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Chris speaking at the 2015 AT&T Security Conference: “Mobile Retail Security” September 3, 2015

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17thATTI have been invited to co-present on Mobile Retail Security at the 17th Annual AT&T Cyber Security Conference. The conference is October 5th and 6th in Manhattan and will feature some amazing speakers including AT&T’s own CSO Dr. Ed Amoroso, Palo Alto’s CSO Rick Howard and “Dr. Chaos” Aamir Lakani to name but a few.  If you are going to be in NYC on Oct 5th and/or 6th and want to attend…registration is FREE!...Check it out!!

Hacking, Facebook Fakers, and Felonies…What you don’t know can hurt you August 20, 2015

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CyberFelonConsider this situation.   You want to see what your ex husband/wife is up to in 2015 and try to access his/her Facebook account only to realize that you have been ‘blocked’! Oh the Humanity!  in response you decide to set up a ‘fake’ account and go to his/her public page to download some content.  No harm no foul, right?  Not so fast brainiac from Smartron 5!  Let’s take a closer look at this situation. You could be committing a crime…and a felony no less!

Many states, including Utah, have statutes (laws) against. ‘Hacking’ which is generally acknowledged as ‘unauthorized’ access to computer systems (this is a blog post so some more detailed info is not included).  Since I live in Utah, I will use the Utah law Utah Computer Crimes Act (76-6-702) as an example.  First…let’s lay some ground work. (more…)

My Confession about “The Other Woman”- Carly August 9, 2015

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CarlyI apologize for using some ClickBait to get your attention but I wanted to talk about “The Other Woman” in the 2016 US Presidential Race.  Carly Fiorina. I watched the early debate without any real interest until I heard Carly speak.  Carly Fiorina was impressive (IMHO) in the debates and really got my attention!  The dig on Carly Fiorina has been a “fake scandal” (see how I did that?  Using a Clinton cliche?:) related to her role as CEO of HP and her ‘laying off’ of 30,000 employees.  Like many readers of this blog, I lived through the Dot Com Crash.  At the time I worked for the World’s largest Hosting provider (over 4,000 employees).  After 12 rounds of lay-offs the company went bankrupt.  The idea that it is unacceptable for the CEO (any CEO) of HP to restructure during this time is laughable.  CEO’s get paid to make tough choices and sometimes those choices affect employees.  CEOs of public companies have a fiduciary duty to shareholders. This means that she is legally required to act in the interests of the shareholders first.  Not doing so can actually be a crime.  This is business 101.

If you have not had a chance to watch the debates, please take the time as I believe it will be worth the investment.  Carly was impressive and, more importantly to me, she was earnest and had a plan.  She was direct, articulate, presidential and demonstrated she understood the issues.  I hope to see more.

CyberGhost Guest Post- “5 easy steps to increase privacy on Windows 10” August 6, 2015

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cyberghostBelow is a guest post from CyberGhost  on how to increase privacy on Windows 10. This is very timely and great advice!.  I have upgraded to Windows 10 and really think it is a huge upgrade over Windows 8/8.1 but (there is always a but) there are some serious privacy concerns. (SERIOUS) Thanks to CyberGhost’s Silvana Demeter for providing this valuable info! BTW…I am very familiar with CyberGhost really like their products.  Check them out!

“On July 29, Microsoft has released its new operating system, Windows 10, available globally in 190 countries. The new version offers new features and completes different gaps. Windows 10 is fluid and fast and its new browser Microsoft Edge might win back a lot of users being super-fast.

Some privacy related concerns appear though, one possible problem being that data such as contacts, calendar, mail, messages are transferred to Microsoft’s servers, creating a more detailed user’s profile. Another feature that is infringing one’s privacy is the advertising ID assigned to individuals that are later targeted with specifically tailored ads. Even encrypting the hard drive won’t make an improvement to the privacy since the keys are stored by default on OneDrive. These new settings and features are aimed at increasing productivity, as they make apps and operating system smarter.

In order to improve the future experience of its users, Microsoft uploads data on their servers. As stated in the Terms of Service, Microsoft has the right to share this data whenever it has a good faith belief doing so is necessary to: 1.comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies; 2.protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone; 3.operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or 4.protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services.”

