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UniKey Powers ERA Touchkey into UK



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With a string of successful smart lock products such as the Kwikset Kevo, UniKey are expanding out of the US and into other worldwide markets, but it’s not simply a case of taking a US product and selling it abroad as each country has its own size and security requirements . Don discusses the problem with Dirk from UniKey and looks at the first smartlock product from UniKey for the UK’s residential market.

The ERA Touchkey has been developed in partnership with ERA, a long established British manufacturer, to bring a smart nightlatch to the UK. The lock is really simply to use….touch the lock, the lock talks to your smartphone (which can stay in your pocket or bag), checks your credentials and opens the door if authorised. It’s clever enough to tell if the smartphone is on the inside or outside of the door, to stop the door being unlocked to intruders because your phone is nearby inside the house.

The ERA Touchkey will be available in the first half of 2016, but no details on price.

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Wistiki Tracking Tags by Philippe Stark



Wistiki LogoBluetooth tracking devices are fairly common but when the tags have been designed by Philippe Starck as “connected jewels”, it’s definitely worth taking a look. Lisa Despeyroux, Wistiki’s Communications and PR manager connects with Jamie and Daniel to tell them more about Hopla!, Voila! and Aha!

French outfit Wistiki have partnered with the famous designer, Philippe Starck, to create three shapes of tracking device (or Wistikis) in four colours. Hopla! is credit card shaped for wallets and purses, Voila! is rectangular for keychans and the oval Aha! dangles for pets or gear. Colour-wise, the choice is yellow, blue, orange and pink. It all adds up to Gallic flair!

As with most tracking systems, the Wistiki connects to an app on the smartphone and there’s a fairly standard set of features including ring, reverse ring and leash. There’s an additional neat feature where if someone finds a lost Wistiki, they can message the original owner to arrange return. And the ringtone is cool too.

The new range is launching on Indiegogo now with expected delivery in late 2016. Current perks offer six Wistikis for US$149.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist.
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Essence Behaviour Analysis for the Smart Home



Essence LogoComing from a background in home securityEssence have used their understanding of monitoring to develop a range of products for the smart home to enable independent living for those people who might otherwise have difficulty looking after themselves. Jamie and Daniel find out more from Rafi Zauer, Essence Head of Marketing.

The smart home market is exploding at the moment and there are hundreds of companies peddling hubs and sensors. What sets Essence’s SmartCare apart is a focus on unobtrusive monitoring and pattern analysis to detect when a dependent person’s daily routine changes, potentially by illness, in order to alert family members to a problem.

By using PIR motion detectors and door sensors, a pattern of behaviour is built up and deviations from the pattern can be escalated to relatives to follow-up. It’s all passive detection; there are no cameras and as such this provides an important level of privacy. Data is passed to a cloud service which in turn passes alerts to an app on a tablet or smartphone.

With an increasingly older population who want to remain in their own home, these kinds of systems will be increasingly relevant.

Jamie Davis is the host of Health Tech Weekly at HTWeekly.com. He is a nurse, paramedic and health journalist.
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AVG Protects Devices, Data and People



AVG LogoAs the online war with the bad guys escalates, the target is moving away from the devices to the people who own them. Jamie and Daniel look at this tactical shift with AVG‘s Todd Simpson.

AVG’s goal is to protect devices, data and people with a portfolio of products, from anti-virus to VPNs, parental controls to reputation protection. As more and more services come online, people are becoming more aware of the risks and securing their activities. Protecting people is a much harder problem, especially with the rise of the Internet of Things and many connected devices in every home. Things that used to be physical security, such as a door lock, become digital security problems once it’s a connected door lock that can be operated by a smartphone.

AVG’s cross-platform software is available direct from AVG and from the various app stores.

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uQontrol Unveils Qkey at CES 2016



uQontrol QkeyuQontrol is unveiling Qkey at CES 2016. The Qkey is a zero-footprint device that provides a rich consumer experience while eliminating the pain of entering passwords, the fear of exposing payment card data, and the frustration of filling out forms.

Qkey is the first chip and PIN device for securing online payments utilizing the same security chip used on the new payment cards. While Qkey patent pending technology emulates the trusted chip and PIN payment card, the one-click smart login technology eliminates the need to enter hard-to-remember passwords.

With the Qkey “smart login” users can also store favorite websites, shipping information, and other sensitive data, reducing the need for re-typing in information for online transactions. uQontrol also took a page from the mobile design playbook and created Qkey one-click navigation for a more natural, frictionless experience.

With the Qkey “smart wallet”, users carry and store their payment cards and other sensitive information securely in their pocket – off the PC, off the browser, and out of the cloud. uQontrol will soon be making their Software Development Kits (SDK) available for app developers. Qkey is currently in Beta testing and will be available to the public in Q2 of 2016.

Visit uQontrol at CES 2016 in the South Hall Exhibit, booth # 21424 (between Alibaba and MasterCard).


Tailwind iQ3 Smart Module at CES 2016



TailwindTailwind is a Canadian startup that will be publicly showing their first product, the multi-use Tailwind iQ3 smart module, at CES 2016. The unique tech gadget allows homeowners to use their smartphones or other smart devices like Apple Watch to control and monitor their garage doors, fireplaces, sprinkler systems, sump pump water levels, pool heaters, and security systems. Many more applications are planned for 2016.

The suggested retail price for the Tailwind iQ3 starts at less than $40. The iQ3 can notify you if your home alarm system goes off while you are away – with no monthly fee. It can function as a connected security system for sheds and garages. Homeowners can use their smartphones to control and monitor up to 3 garage doors with one module for up to 80% less than competing models.

Tailwind can control a gas fireplace for 50% less than a typical fireplace remote control. It can control a pool heater without requiring a special hub or control systems costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars. A second Tailwind iQ3 can be placed on your night table to alert you of any problems if you turn off your smartphone at night.

