Our goal here is to provide you with timely and easy-to-use security advice.
After writing security alerts for various clients over the years, we thought it would be a good idea to spread security news, tips and issues for everyone to use. The language we use will be straightforward to understand. If you want high-level technical information, we'll link to original sources as much as possible, but the actual articles themselves will be short, simple and to the point. Further, our advice will be actionable - you'll have the next step to take to protect yourself.
The advice itself will also be independent. dataPipeline does work with various companies, and where there is a conflict of interest, I'll note that too. That said, we don't sell any security product ourselves, so we won't be pushing you to "buy our software/book for more information!".
Who are we? dataPipeline is a data analytics and security consultancy, aiming to help small and medium businesses use their data more effectively and securely. We work mainly with small clients, on small projects, hoping to bring the techniques that the big guys have to all businesses. Personally, I have a PhD in security analytics, merging both the security and data analytics sides. dataPipeline run two websites, LearningTensorFlow.com and LearningBlockchains.com. Both sites are work-in-progress, and we are adding new articles all the time.
We are an Australian company, limited by liability. To keep the lawyers happy, here is a disclaimer: our advice will be general in nature - you may need to consult a security expert to consider how any actions would affect your computer systems, personal information and business.
Now, because I don't want any of these posts to be otherwise unhelpful, here is the first tip to get you started.
Head to Have I Been Pwned and enter your email address(es). That site will tell you if your email has been released in any of a list of password lists that have been hacked and released. If it your email comes up, change the password to that site immediately, and also any other site using the same password. Attackers will often try your email and password combination on other sites, to catch out those who reuse the same password everywhere.
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