Tim McCauley

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The first principles of programming

It’s often said that there are two ways the human mind views growth: either the fixed mentality or the growth mentality. In the fixed mentality, human growth is a function of destiny: no matter how hard you try, you can never grow beyond what innate factors have prescribed for you. The growth …

You've been hacked

Cyberattacks cost Canadian companies billions of dollars each year in cleanup costs. So why aren't more of them trying to prevent breaches in the first place? Here's a crash course in the mysterious, frightening, sometimes arcane, but absolutely vital world of penetration testing<p>In early March, an …

How to build your own VPN if you’re (rightfully) wary of commercial options

While not perfect, either, cloud hosting providers have a better customer data record.<p>In the wake of this spring's Senate ruling nixing FCC privacy …

New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong

When I recently discovered a draft of new guidelines for password management from NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), I was amazed about the number of very progressive changes they proposed.<p>Although NIST’s rules are not mandatory for nongovernmental organizations, they …

The seven most dangerous attack techniques: A SANS Institute rundown

From ransomware to weak random number generators, the RSA Conference explores the worst threats and how to stop them.<p>It's become painfully clear that …

Cybersecurity

Is Inheritance Dead? A Detailed Look Into the Decorator Pattern

When object-oriented programming was introduced, inheritance was the main pattern used to extend object functionality. Today, inheritance is often …

FCC ushers in a troublesome new world for online privacy

In late October, the Federal Communications Commission passed new rules that take the unprecedented step of imposing stricter privacy regulation on one specific set of actors in the Internet ecosystem.<p>Along party lines, the FCC voted to impose onerous limitations on Internet service providers’ use …

Net Neutrality

Cerber ransomware menace now targeting databases

Why try to extract pennies from kiddies when there's businesses to be bilked?Criminals behind the massive Cerber ransomware enterprise are now …

Tor and Mozilla Working on To Make Malware Attacks More Difficult

Law enforcement agencies and malicious hackers may have a harder time getting access to the IP addresses of Tor users.<p>Thanks to upcoming security …

There’s now one less excuse not to use a password manager

LastPass becomes a great free option<p>LastPass is making its password manager a much better option for people who don’t want to pay. As of today, it’s opening up to everyone the ability to sync passwords between an unlimited number of devices — something that used to be available only to …

NSA Hackers The Shadow Brokers Dump More Files

The hackers claim the files include details on IP addresses used by an NSA-linked hacking unit.<p>The hacker or hackers calling themselves The Shadow Brokers, who have previously released NSA hacking tools for anyone to download, published more files on Monday.<p>This latest release comes while Hal …

5 Simple Cyber Security Tips That Will Prevent Future Headaches

How often do you think about your online privacy? Do you enter your personal information and credit cards on every site that asks? Have you ever had …

Tech companies are trying to fight unconscious bias in hiring by making job candidates fight coding bots

A startup in Silicon Valley is challenging conventional hiring practices in the white, male-dominated world of tech by giving coders a platform to be tested on their raw talent.<p>San Francisco-based CodeFights offers a gamified coding platform for job-seeking programmers to reach recruiters by …

Employment

How John Podesta’s email got hacked, and how to not let it happen to you

It took a village to get Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta’s email hacked.<p>It wasn’t technical; there wasn’t a big security breach on Google’s servers. In short, someone tricked Podesta into giving them his password, he didn’t have two-factor authentication set up as an additional check, …

Security

VPN The Must Have Anonymity Tool

Virtual Private Network, or VPN for short, is a secure network connection through which you can safely connect your device to public networks.<p>It is …

The most common malware, country by country

Microsoft's security analysis reveals what kinds of malware are most likely to hit your region.<p>Microsoft has released an analysis of the extent of …

Malware

Why I think Elm is the Future of Front End Development

Elm is a ML-style functional language with enforced immutability that compiles down to optimized JavaScript. It solves a lot of problems that …

'Secure' apps in Google's Play Store are a crapshoot

Infosec Apple fanboys are not known for their empathy -- either for those who can't afford their holy high fetish of phone security (iPhone) or for those who simply can't stomach the ecosystem's mounting hypocrisies.<p>But there's one thing on their side. Apple's App Store at least tries to curate …

These chatbots want to help you manage your money

Can a chatbot help you manage your money? Three London-based fintech startups are betting on the answer being yes and have jumped aboard the messaging gravy train as they seek to entice millennials to their respective platforms.<p>The thinking goes something like this: A conversational interface, …

Chatbots

Twitter is preparing to defend itself against chatbots

Using Twitter as a mode of business to consumer (B2C) communication could result in up to 20% more consumer spend in the future, according to a recent joint study from Twitter and Applied Marketing.<p>The survey examined interactions between more than 3,100 Twitter users with a variety of industries …

Google's beautiful new free font covers 800+ languages

In an effort to make it easier for people from all over the world to create and share information in their language of choice, Google has created Noto, a massive open source font family that spans more than 800 languages and 110,000 characters.<p>That covers every single symbol in the Unicode standard …

GoPro's Hero5 Black and Session bring overdue improvements

Recently, GoPro unveiled an entirely new product lineup. Not just the new Hero5 Black ($399) and Hero5 Session ($299), but also the Karma drone, a surprise hand-held gimbal -- known as the Karma Grip -- and a brand new cloud service called GoPro Plus. While it's going to be another week or so …

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