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Privacy

Retroshare

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I had a lot of positive feedback from the recent post on Diaspora with client-side encryption. For those of you who are somewhat technically inclined, and li...

Free cloud storage

1 minute read

The cloud is a current buzzword in technology, referring to remote storage space on the internet. The big challenge with using free cloud storage, as a priva...

The browser tracker test

1 minute read

I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy:

What info does Facebook have on me?

less than 1 minute read

After the F8 conference, there is even more concern than before about what personal information Facebook has on an individual. I was sent Facebook’s personal...

A must have hosts file

1 minute read

My friend Dan Pollock has been compiling the must have hosts file for some time. According to Wikipedia, the hosts file is a computer file used in an operati...

Apple’s updated privacy policy

less than 1 minute read

“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the ...

Social networking, what’s next?

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In 2008, I was in Ottawa, talking with one of our clients, CIPPIC. Specifically the executive director at the time, about Facebook. There was discussion that...

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facebook

Opening your social network profile

less than 1 minute read

There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

Facebook post F8

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Right after the Facebook F8 keynote, a 15 year old noted he didn’t understand this new model Facebook was about to roll out. What might not be obvious, is th...

Had your Twitter or Facebook hacked?

less than 1 minute read

If your friends ever tell you that they’ve received spam from your account, but you didn’t send it, likely your account was compromised. The following steps ...

Tech Tip: Secure connection to Facebook

less than 1 minute read

This tip is to create a permanent secure connection to Facebook. You can tell you’re using SSL if the URL starts with https:// instead of http://. When you’r...

Why would Facebook turn your actions into an ad?

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Because they can. On Monday, Facebook released a [ video](http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10100328087082670) that shows how their new *sponsored st...

Social networking, what’s next?

1 minute read

In 2008, I was in Ottawa, talking with one of our clients, CIPPIC. Specifically the executive director at the time, about Facebook. There was discussion that...

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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SSL

Secure websites

1 minute read

I’m often asked about secure websites. For example, should you trust the connection with your computer and your bank’s website? The article is going to get a...

Google now offering secure search

less than 1 minute read

It’s not often we’ve given Google credit for privacy or security steps, but this week is one of them. Following the steps by Facebook and Twitter we announce...

Upgrade your browser before you check your gmail

less than 1 minute read

There is a wildcard *google.com SSL certificate in the wild, which means malicious people can sit between you and anything at Google (including gmail) and pr...

Using a secure connection where possible

less than 1 minute read

I received a lot of feedback after my post yesterday about creating a permanent SSL (https://) connection to Facebook. It’s most important to use SSL anywher...

Tech Tip: Secure connection to Facebook

less than 1 minute read

This tip is to create a permanent secure connection to Facebook. You can tell you’re using SSL if the URL starts with https:// instead of http://. When you’r...

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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Google

Change your default search engine

1 minute read

Most of us use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo daily without taking much time to consider the inherent privacy implications. If you have some time, ...

Google now offering secure search

less than 1 minute read

It’s not often we’ve given Google credit for privacy or security steps, but this week is one of them. Following the steps by Facebook and Twitter we announce...

Duck Duck Go

1 minute read

You’re likelty using Google as your default search engine; and they’re undoubtably good at search. The challenge to me is what are they doing with the inform...

Where does Google’s censorship end?

1 minute read

It’s been well reported on Google’s kowtowing to the Chinese government in regards to censorship. This was based on the requests of a foreign government. How...

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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PIPEDA

Canadian Patriot Act back as bill C-12

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If you’ve followed this blog for some time, I first wrote about the introduction of the bill in May 2010, and then a follow up redux in August 2010 (a summar...

What info does Facebook have on me?

less than 1 minute read

After the F8 conference, there is even more concern than before about what personal information Facebook has on an individual. I was sent Facebook’s personal...

LinkedIn to approve the closing of your account?

less than 1 minute read

After writing an article yesterday on how LinkedIn opts your name and photo into social advertising by default, it was brought to my attention today that if ...

Canadian Patriot Act redux

2 minute read

The article posted in May on the Canadian Patriot Act being introduced to the House of Commons didn’t seem to go much further than “preaching to the choir”. ...

Canadian Patriot Act introduced

1 minute read

Today a couple of changes to Canada’s privacy landscape were introduced under the infamous banner of “safety and security”. This will create significant chan...

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Canada

What info does Facebook have on me?

less than 1 minute read

After the F8 conference, there is even more concern than before about what personal information Facebook has on an individual. I was sent Facebook’s personal...

Stop online spying in Canada

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You may remember a year ago I broke the story on the introduction of the minority government’s Canadian version of the patriot act (see articles one and two)...

Update on usage based billing (UBB)

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This image is getting a lot of attention. Today Michael Geist has released an article on Unpacking The Policy Issues Behind Bandwidth Caps & Usage Based ...

Canadian petition against usage based billing

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As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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https://

Google now offering secure search

less than 1 minute read

It’s not often we’ve given Google credit for privacy or security steps, but this week is one of them. Following the steps by Facebook and Twitter we announce...

Using a secure connection where possible

less than 1 minute read

I received a lot of feedback after my post yesterday about creating a permanent SSL (https://) connection to Facebook. It’s most important to use SSL anywher...

Tech Tip: Secure connection to Facebook

less than 1 minute read

This tip is to create a permanent secure connection to Facebook. You can tell you’re using SSL if the URL starts with https:// instead of http://. When you’r...

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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internet

Stop online spying in Canada

less than 1 minute read

You may remember a year ago I broke the story on the introduction of the minority government’s Canadian version of the patriot act (see articles one and two)...

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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twitter

Opening your social network profile

less than 1 minute read

There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

Had your Twitter or Facebook hacked?

less than 1 minute read

If your friends ever tell you that they’ve received spam from your account, but you didn’t send it, likely your account was compromised. The following steps ...

Using a secure connection where possible

less than 1 minute read

I received a lot of feedback after my post yesterday about creating a permanent SSL (https://) connection to Facebook. It’s most important to use SSL anywher...

Update on usage based billing (UBB)

less than 1 minute read

This image is getting a lot of attention. Today Michael Geist has released an article on Unpacking The Policy Issues Behind Bandwidth Caps & Usage Based ...

