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Weekly update

A 74-post collection

Weekly Update 64

Home. The US Congress trip was an epic experience but man it's nice to be back! I got home early Monday morning after a 34-hour door-to-door commute and have spent the last 4 days trying to readjust which means being dead tired by 8pm then up at 4am. Fun times. Anyway, this week is all about British politicians sharing their passwords. Yeah, I know, but it turns out it's actually a thing. I'm still not sure if it's for productivity purposes, to hide the odd porn habit or just a symptom of ignorance. Regardless, that's the topic of the day and it's an absolute zinger! iTunes podcast | Google Play Music podcast | RSS podcast References Of course, you can't blame an...

Weekly Update 63 (US Congress Edition)

Last week, I was sitting next to a croc-infested river in the middle of nowhere (relatively speaking). This week, I'm in front of the United States Capital having just spoken to the very people who create the laws that govern not just the US but let's face it, have a significant impact on the rest of the world. Today was just one of those moments that make you go... whoa. But it was an awesome day. Everything went smoothly, I said all the major things I wanted to say and everyone seemed happy from the congressmen and congresswomen I spoke to afterwards to the Twitters (and that last lot can be pretty unforgiving!) I was especially pleased with the feedback...

Weekly Update 62 (Rockhampton Edition)

This is going to be a couple of weeks of polar opposite updates: This week I'm in Rockhampton, a regional centre in my home state where I'm surrounded by gum trees, chirping birds and a croc-invested river. Next week will be Washington DC where I'll have just finished testifying in front of US Congress. Whoa. That's the big story this week. This year. This career. It's both a massive thing and a walk in the park, the former because it's testifying in front of freakin' congress and the latter because it's writing about something I know inside and out (which is kinda why I've been asked there), reading a 5-minute speech then answering some questions. A walk in the park...

Weekly Update 61

A bit of a "business as usual" week this one, but then this business is never really "usual"! I start out with a talk at McAfee's MPOWER conference in Sydney and a bit of chatter about some upcoming ones (including the one I still can't talk about... but will next week!) In terms of new things, I've now got my hands on an iPhone X so I spend a bunch of time talking about that. It only arrived yesterday so I'm still learning and forming opinions, but early feedback is that I love this phone! Well actually, in the video I talk about stuff I love, stuff I'm not real happy about and a bunch of...

Weekly Update 60

Loads of bits and pieces this week ranging from travel (including something truly awesome that I can't go into detail on just yet) to Report URI to HIBP. There's also the competition for the Lenovo ThinkPad where I talk about the 4 finalists and if you're reading this within about 18 hours of me posting it, you can still vote for them here: It's time to vote! I've picked the best 4 projects using the @haveibeenpwned API to do some really cool stuff, whoever comes out top here wins a shiny Lenovo ThinkPad. Check out their work then vote below: https://t.co/kGclEuapyv— Troy Hunt (@troyhunt) November 10, 2017 At the time of me...

Weekly Update 59

I've actually had a day off today. Well mostly - I am still writing this piece and publishing a data breach - but I've pretty much spent the day between pool, beach and jet ski hence my being a bit dishevelled today 😀 Be that as it may, it's been a massive week and that's primarily due to the launch of Report URI V2 and in particular, the announcement that I've joined Scott in running the project. I've contributed dollars, social leverage and expertise because I genuinely think it's an awesome project and I'm very happy to be joining my good mate there. Plus, there's the whole "pseudo password fields" thing which is, well, just read it - it's...

Weekly update 58

I'm between (short domestic) trips, I'm playing with my new iPad and I'm working on something really, really cool I'm going to be talking about next week. Seriously, this is a big thing that's been in the works for a while now and I'll be covering it in detail in the next update. For now, I've caught up on the whole IoT warning thing I totally overlooked last week. Frankly, it's just as well given how long that one was, the whole South Africa situation is still a very serious incident that has a long way to play out yet. But moving onto this week, I explain the deal with winning a Lenovo ThinkPad - what it is, how I'm...

Weekly update 57

I'm doing this week's update a little back to front due to the massive incident in South Africa involving what looks like pretty much the entire population. I've spent the first half an hour just talking about that incident in a way that I hope is consumable for the layperson. I wanted to explain what these things many regular viewers understand as "data breaches" are, why I have them and pretty much everything else I know about the incident in South Africa. I'm hoping that explaining things via video (and podcast) medium makes it a little easier for a broader range of people to absorb. Beyond that, this week I have a new Pluralsight course out on the...

Weekly update 56 (island edition)

After being couped up inside most of the week due to some (very unusual) bad weather, when the sun came out today the only responsible thing to do was to jump on the jet ski and head off to an island to do my weekly update. As much as it was nice to get out, the audio is a little sketchy in places which I suspect is due to my mic losing its furry cover and then dangling from the lanyard on my hat and hitting my chest. Regardless, it's mostly good but apologies for the patchy bits all the same. This week I've been dealing with data breaches - lots of data breaches. Since the last update there's been...

Weekly update 55

Lots of writing and lots of other stuff too this week. A claim that HIBP is bogus, new breaches appearing (and oh boy, wait until you see all of these ones...), some new bits from Ubiquiti and then the actual writing of things. I've got a lot of material on the backlog too, including a really neat technical one I'm looking forward to pumping out this month. Today though, I wanted to talk about how I handle endorsements without selling my soul, the challenge of a very long digital paper trail (and purging it) plus I just announced that I'm now running remote workshops too so I'm pretty excited about that. With that, I've got a couple of sizable data...