AT&T and Comcast hit the Motherlode with Internet Privacy Repeal

April 06, 2017 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

This week, the President approved a measure that removes internet privacy restrictions for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who connect millions of consumers and businesses to the Internet through wireline and wireless connections. Privacy advocates and late-night talk show hosts have voiced their outrage over this “internet privacy repeal”. But what is actually at stake? What do ISPs know about their users? ISPs like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, have [...]

The Honeypot for Hackers: Twitter Heats Up

March 31, 2017 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

The average Internet user has over 100 online accounts, according to Dashlane. Who on earth can keep track of that many accounts? No one really. That’s why millions of people use password managers to keep their passwords encrypted and organized. Typically, password managers are apps that encrypt and store your passwords in the cloud or locally on your computer, requiring you to use just one secure password to access all your passwords. Convenient, right? So what’s the problem? [...]

2017 Cybersecurity Report Cards and Bug Bounty Programs

January 03, 2017 / in Blog, Encryption/Security / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

How will the cybersecurity landscape change in 2017? Many businesses still feel woefully behind in their response to the pervasive threat of cybercrime. Let’s review how companies in different countries and different industries are rating their own cybersecurity strategies heading into 2017. Cybersecurity Report Card – Barely a Passing Grade Researchers asked 700 security executives in nine countries how well their organization was dealing with cybersecu [...]

Beware What’s Under Your Christmas Tree

December 22, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

Charlie Brown once said, “It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.” It’s a lovely sentiment, but it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit when the special toy you’ve chosen for your child is taking photos of your child and recording his or her conversations, then transmitting this data via the Internet (for speech recognition processing, for example), where it can easily be associated with your phone records and Internet ID’s, analyzed by p [...]

Internet Cameras and Masking Tape

December 09, 2016 / in Blog, Encryption/Security / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, unintentionally revealed (in a photo he posted to his Facebook account) that he covers up the webcam and audio port on his laptop. He literally has a small piece of masking tape over the pea-sized camera lens and another one on the audio port where headphones plug in. The social media universe was quick to pick up on this, leading to all sorts of speculation and theory crafting about the possible implications. What d [...]

Astounding Trump Tweet you are not going to Believe

December 01, 2016 / in Blog, General / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

“Astounding Trump Tweet you are not going to Believe” – – This headline is just one example of a “fake news” item you might see on Twitter, Facebook or some other social network. Fake news is believed (by analysts and spectators across the political spectrum) to have played a large role in the 2016 presidential election, likely swaying election results in some states. In fact, a BuzzFeed analysis reported that top fake election news stories generated more total [...]

Online Ads Provide Hacker Entry Point

June 23, 2016 / in Blog, Encryption/Security / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

In the recent Tech Essentials article “Changing Trends in Cyber Security,” we highlighted how hackers are becoming more innovative in their ability to use generally available social media (i.e. LinkedIn recruiter tools) and other business applications to target email recipients with imposter email and lure them into wiring money to hackers. This upfront investment (in social media marketing tools, for example) permits hackers to tailor their message such that it appe [...]

The $25 Billion Email Mistake: Memo Knocks Out Facebook Opponents’ Lawyers

July 11, 2011 / in Blog, Registered Email™ / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

Three weeks after the publication of my open memo to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg – first published by Business Insider on June 8, 2011 – plaintiff lawyers from law firms DLA Piper LLP and Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP dropped out of their lawsuit against Facebook, despite the awaiting percentage of a potential $25 billion bounty [...]

The $25 Billion Email: Open Memo to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook

June 08, 2011 / in Blog, Registered Email™ / by Zafar Khan, RPost CEO

(The memo was written in response to a recent lawsuit filed by Paul Ceglia where he claims to have emails from 2004 which show Mark Zuckerberg allotted him 50% of Facebook equity. Read Facebook’s response to the lawsuit.) Memo To: Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer, Facebook From: Zafar Khan, Chief Executive Officer, RPost Re: Grounds for Early Dismissal of [...]