March 8, 2017

Where do you stand on tracking, hacking, eaves dropping and covert surveillance? The average man on the street most likely falls somewhere between “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” and “why would anyone bother to hack me?” So, the recent exposé in The New York Times about Uber’s Greyball software is particularly interesting in that it shows just how normal it has become.

In Uber you have an app th...

February 21, 2017

A week is a long time in politics, as the saying goes. So it seems like a lifetime ago that I was writing about candidates Trump and Clinton’s need to for a reliable secure, encrypted means of communication. In fact it was fully five months ago, and while so many things have changed in that period, that assertion is now more true than ever.

The last few weeks have brought a deluge of revelations ac...

February 3, 2017

Autonomous cars may not quite be on the market yet, but they’re certainly growing ever closer. The newest step towards this brave new world for passengers was unveiled recently, with Ford announcing that drivers of some of their newest cars will no longer need keys to open or start their vehicle. Instead they’ll be able to ask Amazon’s Echo and Alexa to do the job for them.  

The functionality...

January 6, 2017

Always read the label – it’s a good maxim for the modern world. While our grocery stores are stacked with offerings that seem both convenient and nutritious, we rely on organisations like the US Food and Drug Administration to ensure that labelling tells us the real story. What’s the calorie count per portion; the sodium content; are there any trans-fats, e-numbers, monosodium glutamate or preserv...

October 28, 2016

You have to feel for Yahoo – there was a time they seemed to have the keys to the kingdom. Now, if you Google them, you’ll see a litany of bad news stories. And with the Verizon deal of $4.8 billion on the table, that’s bad news indeed.

At a hosted tech conference on Wednesday Wall Street Journal, Marni Walden, a Verizon executive vice president, and their president of Product Innovation and New Bu...

October 11, 2016

We were thrilled to see Diverse Choreography Performing Arts School & Event Choreography win Best Local Theatrical or Music Performance Winner at the Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2016. You can see the Dancin’ On The Sidewalk video below, featuring the finest young talent Dubai has to offer. The team also did a fantastic job of raising money for charity, happily donating program and t-shirt proceeds...

October 4, 2016

CEO fraud, Business Email Compromise, even Bogus Boss attacks; whatever you choose to call them, they’re on the rise, and represent a huge threat to organizations around the world. For those of you unfamiliar with the phenomenon, it is a form of social engineering in which fraudsters target a business with phishing attacks aimed at persuading them to make large money transfers to fake bank account...

September 14, 2016

It was interesting to discover last week that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is using the encrypted messaging app Signal. Vanity Fair magazine claims that they began to do so following this year’s Democratic National Convention data leaks.

This is a great opportunity to address secure messaging, using Clinton and her opposite number in the race for the White House, Donald Trump, as examples. The Clinto...

September 9, 2016

As part of this series exploring the range of secure communications available, I’ve already covered the shambles that is SMS, and examined the not unsubstantial delta between how Apple markets its iMessage service, and the way independent experts describe it. So next up under the spotlight is, of course, Google’s Android.

And what a contrast it is between the two mobile operating systems. While App...

September 5, 2016

In my last thought piece, I addressed some of the pitfalls of entrusting secure messaging to SMS. In fact, I think it’s fair to say there should be serious doubts about using it for anything at all. I also promised to take a look at some of the other platforms most people depend on to be secure, and to reveal how the reality often doesn’t match up to the rhetoric.

The next logical step is to look a...

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