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Spam is spam however you disguise it

Posted by Kevin on July 3, 2015

Somehow I’ve been ‘subscribed’ to One Free Share Tip. It wasn’t me. It’s spam. Today’s tip is to buy Barclays. Actually, I would rather bury Barclays than buy it. So it is clearly time to unsubscribe. Luckily there is an unsubscribe link in the small grey print at the end of the email: I don’t […]

My all-time favourite Dilbert strip

Posted by Kevin on July 2, 2015

It is my all-time favourite Dilbert strip. The Boss and Catbert are sat in the Boardroom. They are secretly listening, over the intercom, to a private conversation between Alice and Dilbert in a completely separate and supposedly soundproof room. Alice and Dilbert are discussing what to do about Wally, who’s standing alone in the corridor. […]

Veracode & Marketo – more like Faust & Mephistopheles

Posted by Kevin on July 1, 2015

I have news for you: you can’t trust your friends anymore. Some of them are likely to be unwitting marketing pawns first, and friends second. This is from the Marketo website: With those figures it’s fairly obvious that marketing companies will seek to exploit friendships over and above advertising – or put another way, get […]

Don’t let the Tories ditch the Human Rights Act

Posted by Kevin on June 27, 2015

You may have had an email from the Lib Dems seeking support against Cameron’s plans to dump the Human Rights Act. It doesn’t matter which party you voted for (and I didn’t vote), we must stop Cameron. Please add your name to the petition seeking to protect human rights. The Tory propaganda machine preparing support […]

Still speculating about anti-virus after all these years?

Posted by Kevin on June 23, 2015

The Intercept yesterday published an article titled Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks. I am one who in the past has wondered about the relationship between the spy agencies and the anti-virus industry (see, for example, AV and the NSA: is the anti-virus industry in bed with the NSA – why […]

France and the global censorship of Google

Posted by Kevin on June 13, 2015

There’s still an awful lot of guff being written about the ‘right to be forgotten’, especially by certain Americans who believe that their own right to free speech trumps all limitations on free speech anywhere else in the world. Here’s an example: What’s worse, if France or other EU countries get away with this attempt […]

Did you see what they wrote about you? Phishing!

Posted by Kevin on June 13, 2015

The last thing you do when you get this message is click the link; because the first thing you think is, uh-oh – scam. But, hey, this is a security company. Surely it can’t have been hacked? Maybe they’ve been deep diving into the dark web and have found something nice about me… or really […]

An open letter to all members of the House of Commons

Posted by Joseph Saviri on May 26, 2015

Our democracy hinges on trust. We rely on our Parliamentarians to ensure that all citizens can undertake their daily activities with the knowledge that they are safe and secure,without unauthorised intrusion. It is only right that our Parliamentarians do their outmost to ensure that threats and risks posed by individuals and terrorists are anticipated. Intelligence […]

The Global Identity Foundation

Posted by Kevin on May 21, 2015

The basis of all information security is the protection of confidential information from unauthorised access. This requires the ability to differentiate between authorised and unauthorised subjects. For years passwords have done this. A unique password issued to the authorised subject has assured that only that authorised subject is granted access. But passwords are no longer […]

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Posted by Joseph Saviri on May 19, 2015

The GCHQ will now be immune from prosecution from engaging in illegal hacking operations. This state of affairs is now made by possible as a result of amendments made to the Computer Misuse Act 1990. The Computer Misuse Act 1990 (CMA) creates a set of offences for those who engaged in activities interfering with the […]