Author name: Carey Parker

iOS 17 Security & Privacy

Apple’s iOS 17, released last week, contains several interesting privacy and security features. Here’s a quick overview. Lockdown Mode Apple introduced Lockdown Mode in iOS 16 which was designed to protect iPhones against “extremely rare and highly sophisticated cyber attacks”. While Apple didn’t mention the NSO Group’s Pegasus by name, they did say that the …

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Secure Your Network 3: Assess

[This is the 3rd in a 4-part series – part 1, part 2, part 4] At this point, we’ve done a thorough inventory of our network devices (Scan) and we’ve taken the opportunity to get rid of any devices that we no longer need or at least disabled the smart features if we don’t need …

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Hacker Summer Camp

It’s been a crazy busy week, and I’m going to have to hit the easy button for this one. I’ll return to my series on protecting your home network next time. Instead, I’ll give you a little taste of what I saw at “hacker summer camp” 2023. I attended both BSides Las Vegas and DEF …

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Secure Your Network 2: Simplify

[This is the 2nd in a 4-part series – part 1, part 3, part 4] At this point, we’ve tackled maybe the hardest part of improving the security of our home network: we’ve enumerated all the smart devices connected to our router. Before we go any further, we should stop and take the opportunity to …

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Secure Your Network: IoT Inventory

[This is the 1st in a 4-part series – part 2, part 3, part 4] I’ve written several articles about securing aspects of your home network over the years. But after my recent interview with Josh Corman, I decided that I wanted to revisit this topic and approach the subject a little more methodically. This …

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Craft Your Access Backup Plan

So you’re using a password manager and you’ve even enabled two-factor authentication on your password vault. That’s fantastic! Well done! But what happens it you somehow forget your master password? Or if you lose access to your two-factor authentication device? And I know it’s not fun to think about, but you should also be thinking …

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Go Forth, Do Good Deeds

I launched my mission to improve people’s privacy and security almost ten years ago now. It’s been quite a journey and I’ve learned a lot in that time. One thing I’ve realized is that there’s only so much I can do on my own. And so I’ve encouraged the more technically savvy members of my …

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How to Block the New .zip Domain

For many years, the internet was populated by just a handful of “top level domains”, or TLD’s: .com, .net, .org, .gov, .mil and .edu. You might also realize that we use dotted suffixes to denote computer file types, like .txt, .doc or .pdf. It would make sense to try to avoid ambiguity there, right? Unfortunately, …

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