I love running courses, coaching great people, and generally enteraining my class. As a cyber security and cloud computing trainer and coach, I love helping people understand the latest secure tricks and tips. Many of my clients are from some of the largest organisations in the world and I endeavour to provide really cool knowledge in a fun and engaging way. My work as a stand-up comedian definitely helps...and allows me to present challenging concepts in a simple, but fun manner. Keep an eye out for me, at the RAW Comedy Festival🎤
One of the biggest challenges that we all face is the existence of malicious email. In this blog, I'm going to give you some very straightforward tips and tricks to keep yourself and your family safe. You can apply these at work and at home. And they work whether you are young or old. Rich or poorer, for better or for worse.... 😂
Digital Coach Tip 1 - Never Click on an Email Link You DO NOT RECOGNISE
Now, the challenge with this tip, is that we often need to collaborate with others. It's a bit like saying....don't connect to the internet....then you'll be 100% secure. 😂 This is very true when we are creating content with others. Usually in the form of Office 365 documents.
So my tip here is to never click on an email link. And if you do have to click, because you're collaborating with others on Office 365 documents, then follow tips 2,3,4 and 5. Hopefully that makes sense. 😎
DIGITAL COACH Tip 2 - agree on the document collaboration system
In the event that you do need to click on a link to view an Office 365, my next tip is to establish a common cloud computing system that will allow you to collaborate and share material. There are many products.
My personal favourite is Microsoft OneDrive, which is part of Office 365.
Whichever cloud computing system you use, be sure that you can identify that the link has come from that system.
So for OneDrive, it will look something like this:
The key is to recognise that it starts with https://1drv.ms which means it's a One Drive link.
The rest is all part of the unique hash that can be ignored at this stage.
A great best practice is to ensure that your OneDrive shareable links expire. I usually have a 2 week window. That way, if the link does end up in the wrong hands, you have controlled the risk. The other tip is to agree a system of how you will update the documents. My preference is for each party to have their own OneDrive folder that is read only to the other person. That way the author always retains control of the original.
Click on the image below to learn more about OneDrive security.
DIGITAL COACH Tip 3 - Use WhiteLists
Understand who you need to collaborate with. Write down their names and email addresses. This is called a whitelist. It’s a list of trusted data sources.
I discuss this best practice in my Certified Cloud Security Professional course (CCSP), which you can check out by clicking on the image below.
In the context of email, it's a list of trusted names and email addresses. And when I say trusted I mean these are the people who you are working with right now. In a small company, this white list will be one or two people in a very large client company. It may be 10-15 people. It should be small and very selective.
Click on the picture below to learn more about whitelisting.
Digital Coach Tip 4 - Pick Up the Phone
This is the most important tip, and is a practice derived from a cultural movement know as DevOps.
Once you receive the OneDrive link from your trusted person, give them a call. You will probably need to do this to discuss the nature of the collaboration in your document. More importantly you can ascertain that the email is from them and the link is genuine.
Digital Coach Tip 5 - Pay for Anti-Virus Software
Make sure that you have the latest anti-virus software running on your Windows devices. It needs to be up-to-date with the latest signature file updates. This software will hopefully catch known malicious software, and is another important protection for your family. Especially for email. I always recommend a paid version, because it includes support. Trust me, if anything ever goes wrong and you find yourself in a pickle, you'll be very thankful for the support from your anti-virus vendor.
I personally have opted to use anti-virus on both Windows and Android devices. And my personal choice is Kaspersky.
Why….well….it’s reliable, low-cost, uses only a small amount of resources on my Windows machine and tends to score very highly in independent reports on successful malicious detection.
Kaspersky also offer a whole host of other security features in their Internet Security Suite, that I use to help protect me from malicious activity. Thinks like malicious software on public wi-fi routers and protecting my data when using banking apps.
Click on the pic below for more information. The image below is showing pricing in AUD....
These 5 simple tips will reduce your risk dramatically and keep you and your family safe.
I hope that helps guys. Have a fantastic day and feel free to reach out to me on my LinkedIn profile. Take care....and may the force be with you. ✨🤺
G'day everyone. Today is blog Friday. So today.....I'm going to talk about 5G networks.
