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Best & Worst Gifts: 2023

The gift-giving season is nigh, along with all the “Black Friday” sales. So it’s once again time for my annual gift guide for products you should consider or avoid if you care about security and privacy. Overview Companies are scrambling to make all of our devices “smart”. The first push was connecting everything to the […]

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Best & Worst Gifts 2022

[UPDATED 2/25/2023 for Eufy privacy issue and response] The holiday shopping season is once again upon us, so it’s time to update my annual gift guide! There are lots of great tech toys and fun online services, but many of them can make you vulnerable to hacking attacks or mine your personal data. What you

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Best & Worst Gifts 2021

[Note: see related podcast and see affiliate stuff at the right] [UPDATED: Jan 8, 2022] When I wrote up last year’s list, I didn’t expect we’d still be dealing with a pandemic in 2021. And yet, here we are. But the best gift you could give this year – to yourself and those around you

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Best & Worst Gifts 2020

[updated: Dec 10, 2020 – also, podcast version – see affiliate stuff at the right] What a year 2020 has been… I have to say that I’m ready for 2021 at this point. But we’re not quite done yet – we still have to get through the holiday season. With COVID-19 spiking everywhere, the best

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Best & Worst Gifts 2019

[Updated: Nov 30, 2019.] The holiday shopping season is once again upon us! And that means it’s time to update my annual gift guide. Unlike other guides, I’m not here to tell you about the hottest Black Friday deals or how to get free overnight shipping on Dec 23rd. My naughty and nice list is

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Best & Worst Gifts 2018

It’s that time of year again! Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Boxing Day and all the other gift shopping days between now and the end of the year. (Already missed Singles Day, though.) But you need to make sure that you’re not giving away your gift recipient’s privacy or giving hackers a means to rip off

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How to Avoid Juice Jacking

You’re in the airport, facing a long day of travel… and you forgot to charge your phone last night. You’re looking at the dreaded red battery symbol. And you just realized your wall charger is in your checked baggage. There, just up ahead, you see a public charging station, with several open USB ports. Is

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New Year’s Resolutions for 2023

It’s that time of year again! Time to put the past behind us and look forward to a brand new year, full of possibilities and hope! I mean, it can’t get much worse, right? Okay, I take that back… no reason to tempt fate. Here are some privacy and cybersecurity tips you should seriously consider

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How to Avoid Holiday Scams

In my last article, I shared my list of the Best & Worst Gifts for 2022. I even included some helpful coupons you can download to give the gift of security and privacy. (I’ll be adding more coupons soon, by the way – keep an eye on this article for updates.) Sadly, this time of

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