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Why You Should Care About Data Privacy Regulations

Why You Should Care About Data Privacy Regulations

I get it, Data Privacy Regulations are a pain. They are complicated and difficult to understand. Most of them are written in legalese. And, as a company, they take time and money to implement properly. But hear me out on this one… it will save you money in the long run to become compliant. In the past businesses were able

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Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments Done Right

Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments Done Right

Before embarking on any kind of compliance it is important to understand what the requirements are and when you need to implement them. The GDPR (Global Data Protection Regulation) in the EU states that you have to run a DPIA (Data Protection Impact Assessment) if you are using any data that is highly sensitive or could be high risk if

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Your Social Network is Bigger Than You Think

Your Social Network is Bigger Than You Think

I was reviewing privacy settings when I realized that several of them include options that extend your posts to your friend’s friends (Facebook), or your connection’s connections (LinkedIn). I started to wonder how broadly that audience actually extended. So I did what I usually do; I did the math, for fun. I’m cool that way. Calculating the Size of a

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Social Engineering – Trust but Verify

Social Engineering - Trust but Verify

What’s the easiest way steal something that is kept securely behind a lock? Get ahold of the key. Or even better, just have someone let you in. Sounds preposterous but this is the number one way tech criminals get access to personal identities and private company information; the users are tricked into handing it over. Social Engineering is the science

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10 Tips to Safeguard Your Online Privacy

10 Tips to Safeguard Your Online Privacy

When you have something important, you make efforts to keep it safe. You wouldn’t leave your credit card out on a bench and walk away, or leave your house keys at the mall with your address attached. Sounds far fetched but it’s essentially what we are doing with personal information every day. Your online data, from what you enter to

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Social Credit – How You Are Really Being Measured

Social Credit - How You Are Really Being Measured

When I pick services, restaurants, or even download apps, I always research their ratings first. I rely on a system where an audience of other users or buyers give their (hopefully) unbiased opinion about what I am about to purchase. What if we turned the tables and allowed companies to rate the users? This is Social Credit. A system where your

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Your Guide to the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation

Your Guide to the GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation

What is the GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation is a framework of legal guidelines for collection and processing of personal info of individuals within the European Union. Or, in short, it’s new rules that companies need to follow to collect and protect a user’s data. As of May 25th, 2018, any company, group, or individual, that handles European data

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Balanced Technology Management, and Why We All Need It

Balanced Technology Management, and Why We All Need It

No one likes being told what to do, especially when you are being told you are doing something wrong. This is why the topic of balanced technology management is not a popular one. We all love our phones, computers, and TVs but we’ve become so reliant on these things for simplifying our lives and entertaining us that we are running

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Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and Blockchain Explained

Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, and Blockchain Explained

Many people have heard about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency but, like many new technologies, most wave it off as being too complicated to understand. Not so. Given how much I enjoy demystifying  tech for others, I’ve broken it down in a way that even a grade 5 student can understand it. And for reference, I did run this by an actual

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Cybersecurity: Easy steps to protect you, your workplace, and your home

Cybersecurity: Easy steps to protect you, your workplace, and your home

When I started my career as a software developer, the word cybersecurity was thrown around as a technical term describing how computer data was encrypted and protected within an electrical system. Fast forward a few decades and now cybersecurity affects everyone who touches a digital device. The problem is many people still feel like it’s a technical issue that they

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