Locking down your precious data

Hardware-encrypted, PIN-authenticated diskAshur2 drives keep data secure

Locking down your precious dataWe keep our computers on lockdown, encrypt our data and secure them from prying eyes and online predators. But what about our backups and those external drives? United Kingdom-based iStorage has created diskAshur2, an updated line of virtually bulletproof PIN-authenticated and hardware-encrypted hard drives. Even if the drive was stolen, your data is fully protected. The…

The digital age means we have no more secrets

Our personal information has become open access. And electronic security is a cat-and-mouse game, a cycle that never ends

The digital age means we have no more secretsIn the span of 40 years, Canadian society has gone from paper files in cabinets, to electronic storage of everything from medical records to what you had in your coffee at Starbucks this morning. Our lives have become itemized and catalogued into easily-accessed databases filled with our intimate details. We have, in fact, willingly surrendered…

The Internet’s dark side has made cybersecurity essential

Modern monsters take the shape of cyber attacks, email hacking, Internet fraud, cyber bullying, political instability, identity theft, viruses and much more

The Internet’s dark side has made cybersecurity essentialThe contemporary global electronic connectivity that I call internetization has opened a great new frontier of opportunity and empowerment. It’s a positive force for electronic accessibility and digital outreach. But it has also unleashed an environment similar to that of the wild west before law and order was established. The new frontier of the contemporary electronic world…

Internetization is the new normal in the 21st century

It has enhanced the quality of our lives, and made our daily tasks easier and quicker. It has also unleashed a darker side to its opportunities and outreach

Internetization is the new normal in the 21st centuryA few years ago, I was preparing a lecture on globalization. I wanted to use the word globalization as one of the pillars of the global economy of the 21st century. The problem was that globalization wasn’t a new concept. World history reveals that global linkages between countries through trade, military conquest, colonization and cultural outreach have…

Shop safely online without using your credit card numbers

Alternative online payment methods are quick, easy and free. And if an online merchant is compromised, you're safe

Shop safely online without using your credit card numbersYou can shop anywhere for just about anything online or with your smartphone – even for groceries. It’s a convenient part of the daily routine for many. However, some people are hesitant, even fearful, about making themselves vulnerable by using their credit card online. When retail giants like Home Depot, Target and Marshalls are hacked and credit card numbers are compromised, it’s…

NATO urgently needs to redefine its mission

NATO needs to redefine the kinds of threats it is designed to oppose to reflect the current tactics in the Kremlin’s playbook

NATO urgently needs to redefine its missionFounded in 1949, the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aimed “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” Those were the words of Lord Ismay, its first Secretary General, and those goals largely defined NATO’s mission over its first 40 years. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, however,…

Testing the limits of an education system’s commitment

In the face of a cyber attack on an Ontario literacy test, a teachers' union casts doubt on the entire notion of standardized testing

Testing the limits of an education system’s commitmentStandardized testing is too important to allow a cyber attack – or a reluctant teachers' union – to derail it. A major denial-of-service hack recently disrupted Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and the New York Times web services, among others. The complicated attack started in Asia, using unsecure routers and webcams. A Twitter account affiliated with the hacker…