Tighten Security Before Long Weekend

I’m posting this earlier than usual, so you can prepare before the Labor Day weekend here in the US. But this applies to really any national holiday that creates a long weekend or other popular vacation period. Crime Takes Time Ransomware is malware that encrypts all your files, then asks you to pay money to

Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

We’ve all come to rely heavily on access to the internet. Our smartphones, in particular, are mostly useless without it. Even games that have no need to connect to the internet to function still require access anyway (pssst: probably because they want to track you to make money). But we also have Kindles and laptops

Guard Your Digital Rolodex

Your phone number is arguably as strong a personal identifier as your social security, driver’s license or passport number. Once it became easy and free to “port” phone numbers to new land lines and cell phones, people stopped changing their number. Phone numbers have become a life-long unique identifiers. If there’s one non-governmental ID that’s

How to Safely Download Software

Downloading software shouldn’t be difficult or dangerous, but sadly, these days it can be both. So I wanted to write up a short guide on how to download software safely. The Good: Operating System & App Store Software Apple, Microsoft and Google have made it easy and safe to update your operating system. That’s a

You Must Have Data Backups

If you own a Western Digital (WD) My Live Book backup drive, you may have had a rude awakening last week when you found all your data erased. (If you do have one, but haven’t been hit by this, you should immediately unplug your drive from the internet and monitor the WD support page on

Choose a Private Payment App (Not Venmo)

Smartphones and ubiquitous internet access have paved the way for digitizing most of our daily lives. We can surf the web and steam movies from anywhere. But modern technology has also managed to supplant much more mundane analog and physical things, like all the crap we’re used to carrying in our purses and wallets: ID,

Gone Fission (and You Should, Too)

Firefox’s new Fission security feature is at once simple and complicated. It’s simple to use, but complicated to understand. But hey, that’s why I’m here. Web browsers today are extremely powerful and complex applications. Much of what we do on our computers these days is done in a web browser. With all the cloud services