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Christopher is an IT specialist with 30 years of experience in developing technology working with corporates and SME’s. Chris is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, as well as numerous certificate based qualifications in technology and application development.

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Nasty new malware now targeting Macbooks

September 11, 2016
Nasty new malware now targeting Macbooks

URGENT WARNING TO MAC USERS If you are like many Apple users you have come to believe that the Mac does not get viruses and other malware infections like Windows does, and while it is true that the Mac is less prone to malware infection, it is a huge mistake to think that you are […]

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Secret Court Orders force technology companies to provide back doors to allow the government to spy on us!

September 11, 2016
Secret Court Orders force technology companies to provide back doors to allow the government to spy on us!

Electronic Frontier Foundation has lodged a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information act to confirm if there are secret orders forcing the creation of back doors to spy on us. A Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit has been filed by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the U.S. Department […]

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Want to safely create and manage multiple online Personas?

September 4, 2016
Want to safely create and manage multiple online Personas?

Want to use multiple online Personas? In seconds you can be safely logged in as a different person. Persona is an anonymity tool that lets you create and manage multiple online personas or identities and easily switch between them while protecting your real identity. There are many legitimate reasons to want to have an alternative […]

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Setting up secure and private access to your business network for people in remote locations

April 5, 2016
Setting up secure and private access to your business network for people in remote locations

USING A VPN IN YOUR BUSINESS The following is a bit technical but I will try to provide a basic understanding without getting too geeky. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is basically a secure connection between to computers that are remote from each other. By secure I mean that all the communication is […]

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Frustrated users demand less secure passwords despite being hacked

March 28, 2016
Frustrated users demand less secure passwords despite being hacked

Twitch is an Amazon-owned game streaming company. The company announced that it had been hacked on the company blog, and also sent emails to concerned users. It then required users to change their password and increased the minimum number of characters in user passwords. Twitch said all user passwords were to be reset after it […]

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11 Million people exposed in Premera Health Insurance hack

March 25, 2016
11 Million people exposed in Premera Health Insurance hack

Premera Blue Cross is large American insurer and the latest to admit to being hacked. This is the second major hack of a large health insurance company so far in 2015. In January, hackers stole similar personal information on 80 million people from insurance giant Anthem. The Premera servers were initially infiltrated on May 5, […]

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Another large dating site breached and user information potentially exposed

March 23, 2016
Another large dating site breached and user information potentially exposed

“FriendFinder Networks Inc. recently became aware of a potential data security incident,” the company said in a statement on Friday. AdultFriendFinder.com, part of Sunnyvale, California-based FriendFinder Networks Inc, said it had contacted law enforcement, including the FBI, and a private investigative team to review the incident. FriendFinder Networks has 600 million-plus members on more than […]

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1,800 email addresses and passwords for Minecraft players’ leaked online.

February 22, 2016
1,800 email addresses and passwords for Minecraft players’ leaked online.

According to German publication Heise, email addresses and passwords of more than 1,800 Minecraft accounts were published online in plain-text format. These details would allow anyone to log in to each of those user’s accounts on Minecraft to play online, and download the game to their own computers. Does not sound bad does it? The […]

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Another Online Game site hacked – Raptr user info and passwords compromised

February 16, 2016
Another Online Game site hacked – Raptr user info and passwords compromised

Yet another social gaming network has been hacked and user info and passwords potentially exposed. This time the site is Rapta which boasts over 22 million registered users. Company founder and CEO, Dennis Fong, made an announcement that there has been a break in and that user data may have been compromised. “User names, email […]

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What is Internet sovereignty and what does it mean for you?

December 17, 2015
What is Internet sovereignty and what does it mean for you?

Internet Sovereignty The World Internet Conference is currently being held in China and “internet sovereignty” is being discussed. This is about the right of countries to control (censor) the internet for their citizens. We think of the internet as something international transcending international boarders connecting us to everyone else in the world but this is […]

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13 million customers details exposed by mackeeper

December 15, 2015
13 million customers details exposed by mackeeper

MacKeeper promotes itself as security and performance enhancement tool for the Apple Mac. MacKeeper has been the target of a lot of criticism and even a class action for its claims and unethical marketing techniques. This latest revaluation shows that they are not even very good at protecting client information so they are hardly a […]

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