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Internet Safety Month: How to protect your child’s privacy online

June marks the beginning of summer. It is also National Internet Safety Month. This is the perfect time to remind vacationers that while it is essential to check that everything you need is packed and ready for a trip, it is equally vital for the family to take steps in securing their devices and their online footprint. We’re talking about managing online privacy and reputation—for you and … [Read more...]

Why bad coding habits die hard—and 7 ways to kill them

Developers are usually the focus of blame when software vulnerabilities cause organizational breaches. (Sometimes, quality assurance engineers are included in the flame.) Interestingly, though, hardly anyone looks at why bad coding habits form in the first place. We’re talking about the culture, the processes, the unrealistic deadlines, and—perhaps the worst of this bunch—the lack of … [Read more...]

Why tech companies wanted Senate Bill 315 vetoed

When Georgia Senate Bill 315 (SB-315) was introduced, people in the tech world anxiously awaited its fate, regardless of their geographic location. They knew that some laws initially restricted to single states become more widespread after politicians set precedents. And they knew that this law could potentially impact the way that they did business forever. The bill passed in the General Assembly … [Read more...]

Parenting in the Digital World: a review

Before I became a new mum not so long ago, I did the best I could to prepare myself to take care of my little one by reading a lot books. From learning how to discern (possible) meanings behind baby’s various cries to finding out what you can and can’t feed your baby once they begin eating solids. It was tough, and I know it’ll get easier in some aspects and more difficult in … [Read more...]

HTTPS: why the green padlock is not enough

When goods get sold in large quantities, the price goes down. This might not be the first law of economics, but it’s applicable. An extrapolation of this is that if there are practically no production costs and no raw materials involved, prices of such goods will drop to zero. Usually, they will be offered as free gifts to promote the sale of other, more costly goods. Something like this has … [Read more...]

Engaging students in cybersecurity: a primer for educators

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. ~ Maimonides The education sector has had its share of breaches. And schools, like medical and retail institutions, continue to struggle when it comes to securing their highly-priced assets: student and staff data and intellectual property. This is a big challenge for many. Unfortunately, it’s … [Read more...]

The Internet of Everything and digital privacy: what you need to know

If you don’t already own Internet of Things (IoT) devices, you likely will soon. IoT-enabled devices are physical gadgets with built-in Internet connectivity that allow data transmission; often this happens in the background with no indication to the user that anything is happening. The IoT is more like the Internet of Everything—statistics indicate within the next couple of years, there will be … [Read more...]

Physician, protect thyself: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

In part one of our Physician, protect thyself series, we recognized significant security problems within the healthcare industry that need addressing. Health organizations moving from the paper to the ‘puter—a shift meant to improve care and overall patient experience—inadvertently introduced substantial privacy risks to healthcare records. They are suddenly accessible whenever and wherever … [Read more...]

The digital entropy of death: link rot

Hot on the heels of a grim blog about digital death comes…another blog about digital death. Except in this case, the recently deceased would be the links that tie the web together, otherwise known as link rot. Link rot is a weird thing. Say I blog for Puppy Chow and I write an article about the best dog shows. For one of my examples, I link to an article with the URL … [Read more...]

Investors concerned about smartphone addiction; Apple responds with new webpage

Hot on the heels of an open letter from investors urging Apple to do more to protect children from smartphone addiction, the tech giant has recently dedicated a page on their website to families. The “Families” page, which can be accessed at apple.com/families, contains tools parents can use to set restrictions on devices accessible to their kids, manage in-app purchases, keep track of … [Read more...]