Author: Carey Parker

The Pros & Cons of Anti-Virus Software

When most people think of protecting their computers, they think of anti-virus (AV) software. Viruses are a real problem, of course, but how well do AV apps protect you? And are there any downsides to using AV software? In older times, AV software was essential and generally did a good job at finding malware on

Our Insecure Democracy

I happen to be a rather political person, but I try to keep my politics out of my work in the security and privacy arena because these issues must transcend politics. Our democracy in many ways depends on some basic level of computer security and personal privacy. In no place is this more obvious than

CONTEST: Spread the Word!

I would like to enlist your aid in getting the word out! I’m doing my best to reach as many people as I can – I feel strongly that people need to have a basic understanding of computer security and online privacy. Obviously my book is one way of reaching people, but right now I’m

Don’t Reuse Passwords

I’ve been focusing most of my efforts on my new weekly newsletter. But I wanted to make sure some of this info is making it out to my blog, as well. Here’s a little taste of my newsletter. To get this yummy goodness automatically every week, sign up here!   This tip is one of

Sign up for new newsletter!

I’ve officially launched a weekly newsletter called Carey’s Weekly Security Tips. Every week, I’ll send out a short blurb on something you can do to improve your cybersecurity and/or protect your online privacy. By signing up, you will also receive a free copy of my booklet Carey’s Top Five Security Tips. I will probably be

Second edition available on Amazon!

The second edition of Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons is now available on Amazon.com! I’ve updated the book for Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan, expanded the coverage on mobile security and child safety, and updated much of the other content. It’s now over 30% longer than the first edition! Thanks to support from