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Reducing My Google Footprint

One of my personal goals for 2022 was to “de-Google” my life. I’ve been a huge user of Google’s products for years, so this was not going to be easy. But Google is an ad company and they’ve hoovered up way too much of my data. So I wanted to reduce my dependency on their …

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2022: New Year’s Resolutions

Well… 2021 wasn’t what we’d hoped it would be, at least at a macro scale. The pandemic is still raging and I daresay the global political situation has been generally crappy. But when that calendar rolls over to January 1st, we have this social contract of breaking with the past and taking a fresh, hopeful …

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Privacy is Power: Review

I don’t do book reviews often. (If you’re counting, that’s two.) But I’m utterly compelled to write about Privacy is Power by Carissa Véliz. I’m truly not prone to hyperbole, but I feel this is one of the most important books of our time. You need to read it. Our privacy is under assault like …

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LastPass

LastPass Changing Its Free Tier

[Update Jan 2, 2023 – see this article] 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 …

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2020 New Year’s Resolutions

[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 …

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Equifax settlement

How to Get Your Equifax Settlement

Two years after arguably the worst data breach in US history, the Federal Trade Commission has proposed an Equifax settlement to provide some restitution for the 148 million affected Americans. Unfortunately, it may not help you much. The Devil’s in the Details First of all, note that the settlement is still just a proposal. It …

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2019 New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

With 2018 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to look ahead to 2019! And that means it’s time to make your New Year’s Resolutions! Sure, you’re going to join that gym and lose weight and quit smoking … yada, yada, yada. But what about your cyber goals for 2019? You do have them, right?? …

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Data Privacy Checklist

[Updated: Jan 22, 2023] I’ve removed the introduction to this list. If you’re not already convinced that privacy is a basic human right and that we (as consumers and as citizens) need to actively demonstrate our desire for privacy, read this. Here’s your action plan for Data Privacy Week. You can probably do most of …

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Keep Browsers safe and secure

Browser Safety: Choose Your Weapon

Your primary portal to the Internet is your web browser. Choosing the right browser to increase your security and privacy can be hard to do, but in this article I will walk you through it and give you my personal recommendations. Furthermore, browser plugins can both help and hurt your browsing safety – I’ll help you get rid of the bad ones and give you a list of the plugins to help you be more secure and prevent tracking.

Resources

Below is a list of some of my favorite web resources on security and privacy. Most of these were in my book, but I’ve added some others here and plan to keep this list up to date. You can also check out my Data Privacy Checklist and my annual Best & Worst Gifts Guide. Web …

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