Video: Brief thoughts on the Internet of insecure Things

A couple of weeks ago, faithful reader Joe got in touch with a friendly reminder that I hadn’t made a video in quite some time.

Ripe video complaint

Well, don’t let it be said that I ignore my readers.

Yesterday, I took my camera up to a hill outside Oxford and recorded a few thoughts on the internet of things. You can watch the video below, or subscribe to my YouTube channel if you like.

It was a lovely day, and I met these charmingly animated but camera-shy ladies.…


Would you like me to make more videos? Leave a comment below or on YouTube, and maybe I’ll start to make them more regularly.

That may also mean that I get better at making videos. I rather messed up the opening titles on this one.

Oh, and if you’re curious about my quite ripe Poodle video - it’s here.

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5 Responses

  1. johncrowther

    September 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    I think short and sweet videos like that can be a really good way for you to get content across.
    Your speaking style is really clear - much like your writing style - so lends itself to fronting vids like this.

    As an aside, I’m always very interested in making sure that content like audio and video can be provided in alternative forms. Captions or transcripts on videos are particularly important for accessibility and transaltion purposes, and also provide benefits like SEO for your content.

    It should be noted that the YouTube auto-caption job on this video has generated a really good transcript with a high level of accuracy - something else that reflects on your clear delivery.

    • Graham Cluley in reply to johncrowther.

      September 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

      Thanks for your kind and encouraging words John.

      I agree that it’s great when YouTube videos have decent captions or transcripts. YouTube’s automatic transcriptions can be a bit hit-and-miss sometimes, but they’re enough to get by with until the video producer has had a chance to edit them properly.

  2. Pete

    September 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    Great work, Graham. Alas, until the novelty wears off and the fad fades, I fear that the Internet of Things might be better named the Internet of Stupid Things, considering some of the devices (e.g., WiFi bathroom scales) that include such connectivity as a “feature”. Is Bluetooth bumwad next? It would be no more useless than hackable automobiles are dangerous.

    And yes…please make more videos! It isn’t the best format for everyone, but it’s an especially effective one for someone as articulate, personable, and undistractingly dashing as you. Plus, well-spoken Brit-narrated vids always seem to have a certain “je ne sais quoi” here in the U.S., where credible, rational messages on the subjects of security and privacy are so sorely needed.

    Nice setting, by the way. Watch where you step.

  3. Anonymous

    September 9, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    The Hills Are Alive … With The Sound Of InfoSec …

  4. Adam Hauter @ Sherly

    September 11, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    Thanks for the video Graham. Agreed, manufactures should put their focus on security as this days it’s becoming a priority for more and more people, not to mention companies that are also likely to try new technologies. On the other hand I find Internet of Things really interesting but I have some concerns about the very security.

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