Henrik Kraft

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Why tech’s favorite color is making us all miserable

The cold blue light of modern touchscreens may be aesthetically pleasing, but it poses health problems. Designers and technologists should take cues from military history and embrace the orange.<p>When I was 14, I saved up money from my first web design job to trick out a really nice gaming PC. I …

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse

SAN FRANCISCO — The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy.<p>One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it. Another said the code numbers of the digital lock at her front …

Private File Sharing that Prioritizes Security

Easy-to-use, enjoyable interfaces may delight your users, but they’re likely to reject your designs if they don’t feel secure using your app and …

A Facebook bug changed suggested sharing settings to 'public' for up to 14 million users

About 14 million Facebook users who thought they were posting a message just to friends or smaller groups may have actually been sharing it widely …

What Comes After User-Friendly Design?

The design industry needs a new way to talk to users–one that isn’t just friendly, but respectful.<p>“User-friendly” was coined in the late 1970s, when software developers were first designing interfaces that amateurs could use. In those early days, a friendly machine might mean one you could use …

This family’s Echo sent a private conversation to a random contact

A Portland family tells KIRO news that their Echo recorded and then sent a private conversation to someone on its list of contacts without telling them. Amazon called it an “extremely rare occurrence.” (And provided a more detailed explanation, below.)<p>Portlander Danielle said that she got a call …

A Curated List of GDPR Resources

Simply Secure is dedicated to helping designers and developers build technology that protects people’s privacy and security. Thus we welcome the …

Here’s the company that built Hawaii’s emergency alert system

The disastrous false alarm issued by Hawaii over the weekend has raised concerns about what safeguards the state had in place. The state-wide alert, which told people a ballistic missile was about to hit, terrified residents and visitors, as the state scrambled for 38 minutes to issue a …

CIA agents in 'about 30 countries' being tracked by technology, top official says

<b>(CNN) —</b> CIA officers working overseas used to expect to be followed after hours by adversarial spies hoping to find their sources.<p>But now, foreign spies often don't need to bother because technology can do it for them, said Dawn Meyerriecks, deputy director of the CIA's science and technology …

Artificial Intelligence

Harnessing the power of conversational interfaces in security

<i>The case for chatbots in the modern security operations center.</i>I recently sat down with Bobby Filar and Rich Seymour, Senior Data Scientists at the …

Recruitment

Scout Brody on crafting usable and secure technologies

In this episode, O’Reilly Media’s Mac Slocum talks with Scout Brody, executive director of Simply Secure. They discuss building systems that help …

Cognition

The dots do matter: how to scam a Gmail user

I recently received an email from Netflix which nearly caused me to add my card details to someone else’s Netflix account. Here I show that this is a …

YouTube Kids Is Going To Release A Whitelisted, Non-Algorithmic Version Of Its App

YouTube will approve all channels allowed to post, a source told BuzzFeed News, giving parents a firewall against an algorithm that's often proved lacking.<p>YouTube is planning to release a new version of its YouTube Kids app that will do away with algorithmically suggested videos and will only …

<b>(CNN) —</b> As tens of millions of Americans come to grips with revelations that data from Facebook may have been used to sway the 2016 presidential election, on the other side of the world, rights groups say hatemongers have taken advantage of the social network to widely disseminate inflammatory, …

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you’re being tracked

Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without …

Tech designers should be licensed, says Silicon Valley designer Mike Monteiro

Technology companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon and Snap Inc. employ some of the most sought-after designers in the world to help them build their products. These designers, using all the tools at their disposal, can wield enormous power, influencing what we click on, see, hear and …

U.S. soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging

By Liz Sly<p>, Bureau chief<p>BEIRUT — An interactive map posted on the Internet that shows the whereabouts of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit also reveals highly sensitive information about the locations and activities of soldiers at U.S. military bases, in what appears to be a major …

Fitness app Strava exposes the location of military bases

Strava, the popular app for tracking running, cycling and swimming, is not the most obvious go-to for exposing national secrets, but a heatmap of activity from users has been found to unearth the locations of U.S. military bases worldwide.<p>The company’s review of 2017 showed all routes taken by its …

Strava’s fitness tracker heat map reveals the location of military bases

Geolocation isn’t a new problem for the military<p>Strava is the maker of a fitness-tracking app that uses a phone’s GPS to track when and where a user is exercising, with an aim of being a type of social network for athletes. Last November, the site released a heat map showing the activity of its …

Light Bulbs Flash "SOS" in Scary Internet of Things Attack

Hackers used a drone to target a set of Philips light bulbs in an office tower, infecting the bulbs with a virus that let the attackers turn the …

Using Ethics In Web Design

Using Ethics In Web DesignUsing Ethics In Web DesignMorten Rand-Hendriksen 2018-03-22T16:30:06+01:00 2018-04-07T18:16:37+00:00Every design decision …

Web Design

Facebook is facing an existential crisis

Facebook is facing an existential crisis.<p>The Cambridge Analytica scandal has done immense damage to the brand, sources across the company believe. It will now take a Herculean effort to restore public trust in Facebook's commitment to privacy and data protection, they said. Outside observers think …

Cambridge Analytica

Better Security Through UX, Part 2: Visual Design and Emotion

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced the theme that good user experience (UX) design can actually promote better security overall, by fostering …

On Weaponised Design

“When people fail to follow these bizarre, secret rules, and the machine does the wrong thing, its operators are blamed for not understanding the …

Codes of Conduct

Facebook and the endless string of worst-case scenarios

Facebook has naively put its faith in humanity and repeatedly been abused, exploited, and proven either negligent or complicit. The company routinely ignores or downplays the worst-case scenarios, idealistically building products without the necessary safeguards, and then drags its feet to admit …

Internet

Here’s how Facebook allowed Cambridge Analytica to get data for 50 million users

Facebook says it isn’t at fault.<p>Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics firm that helped Donald Trump get elected president, amassed a trove of Facebook user data for some 50 million people without ever getting their permission, according to a report from the New York Times.<p>Facebook is in another …

Privacy is UX

Government snooping. Identity theft. Sale of personal data. Privacy is out there in a big way. But it’s not <i>in here</i>, meaning on most product …

UX for security: Why privacy matters

<i>User experience designers have an opportunity to empower people to take control of their privacy.</i>Continue reading UX for security: Why privacy …

YouTube Is Only Just Realizing That It Might Be Bad for All of Us

Almost since its founding, Twitter has regarded itself as a platform for news; watershed moments in the company’s history included the Arab Spring …