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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Small Business, Big Security Problems

I was reading an article today that put some numbers to a problem I’ve been aware of for some time: inappropriate data transfers to personal equipment. While the basic story was not news to me (or many other security professionals I’m sure), it was interesting to see some numbers put to the scale of the […]