Halfway point: I’m now GSEC certified!

At the beginning of this year I embarked upon a new adventure in cyber security with the government-backed SANS Cyber Retraining Academy. At the end of week five – the course’s halfway point – I figured it was time for an update on how things are going. If I were to describe the experience so far […]

How to install Elementary OS on a Mac

Since starting my cyber security course, I’ve fallen in love with Linux. It’s light, it’s fast, and it’s free – and the Elementary OS distro brings all of that together with some great-looking design, seemingly inspired by macOS. Unfortunately, it’s not a walk in the park to install on a Mac. First, let me set […]

Hackers look just like you and me

When you think of a hacker, what do you picture? As someone who grew up in the ’90s, my go-to mental image was always Boris Grishenko, the bespectacled computer technician from 1995’s James Bond film GoldenEye, known for his catchphrase, “I am invincible!” Things have only slightly changed 22 years later. Sure, the stereotypical hacker of […]

Yes, your OS needs anti-virus software

Every Windows user knows it’s foolish to use their computer without installing anti-virus software, but there’s some complacency among users of other operating systems that’s putting them, their data and their money at risk. It’s time they rejoined reality and protected themselves.

Good guys don’t hide behind updates

My reading over the Christmas break was Edward Lucas’s book Cyberphobia – a very readable overview of the key security and privacy issues affecting individuals, businesses and governments, how the risks can be mitigated and how the problems might be resolved. The book begins with an explanation of how cyber security (or the lack of it) impacts individual […]

One iPhone feature that didn’t survive

Last week marked the tenth anniversary of the unveiling of the original iPhone, so while I was transcribing some shorthand notes one afternoon I decided to stick the presentation on in the background and listen to Steve Jobs speaking in San Francisco back in 2007. A few things about the reveal struck me. The first […]