(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
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
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
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
Well, it’s that time of year again: tax time. And today I have a simple tip for you: how to find the real Free File version of all the popular tax software. It’s not as easy as you’d think – and that’s no accident. A Brief History of Free File Back in the early 2000’s
If you’re still running Windows 7 on your PC, it’s time to bump up to Windows 10. As of January 14th, Windows 7 will no longer receive software updates. It has reached the end of extended support from Microsoft. That means that when the next Windows bugs are found, your PC will be forever vulnerable.
[Note: See the latest list for 2021 here.] 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
While online data theft has gotten the lion’s share of the attention lately, snail mail information theft has had a recent resurgence. Thieves can find all sorts of interesting information in your utility and medical bills, insurance and financial statements, and credit offers. All the bad guys need is enough information to convince someone else
[Updated: Nov 30, 2019.] The holiday shopping season is once again upon us! And that means it’s time to update my annual gift guide. Unlike other guides, I’m not here to tell you about the hottest Black Friday deals or how to get free overnight shipping on Dec 23rd. My naughty and nice list is
(This is a guest post by Chad Warner, Internet safety enthusiast at Defending Digital.)
You shouldn't know any of your passwords! You should leave this to a password manager, like LastPass. Here's how to get that set up.