Unsecure mobile devices a hazard to municipal security

A local official’s smartphone may be the master key that nefarious people seek. Who knows what can be unlocked and what calamity can follow?

Unsecure mobile devices a hazard to municipal securityBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist One of the great honours for any citizen is to be presented with a key to the city. In today’s digital context, that key might just be in the hand or pocket of your local mayor – and up for grabs for anyone…

Dispelling the myth of rape culture on campus

The concept of rape culture was invented by feminists to tar all men with the brush of the worst of them

Dispelling the myth of rape culture on campusAccusations of rape made by students against other students or staff members have caused great concern in universities and beyond. Female students at McGill University, according to individual and in-class conversations, frame rape as a result of “rape culture.” But their definition of “rape culture” doesn’t fit with what’s usually meant by “culture.” In order…

The genius of Loblaws’ $25 gift card campaign

This PR masterstroke by Loblaws has allowed the company to take control of the narrative and dodge, for now, consumer mistrust

The genius of Loblaws’ $25 gift card campaignLoblaws’ gift of $25 to all Canadians is really just part of a smoke-and-mirrors campaign. In December, Loblaws confessed to running a price-fixing scheme on bread with supplier Weston Bakeries, a sister company. As of Jan. 8, anyone can go online and register for a $25 gift card, to be redeemed at any Loblaw Companies Ltd.-owned stores.…

Cybercriminals lurk around every high-tech corner

Industrial security in the cyber age must include more than an outdated line of concrete, fences, guns and guards

Cybercriminals lurk around every high-tech cornerBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist In the same way that shopping online is convenient, terrorism and sabotage are becoming easier. A terrorist, hacker-for-hire or deranged person can gain remote control of power grids, water works, hospitals, industrial operations, self-driving cars and traffic lights. The Internet of things (IoT)…

Staying ahead of threats to cyber security

A not-so-distant future could see blockchain automatically put in place a retaliatory tariff or assemble a dispute resolution panel

Staying ahead of threats to cyber securityBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist Studying and working in the area of cyber security keeps us alert – and as things rapidly change, alertness is ever more important. It was good to hear of the scanning machine that makes a digital copy of all receipts for later viewing…

Emails destroyed, justice denied?

What part of ‘Don’t delete government emails’ did these Ontario cops not understand?

Emails destroyed, justice denied?Deleted government emails have been hot news in Ontario since former premier Dalton McGuinty’s aides David Livingston and Laura Miller were charged with deliberately destroying records relating to cancelled gas-fired power plants. Now an unrelated Ontario trial has revealed another alleged incident of deliberately deleted government emails. In late 2015, government employees and police raided…

Altered reality: why legalizing pot remains hazy

The Liberal strategy faces a Senate roadblock, questions about police preparedness and concerns that the provinces won't be ready by July 1

Altered reality: why legalizing pot remains hazyHappy New Year, everyone! It’s time to remove the thick layer of dust off the crystal ball and predict what Canadians will witness in 2018. Besides some obvious choices – more mind-blowing tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continuing to stumble after every fifth word or so – the issue that could…

The digital age means we have no more secrets

Our personal information has become open access. And electronic security is a cat-and-mouse game, a cycle that never ends

The digital age means we have no more secretsIn the span of 40 years, Canadian society has gone from paper files in cabinets, to electronic storage of everything from medical records to what you had in your coffee at Starbucks this morning. Our lives have become itemized and catalogued into easily-accessed databases filled with our intimate details. We have, in fact, willingly surrendered…

Loblaw, Weston bake the numbers, burn consumers

As shocking as it was, most of us will eventually forget Loblaw‘s admission of price-fixing. Let’s hope the industry doesn’t

Loblaw, Weston bake the numbers, burn consumersMost Canadians were stunned and dismayed to learn that the country’s leading grocer was caught up in a price-fixing scheme with bread-maker George Weston Ltd., which is owned by the same company. The scheme lasted from 2001 to 2015. As a result, Loblaw Companies Ltd. fired several people and gave $25 gift certificates to millions…

Protecting your privacy in the digital age

The threat can range from someone down the street running a small business to a curious former spouse

Protecting your privacy in the digital ageBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Columnist Personal information is personal. Period. Other than professional athletes and most presidential candidates, few people want the world to know what medical procedures they’ve had. People who’ve had abortions, psychiatric counselling, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sex reassignment surgery have done so thinking it would…