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  • Mar 03, 2018

    Motiv Fitness Tracking Ring and Online Danger | #176


    Are you sick of bulky wrist-worn health monitors? Tired of tricksters emailing you about the PayPal account you don’t even have? Well, Motiv Co-Founder and CTO, Curt von Badinski, and Secure Anchor Consulting Founder and CEO, Eric Cole, PhD, have solutions for you. Curt tells us about their lightweight, fitness tracker ring, and the struggle it took to get it to market. Then, Dr. Cole shares some of his tips for staying cyber safe, avoiding email scams, and making sure your family is protected. Tune in now.


    • [00:00:00] Get Useful Info in a Minimal Package
    • [00:05:13] The Tech of Tiny Health Monitoring Ring
    • [00:12:31] Fitness Ring Challenges
    • [00:19:55] Safeguard Your Information
    • [00:28:52] Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet
    • [00:35:57] Scam Emails – Beware Urgency and Emotion


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    [00:00:00] Get Useful Info in a Minimal Package

    In a world where everything is trying to distract you, the Motiv Ring stays out of your way while giving you as much valuable information as possible. Co-Founder and CTO, Curt von Badinski, describes their fitness, heart rate, and sleep monitoring ring, and the four year journey that brought the product to fruition. This wedding band sized tracker holds a three-day charge, has no distracting display, and feeds information to your smartphone with none of the hassle of modern wrist wearables. Could low-key devices like this be the wave of the future?


    [00:05:13] The Tech of Tiny Health Monitoring Ring

    Most people don’t have time to charge their fitness trackers every day. Not wanting to miss out on any valuable information, Motiv took painstaking steps to assure their Ring had a long-lasting battery while maintaining a compact form factor. Co-Founder and CTO, Curt von Badinski, and the team at Motiv, spent a whole year developing their battery technology and circuit board which includes a tiny PPG sensor. Motiv Ring is able to track heart rates and determine when a user is physically active, sleeping, napping, and more! What you do with the information is up to you, though, as the FDA doesn’t let small companies make recommendations on health decisions without extensive testing and approval. Don’t worry, Motiv won’t leave you out in the rain, find more resource on their blog at


    [00:12:31] Fitness Ring Challenges

    Creating a wearable fitness ring tracker presents its own unique challenges that most people might not even realize. Motiv Co-Founder and CTO, Curt von Badinski, shares the story of one of their early rounds of prototypes that were given to their engineering team with a warning; “Remember to take it off before you wash your hands.” Within a couple of days, all of the devices were water damaged. This highlighted how important waterproofing is to the Motiv Ring. Curt also shares some of the other features they’re working on, like the ability to share information, health kits, other color options, and frequent software updating. Will you keep track of Motiv’s progress?


    [00:19:55] Safeguard Your Information

    What is a malicious cyber attack? Clearly, something like WannaCry is, but if you accept terms and conditions of a program or website that allow them to use your computer’s processing power to mine BitCoin, is that still malicious? Secure Anchor Consulting Founder and CEO, Eric Cole, Ph.D, warns us about the dangers of keeping your private information in a place easily accessible by hackers. Today’s hackers aren’t interested in draining your bank account; they want to steal your processing power and gain total control of your computer, cell phone, and your life. Find out how to keep your information safe and tucked away.


    [00:28:52] Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet

    While many security professionals will tell you software is the best option when keeping your kids safe on the internet, Eric Cole, Ph.D. disagrees! Your kids are more tech savvy than you and can quickly break through basic defenses. Dr. Cole gives us his three best solutions to keeping our children cybersafe – educate, spotcheck, and minimize use. Also, we discuss some of the topics covered in Dr. Cole’s new book, Online Danger, like credit card fraud, cyber bullying, cyber stalking, identity theft, online banking, and cyber hygiene. Tune in for some great tips on keeping your online presence clean.


    [00:35:57] Scam Emails – Beware Urgency and Emotion

    There’s something wrong with your Amazon order! Act now or your PayPal account will be deactivated! A Nigerian prince wants to give YOU all of his money! You’ve probably run into these email scams before, and they all have three things in common: urgency, emotional appeal, and a link or an attachment. Secure Anchor Consulting Founder and CEO, Eric Cole, Ph.D., shares helpful habits for staying safe online, like running endpoint security, cellphone re-imaging, and avoiding email scams. Remember, most websites like Amazon and PayPal state that they will never ask for personal information or passwords, and will never send embedded links in an email. If you encounter these things you can guarantee it’s fraudulent. It doesn’t matter who you are, or how much money you have, you’re going to be a target. So turn the security features in your phone and computer on. Learn more now.


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    Program Host: Jason Masters
    Producer: Jason Masters
    Production Assistant: Joanne Bolden
    Audio Engineer: Jason Masters
    Copy Editor: Cody Castleberry
    Guest: Curt von Badinski
    Guest: Eric Cole, PhD

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