Locking down your precious data

Hardware-encrypted, PIN-authenticated diskAshur2 drives keep data secure

Locking down your precious dataWe keep our computers on lockdown, encrypt our data and secure them from prying eyes and online predators. But what about our backups and those external drives? United Kingdom-based iStorage has created diskAshur2, an updated line of virtually bulletproof PIN-authenticated and hardware-encrypted hard drives. Even if the drive was stolen, your data is fully protected. The…

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…

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Industrial security in the cyber age must include more than an outdated line of concrete, fences, guns and guards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

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…

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…

Guarding against the many dangers floating in the cloud

In cyber space, far too much is in the public realm or easily obtained. And that puts your reputation, money and job prospects at risk

Guarding against the many dangers floating in the cloudBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Columnist When safe sex became a necessity after the AIDS crisis, a valuable analogy came into being. The caution was that you’re having sex with everyone your partner ever had sex with. This was sobering for lovers. It turns out it’s also a lesson for business…

How cyber safe is your municipality?

IT dangers are everywhere. But municipalities – and other levels of government – do too little to be prepared for inevitable failures

How cyber safe is your municipality?By Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist There’s a line item missing from your town’s budget. It’s missing from all government budgets. It should be called Digital Liability. Even city budget chiefs and national finance officials aren’t dealing with the dangers and vulnerabilities of cyber space. Here’s an example. Your…

5 things that you should never post on social media

Sharing personal information can be dangerous for you

5 things that you should never post on social mediaSocial media is now the best way to interact with many people around the world. Millions of users post every day on different social media platforms. Some have even more than one social media account. People share thoughts and personal feelings but sharing too much information isn’t always good. Even previously secretive people in Australia…

The modern, efficient criminal is digitally casing you

You're being tracked, watched, listened to – and you're just living a normal life. The threat of a personal data breach is real and constant

The modern, efficient criminal is digitally casing youBy Brennen Schmidt ALEUS Technology Group and Allan Bonner Troy Media columnist “I don’t have anything to hide,” say many social media users and online shoppers. But most of us do have something to hide – we just aren’t sure what it is. You pass by hospitals and supermarkets. You may also pass a university…