The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, lead by Timothy Pilgrim received 114 breach notifications last financial year - up from 107 on the year before. Given mandatory notification doesn't start for a few more months, this could be the thin edge of the wedge as companies come to grips with the new regulatory regime.
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Free wi-fi is a windfall, especially if you're working from the library or airport, or if you just want to save data on your phone or laptop. Still, you do have to care about security when you're out and about. Here's how to surf safely, on any device.
Even when you're covering your tracks by opening a new incognito window, your web browsing history might not be as private as you think. Information about what you do online, down to every single URL, can likely be purchased on the web by anyone who wants it. And while in most cases people are making those purchases for marketing reasons, they could choose to use their newfound knowledge maliciously as well.
The European Union has always favoured the protection of personal privacy over the rights of governments and law enforcement to snoop on our data. Their regulations for the protection of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) have been among the strongest in the world. But, new rules, under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which were adopted in April this year become enforceable on 25 May 2018. What does this mean for Australian businesses?
The world of IoT is rife with stories of devices being exploited to provide people with access to all sorts of things. Which is why I'm somewhat cautious about the newly announced Amazon Echo Spot. While it looks like a clock radio, it also has a tiny camera. And that, frankly, is cause for concern.
You might know what a virtual private network (VPN) is, but the odds of you actually using one are low. You really should be using a VPN -- ultimately, you may end up seeing it as just as vital as your internet connection. We'll tell you why, explain how to choose a VPN provider and list five that are worth considering.
Your data, from the Christmas party photos you took last year to the tax return you filed (thank God for extensions, right?) is in more places than you think, which means securing as much of it as you can is vital. But the idea of encryption can be intimidating to the inexperienced, and often involves discussion of more esoteric topics like PGP, decryption keys and other terms with which you may be unfamiliar. Fortunately, iOS and Android make it easy to secure your data and protect it from malicious hackers and anyone looking to extract personal information.
Web: Firefox users bouncing between work and personal accounts on a daily basis are probably tired of logging in and out, or switching accounts. Thanks to the new (and overdue) Mozilla-made Multi-Account Container extension, you won't have to worry about remembering which account you're logged into. If you're unconcerned about separating work and personal accounts, you can still take advantage of multi-account browsing to preserve your privacy or discourage bad habits.
Privacy and security should be at the top of mind for anyone using a computer. Generally, this means having a strong password or passphrase when you log on, possibly biometric security and 2FA as well, and encrypting data. But the hardware we use everyday can go a little further. HP's Elitebook x360 is an example of what can be done on the hardware side to protect your data.
iOS: AccuWeather was recently found to be collecting location data belonging to users of its iOS app, whether they had opted into sharing it or not. The weather app has since removed the offending piece of software, but you'll need to update the app if you'd like to stop it from collecting any more data.
It’s no secret that Google knows a lot about its users. The tech giant collects tons of data about you, including your search history, location, and voice searches that help improve Google’s services and provide relevant ads. However, you might be surprised to know Google can easily take a look at all of the data it has on you. Here's how you can find out what the tech giant knows about your online habits and personal information.
You probably think you know how to keep your internet habits secret. "Clearing browser history is too obvious," you say. "I just do all my sketchy stuff in an incognito window!" OK, hot stuff, then let me ask you this: You ever search anything weird on Instagram? Got any visits to an ex's Twitter profile that you might not want to share with the next friend or loved one who grabs your phone? "I've gotta show you this adorable Japanese puppy's account... Why do your recent searches look like Armie Hammer's?"
Choosing a VPN solution requires a leap of faith. Once you choose the application that best suits your needs in terms of performance, licensing and usability, you need to hand over something far more valuable than your money - trust. That's why the lawsuit against the creators of Hotspot Shield VPN is a big deal.
None of us like to think about our death or the death of a loved one, but it's important to prepare for it. You don't want to be stuck trying to get into a loved one's Gmail or Facebook account to shut things down. This graphic shows you what you're in for, and what you and your loved ones should have ready.
Sites are constantly changing, updating with stories and even new layouts, making it a challenge to find something you read or saw years ago. If your online writing is on a third-party site, anything they do could spell the end of your work online. In today's political climate, keeping a record of political promises or missteps is more important than ever. If you're not using Archive.org's Wayback Machine to dig up (or save) old pages, tweets about your former employer, or images, you should get in the habit.
Anyone handling the personal information of an EU citizen needs to get their head around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under these new laws that take effect in May 2018, companies will face stiff penalties if they breach rules designed to hand control of PII back to citizens. Microsoft says the Creators Update is compliant with the GDPR.