Mastering the Costanza: Eight Steps to Beating a Lie Detector

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Ah, the mystery of the lie detector. Can it really be beaten? George Constanza said trying to learn would be like asking Pavarotti to teach you his tricks. Well, grab your microphone and get ready. It’s time for you to hit the stage. The basics To beat a polygraph, […]

FBI Warns Wi-Fi Users to be Wary of Public Hot Spots

With the increasing amount of WiFi hot spots everywhere, the FBI is warning people to be careful when connecting to unknown wireless networks. Without the proper protection, it is fairly easy for a villain to capture information broadcasted from your system while being connected to a rogue or compromised access point. Since most laptops are […]

New Technology Hides Messages in Internet Phone Calls

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] A couple of Polish scientists have come up with a way to encode secret messages within the data of internet-based VoIP calls. The men, from the Institute of Telecommunications in Warsaw, designed a steganographic system — a special kind of code that allows content to be encrypted inside of […]

Big Brother’s Back: NASA Worker Suspended Over Blog Postings

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] A NASA employee is off the job because of what he posted on his blog. Federal Computer Week reports the man — a worker at Johnson Space Center in Houston — made posts soliciting donations and campaigning for political candidates on company time. He’s also accused of sending non-work-related […]

Surveillance Through Your Home Appliances

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] All right, surveillance junkies, I’ve got a new one for you: a just-developed device that can turn your air conditioning system into a sophisticated home monitoring tool. Shwetak Patel of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta came up with the protocol, featured in New Scientist today. The tool […]

Cell Phone Security: Using your Phone to Monitor your Home

————– By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] This week, we’re talking cell phone secrets — easy-to-use services that can help you unlock the hidden powers of your phone. I started by showing you a bunch of ways to get more for your money with cool services like Braincast and Cellfire. But today, we’re taking on […]

The Truth Behind File Trading Traps

By JR Raphael Contributing Writer, [GAS] Ever wonder how the record industry catches all those people trading music? Today, we’re getting some insight. The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) says it uses the same exact tools familiar to file sharers to track them down. Specifically, RIAA officials told the Chronicle of Higher Education it […]