GDPR notifications and a chance to review.

With the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) coming into force on May 25th, I like many of you have been getting lots of emails from companies telling you about updates to their security policies. This is a good opportunity to decide if you still want to receive communications from these companies and services.  As well it's a good time to decide if you still want to use the service.  I've gotten emails over…
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Don’t fill out Facebook quizzes

Krebs on security has a great blog post that reminds us not to fill out those Facebook quizzes that seen to pop up in the feed all the time. Social media sites are littered with seemingly innocuous little quizzes, games and surveys urging people to reminisce about specific topics, such as “What was your first job,” or “What was your first car?” The problem with participating in these informal surveys is that in doing so…
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HEIC photo format and your photos

If you have updated to IOS 11 on your iPhone or iPad you may remember being asked if you want to use a high-efficiency way of storing your photos. If you answered yes then your photos started to be stored in a new format HIEC. This format allows much better compression without a reduction in quality to your photos This means you can store far more photos but like many things in life, there is…
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Password advice for 2017

I’ve written several posts over the past few years on passwords. In particularly my post on password strategy remains just as relevant now as when I wrote it several years ago. the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently updated its guidelines on creating secure passwords and it made some fairly significant changes. The main change was to remind user on the importance of password length and less on included special characters etc. From an…
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