Evan Schuman

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Evan Schuman has covered IT issues for a lot longer than he'll ever admit. The founding editor of retail technology site StorefrontBacktalk, he's been a columnist for CBSNews.com, RetailWeek, Computerworld and eWeek and his byline has appeared in titles ranging from BusinessWeek, VentureBeat and Fortune to The New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Baltimore Sun, The Detroit News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Evan can be reached at eschuman@thecontentfirm.com and he can be followed at twitter.com/eschuman. Look for his blog twice a week.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Evan Schuman and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Note to IT: Google really wants its privacy settings left alone

When is a cybersecurity hole not a hole? Never

When is a cybersecurity hole not a hole? Never

In cybersecurity, one of the challenging issues is figuring out when a security hole is a big deal or is trivial. Apple now has a hole that pushes the definition.

Google makes a big security change, but other companies must follow

Google makes a big security change, but other companies must follow

Google is moving — slowly — to make multi-factor authentication default, pushing FIDO-compliant software embedded within the phone, and even has an iOS version. Nice touch.

Google and Apple claim their devices deliver a better sleep; not true, university says

Google and Apple claim their devices deliver a better sleep; not true, university says

A university study found that a frequently-heralded smartphone claim by both companies is non-existent. This raises a serious question: Don’t they have to prove something works before shouting it from the highest virtual rooftop?...

Rethinking mobile security in a post-COVID workplace

Rethinking mobile security in a post-COVID workplace

Remember all of the security corner-cutting forced on us in March 2020 as companies scrambled to deal with the pandemic? It's time now to go back and fix things.

Details of how the feds broke into iPhones should shake up enterprise IT

Details of how the feds broke into iPhones should shake up enterprise IT

Given that law enforcement can leverage a hole in Mozilla open-source code that Apple used to permit accessories to be plugged into an iPhone’s lightning port, IT and enterprise security pros need to view mobile device security...

The case of the missing laptop RAM

The case of the missing laptop RAM

One of the best tech support programs in the industry has been Dell's ProSupport program, which routinely answers within 10 seconds and offers excellent techs who truly try to help. It also offers a next-day onsite repair program...

Text authentication is even worse than almost anyone thought

Text authentication is even worse than almost anyone thought

For years, security experts have been sounding the alarm about texting numbers for authentication. Now, due to some excellent work from Vice, it's clear the text situation is far worse than we thought.

WhatsApp's new 'privacy' policy is a gift to other messaging apps

WhatsApp's new 'privacy' policy is a gift to other messaging apps

WhatsApp does not treat all interaction data the same. For now, user-to-user/customer-to-customer/consumer-to-consumer messaging is encrypted and considered private. But when a user communicates with a business, Facebook can do...

Apple tramples on security in the name of convenience

Apple tramples on security in the name of convenience

Apple's upcoming iOS 14.5 and WatchOS 7.4 OSes will allow masked enterprise employees to access their iPhone if they happen to be wearing an Apple Watch that is unlocked. If companies don't stop workers from using this convenience, it...

Have a pacemaker and an iPhone? Could be a deadly combination

Have a pacemaker and an iPhone? Could be a deadly combination

Apple itself has issued a warning that its newest iPhone could attack your heart — literally.

When cryptographers looked at iOS and Android security, they weren’t happy

When cryptographers looked at iOS and Android security, they weren’t happy

In recent years, the feds have stopped asking for a workaround to get past Apple security. Why? It turns out that iOS, along with Android, is simply not as secure as those companies suggested.

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