Nation State Privacy

The principles I established when I set up this website was to promote Cyber Security and Personal Privacy and how individuals as well as companies (large and small) can ensure their cyber security and privacy. This is an ever changing landscape and I feel I will never be out of a job, especially if what... Continue Reading →

Encrypted Website Lookup

UPDATED 21 July 2019 - Additional forms of encrypted DNS added, partially rewritten with the title changed to be more generic. This is going to be a technical post, so I need to start this off by explaining a few technical terms, which will also be added to our Glossary of Cyber Security Terms. Some... Continue Reading →

Encrypted Messaging and the “Ghost Protocol”

This is sort of an extension to my blog from last week on 'Going Dark – The Problem with Full Encryption" in that it explores a proposal from the UK's GCHC (General Communications Head Quarters) for exceptional access to encrypted messaging platforms (e.g. iMessage, WhatsApp, Signal, Skype). Firstly I need to emphasis at the outset that... Continue Reading →

Email Tracking

For the most part email has given way to a number of instant messengers (e.g. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram) as well as messaging through social media for most consumers. However email continues to be significant means of communication in the business setting. What may not be well known is that email can be tracked very... Continue Reading →

Privacy Changes in Google Chrome

I apologise for the rather technical nature of this post, but it is necessary to get across the point I am trying to make. Same-Site Cookies The HTTP protocol that our web browsers uses is stateless, which means that the browser and the resulting webpage don't natively know where you have come from, or what... Continue Reading →

Android 10 Security and Privacy Updates

Every year around May Google host their global developer conference. This is the venue where developers, and consumers alike, hear about new features provided by Google services and OS's. In the Keynote they normally make most of the main announcements for new features and products, and in this blog I want to focus in on... Continue Reading →

Guidance on Managing and Stopping Spam

We all receive unsolicited messages, be they emails, SMS, IM's as well as by the traditional postal system. By their very nature these messages are largely unwanted and clog up our mailboxes. It should also be noted that unsolicited messages are sometimes malicious, causing you to download malware or disclose private information as part of... Continue Reading →

Link Tracking in Popular Browsers

Updated 20 April 2019 and 22 April 2019. Updates embedded in the original post and some areas reworded/trimmed to aid clarity. Several major web browsers (specifically Chrome, Safari and Edge) are all enabling a tracking feature by default and removing the means to disable it. This is the hyperlink auditing, or ping, feature in HTML5... Continue Reading →

Using Free and Public WiFi Safely

I am guessing everyone at some point has connected their smart phone or laptop to a Free WiFi service in a coffee shop or a hotel and especially when travelling abroad where cellular data is prohibitively expensive? Free WiFi is everywhere these days, and is often a deciding factor whether or not to go into... Continue Reading →

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