Last Updated on 6 February 2023 by Daniel Cassandra Cross, Queensland University of Technology Reports of data breaches are an increasingly common occurrence. In recent weeks, Ticketmaster, HealthEngine, PageUp and the Tasmanian Electoral Commission have all reported breaches. It is easy to tune out to what is happening, particularly if it’s not your fault it… Continue reading Another day, another data breach – what to do when it happens to you
Topics of a general nature.
Zoom security: I’ve researched problems with video conferencing for years – here’s what you need to know
Thomas Reisinger, De Montfort University The video conferencing app Zoom gained about 2 million new users in the first two months of 2020 – and that was before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. With so many people now relying on video conferencing for contact with their friends, family and colleagues,… Continue reading Zoom security: I’ve researched problems with video conferencing for years – here’s what you need to know
Apple’s PassKeys update could make traditional passwords obsolete
Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University and Steven Furnell, University of Nottingham Sometimes it seems like passwords have been with us forever, and yet every year we’re reminded how we still don’t use them properly! The annual publication of the “worst passwords” list shows we haven’t become much more password savvy over the decade. And while… Continue reading Apple’s PassKeys update could make traditional passwords obsolete
Zoom-bombings disrupt online events with racist and misogynist attacks
Last Updated on 19 November 2022 by Daniel Greg Elmer, Toronto Metropolitan University; Anthony Glyn Burton, Toronto Metropolitan University, and Stephen J. Neville, York University, Canada As COVID-19 circulated the globe in March, reports emerged of another new, viral threat: “Zoom-bombing.” The term derives from photo-bombing, which is defined as appearing “behind or in front… Continue reading Zoom-bombings disrupt online events with racist and misogynist attacks
FamilySearch Account Email
Last Updated on 17 October 2022 by Daniel Just received the following email from FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/en/). Funny thing is that I do not recall signing up on that website. Not saying I didn’t, probably just slipped my mind. Anyways, email follows: Important information about your FamilySearch AccountEngagement No. B058763 Dear Account Holder: FamilySearch International, a… Continue reading FamilySearch Account Email
Governments should inoculate citizens to prevent the spread of fake news
Last Updated on 11 September 2022 by Daniel Sze-Fung Lee, McGill University and Benjamin C. M. Fung, McGill University https://narrations.ad-auris.com/widget/the-conversation-canada/governments-should-inoculate-citizens-to-prevent-the-spread-of-fake-news Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. presidential election showed how disinformation could disrupt a democratic process. And due to the current reach of social media, the risk of fake news being disseminated is greater than… Continue reading Governments should inoculate citizens to prevent the spread of fake news
Password Sentry WordPress Integration
Last Updated on 7 July 2021 by Daniel We are in the process of developing a plugin to integrate Password Sentry (PS) and WordPress (WP). We have noticed that there is a trend to use WordPress as a members-based CMS (content management system) to deliver content to paid subscribers. And, of course, this setup (like… Continue reading Password Sentry WordPress Integration
WordPress Security Tips and Hack Defense
Last Updated on 22 May 2021 by Daniel From WordPress core, theme and plugin safety, to user name and password best practices and database backups. Other topics to consider include: layered security measures like using the .htaccess file to enable or disable features limiting file permissions black listing and white listing IPs disable file editing… Continue reading WordPress Security Tips and Hack Defense
Avoiding Disaster: Make Website and Business Asset Backups Mandatory
Last Updated on 21 May 2021 by Daniel Do you have a backup of all your website and business data? A sudden attack on your web hosting or an employee error can cause havoc without warning. The same goes for any information about your business stored on your computer. If your computer suddenly got infected… Continue reading Avoiding Disaster: Make Website and Business Asset Backups Mandatory
What Is The Importance Of An SSL Certificate?
Last Updated on 20 May 2021 by Daniel Today’s consumers and web visitors are demanding more protection than ever from the prying eyes of hackers and intrusive data breaches when they come to your site. If they do not see the HTTPS sign, they will probably leave, never to ever return. So how do you… Continue reading What Is The Importance Of An SSL Certificate?