Online Security

5 Ways To Beef Up Your Computer Security In The Wake Of WannaCry

Matthew Held | Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Ransomware is effective because it often arrives via an infected email attachment, like a Microsoft Word or Excel document, appearing to be from someone you know. Once you open the attachment on a vulnerable computer, it starts to run and can lock the files on your computer and network server without your knowledge.

Liberals' Electoral Reform Survey A Personal Privacy Nightmare

Kris Constable | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Kris Constable

As a privacy and security expert, I concluded that the MyDemocracy survey is not just ineffective in its stated political objectives, it's literally giving up the privacy of Canadians in real time. This is really dangerous, scary when you realize that this issue applies to all of Public Safety's websites I have tested.

5 Password Strategies To Keep Intruders Out

Matthew Held | Posted 12.29.2016 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

At a time when most devices connect to the Internet, making it harder for intruders to gain access is essential. The number one way hackers access an online account is through stolen or misused credentials, according to the annual Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon.

Millions Of The Internet's Poorest Users Are About To Be Cut Off

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Business

The change will affect users with the oldest technology.

Has Ashley Madison Changed Its Ways?

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Business

As public interest fades, so does the incentive for companies to change.

What Is the Cost of Losing Your Online Privacy?

Matthew Held | Posted 07.17.2016 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Anyone who uses a social network, a website, app or a gadget that regularly collects some personal information about them is a product. Companies increasingly know more about you than your family and friends. The fear is what happens when the information you provide in one context is used in an entirely different context because it is sold. Internet spying and surveillance according to a 2012 Wall Street Journal report is one of the fastest growing businesses, estimated to be worth $156 billion a year. Mostly private companies capture data from countless channels.

'Tis the Season to Prevent Cyber-Hacking (Here's How)

Richard Leblanc | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

What are best practices individuals can employ to lessen the chance of hacking of their computer or device? Here is a quick "top 20 list," based on part of an education session I have been providing to directors of company boards on cyber security.

Shoppers Worried About Security On Cyber Monday

CBC | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Business

Online shopping is definitely growing, but new-found concerns about cyber security may be making consumers more cautious as they hunt for internet bar...

Canadian Home Depot Shoppers Now Targets Of Fraud

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Business

Some Canadian Home Depot shoppers are falling victim to fraud following a months-long data breach at the home improvement retailer. The Wall Street...

Worried About Online Security? Try a Password Manager

Matthew Held | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Business
Matthew Held

Hackers continue to be in the news. Security breaches continue to happen, whether that means breaking into companies or security holes in the software. What is the best way you can protect yourself? Perhaps, the smartest thing you can do is get a password manager and use it.

CRA Locks Down Website Amid Global Security Threat

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Business

Canada Revenue Agency has shut down public access to its tax-filing data amid reports of a major security flaw in a commonly used code for login servi...

Internet Safety Begins at Home

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

It's a brave new world in which we're living and digital technology has upped the ante in the parenting realm. As parents of younger children as well as tweens and adolescents, we have to take the digital world seriously. Our children's safety is at stake.

Four Tips For Safe Online Shopping

Jeff Barto | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Business
Jeff Barto

One and a half million people are victims of cybercrime everyday -- that's 18 incidents per second! While we can't protect the contents of your wallet from your own online spending, we can help protect it from the hands of thieves. Here are some tips to ensure you have a pleasant and safe online shopping experience.

Surfing the Web's Like Driving a Car: Buckle Up Your Info

Larry Keating | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Business
Larry Keating

We wouldn't let our children, our most important personal assets, drive around without a seat belt. But we still resist the idea that an appropriate amount of effort and investment is critical in securing our most important business asset, our information. To a hacker, your system password alone is as about as good as wrapping your data in a big red bow.

Why Should We Be at the Mercy of Anonymous' "Lulz"?

Daniel Alexandre Portoraro | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada
Daniel Alexandre Portoraro

Anonymous sub-group Anti-Sec supposedly holds in its hands 12-million Apple user IDs it acquired from hacking. The hacktivist group refuses to release the IDs until -- wait for it -- Adrien Chen of Gawker poses on the front page of the site in a ballet tutu with a shoe on top of his head. It remains to be seen whether Anonymous does have anything to give the public it strives to supposedly protect, or whether this was just another one of their pranks done "for the lulz," that is to say, for the stroking of their own vanity.

Critics Blast Google's Bold New Print Ad Campaign

CP | Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press | Posted 03.17.2012 | Canada Business

SAN FRANCISCO - Google is focusing on the importance of protecting personal information in an unusual marketing campaign for a company that has been b...

Want To Avoid Getting Scammed This Year? Watch Out For These Bad Boys

CBC | Posted 03.05.2012 | Canada Living

The Better Business Bureau has released its list of the top 10 scams of 2012, warning scammers are capitalizing by using false pretences to con consum...