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 Tools & Guides
Blogs & Other Resources
Podcasts
Technical Web Sites

These web sites are geared toward more technically-savvy types.

  • Schneier on Security. Security expert Bruce Schneier’s excellent blog.
  • Gibson Research. Great site containing free web security tools from my favorite security podcaster, Steve Gibson. Includes ShieldsUp!, SpinRite (hard drive rescue utility), and lots of other cool stuff.
  • Project Zero. Google’s security initiative, promoting web security and privacy.
Books
Movies/Documentaries

You can learn a lot from these documentaries. I highly recommend them.

  • Glenn Greenwald’s TED Talk on Privacy. It’s only about 15 mins long and a must-watch.
  • The YouTube Effect. Very interesting documentary about the massive impact YouTube has had.
  • The Social Dilemma (Netflix). A must-see documentary that shows how social media has created serious problems in its overzealous and callous quest for more attention. There’s an overly-dramatic fictional depiction woven throughout the movie, but it does help to illustrate the key points of the documentary.
  • The Great Hack (Netflix). Another must-see documentary that explains how Cambridge Analytica used Facebook to seriously influence voters in the 2016 US election, Brexit in the UK, and many other elections around the globe.
  • Terms And Conditions May Apply – about online privacy and what sorts of things you’re signing away in End User Licensing Agreements (EULA’s). (View on Amazon Prime.)
  • CITIZENFOUR – about Edward Snowden and how his initial information was given to reporter Glenn Greenwald.
  • The Minority Report. This movie is an excellent action-thriller sci-fi movie in its own right, but it also clearly depicts the dangers of handing over life-altering decisions to AI algorithms.
  • ANON (Netflix). As a dystopian sci-fi movie, it’s so-so; but it serves as an insightful criticism of ubiquitous facial recognition systems.
  • Frontline: The United States of Secrets – Great two-part show from PBS.
Online Training

I’ve created a one-hour video on secure communications for my publisher, Apress. I hope to do more in the future. I also will try to find some other good online content to post here.

Fighting the Good Fight

The following organizations are doing some excellent work on behalf of everyday people. Take a look at their web sites, and if you like what you see, send them a little money. If they send you a sticker or magnet, proudly display it where others will see. (See this “Give Thanks” article for more info and organizations.)

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