Beware COVID-19 Scams (part 2)

I know I just touched on COVID-19 scams last week, but given some of the articles I’ve read since then, I felt compelled to discuss this particular topic in more depth. Never let a good crisis go to waste. While normally applied to politics (and that still applies here), it’s also the motto of opportunistic

Corona Virus and Computer Viruses

[UPDATED: See the end of the article] Obviously, the corona virus (COVID-19) is on everyone’s minds these days – largely because you can’t avoid the super scary, 24/7 news coverage about death tolls, cruise ships full of infected people, global heat maps, and all the click-bait articles. But whenever there is a big, scary news

Ditching Passwords: FIDO & SQRL

Everyone hates passwords. They’re the bane of our modern digital lives. Password managers have allowed us to create truly strong passwords, unique for every single one of our dozens of accounts. This was a big improvement and still the method I recommend for most people today. But the hope is still that someday we can

Data Privacy Day 2020

Your privacy is under assault. I don’t just mean online privacy, I mean every day, real world privacy, as well. In the name of “better” marketing, we’re being tracked not just by our browsers, but also by our smart devices and even by our faces. I used to worry that people didn’t care about their

Spread the Word

I self-published the first edition of my book in January 2015. The third edition was picked up by Apress and I just officially started work on the fourth edition! Should be out later this summer. (Suggestions welcome!) About three years ago, I started the newsletter, blog and podcast. This has been quite a journey so

2020 New Year’s Resolutions

2019 is almost gone and 2020 is upon us. You know what that means: New Year’s Resolutions! I’ll let you worry about signing up for a gym membership or quitting smoking or whatever… I’m here to give you concrete steps you can take next year that will significantly improve your computer security and online privacy.

Snail Mail Identity Theft

While online data theft has gotten the lion’s share of the attention lately, snail mail information theft has had a recent resurgence. Thieves can find all sorts of interesting information in your utility and medical bills, insurance and financial statements, and credit offers. All the bad guys need is enough information to convince someone else