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BC

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British Columbia

What info does Facebook have on me?

less than 1 minute read

After the F8 conference, there is even more concern than before about what personal information Facebook has on an individual. I was sent Facebook’s personal...

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GnuPG

Happy Data Privacy Day 2013!

2 minute read

According to Wikipedia, the purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is currently ‘celebrated’ in the United ...

GNU Privacy Guard

1 minute read

Ever since PGP removed their open source client, GnuPG has been the standard in open source PKI. If you want to encrypt your emails and/or files on your comp...

Email Encryption

less than 1 minute read

On our contact us page we mention OpenPGP standard encryption (RFC 4880). What is this? Most people think email only goes to the intended recipient, but inst...

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free

Anti-Virus for Macosx

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Because of Apple’s advertising, Mac users often (wrongly) believe that they don’t need anti-virus software. The problem that these users have is that when th...

Ethical Hacking class

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If you are in the Suwon/Seoul area of Korea tomorrow, I will be teaching an Ethical Hacking class at no cost. Contact me at @PrivaSecTech on twitter for di...

Free Email

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“My email provider shut down my account, gave me a support ticket number, but I have no way to look it up” “Have you paid for your account?” “No, it’s a free...

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PATRIOT ACT

Stop online spying in Canada

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You may remember a year ago I broke the story on the introduction of the minority government’s Canadian version of the patriot act (see articles one and two)...

Canadian Patriot Act redux

2 minute read

The article posted in May on the Canadian Patriot Act being introduced to the House of Commons didn’t seem to go much further than “preaching to the choir”. ...

Canadian Patriot Act introduced

1 minute read

Today a couple of changes to Canada’s privacy landscape were introduced under the infamous banner of “safety and security”. This will create significant chan...

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Apple

Anti-Virus for Macosx

less than 1 minute read

Because of Apple’s advertising, Mac users often (wrongly) believe that they don’t need anti-virus software. The problem that these users have is that when th...

Apple’s updated privacy policy

less than 1 minute read

“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the ...

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

1 minute read

Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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PII

Identity theft at UVic

1 minute read

Over the week-end, the University of Victoria’s new administrative building was broken into. A payroll server with the personally identifiable information (P...

What info does Facebook have on me?

less than 1 minute read

After the F8 conference, there is even more concern than before about what personal information Facebook has on an individual. I was sent Facebook’s personal...

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encryption

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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web

Change your default search engine

1 minute read

Most of us use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo daily without taking much time to consider the inherent privacy implications. If you have some time, ...

A must have hosts file

1 minute read

My friend Dan Pollock has been compiling the must have hosts file for some time. According to Wikipedia, the hosts file is a computer file used in an operati...

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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tracking

Duck Duck Go

1 minute read

You’re likelty using Google as your default search engine; and they’re undoubtably good at search. The challenge to me is what are they doing with the inform...

Detect and block website trackers with Ghostery

less than 1 minute read

For anyone that attended the Privacy and Security talk tonight at Social Media Club – Victoria, I mentioned a browser plugin that allows you to see who is tr...

Your printer is giving you up!

less than 1 minute read

Did you know that most printer manufacturers have secretly ensured there are watermarks on everything you print? These are tiny tracking dots barely visible ...

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communications

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PIPA

What info does Facebook have on me?

less than 1 minute read

After the F8 conference, there is even more concern than before about what personal information Facebook has on an individual. I was sent Facebook’s personal...

LinkedIn to approve the closing of your account?

less than 1 minute read

After writing an article yesterday on how LinkedIn opts your name and photo into social advertising by default, it was brought to my attention today that if ...

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compromise

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

1 minute read

Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

Had your Twitter or Facebook hacked?

less than 1 minute read

If your friends ever tell you that they’ve received spam from your account, but you didn’t send it, likely your account was compromised. The following steps ...

I smell a RAT

1 minute read

Yesterday, Vanity Fair published an exclusive on operation Shady RAT (remote access tool), which was a high-level hacking campaign that lasted over 5 years, ...

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hack

Had your Twitter or Facebook hacked?

less than 1 minute read

If your friends ever tell you that they’ve received spam from your account, but you didn’t send it, likely your account was compromised. The following steps ...

I smell a RAT

1 minute read

Yesterday, Vanity Fair published an exclusive on operation Shady RAT (remote access tool), which was a high-level hacking campaign that lasted over 5 years, ...

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surveillance

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Email

Retroshare

less than 1 minute read

I had a lot of positive feedback from the recent post on Diaspora with client-side encryption. For those of you who are somewhat technically inclined, and li...

Email Encryption

less than 1 minute read

On our contact us page we mention OpenPGP standard encryption (RFC 4880). What is this? Most people think email only goes to the intended recipient, but inst...

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OpenPGP

GNU Privacy Guard

1 minute read

Ever since PGP removed their open source client, GnuPG has been the standard in open source PKI. If you want to encrypt your emails and/or files on your comp...

Email Encryption

less than 1 minute read

On our contact us page we mention OpenPGP standard encryption (RFC 4880). What is this? Most people think email only goes to the intended recipient, but inst...

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PGP

GNU Privacy Guard

1 minute read

Ever since PGP removed their open source client, GnuPG has been the standard in open source PKI. If you want to encrypt your emails and/or files on your comp...

Email Encryption

less than 1 minute read

On our contact us page we mention OpenPGP standard encryption (RFC 4880). What is this? Most people think email only goes to the intended recipient, but inst...

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hijacking

Shaw’s decided to hijack their customer’s DNS

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When you go to a website that doesn’t exist, instead of your search engine of choice offering you other solutions, Shaw has decided to do this themselves, an...

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iphone

Apple’s updated privacy policy

less than 1 minute read

“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the ...

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

1 minute read

Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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stalking

Opening your social network profile

less than 1 minute read

There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

Apple’s updated privacy policy

less than 1 minute read

“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the ...

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Identity Theft

Identity theft at UVic

1 minute read

Over the week-end, the University of Victoria’s new administrative building was broken into. A payroll server with the personally identifiable information (P...

