free – PrivaSecTech Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:34:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Anti-Virus for Macosx Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:00:23 +0000 Continue reading Anti-Virus for Macosx]]> 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 they are hacked, they have no way of ever finding out. The intruder can be watching them while they type (by way of viewing the user’s screen or even watching them through the webcam) and listening on their microphones. Once I explain this to Mac users, the next thing they ask me is if there are free anti-virus programs for Mac. Here is a list of the three I’m aware of; if you know of more, please let me know.

Just having one of these anti-virus programs installed, or even just regularly downloading the latest virus definitions is not enough; it’s the regular full system scans that do the detection.

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Free Email Fri, 09 Apr 2010 22:03:39 +0000 Continue reading Free Email]]> “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 account”
“What type of SLA (service level agreement) do you have with them?”

This is a recent conversation I had regarding a so-called free email provider. I won’t pick on any specifically, this article applies to all of them. I’m not aware of any of the free email providers that are run as a volunteer organization. So how are they making money? There are a few options if you’re not paying for the service, the two most notable are advertising; providing third parties with your information, or the second which is selling your information to third parties. Some people are fine with this, for example, there are benefits to targeted advertising. However there is nothing I’m aware of that prevents your email provider, or a 3rd party advertiser, from providing your personal information and emails to say your employer, or insurance company.
One of the other things to think about regarding the free email providers is service level agreements. If you’re using your ISP for your email, then you’re paying for service, and can expect a published SLA. If you’re using a free service, what is there motivation to respond to you specifically in a timely manner?
I recommend to all of my clients they register a domain name to use as a permanent email address, or find a friend/techy that has done this. Then, no matter what ISP you use over the years, you can just have your email forward to that location.
Sounds like it’s time for you to check out the  privacy/disclosure policy on your email provider’s website, as well as your SLA with them. If you’re not happy with both, change to one you are happy with. Don’t hesitate to contact the privacy officer of an organization to enquire for anything not clearly defined in their policy.