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How to Mitigate the Risks of AI

[Updated July 2024 to discuss Apple’s new Private Cloud Compute] Artificial Intelligence is the buzzword of the day. Since the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, there has been a flood of AI-based tools and services. Many tech firms are racing to build AI into their products without considering the consequences, let alone taking the […]

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How to Use Email Aliases (Part 2)

In my last article, I told you why using email aliases can both improve your security and protect your privacy. There are two main options for this today: an email aliasing service and using your own custom domain name. Today I’ll tell you about the latter. (If you haven’t read the previous article, definitely start

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How to Use Email Aliases (Part 1)

There are two parts to every login: a user name and a password. We in the security community talk a lot about the password part. But that’s because we usually take the user name part for granted. Today, user names are almost always your email address. You probably only have one of those, maybe two.

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It’s Time to Try Proton

Email has been around for literally decades. But security and privacy were not included in the original design. There are several solutions to this oversight, but one stands out for me. I firmly believe you should try Proton. Privacy Not Included Email as we know it today was first developed in the 1990s, using open

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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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New Privacy Tool: Mullvad Browser

As if responding to my previous blog article on web fingerprinting, Mullvad (a very respectably VPN company) has just released a new web browser specifically designed to hide your identity – partly by attempting to defeat fingerprinting. As you might expect, there are pros and cons. Here’s my first-blush review. What is the Mullvad Browser?

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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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Your TV is Watching You

For those of you who are not familiar with what I’m about to describe, you’re probably going to think I’m off my rocker. But I’m here to tell you: your smart TV is almost surely spying on you. I’m not just talking about the apps you’re running, which of course are spying on you. I’m

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iOS 16 Privacy & Security

Last Monday Apple released a big update to its flagship mobile operating system, iOS (the software that runs your iPhone). Today I’ll give you a run down of the new security and privacy features in iOS 16. (There are tons of other features, too – if you want to check out the full list, click

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