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"Right through the very heart of it" the IT Privacy & Security weekly update for March 16th 2021

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“Sandwiched” in the IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update for May the Fourth 2021
We start with the true story of May the fourth, and end up with a suggestion that might just prevent injury. In between those lovely layers of freshly baked updates are sandwiched some very tasty servers, Russian Dressing, some NY rye, something else that smacks of dog food, doublestuff and an apple. After you finish, your mum will be waiting for you. Now on our best behavior: Let’s order the flowers, pull up our socks, straighten our shirts and make the best impression yet … with the best IT Privacy and Security Update yet! You can find the full transcript for this podcast at
May 4, 2021
Moving through the Reverb with the IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update for April 27th 2021 
This week we start with a uniquely Canadian turn of events that has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with privacy or security but was essential nonetheless, and end up chasing the cat around the office. In between we find out why the C-suite of gaming companies are themselves becoming targets, a newly developing jab / job relationship, just what the new MacOS update stops, what’s behind the Linux fracas, some stats on ransomware and then... what’s going on with Reverb. It’s loud, it’s raucous and it’s just getting started, so turn on the noise cancelling, turn up the volume and let’s get going! Find the full transcript of this podcast at
April 28, 2021
We won’t get fooled again. The IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update for April 20th 2021 
We confess we wrote this intro with the Apple product announcement running in the background. We saw the new iPad, iMac, tags, TVs, and M1 features, and “Oh my word” nothing about the privacy update in iOS 14.5!!!. Grrr… So swiftly moving onto other matters of very little privacy, we have a couple of FBI stories, one about e-mail and another about iPhones (Grrr…). Shocking revelations about online cameras… Updates about Google that will leave you shaken, not stirred… A scandalous, awful, treacherous, plot that could impact any wine drinker!!! And then we finish the update with a story about what some would call arrogance, from Facebook… also regarding your privacy. This update promises to bring you everything you need in the world of privacy and security… except of course for the “dang” details on the new iPhone privacy update. (again Grrr…) Let’s roll up our sleeves, and not get fooled again! Find the full transcript of this podcast at
April 20, 2021
The IT Privacy and Security Slice for April 13th. 2021
The best IT Privacy and Security Update … served with perhaps the most questionable intro and outtro music ever! And he’s right. We follow the food theme again this week and go from Apple to Cheese. We start with an outright rejection of the UK government’s second expensive attempt at a Covid-19 tracker, then we move over to the app that really should not be on your phone anymore. Next: a crazy story about an exchange that gets breached and then reminds you that YOU should use more complex passwords, a completely politically correct request for UK women to get more involved in hacking, and 7 new and evolving methods that fisher-people are going to try to catch you out with. Finally, we share a story on how Google intends to help you stop bumping into lamp posts. ...Oh, and then there is the missing cheese.... You’ll find it all here this week (except for the cheese) in probably the healthiest slice of IT Privacy and Security ever! You can find the full transcript of this podcast at:
April 13, 2021
From Peking… to Duck: The IT Privacy and Security Update for April 6th., 2021 
This week we go from Peking to Duck (literally), and we are sure you’re going to find the tastiest treats anywhere. We take you crashing down a staircase with a wireless data communication company, add more evidence for spellchecking your child’s tweets, and an idea why this team won’t be looking like Tony Stark (Iron Man) any time soon. We give you a light pole update. Yes, we got that right, a light pole update. And what college students should do quickly if the school they are going to, or even applied to, is one of those caught up in the Accellion file transfer software compromise. We finish with something that we thought was pretty cool… It’s almost the gamification of tracker blocking. We loved it for Android and iOS and we think you will too. OK dinner guests. Adjust your place settings, tuck in your napkins, and let’s give a toast to the best IT Privacy and Security menu yet! The full transcript of this podcast can be found at
April 6, 2021
The moment, you own it, you better never let it go. The IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update for March 30th 2021
We start this week’s adventure with a tribute to women’s safety as we come to the end of National Women’s History Month in the US. We move on, not to home building, but cybersecurity, with a backdoor disguised as a Typo fix. In the days of the George Floyd murder trial in the US, we find one legal reviewer in the UK that is of the opinion that people should get anywhere from 2 months to 5 years for not providing their phone password to the police. We get to the bottom of STIR/SHAKEN and finally, we see the results of a privacy and security survey of over fifteen thousand people around the world. We think the results will surprise you! And with that, the moment, you own it, you better never let it go. Find the full transcript for this podcast at
March 31, 2021
Hanging on the phone for the IT Privacy and Security weekly update for March 23rd 2021
