How to Pick the Best Passwords

On July 22, 2014, in Privacy, by Colin

We talk about security and identity protection but the surveys still tell us that most people think that “123456″ or “asdfgh” or “password” are safe choices for passwords.  Obviously none of it matters until your bank account is hacked or something strange and mysterious happens to one of your Internet accounts that matters to you.  […]

If you see this woman in your Facebook feed, don’t click the link

On July 21, 2014, in Security, by Colin

I find it truly strange that when Internet users are told NOT to do something, the result is that they DO.  Such is the success (short lived) of the 20,000 scam pages that have been designed to attract (mainly) male users to malware injection sites. “Facebook users are being warned not to click on a […]

Edward Snowden urges professionals to encrypt client communications

On July 17, 2014, in Privacy, by Colin

“The NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has urged lawyers, journalists, doctors, accountants, priests and others with a duty to protect confidentiality to upgrade security in the wake of the spy surveillance revelations. Snowden said professionals were failing in their obligations to their clients, sources, patients and parishioners in what he described as a new and challenging […]

Google+ drops real name policy

On July 16, 2014, in Identity, by Colin

“When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. Over the […]

Android’s Factory Reset Doesn’t Delete Everything

On July 11, 2014, in Security, by Colin

You can run but you can’t hide according to security firm Avast.  They claim that Android factory reset DOESN’T wipe everything.  Interesting! Android’s Factory Reset Doesn’t Delete Everything. Here’s How to Really Wipe Your Data – Nextgov.com. Thanks to NextGov

The Washington Post’s Latest NSA Story

On July 9, 2014, in Privacy, by Colin

“Among the most valuable contents—which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations—are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks. Months of tracking communications across more […]

Brazilian ‘Boleto’ Bandits Bilk Billions

On July 3, 2014, in Security, by Colin

Another nefarious scheme to hijack funds from unwitting South American businesses.  Just in time for the World Cup. Brazilian ‘Boleto’ Bandits Bilk Billions — Krebs on Security. Thanks to Krebs on Security

People invested $1.2 million in Yo with no security AT ALL

On June 24, 2014, in New Media, by Colin

If I didn’t know better I would suggest that Yo was trying to get a whole buch of free publicity from letting itself get hacked.   But that would be unfair, wouldn’t it.  As the article suggests, it sounds like SnapChat revisited. People invested $1.2 million in an app that had no security | ZDNet.   […]

62% of us ‘Do Absolutely Nothing’ About Online Privacy

On June 19, 2014, in Identity Security, by Colin

No surprise to those of us working to develop products and provide information about online privacy and digital identity protection.  The big question is how do we develop VPNs that will eliminate the current networking complexities without playing into the hands of the bad guys. How about a Digital Identity Vault Consumer Reports Endorses VPNs; […]

And We Could Fly to Mars but We Couldn’t Build a Web Site

On June 17, 2014, in Big Data, by Colin

How an unlikely group of high-tech wizards revived Obama’s troubled HealthCare.gov website Lessons learned from the team that fixed the HealthCare.gov website that failed in the Fall of 2013. “Coders and troubleshooters from across the country joined forces in Washington, D.C. to power-up the efforts to get the site back on track. Google site-reliability engineer […]