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

Threat.Technology Top 20 Podcast!

Threat Technology just added me to their list of the 20 Best Computer Security Podcasts of 2021! Pretty cool. I managed to get on The Privacy Issue’s list of 10 Essential Privacy Podcasts a while back, which was great, too. It’s really hard to get noticed these days – there are so many podcasts out

Apple’s New App Tracking Transparency

Today I’m going to introduce you to Apple’s radical, internet-destroying new privacy technology: informed consent. What is App Tracking Transparency? Apple is calling its new program App Tracking Transparency (ATT). And it’s basically just what it implies – it makes ad tracking transparent to the user. Because ads are what makes the digital world go

Trust No One

It’s long since time that companies and customers adopt a much more pessimistic security and privacy stance. Data is not the new oil, it’s the new toxic waste. And while we need to get better at trying to contain it, it still seems to find ways to leak. And so we need to assume that

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

LastPass Changing Its Free Tier

[updated Feb 25, 2021 – see below] As you know, I’ve been using and recommending LastPass for years. It’s my favorite password manager – a tool we all need and should be using. But for some reason I can’t fathom, LastPass has decided to remove functionality from their free tier. Specifically, this is what they’re

It’s Tax (Scam) Time Again

If you live in the US, you should be receiving all your 2020 tax statements. That means that it’s that time of year again: tax time. Sure, they’re not technically due for another couple months, but now is the time to be proactive if you want to avoid being the victim of a tax scam.

Data Privacy Day 2021

Every year on January 28th, we take a day to specifically focus on our data privacy. Of course, we should be cognizant of this issue 24/7/365, but sometimes it’s just good to have a bunch of Data Privacy Day Champions (like me) remind you about it from time to time. And what better day than