The Apps You Should Really Be Concerned About with Your Privacy

After examining maps showing the locations extracted by their apps, Ms. Lee, the nurse, and Ms. Magrin, the teacher, immediately limited what data those apps could get. Ms. Lee said she told the other operating-room nurses to do the same.“I went through all their phones and just told them: ‘You have to turn this off. … Continue reading The Apps You Should Really Be Concerned About with Your Privacy

You’ve already been hacked

Yet another reminder to change your passwords, use Two Factor authentication when you can, keep up with your credit and debit card statements, and don't think for a second that all of your information isn't already "out there"... For 327 million guests, the information exposed was strictly personal: birthdays, passport numbers, email and mailing addresses … Continue reading You’ve already been hacked

Is your site http or https? It’s going to matter soon

This is going to bite a number of nonprofit, church, and community org sites hard when Google's Chrome browser switches how it defines http sites as insecure... Plus, in July 2018 in Chrome version 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure.” Source: Google's Chrome browser to drop secure label for all HTTPS sites … Continue reading Is your site http or https? It’s going to matter soon

Harrelson Agency is Now a Cloudflare Certified Partner

I've spoken at numerous events and conferences on the topic of web hosting and security and I've been quoted in the New York Times about that same topic over the years. Website security is something near and dear to my heart and I made sure to bake that into the very essence of every website … Continue reading Harrelson Agency is Now a Cloudflare Certified Partner

Most People Don’t Want Privacy

The broader question is the tradeoff between privacy and advertising. While a tempting noun, most people don't really *want* privacy, let alone understand what that means. It's definitely not an unattainable goal, but it does require work... which is something many of our fellow citizens are reluctant to pursue when it comes to such technological conditions. Third, … Continue reading Most People Don’t Want Privacy

Surveillance Capitalism

Surveillance capitalism is deeply embedded in our increasingly computerized society, and if the extent of it came to light there would be broad demands for limits and regulation. But because this industry can largely operate in secret, only occasionally exposed after a data breach or investigative report, we remain mostly ignorant of its reach. Bruce … Continue reading Surveillance Capitalism

Churches and nonprofits should realize that Facebook privacy issues are just the tip of the iceberg

Way back in 2012, I was featured in a New York Times article titled "How To Muddy Your Tracks on the Internet" and offered up this bit as part of my interview (I was teaching Middle School Science at the time): “The topic of privacy policies and what lies ahead for our digital footprints is … Continue reading Churches and nonprofits should realize that Facebook privacy issues are just the tip of the iceberg

What Facebook knows about you and me and what I can do about it

Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign. Source: How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions - The New York Times I often have consultations with clients involving data sources. Marketing has always been closely tied to the … Continue reading What Facebook knows about you and me and what I can do about it

Building a website is cheap, but not protecting it is costly.

Building a website is cheap, but not protecting it is costly. 3

We use Wordfence as a default on all new WordPress client sites that we create for good reason. Here's a scary reminder that while building a website has become quick, easy, and relatively cheap your company / nonprofit / church / community group should not take WordPress security for granted with cheap hosting and no one … Continue reading Building a website is cheap, but not protecting it is costly.

Tech and Public Policy

Tech and Public Policy 6

Interesting article from NY's Attorney General directed at the FCC: In today’s digital age, the rules that govern the operation and delivery of internet service to hundreds of millions of Americans are critical to the economic and social well-being of the nation. Yet the process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to … Continue reading Tech and Public Policy

“a new combination of media company and public utility”

"a new combination of media company and public utility" 9

Great point... and it's unimaginable to me that anyone in government or a high profile position would take their own security and (operational and informational) so lightly... As we saw this week, when Twitter, Facebook, and Google testified on Capitol Hill about Russias election meddling, "social media companies have failed to come to grips with … Continue reading “a new combination of media company and public utility”