5G stands for fifth generation (5thGen) networks. When I say network, we mean mobile phone network. It's basically the fifth generation of mobile phone network, after 3G and 4G.
What does that really mean? Well....it means you're about to get super super fast speeds, with a very low amount of delay. Speed is measured as bandwidth in gigabits per second (Gbps). Delay is measured in milliseconds (ms) as latency.
The great news for gamers, remote communities and all consumers of apps in the cloud, is that it poses a serious alternative to technologies like ADSL2. ADSL2 is also known as broadband. In Australia in particular, we have something called the National Broadband Network, known as NBN. Which is meant to provide highspeed broadband.
To be fair, it hasn't really delivered the speeds and service quality the government promised. In fact....it's been......a disaster. So let's redesignate the NBN acronym to.....Nil Bandwidth Network. 😂
Check out the awesome cartoon taking the mickey out of the entire saga, copywright of Westpix:
Anyway...moving on.... According to Wikipedia, which is one of my favorite resources for learning, 5G networks are digital cellular networks, that are divided into smaller geographic areas. These areas are called cells.
These cells, allow mobile phones to seamlessly connect.....to different areas of the network. So as you move across different locations, you're able to move between cells. This gives you seamless coverage, and provides you with uninterrupted speed with minimal latency (delay).
The main advantages of using 5G are:
Let me use some real data, based on the AT&T 5Gn network. This is taken from the CNET article below:
The testers in this article were gaining at least 1.4 Gigabits (Gbps) per second. To give you an idea of how fast that is......your current ADSL2 connection is capable of 0.02 Gbps per second maximum. You're more likely using 0.01 Gbps. So 5G, is 140 times faster.
This article is specifically measured in the US. In other countries, bandwidth and latency it will vary. So the speeds are dependent on the quality of the infrastructure, the spread of the population across a country and the investment needed in each country.
For example, in Australia, we'd be looking at lower speeds. But I would typically be expecting a speed of at least 0.2 Gbps once the rollout is maturing towards the end of 2020. Unfortunately in the early part of a rollout in Australia, it's likely to be a lot less. But even if we only get 0.1 gbps, that's still 10 times faster. You can check out my mental arithment below...courtesy of Uncle Google. The Uncle you can't do without....and is less embarrassing at family parties...😂
The next question everyone tends to ask is why would you want 5G. Well...imagine this situation. You're living in a a remote community in outback Australia. Kangaroos and Koala Bears are running wild. Running cables out to say...Woorabinda....no I didn't just make that name up....is going to be very expensive. It's also unlikely to provide a reliable and high bandwidth solution.
But wait....5G offers a very cost effective alternative. This means that remote communities are not at a disadvantage and benefit from improved services, higher quality of life and better health outcomes.
A core use case to help improve health outcomes in remote areas is the use of Telehealth services. Telehealth services, allow patients and doctors to interact and collaborate effectively to help solve health issues. In a 5G network it would not only provide a reliable high-resolution video link. It would also allow the transmitting of complex medical information in real-time.
This would save a patient driving many hours to see a medical practitioner. A 12 hour drive in remote areas is not uncommon. A far cry from Brisbane city dwellers moaning about a 40 minute rush-hour commute into the city. 😂
So a telemedicine capability would be able to stream live video between a doctor and a patient and resolve various medical conditions.
Other use cases for 5G include:
With all of our devices connected to the network, humans can make better decisions, based on advanced analytics. This helps improve our lifes and lifestyles....and allows us to become more sustainable. Because our kids deserve a cleaner planet....right? 😎
Check out the use cases from Ericsson:
More importantly from an everyday perspective, if you're living in a metropolitan area, 5G is now a serious alternative to broadband, 4G and other networks like NBN.
It also allows us to change our lifestyle. So 5g would allow us not only to have high speed internet at home but also have that mobile speed as we travel. Quite simply, you could have a network that effectively follows you around, which means the paradigm of working from home or working from office is fragmented further....which means people like me who do a lot of travel can do more with less. Lean is good. 😎
I consider myself a road warrior.....I'm constantly traveling Australia, running courses....so this type of technology is a game changer. It means I can carry more of my apps with me, and do a lot more with them in faster time frames.