Your credit report

1 minute read

There are two credit bureaus in Canada, Equifax and Transunion (there was a 3rd, American company, but it appears to be defunct). Contrary to the prices list...

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packet sniffing

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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sidejacking

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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wireshark

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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Media

Opening your social network profile

less than 1 minute read

There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

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protection

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

1 minute read

Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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Vancouver Sun

Postmedia formatting hack

1 minute read

If you read any of the PostMedia (formerely CanWest) newspapers online, you know that their technical abilities are lacking, to say the least. One of the big...

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digital

Your printer is giving you up!

less than 1 minute read

Did you know that most printer manufacturers have secretly ensured there are watermarks on everything you print? These are tiny tracking dots barely visible ...

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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online

Change your default search engine

1 minute read

Most of us use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo daily without taking much time to consider the inherent privacy implications. If you have some time, ...

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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tracker

Using a non-tracker analytics service

less than 1 minute read

You’ve probably heard of Google analytics, which takes logs of your website visitors, and all of their activities, and provides you some very pretty, and use...

A must have hosts file

1 minute read

My friend Dan Pollock has been compiling the must have hosts file for some time. According to Wikipedia, the hosts file is a computer file used in an operati...

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torrent

Retroshare

less than 1 minute read

I had a lot of positive feedback from the recent post on Diaspora with client-side encryption. For those of you who are somewhat technically inclined, and li...

Where does Google’s censorship end?

1 minute read

It’s been well reported on Google’s kowtowing to the Chinese government in regards to censorship. This was based on the requests of a foreign government. How...

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CRTC

Update on usage based billing (UBB)

less than 1 minute read

This image is getting a lot of attention. Today Michael Geist has released an article on Unpacking The Policy Issues Behind Bandwidth Caps & Usage Based ...

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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UBB

Update on usage based billing (UBB)

less than 1 minute read

This image is getting a lot of attention. Today Michael Geist has released an article on Unpacking The Policy Issues Behind Bandwidth Caps & Usage Based ...

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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Usage Based Billing

Update on usage based billing (UBB)

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This image is getting a lot of attention. Today Michael Geist has released an article on Unpacking The Policy Issues Behind Bandwidth Caps & Usage Based ...

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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browser

No scripts!

1 minute read

One of the most common ways your computer gets compromised, is by malicious scripts opened by your web browser. This means you go to a website that might loo...

Detect and block website trackers with Ghostery

less than 1 minute read

For anyone that attended the Privacy and Security talk tonight at Social Media Club – Victoria, I mentioned a browser plugin that allows you to see who is tr...

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ghostery

Using a non-tracker analytics service

less than 1 minute read

You’ve probably heard of Google analytics, which takes logs of your website visitors, and all of their activities, and provides you some very pretty, and use...

Detect and block website trackers with Ghostery

less than 1 minute read

For anyone that attended the Privacy and Security talk tonight at Social Media Club – Victoria, I mentioned a browser plugin that allows you to see who is tr...

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trackers

The browser tracker test

1 minute read

I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy:

Detect and block website trackers with Ghostery

less than 1 minute read

For anyone that attended the Privacy and Security talk tonight at Social Media Club – Victoria, I mentioned a browser plugin that allows you to see who is tr...

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always on

Using a secure connection where possible

less than 1 minute read

I received a lot of feedback after my post yesterday about creating a permanent SSL (https://) connection to Facebook. It’s most important to use SSL anywher...

Tech Tip: Secure connection to Facebook

less than 1 minute read

This tip is to create a permanent secure connection to Facebook. You can tell you’re using SSL if the URL starts with https:// instead of http://. When you’r...

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IP

The Stop Online Piracy Act

1 minute read

If you’ve not heard of #SOPA yet, you likely will today. As of right now, it’s only something that techies and internet crusaders seem to be aware of. Like m...

I smell a RAT

1 minute read

Yesterday, Vanity Fair published an exclusive on operation Shady RAT (remote access tool), which was a high-level hacking campaign that lasted over 5 years, ...

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crack

How strong is your password?

2 minute read

While working in information security for the largest company in Canada, I realized there was no one internally, actively attacking the password database to ...

Had your Twitter or Facebook hacked?

less than 1 minute read

If your friends ever tell you that they’ve received spam from your account, but you didn’t send it, likely your account was compromised. The following steps ...

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spam

Had your Twitter or Facebook hacked?

less than 1 minute read

If your friends ever tell you that they’ve received spam from your account, but you didn’t send it, likely your account was compromised. The following steps ...

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CA

Upgrade your browser before you check your gmail

less than 1 minute read

There is a wildcard *google.com SSL certificate in the wild, which means malicious people can sit between you and anything at Google (including gmail) and pr...

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law

Password protect your cellphone

1 minute read

For most things privacy related in Canadian law, it comes down to what a judge feels Canadians think is reasonable. A couple of days ago the Ontario court of...

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CBC

The browser tracker test

1 minute read

I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy:

Identity theft at UVic

1 minute read

Over the week-end, the University of Victoria’s new administrative building was broken into. A payroll server with the personally identifiable information (P...

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java

No scripts!

1 minute read

One of the most common ways your computer gets compromised, is by malicious scripts opened by your web browser. This means you go to a website that might loo...

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ixquick

Change your default search engine

1 minute read

Most of us use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo daily without taking much time to consider the inherent privacy implications. If you have some time, ...

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anti virus

Anti-Virus for Macosx

less than 1 minute read

Because of Apple’s advertising, Mac users often (wrongly) believe that they don’t need anti-virus software. The problem that these users have is that when th...

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

1 minute read

Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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norton

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

1 minute read

Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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GNU Privacy Guard

Happy Data Privacy Day 2013!

2 minute read

According to Wikipedia, the purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is currently ‘celebrated’ in the United ...

GNU Privacy Guard

1 minute read

Ever since PGP removed their open source client, GnuPG has been the standard in open source PKI. If you want to encrypt your emails and/or files on your comp...

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gpg

Happy Data Privacy Day 2013!

2 minute read

According to Wikipedia, the purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is currently ‘celebrated’ in the United ...

