Personal Data Notification and Protection Act

On January 29, 2015, in Privacy, by transxf1

“On Jan. 13 the White House announced President Barack Obama’s proposal  for new data privacy legislation, the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act.  Many states have laws today that require corporations and government agencies to notify consumers in the event of a breach – but it is not enough.” Slowly, ever so slowly, legislation continues […]

Improve Your Security Maturity

On January 28, 2015, in Security, by transxf1

The point is that common/casual attacks (on your computer, network, smartphone, home network) can be prevented by all of us. The second point is that targeted attacks – that is if you have digital assets worth stealing or compromising – are extremely difficult and expensive to prevent.  But there are early warning and post attack […]

Internet improves personal lives, but privacy is still a concern

On January 20, 2015, in Privacy, by transxf1

“Majorities of respondents in both developed and developing countries think that the legal rights of internet users should be governed by the local laws of the country where the users live. Those surveyed consider that if a foreign government wants information about a person stored in a datacenter in that person’s country, they should have […]

IoT – Wearables are Privacy Problem

On January 5, 2015, in Privacy, by transxf1

The Internet of Things – those “smart” gadgets and devices that we are wearing and putting in our homes – will challenge your personal privacy and make life a great deal more risky.  We’ve learned that few people think twice about their Internet privacy and security until they are attacked (digitally) or suffer a loss […]

A new strain of “ransomware” is striking

On December 29, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

The latest of the nasty stuff has been reported. A new strain of “ransomware” is striking – CBS News.   Thanks to – CBS News

Bad, bad Internet news: Internet Systems Consortium site hacked

On December 28, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

So far the year has ended with more bad news on the security front.  I would like to predict that the situation will improve next year, but so far there is little positive evidence that things will get better. Bad, bad Internet news: Internet Systems Consortium site hacked | ZDNet. Thanks to  ZDNet

How digital identities today create business opportunities tomorrow

On December 27, 2014, in digital identity, by transxf1

The symbiotic relationship between your digital identity and your social and consumer activities are now irrevocably linked – without your permission of control.  Few of us have been able to insulate ourselves from automatic identity transparency when using mobile apps and traditional computer browsers as well.  Yes, we do a pretty good job at protecting […]

Staples breach exposed 1.16 million payment cards | TheHill

On December 22, 2014, in Identity, by transxf1

We continue to be appalled that our private financial information is compromised when a major retailer is hacked. It would make more sense to this tech pro if we assumed that this would happen and then took steps to protect ourselves. That means work.  Changing passwords, re-pinning credits cards.  Requesting new cards periodically and seeking […]

Will Banks Be Required to Have Cyber-Insurance?

On December 18, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

We consumers and Internet users are doing precious little to protect ourselves beyond using the protections that come by default on our devices and within the applications we choose.  So it makes perfect sense to require the custodians of our information, data, and money to require a high standard for them.  But the costs of […]

The FBI Used the Web’s Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users

On December 16, 2014, in Security, by transxf1

The openness of the Internet and the collaboration and cooperation among Internet users, some genuinely honest and other patently dishonest continues to provide an environment for solving problems that both benefit and also harm us.  So I guess we shouldn’t disparage open source development or resist the financial support of commercial technology companies who al […]