Articles By Claudiu Popa

Is Heartbleed deceptively easy to fix?

From the day the world learned about the infamous OpenSSL crypto vulnerability, the Heartbleed fix has been available and the organization's terse recommendation has been to apply the patch or re-compile the code

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 14th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

How to stop Heartbleed: 7-step checklist to fix OpenSSL security bug

A serious vulnerability has been revealed that could give anyone access to private data on the web that's supposed to be securely encrypted. According to recent estimates, the Heartbleed SSL/TLS bug may be

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: April 8th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

For many Canadian businesses, security is a balance between risk and return

In a recently media release, we announced that based on the numbers, the main reason for the failure of companies to adequately protect customer data is a fear of productivity loss. The announcement

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: March 11th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

The 6 most effective security measures for retailers

Data breaches are in the news in full force so far in 2014. First there was the colossal Target security breach that compromised over 100 million customer accounts and may yet impact hundreds of

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 5th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Bell customer data leak may lead to more phishing attacks

Bell Canada has suffered a breach of security. According to a company press release that blames an unspecified third party supplier in Ottawa, 22,421 user names and passwords and five valid credit card

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: February 3rd, 2014 Claudiu Popa

CSEC’s airport tracking in support of ‘lawful access’ erodes trust of Canadians

With an estimated 300 spy agency requests for help with domestic investigations, responsibility for sharing data with the "Five Eyes" foreign intelligence network and an oversight mechanism that has been called "flimsy at

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 31st, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Millions of Target customers should expect a surprise in their inboxes

What was already a catastrophically large security breach became ridiculously monumental today as Target notified the public that an additional 30 million customers have been added to the previous total of 40 million

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 10th, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Do your PCs leak valuable intel with every Windows error report?

Anyone familiar with any version of Microsoft Windows is largely desensitized to the reality of occasional crashes. These range from process failures you never see to Windows Explorer shutdowns that cause all your

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 3rd, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Snapchat’s breach of trust: What’s the big deal?

Easily one of the most addictive time wasters ever to emerge from Silicon Valley, Snapchat has grown by leaps and bounds over the past two years.  Yet for anyone watching this juggernaut from

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: January 3rd, 2014 Claudiu Popa

Did the NSA Deal Fatally Damage the RSA Brand?

Secrecy is not a poor security practice as much as a compromise of integrity. EMC's RSA Security division recently made headlines when its enterprise products were expertly hacked, undermining the security of thousands of

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 23rd, 2013 Claudiu Popa

Can a computer ever be secure enough for Grandma?

Has this ever happened to you? No matter where you are in your career, you still get unscheduled support calls from your mom, asking for help with her latest computer gremlin. I'm sure

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: December 16th, 2013 Claudiu Popa

Can you even trust a new PC these days?

Five years ago I concocted a grandiose plan to sell out-of-the-box secure laptops to people who actually care about the security and privacy afforded by their computers. I contacted a number of laptop

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: November 25th, 2013 Claudiu Popa

How much fun could an IT security conference be, anyway?

In many ways, attending Toronto's biggest hacker conference is like drinking from a fire hose. At any point in time you have 6 seminars of which at least half are of particular interest.

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: October 10th, 2013 Claudiu Popa

Are online banking apps, mobile ransomware a match made in cybercrime heaven?

In a recent report, antivirus software maker McAfee (now safely in Intel's hands and no longer related to notorious troublemaker/troubadour John McAfee) reports a vast increase in the number of unique instances of

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: August 22nd, 2013 Claudiu Popa

5 reasons you’d be an absolute fool to launch a faulty product

Every day, business managers and IT execs risk their reputations by taking insecure systems and vulnerable applications to market Do you really need 5 reasons? I don't think so. But it serves to illustrate

Share on LinkedIn Comment on this article Share with Google+ Published on: July 23rd, 2013 Claudiu Popa