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Privacy & Security Browser: Brave Review

Privacy & Security Browser: Brave Review

In my quest for “backup options” to the security and privacy tools I use daily, I have recently rediscovered Brave. I tried it a few months back at a reader’s request. At the time I didn’t really give it the chance it deserved because Firefox met all my browsing needs and my attention was probably elsewhere. Recently, in the interim between the launch of Firefox 57 and the release of the new NoScript, I gave Brave a second chance. I’ve…

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The Search for a New iOS-Friendly VPN

The Search for a New iOS-Friendly VPN

As regular readers here know, I have used and advocated for Private Internet Access for quite some time. A couple of months ago my subscription was nearing its end, and I wanted to shop around a bit. While I don’t have a single complaint about PIA, I have recently come to the realization that I need to stay flexible in my choices. I don’t want to be scrambling for a replacement if the day comes that PIA is no longer…

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The Amazon Key Security Nightmare

The Amazon Key Security Nightmare

In case you haven’t heard, Amazon recently rolled out “Amazon Key.” This service allows delivery persons to leave packages inside your home. I’m sure I’m largely preaching to the choir here, but I can’t let this one go unanswered. I want to talk about Amazon Key security, and some of the problems it creates.

The Ultimate Security & Privacy Gift Guide

The Ultimate Security & Privacy Gift Guide

I thought I would do something I’ve never done before: write up a privacy gift guide ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Privacy people are hard to shop for. We don’t use Amazon’s Wish List because it’s creepy. Obviously we won’t tell you over SnapChat and Facebook isn’t going to recommend anything because we don’t use it. Since you probably already know what you want, share this privacy gift guide with someone that doesn’t know what you want! Because,…

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HTTPS Certificate Fingerprinting

HTTPS Certificate Fingerprinting

I’ve talked a lot about HTTPS (and we talked about it in podcast Episode 054), but no one really explains how to make sure your connection is really valid. In some situations I have wanted to look beyond the green padlock icon. This concern has grow with reports of various public Wi-Fi services intentionally breaking HTTPS connections. Hardware manufacturers have shipped devices with what amounts to pre-installed malware for the same purpose. I’ve written about this before but I thought…

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Radical Personal Finance Podcast Interview

Radical Personal Finance Podcast Interview

I was recently invited to be on Joshua Sheats’ Radical Personal Finance Podcast. Joshua is a big fan of the Complete Privacy & Security Podcast, and wanted to bring some digital security to his audience. This interview is long (running almost 2 hours), but we covered some excellent information.

Faraday Bag Battery Life

Faraday Bag Battery Life

In Episode 28 of the Complete Privacy & Security Podcast, Aaron Zar from Silent Pocket challenged us to test battery life while using a Silent Pocket Faraday cage. I did, and these are my results.

Wire Private Messenger

Wire Private Messenger

Wire Private Messenger is my new favorite encrypted messaging service. It is rapidly replacing Signal in my day-to-day use, though it will be a long time before it replaces Signal entirely. There are a lot of things to recommend this relative newcomer.

3DSC 2.29: Create Backups of Your Files

3DSC 2.29: Create Backups of Your Files

Last year I suffered a catastrophic malfunction of my main hard drive.  After returning from a work trip I settled in to check email only to find my computer unwilling to boot.  This is not the first time I have broken a computer.  Fortunately this time I was prepared.  The step that saved me in this instance is today’s task: backup your files.