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    In the previous part of this post, we explained what the "smartification" of the home is, why people are adopting it, and looked into some of the factors that can influence how people choose to add home automation into their daily lives. What are some additional factors that influence whether smart devices are accepted into homes? Replacement of Existing Equipment As existing devices and appliances in the home need replacement, homeowners may choose to replace these with smart devices. Of course, users may ...

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    Over the past few years, there has been proliferation of intelligent connected devices introduced into homes across the globe. These devices can range from the familiar - such as tablets, smart phones, and smart TVs - to the less familiar, such as utility meters, locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, motion detectors and scales. Other devices, like wearable technologies, or wearables, such as fitness and lifestyle monitoring devices, and smart glasses are making an entrance into our regular way of life. This effect, known as “smartification” ...

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    The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil is all but underway, and the fervor of such a prestigious and newsworthy event is already setting competing nations' populations on fire. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are getting into the mood too. Besides recently flooding the internet with phishing scams and the taking down two Brazilian government sites by hacktivists (the Sao Paulo Military Police website  and the official World Cup 2014 Brazil website), cybercriminals are also targeting the mobile scene with scads of World Cup-themed mobile malware  - ...

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    Facebook users are once again the target of a malicious scheme—this time in the form of a notification about "Facebook Chat". The spammed notification pretends to come from the "official Facebook Chat Team." A notification shows users of a tagged comment to a Facebook Note containing a fake announcement about a Facebook Chat verification requirement. Figure 1. Facebook Chat verification notification The spam tries to sound urgent to convince users to verify their accounts. To do so, they are first asked to to ...

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    Recently, I received a rather unusual call that claimed to be from National Australia Bank (NAB), one of the four largest banks in Australia. The caller had my complete name and my address. They claimed that they had flagged a suspicious transaction from my account to an Alex Smith in New Zealand to the tune of 700 Australian dollars. They needed my NAB number to confirm if the transaction was legitimate. There was just one problem with this seemingly plausible call: ...

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