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Joy, pain and unknown manatees: a Microsoft Video Indexer test

Sven Krumrey

Recently, Microsoft's Build 2017, an annual developer conference, took place in Seattle and the company once again displayed their crown jewels along with big plans for the future (as always). With a Colgate smile, attendees were shown what smart services can do with cloud data - and data protection officials were probably reaching for their suicide pills right away. Video Indexer is a great example of how to leverage these new technologies and you can give it a try - if you dare. After all, Microsoft didn't lie when they spoke of a "democratization of surveillance tools".

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Secure logins: two-factor authentication

Sven Krumrey
We all want data security - and sometimes you need to change your habits for it. I already wrote about strong passwords and how to detect phishing attempts so today's article is about secure logins. Two-factor authentication may sound like a bureaucrat's wet drean but it does wonders for the security of your user accounts, even when your login credentials have already been stolen! more
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When a secret weapon falls into the wrong hands

Sven Krumrey
Sunday afternoon movies can be so wonderfully relaxing. Stations frequently show old spy movies with super villains stealing super secret weapons from government facilities. Armed with laser cannons and other gadgetry, they go on a raid until they're stopped by the hero at the last minute. With the world on the verge of unspeakable catastrophes, we hear the cuffs click and see secret societies of villains get uncovered and eradicated. This blog article tells a similar story except that, in this case, heroes are scarce, villains still out and about and the secret weapon is targeted at your PC. more
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Visiting an Internet refusenik

Sven Krumrey
I recently received an SMS. Since that rarely happens ever since my parents entered the "messenger age" it was either my phone carrier who was trying to foist off entirely useless services on me (Buy smileys? Why don't you have a look at your database to find out how old I am!) or - the last Internet refusenik. There's one in my circle of friends who decided not to go online, who doesn't own a smartphone and whose computer (an old Amiga) has been collecting dust in the attic for the past 30 years. We met over dinner at his place and, as always, that evening gave me a lot to think about. more
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Why are so many Android devices insecure?

Sven Krumrey
Would you use a computer that received its last security update in 2014? Most of us would probably refer to to the need for regular Windows Updates and an antivirus solution in the face of this question and feel moderately secure (and rightfully so). But what about Android devices? Android is runs on over one billion cellphones, tablets and other devices and is fairly secure, if those devices are running a somewhat current version which is not always the case. more
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