it silly season, when legislators propose laws that sound good to them without thinking through all the ramifications. Interestingly, a number of...


December 31, 2018  11:03 AM

Storage Year in Review 2018

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
privacy, Security, Storage

It’s kind of hard to write a year in review about something that’s become a commodity. “Hard disk drives, whether spinning disks or solid state, keep getting


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