Category Archives: Security

It’s not too hard!

For the past twenty years, I have worked with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop standards for the photographic industry. All too often, the standards group comes to the conclusion that because too many factors are involved, it is too … Continue reading

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Europium in Europe

According to Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams, every element has a use, or at least most of them do. The rare earth element, europium is used in European banknotes for security, along with TVs and  fluorescent light bulbs. It is … Continue reading

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Would you like gravy on that 5 pound note?

Eat your meat takes on new significance with Britain’s movement to a new £5  banknote that contains traces of tallow. Tallow, which is made from beef or mutton fat, is also commonly used in candles and soap. Apparently, some  vegetarians are objecting … Continue reading

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Smarter than Smart Cards

You may or may not have noticed it, but more and more credit cards have an EMV chip, in addition to the magnetic stripe. The reason for this change is that starting October 1, 2015, banks that due not issue smart … Continue reading

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The difficulty with Chinese characters

I am glad I live in the U.S. and do not have to worry about writing Chinese characters. My handwriting is bad enough, and I can’t imagine what it would look like if I had to reproduce the complexities of … Continue reading

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Online Photo Services

Last week hackers compromised the photo processing service behind Costco, Sam’s Club, CVS, and other photo sites, shutting them down until early August. Fortunately, I do not have an urgent need for photo prints before then. This ability to shut … Continue reading

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Secure Your Information

With online sites being hacked on a regular basis, I have decided to take additional steps to secure my photos, documents, and financial information. Here are the steps I have taken: Cloud storage – Boxcryptor encrypts information. Boxcryptor works with Dropbox and … Continue reading

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Inkjet Me a Credit Card

Inkjet printing continues to find new applications. I received my Chase credit card and was surprised to see that the embossed name and number that is on every other credit card was missing. Instead, Chase has used UV cured inkjet … Continue reading

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Remove Fake Currency Before Returning Printer

In case you missed it, Jarad Carr was recently arrested after returning a printer with a sheet of fake hundred inside. I hope everyone has learned a lesson from this incident: remove all counterfeit currency before returning your printer. The more … Continue reading

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All about you

Orwell’s 1984 has arrived, and I’m not sure I like it. Intellicheck Mobilisa has come out with a new system for checking IDs. This system verifies the information hidden in driver’s licenses and other IDs, using a portable reader to link … Continue reading

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