This week the team discuss the ways apps and services fail to keep our data safe. From deliberate data theft to bad design we discuss the worst we've known and how the Apple and Android ecosystems are adapting to these threats. We also launch this season's challenge on crypto-currencies.
We talk about:
- Web pages that collect your data before you click submit
- Confusing app permissions that change without explanation
- User-hostile designs and anti-patterns
- The UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommending the use of password managers
- Nonsense password ‘quality’ requirements that even the originators no longer recommend
- Some problems with implementing two-factor controls well.
- VPNs that monitor users whilst promising privacy (such as Facebook's Onovo)
- Apps (now rare) that take your contacts' details without permission
This episode was recorded in late September 2017.
This week's Blandford-gram pick is his forthcoming 2018 calendar project, courtesy of his colleagues:
Our special thanks to everyone that supported this and previous episodes including Ian Wilkinson, Tim Edwards, Ilicco, Andy Hagon, James Murray, Paul O'Sullivan, Robert Daniels, Ray Kaluza, Stephen Dark, Jamie Holland, Phil Turnbull, David, Lynda Sue, Marko Hoffmann, Matt Lacey, Øyvind Berle, Richard Yates, Kah Leong Ow, Roland Roberts, Kurt Kaufman, Graham Lovett, Richard Hurst, Paulrus, Terence Eden, Alastair Harding, Dan Lane, Iain Mercer, John Bashaw, Sacha Obado, Jennifer Hanen, Hugh Matthews and Francis Muir.