All posts by Eddie Shanahan

nCrypted Cloud helps Canadian non-profit with sensitive data

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We at nCrypted Cloud are dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes safely share and handle sensitive data. We are super excited to tell you about our work with Logical Outcomes, a small Canadian non-profit dedicated to their own mission of social change. Logical Outcomes provides evaluation and consulting to support collective impact. In order to achieve this, they need to hire consultants from many different countries, which requires a keen eye on information confidentiality and security procedures.   Here is a snippet from their website: (Logical Outcomes). ​We’re obsessed with security LogicalOutcomes often works with personal and confidential data that is protected… Read more ›

iCloud hack, nCrypted Cloud ‘Secure Camera’

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Earlier this week Apple’s iCloud service suffered what at first appeared to be a security breach, when dozens of naked celebrity pictures were broadcast all over the Internet. Apple has since released an official statement, claiming that its cloud service security was not in fact breached, but rather the celebrity’s user names and passwords were accessed in a very targeted attack. For those interested in protecting their personal data (regardless of content) in the cloud, they might be interested to know that nCrypted Cloud has developed a ‘Secure Camera’* feature on its mobile app that automatically encrypts every photo as… Read more ›

Google Drive latest to leak users’ data

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When it comes to new technology improving productivity in the work place, Google Drive (including Google Apps) stands out as one of the best things to happen to businesses everywhere. Not only is it a relatively cheap cloud storage provider, but it also provides an entire suite of office apps that are continually improving. In fact, in my day to day, I hear more about Google Drive and Dropbox than any other technology solution out there. However, there are concrete risks associated with using services like Google Drive and Dropbox to share sensitive organization data. After Google recently announced that… Read more ›

Security pitfalls in the age of the consumer

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These days, everyone has choices.  Everything from what we wear on our backs to what we eat and buy comes with a list of options. Want to rent a boat and fishing rod for the weekend? Do a quick google search for “boat rentals” and see the list of contenders. So when it comes to business tools, why should this be any different?           Knowledge workers want the best Workers today want the best, the fastest and the easiest tools to make their jobs easier. With the amount of pressure on them to deliver, end users today… Read more ›

Zip first, sync second

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    Well at least that’s nCrypted Cloud’s motto. There is really very little reason these days not to encrypt your data. Long gone are the days when encryption techniques would slow down your machine, or cost an arm and a leg. Instead, encryption technology has become both fast and reliable, and will prevent you from becoming an OCR headline. What is the OCR? The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. They are the ones who police HIPAA violations, handing out fines for repeated offenders. Earlier this month, the OCR announced that it has resolved two… Read more ›

The gateway to secure collaboration

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In todays landscape, with the continuum of high profile breach events and NSA revelations, it’s no surprise that IT security budgets are increasing (up 17% in 2013, with 45% of firms planning to increase even further in 2014), but what is all that extra money going towards? One of the chief complaints from Security and Risk professionals is having to wade through the mass of security companies popping up recently. Protecting company data is already no small task, but combined with not knowing which direction to turn to, sets the stage for disaster. This is why Forrester has created its… Read more ›

Heartbleed OpenSSL Bug

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We at nCrypted Cloud are obviously very concerned with the revelations about the catastrophic Heartbleed OpenSSL bug earlier this week. We just want to give all our users an update as to the security status of our website, which has not been effected by the bug. If you need to check the status of your web site, you can test your vulnerability here. In the words of famous security expert Bruce Schneier, “On a scale of 1 -10, this is an 11.” Schneier says that half a million sites are vulnerable to this bug. It is of vital importance to… Read more ›

With 30 Million Healthcare Records Lost, What’s the #1 Cause?

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With more than 30 million individuals having been affected since 2009, healthcare data breaches are swiftly becoming one of the more costly expenses to healthcare organizations everywhere. If you would like to take a look at the highlights, just visit the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights “wall of shame”, for a list of every breach affecting more than 500 people. The current tally is just over 900. Not surprisingly, the most common cause of breaches listed on the wall is from lost or stolen unencrypted devices. According to Dan Berger, security expert at the pen… Read more ›

A New Hope for Privacy?

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Since 911, Americans have born witness to the slow, but steady decline of their privacy, all in the name of safety and security. The worst was surely all of the revelations about the NSA, the latest being the fact that they really are recording all of your VoIP and phone conversations and storing them in bulk. One can only imagine what would is going to come next. So it was with a feeling of being able to breathe a bit easier that I stumbled upon Calyx.   Calyx is non-profit based out of New York, who’s mission is to “educate… Read more ›

The Internet of Perils

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    Imagine a world where you walk up to the front door of your house or apartment, speak into your watch and the door unlocks. You walk inside, put your coat on the rack and walk into the kitchen and say “Ok Google, it’s a little cold in here, raise the temperature to 72 please, and put the kettle on and set the oven to 375.” At that same moment your wearable device uses your heartbeat along with skin-sensing technology to determine that you are tired and a little irritated, so it starts playing your favorite relaxing piano concerto… Read more ›