Oh Boy! Has Switzerland Quantum Leaped Into The Future?
Don’t worry in this episode there isn’t a Doctor Samuel Beckett, an Al Calavicci or a Ziggy. And no-one is being teleported to a distant past or future. However, though not quite as exciting as one of the 97 episodes of Quantum Leap, a significant breakthrough in quantum computing or specifically encryption technology has been achieved by a Swiss start-up. Now that’s certainly one way to make a statement when starting out.
The company Terra Quantum discovered a new method of sending encrypted data securely through fibre optics over a distance of almost 25,000 miles using quantum mechanics, in so doing making it impossible for hackers to hijack the data.
The method called quantum key distribution has many benefits for financial institutes, governments and businesses alike in the war against cybercrime.
Starlink High Speed Internet Is No Faster Than Dial Up Internet
After the incredible launch of SpaceX seeing rockets re-land perfectly after having successfully deployed satellites into space, we thought well other than a few odd Tweets, and podcast appearances like Joe Rogan where he was seen sharing a marijuana joint with the show’s host, one thought other than that, Elon couldn’t put a foot (too) wrong. So with the final announcement last year and after 5 years in the making, Starlink was launched.
For those of you who recognise the name but cannot remember what Starlink is, it is Mr Musk’s new means of supplying super fast, uninterrupted internet across the globe, initially trialling out and providing the service to those with low to extremely poor access and to those who cannot get internet in their location at all. Though an extremely ingenious concept it does leave some concern in the back of my mind as to what will eventually become of the tens of thousands of additional satellites orbiting our planet.
Now other than costing 500,000 people $99 per month plus $499 for a satellite dish as of October 2020, the speed and latency of the internet provided so far for most has been a little underwhelming to say the least, it’s definitely a hefty cost for something that’s been providing about the same quality of internet as achieved through a 1990s dialup modem.
According to data provided by Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence on Wednesday 6th May 2021 due to the latency, the time in which the data is sent and received via satellite, inevitably taking in consideration where the satellites may be in orbit, meant that on occasion the internet speed was superior than the average broadband connection in an area, but was also far slower as often as it was fast.
It was believed that satellite positioning was to blame for the interference, however just like with GPS other interference like clouds play a big role.
How Secure Do You Feel In Your Car?
Nowadays when we see an article discussing car security in the technology section of a news website or blog, subject to the title we assume that article will talk about electric vehicles security and the threat from hackers as opposed to installing a better car alarm or immobiliser. However what we don’t ever consider is something a large proportion of us use day in and day out which could and may likely pose a grave security threat to you. Any ideas? No? Well what if I told you that your infotainment system, yes your fun music, travel and smart technological buddy that makes your journey that bit brighter and more enjoyable is recording pretty much everything you do, in much the same way your smartphone does!
At the beginning of this month the US Customs and Border Protection agency purchased a very helpful piece of kit that basically allows them to connect to a car’s infotainment system and allows them to extract every single bit of data. Obviously not a problem if you have been behaving yourselves as you have nothing to worry about, for now at least as the technology has yet to reach the hands of criminals which unfortunately as we know is only a matter of time.
The only means to protect your data via your infotainment system is to simply never connect your smartphone to it. Too late I guess!