03 Jun 2019

Is FOMO Today’s Addiction?

LOL, LMAO, BRB, IMHO, OMG, BTW, FWIW, ILY, THX, JK. Ahhh, all of those elegant overused texting abbreviations that we all know. What about FOMO? FOMO or the “Fear of Missing Out” is that nagging feeling that you are not included in current trends or aren’t experiencing the same level of excitement that those around you are. For those of the Snapchat generation, it is the lure that creates the urge to quickly open a new message, to see what is... Read more...

28 May 2019

Your Friends Siri and Alexa Have Changed IT Security

Your close friends Siri and Alexa may have done more to change how IT staff are re-inventing how they think about Internet security than years of tech tips and training sessions. In a Siri and Alexa world, we normal humans are trained to believe that what you need is a click or voice prompt away. Anything. And, it should just work. Never mind the thousands of Amazon human workers all over the world that are the ones actually listening to your Alexa... Read more...

20 May 2019

Folklore of Opportunistic Privacy

There is a wide body of people that believe they are sending information private because they are sending using Microsoft Office 365, Gmail, or using a third-party service that sends all messages using transmission layer security. And they may be right; if secure sometimes is good enough. There is the notion of “opportunistic privacy” also referred to as “opportunistic TLS”, which sounds pretty cool. It certainly sounds secure. But... Read more...

13 May 2019

Pig Latin, Russian Spies and Email Encryption

With the recent media focus on cybersecurity, whether it is talk of Russian hackers scheming to influence US presidential elections, or the pervasive pressure to comply with GDPR or HIPAA (healthcare privacy regulations) or other consumer data privacy requirements, “encryption” is one of the solutions that is often introduced. When sending email, email encryption can indeed protect your strategic dialog from potential exposure, and its mere use... Read more...

06 May 2019

Vacationing in the Bahamas? Leave Your Laptop at Home

The constitution provide certain privacy rights. Attorneys and their clients generally enjoy extra protections on privacy with “privileged” correspondence. But what happens if the information is inadvertently exposed? There are all sorts of pitfalls that can expose your sensitive information. Here are some shocking ones. File sharing services can cause waiver of attorney-client privilege if files are not send with an encrypted link.... Read more...