Monthly Archives: January 2020

How well does my car know me?

How well does my car know me?

It is certain that our cell phones and electronic devices collect a wide variety of data about us. On top of the new technologies to which we expose our home life (like Alexa or Google Home), our cars can be thought of as smartphones with wheels. Cars are being provided with more software than ever and with built-in navigation systems that memorize where we go (e.g. office, home or favourite café), the frequency with which we go there, how long we stay, and so on. Even car-sharing services have a built-in box that collects data about our driving styles. Granted that gathering information can improve driving performance and safety, the […]

Tamper detection technologies: it takes a thief to catch a thief

Tamper detection technologies: it takes a thief to catch a thief

Tamper detection is a concept already present in our everyday life, even when we are not aware that it can be called by that name, or even that it is implemented at all. Tamper detection and tamper evidence methods are already in use in many common situations: specific tamper evidence mechanisms are used to provide proof of unauthorized access to the inner components of a device (i.e. it can void the warranty) or even just of a luxury good in department stores. We speak about tamper evidence when the goal is to reveal the unauthorized access upon examination by a human, and about tamper detection when we implement some sort […]

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