In the last 30 days, there have been a whopping $300m in NFT sales! This is more spent on digital collectibles in one month than in the whole of 2020! NFTs are the new crypto craze of 2021. The world is suddenly hooked on NFTs. But what are they? How can you get involved?

What does NFT mean?

NFT — Definition

NFTs (or “non-fungible tokens”) are a special kind of cryptoasset in which each token is unique

Fungible Assets are like gold, for example, one ounce of pure gold is equivalent to another ounce of pure gold. …


Apple users have long enjoyed a more secure position in the digital world. Since Apple had a substantially smaller share of the personal computing market, hacks of its products had seemed less profitable. Not there haven’t been bugs, viruses, hacks, and other nasty elements that inflicted damage on Apple users; therejust were not as many of them.

The iOS AppStore earned a reputation right out of the gate as a placethat thoroughly scrutinized all apps before approving them for a spot in the store. …


The bad actors are at it again, this time taking their phishing schemes to text messages. Just this week, I received my first two. And just this week, Digital trends posted an article about this very subject. It seems that the decline in using traditional email in favor of cell phone alternatives is cutting into the bad guys’ revenue. So, they have taken their black arts to text messages.

Here’s the second text I received. The first was something about I have earned a reward for being a nice person, or some such nonsense. …


The American National Security Agency (NSA) apparently will be offering one of its specially developed cybersecurity tools to anyone with interest. Named GHIDRA, it is a reverse engineering tool. According to an articlein the Hacker News, the NSA is planning to release it at the RSA security conference in March.

The NSA has been victimized by theft and hacks of their security tools in recent years with the existence of this particular program revealed in the WikiLeaks Vault 7 leak. According to the article, the NSA developedthe program in the 2000s for reverse engineering programs and different types of files.


We’ve written before about the value of personal data, both to legitimate and illegitimate entities. In an article on PCMag.com, Max Eddy lays out the various ways in which legitimate companies make money on all of us.

The whole article paints a pretty Orwellian picture if you ask me. Big Brother is out there in the form of data companies like Google and Facebook instead of a government. Its how they make a living. And, judging by the acquisitions and expansions into other areas by such companies, business is good, very good.

The sources of our personal information are, apparently…


Everyone likes to have a fall guy or gal when something goes wrong. “Hey, that’s not my fault, I couldn’t help it that this person did that.” It seems like this is especially true when there is a data breach that makes the headlines.

EU diplomats’ communications are hacked

Russian is a convenient culprit in many cases, but recently, China has received its share of the blame. For example, it turns out that the EU had its diplomatic cables hacked and thousands of sensitive communications between diplomats at the EU and their home bases were intercepted and read, according to…


Let me admit this from the start; I am a gadget freak. If it is having some cool electronic or mechanical feature(s), it draws me in immediately. Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, is a case in point. The potential for voice assistants is staggering. Even this early into their development, they are already capable of remarkable things to enrich our everyday lives. From turning on a light to getting the latest weather, spelling a word, telling a joke or commanding more elaborate home automation sequences, voice command is here for good.

It took me a while, but I now have two…


If you are part of the crypto circuit, you will be more than familiar with the term ‘ICO’ (initial coin offering) as this has been the most popular way of raising funds for Startup Blockchain projects. ICOs have been the vehicle used to raise over $5 billion dollars in the first half of 2018 alone. The purpose of an ICO is to allow companies to raise capital without giving away any of their equity or control. In exchange, a digital asset (tokens) is created that can be traded, an asset which may or may not go up in value.

ICOs…


Right out of the box, we encourage you to keep reading even if you are of the mindset, “I have nothing to hide.” That’s true of most people in the world. It is not about being anonymous because you are intent on criminal or underhanded acts, it is to protect your personal information from being used to set you up for such acts.

An article on Digital Trends about this topic popped into the inbox over the weekend and sparked the idea for this article. Let’s highlight their suggestions. You can read the entire article at your convenience.

They open…


Everyone has an opinion about the validity of cryptocurrencies as a financial instrument. Many traditionalists in the world of fiat currencies and highly regulated institutions see crypto as fraudulent and a passing fad. Others want to rein it in and put regulatory controls in place, removing the decentralization of the cryptocurrency that is a huge part of its appeal.

As companies, countries, and regulatory bodies dip their toes in the crypto “waters,” the State of Ohio in the United States has taken an unusual stand, they are going to accept Bitcoin as payment of taxes. Yes, one of the largest…

Shyla Bashir-Khan

Riding the crypto wave since 2016- for better or for worse.

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