Author name: Carey Parker

Data Privacy Week 2023

Welcome to Data Privacy Week! Well… okay, technically it was last week. But every week should be “data privacy week”, so let’s just gloss over this detail. I’m going to keep this week’s post very short and just point you to my updated Data Privacy Checklist. Instead of creating a whole new post every year, …

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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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SPECIAL: LastPass Breach

[UPDATE, Jan 11: I added some further resources to the bottom of the article. Check back periodically.] The recent LastPass breach notification is very troubling, though maybe not for the reasons you’d expect. This is going to be a long post, but I think it’s important to go through this thoroughly. NOTE: Even if you …

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Best of 2022

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 a Resources page with a larger list, but these are my current top pics. These would be great to share with others, too. Top Articles Podcasts & Blogs If you …

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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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Dragon Challenge Coins v2.0!

I’ve created some really cool, security-enhancing dragon challenge coins to give away to people who are furthering the cause of privacy and security. My first set of 100 coins debuted in 2021. I gave them to my patrons who are supporting my mission to help people secure their devices and data, and to people who …

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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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Give the Gift of Security & Privacy

[UPDATED 12/7/2022: I’ve added more coupons!] Every year, I publish an annual guide to the best and worst gifts, based on two and only two criteria: privacy and security. But I decided that I wanted to actually create a gift that people could give to others that would help them protect their devices and data. …

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QR Code Scams, Revisited

[Updated: Nov 17, 2022] Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote an article about why QR codes aren’t inherently dangerous. That’s still true. However, there’s a tricky new scam that will basically hold any QR codes you generate on their site for ransom. QR Codes: Let’s Review As I explained in the previous article, a …

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