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Australia passes encryption breaking laws
Dec 7, 2018 • 4 min
Toronto’s smart city is really just fueling surveillance capitalism
Oct 31, 2018 • 12 min
As many feared, Google’s ambitious Sidewalk Toronto “smart city” project turns out to be a “surveillance city”…
Google’s 1400% price hike has broken your Google Map
Oct 30, 2018 • 6 min
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Tim Cook want the US to improve privacy
Oct 26, 2018 • 5 min
Third resignation at Sidewalk Labs over privacy concerns
Oct 23, 2018 • 1 min
Thoughts on Google+ and Facebook vulnerabilities
Oct 11, 2018 • 6 min
Second member resigns from Google’s Sidewalk Toronto project
Oct 10, 2018
Hijacking the Chrome back button for SEO
Sep 12, 2018 • 6 min
Changes coming to Canadian ISPs
Sep 11, 2018 • 10 min
Spear phishing is on the rise
Sep 4, 2018 • 8 min
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Is your email address holding you back?
Sep 1, 2018 • 5 min
Air Canada hacked and why this keeps happening in Canada
Aug 29, 2018 • 4 min
Facebook has lost its cool and decentralization is on the up
Aug 27, 2018 • 9 min
Behavioural Biometrics
Aug 22, 2018 • 6 min
How to improve your gaming experience with a VPN
Aug 20, 2018 • 4 min
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Spam click through rates are up
Aug 18, 2018 • 6 min
5 tips to help your child think about privacy
Aug 17, 2018 • 6 min
Google still tracks you, even if you turn it off
Aug 16, 2018 • 5 min
Smart cities have potential but raise important privacy questions
Aug 10, 2018 • 7 min
The internet weeps the loss of another email client: Newton Mail
Aug 9, 2018 • 5 min
SMS vs email
Aug 6, 2018 • 11 min
What are Dark Patterns?
Aug 5, 2018 • 4 min
A dark pattern is a user interface carefully crafted to trick users into doing things they might not otherwise do, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills. Normally when you think of “bad design,” you think of the…
How to remove yourself from search engine results
Aug 2, 2018 • 3 min
Gmail’s new “confidential mode” is not so great for privacy and the open source web
Jul 31, 2018 • 5 min
Should I really leave my phone at home when traveling to the USA?
Jul 25, 2018 • 4 min
How to get cheaper flights by using a VPN
Jul 24, 2018 • 2 min
Legal battle against Canadian media giants demonstrates severe consequences facing developers accused of copyright infringement
Jul 11, 2018 • 7 min
Earlier this year, a coalition of Canadian media groups including Bell, Rogers, Quebecor, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, presented a controversial proposal to the Canadian telecommunications regulator to implement a website-blocking system and…
Why the Toronto Star pay wall will not work
Jul 10, 2018 • 5 min
Some simple tips to help protect your privacy
Jul 9, 2018 • 6 min
Mashable article about covering your webcam - 66 Ways to Protect Your Privacy Right Now -
Google grants third party developers access to your personal gmail data
Jul 7, 2018 • 4 min
Major Changes in Sales Tax Due to Supreme Court Ruling
Jun 26, 2018 • 5 min
Sales tax, as you know it, has changed overnight. The United States Supreme Court has just overturned 26 years of law in their South Dakota v. Wayfair decision.
FileZilla now includes bundled adware
Jun 25, 2018 • 2 min
Bleeping Computer article: FileZilla’s Use Of Bundled Offers Sparks Outrage From Users
Supreme Court rules police need a warrant for your cell phone location data
Jun 24, 2018 • 8 min
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How to access Facebook messages without Messenger
Jun 20, 2018 • 5 min
In this episode I demonstrate how to access Facebook messages without installing the Messenger app.
Email aliases are your friend
Jun 19, 2018 • 2 min
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Parental controls for video game addictions
Jun 19, 2018 • 5 min
Video game addictions are common and I am often asked by parents how to deal with them. Here is my idea on Parental Controls.
What would you sell your personal data for?
Jun 19, 2018 • 3 min
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The perks of a short email domain
Jun 18, 2018 • 7 min
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Speed up your website and increase privacy by removing Google Analytics
Jun 12, 2018 • 6 min
Was that Election spam actually legal?
Jun 11, 2018 • 4 min
Why did South Korean women just have the largest protest ever?
Jun 9, 2018 • 3 min DNS resolver by Cloudflare and why you should be using it
Jun 8, 2018 • 5 min
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How private is free Wi-Fi
Jun 8, 2018 • 6 min
FIFA public Wi-Fi guide: which host cities have the most secure networks?
Facebook getting worse at Privacy and VPNfilter router bug worse than thought
Jun 7, 2018 • 6 min
Which Web Browser best respects my Privacy?