GNU Privacy Guard

1 minute read

Ever since PGP removed their open source client, GnuPG has been the standard in open source PKI. If you want to encrypt your emails and/or files on your comp...

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comms

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chrome

Browser plugins for device protection

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These are the three browser plugins for device protection I recommend you install. The first one is arguably more important than anti-virus, and takes a whil...

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firefox

Browser plugins for device protection

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These are the three browser plugins for device protection I recommend you install. The first one is arguably more important than anti-virus, and takes a whil...

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internet explorer

Browser plugins for device protection

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These are the three browser plugins for device protection I recommend you install. The first one is arguably more important than anti-virus, and takes a whil...

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opera

Browser plugins for device protection

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These are the three browser plugins for device protection I recommend you install. The first one is arguably more important than anti-virus, and takes a whil...

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Email encryption

Email Encryption

less than 1 minute read

On our contact us page we mention OpenPGP standard encryption (RFC 4880). What is this? Most people think email only goes to the intended recipient, but inst...

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open source

Email Encryption

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On our contact us page we mention OpenPGP standard encryption (RFC 4880). What is this? Most people think email only goes to the intended recipient, but inst...

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Adwords

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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Apache

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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logs

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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netcraft

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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proxy

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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pseudoanonymity

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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tor

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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User agent

Web server logs

2 minute read

If you’re looking at a web site in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer etc), it is being served by a web server. According to Netcraft over 50% of w...

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free email

Free Email

1 minute read

“My email provider shut down my account, gave me a support ticket number, but I have no way to look it up” “Have you paid for your account?” “No, it’s a free...

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Gmail

Free Email

1 minute read

“My email provider shut down my account, gave me a support ticket number, but I have no way to look it up” “Have you paid for your account?” “No, it’s a free...

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Hotmail

Free Email

1 minute read

“My email provider shut down my account, gave me a support ticket number, but I have no way to look it up” “Have you paid for your account?” “No, it’s a free...

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SLA

Free Email

1 minute read

“My email provider shut down my account, gave me a support ticket number, but I have no way to look it up” “Have you paid for your account?” “No, it’s a free...

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Yahoo! Mail

Free Email

1 minute read

“My email provider shut down my account, gave me a support ticket number, but I have no way to look it up” “Have you paid for your account?” “No, it’s a free...

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cippic

Social networking, what’s next?

1 minute read

In 2008, I was in Ottawa, talking with one of our clients, CIPPIC. Specifically the executive director at the time, about Facebook. There was discussion that...

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FISA

Canadian Patriot Act introduced

1 minute read

Today a couple of changes to Canada’s privacy landscape were introduced under the infamous banner of “safety and security”. This will create significant chan...

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Copy and Paste

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Tynt

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comparison

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

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Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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E71

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

1 minute read

Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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MMS

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

1 minute read

Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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Nokia

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

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Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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recommendations

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

1 minute read

Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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SIP

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

1 minute read

Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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smartphone

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

1 minute read

Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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SMS

Apple iphone vs Nokia E71

1 minute read

Traditional cellular phones are now known as feature phones, deprecated by the advanced “smart phone”, which allows one to install feature rich, operating sy...

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GPS

Apple’s updated privacy policy

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“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the ...

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GPSr

Apple’s updated privacy policy

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“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the ...

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metadata

Apple’s updated privacy policy

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“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the ...

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10 Principles of Privacy

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collection of data

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collection of personal information

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small business

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Law enforcement

Canadian Patriot Act redux

2 minute read

The article posted in May on the Canadian Patriot Act being introduced to the House of Commons didn’t seem to go much further than “preaching to the choir”. ...

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ebay

Technology Tip: Shopping

less than 1 minute read

This is a technology hint for those wanting to know if they’re getting a good deal. You can use this hint no matter what you’re buying. You could be looking ...

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frugal

Technology Tip: Shopping

less than 1 minute read

This is a technology hint for those wanting to know if they’re getting a good deal. You can use this hint no matter what you’re buying. You could be looking ...

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product

Technology Tip: Shopping

less than 1 minute read

This is a technology hint for those wanting to know if they’re getting a good deal. You can use this hint no matter what you’re buying. You could be looking ...

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shopping

Technology Tip: Shopping

less than 1 minute read

This is a technology hint for those wanting to know if they’re getting a good deal. You can use this hint no matter what you’re buying. You could be looking ...

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tech

Technology Tip: Shopping

less than 1 minute read

This is a technology hint for those wanting to know if they’re getting a good deal. You can use this hint no matter what you’re buying. You could be looking ...

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tip

Technology Tip: Shopping

less than 1 minute read

This is a technology hint for those wanting to know if they’re getting a good deal. You can use this hint no matter what you’re buying. You could be looking ...

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privacy breach

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Streetview

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Credit Report

Your credit report

1 minute read

There are two credit bureaus in Canada, Equifax and Transunion (there was a 3rd, American company, but it appears to be defunct). Contrary to the prices list...

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Equifax

Your credit report

1 minute read

There are two credit bureaus in Canada, Equifax and Transunion (there was a 3rd, American company, but it appears to be defunct). Contrary to the prices list...

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Transunion

Your credit report

1 minute read

There are two credit bureaus in Canada, Equifax and Transunion (there was a 3rd, American company, but it appears to be defunct). Contrary to the prices list...

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ethereal

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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ferret

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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hamster

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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http

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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session highjacking

Borrow your neighbours identity

1 minute read

If you have a wireless card in your laptop or netbook, you should see if it can be put into monitor mode/promiscuous mode. If so, this means you can “sniff p...

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Canadian Press

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CP

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FreePress

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Winnipeg

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Digital Life

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firesheep

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Gillian Shaw

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@PrivaSecTech

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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banking

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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change

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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currency

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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fear

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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paypal

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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shopping online

Why is there so much fear about …?

1 minute read

This is my first Q&A post. If you have a question about anything Privacy, Security or Technology related, contact us on our website or ask as on twitt...

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Common Criteria

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FIPS 140-2

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security standards

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class

Ethical Hacking class

less than 1 minute read

If you are in the Suwon/Seoul area of Korea tomorrow, I will be teaching an Ethical Hacking class at no cost. Contact me at @PrivaSecTech on twitter for di...

