Housekeeping Announcements

Doubtlessly you have noticed some changes to the look and feel of the main site. Similar changes are also coming to the blog, and I wanted to address these directly.

Newsletter: The first issue of the newsletter will be sent out on October 1st, 2016, and successive issues will appear in your inbox on the first of each month. The newsletter will contain exclusive content that will not be available on the blog. It will also contain the standard assortment of news, announcements, reminders, and other goings-on. If you haven’t subscribed to the newsletter, head on over to I won’t sell, trade, or otherwise give up your information, but I still recommend using a Blur masked email address (as many of you already have!) or ProtonMail alias.

Bitcoin: I am now accepting the cryptocurrency Bitcoin for book sales. Currently, this website is the sole source for purchasing The Complete Privacy and Security Desk Reference with Bitcoin, as well as the Your Ultimate Security Guide series.

Blog: Some minor changes are coming to the blog. There will be a visual change – I am adding a widget bar along the right side of the interface. This will contain some things you all have requested, including an RSS feed signup and a search bar.

Books: Work has commenced in earnest on Your Ultimate Security Guide: iOS 10. It should be finished by October 1st. It will be available through Amazon. Additionally, electronic copies will be available for purchase on iBooks, Kindle, and directly from me (as a PDF). Michael and I have also formally started The Complete Privacy and Security Desk Reference – Volume II: Physical. We have a week-long meeting planned to get the bones of the book in place, and it should be available for sale in within the next 12 months.


Thirty-Day Security Challenge: You guys have asked for it, so here it is: all the links to the Thirty-Day Security Challenge. Apologies for taking so long to get this together. I have also noticed that some of the Challenge posts are perhaps a bit dated. In my (very limited) spare time I am slowly beginning to update these.

Twitter (@opsecguide): Though I doubt many of your are Twitter users, I post all blog posts there, as well as occasional items of interest from the infosec world.

DeleteMe – Privacy for Hire?

As readers here know, I really like Abine’s privacy service, Blur. What you may not know is that Abine also offers a service to protects privacy in another way. DeleteMe is Abine’s automated “opt-out” service. If you have read Hiding From the Internet or The Complete Privacy and Security Desk Reference, you know that opting out yourself can be frustrating and time consuming. The allure of services like these is in their convenience. You pay for the service, then carry on with life. Within a few months, your stuff is gone. Or so they say. I decided that I want to see for myself how services like this work, so I reached out to DeleteMe… Continue reading “DeleteMe – Privacy for Hire?”

Private Internet Access for Mac

In the posts regarding smartphone interfaces (Wi-Fi, Cellular) I have recommended that you use a virtual private network (VPN). Immediately following the post on Wi-Fi security and privacy a comment was posted with questions about settings in Private Internet Access (PIA). Because I have not covered this topic in detail, and because many of your have chose PIA based on my recommendation, I will cover PIA for various operating systems intermittently over the next couple of weeks. Today we will go over Private Internet Access for Mac. Continue reading “Private Internet Access for Mac”