Sean O'Meara

  1. Snoopers' Charter Debrief - All You Need To Know About The Investigatory Powers Bill

    Snoopers' Charter Debrief - All You Need To Know About The Investigatory Powers Bill
    Content warning: Terrorism, child neglect, murder. After months of political to-and-fro Parliament has passed the The Investigatory Powers Bill, more commonly referred to as the "Snoopers' Charter". For those blindsided by this law, the basics are as follows: Web and phone companies (CSPs) will store records of websites visited by every customer for 12 months for access by 48 different...
  2. 10 Things You Can Do To Make Your Smartphone Secure

    10 Things You Can Do To Make Your Smartphone Secure
    We all take a lot of care with our laptops and desktop PCs, installing no end of anti-virus and anti-malware software. But we don’t always do the same to keep our smartphone secure, even though we use them in exactly the same way as laptops. If you’ve recently started to worry about smartphone security, here are 10 things you can...
  3. How Your Social Media Use Can Impact Your Career Progress

    How Your Social Media Use Can Impact Your Career Progress
    One of the most widely discussed and controversial forms of surveillance is that of workplace online activity. Less discussed is the fact that, even before we get the job, many of us are making it very easy for our potential employers to understand more about our lives than we would perhaps like. The 2016 iteration of CareerBuilder’s annual social media...
  4. How Much Money Could GPS Trackers Save Your Business?

    How Much Money Could GPS Trackers Save Your Business?
    How much is fuel costing your business? Are your drivers as productive as they could be? If you’re anything like the thousands of other small business owners in the UK, these are questions that are likely to pop into your head on a daily basis. When you’re on a tight budget and cashflow is always a concern, trimming expenses down...
  5. Encryption Devices - How They Work And When You Might Need To Use One

    Encryption Devices - How They Work And When You Might Need To Use One
    Online and cyber security are absolutely crucial nowadays, especially considering just how much personal and professional data people choose to share online through social networks. You may think that only certain people can see your data, and that your devices are protected through firewalls and anti-virus software – but these could be virtually useless defences against a very determined hacker...
  6. Planning A High Profile Event Or In The Public Eye? Why It's Not Paranoid To Check For Audio Bugs

    Planning A High Profile Event Or In The Public Eye? Why It's Not Paranoid To Check For Audio Bugs
    In the modern world, when technology is so advanced, it's not that unusual to encounter bugging devices. If you happen to be famous or in the public eye, or you're organising a high profile or even a top secret event, it's actually very likely that someone may be using technology to listen in or plant a camera or two. These...
  7. Self Surveillance - The Rising Use Of The In-Car Dashcam

    Self Surveillance - The Rising Use Of The In-Car Dashcam
    In Russia, the epicentre of ‘dashcam culture’, police corruption and insurance fraud scams have led to the installation of over one million dash-mounted cameras in private vehicles. In the 21st century, cameras have become more user-friendly, easily mountable and crucially; inexpensive, with dash mountable cameras available from £200 upwards. The days of pedestrians faking being run over or pre-damaged cars...
  8. Been Ripped Off? How Audio Recording Bugs Could Help Get You Your Money Back

    Been Ripped Off? How Audio Recording Bugs Could Help Get You Your Money Back
    We all worry about being ripped off, and it’s easy to become very worried about it considering how many stories of scams, cons and rogue traders you see in the media every day. The good news is that technology is now helping everyone from individuals to business owners protect themselves and their money. Using audio recording bugs, you can now...
  9. 6 Of The Most Desirable Features To Look For In A New Security Camera

    6 Of The Most Desirable Features To Look For In A New Security Camera
    Security cameras can be a great way to protect your home or business and crucially – give you back your peace of mind. However, these devices don’t come cheap. You don’t want to buy one only to find that it’s poor quality or doesn’t suit your needs. So, it’s important to do your research, shop the market and know exactly...
  10. The Truman Effect: Unveiling The Truth Of Surveillance

    The Truman Effect: Unveiling The Truth Of Surveillance
    Whilst some find the presence of CCTV (Close Circuit Television) disconcerting; others find its presence somewhat reassuring. Nevertheless, when brazen demagogues, dogmatic members of the public and budding journalists take the opportunity to scaremonger; many are left unsure as to whether it is indeed healthy to maintain some level of skepticism about having their movements tracked. With many feeling that...