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about 5 hours ago

I can't say that I started blogging for all of these reasons back 14 years ago, or that I continued for all of these reasons. But, a couple of them were true then, and remain true today.

I blog to share my knowledge and my passions, to connect with other people, whether it be professionally here, or to talk about sports, or to remind child abuse survivors that they aren't alone. The last 14 years have helped introduce me to a whole bunch of people who I wouldn't know had I not started a blog, and given me a creative outlet for the things I want to share. I've never done it to make money, but it's still managed to enrich my life and been worth all the time and effort!

about 16 hours ago

Honestly, I haven't given much thought to boarding passes. When I have a printed one, I typically hang on to it and throw it away once I reach my destination, assuming that once the flight has been completed, it has no value. (I am crazy about not losing it before a flight, out of what is probably an irrational fear of someone else boarding the plane in my place, but hey, it's my fear.)

Given all of the information about me that is available in the text, let alone the barcode, I should probably hang on to all of them until I get home and shred them though, instead of tossing them at the hotel. Or, always just use electronic ones, which stores them on my phone, but really,aren't we all taking precautions to protect all of the other data that's on our phones anyway?

Oct 07, 15

Lots of links to quality eDiscovery resources in this post. Naturally, I wanted to make sure you all saw them!

Oct 07, 15

"Predictive coding tools have serious ROI beyond litigation, because employees can find what they're looking for -- quickly."

Makes sense to me. I've worked with some folks who are using their eDiscovery tools to simply store and index data that they may need to search at some point. Most of the time that decision is driven by the need to be prepared to deal with eDiscovery, but once the data is there, it opens up other possibilities.

Oct 05, 15

"As the Internet of Things continues to expand, so too will the sources of potentially material evidence. Xively, a part of LogMeIn, claims to connect 400 million devices, from usual suspects like computers down to individual light switches. The usefulness of that information those devices collect will continue to increase as IoT manufacturers improve their ability to connect device interaction with individuals. Just last Thursday, LogMeIn announced Xively Identity Manager which seeks to link device usage to individuals.

Take a nap? Turn off a light? Turn down the A/C? The Internet of Things knows and it's keeping a record."

This will be interesting to watch. Lawyers are already struggling with eDiscovery from mobile devices and things we've already had for years. As the Internet of Things starts tracking lots of information about us, how will that data play out, and how will we verify that the data is correct? How many people really think about whether the reporting can be hacked, making it appear that our car was in a specific area, when it really wasn't, for example?

Never a dull moment!

Oct 05, 15

This article reminded me of a statistic I saw during a presentation on insider threats last week. In a recent survey, over one third of employees would willingly sell their passwords/access to anyone, some for as little as $150.

See the problem here is that while so many people are starting to wake up to the data security problem that we have, and some are even starting to realize that the people who have access to that data are the most important link to that data when it comes to keeping it secure, I don't know that many are correlating that fact with just how disengaged some of their employees are.

An employee who would sell their access credentials for cash, is an employee who doesn't care at all about the organization they work in, and in many cases, why should they? Yes, it's unprofessional, and illegal, and I can give you a host of other reasons why anyone should at least care enough not to do this, but I also understand it. I've worked at jobs I've hated, for organizational "leaders" I had no respect for, for managers who showed no respect for the people doing the actual work, and so on. It's a miserable existence, and after I left, I felt zero sympathy for the company when bad things happened.

Given those sort of working conditions, is it any wonder your employee would sell you out?

Oct 05, 15

Gee, this doesn't seem fairly crappy at all. Use an ad-blocker? Want that company to decide which ads you can see and which you can't based mostly on who's willing to pay them and agree to some "policy" that you don't really get any say in as a user?

That's not exactly giving the end-user the power that is promised by the installation of an ad-blocker. In fact, it simply makes them a pawn in the larger game of making money at their expense in the end.

Also, if you're a small publisher just trying to get by, now you're competing with Google and other huge corporations just to make sure your ads get seen in the first place. They can pay out to AdBlock Plus and other vendors to make sure their ads get through the blocks, can you?

Not exactly the internet future we were promised.

Oct 05, 15

"Fingerprints are another type of data entirely. They're used to identify people at crime scenes, but increasingly they're used as an authentication credential. If you have an iPhone, for example, you probably use your fingerprint to unlock your phone. This type of authentication is increasingly common, replacing a password -- something you know -- with a biometric: something you are. The problem with biometrics is that they can't be replaced. So while it's easy to update your password or get a new credit card number, you can't get a new finger.

And now, for the rest of their lives, 5.6 million US government employees need to remember that someone, somewhere, has their fingerprints. And we really don't know the future value of this data. If, in twenty years, we routinely use our fingerprints at ATM machines, that fingerprint database will become very profitable to criminals. If fingerprints start being used on our computers to authorize our access to files and data, that database will become very profitable to spies."

