Six Ways to Improve Your Home Security Today

(DGIwire) — A man’s home is his castle, but it shouldn’t have to be his fortress. Of course, home security is one of every homeowner’s top concerns. Are you doing enough to protect your home from unwanted intruders? These six tips, adapted from a Reader’s Digest article about home security, are simple, fast and effective […]

Increasingly Sold Online, Fake Medicines Can Kill

(DGIwire) — What some online pharmacies claim to offer—brand-name drugs at cut-rate prices—can seem too good to be true. Drugs for treating high blood pressure, cholesterol and low libido are all easily orderable and brought right to your door without a valid prescription, according to a recent CNN report. Many of these online retailers, adds CNN, […]

Even ‘Safe Zones’ Such as Hospitals Can Fall Victim to Fake Drugs

(DGIwire) — The prevalence of counterfeit prescription drugs has been making headlines, with outlets such as The New York Times and The Huffington Post publishing a plethora of stories on the subject. In February 2014, the Times reported that Indian manufacturers were exporting fake pharmaceuticals. That same month, the Los Angeles Times ran a piece […]

Plant DNA’s Starring Role in Protecting Our Cars from Theft.

(DGIwire) — If real life were anything like Hollywood movies, car thefts would be quick, flashy and go unpunished by law enforcement…especially if the person who stole the car is the movie’s hero, played by a handsome A-list actor. Audiences actually root for these characters, recklessly driving stolen Lamborghinis to pursue a “bad guy.” After […]

Helping to Lower the Risk of Tainted Prescription Drugs

(DGIwire) — Point, click, purchase: people do it all the time for books, plane tickets and just about everything in between. Many also now buy their prescription drugs online through a national pharmacy chain or mail-order program offered by their health insurance provider. The challenge is the host of illegitimate sites that are selling prescription […]

Proactively ‘Planting’ an Effective Anti-Counterfeiting Measure

(DGIwire) – By 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) expects the value of counterfeit goods globally to exceed $1.7 trillion. That’s more than two percent of the world’s total current economic output. In a CNNMoney report, Jeffrey Hardy, head of the anti-counterfeiting program at ICC, says the counterfeiting business is exploding—and it goes way […]

Detonating the Ticking Time Bomb of Faulty Electrical Parts

(DGIwire) — A corrosive influx of counterfeit electronic parts into America’s manufacturing supply chain is costing the U.S. government and its contractors untold billions each year. However, the problem is not just limited to those who supply government agencies. Recent reports show that consumer and industrial businesses are losing approximately $250 billion each year because of […]

Counterfeit Goods: New Technology Offers New Protection

(DGIwire) — Polls show that half the population opposes any kind of counterfeiting, and believes the government should be more proactive in its efforts to curtail the practice. They understand that counterfeiting damages companies, manufacturers and many others economically, and in some industries can put lives in serious danger—for example, in counterfeit military equipment. For more […]

Luxury Bedsheets…Or So Says the Label

(DGIwire) — Over the years, one luxury Paris sheet maker has built its reputation catering to a high profile celebrity clientele. Current pricing for its 1,200 thread count queen set made with 100 percent Egyptian cotton will cost a buyer about $1,400 American. Or… one can find the company’s sheets in the online marketplace, which also claims to offer a […]

Fake Olive Oil? Fake Fish? Fraud Has Reached into What We Eat

 (DGIwire) — Interpol recently confiscated more than 1,200 tons of counterfeit food and 430,000 liters of counterfeit beverages across Europe. Ninety-six people were arrested. But wait: fake food? How could this be? In fact, food—like much else in today’s global economy—is not always what it’s cracked up to be. As an example, specialty products such as […]

DNA Technology Now Helping to Fight Crime in Sweden

(DGIwire) — In a perfect world, calories wouldn’t count, money would grow on trees and crime wouldn’t exist. In reality, we have to watch what we eat, work for our money and live in a world where criminals abound. Some roam the streets; others lurk in offices, homes or in front of computers worldwide. Fortunately, those in […]

James Bond 007 Would Love this Anti-Counterfeiting Technology

(DGIwire) — Anyone remember what James Bond drove? It was an Aston Martin, of course—a super-sporty DB-5. The sleek and sexy Aston symbolized, well, exactly what Bond himself stood for: British pride, power and above all, flawless operation. Largely, despite several dizzying changes in management since the Bond days, including in 2013 losing at least one member […]

DNA in Beer? Protecting the Secret Sauce? New Forensic Foundations

 (DGIwire) — On the Esquire Network television show called Brew Dogs, two passionate beer drinkers travel the world to find the best and most distinctive craft beer imaginable. In a recent episode, they made a stop in Philadelphia; their intention was to find the “most American beer ever made.” The thing that made the winning […]

Putting an End to Counterfeits and Criminals at Their Roots, DNA Style

(DGIwire) — Earlier this year, a historic agreement was reached between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the family of Henrietta Lacks, a poor African-American mother of five who died from cervical cancer more than 50 years ago. Following her death in 1951 at age 31, some of Lacks’ cancer cells were taken by […]

Modern Crimefighting Partners: DNA and a Nanosecurity

 (DGIwire) — Those who watch crime shows know that modern criminologists often use DNA—short for deoxyribonucleic acid—to solve crimes by identifying victims and suspects while ruling out the innocent. Though the genetic code for all human beings is 99.9 percent identical, no one has the exact same DNA except identical twins. Thus, DNA is also used […]