Internet Safety

The Trouble With Travel: Hotel WiFi

As I have mentioned previously, I travel a lot for work as a sales engineer.  I am all over the US visiting customers and most of my stays are at least one night, if not for close to a week.  That means I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms and working on both […]

Facebook rolls out messenger app for kids under 13 | Reuters

Facebook Messenger Kids requires parents to set up an account and approve their children’s contacts. Source: Facebook rolls out messenger app for kids under 13 In an attempt to grab a share of the adolescent chat client space, Facebook is introducing a messenger app for kids under 13.  As is clearly evident, their research shows […]

Data vs Insight: Which Do You Want?

I have many conversations with people on a regular basis regarding the collection, processing, and dissemination of data.  There are so many sources of data in our world today and each of these sources are so noisy and fighting for our constant attention.  From our smart watches to our enterprise systems, we have a need […]

Voice Assistants and Smart Homes: Who's watching and listening?

I have been reading articles across the Web over the last few months pertaining to connected home assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home.  People are stirring up a range of emotions related to espionage and wiretapping.  It appears that everyone is concerned about willingly placing a wiretap in their home.  For a search giant, […]

An Instagram hack hit millions | The Verge

The Verge – Instagram Hack Article It looks like another social media platform has been hacked yet again. This time millions of phone numbers and private information were stolen. Originally, Instagram noted that this hack only affected owners of verified accounts. Later this statement was amended to include regular accounts as well. According to the […]

How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet | Time

A Pew Research Center survey published two years ago found that 70% of 18-to-24-year-olds who use the Internet had experienced harassment, and 26% of women that age said they’d been stalked online. This is exactly what trolls want. A 2014 study published in the psychology journal Personality and Individual Differences found that the approximately 5% […]

Facebook Exposes Moderator Employee Identities To Suspected Terrorists | TheGuardian

It appears that Facebook made a huge mistake introducing a bug which exposed identities of Facebook moderators to suspected terrorists. “A bug in the software, discovered late last year, resulted in the personal profiles of content moderators automatically appearing as notifications in the activity log of the Facebook groups, whose administrators were removed from the […]

pfSense Emerging Threat Rule Issues

I use pfSense for my firewall at home.  I log all of my events to my Splunk system, so I can visualize them and see what is really going on with my network.  I constantly watch my IDS logs (Snort), as I am interested in seeing what attacks are being attempted on my home network […]

IOT PWN'd | ZDNet

This article from ZDNet goes into a lot of detail surrounding events over the last couple of years where IOT devices have been used for many nefarious purposes. Many people see IOT as a thing of the future. If their refrigerator is not connected to the Internet, then surely they are not using IOT devices. […]

Two-factor security is so broken, now hackers can drain bank accounts | ZDNet

Thank you, ZDNet, for bringing this article to my attention. It appears that this flaw has existed for some time, regardless of the fact that many banks and other services still use cellular networks to provide two-factor authentication codes. I would advise that you speak to your financial institution to see what their plans are […]