How to Move to Mastodon

Social media today has gotten totally out of hand. I’m trying to simplify my online presence and focus on one platform. I’m going to try to convince you to join me on Mastodon. The Social Media Catch-22 As someone who needs to maintain a public profile, I struggle with defining my presence on social media. […]

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How to Choose a PIN

I’ve written often about the importance of choosing strong passwords. But most physical devices are protected with short PIN (personal identification number) codes. How do you pick a good one? Let’s figure out how to choose a PIN. How NOT to Choose a PIN It’s probably best to start with how not to choose a

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It’s Time to Quit Chrome

Google’s Chrome browser is by far the most popular on the planet – it runs on 67% of desktop computers globally. But Chrome is also one of the worst for user privacy and it’s about to get even worse. We need to support private alternatives or they may not exist much longer. Google Chrome &

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My Take on TikTok Ban

I’m not sure why I feel compelled to stick my head into this beehive, but this whole TikTok ban thing is a hot mess. I understand the concerns, but the proposed solution doesn’t begin to solve the real problems. I think there are better articles about this, for example EFF, 404 Media, and Lifehacker. But

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Account Security is Broken

I spend a lot of time talking about the virtues of strong passwords (or maybe passphrases) and two–factor authentication. I’ve written about promising new authentication technologies like passkeys. But in many cases, all of that is moot. Your account security is only as secure as its weakest link. And just about every account you have

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Treasure & Coin Promo

It’s been way too long since I’ve given away some of my highly-collectible, security-enhancing dragon challenge coins. I’ve also been working with some of my favorite security and privacy companies to offer an ongoing benefit to my annual Patreon subscribers. Read on for details! Dragon Challenge Coins A few years ago, I minted a limited

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How to Backup 2FA Seed Codes

Security pros have been urging you to use two-factor authentication (2FA) for years. Along with using a password manager, it’s probably our top recommendation. But if you’re not careful, you could lock yourself out of your own accounts. Options for Setting Up 2FA When you set up two-factor authentication with a website, you generally have

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Artificial Intelligence

How to Mitigate the Risks of AI

Artificial Intelligence is the buzzword of the day. Since the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, there has been a flood of AI-based tools and services. Many tech firms are racing to build AI into their products without considering the consequences, let alone taking the time to build in guardrails for privacy and security. AI

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How to Avoid Tax Scams

Tax filing time is rapidly approaching here in the USA – which means tax scams are coming, too. And with tools like ChatGPT, scammers are going to be able to create some convincing phishing emails and text messages. Let’s review some top tips for avoiding these scams. (While much of this article is focused on

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