Jun 5, 2018 • 5 min
You might think that by enabling “Private browsing” you have everything in place for a private browsing experience, well due to a process know as “Fingerprinting,” a website can potentially identify a large amount of information about a user, even when…
I’m secure, therefore I have my privacy
Jun 1, 2018 • 4 min
May 31, 2018 • 4 min
Update on the Bell Canada GDPR request
May 31, 2018 • 5 min
Two Canadian Banks hacked and why I am not surprised
May 29, 2018 • 5 min
UPDATE: A teller at BMO recently informed me that the Bank of Montreal had fixed the 6 digit password issue. I just tested it and they still only allow 6 digit passwords. I’m I crazy for leaving my money here? Links to both statements can be found in the…
Where do you save your files?
May 28, 2018 • 5 min
How will the Google Sidewalk Labs project handle privacy?
May 28, 2018 • 3 min
Thoughts on Digital Culture
May 26, 2018 • 14 min
Just thinking out loud today and going off on a tangent about best practices for online management of your data and security. 1. Read terms 2. Use password manager 3. Enable 2FA 4. Get your own domain name
Happy GDPR Day!
May 25, 2018 • 18 min
Hooray for better privacy and protection. Well almost. GDPR is here and I am already starting to file requests to remove my personal information from poorly secured servers.
Which companies are already failing at GDPR?
May 24, 2018 • 7 min
One day to go until the GDPR act comes into effect. I decided to check Twitter for some epic #GDPRfails and here is what I found… Either way I think it is good to increase awareness…
Download your data from Apple with new GDPR policy
May 23, 2018 • 1 min
Apple is planning to roll out this feature worldwide in the coming months. “We intend to provide these capabilities to customers around the world in the coming months,” the company wrote. Here’s the List of Data…
Will you get a corporate surveillance box for you kid?
May 22, 2018 • 4 min
Top child safety experts have warned over the risks of a new gadget designed to chat with kids alone in their bedrooms. Here is a press release that Amazon responded to:…
Email is King and it always will be
May 19, 2018 • 5 min
Email have survived several waves of “email killing apps” and it is still the key to your online world.
Ethical, privacy-conscious alternatives
May 18, 2018 • 3 min
Here is the link I mention in this podcast:
Data Portability
May 17, 2018 • 3 min
The right to data portability allows individuals to obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes across different services. It allows them to move, copy or transfer personal data easily from one IT environment to another in a safe and…
9 Steps to Security in the Digital Age
May 16, 2018 • 6 min
Is Google Malware?
May 15, 2018 • 4 min
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The flawed CRTC alert ready system
May 15, 2018 • 6 min
This is a rather annoying episode created to highlight the flaws in the new Alert Ready system in Canada. There are so many faults in this system it is hard to focus on how to improve it. The handling and implementation of this system should also be a…
May 13, 2018
A bit of story time today. Because who doesn’t want to control their destiny?
Turns out Gmail is still scanning your emails
May 13, 2018
Here is the tweet from Julia Angwin: Here is the story on NBC: Here is the tweet from Dylan Curran:…
Social engineering to hack a domain DNS service
May 11, 2018 • 5 min
If I was to hack a company, going for the DNS would be a jewel on the crown. I am actually surprised how easy this is with some very large and well known hosting providers.
Privacy and Security
May 11, 2018 • 2 min
Privacy and security really do go hand in hand. Consider a window in your home. It provides various functions for you. It allows you to look outside. It lets sunlight into your home. A window keeps weather outside. You can open a window to let in fresh…
Is Google Analytics compliant with GDPR?
May 9, 2018 • 4 min
Google recently released a statement declaring their commitment to compliance with data protection laws in line with GDPR. Just because Google is becoming GDPR, does NOT mean that you are too if you use services like Google Analytics.…
Data protection by Design and by Default
May 8, 2018 • 3 min
Data protection by Design and by Default (Article 25) requires that data protection is designed into the development of business processes for products and services. This requires that privacy settings must be set at a high level by default, and that…
Is Gmail bad for business?
May 7, 2018 • 3 min
The GDPR Opportunity
May 6, 2018 • 2 min
I ask “why should Europeans be entitled to a greater degree of privacy than the rest of the world?” Also could becoming compliant with GDPR hold hidden benefits?
Domain Privacy Protection
May 5, 2018 • 3 min
When you register a domain the domain registration information is publicly available by default. What does that mean and should you enable privacy protection?
Bcrypt and bad advice from Nutella on passwords
May 4, 2018 • 2 min
Yesterday the chocolate spread company Nutella, tweeted some very bad password. I checked the password advice and found it had been involved in 20,833 data breaches.
Happy World Password Day
May 3, 2018 • 3 min
Today is world password and a great day to introduce to a new podcast I have launched called “Perry on Privacy.” I am constantly surprised at how easy it can be to hack someones password, servers, social accounts, bank etc. When I am in need of advice,…
What is GDPR?
May 2, 2018 • 2 min
Businesses, large and small, are in the midst of preparing for compliance with the Europeans Union’s new data privacy laws: The General Data Protection Regulation, or the GDPR, which will go into effect on May 25, 2018. What is it? It was passed by the…
The Late Majority
May 1, 2018 • 2 min
The term “Late Majority” now includes everyone and not just people that didn’t grow up with computers.