Category: Security

TikTok Boom

If you haven’t heard of TikTok, you’re probably not a teen. This relatively new social media service is very popular with the younger generation. It’s been downloaded 1.5 billion times. With this app, you can share short videos and … well, you know, goofy social media stuff. I’m old. I don’t get it, either. The

Bad Netgear Router Bug

If you have a Wi-Fi router made by Netgear, you need to pay close attention to this one. Most Netgear routers (79 models), even as old as 2007, are vulnerable. According to a report by security research firm Trend Micro, Netgear routers have a flaw that could allow a remote attacker (anywhere on the internet)

We’re Being Scanned

(This one is going to get a little technical, but hang with me.) Your WiFi router is the main portal to your home network. Most of us think of it as just a box that gives us a wireless connection, but this box almost always contains a firewall, as well. A firewall normally acts like

Beware the Evil Maid (Thunderspy)

Securing a computer on the internet today is hard enough. But trying to secure a computer against someone with direct physical access is a lot harder. This is the so-called “evil maid” attack: you leave your laptop in your hotel room, giving the maid unfettered access. But this can also be the “evil contractor” attack

Beware COVID-19 Scams (part 2)

I know I just touched on COVID-19 scams last week, but given some of the articles I’ve read since then, I felt compelled to discuss this particular topic in more depth. Never let a good crisis go to waste. While normally applied to politics (and that still applies here), it’s also the motto of opportunistic

Ditching Passwords: FIDO & SQRL

Everyone hates passwords. They’re the bane of our modern digital lives. Password managers have allowed us to create truly strong passwords, unique for every single one of our dozens of accounts. This was a big improvement and still the method I recommend for most people today. But the hope is still that someday we can

2020 New Year’s Resolutions

2019 is almost gone and 2020 is upon us. You know what that means: New Year’s Resolutions! I’ll let you worry about signing up for a gym membership or quitting smoking or whatever… I’m here to give you concrete steps you can take next year that will significantly improve your computer security and online privacy.