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Recently Published – “How to Keep Your Mobile Workspace Secure: 12 Tips to Follow”


The Legal Intelligencer recently published an article I wrote, “How to Keep Your Mobile Workplace Secure: 12 Tips to Follow.” You’ll need to register for an account to read the article, but you’ll get to read five free articles every 30 days.

The Legal Intelligencer is the oldest daily law journal published in the United States, and serves the Philadelphia area. It is available in print and online.

 

Update: the article also was picked up by Legaltech News, a national sister publication to the Legal Intelligencer.


Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself →

From Krebs on Security:

Social media sites are littered with seemingly innocuous little quizzes, games and surveys urging people to reminisce about specific topics, such as “What was your first job,” or “What was your first car?” The problem with participating in these informal surveys is that in doing so you may be inadvertently giving away the answers to “secret questions” that can be used to unlock access to a host of your online identities and accounts.

A good reminder that you shouldn’t use real answers to these security questions when setting up accounts. Make up nonsense, non-guessable answers and store them somewhere secure like 1Password.


How to Clear Your MacBook’s Touch Bar and Secure Enclave Data →

Justin Pot, writing for How-To Geek:

Planning on selling or giving away your MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar? Even if you wipe your Mac and reinstall macOS from scratch, it won’t remove everything: information about your fingerprints and other security features are stored separately, and may remain after your wipe your hard drive.

Woah. I was not aware of this. Something to keep in mind if you’re planning to sell or transfer a recent Mac. Hit the link to see how to clear this data.


Best home security cameras of 2018 →

Michael Ansaldo, writing for TechHive:

To help you find the best security camera for your needs, we outline the key features to consider and share the results of our testing. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to check on your kids and pets, or a full-service sentinel to monitor for intruders, we’ll help find the right product for your needs.

This is a nice roundup, and other reviews share its praise for the Netgear Arlo. But I’m looking for two features that aren’t addressed here – HomeKit support, and compatibility with Synology’s Surveillance Station package. Cameras with support for the former are in short supply. I’m going to let this market settle a bit before investing too deeply in the home surveillance market.


Just Desserts for the Online Ad Industry

Lily Hay Newman, writing for Wired:

Ads that automatically redirect you from your daily browsing to a flashy sweepstakes have long been an incredibly annoying facet of the internet. But the versions that have evolved on the mobile web are particularly vexing, because they can trap you with a pop-up “notification” and nowhere to go. And a recent surge in these mobile pop-ups, even on reputable sites, has left people more frustrated than ever.

Somehow yesterday’s article by Alex Hern, writing for the Guardian, seems very relevant:

Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the introduction of a new privacy feature from Apple that prevents users from being tracked around the web. Advertising technology firm Criteo, one of the largest in the industry, says that the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) feature for Safari, which holds 15% of the global browser market, is likely to cut its 2018 revenue by more than a fifth compared to projections made before ITP was announced.

With annual revenue in 2016 topping $730m, the overall cost of the privacy feature on just one company is likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

These are two separate but related issues. The push back against online advertising arose because of how readers were being abused with privacy violations, and by ads that destroyed the browsing experience. What did these advertisers expect?