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Win10 Update

Posted by Martin Zinaich on November 15, 2015

Microsoft is releasing a new major update for Windows 10. In the list of updates is one for the enterprise that we reported here on Aug 6th. “For Enterprise customers, there is also the ability to turn off all telemetry information. Microsoft advises against this so it can continue to improve the Windows 10 experience, […]

Big Things & Small Things

Posted by Martin Zinaich on November 14, 2015

Big Things & Small Things

Alvin Toffler, an American writer and futurist known for his works discussing the digital revolution, communication revolution and technological singularity, once said, “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.” He is right, certainly about this digital revolution. Cases in […]

A Funny Thing Happened at the Conference

Posted by Martin Zinaich on October 3, 2015

I recently spoke at the IT Audit and Controls Conference in Florida. I was doing my normal cantankerous venting about how businesses do not get that Information Security is a business problem and not just an IT problem. In fact, one recent study found that 80% of the total value of the Fortune 500 now […]

Music a Bridge Too Far, But Not Your Personal Data

Posted by Martin Zinaich on September 5, 2015

I was a member of MP3.com back in the day and even had a song make it into the top 10 of its genre. Also at that time, Napster was in a huge legal battle and rightfully so because it literally was breaking copyright laws by sharing music that was not properly purchased. MP3.com also […]

Woefully Unprepared, but Full Steam Ahead!

Posted by Martin Zinaich on August 15, 2015

I have called for a professionalizing of the Information Security field. And please know that professionalizing does not equate to governmental control, but possibly oversight. One major reason I believe this is needed is simply that Information Security has failed to become inculcated into the business proper. It is usually a subcomponent of IT and […]

Microsoft Back to Basics

Posted by Martin Zinaich on August 6, 2015

Following on to Kevin Townsend’s post Windows 10 makes Google look like it still does no evil (love that title) – there is much in Win10 to be concerned about; some of which has already made its way into Win7. Microsoft has gone back to basics. In the early days, their claim to fame was […]

Windows 10, I got it – I don’t get it

Posted by Martin Zinaich on August 1, 2015

When Windows 8 came out, I was stunned that anyone on a development team could think removing the Start menu was a good idea. In addition, closing a new Tile/Modern/Metro App on a 27-inch monitor no longer required that painful gesture of clicking on a X. Now you could simply click on some nether region […]

Falling into the PIT

Posted by Martin Zinaich on July 26, 2015

Technology is a wonderful thing, but it is not private. Some recent great posts on itsecurity.co.uk regarding Ad Blocking and online tracking combined with a hot new topic in the States called V2V, made me ponder technology from the privacy aspect. If we think there is any privacy left with technology, we are really just […]

The Darker side of Darkode

Posted by Martin Zinaich on July 19, 2015

Information about a Cyber Criminal Forum Take Down was recently released on the FBI website. The website Darkode was an Amazon for some of the world’s most high-volume cyber criminals. Not as pretty of course, just a general forum selling Rats’ (Remote Access Tools), Botnets, Credit Card Information, and the general sharing of information on […]

ICANN and the removal of a privacy / proxy option

Posted by Martin Zinaich on July 15, 2015

There is a proposal regarding ICANN placing limitations on privacy/proxy services. You can read ICANN’s take on the controversy here: https://www.icann.org/news/blog/on-whois-privacy-proxy-services The potential is that your provider could be forced to publish contact data in WHOIS or give it out to anyone who complains about your website, without due process. The Internet is the last […]