Who we are

This is the personal resource and website of (me) – Brian Colborne, and the focus is on penetration testing and InfoSec. the website address is: https://www.briancolborne.com.

And this website will only be useful to you if:

  1. You are a businessman or individual interested in learning how to protect your personal data , intellectual property or your information systems in short – information security, for individuals, small businesses or organisations.
  2. If you are interested in learning to become a penetration tester – I created this website as a learning resource, with tutorials, references and shortcuts I use every day….
  3. If you are confused and trying to make the correct career choice and don’t know which learning path or career strategy to adopt then you will find a way here to help you  as you are on the same journey I am on, just trying to make the correct career choice…
  4. and also to help all our technophobe friends and family from becoming easy targets.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


You are forbidden to upload any media to this website.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website. 

Contact forms

You may sign up to receive email or reports or other content from me on this website, and that is the only form of sign up a member of the public has access to.


comments are disabled on this website.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

content on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


I use google analytics and facebook pixel

Who we share your data with

We use a well known and reliable 3rd party email management service to manage our communications with our clients. I do not disclose this ie who it is etc information publicly as any information about architecture or services publicly displayed on your website (notwithstanding the legal requirements,) in my opinion as a penetration tester… is outright folly and giving potential cyber criminals tools to use against you.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

I record your personal contact information and use it in my email management and content delivery, in order to deliver information you request. I do not share your information anywhere.

Additional information

How we protect your data

We use a combination of measures that I will not disclose – as a penetration tester I know that any website and any server architecture can be compromised eventually, so its best not to do half the work of a hacker for them by giving them your entire protection strategy and hardware architecture…as this is a very bad idea and makes it easy for them to devise an attack vector.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We only collect names and emails for purposes of sending you only the information that you request.

What third parties we receive data from

We receive information from facebook and google in our analytics

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data


Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

nothing at this time