You don’t have to be doing anything illegal, criminal, or something you’re ashamed of to be concerned about your online privacy. Yes, criminals and unscrupulous people can take advantage, but even if you lead the most humdrum mundane life, well-meaning people, businesses, and government agencies can use your personal data against you.

For example, in aggregate, your data could be used to:

  • Impersonate you
  • Fool you into a gauntlet of trust
  • Let others pass judgement for personal behavior expressed online

This type of behavior happens all the time in social media. If you haven’t yet had that “creeped out” moment online, it’s just a matter a time. Sadly, each of us has a treasure trove of online data that others could use to extort us or take our past history out of context.

At the Security BSides conference in San Francisco, while reporting for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, I approached attendees and asked them when they realized the importance of online privacy. I was fishing for personal stories, and I got a ton of them. Definitely watch this video to hear these eye-opening moments. And after you’re done watching the video, please tell your tale. You can post it anywhere, just add the hashtag #privacystory. A HUGE thanks to the people at Remediant for their financial support of this video.

Since the current state of technology can reveal, trade, and store our data forever, the ONLY protection we have are laws. With the Trump administration’s interest in deregulation, it’s a free-for-all with your personal data.

Creative Commons photo attribution to hyku.


You think you know what it takes to get kicked out of an event?

You don’t really know it until you actually do it, or you simply ASK.

That was my goal at the 2017 PCMA Convening Leaders conference in Austin, Texas where I asked attendees, “What would I have to do to get kicked out of your event?” Here are their true and hilarious responses.


The Worst of the Worst Malware – RSA 2017

March 22, 2017

From RSA, really bad malware stories, especially the last one.

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Highlights from RSA 2017 on TWiT’s Tech News Today

February 19, 2017

Hey all, I made an appearance on This Week in Tech’s “Tech News Today” just this last Friday, summing up the entire week at the 2017 RSA Conference. It’s all about security. Give the show a watch.

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It’s Either “The Jetsons” or “Mad Max” for the Future of Trade Shows – Content Marketing Tips

January 25, 2017

Are trade shows headed for a Tomorrowland future or are they about to fall apart because nobody wants to pay for a trade show booth anymore?

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10 Years in. How We Started, Evolved, Survived, and Succeeded Running a Content Marketing Business

January 18, 2017

In our first ten years in business we’ve had to adapt, adapt, and adapt. Here’s what we’ve had to do to stay relevant.

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20 Horrific Conference and Trade Show Staples That Need to End

December 14, 2016
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NO! Make it stop. These conference tropes have gone on for too long. What to end and new solutions.

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A No-Nonsense Approach to Building Trust for Security Vendors

October 31, 2016
Relationships Relationship Relations and security vendors

For years IT and security vendors have been frustrated with building trust with their audience. With all the advertising and trade show money spent, many core issues around relationships are missed.

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The Hacker Way of Creating Great Content

October 3, 2016

“The Hacker Way” philosophy of “move fast and break stuff” should apply to content creation as well. Many are fighting for your customers’ attention.

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The Future Value of Rejection

September 29, 2016

Shouldn’t you know how a contractor you’re working with handles rejection?

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