Marriott announces data breach of up to 500 million Starwood guests

T'is the season to be busy.  This time of year is always hectic.   The holidays set in, the season of winter comes to visit, there's open season on enrollees for health insurance with annual premium hikes and everybody decides they need their IT project done by the end of the year.  There were eleven other … Continue reading Marriott announces data breach of up to 500 million Starwood guests

“Your email account is hacked. Password must be changed.”

I received two emails recently sent to two different email accounts I've had for over 10 years.  What really got my attention was the subject line of the email address had one of my passwords in it--right there--my password.  And then they proceeded to tell me they were responsible for "cracking" my email account and … Continue reading “Your email account is hacked. Password must be changed.”

Use Postal Mail? Get Informed Delivery!

Many businesses and financial institutions now provide e-billing and e-statements.  You can pay online using their secure website and even receive recurring bills or account statements sent directly to your email address.  No more snail mail!  If this sounds like you, you might check out earlier post about Work and personal email addresses related to the pros/cons … Continue reading Use Postal Mail? Get Informed Delivery!

Confessions of an IT Professional – Part 1

This post is rated E for everyone. These aren't deep, dark secrets--but they are confessions in two senses:  1) admission and acknowledgement and 2) a statement one's principles.  I have to confess that most of what we're doing today to protect ourselves from modern Internet threats is insufficient.  Before you bail on me banging the … Continue reading Confessions of an IT Professional – Part 1