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Ethical hacking

Ethical Hacking class

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If you are in the Suwon/Seoul area of Korea tomorrow, I will be teaching an Ethical Hacking class at no cost. Contact me at @PrivaSecTech on twitter for di...

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Korea

Ethical Hacking class

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If you are in the Suwon/Seoul area of Korea tomorrow, I will be teaching an Ethical Hacking class at no cost. Contact me at @PrivaSecTech on twitter for di...

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Seoul

Ethical Hacking class

less than 1 minute read

If you are in the Suwon/Seoul area of Korea tomorrow, I will be teaching an Ethical Hacking class at no cost. Contact me at @PrivaSecTech on twitter for di...

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Suwon

Ethical Hacking class

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If you are in the Suwon/Seoul area of Korea tomorrow, I will be teaching an Ethical Hacking class at no cost. Contact me at @PrivaSecTech on twitter for di...

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backups

Ready to test your BCP?

1 minute read

Most large organization make sure to do Business Continuity Planning (BCP), also known as Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP), because they understand the impor...

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BCP

Ready to test your BCP?

1 minute read

Most large organization make sure to do Business Continuity Planning (BCP), also known as Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP), because they understand the impor...

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Business Continuity Planning

Ready to test your BCP?

1 minute read

Most large organization make sure to do Business Continuity Planning (BCP), also known as Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP), because they understand the impor...

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Disaster Recovery Planning

Ready to test your BCP?

1 minute read

Most large organization make sure to do Business Continuity Planning (BCP), also known as Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP), because they understand the impor...

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DRP

Ready to test your BCP?

1 minute read

Most large organization make sure to do Business Continuity Planning (BCP), also known as Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP), because they understand the impor...

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EFF

Your printer is giving you up!

less than 1 minute read

Did you know that most printer manufacturers have secretly ensured there are watermarks on everything you print? These are tiny tracking dots barely visible ...

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forensic

Your printer is giving you up!

less than 1 minute read

Did you know that most printer manufacturers have secretly ensured there are watermarks on everything you print? These are tiny tracking dots barely visible ...

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forensic marking

Your printer is giving you up!

less than 1 minute read

Did you know that most printer manufacturers have secretly ensured there are watermarks on everything you print? These are tiny tracking dots barely visible ...

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printer

Your printer is giving you up!

less than 1 minute read

Did you know that most printer manufacturers have secretly ensured there are watermarks on everything you print? These are tiny tracking dots barely visible ...

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printing

Your printer is giving you up!

less than 1 minute read

Did you know that most printer manufacturers have secretly ensured there are watermarks on everything you print? These are tiny tracking dots barely visible ...

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watermark

Your printer is giving you up!

less than 1 minute read

Did you know that most printer manufacturers have secretly ensured there are watermarks on everything you print? These are tiny tracking dots barely visible ...

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breach

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fail

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file

A must have hosts file

1 minute read

My friend Dan Pollock has been compiling the must have hosts file for some time. According to Wikipedia, the hosts file is a computer file used in an operati...

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hosts

A must have hosts file

1 minute read

My friend Dan Pollock has been compiling the must have hosts file for some time. According to Wikipedia, the hosts file is a computer file used in an operati...

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safety

A must have hosts file

1 minute read

My friend Dan Pollock has been compiling the must have hosts file for some time. According to Wikipedia, the hosts file is a computer file used in an operati...

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surfing

A must have hosts file

1 minute read

My friend Dan Pollock has been compiling the must have hosts file for some time. According to Wikipedia, the hosts file is a computer file used in an operati...

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advertising

Why would Facebook turn your actions into an ad?

less than 1 minute read

Because they can. On Monday, Facebook released a [ video](http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10100328087082670) that shows how their new *sponsored st...

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censorship

Where does Google’s censorship end?

1 minute read

It’s been well reported on Google’s kowtowing to the Chinese government in regards to censorship. This was based on the requests of a foreign government. How...

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filter

Where does Google’s censorship end?

1 minute read

It’s been well reported on Google’s kowtowing to the Chinese government in regards to censorship. This was based on the requests of a foreign government. How...

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filtering

Where does Google’s censorship end?

1 minute read

It’s been well reported on Google’s kowtowing to the Chinese government in regards to censorship. This was based on the requests of a foreign government. How...

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airport security

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conference

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reboot

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security theatre

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TSA

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bandwidth

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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caps

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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internet service provider

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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ISP

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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limits

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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oligarchy

Canadian petition against usage based billing

1 minute read

As of writing this, I am one of over 180,000 Canadians that have signed the stop the meter campaign against usage based billing. There are several challenges...

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#cdnpoli

Update on usage based billing (UBB)

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This image is getting a lot of attention. Today Michael Geist has released an article on Unpacking The Policy Issues Behind Bandwidth Caps & Usage Based ...

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politicians

Update on usage based billing (UBB)

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This image is getting a lot of attention. Today Michael Geist has released an article on Unpacking The Policy Issues Behind Bandwidth Caps & Usage Based ...

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@caparsons

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Chris Parsons

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presentation

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Social Media Club

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UVic

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Victoria

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ads

Detect and block website trackers with Ghostery

less than 1 minute read

For anyone that attended the Privacy and Security talk tonight at Social Media Club – Victoria, I mentioned a browser plugin that allows you to see who is tr...

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plugin

Detect and block website trackers with Ghostery

less than 1 minute read

For anyone that attended the Privacy and Security talk tonight at Social Media Club – Victoria, I mentioned a browser plugin that allows you to see who is tr...

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account

Tech Tip: Secure connection to Facebook

less than 1 minute read

This tip is to create a permanent secure connection to Facebook. You can tell you’re using SSL if the URL starts with https:// instead of http://. When you’r...

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settings

Tech Tip: Secure connection to Facebook

less than 1 minute read

This tip is to create a permanent secure connection to Facebook. You can tell you’re using SSL if the URL starts with https:// instead of http://. When you’r...

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pen testing

Who’s pentesting your organization?

less than 1 minute read

Penetration testing, also known as pentesting, is a way of evaluating the security of your organization from the perspective of a malicious black hat hacker....

