Privacy reviews of video conferencing apps

Mozilla is a significant and credible source for privacy reviews. As they put it themselves, the Mozilla Foundation “is a global non-profit dedicated to putting you in control of your online experience and shaping the future of the web for the public good.”

Defusing a Zoom-bomb

“Zoom-bombing” and other teleconferencing security problems have had a lot of the press since the first splash of excitement about the uses of these technologies in times of physical isolation like we are now living through. The name is really a misnomer, though that is somewhat understandable as it first became common on the Zoom […]

Signal – reliably secure messaging

I’ve recommended it to my clients for years, but it now seems that the European Community is recommending Signal as well. In some ways it’s a bit late, but at least now people are reacting to the various breaches and concerns at What’s App and Telegram. Open source software is not immune to bugs and […]

Have nothing to hide? Yes you do.

Although I am not “certified” security professional, security and privacy concerns are something I am regularly engaged in and have to address with clients regularly. I often hear “I have nothing to hide” or “I’m not very interesting”. Both of those things may feel true to you as you say them, but they’re not actually […]

Ensure the Tech You Use Reflects Your Values

Cindy Cohn, Executive Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; September 24, 2019 Technology should empower you. It should put you in control. You should not feel used by the company that provides it to you. And if you’re a builder of technologies, we believe you should always carry the responsibility to empower your users.  Ultimately […]

Climate Strike Sep 27

A note from Keith: We will not be working on Sep 27. We’ll be taking part in the global climate strike. I understand that this may be inconvenient if you are working that day–if you have a bonafide emergency (i.e. there are health risks or serious money is being lost) you can contact me on […]

The right to ignorance

An important aspect of privacy is the right to not know what we don’t want to know. This, coupled with the right to protect our private data whether we know or understand the risks are critical to keeping ourselves from simply being “owned” by big data collectors like tech giants, insurance companies or even the […]

no one will protect your interests like you

A client confessed to me yesterday that one of their key login passwords is “password.” I was dumbfounded. I sometimes forget, because I’ve been talking about security with clients for so long, that the most basic password management remains a widespread problem. “I don’t have anything very important”, “I’m not interesting”, or “I don’t have […]

HOWTO: Pave the road to disaster

Start with an ill-defined problem or hope. Don’t bother spending time clearly outlining the issues you are trying to address. Surely it’s enough to say we have a problem.
Better yet, let your vendor define the problem for you in terms that fit their solution.

Is my neighbour’s dog sending spam through my toaster?

Everyone is buzzing this week about cameras and fridges sending spam. If you’re just hearing this now, you can catch up the sensational version or find more technical details here. Should you freak out? No. However, it is concerning. It shows that manufacturers and users haven’t learned very much. The most likely cause of this […]