It's a huge differentiator for me and allows me to gain an advantage over other coaches and other training companies.
Smart vehicles is a little bit into the future, however without a 5G network, those innovations would never have happened. Just like Netflix and Spotify would not exist without Amazon Web Services and cloud computing.
In order to see autonomous smart vehicles, we are going to need a very reliable, high speed network that is available anywhere. 5G is an important platform for this type of innovation.
Finally, a very important use case will be human machine interaction. If we are able to interact faster with our devices, such as using virtual reality or augmented reality, then then we can communicate more effectively between each other using more efficient methods. Less....is clearly more!
The picture below is a rendered picture of a real hologram table. It's real, because I've used it. 5G would open up the possibilities of using this technology in real-time between multiple people....in different locations:
I hope you really enjoyed this blog post. Today's been an awesome blog Friday, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend.
Welcome back everyone and I hope you've had an awesome week. Today I'm going to outline some of the really cool security features in my Tesla Model 3. This blog is inspired by my good mate Marty, who was very interested in some of the Tesla security features.
First of all let me outline the five areas I'll cover:
I also wanted to share a link to an awesome new course that I'm very excited to launch with ALC Education & Consulting. It's a 3 day course leading to the Enterprise Big Data Professional certification, where I'll share all my personal Tesla, SpaceX and NASA personal stories.....
For everything that Tesla does...safety is their priority. Software updates are optional...in fact there is an option to be an 'early adopter' of updates or just a 'regular adopter'. I've gone for the early option which is setup on the system page of the Tesla. This means I will receive all the updates as soon as they are ready.
Firstly, the car must be stationery and in park. Secondly I need to be connected to a strong WIFI signal. Thirdly, it's also a good idea to be charging at home. So there are zero risks of updates whilst driving. I've done 3 updates in only 30 days of having the car. Each one took around 25 minutes, was flawless and gave me a heap of new features. Overnight whilst charging is the best time to do them.
Yes...Tesla software updates are 100% safe. The Spotify App was added in the latest version 10 of the Tesla Model 3 software updates.....
This is great when you leave your car in a car park or on the road, and you're worried about security. Once your phone is out of range...or you have locked the card with your key and walked away...the sentry mode is active.
Whenever someone approaches the car, all the cameras pick up the movement and start recording. This is after it warns you as the headlights flash quickly....just like the flash on a speed camera. Recording stops once the system is satisfied the threat has gone away. The picture below shows the pulsating red dot when the cameras fire and it periodically displays the words "Sentry Mode Enabled"...or words to that effect.
If the person is very determined and tries to break into the car....the alarm sounds and the owner is notified on the Tesla App on their phone. I've fortunately never had to test this feature.
The footage from the cameras, when Sentry Mode is activated is stored on a USB that needs to be plugged into the car's internal USB ports. Unfortunately the only way to view the footage is to plug the USB into a PC. I'm sure Tesla are working on a feature to make the USB material viewable in the car itself.
Pretty straight forward really....the car will record 60 minutes of footage from all the cameras in the car. So if you were to have an accident...you simply hold down the dashcam icon button and it saves the 60 mins of footage to the USB key. Simple really. Below is a picture showing the dashcam recording. Denoted by the red dot.
Pin to Drive
Even when you have the Tesla key, which is a card, or the app which authenticates you as the geniune owner of the against the vehicle, it's possible that if someone steals your key or mobile....then they can drive your car. So, I've enabled a feature called Pin to Drive, which means I need to enter a pin password before I can take off.
We call this two-factor authentication. Something I have....which is the key card or mobile phone.....and something I know.....which is my PIN. The car also has an internal camera, so I'm sure in the future, it'll be possible to identify the driver using biometrics. This is a 3rd factor of authentication and we call this something you are.
You could also use geolocation as another factor. I've setup Tessa to fold the car's wing mirrors as I approach my garage. Extra safety measure that minimise the risk of clipping my mirrors. Tesla think of everything.
That's it from me this week. Feel free to share this blog post and the new Tesla video. Have an awesome weekend.
