Category Archives: Advisory

Privacy Apps Don’t All Measure Up

A look at several mobile apps (for Android and iPhone) that make empty promises to protect your privacy

Privacy App IconsThe best advice when it comes to privacy and photos and videos is “don’t take a photo that you don’t want your boss/parents/grandparents to see” but this advice is rarely heeded. In a cheap attempt to profit from people’s privacy worries there are several apps on the market that promise to protect your dignity from prying eyes. Here I take a look at several such apps and demonstrate how they fail to measure up…

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WiFi Security

Some quick pointers on how to stay safe when using wireless networks

Decorative Image - wirelessIn recent years wireless networking (WiFi) has become so common place that you’ll find it in most homes, businesses and social venues like cafés, bars and hotels. Some areas have begun rolling out metropolitan networks covering shopping centres, air ports or whole city centres.  The convenience of wireless networks however comes with a trade-off in security that is often taken for granted or overlooked entirely. Here I’ll go over a few quick fixes to help you stay safe…

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Staying Safe with Shopping Online

Top tips for staying safe and avoiding scams while shopping on the web, particularly relevant for the Christmas period.

Decorative Image - christmas giftsIn the weeks before Christmas more and more people are avoiding the manic high street crowds and buying gifts for friends and family on the web.  As the shopping transactions increase so does the malicious activity and crooks are quick to exploit people who wouldn’t normally shop online and who might not be savvy to the risks. Here I’ll outline some quick tips for how to lessen the risk of being conned but the number one rule as I’ve mentioned previously is to pay attention…

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Public vs Private

A look at the difference between public and private forums, and why the problem is not what people think it is.

Decorative Image - Public SpeakerFollowing a previous post on giving away too much information and some recent scare news here is my opinion on the differences between public and private content, in particular some common misconceptions and misplaced blame…

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A Simple Question

Q: What’s the one best way to protect my computer?

Decorative Image - Question MarkRecently at a PurleyDinnerClub gathering I was asked a seemingly simple question: What’s the one best way to protect my computer? In thinking through the usual stock responses I came to a conclusion which typifies the intent of this blog and so I thought it appropriate to share here…

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When Bugs Strike

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A blunt look at the damage that can be caused when a computer infection takes hold with examples from recent news.

Computer bugs can take many forms, some are harmless while others are devastating, some need coaxing and provocation while others can crop up during business as usual.  In last week’s post I described how bugs occur as a reason to patch your computer.  Here I highlight the damage that bugs can cause as a persuader to patch your computer in case you’re not convinced.
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Why We Need Patches

A brief look at why we need to patch our computers.

Decorative Image - BugMany people treat a computer in the same way as a car or washing machine; if it’s not broke don’t fix it. Unfortunately there are varying degrees of broken and only when it gets to ‘really broken’ do we tend to notice.  Here I take a look at why we should make the effort to patch a computer even when there appears to be nothing wrong.

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Myths and Legends

Clearing up some common misconceptions about web and IT security.

Decorative Image - AlienThere are a lot of opinions bouncing around the web that through Chinese whispers or repetition have become sudo-facts. In this post I hope to dispel some of these popular myths.  Unfortunately there are not always simple solutions to life’s problems but being aware of them is often enough to help. Continue reading

Safer web browsing

A quick look at the setup I use to browse the web more safely than the average Joe.

Decorative Image, PC Firewall WebI don’t often make recommendations because such things have a way of back firing. Instead I’d like to outline a few bits of my setup that helps me to browse the web with a little extra piece of mind. If you feel like trying any part of this then please acknowledge my usual software disclaimer.

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