This week we invite you to join us as we make a bunch of long-distance calls, starting with India, moving across the world, and finally ending up in Egypt. During our phone dialing journeys we find over five hundred, sixty-seven thousand good reasons not to be vengeful, we tell you about how the FBI tried to make friends with us and failed on the first click, and we share the EU’s new strategy that has us stopping at the start. We redefine Sassy and give you yet another example of why using SMS for authentication is just … not that good. We finish with a story about an Egyptian TikTok user after he filed a vulnerability report that had him dancing around his phone. It’s all here, you just have to answer the call! Find the full transcript for this week's show at 
March 23, 2021
"Right through the very heart of it" the IT Privacy & Security weekly update for March 16th 2021
Welcome to the update that never sleeps… “king of the hill”, “top of the heap”. This week we get non-fungible with our fungibles … and … just look at the results. We save you the FOMO by ELI5 to help you DYOR so you can BTFD. Then, just as you spend your last fungible, LastPass your “hey, all my passwords are in there…” app, announces they are going to charge you or force you to make a choice… we “spread the news” about a different free password manager. We “stray” to breaches and fixes and other privacy and security items before we finish with an idea that just might have originated “in the very heart of it: New York, New York.” This truly is the “King of the hill”, “A”, “Number one” IT Privacy and Security weekly update, so put on those “vagabond shoes” and let’s stray! Find the full transcript for this podcast here.
March 16, 2021
Fresh from the auction block: The IT Privacy and Security weekly update for March 9th. 2021
We have a galloping great IT Privacy and Security Update for you this week! We help the Mac users come to terms with why it seems like they have been getting more updates than their Windows counterparts. We provide you a sense of self-worth, and just as a note… apparently, that friend of yours from Gozo really does rate higher than the one from Idaho. We update you on the dangers of supporting West Ham, a simple overview of all the noise associated with Microsoft’s Exchange issue, the code flaw at the DODO crypto exchange, and then we finish with a lovely, lilting, run-through of just how easy it is to secure your home network. This is it. This is absolutely the best IT Privacy and Security Update yet, so get your auction card, roll your sleeves up and let’s get bidding! To contact us and find the full transcript of this podcast please go to
March 9, 2021
Get fit with the IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update for March 2nd 2021 
How are you feeling today?  Good, we hope!  We are starting this week’s update with healthcare and ending with an insurance story in a journey that blows right past the doctors’ office. In between buildings, your coveted iPhone 12 gets a lesson in how to improve battery life and then gets hacked. We have great gossip about the Gab hack and one more amazing story about SolarWinds that will raise your heart rate and make you blush. This really is the best IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update ever, so limber up with a couple of toe touches, chug those vitamins and let’s get that Zimmer frame going! Find the full transcript of this podcast at
March 3, 2021
The Fertile Pasturelands of the IT Privacy and Security Weekly update for February 23rd. 2021
This week we move from the farm to the hospital, and all hopefully injury-free. We’ve got another “kikerikii, jippiyayyeyyy, boomchikahwoowoow”from Zoom, stalking Favicons, and why you might not want to do your personal banking during your conference calls. We even have the lowdown on the hot new invite-only app that you… somehow got an invite for… and have been using non-stop for the last couple of weeks. It’s all here and we know you are going to love jumping up on the combine harvester and taking in the fertile pasturelands of this weeks IT Privacy and Security update (...and of course, the consensus from the farming community that this is the best update yet!) Find the full transcript for this podcast here
February 24, 2021
Pump up the IT Privacy and Security Update for the week ending February 16th 2021
What do you do if you’re in a country where there are zero officially reported cases of Covid-19 and you have no vaccine research budget? Officially, you don’t need the vaccine, but unofficially… you might be open to the idea of stealing the secret recipe for one! This week we have a supply-side chain attack that could hit anyone using open source software pretty hard. A French sequel to the SolarWinds saga, and the innovative way the Beverly Hill Police Department is using music licensing to stop people from posting encounters with them on social media. We finish off will just how badly love can hurt, from a completely unexpected source… the US Federal Trade Commission. You know what? This is the Best IT Privacy and Security update yet so, pump up the volume and let’s get going! For a written transcript of this podcast go to
February 16, 2021
The ITPaSWU for the week ending February 9th 2021 
Happy ITPaSWU* Tuesday! Valentine’s Day is coming up and we’ve got gifts for you. Lots of them. The first is a great story on just how much precise data your phone shares about you with whoever cares to pay. We then move on to a collection of your data that’s so big, they just may know more about you than you know about yourself! From there it's furballs and kitties with a new ethnically targeted campaign that uses tech for all the wrong things. We tell you why it was better to stick with beer than water in the Tampa Bay Area for the Super Bowl last weekend and we finish with probably the most creative Valentine’s present you could ever come up with for your loved one! It’s all here and it all adds up to the best *IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update yet, so let’s get rolling! For a transcript of this podcast, head over to Have a safe, secure, and happy Valentine’s Day… and see you in se7en!
