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

How to Switch to Signal

SMS is old, clunky, and not secure. RCS will be prettier, but still won’t be secure. That is, it won’t have true end-to-end encryption(E2EE) by default. Apple’s Messages have E2EE by default (between Apple devices), but Apple holds the keys. WhatsApp has E2EE, but ever since it was bought by Facebook, it can’t be considered