Sean Portnoy


Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as an online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

Sean Portnoy is a freelance technology journalist; currently, all work that Sean does is on a contractural basis. Sean has also written corporate communications documents for CA.Sean does not accept gifts from companies he covers. All hardware products he writes about are purchased with his own funds or are review units covered under formal loan agreements and are returned after the review is complete.

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Is your Internet TV vulnerable to hackers?

Is your Internet TV vulnerable to hackers?

Manufacturers racing to create HDTVs that can connect to the Web may have rushed over an important step in trying to rush them to market: keeping them safe from hackers.According to the New York Times, security firm Mocana was able to hack an Internet-connected set "with unsettling ease.

January 2, 2011 by in Security

UltraViolet: DRM for online content handled through the cloud

UltraViolet: DRM for online content handled through the cloud

As you're probably aware, digital rights management (DRM) hasn't exactly worked as smoothly as content creators and copyright holders would like. Probably the most successful DRM solution to date -- Apple's FairPlay -- was eliminated in 2009 for digital music sold through iTunes, and remaining systems have competed with one another without gaining widespread traction.

July 25, 2010 by in Security