Stories by Kenneth van Wyk

Apple Pay's weakest link

You're only as secure as your weakest link. That bit of wisdom has hit home for Apple Pay of late. Fraudsters have wasted no time finding and exploiting the mobile payment system's weak link to their advantage.

Don't get into an email mess

Though she may have broken no laws, Hillary Clinton acted irresponsibly in using a personal email account to conduct official U.S. government business in her capacity as secretary of State.

Rating the payment options

Several electronic and mobile payment options have become available, but most of us in the U.S. are still using plain-vanilla credit and debit cards with magnetic stripes. They use technology that dates to the first Nixon administration. That's not a problem in itself; I have no problem with time-tested security measures that work effectively. But just look around: Data breaches are everywhere, and those magnetic-stripe cards are often implicated.

Looking beyond Heartbleed

We can do things now to make things a little easier should we face another widespread security defect in code like OpenSSL.

Kenneth van Wyk: After Snowden

Restoring trust in our information systems after Edward Snowden's NSA revelations will take years -- if it can be done at all.

Kenneth van Wyk: High hopes for iPhone's Touch ID

Much has been written already about the new iPhones and the iOS 7 operating system. Some people are underwhelmed by the OS ("Apple is just stealing ideas from Android now!") and disappointed by the iPhone 5C ("Apple still isn't making cheap phones!"). For us security geeks, though, the big news is in the iPhone 5S's fingerprint scanner. It has also drawn its share of negative reactions, with privacy folks screaming bloody murder ("Big Brother is here!"). I am not insensitive to privacy concerns, but