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penetration testing

Who’s pentesting your organization?

less than 1 minute read

Penetration testing, also known as pentesting, is a way of evaluating the security of your organization from the perspective of a malicious black hat hacker....

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pentest

Who’s pentesting your organization?

less than 1 minute read

Penetration testing, also known as pentesting, is a way of evaluating the security of your organization from the perspective of a malicious black hat hacker....

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pentesting

Who’s pentesting your organization?

less than 1 minute read

Penetration testing, also known as pentesting, is a way of evaluating the security of your organization from the perspective of a malicious black hat hacker....

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care card

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chip and pin

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health care

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@shawhelp

Shaw’s decided to hijack their customer’s DNS

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When you go to a website that doesn’t exist, instead of your search engine of choice offering you other solutions, Shaw has decided to do this themselves, an...

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@shawinfo

Shaw’s decided to hijack their customer’s DNS

less than 1 minute read

When you go to a website that doesn’t exist, instead of your search engine of choice offering you other solutions, Shaw has decided to do this themselves, an...

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DNS

Shaw’s decided to hijack their customer’s DNS

less than 1 minute read

When you go to a website that doesn’t exist, instead of your search engine of choice offering you other solutions, Shaw has decided to do this themselves, an...

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nxr

Shaw’s decided to hijack their customer’s DNS

less than 1 minute read

When you go to a website that doesn’t exist, instead of your search engine of choice offering you other solutions, Shaw has decided to do this themselves, an...

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Shaw

Shaw’s decided to hijack their customer’s DNS

less than 1 minute read

When you go to a website that doesn’t exist, instead of your search engine of choice offering you other solutions, Shaw has decided to do this themselves, an...

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Harper Government

Stop online spying in Canada

less than 1 minute read

You may remember a year ago I broke the story on the introduction of the minority government’s Canadian version of the patriot act (see articles one and two)...

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spying

Stop online spying in Canada

less than 1 minute read

You may remember a year ago I broke the story on the introduction of the minority government’s Canadian version of the patriot act (see articles one and two)...

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PIPPA

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US Patriot Act

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Bing

Duck Duck Go

1 minute read

You’re likelty using Google as your default search engine; and they’re undoubtably good at search. The challenge to me is what are they doing with the inform...

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Search engine

Duck Duck Go

1 minute read

You’re likelty using Google as your default search engine; and they’re undoubtably good at search. The challenge to me is what are they doing with the inform...

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anonymity

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blogging

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pseudoanon

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Operation Shady RAT

I smell a RAT

1 minute read

Yesterday, Vanity Fair published an exclusive on operation Shady RAT (remote access tool), which was a high-level hacking campaign that lasted over 5 years, ...

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state actor

I smell a RAT

1 minute read

Yesterday, Vanity Fair published an exclusive on operation Shady RAT (remote access tool), which was a high-level hacking campaign that lasted over 5 years, ...

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@snookca

LinkedIn to approve the closing of your account?

less than 1 minute read

After writing an article yesterday on how LinkedIn opts your name and photo into social advertising by default, it was brought to my attention today that if ...

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn to approve the closing of your account?

less than 1 minute read

After writing an article yesterday on how LinkedIn opts your name and photo into social advertising by default, it was brought to my attention today that if ...

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CanWest

Postmedia formatting hack

1 minute read

If you read any of the PostMedia (formerely CanWest) newspapers online, you know that their technical abilities are lacking, to say the least. One of the big...

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compliance

Postmedia formatting hack

1 minute read

If you read any of the PostMedia (formerely CanWest) newspapers online, you know that their technical abilities are lacking, to say the least. One of the big...

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Edmonton Journal

Postmedia formatting hack

1 minute read

If you read any of the PostMedia (formerely CanWest) newspapers online, you know that their technical abilities are lacking, to say the least. One of the big...

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HTML

Postmedia formatting hack

1 minute read

If you read any of the PostMedia (formerely CanWest) newspapers online, you know that their technical abilities are lacking, to say the least. One of the big...

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Ottawa Citizen

Postmedia formatting hack

1 minute read

If you read any of the PostMedia (formerely CanWest) newspapers online, you know that their technical abilities are lacking, to say the least. One of the big...

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PostMedia

Postmedia formatting hack

1 minute read

If you read any of the PostMedia (formerely CanWest) newspapers online, you know that their technical abilities are lacking, to say the least. One of the big...

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Victoria Times-Colonist

Postmedia formatting hack

1 minute read

If you read any of the PostMedia (formerely CanWest) newspapers online, you know that their technical abilities are lacking, to say the least. One of the big...

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W3

Postmedia formatting hack

1 minute read

If you read any of the PostMedia (formerely CanWest) newspapers online, you know that their technical abilities are lacking, to say the least. One of the big...

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DigiNotar

Upgrade your browser before you check your gmail

less than 1 minute read

There is a wildcard *google.com SSL certificate in the wild, which means malicious people can sit between you and anything at Google (including gmail) and pr...

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exploit

Upgrade your browser before you check your gmail

less than 1 minute read

There is a wildcard *google.com SSL certificate in the wild, which means malicious people can sit between you and anything at Google (including gmail) and pr...

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Iran

Upgrade your browser before you check your gmail

less than 1 minute read

There is a wildcard *google.com SSL certificate in the wild, which means malicious people can sit between you and anything at Google (including gmail) and pr...

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MITM

Upgrade your browser before you check your gmail

less than 1 minute read

There is a wildcard *google.com SSL certificate in the wild, which means malicious people can sit between you and anything at Google (including gmail) and pr...

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vuln

Upgrade your browser before you check your gmail

less than 1 minute read

There is a wildcard *google.com SSL certificate in the wild, which means malicious people can sit between you and anything at Google (including gmail) and pr...

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civil liberties

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riot

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Vancouver

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0day

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certificate

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comodo

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DigitNotar

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Ich Sun

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windows update

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#F8

Facebook post F8

1 minute read

Right after the Facebook F8 keynote, a 15 year old noted he didn’t understand this new model Facebook was about to roll out. What might not be obvious, is th...

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data retention act

What info does Facebook have on me?

less than 1 minute read

After the F8 conference, there is even more concern than before about what personal information Facebook has on an individual. I was sent Facebook’s personal...

