The Shared Security Podcast Episode 66 – Ring Doorbell Camera Review, Traffic Apps, Amazon Echo

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This is the 66th episode of the Shared Security Podcast sponsored by Security Perspectives – Your Source for Tailored Security Awareness Training and Assessment Solutions. This episode was hosted by Tom Eston and Scott Wright recorded July 24, 2017. Below are the show notes, commentary, links to articles and news mentioned in the podcast:

Tom’s review of the Ring doorbell camera
Tom discusses his recently purchased a Ring doorbell camera, some of the features, challenges and tips for use. Disclaimer: This review was not sponsored by Ring…although we’re happy to test other Ring products if Ring would like to get in touch with us. 🙂

When traffic apps hit diminishing returns
Using an app like Waze has huge benefits when navigating traffic situations. However, many things can go wrong especially if the app tells you go a route that everyone else is taking to avoid a traffic situation or when others purposely report an “accident” when there is no accident just to route traffic out of their neighborhoods. What a wonderful time to be alive!

Verizon Data of at Least Six Million Users Leaked Online
Verizon was recently a victim of a data breach that affected six million customers. What makes this breach different was that it was caused by one of Verizon’s third-party partners accidentally misconfigured an Amazon S3 cloud based data repository, which was set to “public”. A great example of why third-party security is so important to businesses.

New iOS update fixes a very dangerous bug
If you have an Apple iOS device you should update to iOS 10.3.3 ASAP. You should also update your Android device if you so happen to have a vulnerable one of the listed Android devices as well (see this page for more info). This update fixes a very serious vulnerability in the Broadcom wifi chip on the device. The researchers that discovered this vulnerability discussed (at the BlackHat conference in Las Vegas last week) how they were able to take over a vulnerable device all through a wifi connection.

Surprise, Echo Owners, You’re Now Part of Amazon’s Random Social Network
Did you know that if you have an Amazon Echo device you can use it to make voice calls and send messages to other Echo owners? Sounds great, except that by default Amazon needs access to your entire contact list to see who else is an Amazon Echo owner which allows everyone to be able to call each other. This is fine except, how many of your contacts to you “really” know? Many times we put temporary contacts or have people in our contact list that we really don’t want to talk to again (old bosses?). Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t allow you to choose who you want to connect with…it’s all or nothing.

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