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infosec privacy technology

Worth reading this week – privacy, playtime and emotions

Quote I’ve been pondering this week:

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu

I’m a huge security and privacy proponent. Stumbled across this great visual example of ways we all expect privacy in our everyday lives – and it highlights why our digital privacy should be no different:

And it helps that it’s an Apple ad. I’m a huge Apple fanboy. I’m a big Google user too though, so I’m really a fan of both. Especially when I see optimism in Google making strides towards better privacy protections as well. #GoPrivacy

My kids love our Springfree trampoline. Next time they say they are bored, I’m gonna go through these lists (one idea I hadn’t thought of: Make a laser course on the mat out of yarn and try not to touch it) :

Suck it up buttercup: Forget Your Feelings (summary: There’s no meaning attached to feelings)

And, a bit more privacy related goodness: Here are all of the ways that Google tracks you (I am doubtful this is ALL of the ways, but it sure looks like a good start). And here’s a great primer on removing your info from the web – mainly focused on mailing lists a la “do not call lists”.

And, I’m a bit bummed because I don’t think I’ll be able to attend my local Wordcamp Hamilton this weekend. I bought my ticket, but life sometimes gets in the way. (In this case, it’s my son’s birthday – and family comes first!)

Have a great weekend!

Todd

 

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SC Congress 2016 – free passes & VIP ticket draw!

SCCongress-logo-2015Folks,

SC Congress is coming up fast. The conference is next week! If you don’t have your ticket yet, I’m here to help. The team at SC Magazine has given me a unique opportunity to pass on to you:

  • free Expo Only VIP Passes ($150 value) – simply register using promo code “DOWEXPO”; and
  • a chance to win one of five VIP Two-Day Full Conference Passes ($1,295 value);

Here’s the deal:

Each free Expo Only Pass provides you:

  • Network with 1,000 cybersecurity luminaries and peers
  • Learn valuable insights for safeguarding your organization during our five Keynote Addresses
  • Attend one additional session of your choice
  • Visit leading brands in our Exhibit Hall
  • Participate in SC Congress’ signature Passport to Prizes program: network for a chance to win a hot, new gadget
  • Earn up to 5 CPE credits – just for attending our sessions

register now

Also, SC Magazine has given me five VIP Two-Day Full Conference Passes to give away. To be entered to win one of these five tickets, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Register for a free Expo Only VIP Pass before next Monday morning (May 30); and
  2. Tweet the following: “Got my free Expo Plus Pass to @SCCongress Toronto June 1/2. Get yours & chance to win a VIP pass at toddhdow.com #infosec” (We’ll accept a similar shoutout on Facebook if you aren’t on Twitter); OR
  3. Sign up for my newsletter here at toddhdow.com (link);
  4. Email me at toddhdow [at] gmail. [dot] com to let me know that you’ve completed the above steps;

And yes, if you have previously registered for an Expo Only pass and you want to upgrade, just tweet or share on Facebook or sign up for my newsletter and you’re all set.

So don’t delay… register today!

And, while you’re at it, sign up for a complimentary digital subscription to SC Magazine.

Are you going to SC Congress 2016? Let me know in the comments!

Talk soon!

Todd

 

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Sector 2015: Stealth Attack from the Produce Aisle

raspberry piIt’s official: Keith Benedict (@mehtryx) and I will be presenting at Sector 2015 in Toronto. Our topic is called “Stealth Attack from the Produce Aisle”. Here’s a summary of what to expect:

The proliferation of devices like the Raspberry Pi, Pineapple Express, PwnPi and more make it easier (and cheaper) than ever to obtain a complete stealth attack or defense arsenal.

In this session, we’ll take a low-cost, credit-card sized ARM computer, add some freely available software and see what we get. We’ll learn:

  • what options are available to build such a device
  • how to build a working device
  • add-ons including additional network adapters and wireless extenders
  • overview of some commonly available software tools
  • how to conduct attack and defense scenarios

Hardware will include Cubox, Hummingboard, Raspberry Pi and more. Software will include Kali Linux and a multitude of offensive and defensive infosec tools.