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personally identifiable information

What info does Facebook have on me?

less than 1 minute read

After the F8 conference, there is even more concern than before about what personal information Facebook has on an individual. I was sent Facebook’s personal...

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adword

Google now offering secure search

less than 1 minute read

It’s not often we’ve given Google credit for privacy or security steps, but this week is one of them. Following the steps by Facebook and Twitter we announce...

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keyword

Google now offering secure search

less than 1 minute read

It’s not often we’ve given Google credit for privacy or security steps, but this week is one of them. Following the steps by Facebook and Twitter we announce...

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secure

Google now offering secure search

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It’s not often we’ve given Google credit for privacy or security steps, but this week is one of them. Following the steps by Facebook and Twitter we announce...

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SEM

Google now offering secure search

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It’s not often we’ve given Google credit for privacy or security steps, but this week is one of them. Following the steps by Facebook and Twitter we announce...

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SEO

Google now offering secure search

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It’s not often we’ve given Google credit for privacy or security steps, but this week is one of them. Following the steps by Facebook and Twitter we announce...

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FIPPA

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legislation

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legislature

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affiliate marketing

Using a non-tracker analytics service

less than 1 minute read

You’ve probably heard of Google analytics, which takes logs of your website visitors, and all of their activities, and provides you some very pretty, and use...

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authentication

How strong is your password?

2 minute read

While working in information security for the largest company in Canada, I realized there was no one internally, actively attacking the password database to ...

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hash

How strong is your password?

2 minute read

While working in information security for the largest company in Canada, I realized there was no one internally, actively attacking the password database to ...

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john the ripper

How strong is your password?

2 minute read

While working in information security for the largest company in Canada, I realized there was no one internally, actively attacking the password database to ...

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l0phtcrack

How strong is your password?

2 minute read

While working in information security for the largest company in Canada, I realized there was no one internally, actively attacking the password database to ...

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passwords

How strong is your password?

2 minute read

While working in information security for the largest company in Canada, I realized there was no one internally, actively attacking the password database to ...

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rainbow tables

How strong is your password?

2 minute read

While working in information security for the largest company in Canada, I realized there was no one internally, actively attacking the password database to ...

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THC Hydra

How strong is your password?

2 minute read

While working in information security for the largest company in Canada, I realized there was no one internally, actively attacking the password database to ...

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connections

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lsof

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netstat

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network

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tcp

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udp

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Administrative services

Identity theft at UVic

1 minute read

Over the week-end, the University of Victoria’s new administrative building was broken into. A payroll server with the personally identifiable information (P...

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identity

Identity theft at UVic

1 minute read

Over the week-end, the University of Victoria’s new administrative building was broken into. A payroll server with the personally identifiable information (P...

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SIN

Identity theft at UVic

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Over the week-end, the University of Victoria’s new administrative building was broken into. A payroll server with the personally identifiable information (P...

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social insurance number

Identity theft at UVic

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Over the week-end, the University of Victoria’s new administrative building was broken into. A payroll server with the personally identifiable information (P...

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theft

Identity theft at UVic

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Over the week-end, the University of Victoria’s new administrative building was broken into. A payroll server with the personally identifiable information (P...

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SOPA

The Stop Online Piracy Act

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If you’ve not heard of #SOPA yet, you likely will today. As of right now, it’s only something that techies and internet crusaders seem to be aware of. Like m...

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stop online piracy act

The Stop Online Piracy Act

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If you’ve not heard of #SOPA yet, you likely will today. As of right now, it’s only something that techies and internet crusaders seem to be aware of. Like m...

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cross site scripting

No scripts!

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One of the most common ways your computer gets compromised, is by malicious scripts opened by your web browser. This means you go to a website that might loo...

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javascript

No scripts!

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One of the most common ways your computer gets compromised, is by malicious scripts opened by your web browser. This means you go to a website that might loo...

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malicious

No scripts!

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One of the most common ways your computer gets compromised, is by malicious scripts opened by your web browser. This means you go to a website that might loo...

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scripts

No scripts!

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One of the most common ways your computer gets compromised, is by malicious scripts opened by your web browser. This means you go to a website that might loo...

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XSS

No scripts!

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One of the most common ways your computer gets compromised, is by malicious scripts opened by your web browser. This means you go to a website that might loo...

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@vicpdcanada

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accountability

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ALPR

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AOI

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audit

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FOI

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RCMP

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Victoria Police

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ICANN

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ICE

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regulator

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DuckDuckGo

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Engine

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avast

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

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Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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AVG

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

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Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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hacker

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

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Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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pwn

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

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Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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pwned

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

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Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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rooted

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

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Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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scan

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

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Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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symantec

Anti-virus, are you doing it right?

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Most of my clients are running anti-virus on their home and work computers, but are they using it right? There are 3 key steps to running anti-Virus software...

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creeping

Opening your social network profile

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There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

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foursquare

Opening your social network profile

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There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

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geo-loc

Opening your social network profile

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There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

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latitude

Opening your social network profile

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There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

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linked in

Opening your social network profile

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There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

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longtitude

Opening your social network profile

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There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

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social

Opening your social network profile

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There have been a lot of stories about what happens when you reveal your social network profile, especially your geo-location information. Probably made famo...

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@DanPollock

The browser tracker test

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I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy:

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Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The browser tracker test

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I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy:

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dangerous

The browser tracker test

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I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy:

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motorcycle

The browser tracker test

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I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy:

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Steven Smart

The browser tracker test

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I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy:

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viral

The browser tracker test

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I’ve spoken about trackers before and recommended four steps/solutions for protecting your browsing privacy:

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based

Free cloud storage

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The cloud is a current buzzword in technology, referring to remote storage space on the internet. The big challenge with using free cloud storage, as a priva...

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cloud

Free cloud storage

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The cloud is a current buzzword in technology, referring to remote storage space on the internet. The big challenge with using free cloud storage, as a priva...

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storage

Free cloud storage

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The cloud is a current buzzword in technology, referring to remote storage space on the internet. The big challenge with using free cloud storage, as a priva...

