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From the College of Natural Sciences

New Digital Security Program Doesn't Protect as Promised

University of Texas at Austin scientists have shown that they can break "Vanish," a program that promised to self-destruct computer data, such as emails and photographs, and thereby protect a person's privacy. There is no way to permanently delete any material posted or sent through the Internet, and this leaves people's information vulnerable to ...

Math Could Make Security Screening More Fair

AUSTIN, Texas — A researcher at The University of Texas at Austin has found that secondary security screening at airports is mathematically flawed, and has identified a way to select people for screenings more efficiently and fairly. William H. Press, a professor of computer sciences and integrative biology, proposes a method called square root bi...