Terms of Service: What Did I Just Sign?

Somewhere along the line, corporations decided that they needed to tack licensing agreements (terms of service) onto just about every product produced. We’ve gotten to the point where we just ignore them and click “Agree” or rip off the little sticker that says something about “by removing this sticker you agree to…. ” blah, blah,

How to Send Files Securely (like Tax Info)

Editor’s Note: Yeah, this is a long article. But if you ever need to complete a secure file transfer that contains financial, medical, or otherwise personal/private stuff, you need to know the techniques and concepts in this article. So read it carefully. Tax time is upon us once again here in the US of A…

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My New Online Privacy & Security Podcast: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons I was asked to be a guest on an internet radio show a couple times late last year. The host of that show decided that he needed to focus more on his business, and asked me if I would like to take over his

Beware Hype and Click-Bait

(It’s been a while since I’ve written a full blog post. I’ve been putting most of my efforts into my weekly newsletter – be sure to subscribe to get weekly tips and news on cyber security and online privacy.) Headline Hyperbole This week, we saw the following headline from The Guardian: “WhatsApp vulnerability allows snooping

Second interview: IoT

My second interview has posted on the George Orwell 2084 site – this one about the Internet of Things, or IoT. As they say, the “S” in “IOT” is for security. In this interview, we talk about the impact that these newly-connected “smart” devices are having on our lives, particularly with respect to our overall