Mike Elgan

Contributing Columnist

Mike Elgan is a technology-obsessed journalist, author, blogger, podcaster and digital nomad. He writes a weekly column for IDG’s Insider Pro. Learn more at his website: elgan.com.

3 reasons you can’t fight facial recognition

Will spam die in 2020?

Will spam die in 2020?

The problem with spam isn't that it's a time-wasting annoyance, but that it drives us away from phone calls and emails to bad media.

What you need to know about new data-security rules for business travel

What you need to know about new data-security rules for business travel

From U.S. Customs agents to cybercriminals, everyone wants to copy the data on your phone and laptop. Here’s how to protect your rights and also avoid industrial espionage.

Shining light on dark data, shadow IT and shadow IoT

Shining light on dark data, shadow IT and shadow IoT

What's lurking in the shadows of YOUR organization? What you don't know can hurt you. Insider Pro columnist Mike Elgan looks at how your business is at risk and offers six steps to minimize it.

Honesty is not the best privacy policy

Honesty is not the best privacy policy

Hackers, tech companies and governments want our personal information. Only lies can save us now.

How to protect yourself from ATM crime

How to protect yourself from ATM crime

Banks like Wells Fargo are rolling out much better ATM security. Here's why it won't stop ATM theft.

5 shocking new threats to your personal data

5 shocking new threats to your personal data

The internet and smartphones have come up with five new and surprising ways to steal or expose our personal data. These trends make panic sound like a good idea.

Surprising tips from a super-hacker

Surprising tips from a super-hacker

Virtually everyone in technology knows about Kevin Mitnick, the one-time fugitive hacker who is now a security consultant. Mitnick has a wealth of security advice for the public.

Has the Spam Problem Been Solved?

Don't look now, but spam and telemarketing calls have been reduced to the point of irrelevance. What happened?

Natural Disaster? There's an App for That!

Smartphones are useful during an emergency: They have their own batteries, Internet connections and, best of all, smart apps that can help save your life, says Mike Elgan.

Gadgets: Built to Not Last

That shiny new Android phone you just bought? Yeah, it's a piece of trash. No, I'm not some Google-hating Apple fanboy. The iPhone 4 is junk, too.

Spammers will poison your social graph

They wrecked e-mail, then they ruined search, and next spammers will go after your friends and family, tainting your social networks, writes columnist Mike Elgan.

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