Category: Security

Tighten Security Before Long Weekend

I’m posting this earlier than usual, so you can prepare before the Labor Day weekend here in the US. But this applies to really any national holiday that creates a long weekend or other popular vacation period. Crime Takes Time Ransomware is malware that encrypts all your files, then asks you to pay money to

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

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

Stop Using Text Messages for 2FA

Using strong, unique passwords for your online accounts is crucial. But to be truly secure on your most important accounts (which includes email and social media, by the way), you really need a second barrier to entry: two-factor authentication (2FA). What is two-factor authentication? In a nutshell, 2FA requires you to enter one additional “secret”

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