I've finally found some time to blog about my new Tesla Model 3 purchase. After waiting almost 3 years...on 31st September 2019, I picked up the Model 3 from the Fortitude Valley showroom in Brisbane. Unfortunately the Tesla service at the showroom, was very rushed and was very underwhelming....you guys definitely need to pick up your game....but the car is absolutely outstanding. It is easliy the best car I have ever driven....period.
The video below gives you a glimpse into the incredible handling and performance of the car.....but by far the most important feature, is that all the killer apps are enabled technology....the AutoSteer, Automatic Lane Changing, Summon, Autopilot Cruise Control....plus all the games, Spotify, Netflix, YouTube Apps for whilst your supercharging your car.....check out more on my YouTube Channel:
Why am I so excited by this car....because it represents the future on so many fronts. Let me list out why this car is truly lifechanging...not just for me...but for my kids and my family....
But the opportunity I am most excited about....is the feature that will revolutionise road safety....as the numbers illustrate above. The move to a fully autonomous Tesla Model 3. It's going to arrive....I reckon it'll be completely ready within 2 years and then accepted by regulators within a year after that. So I predict this car will be legally fully autonomous by 1st July 2022.
The key to an autonomous system...is not only the processing power and a tailored computer architecture....which the Model 3 has been equipped with. But most importantly is the Deep Learning techniques and the software that Tesla is using to ensure the self-driving capabilities are as safe as they can be. They've been running self-driving in development for around 3 years now. Check out the latest video below....
the I hope you've enjoyed reading this blog, just as much as I've enjoyed filming and driving my Model 3. I'll be sharing more videos over the next few weeks...so stay tuned...and more importantly stay safe...
P.S. If you're interesting in learning more about Big Data technologies that Tesla and SpaceX use...check out my awesome Big Data Certification course with ALC Training & Consulting, by clicking the image below.....
I love social media....in fact I think I'm secretly addicted. Not because I stay awake late at night....waiting in anticipation for the next Donald Trump tweet...but because I'm met some incredible people.
In addition, I've used social platforms as a way of learning and practicing my data science craft, experimenting with audio and video content and more recently...I've been using it as a vehicle for experimenting with comedy.
That's 4 great reasons...or maybe 5. I was never any good at mental arithmetic. Let me explore two of those themes....Incredible People, Video and Comedy.
So I went on holidays this year and decided to venture off to the outlandish Las Vegas strip....and to see the incredible and eclectic sites of New York. Now....having used twitter for around 2 years...I made some friends online. Real friends.
One of them...Avro (@avrohomg)....I'd already met in Brisbane. You see on the back of our conversations he came out to Brissie...and we had an awesome time. Check out our favourite pic at the world famous Australia Zoo....
Now....one of the first people I met online was Dez (@dez_blanchfield). He was very encouraging....not just of me...but many other people....and we've mates for a few years now. One of the ways he encouraged myself and others, to improve our visibility on social media, was to post original video content. And so the #DezVideoChallenge was born.
The idea behind the challenge is to encourage everyone to create original video content of themselves and more importantly have fun. By doing this...you create what we call in Agile...a forcing function...in this case a fun...gamified...video challenge. Not only helps the participants feel good about themselves...but also allows each other to learn by filming and also learn from others. In the end we all realise that none of use are natural actors...so it's a good way of sharing great content....creating a buzz in the twitter world and most importantly we can all have some serious fun.
Here is the latest #DezVideoChallenge I did with Dez himself. This was only done last week...so it's fresh off the farm....so to speak....
So back to my trip to Vegas and New York...and yet again more #DezVideoChallenge moments....click on the photo or the link below...which leads to you the video on twitter:
This video features: Jola (@JolaBurnett), Adam (@AdamRogers2030), Maria (@MissTalent86), Tricia (@TriciaKicksSaaS) and Avro...again! 😂
And another.....this time with Kevin (@Kevin_Jackson)
And another great favourite of mine.....this one was done the last few weeks with Keith (@KeithKeller) in Melbourne:
But don't take my word for it....check them all out on twitter....just search for #DezVideoChallenge of click on the link below:
Paul Colmer is a digital coach for ALC Training and a freelance consultant specialising in short engagements. Paul has an infectious passion for empowering others to learn and to applying disruptive thinking in an engaging and positive way.