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Michael O'Dwyer
An Irishman based in Hong Kong, Michael O’Dwyer is a business & technology journalist, independent consultant and writer who specializes in writing for enterprise, small business and IT audiences. With 20+ years of experience in everything from IT and electronic component-level failure analysis to process improvement and supply chains (and an in-depth knowledge of Klingon,) Michael is a sought-after writer whose quality sources, deep research and quirky sense of humor ensures he’s welcome in high-profile publications such as The Street and Fortune 100 IT portals.

Recent Posts

Posted on 10.15.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

A VPN is NOT A Security Tool! It's in the Name

Some may argue that VPNs enhance security (encrypted connections etc.) but their core aim is privacy – it’s in the name – virtual private network.

Posted on 09.15.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

4 Ways IT Can Prepare for Employees Returning to the Office

As some companies are considering reopening, the traditional office setup is required again as employees cease working from home. How will IT handle it? What will the office look like post-COVID?

Posted on 08.12.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

Ensuring Secure File Transfers from Mobile Devices

Like it or not, today’s world is a connected one, and data is shared at an alarming rate between mobile device users, company networks, and cloud services (including social networks).

Posted on 08.05.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

Are SFTP And FTP The Same?

Nope, I haven’t lost my mind. “One is secure, the other isn’t,” you claim. But there’s more to it than that.

Posted on 07.23.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

7 Alternatives to Email for Sending Large Files

Sending large files by email was never a practical solution as there are too many variables involved between the sender and recipient.

Posted on 06.12.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

Were State and Local Government IT Teams Ready for COVID-19?

As lockdown measures and stay-at-home orders were launched to curb virus spread, IT found themselves with a slew of new responsibilities.

Posted on 05.19.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

CCTV is a Data Compliance Issue

As a company owner, you may well think that you can install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras as you see fit on company premises, but the reality is a little different.

Posted on 05.05.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

Rogue Device Detection And Prevention

How do we protect ourselves from rogue devices? What are the current solutions?

Posted on 04.27.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

6 Ways for Financial Institutions to Avoid Wire Fraud

Wire fraud is a federal offense under U.S. law and refers to fraud committed using electronic communications, such as telephone or computer. Unfortunately for financial institutions, wire fraud is on the increase, and not just in the U.S.

Posted on 04.13.20 by Michael O'Dwyer

HTTPS and A Padlock Does Not Mean A Website is Secure

Online shoppers are often encouraged to ensure that their chosen online stores are 'secure', that the 's' in HTTPS is visible, and that the web browser displays a lock symbol. Propagating these visible indicators as confirmation of website security is not only...

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