This is bad, and really we have to question the government for storing all that fingerprint data in one central location. This is the main problem for those of you who think you have nothing to hide and the government can collect whatever data they want. When they don't protect it properly, now some bad actor has a copy of personal information and potentially a fingerprint to go along with it. That opens the doors to a lot of things we normally assume as being secure. It also opens the door to that data being planted in various places as well. Who wants to have to worry about that?

Oct 01, 15

"For several years, TrueCrypt was the gold standard in PC disk decryption suites. That changed nearly 18 months ago, when the individuals who developed the software abruptly quit. The developers declared that the existing software was ““not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues,” provided a final version of the software to decrypt data, and shut the project down. This was all the more puzzling when two extensive security audits found no bugs of significance. As of today, that’s changed."

Welp, there goes that. In the time since TrueCrypt shut down, what have you been using for encryption?

Sep 29, 15

I don't really know why this isn't a job requirement for people with a security clearance already. Shouldn't the ability to understand and use technology appropriately be the part of most job performance evaluations? Shouldn't the inability to do that result in not getting a good evaluation?

If so, shouldn't someone granted a security clearance lose that clearance if they perform poorly at actually keeping things secure?

Sep 29, 15

Neville does a good job of identifying some of the shortcomings of Facebook's new Notes update in terms of thinking about using it for "blog" posts.

It's nice that he went and shared those so I didn't have to spend time finding them myself. ;-)

Do you plan on making use of Facebook Notes?

Sep 27, 15

"The good news is that there’s a great brain hack which can help you elevate simple acquaintances to their greatest potential, and all it takes is a bit of consistency. It’s what’s known in psychology circles as the mere exposure effect. When understood and used to your advantage, it can yield big results to help you supercharge your networking activities in a lasting way that grows your career.

The mere exposure effect (also known as the familiarity principle) suggests that simply being repeatedly exposed to a person, thing, or idea increases our liking for it. According to this principle, the more time you spend with someone, the more likely you are to have a preference and positive opinion of him or her."

So networking is really about keeping in touch, and the more you keep in touch, the more people are likely to think well of you. (To a point.)

If you're thinking about growing your own network, go check out more about the mere exposure effect.

Sep 26, 15

This is a pretty impressive list. some of these I didn't even know existed.

Might be worth a few minutes to see if anything catches your fancy.

Sep 25, 15

Google is really doing a lot for apps customers to make it easier to store data in the cloud. Security improvements, and now improvements to make it easier for companies to use Google Drive without losing what they need in terms of Information Governance and eDiscovery, mean that corporations can seriously think about storing data in Google Drive as part of their IG plan, rather than an IG nightmare. Good for Google.

Sep 24, 15

Hear about how much value you get from networking and making new connections, but you're an introvert and the idea of hitting up a networking function sounds horrible? This pieces of advice might help.

Sep 23, 15

The obvious answer here is yes, of course.

Is there a job where those aren't important?

Sep 22, 15

Aside from passing off your location from somewhere else to get around blocks, get yourself some sort of VPN to use when you're on public wifi networks. One that's a browser plugin sounds like an easy to use one. Anyone installed these browser extensions yet?

What do you use to protect your data when browsing on a public network?

Sep 20, 15

"Financial data has a finite lifespan because it becomes worthless the second the customer detects the fraud and cancels the card or account. Most forums for such data have a high enough surplus of stolen payment cards that they have fire sales.

But information contained in health care records has a much longer shelf life and is rich enough for identity theft. Social Security numbers can't easily be cancelled, and medical and prescription records are permanent. There's also a large market for health insurance fraud and abuse, which may be more lucrative than simply selling the records outright in forums."

Sep 18, 15

This is a great story, and a great example of what I keep telling people about social media. Yes, it can be a source of stupidity, if you're not following people you actually care about, or are providing interesting ideas. But it can also be a great way to keep in contact with people you do care about, or even find people from the past who you care about and have lost touch with.

As a person who lives far away from some of my favorite people on the planet, I love being able to see what they're up to, how their kids are growing, and so on. I also love being able to learn from some great minds, and read what they are sharing.

Social media has great personal, and professional, value to me. Value that far outweighs some of the downsides.

Sep 15, 15

As a blogger, I'm very much looking forward to the ability to have an article open with the Wordpress app next to you instead of constantly going back and forth between apps or Safari tabs on my iPad. It's closer to what I would normally do when writing on a laptop or at my desk with multiple monitors.

It might not be as cool as multiple monitors, but that solution doesn't travel well. ;-)

Also, better battery life and efficient use of storage on my 16GB iPhone is something else I'm looking forward to as well, assuming it works out that way.

Are you looking forward to iOS9?

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