Archive for the Security & Privacy Category

How Safe Is Your Data From Ransomware?

How Safe Is Your Data From Ransomware?

It announces its presence with a giant screensaver announcing that ALL your files are completely locked up.  And in 72 hours the perpetrator will throw away the key. Or you suddenly view a “surveillance” webcam-selfie with an official warning that you’re wanted by the FBI.  A message […]

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The New BlackBerry – Why Outsourcing The Hardware May Be Their Best Move

The New BlackBerry – Why Outsourcing The Hardware May Be Their Best Move

According to the latest announcements, the struggling BlackBerry is now outsourcing its hardware production.  You might think that’s counter-intuitive – because the hardware was great.  It’s what made them different (hello, easy-to-use QWERTY keyboards). When the iOS and Android devices took over the market, Blackberry seemed to […]

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Data breaches such as Dropbox and LinkedIn

The data breach for Dropbox hitting the news today occurred 4 years ago (in 2012). The reason it is hitting the news now is the information was recently leaked out into the open through the dark web. It includes 68 million Dropbox accounts but also 117 million […]

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Preparing your online social legacy

We caution our children about the digital paper trails we leave. We need to be aware of what gets posted online, who can see it, and how things can be easily taken out of context. Another problem that is starting to manifest itself is our online legacy. […]

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Important facts about encryption on smartphones

Important facts about encryption on smartphones

With recent security and privacy issues resulting from the San Bernardino iPhone dispute, it’s a good time to learn more about encryption. What is encryption? Basically encryption is a method used to secure information stored on any electronic device. This includes data such as text messages, photos, […]

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RSCoin: A new type of digital currency for central banks

While Bitcoin may have several major advantages over other currency systems, being independent of any government is preventing the digital currency from gaining more mainstream acceptance. Enter RSCoin, a new Bitcoin-style currency system designed to make digital cash more practical by giving central banks control over it.

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