You’ll come away from this session with a better understanding of how much you can accomplish with one of these devices and a healthier respect (or greater fear) of tiny computers.

Registration for Sector has begun – hurry now and get your ticket before prices rise!

Let Keith and I know if you’ll be coming to Sector and let us know what you’d like us to touch on during our presentation.

Talk soon!

Todd

 

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SC Congress 2015 – free passes, VIP ticket draw and more!

SCCongress-logo-2015Folks,

SC Congress is coming up fast. There’s only a month left to get your ticket. And, I’m here to help make it easy. The team at SC Magazine have given me a unique opportunity to pass on to you:

  • free Expo Only VIP Passes ($150 value);
  • an Amazon gift card to the first 50 people to register using promo code “TODDHDOWEXPOVIP”; and
  • a chance to win one of two VIP Two-Day Full Conference Passes ($1,095 value);

Here’s the deal:

Each free Expo Only VIP Pass provides you:

  • unlimited access to the Exhibit Hall
  • all five Keynote Addresses
  • one editorial session of your choice
  • inclusion in Passport to Prizes (take home one of the latest Apple products or other must-have device)
  • a chance to network with industry luminaries and business decision makers at the Cocktail Reception
  • and the opportunity to visit with all of the leading brands on the expo floor.

Expo Plus Passes cost $150, but register as a ToddHDow.com Expo VIP with the Discount Code TODDHDOWEXPOVIP and gain complimentary admission – courtesy of ToddHDow.com.

As an added bonus, if you are one of the first 50 people to register for a free Expo Only VIP Pass using promo code TODDHDOWEXPOVIP, you will receive a free amazon gift card directly from SC Magazine.

And finally, SC Magazine has two VIP Two-Day Full Conference Passes to give away. To be entered to win one of these two tickets, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Register for a free Expo Only VIP Pass anytime between today (Monday May 11) and next Monday morning (May 18); and
  2. Tweet the following: “Got my free Expo Plus Pass to @SCCongress Toronto June 10/11. Get yours & chance to win a VIP pass at toddhdow.com #infosec” (We’ll accept a similar shoutout on Facebook if you aren’t on Twitter)

So don’t delay… register today!

Alternately, if you just want to get a significant discount on a full conference pass, feel free to use discount code TODDHDOW to get the following discounted ticket prices:

You can get your discounted tickets here:
2-day pass: $595 (reg. $1,095)
1-day pass: $495 (reg. $845)
Use discount code TODDHDOW or click this link.

And, while you’re at it, sign up for a complimentary digital subscription to SC Magazine.

Are you going to SC Congress 2015? Let me know in the comments!

Talk soon!

Todd

 

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infosec technology

SC Congress 2015 – are you going?

SCCongress-logo-2015As many of you know, I’m a security geek. And what is more fun for a security geek than seeing, hearing and learning about the latest security-related tools & techniques. Each year, I look forward to attending the two major Toronto-area IT security conferences: SC Congress in June and Sector in October.

Both of these events offer the latest and greatest in IT security. In 2013, I attended both events:

This year’s SC Congress is coming up soon: June 10 & 11 2015. And based on my great coverage of the 2013 event, I’ve been invited to blog about it again. So, I’ll be attending SC Congress 2015 with a press pass in hand. I hope you’ll join me at the event as well. It should be an awesome time.

As a bonus, you can register for SC Congress at a significantly discounted rate, simply by using the discount code TODDHDOW.

You can get your discounted tickets here:
2-day pass: $525 (reg. $995)
1-day pass: $425 (reg. $795)
Use discount code TODDHDOW or click this link.

And, while you’re at it, sign up for a complimentary digital subscription to SC Magazine.

Are you going to SC Congress 2015? Let me know in the comments!

Talk soon!

Todd