Monday, May 22, 2017

What You Need To Know about Windows 10 Creators Update | The Cloud Is Huge 2.0

More changes from Microsoft for Windows 10.  And if you read between the lines, Microsoft continues to leverage its Surface platform (to compete head-on with Apples Mac graphics machines), its Mobile (see Nokia) smartphone platform, and more importantly its "Store" site for the acquisition of free apps (today) and future apps (for purchase).

The importance to Microsoft for monetizing future programs and features installed on its operating systems cannot be underestimated.  The big question is how will users work these expenses into their budgets. It would seem to imply that there is some magical added value to consumers over and above the "fun" that surrounds most device use today.  Hopefully (for Microsoft) larger numbers of users will be able to move from fun to productivity (maybe Privacy, identity, and security features).  So far the jury is out on these.

 What You Need To Know about Windows 10 Creators Update | The Cloud Is Huge 2.0

Thanks to TCIH and Sci-Tech

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Is Privacy Dead or Alive - Chapter 2

The privacy conversation continues as Congress in the US and the EU across the water legislates and avoids the issues.

Privacy is Alive and Well

The beat goes on . . .

Thanks to NPR

Monday, April 3, 2017

Is Privacy Dead or Alive in the US? Chapter One.

The privacy is dead conclusion has been drawn and continues still to be drawn as the Internet and its "providers" find more lucrative methods of monetizing their connectivity.  The US Congress and recently elected Trump administration believe that opening the Internet to user tracking will stimulate new business to "Make America Great Again".  The victims of such careless handling of individual privacy are you and I - users of "free" content, but funders of the connectivity provided our mobile devices, home broadband connections, and workplace Internet access.

Privacy aside, for the moment, the additional threat from cyber criminals to steal our identities on the "public" internet and to hack, phish, and ransom our accounts adds a second important factor in the current condition.

Homeland security notwithstanding, the ability of the US NSA to monitor our Internet activity, mobile telephone conversations and other online "shared" communication is the third leg of a crumbling privacy platform that was once protected by the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.

All that may disappear if President Trump choses to veto rather than approve the current legislation to eliminate most regulations and safeguards that currently protect us from the ISPs who we pay for our services.

Stay Tuned for additional chapters in the continuing saga of Privacy is Dead.

Thanks to your privacy friends at SafeJunction

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Apple Users - How Safe Are You from Your ISP?

The Turkish Crime Family may be attacking your iPhone or iCloud account.
You might want to change your passwords if you are an Apple user.

Apple Users Change Your Passwords

Thanks to NetLib Security

Monday, March 27, 2017

London terror attacker used WhatsApp before rampage- is encryption a problem

Encryption messaging apps continue to be used to assure the privacy of messages between two or more users of the app.  The huge question continues to be whether the use of such applications is a threat to national security.  The answer continues to point to the purpose for the use.

The laws of many countries also focus on purpose.  Using a firearm during the commission of a crime is very different from the use of the same firearm for hunting or personal protection.  Locking a house or car to protect personal property similarly affords the owner protection against intrusion as long as the owner is not engaged in criminal activity.

We hope that companies continue to be able to provide law abiding citizens the tools they need to protect their property, ideas, and messages as long as they are being used for lawful activities.

London terror attacker used WhatsApp, the encrypted messaging app, before rampage

Thanks to USA Today