Category: How-To

How to Safely Download Software

Downloading software shouldn’t be difficult or dangerous, but sadly, these days it can be both. So I wanted to write up a short guide on how to download software safely. The Good: Operating System & App Store Software Apple, Microsoft and Google have made it easy and safe to update your operating system. That’s a

Choose a Private Payment App (Not Venmo)

Smartphones and ubiquitous internet access have paved the way for digitizing most of our daily lives. We can surf the web and steam movies from anywhere. But modern technology has also managed to supplant much more mundane analog and physical things, like all the crap we’re used to carrying in our purses and wallets: ID,

Gone Fission (and You Should, Too)

Firefox’s new Fission security feature is at once simple and complicated. It’s simple to use, but complicated to understand. But hey, that’s why I’m here. Web browsers today are extremely powerful and complex applications. Much of what we do on our computers these days is done in a web browser. With all the cloud services

How & When to Use a Passphrase

Let’s face it. Passwords suck. I hate passwords – at least if I have to create and remember them. This is why I use a password manager (and you should, too). There are some other interesting technologies that can replace passwords in some cases, but the combination of user name and password is still really

Moving to Bitwarden

Thanks to the recent PR debacles with LastPass, I decided I needed to look for a new password manager solution. I’ve looked at several good options, but in the end, the answer was pretty obvious: Bitwarden. I haven’t fully switched myself, but I wanted to test drive it for my audience (aka you). Why Bitwarden

Data Privacy Day 2021

Every year on January 28th, we take a day to specifically focus on our data privacy. Of course, we should be cognizant of this issue 24/7/365, but sometimes it’s just good to have a bunch of Data Privacy Day Champions (like me) remind you about it from time to time. And what better day than

Zoom: Now With Actual Privacy

Zoom went from an obscure teleconferencing company to a household word (a verb) when the pandemic hit. Zoom wasn’t the best videoconferencing app by any means. It lacked many key features like true end-to-end encryption and had some serious data oversharing problems. But Zoom was dead simple to use and kinda fun to say. For

It’s Too Late to Vote By Mail

We’ve all heard the hyperbolic declarations that this is the most consequential election in modern history. While we do live in the age of clickbait headlines, I’m actually inclined to agree with this particular assertion. There’s a lot at stake here, regardless of your political leanings. During this pandemic, many people have decided to vote