Jennifer Dean

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A new member to the Gemalto team, Jen spent the past five years in financial services, most recently ATM hardware. Happily exploring the much more exciting world of digital security, watch as Jen blogs about online authentication and the challenges IT professionals face to keep systems protected without completely antagonizing users. Likes: dogs, Bavarian hefeweizen, sitting on the beach with a good book. Dislikes: sweet potatoes. Aspires to: write a novel.

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Passwords… When will we learn?

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Posted on 10th Mar 2014 by in Enterprise

The news that “123456” has replaced “Password” as the worst password of 2013, (covered here by Ina Fried) could be taken as a positive. After all, “123456” is at least marginally less obvious than “password”. However, it should also act as a wake-up call for those who still believe a mere password is the most […]

What does Microsoft’s new CEO mean for the IT industry?

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Posted on 5th Feb 2014 by in Enterprise

When Microsoft makes an appointment, people listen. For the past few months, rumors have circulated, swirling around, with different names on everyone’s lips. Will the new boss be Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally? Stephen Elop, perhaps? Well, Microsoft has put an end to the speculation and has appointed its new chief executive, marking one of the biggest […]

Facebook is 10 today – how much has changed since 2004?

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Posted on 4th Feb 2014 by in Corporate

As Facebook turned ten years old today, it occurred to me that one out of every six people on the planet now has a Facebook profile. Facebook is now reported to have more than 1.2 billion users out of the world’s 7.2 billion people. This achievement is stunning, particularly when one considers that this ‘social […]

30 years on from the MAC, Apple continues to innovate

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Posted on 29th Jan 2014 by in Corporate

The 30th anniversary of the Apple Mac has provided us with a snapshot of how far technology has come since 1984. While computers (such as the first Macintosh) have become faster, smaller, more powerful and more aesthetically pleasing, it’s important we reflect on where the first ground breaking models began and how they’ve evolved. The […]

The office of the past, present and future – Part VIII

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Posted on 30th Dec 2013 by in M2m

The future is smart, and smarter often means smaller (although this might not be the case with smart phones at the moment). And, as you will undoubtedly see from the sliding image of the office past and present, the components of the office of the future take up considerably less space than that of the […]

The office of the past, present and future – Part VII

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Posted on 27th Dec 2013 by in Corporate

The desk has a very particular place in the psyche of the workplace. For decades, used as status symbols for those in positions of power: giant mahogany monoliths aimed at projecting a position of importance upon whoever sat before them. However, this mindset may be shifting. As increased mobility becomes a vital part of the […]

Cyber security risks for businesses can no longer be ignored

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Posted on 11th Nov 2013 by in Enterprise

Despite the economic downturn in some areas of the world, many businesses are continuing to grow quickly. Turnover and profits are increasing, as is the number of employees. However, and rather unfortunately, with all this positive growth comes unwanted growth in other areas. Naked Security has recently highlighted research from Ernst and Young which reveals […]

Security still the #1 barrier to cloud adoption

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Posted on 18th Sep 2013 by in Enterprise

In the ever-changing technology landscape, one thing is for sure—the cloud is here to stay, and it can be a massive-scale opportunity for technology service providers.  Gartner predicts that the worldwide market for cloud computing will grow 18.5 percent this year to $131 billion.  Even though usage of cloud services is growing remarkably, there are […]

Apple’s iOS7 security features

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Posted on 6th Sep 2013 by in Enterprise

Recent news surrounding Apple’s iOS7 has been focused on the ‘Frequent Locations’ feature of the system which enables Wi-Fi location tracking. The media buzz surrounding the feature is unsurprising given the furore around privacy in recent weeks and months. However, this tracking feature is hardly hidden by Apple. As The Register’s Bill Ray has correctly […]

Petition against Passwords

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Posted on 5th Sep 2013 by in Enterprise

Passwords; we can’t live with them, we can’t live without them. That’s the view of most people when it comes to keeping their digital possessions and online personas secure.  We’re forever told to make our passwords stronger and longer by adding numerical digits and capital letters, but as much as we’d like to, chances are […]