Category Archives: IT Security

Throwback Thursday: Ultimatum

Throwback Thursday: Ultimatum It’s 1977, and this pilot fish’s company is moving to a new data center. “The old facility was in the basement of the headquarters building,” says fish. “Access was via an ancient magnetic strip reader with no special capabilities. You either got in or you didn’t. The new facility has state-of-the-art […]

Wayback Wednesday: When you said ‘gone for good,’ I only heard ‘good’

Wayback Wednesday: When you said ‘gone for good,’ I only heard ‘good’ User comes to this support pilot fish complaining that his PC is acting strangely. “It turns out he had gotten his computer so jammed up with spyware and Trojans that it was basically nonfunctional,” says fish. “We had to rebuild the computer […]

All about U.S. tech antitrust investigations | TECH(feed)

All about U.S. tech antitrust investigations | TECH(feed) Four large tech companies — Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook are under investigation in the U.S. for allegedly anticompetitive behavior. These antitrust investigations on both the federal and state levels are aimed at uncovering the practices these companies engage in to eliminate competition. In this episode […]

Throwback Thursday: Let’s get an expert opinion

Throwback Thursday: Let’s get an expert opinion Card-reader door locks are installed at this pilot fish’s company, and she’s tasked with setting up the software, configuring the locks and assigning employee access and times. A VP gives her a handwritten sheet of paper with the employee door access and times, reports fish. Then he […]

How the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will affect you and your business | TECH(talk)

How the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will affect you and your business | TECH(talk) The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is, in some ways, similar to Europe’s GDPR. This rule, which goes into effect in 2020, gives individual users more ownership over their own data. Users can even refuse to allow companies to […]

FTC fines YouTube, but do fines really encourage change? | TECH(feed)

FTC fines YouTube, but do fines really encourage change? | TECH(feed) The FTC hit yet another tech company with a seemingly massive fine for mishandling user data. This time, YouTube, owned by Google, is forced to pay $170 million for collecting data about children under 13 without parental consent. The Federal Trade Commission slapped […]

Texas ransomware attacks: to pay or not to pay? | TECH(feed)

Texas ransomware attacks: to pay or not to pay? | TECH(feed) Nearly two dozen cities in Texas have been hit by a ransomware attack executed by a single threat actor. These attacks beg the question: Is it ever worth it to pay a cyber attacker’s ransom? In this episode of TECH(feed), Juliet discusses the […]

3 Google privacy tips for Mac and iOS users

3 Google privacy tips for Mac and iOS users Alternative search engines such as DuckDuckGo are attracting growing numbers of privacy focused users, but there’s no doubt that Google dominates the industry, even on Apple products. Fortunately, there are several ways to make your Google activity more private. Do you have a Google account? […]

Chrome, Firefox to expunge Extended Validation cert signals

Chrome, Firefox to expunge Extended Validation cert signals Google and Mozilla have decided to eliminate visual signals in their Chrome and Firefox desktop browsers of special digital certificates meant to assure users that they landed at a legitimate site, not a malicious copycat. The certificates, dubbed “Extended Validation” (EV) certificates, were a subset of […]