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IPO

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publicly traded

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Diaspora

Diaspora with client side encryption

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I’ve written about Diaspora before, a social network (Facebook replacement?) that is decentralized, and cares (more) about privacy. If you’re interested to l...

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PKI

Diaspora with client side encryption

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I’ve written about Diaspora before, a social network (Facebook replacement?) that is decentralized, and cares (more) about privacy. If you’re interested to l...

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social network

Diaspora with client side encryption

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I’ve written about Diaspora before, a social network (Facebook replacement?) that is decentralized, and cares (more) about privacy. If you’re interested to l...

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clickjacking

Are you vulnerable to the DNSChanger?

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Wired is reporting that several hundred thousand people may be affected on Monday when the FBI turns off the domains used in the DNSChanger malware. Over 1/...

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DNSChanger

Are you vulnerable to the DNSChanger?

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Wired is reporting that several hundred thousand people may be affected on Monday when the FBI turns off the domains used in the DNSChanger malware. Over 1/...

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Eastern Europe

Are you vulnerable to the DNSChanger?

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Wired is reporting that several hundred thousand people may be affected on Monday when the FBI turns off the domains used in the DNSChanger malware. Over 1/...

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FBI

Are you vulnerable to the DNSChanger?

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Wired is reporting that several hundred thousand people may be affected on Monday when the FBI turns off the domains used in the DNSChanger malware. Over 1/...

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scam

Are you vulnerable to the DNSChanger?

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Wired is reporting that several hundred thousand people may be affected on Monday when the FBI turns off the domains used in the DNSChanger malware. Over 1/...

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client

Retroshare

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I had a lot of positive feedback from the recent post on Diaspora with client-side encryption. For those of you who are somewhat technically inclined, and li...

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file transfer

Retroshare

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I had a lot of positive feedback from the recent post on Diaspora with client-side encryption. For those of you who are somewhat technically inclined, and li...

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IM

Retroshare

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I had a lot of positive feedback from the recent post on Diaspora with client-side encryption. For those of you who are somewhat technically inclined, and li...

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instant messenger

Retroshare

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I had a lot of positive feedback from the recent post on Diaspora with client-side encryption. For those of you who are somewhat technically inclined, and li...

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retroshare

Retroshare

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I had a lot of positive feedback from the recent post on Diaspora with client-side encryption. For those of you who are somewhat technically inclined, and li...

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anti

Anti-Virus for Macosx

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Because of Apple’s advertising, Mac users often (wrongly) believe that they don’t need anti-virus software. The problem that these users have is that when th...

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AV

Anti-Virus for Macosx

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Because of Apple’s advertising, Mac users often (wrongly) believe that they don’t need anti-virus software. The problem that these users have is that when th...

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macosx

Anti-Virus for Macosx

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Because of Apple’s advertising, Mac users often (wrongly) believe that they don’t need anti-virus software. The problem that these users have is that when th...

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OSX

Anti-Virus for Macosx

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Because of Apple’s advertising, Mac users often (wrongly) believe that they don’t need anti-virus software. The problem that these users have is that when th...

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virus

Anti-Virus for Macosx

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Because of Apple’s advertising, Mac users often (wrongly) believe that they don’t need anti-virus software. The problem that these users have is that when th...

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Ann Cavoukian

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biometrics

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Daily Dashboard

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friendly

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IAPP

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scanning

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C-12

Canadian Patriot Act back as bill C-12

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If you’ve followed this blog for some time, I first wrote about the introduction of the bill in May 2010, and then a follow up redux in August 2010 (a summar...

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C-29

Canadian Patriot Act back as bill C-12

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If you’ve followed this blog for some time, I first wrote about the introduction of the bill in May 2010, and then a follow up redux in August 2010 (a summar...

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security

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telephone

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voice

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SIGINT

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trust

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duck duck go

Change your default search engine

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Most of us use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo daily without taking much time to consider the inherent privacy implications. If you have some time, ...

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start page

Change your default search engine

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Most of us use a search engine such as Google or Yahoo daily without taking much time to consider the inherent privacy implications. If you have some time, ...

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camera

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public

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recording

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video

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Data Privacy Day

Happy Data Privacy Day 2013!

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According to Wikipedia, the purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is currently ‘celebrated’ in the United ...

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disk encryption

Happy Data Privacy Day 2013!

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According to Wikipedia, the purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is currently ‘celebrated’ in the United ...

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FDE

Happy Data Privacy Day 2013!

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According to Wikipedia, the purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is currently ‘celebrated’ in the United ...

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full disk encryption

Happy Data Privacy Day 2013!

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According to Wikipedia, the purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote data privacy education. It is currently ‘celebrated’ in the United ...

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cellular phone

Password protect your cellphone

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For most things privacy related in Canadian law, it comes down to what a judge feels Canadians think is reasonable. A couple of days ago the Ontario court of...

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court

Password protect your cellphone

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For most things privacy related in Canadian law, it comes down to what a judge feels Canadians think is reasonable. A couple of days ago the Ontario court of...

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Ontario

Password protect your cellphone

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For most things privacy related in Canadian law, it comes down to what a judge feels Canadians think is reasonable. A couple of days ago the Ontario court of...

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smart phone

Password protect your cellphone

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For most things privacy related in Canadian law, it comes down to what a judge feels Canadians think is reasonable. A couple of days ago the Ontario court of...

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@kevinsmcarthur

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CBA

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CCIRC

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cURL

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Kevin McArthur

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OpenSSL

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peerjacking

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php

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responsible disclosure

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cops

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police

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R. vs Telus

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SCC

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search warrant

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wiretap

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2013

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blackberry

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safari

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symantac

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symantic

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top 3 steps

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authorization

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corporation

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opt-in

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opt-out

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privacy commission

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chomium

Browser plugins for device protection

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These are the three browser plugins for device protection I recommend you install. The first one is arguably more important than anti-virus, and takes a whil...

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IE

Browser plugins for device protection

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These are the three browser plugins for device protection I recommend you install. The first one is arguably more important than anti-virus, and takes a whil...

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TLS

Secure websites

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I’m often asked about secure websites. For example, should you trust the connection with your computer and your bank’s website? The article is going to get a...

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FOIPPA

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NDP

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