Below is a list of some of my favorite web resources on security and privacy. Most of these were in my book, but I’ve added some others here and plan to keep this list up to date.
Fighting the Good Fight
The following organizations are doing some excellent work on behalf of everyday people. Take a look at their web sites, and if you like what you see, send them a little money. If they send you a sticker or magnet, proudly display it where others will see.
- Data and Goliath by Bruce Schneier – see my review
- No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald – see my review
- Spam Nation by Brian Krebs
- Crypto by Steven Levy
- The Code Book by Simon Singh
You can learn a lot from these documentaries. I highly recommend them.
- Terms And Conditions May Apply – about online privacy and what sorts of things you’re signing away in End User Licensing Agreements (EULA’s).
- CITIZENFOUR – about Edward Snowden and how his initial information was given to reporter Glenn Greenwald.
- Frontline: The United States of Secrets – Great two-part show from PBS.
Blogs & Web Sites
- Naked Security. Run by Sophos, so keep that in mind – but still a great source for security info, written in accessible language.
- Slashdot: great web site for intelligent debate on serious tech issues. Be sure to read the comments (but you should probably create an account so you can dial the quality meter up to 3 or 4).
- EFF Surveillance Self Defense. Tips and tools for safer online communications.
- Reset The Net. A web site devoted to citizen activism and self-help.
- Tips from US-CERT. A site from the US government with lots of tips and info on computer security.
- TipTopSecurity. Great web site that is focused on security from a less technical perspective (much like my book).
- Security Now! This is where I really got into security. While it can get a little technical sometimes, it’s always fun – and full of random other fun stuff like sci-fi books and movies.
Just For Fun
Because we all need some fun and humor in our lives!
- XKCD. Great comic strip focusing on geeky stuff. (Language in images not always safe for work.)
- IP Viking. Real-time world map of ongoing cyber attacks!
Technical Web Sites
These web sites are geared toward more technically-savvy types.
- Schneier on Security. Security expert Bruce Schneier’s excellent blog.
- Gibson Research. Great site containing free web security tools from my favorite security podcaster, Steve Gibson. Includes ShieldsUp!, SpinRite (hard drive rescue utility), and lots of other cool stuff.
- Project Zero. Google’s security initiative, promoting web security and privacy.