This week, Gizmodo, ValleyWag and other sites have exposed how easy it is for someone to create fake places with Google Maps, making it possible to divert phone calls to the FBI, send fake locksmiths to your door or otherwise confound your guileless plans.

Gizmodo: “It’s Ridiculously Easy to Troll Google Maps with Fake Listings”

ValleyWag: “How a Hacker Intercepted FBI and Secret Service Calls with Google Maps”

The small lesson: Triangulate. Before plunging into a sensitive transaction, double-check with another source, like a boringly analog phone book.

The larger lesson: Trust is a precious commodity. It’s hard to win, easy to lose.

Boeing, the Chicago-based aviation company with a massive presence in the Northwest, sought to create trust in a new way this week, introducing an ultra-secure mobile phone intended for people who work in classified networks.

ArsTechnica: “Boeing’s Black — This Android Phone Will Self-Destruct”

Quartz: “Boeing is making a spy phone that self-destructs”

Boeing offers just another example that trust is valuable. Oregon companies like Eid Passport and Tripwire have built businesses around it.

Here’s an EID Passport video about the standards used in its smartbadge technology: ___

 

This article was written by Mike Francis from The Oregonian and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.