Archive for the ‘Tech News’ Category

How saying yes to free Wi-Fi could mean ‘you are the product’ for businesses

(Media Release) Twenty minutes after Zoe Elder stopped at a Gateway Newstands location in downtown Toronto to buy a pack of cigarettes, an email showed up in her personal Hotmail inbox. “Buy one Nestlé single bar + get one free,” it began. The sender? Gateway Newstands. Though Elder, 30, didn’t know it at the time, she was being targeted by […]

Should you take your phone to the United States?

(Media Release) “The next time you plan to cross a border, leave your phone at home.” That is the rather startling advice in a blogpost that is being widely shared right now. Its author, Quincy Larson, is a software engineer, who has previously written about the importance of protecting personal data. He now fears that […]

The clock is ticking for Spotify

(Media Release) It’s amazing to think that just 10 years ago, flat-rate digital music streaming services were a mere gleam in the eye of industry executives. It was as recently as September 2007 that Rick Rubin, then co-head of Columbia Records, put forward the idea as a way of combating online music piracy and file-sharing. […]

It’s not just your TV that can track your habits without consent

(Media Release) If you want to know what products and services are tracking you without your consent, their privacy policies are a good place to start. Own a PlayStation? Sony can share “non-personally identifying information and behavioural data from our studies with our affiliates and other third parties.” Belkin — which makes a line of smart […]

Wireless networks of Telus, Bell and Rogers ‘evenly matched,’ report finds

Opinion: There is a reason that they are evenly matched, they work together to form a monopoly. This is against the law if you can prove it, and you are still paying one of the highest rates in the world. The opinion stated is not the opinion on (Media Release) Everyone thinks their cellphone provider […]

Cybercrime and fraud scale revealed in annual figures

(Media Release) There were an estimated 3.6 million cases of fraud and two million computer misuse offences in a year, according to an official survey. The Crime Survey for England and Wales included the offences for the first time in its annual report, which covered the year to September. Separate figures recorded by police showed […]

Russia’s ‘kompromat’: Soviet-era tool to blackmail opponents

(Media Release) Reports that Russian intelligence gathered compromising information about US President-elect Donald Trump have stirred memories of the dark art of “kompromat”, a Soviet-era form of blackmail used to shame adversaries. The practice was widely used by the Soviet Union’s secret services to squeeze information out of Western diplomats during the Cold War and […]

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