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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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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Data Privacy Week 2024

Once again, the official schedule for international Data Privacy Week falls on the wrong week for my writing schedule, but that’s okay… every week is Data Privacy Week here! Instead of re-writing an entire article with my top privacy tips every year, I’ve taken to just posting a quick note (this one) and referring you

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2024

Another year has come and gone. And with the new year upon us, let’s resolve to take some affirmative steps to improve our privacy and security! I’ve split the list up into three parts: Basics, Next Steps and Going Beyond. New Year’s Resolutions: Basics These are my top tips which I recommend all the time.

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Best of 2023

Once a year, I look back and pick my favorite privacy and security resources: articles, podcasts, tools, websites, books, apps, you name it. I have an extensive Resources page with a larger list, but these are my current top pics. These would be great to share with others, too. Top Articles These are the top

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How to Use Email Aliases (Part 2)

In my last article, I told you why using email aliases can both improve your security and protect your privacy. There are two main options for this today: an email aliasing service and using your own custom domain name. Today I’ll tell you about the latter. (If you haven’t read the previous article, definitely start

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