Fingerprint ID tech is just one of many measures on show at CES 2014
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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is in full swing out in Las Vegas, with every form of technology you can imagine being tested and dissected by industry experts.

With privacy issues weighing on the minds of many people in the U.S. and beyond, the interest in security systems at CES 2014 is higher than usual. The challenge to fill that vacuum is being taken up by a number of companies and products.


Privacy Products and Security Systems at CES 2014

It’s easy to see how some futuristic visions from shows past end up looking silly, but let’s jump right in to look at what’s on offer this year to improve security and privacy:

  • Mother is a sensor-based tracking system that aims to track almost anything in your home that you can think to attach its ‘cookies’ to. Perhaps it’s the creepy looking face that puts us off this one? Mother’s always watching…
  • Voice activation remains a familiar yet unproven technology, as other more cutting edge approaches take center stage. Nonetheless, Agnitio believes the KIVOX 360 device that it showcased at CES 2014 provides such advanced speaker authentication that it can become a major player.
  • The FingerQ PrivacQ brings fingerprint identification to laptop computers via a simple plug-in device, adding that extra layer of security that many are seeking.
  • The FIDO Alliance is at the center of most discussions around security and privacy at CES 2014, pushing for a simple objective from the technology on show, “Simpler Stronger Authentication.”


The Internet of Things

A quick note also for the trend toward hyper-connected devices, which show sensors potentially hooking any household and mobile device up to the web.

This ‘Internet of Everything‘ concept has been bubbling under for some time now, but the mass adoption of mobile devices and advances in connectivity appear to be moving things forward at a faster rate, if the buzz at CES 2014 is anything to go by (and it usually is).

The privacy issues that arise from putting more and more data into the cloud are the same old concerns, yet the fundamental question as to how much we do so can only be put off for so long. Will consumers continue to connect any device and offer up all information requested of us, or has the ‘shadow of Snowden’ made us all more wary about what we put out there?

Past behavior suggests the former, so perhaps  it’s a good thing that the companies mentioned earlier are so focused on improving security and authentication techniques!

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