February 10, 2021
The IT Privacy & Security weekly update for “Identity Theft Awareness Week”, February 2nd 2021
Happy Identity Theft Awareness Week! In celebration, we move from stories about a 7 year old to a 30 something, the first an agent, and the last a real operator… to a mischievous creature that is causing some real worry in the security community. We get the lowdown on the face off between Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook and more crazy stats on social engineering with tips on how to avoid trouble. This is the BEST IT Privacy and Security Update yet, so put on your party hats and let’s celebrate!
February 3, 2021
The “They got more breeches than Levi Strauss” Privacy and Security Weekly Update for January 26th. 2021 
We start with a guy who’s got reporters, lawsuits and a Stock Market darling chasing him, and he didn’t even know it until a reporter from the New York Post told him! We show you the price you pay for something free. Then we move on to more breeches than Levi Strauss… and a sombre message about trust on the Internet. We finish with a shocking story about our kids getting hacked. Think it’s implausible? Think again! This is the best IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update yet, so let’s get going!
January 27, 2021
Raindrops keep falling on the Privacy and Security Weekly Update for January 19th 2021 
Tom Jones sings the Burt Bacharach classic, as a tip off to our first story as we move from sunspot, Sunburst, Teardrop onto "Raindrop". From there we go X-rated before hurtling into the Good and the Ugly. Finally we end in outer space were one institute is even starting to realize that Cybersecurity has its place in space too! This is the best Privacy and Security update yet, so put on your rain macs, buckle up and away we go!!!
January 19, 2021
The Little Red IT Privacy and Security Update for January 12th 2021 
This week we start our stories to the background tune of Prince with a story that just keeps getting bigger. We move onto politics and the permanency of the Internet and a do at home project, you too, can perform if you have the time, the dosh, a few tools, and a supercomputer sitting around. We have a cautionary tale about a leak and all the data about you, yes you, that was exposed (and thankfully a way to minimize that going forward). Finally, we finish with a story about how a nice man ended up with a little Red Corvette! One thing is for sure, this week’s update is the BEST one yet! Let’s get rolling!
January 13, 2021
A Cowboy named ROI. IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update for January 5th. 2021
Following on from last year’s collection of the Best IT Privacy and Security stories yet, we up your ROI (return on investment) in this section with what these stories mean to you. There’s no better way to drive a story home than with a message of “what’s in it for me?” and that’s what we deliver. We start our journey across the world with a criminal complaint and we end at the doctor’s office, in between we have insight from the Netherlands, India, China, the EU and the US. If you use any type of technology there’s a story for you here. So without further ado we’d like to help you start your great new year off with best wishes and the BEST IT Privacy and Security Weekly Update yet! Let’s get going!
January 6, 2021
From row 16: IT Privacy and Security weekly update for the December 29th 2020 
Welcome to this week’s edition of the IT Privacy and Security weekly update. According to research done by MIT the number 17 is the most common randomly chosen number between 1 and 20. 17 is the seventh prime number. A prime number is a number that can only be divided by both itself and the number 1. The number 17 is more than just a prime number though – If you add the first four prime numbers together their sum is 17. It’s also the only prime number that is made up of four other consecutive prime numbers, these numbers being 2, 3, 5, and 7. It’s also the number of the adjoining IT Privacy and Security weekly update podcast and a row number that you will never find on an Alitalia plane. So … right now we are going to buckle you into row 16 of this week’s luxury flight. First destination is the land of AI, before heading over high risk terrain and landing in big data’s data base. We think you’ll love the journey, the stewards are exceptional and the food? Well … just remember your new year’s resolution!
