Erin K. Banks

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banks rants – encrypted documents and passwords

This blog post is going to be real simple… real simple. I have ONE rule for this blog post… do NOT send a plain text password in an email. You can send a hint to a password or a third party tool to access the password but do not send a CLEAR password. If you […]

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Show your support for Our SAM Foundation (and Me!)

According to a recent CDC report, 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017. Over 40% of those cases involved fentanyl. My cousin, Samuel Gillman, was among those lost. He died July 22, 2017 at the age of 24 from a fentanyl-laced heroin overdose. Samuel was – and remains – incredibly important to me, I […]

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banks rants – amazon echo… this IS a privacy issue

Yeah… technology is listening in on our conversations and sending it to people on our contacts lists and no one seems to care. Yup. Amazon Echo is going just that and people seem to be ignoring it or simply forgetting it because for some reason, they trust these large organizations?? I hope that is not […]

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banks rants – GDPR and phishing attacks

It is May 25, 2018 and it is officially GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) day because it is officially in effect. The fines are HUGE and that is the point… to truly hit the big businesses where it matters most… their wallets. It effects all EU (European Union) countries only but it impacts United States […]

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banks rants – stop blaming someone else when it comes to privacy on the internet

I know… I know… another blogpost about Facebook and privacy but all the other posts were just driving me a little crazy and I just wanted the opportunity to talk about it without emotion. I understand that people are angry and upset because maybe they just don’t understand what is happening behind the scenes. But […]

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My Big Data Conversation with Spotify

<this Spotify blog was originally posted on the Dell EMC blog site> I spoke with Eliot Van Buskirk ( @listeningpost ), Data Storyteller at Spotify, as part of my Big Data Conversations series for Dell EMC. Note that this is not a product or technology blog and certainly there are no endorsements implied from either […]

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banks rants – never forget it is YOUR data

Recently there has been a lot of drama about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica and what they did or did not do with our Facebook data but in my mind, I want to ask everyone… what were you thinking they were doing with all your data? What did you think would happen when you gave an […]

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Every Business Needs to Prioritize Security

I recently got the opportunity to talk with BetaKit regarding small businesses and security. I am happy with the points we were able to make about the two topics but it is important to note, everyone constantly needs to be asking about the security of their data, the security of their premises, the security of […]

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Artificial Intelligence Conference 2018 – O’Reilly code

As much as I would LOVE to go to the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence conference in New York, the week of April 29 – May 2, 2018, I won’t be able to. I will be at Dell Technologies World conference in Las Vegas. BUT if there isn’t a conflict on your schedule and you would like […]

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banks rants – two factor authentication

I feel like a week does not go by without a family member asking for IT help. There isn’t anything wrong with that, I love the fact that I can help out others.  I also appreciate the fact that I understand technology and I love to share what I know. One of the biggest issues […]

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