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Blake Kotiza

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Global SOF Modern Warfare Conference Recap

Posted by Blake Kotiza on Sep 4, 2018 6:14:53 AM

Privoro recently attended the GSF Modern Warfare conference at Fort Bragg, home of the 82nd Airborne (I highly recommend researching the history of this division if you’re unfamiliar). Although our trip to Fort Bragg was a first, what wasn’t new at all is the problem smartphones are causing government employees across the military, intel agencies and Capitol Hill.

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Topics: Smartphone Security, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Mobile Surveillance, Mobile Security

Smartphones Becoming Hackers' Favorite Target

Posted by Blake Kotiza on Aug 14, 2018 12:39:13 PM

Our world is filled with news and conversations about hacking. From well-publicized public hacks like Target, OPM and Equifax down to the private internal discussions of how to keep information safe, hacking is all around us.

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Topics: Smartphone Security, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Mobile Surveillance, Mobile Security

Why You’ll Pay for Privacy

Posted by Blake Kotiza on Jul 2, 2018 4:05:00 PM

Current State

Everything we do, everywhere we go, a data trail is following us, recording our actions, processing our data, and it’s going to intensify in the next several years presenting the question, will we have to pay for privacy? Yes, pay for privacy. Sounds ridiculous, and it is, but those that can afford privacy solutions will pay for it. Let me explain a little more.

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Topics: Data Privacy, Virtual Assistants

Blocking Cameras Is Easy. Protecting Microphones Is Hard. Here’s Why.

Posted by Blake Kotiza on Apr 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM

BlockingCamerasMicrophonesBlogImageOver the last couple of years I’ve become much more security- and privacy-focused. Why?

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Topics: Privoro, Smartphone Security, Mobile Tracking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities

The Dangers of Connecting to Fake Cell Towers

Posted by Blake Kotiza on Feb 5, 2018 10:17:28 AM

The first time I heard about “Fake Cell Towers”, I thought to myself, Hold up. There is such a thing as a “fake” cell tower?!? Why would someone want or use a fake cell tower?

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Topics: fake cell towers, Privoro, Smartphone Security, Mobile Tracking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities

Who’s Listening to Your Conversation: Facebook? Google? Who else?

Posted by Blake Kotiza on Dec 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

You either know somebody or it has happened to you – you have a conversation around your smartphone, check your social media or news feed, and boom, the topics of your conversation are being advertised on your smartphone. Most people’s reaction is usually some combination of “WTF?!?” and “Is my phone really listening in on me?” This isn’t new news, but mobile espionage (the modern catch phrase for smartphones listening, watching and tracking your every movement without you knowing) is certainly getting discussed a lot more, and on many levels.

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Topics: Mobile Espionage, Mobile Surveillance, Mobile Tracking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, Data in Vicinity

U.S. Goverment Officials Plea for Smartphone Security. Is it Enough?

Posted by Blake Kotiza on Nov 1, 2017 4:07:51 PM

You can now add Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore) to the growing list of government officials and entities urging national security advisors to provide a higher level of security for government smartphones.

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Topics: Smartphone Hacking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities, Government Security, Data in Vicinity

One Notification You’ll Never See: “Your Smartphone Has Been Hacked.”

Posted by Blake Kotiza on Oct 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Recent news reports, covering two separate incidents, confirm a conclusion we continue to draw attention to when talking with security professionals, our customers and anyone concerned about their mobile security posture: Smartphones are inherently vulnerable, and little – to date – can be done to protect, detect, and remediate the compromises. Without full view into the ecosystem of the phone, software solutions alone will never be enough to safeguard the important information of users and protect their privacy.

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Topics: Smartphone Hacking, Smartphone Vulnerabilities

Data in Vicinity: Data Collected in the Presence of an Electronic Device

Posted by Blake Kotiza on Oct 4, 2017 10:04:00 AM

In today’s digital-driven world, just about everything we do creates a data trail that can live forever. Clicking on a website, opening the garage door, adjusting the temperature in our houses, taking a rideshare to the airport, making a dinner reservation, scanning our boarding passes, “liking” a photo, recording a television show, sending a text to a client, making a request into a digital assistant … all create an unwitting data trail. That data is stored, analyzed, brokered, distributed, parsed, combined and attributed to individuals, companies and nation states.

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Topics: Privoro, Data in Vicinity

A blog about protecting your smartphone from mobile surveillance, which can reveal your most important and sensitive personal and professional information. Whether you work at the highest levels of defense and intelligence, are a corporate executive, a medical or legal professional or a barista at a local coffee shop, what’s important to you is worth protecting. Check back here often for the latest information on how to protect that information as well as your personal privacy.

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