December 30, 2020
Praɪvəsi ænd Sɪˈkjʊrəti Update for the week ending the 22nd December 2020 
Phonetically speaking, we have the tastiest holiday serving of praɪvəsi ænd sɪˈkjʊrəti on anyone’s holiday menu! Our entre is confirmation of a hack first reported here months ago, before moving onto the first course of NSO stew, a main of student test taking with a side of Facebook. For dessert we move outside and with the wind in our hair we end with a story about brushing. Yes, it’s all here and although we make a real meal of it, we think you will love this holiday feast! So grab a knife and fork (no spoons in this issue, for that see our December 1st update) and let’s dig in!
December 23, 2020
SPY: Security & Privacy Yarns for the week ending December 15 2020
This week reads like a movie (we like the " How To Drive Like James Bond… That is, if you have £3M to spare" section): from across the world, nation state spies are revealed, huge hacking exploits that provided access into 80% of the US Fortune 500 come to light, insecure kit at the doctor’s office and schools hacking students phones with hardware that was and probably should still be in the domain of the spies are all exposed. Yes, despite the meteor showers overhead, we stay with our feet planted firmly on terra firm with this update, and we think you will love the detail. And finally this yarn ends by knitting in an opportunity for you to play phisherman/phisherwoman, engaging in some role playing/threat modeling around how you might compromise someone through email, in order to understand the small changes in your own behavior that will keep you much safer. It’s all here so let’s get cracking!
December 15, 2020
On the HIgh Seas: Privacy and Security Update 2020 12 08
Happy Tuesday!   In our process of constant evolution we have a slightly new format for you this week.   After an exciting IoT Bill we are going to focus on secure communications.  We look deep into the heart of password use and creation, to help you create your best one yet and then we take to the high seas for a recent discovery that had some major implications for human-kind.  We finish in and around the high seas with a certain signal we hope you'll become very familiar with.   So let's draw anchor and put this ship out to sea!  This is the best Privacy and Security update yet, so Let's set sail!
December 9, 2020
“8 It Privacy & Security Things that Are Hiding under Your Bed” for the week ending 2020 12 01 
Howdy! On “giving Tuesday” we are “giving” you the best privacy and security stories yet. AI and privacy feature high on the list, from AI aimed at truck drivers to office 365 workers and sticking with the theme comes our AI generated title this week for the Privacy and Security update. Using the semrush(dot)com/title-generator/ and the two most coherent results for your delectation: “The Best It Privacy & Security tricks For Your First Date” “8 It Privacy & Security Things that Are Hiding under Your Bed” (It really had to be the second option for this week’s update…) … from there we move into GDPR fines, DNA hacking, and Magecart attacks. We swap voice commands for laser to instruct your Alexa device and highlight some other privacy concerns from Amazon. We finish with a delightful interview where privacy and GDPR appear not to be foremost thoughts in the mind of psychic Uri Geller. This is the best collection yet, so let’s get the road train rolling!
December 2, 2020
Unwrapping P & S news for the week ending November 24 2020
They used to say, “If you want to get someone’s attention, just whisper.” In these trying times where social distancing keeps people more than 6 feet away, that strategy falls flat, so instead we come bearing news of gifts. We start with free e2ee calls for up to 29 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds, we move on to leaky apps, why your new car might have gone missing while you shopped for Raspberries, how many Apples it takes to get a CCW, why you might want to change your doorbell…again… and what you might be thinking about if you are a Liverpool Football Club fan while Man U fight off cyber attacks. We share the most common breeds of phish, Oxford University’s word??!!? of the year, and why Minecraft mods might be bad for your vision (at two minute intervals). And of course we end with another gift for you, but we are not going to bang on about it. It’s our best collection of Privacy and Security updates yet so, no holding back! Let’s get unwrapping!!!
November 25, 2020
The cow is what? On vacation? Privacy and Security for the Week ending 2020 11 17
Welcome back P&S listeners ... we start with trip down memory lane. ..... How many of you recall the days of L0phtcrack as possibly one of the first tools you used to demonstrate the concept of brute force attacks? (Ok maybe this says something about us.) Well, Twitter has just taken on its creator. This week is absolutely the best collection of articles yet, … as we veer from Pentagon commissioned artwork, to numbers that give us an idea why there are so many data breaches … to a new scam involving browser notifications. We update you on RaaS and the new DS4SD, take a trip to Pluton, the benefits of Glue DataBrew and a wonderful story about how one Bangladeshi lad is tackling cyberbullying and receiving international acclaim for it. We end with a sad story for one person in particular and the perfect example of how not to use your vacation time. You’re going to both love and learn with this week's set of adventures, so let’s get going!
