security

Canon May Add Fingerprint ID to Its Cameras and Lenses

Fingerprint ID is used on many smartphones these days for security and identification, but would you like to see the same feature on your camera gear? Canon has apparently developed a fingerprint ID system that can identify the photographer using the camera or lens.

Man Finds DJI Customer Data Exposed, Gets Threat and Rejects $30K Bounty

Security researcher Kevin Finisterre recently found a flaw that exposed private customer data of the Chinese drone company DJI to the public. After reporting the bug to DJI's bug bounty program, Finisterre received pushback and a legal threat. So instead of collecting his $30,000 bounty, Finisterre is now going public with his findings (and experience).

Camera Battery Explodes at Airport, Sparking Panic

Orlando International Airport received a scare yesterday when some travelers heard what appeared to be a loud gunshot. After the commotion had settled down, it turns out that one person's lithium ion camera battery had exploded.

Woman Films Her Internet-Connected Camera Talking to Her

More and more cameras are getting Internet connectivity these days, opening the door to new security and privacy concerns. A Dutch woman learned a creepy lesson on this recently when her Internet-connected camera started tracking her and talking to her.

DJI Develops Option to Fly ‘Offline’ for ‘Sensitive Flights’

The US Army recently said that it was removing all DJI equipment from its operations due to "cyber vulnerabilities," in what was a blow to the public image of the Chinese drone manufacturer. In response, DJI has now developed an option to fly without any Internet data transfers in an effort to appease sensitive corporate and government organizations.

This 60 Cent Ring Makes Your Camera Lens Harder to Steal

Removing a lens from modern cameras is usually extremely easy. It's a great feature for photographers who switch lenses a lot, but it can also make it quick and easy for thieves to steal a pricey lens. Now there's a new open source accessory called Mark's Lens Safe that helps protect against this type of common theft.

How to Protect Your Photos from Theft Online

As a photographer, you obviously want to spend your time focusing on your passion: capturing great images, being creative, and making art. Unfortunately, in our connected world, photo security is a very real concern. This article is a comprehensive guide on protecting your photos from online image theft.

5 Tips for Music Photographers to Stay Safe at Festivals

Strapping thousands of dollars of camera gear to your body and navigating large crowds of intoxicated fans can present unique risks to professional music photographers. Never is that risk greater than at music festivals.

10-Year-Old Kid Wins $10,000 for Successfully Hacking Instagram

There are a bunch of ways to make money through Instagram: you can sell prints, attract potential clients, you can even set up an account for your pooch. But one 10-year-old in Finnish kid squeezed $10K out of Instagram without having to post a single photo... he hacked the platform instead.

Instagram is Rolling Out Two-Factor Authentication to Protect Your Account

Earlier this month, Instagram finally added support for switching between multiple accounts in the same app. Now the photo sharing service is adding another oft-requested feature: 2-factor authentication.

That's the security feature that texts a security code to your phone when you're logging into your account to verify that it's actually you doing the login. It makes the login process slightly more cumbersome, but what you get is a lot more protection from people trying to hack in.

Selfie Sticks Banned by Secret Service Ahead of Pope’s Visit to D.C.

On September 23rd, Pope Francis will be visiting Washington D.C. and rolling through the streets during a Papal Parade in his Popemobile. The Secret Service is working hard on security preparations leading up to the visit, and yesterday it published security policies for law enforcement to enforce.

Among the banned items at the parade are firearms, explosives, drones, and selfies sticks.

Anti-Drone Systems Are Starting to Take Off

Camera drones have opened a whole new world of possibilities for photographers looking for a way to capture aerial images, but the meteoric rise in drone adoption has also opened up Pandora's box as well. Now a new industry is emerging alongside the booming drone industry: anti-drone defense systems.

ANKR: Peace of Mind About Your Camera Bag for $25

I just installed an ANKR in my camera bag. Over the past 10 years I’ve had this reoccurring dream about my camera gear and my backpack being stolen. I’ve actually had two cameras stolen over the years, unfortunately.

Selfie Sticks Banned at Disney Theme Parks

Selfie sticks may be growing in popularity, but bans of the photo accessory have been increasingly common as well. First sports stadiums started prohibiting spectators from using the sticks, and then major museums started following suit. Next in line: major theme parks.

Disney World and Disneyland are both issuing complete bans on selfie sticks, meaning guests won't be able to bring them into any of Disney's US-based theme parks. Bans will also be implemented at Disney's parks in Paris and Hong Kong.

Kid Rushes French Open Court for a Selfie with Roger Federer

The 2015 French Open is underway in the tennis world, and one of the big news stories of the first round doesn't even have to do with tennis. After tennis superstar Roger Federer easily won his first round match today, a young fan sprinted onto the tennis court and attempted to take a selfie with Federer.