Much has already been written about the poor handling of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP) so I won’t go into detail on the emergency legislation. Instead I’ll consider the validity of harvesting communication data en-masse which is at the heart of the bill.
I’ve been quiet for a while, sorry. Mainstream media has been peddling more FUD than normal over the past few days so I feel obliged to weigh in with my opinion and some clarification.
Not only are we fighting a losing battle but we’re having to battle the good guys!
Picture the scene; you receive a link that says it’s from your bank, the webpage that opens looks like your bank and they want you to give them some information… what do you do?
A look at the difference between public and private forums, and why the problem is not what people think it is.
Following 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…
Q: What’s the one best way to protect my computer?
Recently 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…
Following through the course of a phishing attempt and tips on how to spot the scam
Recently I had the (mis)fortune to come across a live phishing attempt (take a look at the Glossary if you’re not familiar with the concept of phishing). What follows is a brief run through of the scenario with some pointers of what to look out for to make sure you don’t fall foul of similar efforts.
A no frills look at the problems facing some of the webs fundamental technologies.
Unbeknown to most people the web is creaking at the edges and any number of fundamental technologies that the web depends upon could crumble without a moments notice. Here I’ll outline the various problems in simple terms.