Articles By Bill Brenner

Security efforts diminishing privacy, says Ontario expert

People are increasingly -- and willingly -- throwing their privacy to the wind, thanks to an addiction to Google apps, GPS devices, the BlackBerry, iPhone and Android, and social networking sites like Facebook

Published on: October 27th, 2010 Bill Brenner

Private sector key to thwarting ‘Google-style’ cyber attacks

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt says the information security community is right to be spooked by massive, coordinated attacks that recently targeted Google. But he rejects the notion that this is cybergeddon,

Published on: April 8th, 2010 Bill Brenner

Social networking security concerns top of mind for businesses

Today's most compelling technologies are giving you the biggest security headaches. Social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn enhance collaboration and help your company connect with customers, but they also make

Published on: October 19th, 2009 Bill Brenner

7 sinister threats that make Web surfing really dangerous

Conventional wisdom is that Web wanderers are safe as long as they avoid sites that serve up pornography, stock tips, gamesand the like. But according to recently gathered research from Boston-based IT security

Published on: September 16th, 2009 Bill Brenner

Five ways employees spill company secrets

A company can buy every top-of-the-line security product known to man, but it won't make a difference for data loss prevention (DLP) unless end users are educated on their own role. Technology is

Published on: July 15th, 2009 Bill Brenner

Seven social network security mistakes you can’t afford to make

Admit it: You are currently addicted to social networking. Your drug of choice might be Facebook or Twitter, or maybe Myspace or LinkedIn. Some of you are using all of the above, and

Published on: July 7th, 2009 Bill Brenner

Social networks becoming a haven for hackers

When reports surfaced this week about attacks on Twitter and LinkedIn, I took notice. I use these social networking programs extensively, along with Facebook. Looking at the specific nature of the attacks, this

Published on: January 12th, 2009 Bill Brenner

Smartphones: the next target of malware attacks

Four years ago, F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen was talking about malware infections on mobile phones while few others were paying attention. With the growing use of Internet-enabled phones, particularly Apple's iPhone

Published on: November 13th, 2008 Bill Brenner

The top five mistakes security experts would make again.

Ten years ago, Michael Riva was network administrator for a top-five American consultancy. Employees were downloading graphic pictures and videos onto the network. Riva told his boss a proxy server with content filtering

Published on: September 30th, 2008 Bill Brenner

Shredding business on fire as data breaches grow

Thanks to all the fear over data security breaches, a computer recycling operation has morphed into something much bigger - and potentially more lucrative - for the Saraiva brothers. That's not to say

Published on: September 11th, 2008 Bill Brenner