Posts Tagged ‘security’

The War Against Photography is Growing Alongside the Use of Security Cameras

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The western world was sent into a brief paranoid frenzy when whistleblower Edward Snowden leaked government information about the surveillance of the National Security Agency (NSA). I say brief, because it seems to have been forgotten by a large number of people; it seemed like it was just more news. The revelations, and more that followed, showed how the NSA record phone calls and data and more controversially; that they use information from emails and social networking sites.
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The TSA Sets Up an Instagram Account to Show Off the Things They Confiscate

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What do a loaded gun, a stun gun disguised as a pack of cigarettes and an inert grenade all have in common? Pictures of all of them are to be found on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) new Instagram account, where the government agency is doing its best to show the public the kinds of dangerous things its employees are confiscating on a daily basis. Read more…

How I Make Sure My Photos Are Backed Up and Safe From Harm

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I had a hard drive fail on me once. It was a total nightmare. I lost two years of digital photos and all of my music that i’d digitized. Never again.

Thankfully this happened to me before I was a professional photographer and it was just my own images. Not a wedding client’s. If you charge people for your photography, you need to be professional and have a proper bomb-proof backup strategy.
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Kentucky Derby Bans All Interchangeable Lens Cameras for ‘Security Purposes’

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If you’re planning to attend the Kentucky Derby early next month, you might want to make sure you’ll be content with capturing your memories with a smartphone or point-and-shoot. Churchill Downs, the racetrack that hosts the famous horse race, has unveiled new security measures that will prevent attendees from bringing certain items onto the grounds. Among them: all interchangeable lens cameras.
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Nikon Patent Shows Password Protection for Lens/Body Combinations

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Having your camera stolen is not a fun experience. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a camera that catches its own theft in progress, your recovery options are limited to services like Stolen Camera Finder, CameraTrace and, the most likely fix, a good insurance policy.

According to a recent patent, however, Nikon may have another method in the works that will try to prevent and deter theft. Nikon Rumors reports that the camera giant has filed a new patent in Japan (number 2013-61508) that locks certain lens/body combinations using a password. Read more…

Your Wi-Fi-Enabled DSLR Could Be Used by Others to Spy On You

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If you’re the proud owner of a Wi-Fi-connected digital camera, there’s something you need to be aware of: your camera could be used to spy on you.

At the hacker conference Shmoocon 2013 last month, German security researchers Daniel Mende and Pascal Turbing reported on findings that Internet-connected cameras can easily be exploited and turned into spy cams.
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A 29-Megapixel Sensor and a Canon EF Mount on a… Security Camera?

We received a tip in our inbox earlier today for a 29-megapixel digital camera that uses Canon EF mount lenses. While those aren’t exactly attention-grabbing specs, the type of camera is quite different: it’s a security camera. Canadian surveillance company Avigilon has a line of JPEG2000 HD Pro security cameras. These cameras come in 8MP, 11MP, 16MP, and 29MP models, and use Canon EF mount SLR lenses.
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McAfee Social Protection Blurs and Locks Down Your Photos on Facebook

If you’ve been shying away from posting your photographs to Facebook because you don’t want them stolen, security software company McAfee has come up with a solution for you. It’s a new tool called McAfee Social Protection, and helps you protect your photos using invite lists, blurring, and lock-down.
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Instagram Allegedly Downplays Security Vulnerability

Sebastian Guerrero, an independent researcher in Barcelona says he’s discovered a way to force friendship with any Instagram user — private or public — by exploiting an Instagram server-side vulnerability. In one case, Guerrerro forced Mark Zuckerberg to follow his test account. Then Guerrerro sent him a message through a photo post, which would show up in Zuckerberg’s photo feed of people he follows. Guerrero also used a test account to follow a private user without the required approval from the private user.
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Adobe Releases Updates to Fix Critical Vulnerabilities in Photoshop CS5

In early May, Adobe had CS5 users in a tizzy when they announced that users would have to upgrade to CS6 for a fix to the 8 eight critical vulnerabilities they had just discovered between in Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash Professional. Fortunately, after a bit of an upheaval Adobe changed their tune, and now the long-awaited patches are out and ready for you to download and install. If you followed the links in our original feature and found that you were indeed affected by the vulnerabilities, we would highly suggest you get that remedied right away.

Security update | Photoshop CS5, CS5.1 (via PC World)


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