Weekly Update 309

Right off the back of a visit to our wedding venue (4 weeks and counting!) and a few hours before heading to the snow (yes, Australia has snow), I managed to slip in a weekly update earlier today. I've gotta say, the section on Shitexpress is my favourite because there's just so much to give with this one; a service that literally ships shit with a public promise of multiple kinds of animal shit whilst data that proves only horse shit was ever shipped, a promise of 100% anonymity whilst the data...

Weekly Update 308

It was all a bit last minute today after travel, office works and then a quick rebuild of desk and PC before doing this livestream (didn't even have time to comb my hair!) So yes, I took a shortcut with the description of this video, but it all worked out well in the end IMHO with plenty of content that wasn't entirely data breach related, but yeah, that does seem to be a bit of a recurring theme in these vids. Enjoy 😊 [

Weekly Update 307

A very early weekly update this time after an especially hectic week. The process with the couple of data breaches in particular was a real time sap and it shouldn't be this hard. Seriously, the amount of effort that goes into trying to get organisations to own their breach (or if they feel strongly enough about it, help attribute it to another party) is just nuts. It's not getting any better either 🙁 Regardless, listen to how these couple went and as always, if you've got any bright ideas abou...

Sending Spammers to Password Purgatory with Microsoft Power Automate and Cloudflare Workers KV

How best to punish spammers? I give this topic a lot of thought because I spend a lot of time sifting through the endless rubbish they send me. And that's when it dawned on me: the punishment should fit the crime - robbing me of my time - which means that I, in turn, need to rob them of their time. With the smallest possible overhead on my time, of course. So, earlier this year I created Password Purgatory []...

Weekly Update 306

I didn't intend for a bunch of this week's vid to be COVID related, but between the breach of an anti-vaxxer website and the (unrelated) social comments directed at our state premier following some pretty simple advice, well, it just kinda turned out that way. But there's more on other breaches too, in particular the alleged Paytm one and the actual one. I'm really looking forward to next week's update, here's a little teaser of what you can expect to hear about then [https://twitte...

Weekly Update 305

I broke Yoda's stick! 3D printing woes, and somehow I managed to get through the explanation without reverting to a chorus of My Stick by a Bad Lip Reading [] (and now you'd got that song stuck in your head). Loads of data breaches this week and whilst "legacy", still managed to demonstrate how bad some practices remain today (hi 👋). Never a dull moment in data breach land, more from there next week 😊 [

If You're Not Paying for the Product, You Are... Possibly Just Consuming Goodwill for Free

How many times have you heard the old adage about how nothing in life is free: > If you're not paying for the product, you are the product Facebook. LinkedIn. TikTok. But this isn't an internet age thing, the origins go back way further, originally being used to describe TV viewers being served ads [] . Sure, TV was "free" in that you don't pay to watch it (screwy UK TV licenses aside), bu...

Weekly Update 304

It's very much a last-minute agenda this week as I catch up on the inevitable post-travel backlog and pretty much just pick stuff from my tweet timeline over the week 😊 But hey, there's some good stuff in there and I still managed to knock out almost an hour worth of content! [] [

Weekly Update 303

And we're finally done with this trip. 26 days, 14 different accommodations, 5,146km of driving through 4 states and the last 4 weekly vids all done on the road. Travel is great, but right now going home is even better 😊 Next week's vid will be back in my comfy office with good lighting, video, audio and better planning. Until then, here's a (late) weekly update 303: [] [

MVP Award 12

11 years now, wow 😲 It's actually 11 and a bit because it was April Fool's Day in 2011 that my first MVP award came through []. At the time, I referred to myself as "The Accidental MVP" as I'd no expectation of an award, it just came from me being me. It's the same again today, and the last year has been full of just doing the stuff I love; loads of talks (which, like the one above at AusCERT, are actually starting to happen in front of real live humans a...