Visit Tailwind, and see live demos, at CES 2016 at booth # 80762.


CUJO Smart Home Security Device at CES 2016



CUJO and CUJO app togetherCUJO transforms the face of cybersecurity. It protects your home against hacks, viruses, malware, malicious websites and other viral intrusions. To protect your devices from a broad range of attacks, CUJO goes beyond traditional security by using a multi-layer approach that combines firewall, antivirus, and malware typically found in separate devices.

CUJO uses self-learning technology to keep watch over computers, smart phones, thermostats, baby monitors, smart TV’s, gaming systems, wearables, and other connected devices by constantly updating itself to block new threats. This is critical because the majority of smart devices don’t have pre-installed security.

Their patent-pending system was designed to make CUJO simple to use. To begin using CUJO, simply connect it to your router with one cable. (The cable is included.) Next, launch the CUJO app. CUJO will begin to analyze behavior and secure all devices connected to your network. When your home network is attacked, a notification will be sent to your app with additional details.

CUJO has a monthly monitoring fee of $8.99 per month or $89.00 per year.

Visit CUJO at CES 2016 at Sands, Hall G – booth number 80531 (Eureka Park Marketplace).


Essence and GetSafe Bring WeR@Home to CES 2016



Essence and GetSafe WeR@HomeEssence is a leading provider of IoT, cloud-based living solutions. GetSafe LLC is a leading home security company. Together, they are bringing WeR@Home Smart Living solution to U.S. consumers and to CES 2016.

WeR@Home is a fully integrated, user-friendly system for managing security, safety, and automation devices in the home. It operates from a single, intuitive app incorporating virtually any smart-home Z-Wave compatible device, as well as a growing number of cloud-to-cloud integrations such as the Nest Learning Thermostat to enhance the user experience. As an end-to-end connected-living platform, WeR@Home allows service providers the ability to launch and expand their product lines with a single-vendor solution.

After more than a year of researching the right partners, GetSafe selected Essence’s technology. It will be delivering a GetSafe branded version of WeR@Home for the DIY home security and automation market, utilizing an extremely intuitive and simple set-up. The system, which includes video monitoring services, is set to be launched in the U.S. market during the 1st quarter of 2016. Users can easily manage their entire home from mobile apps and also enjoy 24/7 professional alarm monitoring.

These solutions, as well as Essence’s other flagship product, the Care@Home Elderly Monitoring Platform, will be presented at the upcoming CES exhibition in Las Vegas, beginning January 6.

WeR@Home and Care@Home will be available for demo at CES in January at the Sands Convention Center Smart Home section, booth #70958


WordFence Announces WordPress Security Learning Center



wordfence logoWordfence has launched the WordPress Security Learning Center. It is a comprehensive guide that has been designed to help the WordPress community learn about website security and how to protect their websites from attackers.

The WordPress Security Learning Center has been created for learners of every skill level. Those that are new to WordPress, or not yet confident about their tech knowledge, can start with a solid introduction to WordPress security.

Those with considerable experience can view the resources for expert developers. It really is for anybody who wants to learn more about WordPress Security.

Every article on the WordPress Security Learning Center has been labeled in order to make the difficulty level of it as clear as possible. Options include: “Basics”, “Intermediate” and “Advanced”.

You can find tutorials from beginner to advanced and developer level, helpful information about security threats and attack types, and guides for developers to help them avoid writing vulnerabilities and to penetration test their own code. Content includes in-depth articles, videos, industry survey results, helpful graphics, and more.

The WordPress Security Learning Center is a completely free resource. Anyone who wants to can visit the website, browse the resources, and start learning. Registration is not required. No payment is needed. There is no “offer”, signup, subscription, or anything like that. You don’t have to enter an email address before you can see the content. It is easily accessible.


Speak Up And Stay Safe(r) Guide Protects You From Harassment



Speak Up & Stay Safer logojpgA group of three women, who have each been targeted and harassed by cyber mobs, have put together a useful guide about online safety. Speak Up and Stay Safe(r) is a guide to protecting yourself from online harassment. The creators describe it as “the guide we wish had already existed when the attacks on us began.” Further description includes:

This guide is for anyone who fears they might be targeted, or who is already under attack, for speaking their mind online, but is especially designed for women, people of color, trans and genderqueer people, and everyone else whose existing oppressions are made worse by digital violence.

The guide includes best security practices for social media, email, online gaming, website platforms, and ensuring privacy of personal information online. It also has best practices for documenting and reporting harassment. In addition, it discusses how to care for yourself emotionally during an online attack.

At the top of the guide are three steps that a person who is feeling overwhelmed by an online attack can begin with. Set up two step verification. Create unique, complex, passwords. Remove potential doxxing information. Each step has a link attached that can quickly give more details about what to do and how to do it.

The creators of Speak Up and Stay Safe(r) are: Jaclyn Friedman, Anita Sarkeesian, and Renee Bracey Sherman. Jaclyn Friedman is the founder and former executive director of Women, Action & the Media (WAM!). She was also the architect of WAM!s Twitter Harassment Reporting Demonstration Project and leader of the #FBrape campaign to apply Facebook’s hate-speech ban to content that promoted gender-based violence.

Anita Sarkeesian is a media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency, a video webseries that explores the misrepresentation of women in pop culture narratives. Her work focuses on deconstructing stereotypes, patterns, and tropes associated with women in popular culture, and also on highlighting the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces.

Renee Bracey Sherman a reproductive justice activist. She is the author of “Saying Abortion Aloud: Research and Recommendations for Public Abortion Storytellers and Organizations”. She is also a writer with Echoing ida and a board member at NARAL Pro-Choice America.