Wirecutter Weekly: How safe is your privacy in a smart home?

Wirecutter Weekly: How safe is your privacy in a smart home?

This great CNET piece reports that facial recognition in devices like the Nest Cam IQ, Honeywell Smart Home Security, and even the Sony Aibo robot dog don’t comply with Illinois’s Biometric Information Privacy Act, which “defines ‘biometric identifiers’ as retina scans, iris scans, fingerprints, hand scans, face scans and voiceprints.” As reported in the New York Times, cameras have been installed (but not yet activated, so they say) on planes.

Why you need to update Windows regularly

Why you need to update Windows regularly

It maintains updates for Windows operating systems like service packs and patches. It maintains updates for Windows operating systems like service packs and patches. On the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases patches and other security updates through Windows Update.

Google needs to break up its all-or-nothing approach to permissions

Google needs to break up its all-or-nothing approach to permissions

"Since Google Home Hub uses the Google Assistant to interface with YouTube, web and app activity is a required permission to enable voice actions."