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Exporting your passwords out of Google Chrome

Exporting your passwords out of Google Chrome

Let’s face it, we’ve all done it, fallen to the allure of letting our browsers, like Google Chrome, store our usernames and passwords. We do it because it is really convenient. The problem with managing usernames and passwords in browsers, however, is that browsers are not the safest solution for storing and managing usernames and […]

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Government vs Surveillance Capitalism. What to worry about? Actions to take?

Government vs Surveillance Capitalism. What to worry about? Actions to take?

**This article was featured by the Mobile Ecosystem Forum, March 29, 2019.** Last week I stumbled across two articles that got me thinking. The first article was a summary of the “2019 State of Password and Authentication Security Behaviors Report,” released by Ponemon Institute, sponsored by Yubico. The second article was released by Wired March […]

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WebAuthn: A new standard for site & app user authentication released

WebAuthn: A new standard for site & app user authentication released

Is the era of the passswordless web near? We live in a connected world. In this world, we are constantly interacting with a myriad of services, including work-related services, financial institutions, government agencies, social sites, entertainment services, health providers, and more. With each one of these services, more often than not we’re required to generate, […]

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Attitudes towards digital identity & personal information: what we do and don’t know

Attitudes towards digital identity & personal information: what we do and don’t know

Article first published by MEF February 7, 2019. MEF’s recently published 5th annual Global Consumer Trust Study probes the attitudes of smartphone users across ten markets to provide insights into their views on smartphones, connected devices and related services in the context of trust, privacy and personal information. Co-author of the report Michael Becker here discusses the […]

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The Grand Awakening

The Grand Awakening

MEF’s 5th annual Global Consumer Trust Report 2018 launched last week and probes the attitudes of smartphone users across ten markets (Brazil, France, Germany, India, Japan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom and the U.S.) to provide insights into their views on smartphones, connected devices and related services as relates to trust, privacy and personal […]

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Soon to be law? California Consumer Privacy Act 2018 – time to get ready, one way or another. (UPDATE – it is law!)

Soon to be law? California Consumer Privacy Act 2018 – time to get ready, one way or another. (UPDATE – it is law!)

June 28 Update: It’s official, California signed into law June 28, 2018 Bill AB-375, giving its citizens far-reaching privacy rights! More to come, I’m sure. *********** Original piece – June 27, 3018: On Tuesday, June 25, 2018, the California State Legislature voted to send Bill AB-375, the California Consumer Privacy Act 2018, from the State’s Senate Judiciary Committee to the […]

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The Trade-Off: The Four Noble Truths and Five-fold Path to Digital Sovereignty

The Trade-Off: The Four Noble Truths and Five-fold Path to Digital Sovereignty

People reap tremendous value and convenience when participating in the digital economy, but each time they do they put their privacy and personal security at risk since people’s identities and personal information power a sizable portion of the digital economy. And not just the digital economy, our identity and personal information is giving birth to […]

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Get Ready for The Personal Information Economy – Summer Viewing & Reading List

Get Ready for The Personal Information Economy – Summer Viewing & Reading List

Personal information has been used throughout society for centuries, for a wide variety of personal, public and commercial purposes. However, over the last half-century, as the world has become digitized, especially due to the release and adoption of smartphones, connected devices, cloud services, ubiquitous internet and sensors, personal information has taken on a new and […]

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When Blockchain Meets GDPR – A Thorny Technical Challenge

When Blockchain Meets GDPR – A Thorny Technical Challenge

Not a day goes by that I don’t see an article pop up about GDPR and blockchain, but rarely do I see them come up in the same context, so I thought I’d write one. Here is the question, can a company use blockchain to manage transactional records with people and not run afoul of […]

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Privacy is The New Luxury Good

Privacy is The New Luxury Good

We’ve entered the Connected Age. Internet growth and the influx of connected devices throughout the world, has put individual privacy at risk. “We’ve lost control of our personal data…As our data is then held in proprietary silos, out of sight to us, we lose out on the benefits we could realize if we had direct […]

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