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Submission + - Any Solutions for IoT Security Problems?

The_Other_Kelly writes: Okay, it should be clear by now, that IoT Security is not exactly ... comprehensive.

More like, completely lacking.

In discussion about the BrickerBot and Vigilante Botnets, the question arose:
        What products are there, for non-technical people to use to protect their Home/IoT Networks?

While those with the ability and time, can roll-their-own solutions, what off-the-shelf home security
solutions are there?

Has anyone any good proposals?

Comment Enough whipping Uber to death (Score 1) 88

Let's just pile on Uber and blame them for all kinds of things. They seem to be the designated whipping boy for all things bad in the tech industry now, so why not? I think that it is now fashionable to beat on Uber for all it's perceived sins. I'm not saying Uber is a great place, it obviously has earned some of this, but at this point, we are beyond what seems reasonable to me.

Where I feel for this guy's widow, Uber is ultimately NOT responsible for his death, he is. I know this is hard to admit and as she goes though the stages of grief she is obviously hurting and lashing out at Uber as she goes though this process. I hope she can find peace with this issue eventually and see that her husband's death is only one person's fault. That person is not her or Uber, but hm. In the mean time, I'm very sorry she is going though this.

For anybody out there thinking of following in this guy's footsteps. Consider this: The pain you leave behind for your loved ones is real and the question of "why" will forever cloud their lives in an unfair way. Please get help, tell somebody and work it out somehow, for them, killing yourself is not an answer, it doesn't make the problem go away.

Comment Re:What Solutions are there? (Score 1) 103

In the ideal world, everyone would do so, but we do not live in that one.

And the list of IoT devices will expand to include, basically, ... everything.

Every electricity meter, every freezer, every microwave, every TV.

So for the people who cannot create their own solutions, what options are there?

Comment Re:ATT is NOT a charity (Score 1) 135

The government never collected tax money for universal healthcare. Obamacare was never claimed to be universal healthcare. It was claimed to expand the availability of health insurance and it did that. Feel free to argue if it was a good value or if it expanded it enough or even if insurance was an appropriate approach to healthcare, but it did what was claimed. The telecoms get heaps of money to implement universal service and have for a long time.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 1) 512

I always thought of it as 'engineer' being the more general term that means (for the most part) you have the engineering degree. For the licensed part the term to use is 'Professional engineer' which means you've gone the additional steps beyond the degree to become licensed in your field. So while declaring himself an engineer in a letter to the licensing board might not be the best move it still isn't the same as if he said he was a P.E.

In common practice, claiming to be an engineer is the same as claiming to be a professional engineer. If you want to weasel it, you have to claiming that you work in "engineering". I've had the distinction explained to me, in person, by someone who has worked in the enforcement division of a professional engineering board.

Comment Re: Correcting myself (Score 1) 512

So because of falling bridges, you can't solder your own radio?

No? The question mark is because I don't understand why you would write something that nonsensical. Fixing a radio has nothing to do with Engineers.

Isn't it much more meaningful to require certifications and such for specific projects rather than for extremely vague words such as "engineer" in a broad sweep?

For good or ill, no. Engineer was chosen as the term to represent a licensed, trained expert in particular fields. You can debate the merits of what word was chosen, but the choice was made a long time ago, and it's unlikely to change now. The simple fact is that if you claim to be an engineer you are claiming to have the certifications and qualifications to perform specific types of work (depending on the type of engineer you claim to be), and you are claiming that as an engineer you are liable for the consequences of your work. You should be aware that you don't need to be an engineer to perform most work. The exceptions where you do need to be an engineer are things like designing industrial machinery and bridges. You don't need to be an engineer to build the machinery or the bridge, depending on state law you might not even need to be licensed engineer to work on the design, but you need an engineer to approve the design and sign their name to it. Of course, it should be noted that the approving engineer could face criminal penalties if the design fails and someone is injured or killed.

From the article, it's clear that the guy in question is in trouble solely for claiming to be an engineer to the board that regulates who can claim to be an engineer. It should also be noted that his punishment, a $500 fine, is a slap on the wrist.

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