Michael O'Dwyer

Content Strategist, Copy Editor, Copywriter, Editor, Ghostwriter, Technical Writer, Writer

Business & technology journalist seeking remote freelance projects

Michael's specialties lie in writing for enterprise, small business and IT audiences, as it complements his prior professional experience of more than 20 years.
Former professional roles have included IT admin, electronic component-level failure analysis (Senior Debug Technician), process improvement (Process Engineer), quality engineer and after-sales manager.

In addition to uncredited work both online and in print (for Time Inc. among others), he has been published on Computer Weekly, Forbes.com, The Street, Dell's Tech Page One, HP's Pulse of IT and more.

He writes mainly for the US market at present, although, as an Irish native, UK English is possible. He welcomes remote projects or remote contract work only and is always seeking expert sources or thought leaders to contribute to future stories.

Those interested in promotional opportunities in future projects can join his mailing list on www.youronlinecontent.com or connect with him on LinkedIn, by using the contact info provided.

Samples of uncredited work (published on TechCrunch, Datanami and many other locations) available on request.
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smseagle.eu
Article
"Document Security — Does Your Security Policy Protect Digital and Physical Documentation?" is locked Document Security — Does Your Security Policy Protect

Digital transformation is simplified as the aim to eliminate paper-based documents and go ‘fully digital’. As much as we would like to, it’s generally impossible to achieve a paperless office. Barriers include financial, accounting, legislative and compliance requirements that require retention of original paper documents for a specified number of years. Some industries (legal, for example) have yet to make all their processes digital and physical form-filling is common in many situations. Therefore, any worthwhile security policy must consider both physical paper-based documents and their digital counterparts.

blog.ipswitch.com
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Why Would Anyone Use Facebook's Digital Currency?

Facebook is determined to launch their own digital currency called Libra, but why would anyone trust them at this point? Some question, huh? On pondering how to compose my thoughts in a manner other than a succinct “you’ve got me stumped there, matey,” I decided that maybe I should give Facebook a fair shake. After all, they’ve accumulated more than two billion users, a discerning group it must be said.

August 6, 2019
whatsupgold.com
Article
The Real Reason We Need Multiple Data Backups

In many jurisdictions, there is a legislative or accounting requirement to store data for a minimum of five years. Easier said than done. That’s why multiple data backups are necessary. Ignoring the complexities involved in protecting our data from internal and external attacks, let’s look at the problems associated with successfully storing data (whether structured or unstructured) in the short and long-term.

August 7, 2019
whatsupgold.com
Article
WhatsUp Gold vs. Azure Application Insights

Disclaimer: Azure Monitor’s official documentation is more than 2700 pages of fascinating material. Azure Application Insights is a small part of it. Given the variety of nodes, features, apps and development methods in an Azure infrastructure, app and performance monitoring objectives can be achieved in many ways. This article focuses on Application Insights only. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already adopted Azure as a preferred method of entry into cloud computing.

July 30, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Bluetooth Security Problems: A Cause For Concern

Bluetooth security… Some consider it an oxymoron, like ‘global intelligence’ community or ‘offshore support’ while others recognize Bluetooth flaws and understand their causes. Whatever side of the fence your opinions lie, it’s fair to observe that Bluetooth has its issues and security vulnerabilities are now being exploited by hackers seeking access to data.

July 25, 2019
whatsupgold.com
Article
Why Azure is Better Than AWS

If reading this, you are likely interested in or already utilize cloud solutions. Both Azure and AWS (Amazon Web Services) offer a variety of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) offerings. Selection between the two, with AWS the dominant market leader, is typically based on business requirements and online research or direct referrals (some of your contacts recommend a solution based on pricing, uptime or other).

July 16, 2019
smseagle.eu
Article
Update Management —Prompt Installation Required to Maintain Network Security

In most companies, at least those who believe in managing security correctly, the rollout of all updates is controlled by the IT team. Only users with administrative access can install security patches, firmware and software updates or service packs. Basic users are also blocked from installing software on company assets.

July 5, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Double Encryption: Is It More Secure Or Dangerous?

Since encryption is used to secure data, it would seem only natural that encrypting something twice would increase security. However, that isn't always the case. Disclaimer: This post does not involve detailed analysis of encryption concepts designed to make the head explode.

July 8, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Should Companies Be Concerned About Huawei Tech?

Should businesses be worried about Huawei tech on their networks or is this really just hysteria and a political agenda that is sending shockwaves across the IT landscape? Let's discuss.

June 28, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
How to Use Slack to Keep Your Team on Track

Over the past few years, Slack has risen to be the largest collaboration tool to help teams stay on track. In this article, I will discuss how it works and some concerns about the tool.

