MADIoT – The nightmare after XMAS (and Meltdown, and Spectre)

In the last few months of 2017, security companies made their own forecasts about incoming cyberthreats and the measures that needed to be taken to ensure a better and cybersafer 2018, often advocating the use of protective software tools made by that vendor.  Lo and behold! 2018 started with a scenario hardly anyone could have … More MADIoT – The nightmare after XMAS (and Meltdown, and Spectre)

Cybersecurity review of 2017: The year of wake-up calls

Fresh from peering into our crystal ball and outlining some of the trends that we expect to dominate the cyber-landscape in the coming year, we will now offer a snapshot of 2017. In a way, this year may be seen as a ‘year of wake-up calls’. Alarm bells barely stopped ringing as we kept waking up to … More Cybersecurity review of 2017: The year of wake-up calls

Blade Runner 2049: A reflection on our use of technology

Blade Runner fans, myself included, have had to wait 35 years for the sequel to a movie that marked a turning point in cinematic history and inspired so many others, with Ghost in the Shell being just one example. Having seen Blade Runner 2049, I can say that it has picked up on current issues and transplanted … More Blade Runner 2049: A reflection on our use of technology

How to secure your router to prevent IoT threats?

Earlier this year I was forced to buy a new router for my home. As it is, with so many devices to connect, the old TP Link no longer provided me with what I needed. Two computers, three cell phones, video game console, TV, Chromecast, stereo, smart lights, thermostat, smartwatch… There are 13 computers permanently … More How to secure your router to prevent IoT threats?

Having “the talk” with parents — the tech talk, that is

Reviewing a lease, preparing a favorite recipe, applying for a loan … these are all things a typical college student might ask parents how to do. But these days, students are more likely to turn to a quick internet search for answers to just about everything. Parents, however, still tend to depend on their children … More Having “the talk” with parents — the tech talk, that is

Are smartphones threatening the security of our IoT devices?

By 2020, the number of Internet of Things devices is estimated to surpass 20 billion. From smart fridges to coffee makers and Barbie dolls, connected things will soon fill our households. Many of these devices are, and will continue to be, accessed via our smartphones. While this is very convenient for users, there are weaknesses in smartphone security that can be exploited to turn … More Are smartphones threatening the security of our IoT devices?

Botnets overshadowed by ransomware (in media)

Regardless of how intensively the topic of ransomware is currently trending, it is not the most dangerous form of malware. Recently, the much-reported WannaCry ransomware took media by storm, however, it received considerably more coverage than it did harm, and it overshadowed other internet threats. More dangerous than ransomware is a malware capable of taking … More Botnets overshadowed by ransomware (in media)