According to appstechnews.com, a survey by wireless specialist iPass shows that nearly half the companies that become BYOD-friendly by green-lighting a corporate “Bring Your Own Device” policy see increased IT department activity. They ponder whether BYOD is IT’s worst nightmare. The answer: it doesn’t have to be, at least not with AlertBoot Mobile Security, a […] read more
UK Data Breach Security: SONY Fined £250,000 By Information Commissioner’s Office, Largest Penalty To Date.
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced that they’ll be assessing a penalty of £250,000 on Sony for the 2011 hack that affected 77 million accounts around the world. This is by far the largest monetary penalty the UK’s data privacy watchdog has handed out. As usual, a little encryption and other pillars of […] read more
If you use any type of computer encryption, including AlertBoot Mobile Security to secure your laptop computer, passwords are a way of life. So, when I heard that researchers at Carnegie Mellon University were able to crack long “passwords” because they were grammatically correct, it caught my interest. On the one hand, it’s a tremendous […] read more
Canada Computer Disk Encryption: Human Resources and Skills Development Loses Information On 583,000.
Numerous Canadian media outposts are reporting on the loss of student loan information by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. It’s being labeled as a “new” data breach by the government but let’s be honest, the only thing new about it is the press release. It’s part of the same old story, a continuance of […] read more
High-Tech Encryption: South Carolina Legislator Notes Not All Security Solutions Need To Be High Tech.
Strengthening computer security is one of the goals listed by the South Carolina caucus for this year. While it may sound like a knee-jerk reaction to the ginormous data breach The Palmetto State experienced late last year, it looks like clarity of mind and sanity prevails in the SC legislature. The House Majority Leader noted […] read more
If someone had told me I’d be ending 2012 blogging about a pigeon, I’d have said he was crazy. Turns out he’d be crazy like a crystal ball-gazing fox. According to numerous sites, a Canadian World War II enthusiast has broken the coded message found on a dead WWII messenger pigeon (blogged previously here and […] read more
Hackers of the Russian variety are holding the Miami Family Medical Centre hostage for $4,000. That’s Miami, Queensland (Australia) and not Miami, Florida. That’s right, there’s a Miami in Australia. As surprising might be the news that encryption software like AlertBoot can be used, not to protect data, but to corrupt it. Server Hijacked, Encrypted […] read more
Laptop Encryption: SEC Staff Take Unencrypted Laptops To Hacker Conference, Gets Busted By Inspector General.
According to numerous sources, staff at the SEC were busted taking their laptops to the Black Hat Security Briefings conference in Las Vegas. They should have stopped by AlertBoot, we who offer full disk laptop encryption software because — aside from being headquartered in Sin City (like Zappos, the shoe guys) — they apparently needed […] read more
Old encryption usually can’t hold a candle to modern, strong encryption like the AES-256 algorithm used in AlertBoot Mobile Security suite. However, sometimes they can be more than effective. For example, GCHQ has announced that the encrypted World War II message found with the remains of a dead pigeon — found about a month ago […] read more
The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and Germany’s Independent Centre for Privacy Protection (more specifically, of the Schleswig-Holstein region) have agreed that anonymized (or, as American’s generally spell it, “anonymized”) personal data need guarantee full privacy. In a sense, this makes sense when you consider that the use of encryption software like AlertBoot is seen […] read more