July 2, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Is Big Data Losing its Appeal in the Face of Data Privacy Concerns?

The use of big data by enterprises is almost commonplace at this point, with advocates claiming it aids decision-making, increases revenue and productivity and decreases operational costs. But it comes at a cost to data privacy. With these advantages, national and international companies, banks and government organizations have now amassed huge data sets.

June 11, 2019
smseagle.eu
Article
Password Management —Secure Passwords Essential for User and Business Protection

It’s safe to say that most users rely on hundreds of passwords to access their devices, websites and apps. Few will remember these passwords, unless of course they are in the habit of using the same password for multiple logins–a big security no-no. For years, security pros have emphasised the need for different passwords, as identical passwords make it way too easy for hackers. If they obtain one password and it’s also used in to access online banking, for example, your resulting zero balance is to be expected.

June 4, 2019
medium.com
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Cheap Chinese Crap — Tired of Hearing that Phrase

How many of us have seen news articles complaining about cheap Chinese goods flooding Western countries? I’m sure we are familiar with inflammatory articles published by journalists that ultimately failed to show the whole picture in an accurate manner. Sensationalist articles of this nature are of course very popular but few of them identify the actual problem...

January 28, 2017
medium.com
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How to Drive Freelancers Crazy — a Summary for Clients, PR Agents, Editors and Fellow Writers

It’s worth noting that the following content reflects past experience with amateurs and does not reflect anyone associated with my credited or uncredited portfolio. It refers to unsolicited queries and early encounters with providers and seekers of budget content. It’s not a name and shame post or designed to act as a tutorial. The title is not a dig at the mentally ill — get a life if you think so.

May 9, 2019
medium.com
Article
Writer Beware: What Newbie Freelancers can Expect from the Gig Economy

Disclaimer: I’m writing this in an effort to prevent novice freelancers from making the mistakes I did and I made a few, often wishing I’d done things differently. You’re free to agree or disagree with my observations but all are based on personal experience.

May 8, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Is PSD2 Good for Banks And How Should IT Teams Implement It?

The EU’s PSD2 directive (a revised payment service directive) aims to regulate electronic payments in EU member countries. It has no impact on traditional paper-based transactions. The aim is to allow open banking, where cross-border transactions are easily performed, cheaper and involving any number of fintech providers (think digital wallets, payment gateways, and online shopping). Any organization engaged in the process, from the banks themselves to payment providers and account information services (credit checks and data processing) must incorporate strict security, transparency and protect users’ rights.

May 13, 2019
blog.techdata.com
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Why You Should Care About Who Is Hogging Your Bandwidth

Not found in Webster’s, ‘I don’t care’ is nonetheless part and parcel of our workplace vocab, whether we vocalize it or not. As a former IT drone, I certainly wouldn’t accept a carefree attitude to bandwidth issues and definitely wouldn’t field ongoing complaints from network users when I know the location and reason for network disruption. Why should you care about bandwidth hogs?

April 18, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Using Managed File Transfer (MFT) To Harden Data Security

How is it that so many organizations focus on perimeter defense but do little to protect the target data inside that perimeter? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to protect sensitive data even if the network is breached?

February 20, 2019
youronlinecontent.com
Article
Using Job Boards to Hire a Writer is Pointless (Unless Prospective Clients Include a Key Detail)

As writers, regardless of experience level, we check out job boards, seeking suitable projects or clients that will pay us for our expertise in crafting exquisite blog posts that clearly demonstrate the attractive nature of the product or service involved.

May 9, 2017
whatsupgold.com
Article
5G is Coming – What Does It Mean For Your Business?

Often perceived as a precursor to Industry 4.0, the rollout of 5G, if the marketing is to be believed, will allow innovations that were previously restricted or unreliable due to lack of bandwidth. Speeds of up to 10Gbps are promised by telecom companies but since we have yet to experience real-life usage scenarios, this is mere speculation.

April 16, 2019
whatsupgold.com
Article
Managing User Permissions in Active Directory is the Logical Choice

Users are part of any network and while sometimes troublesome, it’s the responsibility of the IT admin team to ensure that users can access only the resources necessary to perform their roles. The receptionist has no need to access software project data and software developers have no interest in HR resources. Therefore, user permissions are necessary. In smaller organizations, setting user permissions in Windows for network objects is achieved using Windows Explorer, simply right click on a file, folder, volume or device and permissions can be changed if the user has admin control. In this rudimentary example, the ability to read, write and modify file or folder permissions is assigned and a valid user can easily be added with the correct permissions. No big deal, right?

