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Uh Oh 365

Posted by Martin Zinaich on January 10, 2018

In an earlier post, I talked about how some vendors tend to push enterprises into a weaker security posture. In this post, I continue with information relating to Office 365. Microsoft’s cloud implementation of the Office suite is mind boggling in its complexity and sheer want of native connectivity. If you are using a proxy, […]

Deceit and duplicity in the pursuit of monetizing social media

Posted by Kevin on January 7, 2018

One thing I really dislike is deceit and duplicity in the pursuit of monetizing social media. LinkedIn is a prime example, especially after its acquisition by Microsoft. Ever since Nadella took the helm, Microsoft seems hell bent on monetizing anything that moves — and I think we’re just seeing the beginning with LinkedIn. LinkedIn members […]

The Gaming Industry Going Into 2018

Posted by Josh Townsend on January 4, 2018

Is the Game Industry Today Mirroring the Landscape of the 1983 Crash? Given the industry’s early years, the continued strengthening of the economics of video games has enjoyed phenomenal longevity since its last recession. With the industry having survived two severe crashes in quick succession – in 1977 and then in 1983 – the fact […]

Credit Due Where Credit Deserved – Microsoft

Posted by Martin Zinaich on December 21, 2017

In the past, I have criticized Microsoft for the privacy invasive defaults of Win10. I failed to mention a feature that sheds a bit of light on what they collect. Beyond changing many of the settings using tools (which I highlighted here), you can actually review and delete some of the metadata being collected. If […]

The Equifax Breach – Another case for professionalizing Information Security

Posted by Martin Zinaich on September 23, 2017

One of my part-time hobbies is pushing to professionalize the Information Security profession. Admittedly, it is a lonely pastime and not nearly as exhilarating as it sounds. I wrote a multi-part article about the topic called “What does Information Security have in common with Eastern Air Lines Flight 401?” Allow me to quote myself: Providing […]

Are Crowdfunding and the Gaming Industry Failing Each Other?

Posted by Josh Townsend on September 22, 2017

Kickstarter Games’ Failures Crowdfunding has firmly established itself as part of 21st-century economics, despite a lot of early and ongoing scepticism. Prominent crowdfunding site Kickstarter, the centrepiece of these emerging economies, has seen more than three billion dollars-worth of pledges across all its projects. Ever adaptive and eager for new methods of monetization, the gaming […]

The Equifax breach beggars belief

Posted by Kevin on September 17, 2017

The art of spin is to make bad news look like good news. Well, good luck to Equifax in spinning its way out of the loss of 143 million credit records in America. Equifax UK, however, is having a stab at it. With classic timing it released its statement late on Friday — I received […]

Industry Vs. Consumer: Pre-orders, Critics and Hype

Posted by Josh Townsend on August 21, 2017

Pre-orders: Selling Promises Every year seems to bring a new feature from one or another gaming publication on why pre-orders are a bad concept, urging consumers to reject them after various high-profile games have under-delivered on their promises. Pre-orders certainly have fewer benefits for the consumer when compared to publishers and retailers; a pre-order purchase […]

Game User Reviews: Power, Degradation and Overuse

Posted by Josh Townsend on July 25, 2017

The Importance of Customer Reviews The revolution of online shopping has been a long-standing demonstration that user reviews improve sales, encourage repeat web traffic and significantly boost a website’s search engine ranking. Even without unanimously positive reviews, websites which feature user interaction and feedback have been shown to promote engagement among users and increase a […]

Security Fails require GDPR

Posted by Kevin on July 8, 2017

It might seem as if the penalty fines of up to 4% of global turnover contained within GDPR are a bit draconian — but they are not. Three separate incidents over the last few weeks demonstrate just how many businesses simply don’t care about their customers’ privacy; and I doubt if such attitudes can be […]

June Sketch: The Parliamentary Brute-force

Posted by Josh Townsend on July 1, 2017

The Simple Brute-force Attack That Compromised Parliamentary Emails It’s probably over-optimistic to assume that the recent attack on parliamentary email accounts had any white-hat intentions behind it, but if the seat of government for any world power is compromised on any level by a simple brute-force attack, it probably deserves a little wake-up call. Share […]