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5000 Twitter followers for $29. Yeah, right

Posted by Kevin on October 28, 2014

Why does someone who offers to get you 5000 Twitter followers for just $29 have just 135 followers himself? I wonder if I could interest him in a low-cost self-marketing course…

404 as an advertising device – do I not like that!

Posted by Kevin on October 22, 2014

‘Do I not like that’ is a phrase that has gone down in English rhetorical history. It was uttered by the England football manager on observing the England football team failing to do what it was supposed to do (in this case play decent football). It is a phrase I use when somebody or thing […]

My data is my data; it is not federal data

Posted by Kevin on October 8, 2014

I have no time for governments’ demands for free access to my data just in case. Just in case is just not good enough. If government thinks I’m a terrorist or a gun runner, a drug dealer or a child kidnapper, let it prove it in a court of law – or at least satisfy […]

Human Rights: Cameron’s popularity is the UK’s tragedy

Posted by Kevin on October 5, 2014

The first major poll after the Conservative Party Conference shows strong public support for Cameron’s plan to scrap the Human Rights Act. According to YouGov, 48% of the public agree with Cameron. Personally I hope that this is a false figure that will diminish into insignificance as opponents enter the argument — so far all […]

Grant Shapps voices his dismay at Cameron’s behaviour

Posted by Kevin on September 28, 2014

As your Party Chairman, I share your deep sense of betrayal and anger. We have been let down by somebody who has repeatedly lied to his constituents, and to you: who said one thing, and then did another. Grant Shapps at the Tory Conference Cameron or Reckless? Grant Shapps is talking about Reckless; but the […]

The suppression of freedom and privacy in the UK

Posted by Kevin on September 28, 2014

The UK is rapidly becoming the internet’s ‘free world’ freedom and privacy weak spot. The cause is the tragic simultaneous alignment of several factors: there is no single freedom guaranteed by law. There is no written constitution in place to protect the people from the excesses of government. the British public is just about the […]

Whatever happened to journalism? Part 2: Infosecurity

Posted by Kevin on September 24, 2014

Last week I came across a report titled: I looked at this report to see if it should be included in ITsecurity’s daily news summaries. It is certainly sensational: From 2002 the German cybercrime network performed numerous targeted penetrations to over 300 organizations, including tier one commercial companies, government institutions, research laboratories and critical infrastructure […]

Whatever happened to journalism? Part 1: Gaming

Posted by Kevin on September 23, 2014

If you’re a gamer, you’ll immediately know that I’m talking about GamerGate. If not… This is a summary, so it presents the gist rather than chronological fact. Female developer Zoe Quinn produced a text-based game called Depression Quest. She tried to get it released on Greenlight, a service offered by Steam for small and individual […]

The cost of a breach

Posted by Kevin on September 21, 2014

I always find this sort of statement totally absurd. The average for which companies? all companies? some companies? which companies? The average of which breaches? all breaches? some breaches? which breaches? which of the unreported breaches are included and which are excluded? Over what period of time? all time? last two years? current? What costs […]

Google orchestrating anti-GDPR sentiment

Posted by Kevin on September 13, 2014

There is still an awful lot of guff talked about Google and the ‘right to be forgotten’. Much of the media portrays the issue as a right for individuals to demand that personal data be removed from the internet. This is not the case. Google couldn’t do it even if it were the case. There […]