Fixing Heartbleed – It’s The Culture, Not Just The Technology

On April 15, 2014, in Security, by

I’m greatful that there is so much information about Heartbleed bouncing all over the Internet.  Even though there is precious little any of us can do to control the risks that abound on the internet, moving information rapidly is one consolation. At least we’re not in the dark about exploits and the remedies that we […]

NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence

On April 14, 2014, in Privacy, by

“The NSA and other elite intelligence agencies devote millions of dollars to hunt for common software flaws that are critical to stealing data from secure computers. Open-source protocols like OpenSSL, where the flaw was found, are primary targets.The Heartbleed flaw, introduced in early 2012 in a minor adjustment to the OpenSSL protocol, highlights one of […]

The Internet’s Telltale Heartbleed Bug

On April 10, 2014, in Security, by

Anytime Bruce Schneier’s name is mentioned in a security news article, I’ve learned to pay attention.  And that is because he is serious about security and has developed an enviable reputation by being committed to understanding exploits and assisting security folks worldwide to isolate and eliminate them. Now its time to listen, people. The Internet’s […]

Google Updates Its Privacy Policy

On April 7, 2014, in Privacy, by

In the first privacy update of 2014 Google makes an effort to clarify the ways that it uses YOUR data and information. A step in the right direction Google Updates Its Privacy Policy. Key Details: “Other useful privacy and security related materials Further useful privacy and security related materials can be found through Google’s policies […]

Why Apple Is Losing The War For Online Identity

On April 1, 2014, in Identity, by

“There is an all-out war for identity among the biggest and most successful tech companies in the world. But there’s one more player who has yet to enter the fray and could largely own online identity: Apple.” Why Apple Is Losing The War For Online Identity | Fast Company | Business + Innovation. Thanks to […]

Obama to give up NSA’s phone call sweep

On March 25, 2014, in Security, by

“The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on Americans’ phone calls. The Obama administration this week is expected to propose that Congress overhaul the electronic surveillance program by having phone companies hold onto the call records as they do […]

Netflix Chief Reed Hastings Rages Against Internet Tolls

On March 21, 2014, in New Media, by

Net neutrality is 2014s new buzzword as entertainment content aggregators jockey for position in the digital delivery space. 1.  Free is gone.  Forever?  Maybe 2.  The clutter of advertising and threat to privacy and security is driving consumers to want to pay for content.  Finally 3.  And red Box is out there putting a kiosk […]

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

On March 20, 2014, in Privacy, by colinm

We’re continuing to extend the conversation about passwords and password security.  Please take the following short survey to share your password habits and help us improve Internet security and the privacy of your digital identity. Survey Monkey Password Survey Here’s a good resource for Password policies: Resource: How to Build Better Passwords Thanks to our […]

The stupid cookie law is dead at last

On March 20, 2014, in Privacy, by colinm

“History has shown us that whenever a law opposes the will of the people, it doesn’t tend to do much. It may have been illegal to tape songs off the radio, but there’s little appetite from police officers to cart schoolchildren off to prison for it. And so it is here. This law has been […]

Why We’re Hardwired to Binge on Netflix

On March 19, 2014, in New Media, by colinm

“Never before have we been such compulsive multi-taskers, blogging and tweeting using multiple devices and smartphones anywhere and everywhere, from trains to cafes. It seems a little backwards, then, that one of the top post-workday hobbies for many is enjoying the complex storylines of TV series such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and House […]