16 Aug 2019

Will the Selfie Obsolete the Psychiatrist?

The Selfie Evolves. Thousands of student protesters in Hong Kong are starting to worry. They believe that the government knows their face. Was it all the selfies they took and posted online? Or was it that others took photos and their general circle of friends posted them tagging their faces? This is the first time in history that mass protesters are worried about their past selfies; they are covering their faces with hoods, hats, and big dark sunglasses... Read more...

25 Jul 2019

Equifax’s $10 Billion Bet. You Really Don’t Care (Enough to Do Something)

With so many big-name data breaches in recent times, your eyes may have glossed over the recent Equifax consumer data breach settlement. The numbers were big, 147 million consumers had their sensitive information exposed. The penalty, $700 million (or about $5 per person). Source: New York Times, Krebs. Factored into this amount are ways in which consumers can request extra perks, compensation for time spent dealing with the breach and worry about... Read more...

04 Jul 2019

Independence Day – The Good Old Days When Only the NSA Read your Email

This time of year, we usually find ourselves reflecting on the great freedoms we enjoy as Americans, thanks to the bravery of our founding fathers and the militia men and women of that era. Several years ago, we reported an analysis of the alleged revelations made public by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, as a foreshadow of a rising threat to the Constitution which was put in place to protect these freedoms, including 4th Amendment protection from... Read more...

17 Jun 2019

Do Recommendation Engines Make us Simpler Minded?

Recommendation engines operate behind the scenes everywhere, to make life a little more enjoyable, simpler, and more relevant. But do these make us all narrower minded? YouTube, Netflix, Google Search, Apple News, Facebook feeds, Pinterest posts; these services are all focused on increasing user engagement. More engagement means more reliance on their platforms and ultimately more profits. How do they increase user engagement? They use advanced technologies... Read more...

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...

29 Apr 2019

Caution. What You Might Find When Posting Your DNA Online

More than one in twenty Americans have voluntarily submitted their genetic code – the map of who they are personally and physically – to an Internet company. Most people were lured by cute TV ads creating curiosity about heritage. Your DNA is a genetic code defining your traits. Without boring you on the biological aspects of this, the DNA submission may unknowingly and irrefutably connect you to relatives (newfound siblings, parents, etc.) that... Read more...