Category: How-To

My Debit Card Was Hacked

It’s accepted wisdom that credit cards are more secure than debit cards. A credit card purchase is a loan – you’re not out any money until you pay your monthly bill. Therefore, fraudulent charges (if caught) have no financial impact. But with a debit card fraud, that money is already gone from your bank account.

Beware QR Code… Articles

As of 9am this morning, I’ve seen one too many hair-on-fire “beware QR code” articles. I’m getting really tired of reading breathless, click-bait headlines extolling the dangers of these glorified bar codes. I need to set the record straight. It’s time to demystify these scary square symbols and debunk their mystical powers. What is a

Silence All Sounds During Meetings

As someone who commonly interviews people for podcasts, I’m writing this little article mostly for my own benefit – to share with potential guests. But I figure a lot of people will find this useful, so I’m going to make it public. iPhone (and iPad) On an iPhone, it’s the only switch on the device

Firefox Suggest & Privacy

I’ve long recommended Firefox as the best browser for most people (read this article to understand why). All in all, I find that it’s both secure and private, and it runs on all major devices and platforms. But Google’s Chrome browser remains king of the hill, by a long shot. What you may not know

Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

We’ve all come to rely heavily on access to the internet. Our smartphones, in particular, are mostly useless without it. Even games that have no need to connect to the internet to function still require access anyway (pssst: probably because they want to track you to make money). But we also have Kindles and laptops

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