In addition, all these settings are ON by default and will remain enabled if not unchecked while installing or upgrading to Windows 10.

All the data used by the Microsoft account (@live.com, @outlook.com, @msn.com – necessary for most of the new features) is scanned by Microsoft’s services. The location or even the talks with Cortana (searches, reminders, notes, and actions) are also processed by Microsoft’s services: “We also share data with Microsoft-controlled affiliates and subsidiaries; with vendors working on our behalf; when required by law or to respond to legal process; to protect our customers; to protect lives; to maintain the security of our services; and to protect the rights or property of Microsoft.”

How to increase privacy on Windows 10

The Privacy settings can be managed by searching the term privacy in the start menu and most of the modules that send data to Microsoft can be disabled.

Below are some important features that can be changed to obtain more privacy:

  • Disable advertiser ID: open the settings and search for “advertising;” open “Choose if apps can use your advertising ID” and disable the first option: “Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps”
  • Disable “…info about how I write” so that the text one types and writes with a stylus is not sent to Microsoft servers
  • Disabling the Advertising ID in the “Privacy Settings.”

o    “Let apps use my Advertising ID…” -> OFF

o    “Send Microsoft info about how I write..” -> OFF

o    “Location” -> OFF

  • Speech, Inking, & typing: If all options are cleared, Cortana will also be disabled

Another new feature introduced by Windows 10 is “Wi-Fi Sense” – a feature that syncs all Wi-Fi passwords to the cloud and shares them with the contact list. Through this functionality, the PC will be able to exchange passwords and automatically connect to WIFI, even to unprotected hotspots. The “Wi-Fi Sense” feature can be disabled by accessing Settings, “Wi-Fi” and then “Change Wi-Fi Settings.” Lucian Crisan, Head of Support and QA at CyberGhost VPN and former Microsoft employee recommends this change in order to avoid man-in-the-middle attacks and phishing attempts.”

Ideas to Help Autistic Kids Who Wander- For Caregivers August 4, 2015

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LocatorI read this morning about another beautiful little boy who had drowned after wandering (called Elopement in the Autism community) away from his grandparents house and drowning. As the parent of an awesome little Autistic boy I am heartbroken for the family and realize just how easily this can happen to families.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of little Sidney Heidrick.

Below are some quick stats on Autistic kids and elopement.

  • Roughly half, or 48%, of children with an ASD attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings
  • In 2009, 2010, and 2011, accidental drowning accounted for 91% total U.S. deaths reported in children with an ASD ages 14 and younger subsequent to wandering/elopement.
  • More than one third of ASD children who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
  • Two in three parents of elopers reported their missing children had a “close call” with a traffic injury
    32% of parents reported a “close call” with a possible drowning
  • Wandering was ranked among the most stressful ASD behaviors by 58% of parents of elopers
    62% of families of children who elope were prevented from attending/enjoying activities outside the home due to fear of wandering
  • 40% of parents had suffered sleep disruption due to fear of elopement

While not the answer to every situation, Heather and I have explored a number of technologies.  If you are the care taker of an Autistic child, These may help..(We are not in any way associated with the products.  I don’t want anyone to think I am promoting these for any other reason than to help save lives..)

  • AngelSense GPS Tracker for kids.  We own one.  It is very valuable.  It has a ton of functionality and will alert you via email when the child leaves a certain area (that you define).  Absolutely worth looking at…
  • PetLoc8Tor  Not a GPS but works like the old school James Bond type locators.  It beeps and shows lights as you get closer.  Designed for pets but the actual ‘beacon’ is tiny and can be attached to a belt loop, pocket etc.  $99 and very effective out to 400 yards and works indoors.  I have tested in a large supermarket and it works well!  Just another tool that we use.

It breaks my heart to see these little guys and girls wander and get hurt.  Please pass this on if you think it could be of any value to a family with an Autistic child.

Thanks
Children with ASD are eight times more likely to elope between the ages of 7 and 10 than their typically-developing siblings

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