November 17, 2020
How did we make it through the US elections? Shaken not stirred. P & S for w/e 2020 11 10
After what some may have found a nerve wracking week across the globe awaiting the results of the US elections (absolutely validating the value of immutable transactions) the dust is settling a little bit. While US authorities pat themselves on the back, we look into just how precarious some of the security surrounding voting was, from hacking voter data websites to breaking into ballot boxes, you may come away a little shaken. We have a story of how the father of the Internet wants to bring privacy back, the results from both the Pwn2Own and the Tianfu Cup and an early Black Friday sale that could land you behind bars. *Finally we end with a story that might put a little more sting in your Campari and soda. * This is the best round up yet! We hope you enjoy this week’s privacy and security update.
November 10, 2020
Privacy and Security related News for the week ending 2020 11 03
We have the best mix of stories yet, from across the world… to outer space. We start with why you might do better smashing your old thumb drives, then patching, a really laughably acronym, guarding against malicious Google forms, how long were you on that phone?, why naming bugs is such a bitch, and a first review of Elon Musk’s SpaceX StarLink. You will love every single word and you’ll be better informed and safer for each!
November 4, 2020
Privacy and Security related news for the week ending 2020 10 27
...this Security Matters update is the best EVER. As we span the globe for stories we start off in Sweden and end up in Kazakhstan. In between those two countries you can learn how to redact depositions, send high speed uploads to drones while in Munich, view some extraordinarily bad passwords a la the current US president, read a truly inspirational story about one of the team leads at Project Zero, get our recommendation for a for the “Zucked” What’s App. and protect your phone against malice on public wifi networks. This week’s news is laughable and sobering at the same time, and we hope you will find every piece a jewel. Have a great listen, a wonderful week and stay informed, safe and secure!
October 28, 2020
Privacy and Security related news for the week ending 2020 10 20 
We have the most entertaining round up of privacy and security stories making this the best week yet! From a rapper scamming the system to an alarming number of stories covering the security and privacy of our children, hackers giving back to charity, to a final word from POTUS that has roughly half of the population up in arms. In between we share US election communications that you will want to avoid, a RAT infested travel app that you’ll never need to download and how to make your phone a little bit safer. Enjoy this week’s roundup of stories!
October 21, 2020
Privacy and Security 2020 10 13
This week we start with an Orca reporting on a bunch of appliances and we end with a story about birds. In between the two extremes we have cars, drive-bys, cruises, trickbots, bricked phones and backdoors. Truly colorful content. We help you stay safe with tips on everything from shopping to conferencing and while the tone is light, the results are serious. Have a great listen!
October 14, 2020
Privacy and Security Update2020 10 06
Hey everyone! Welcome to the Privacy and Security related news for the week ending October 6th 2020 From the Wild and crazy guy John McAfee (We’ve met him. We can attest to the “crazy” parts) all the way to Mars, we have you covered with the latest and truly the greatest news. We know you are going to love this week’s privacy and security news story round up and perhaps even forgive us for the last socially very distanced article. Stay on point, on guard and informed.
October 7, 2020
Privacy and Security Update 2020 09 29
Hey everyone!  Welcome to the Privacy and Security related news for the week ending September 29 2020  We’ve certainly got a roundup of WILD stories for you this week, from the FBI playing Roxy Music’s Manifesto, to Stravas paid for contribution of your data to the development of city centers it’s all here. Fed up with your Android location based unlock? We can help you fix it for a while. We cover the curious outage of a large swathe of the US’s 911 emergency services (the equivalent of 999 in the UK… or is it “0118 999 881 999 119 725 3”?) and even a coffee maker hit with ransomware. We hope you enjoy this week’s privacy and security related news stories , and that they help you stay on point, on guard and informed.
September 30, 2020
Privacy and Security 2020 09 22
This week we start underground in a Tesla and end with a boat crash, but what you find in between those two modes of transport is crazy interesting. We have a cautionary tale involving an Australian Prime minister, Fuzzing as a Service, a leaky elastic Microsoft Bing search server, a snowflake, a credit card, and Russia putting the clamp on secure protocols. There’s no better way to get your Privacy and Security updates than here, so have a seat, buckle up and enjoy the journey!
September 22, 2020
Privacy and Security 2020 09 15
A roundup of global privacy and security news for the week ending 2020 09 15
September 16, 2020
Privacy and Security 2020 09 08
A collection of privacy and security related stories.
September 16, 2020