October 15, 2018
whatsupgold.com
Article
How to Easily Monitor Bandwidth Usage Per Device

For home users, monitoring bandwidth usage per device may seem like a pointless exercise but their business counterparts typically recognize the value of doing so. Bandwidth is not a limitless resource and total broadband bandwidth (as provided by your internet service provider or ISP) is shared between all the devices connected to the network. If one is taking more than its fair share, then the bandwidth available to the rest is reduced.

November 6, 2018
whatsupgold.com
Article
Are Disruptive Technologies Making Bandwidth Monitoring More Important?

There is no one-size-fits-all elixir that will satisfy your future bandwidth requirements. Just like ISPs, broadcasters, and telecom service providers, your organization will need to plan for a future with ever-increasing data traffic OR at least take the necessary steps to monitor and set traffic allowances according to business goals.

January 28, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Blog Post
8 Reasons To Automate Your File Transfers

Whether you call it personally identifiable information (PII), protected health information (PHI), or employee data, it’s all sensitive, and in the wrong hands, data can be used against the compromised target in the form of identity theft or financial fraud.

February 11, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Does the US Need a Constitutional Amendment for Data Privacy?

Data privacy seems to have surpassed all other technological buzzwords (with Big Data, AI and IoT largely responsible for the increase in available data) in the last few years, primarily because of the number of data breaches, which continues to rise unabated each year.

January 22, 2019
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Is Running A Virtual Machine (VM) Worth The Effort?

In the computing world, virtualization by way of virtual machines is used to describe a method of avoiding the purchase of multiple physical computers or servers, one for each operating system. A virtual machine is not a machine in the true sense of the word in that it has nothing to do with mechanical power, and has nothing to do with virtual reality (VR).

November 20, 2018
smseagle.eu
Article
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) — Security And Other Considerations For Stakeholders

Today’s employees are always connected, thanks to ubiquitous broadband and a wide range of portable devices, from smartphones, tablets and laptops to fitness trackers and a plethora of smart devices such as watches, cameras and GPS navigators. How necessary is this level of connection?

December 10, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Is The EU Copyright Directive A Bad Idea?

The link tax, death of the meme and more

November 12, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
What UK Businesses Must Know About GDPR and Brexit
September 24, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Internet of Things 101 – IoT Device Authentication Explained

how IoT devices communicate

September 26, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Benefits of Managed File Transfer for Banking and Finance

overview of advantages such as audit trail and scalability

October 25, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
How to Choose the Right Managed File Transfer Solution

Why managed file transfer has many advantages over FTP

August 27, 2018
smseagle.eu
Article
Network Security – Why Security Awareness is Essential for Internal Threat Management?
August 6, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
The Evolution of Integration and the Rise of Middleware

includes expert quotes and humour

April 16, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Is Java Actually Dying?

includes expert quotes

April 3, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
IoT Security: What is It, and Why Does It Matter?

IoT vs Security, with expert quotes

March 20, 2018
smseagle.eu
Article
What Every Disaster Recovery Plan Must Include

The key elements of a DR plan

March 19, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Smart Speakers 101: Google vs. Amazon and The Rest

includes expert quotes

February 28, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
How User Agreements Are Killing our Privacy

An argument against data monetisation

February 13, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
How Likely Are You to Lose Your Job to a Robot?

includes original expert quotes

February 12, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
The Rise of the $1000 Smartphone: Will Businesses Embrace Expensive Phones?

Commentary piece with expert quotes and humour

February 2, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
Digital Threats to Democracy—Real and Imagined

Commentary piece with expert quotes and humour

February 6, 2018
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
How to Use Automation to Make Your Website Work for You

Includes expert quotes and irreverent humour

January 23, 2018
smseagle.eu
Article
Is your Disaster Recovery Plan Designed to Reduce Downtime?
December 18, 2017
smseagle.eu
Article
Stats and Surveys Confirm Rising Downtime Costs for Data Centres, SMBs and Enterprises

Article emphasises the benefits of redundancy

November 13, 2017
smseagle.eu
Article
Why Digital Marketers Embrace SMS Campaigns

SMS is still an effective marketing tool?

September 4, 2017
smseagle.eu
Article
Network Monitoring — How SMS can Reduce Risk and Improve Response Time
July 21, 2017
blog.ipswitch.com
Article
How IT Pros Really Feel About Successful Phishing Attacks

Opinion piece with elements of humour

January 22, 2018
computerweekly.com
Article
Why immutable buckets are a worthy risk management tool

Interview-based pieces on the benefits of remote cloud storage with immutability

June 30, 2017
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February 12, 2017
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