Stories by Tony Bradley

  • Office Online vs. Office 365: What's free, what's not, and what you really need

    By Tony Bradley | 03 February, 2015 02:50

    Microsoft Office, once an expensive investment (or furtive appropriation), is now available in free as well as paid forms, on basically any device with a screen.

  • Travellers beware: Hackers are after your information

    By Tony Bradley | 20 January, 2015 06:43

    Frequent fliers get all the perks - and all the attention from cyber criminals, apparently. United Airlines, American Airlines, and Park-n-Fly have all reported breaches in the past few days, pointing to an emerging trend of attacks targeted specifically at travelers.

  • Data breaches can be prevented with one simple solution

    By Tony Bradley | 20 January, 2015 06:37

    There have been so many major data breaches over the past year or two that it's hardly even news anymore when millions of customer accounts are compromised. We've become jaded, and just expect that attackers will find a way to penetrate our networks and steal our data. The reality, however, is that there is one simple thing companies--and individuals--can do that will prevent the vast majority of data breaches: two-factor authentication.

  • Experts pick the top 5 security threats for 2015

    By Tony Bradley | 15 January, 2015 02:53

    Massive, high-profile data breaches pockmarked 2014, culminating in the bizarre events surrounding the hack of Sony Pictures--allegedly by North Korea in retaliation for the politically incorrect stoner comedy The Interview. That's a tough act to follow, but I'm sure 2015 will make an effort. I spoke with security experts to find out what we have to look forward to.

  • Report: iOS users care more about privacy and data security than Android users

    By Tony Bradley | 13 December, 2014 03:23

    You wouldn't think privacy and security were platform-specific, but data released by cloud storage service iDrive today seems to say that iPhone and Android users differ in this way as well as many others.

  • Beware this online shopping scam: Fake order confirmations

    By Tony Bradley | 09 December, 2014 02:51

    During the holiday season it's not unusual for both UPS and FedEx to show up at the Bradley household on an almost daily basis. We receive order confirmation and shipping notification emails for each delivery - and that's just what cybercriminals are counting on. It's just one of the many ways they exploit the holiday season to target more victims.

  • What you need to know about new zero day that hits most supported Windows versions

    By Tony Bradley | 24 October, 2014 00:12

    Microsoft issued a security advisory this week with details of a zero day vulnerability that affects every supported version of the Windows operating system with the exception of Windows Server 2003. The flaw is very similar to the OLE vulnerability patched earlier this month, which was linked to the Sandworm cyber espionage campaign.

  • Survey: BYOD security remains spotty, with users unaware or unmotivated about risks

    By Tony Bradley | 02 October, 2014 23:12

    Many organisations have embraced the concept of bring your own device (BYOD), allowing employees to use their own personal smartphones and tablets at work. A new survey from BitDefender, however, suggests that BYOD policies and controls have a long way to go in order to be more secure.

  • Survey finds generation gaps in adoption of new tech

    By Tony Bradley | 16 September, 2014 23:13

    Wearable tech and Internet-of-Things (IoT) gadgets are all the rage. A new survey from Acquity Group, though, illustrates how different generations are embracing these new developments.

  • Apple Pay could put an end to data breaches

    By Tony Bradley | 12 September, 2014 23:34

    The retail data-breach epidemic highlighted by Target now has other famous victims, including UPS, Home Depot, and Dairy Queen. If you've used a credit card sometime in the past year or two, there's a very good chance your information has been compromised or exposed by at least one of these data breaches. If you use Apple's new Apple Pay system, though, such worries just might be behind you.

  • The game is not yet over for Gameover Zeus botnet

    By Tony Bradley | 06 September, 2014 05:55

    If you've ever watched a horror movie, you know the trope where the hero seemingly kills the monster, but as soon as he turns his back to walk away the monster regains consciousness and attacks again with renewed vigor. According to the latest report from F-Secure, that's the sort of scenario we might be looking at with the Gameover Zeus botnet.

  • Citrix ShareConnect extends the power of your PC to your tablet

    By Tony Bradley | 05 September, 2014 07:08

    In an ideal world, a tablet would be an extension of the PC - a device that is more portable, yet still enables users to continue work done while on the go. Tablets like the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab do work in that capacity to an extent, but not seamlessly. Citrix is changing things, though, with the launch of Citrix ShareConnect, which it calls a remote access innovation that extends the promise of mobile workspaces on any device.

  • 5 reasons a small Windows tablet might be in your future

    By Tony Bradley | 29 August, 2014 22:39

    There are a number of smaller Windows tablets hitting the shelves now from Microsoft OEM partners and more on the horizon. At face value it seems like a late attempt by the Windows ecosystem to get in on the mobile device game. The reality, though, is that Microsoft can still capture a respectable--possibly dominant--stake of the tablet market.

  • Rumoured 12.9-inch iPad could be better for business productivity

    By Tony Bradley | 27 August, 2014 22:41

    Apple is reportedly planning to launch a 12.9-inch version of the iconic iPad tablet sometime in early 2015. A larger iPad could be a more effective tool for mobile business users, but only if Apple also addresses a few other issues.

  • Report: Consumers concerned about online threats but do little to protect themselves

    By Tony Bradley | 26 August, 2014 03:46

    Remember banking before the Internet? You received printed bank statements in the mail and had to manually reconcile the information with the written register in your checkbook. I don't miss it, but I also recognize the convenience of accessing my financial data through a bank website comes with some serious security considerations. According to a new consumer survey from Kaspersky Labs, I am not alone.


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