What Is Reddit? And Why Should You Care?

Paula HingleyEducational, Feeds, Uncategorized


Reddit is one of the newest data feeds found on Echosec. The brainchild of a couple of college roommates, Reddit is the 7th most visited website in the US and 22nd in the world. A whopping 500 million people log in each month. Users of the site (known as “Redditors”) appreciate the democratic nature of the site. Instead of organizing … Read More

Flickr is cool – Abandoned places are too.

Paula HingleyEducational, Feeds, General

Abandoned places are the coolest. They are SO cool, that there are approximately billions of blog posts written and a gazillion photos of them posted on social media every year.   There’s something so eerie about a structure that was once bustling with commerce and activity that has since been taken over by the gently persistent grip of nature. These places … Read More

Panoramio is shutting down



November 4th 2016 will be the last day the photo sharing site is available   What is was Panoramio anyways? Panoramio was the photo sharing service originally used for Google Earth. It focused on the geolocation associated with images. Users would upload their photos to the site and tag them to the location they were taken. Their tag line was: … Read More

Hunting for a signal in the noise


Anika Torruella wrote an in-depth article for Jane’s International Defence Review. The article is called “Hunting for the signal in the noise” and discusses Social Media’s role in modern warfare. It will be available in the September edition of the magazine but if you are a subscriber to Jane’s you can already access the full article here: https://janes.ihs.com/Janes/Display/1780778 Here is an exert … Read More

Stop Trespassing and Avoid Mobs from PokemonGo

Jason Jubinville#breaking, Educational


Security, trespassing and Pokemon Go.   PokemonGo has without a doubt, captured the minds of the world. http://www.pokemongo.com/ The virtual reality application has skyrocketed to chart-topping levels in both the Apple AppStore and Google Play Store … and it’s only available in a handful of countries so far. But it’s not all fun and games. For those who haven’t quite … Read More

Tell a Good Story

Paula HingleyEducational

As I write this, I’m trying to remember the last time I wrote an actual letter on paper and sent it in the mail. It’s been awhile. Social media has drastically changed the way we interact. We respond to party invitations online, we react to our friend’s posts with “Likes” and Emojis, and generally communicate with friends and family in … Read More

What are you sharing over public WiFi?

EchosecEducational, Privacy

An interesting read from Maurits Martijn reveals just how easy it is for a skilled hacker to exploit you and ruin your life if they so choose. The author shares the experience of spending time with an “Ethical Hacker” in an Internet cafe in Amsterdam, to see how simply one can fool the masses by exploiting free, open WiFi. “We … Read More

5 Security Tools for your Smartphone


Since the dawn of the smartphone, it seems as if digital communication has become more common than face-to-face interactions. It is not uncommon for one person to have two computers, a tablet, and a smartphone. In this increasingly tech-reliant world, how secure is that constant stream of data travelling between all of these devices? While up-to-date tech is crucial to … Read More

Why Not Just Facebook?


The following is a summary from last week’s webinar hosted by Ben Milsom and titled: Why Not Just Facebook. You can sign up for future webinars here. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns about this content: info@echosec.net The introduction of Facebook has brought about an entirely new way to communicate. The app currently has … Read More

What is Hacking? How Does it Work?

Jason JubinvilleEducational


Estimated Read Time: 9 minutes HACKING HAPPENS In our era of “Internet everything,” it is safe to assume that all services are going to be the target of malicious users. It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. BUT…HOW…? And what IS hacking anyway?