Wire iOS Update: Brave & Snowhaze Support

Recently I wrote a full review of Wire Secure Messenger. One of my complaints in the article was the lack of support for integrated browsers other than Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. I am happy to report that based (at least in part) on that article Wire now offers support for both Brave and Snowhaze. Continue reading “Wire iOS Update: Brave & Snowhaze Support”

Wire Secure Messenger: A Year Later

I wrote a review of Wire Secure Messenger over a year ago. Since that time my opinions and views on Wire have changed. Wire has also updated its feature set. With that in mind, it is time for another look at my favorite encrypted messaging application. My old article is not required reading, as this article will tackle the topic again from scratch. Continue reading “Wire Secure Messenger: A Year Later”

Extreme Uses of Privacy.com Part II

In my last article I discussed how I use Privacy.com cards on very regular basis. My hope is to inspire you to use privacy cards in as many facets of your daily life as possible. That being said, using privacy cards in person is hardly sunshine and rainbows. I have had some failures along the way (besides the Double Supreme Extra Cheese Incident), resulting in some rather awkward situations. Continue reading “Extreme Uses of Privacy.com Part II”

Big Changes to Private Internet Access iOS

I have been a fan of Private Internet Access for a long time. Back in December I began looking at some other VPN options for iOS. This was due to one major limiting feature: the PIA iOS app did not support OpenVPN. This has changed recently and the Private Internet Access iOS app is now better than ever. Continue reading “Big Changes to Private Internet Access iOS”

Book Review: Hunting El Chapo

I have used Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman as a case study for cell phone interception in my classes for several years. Only now do I have the full story of how the world’s most notorious drug trafficker was brought down due to his reliance on electronic communications. If you have an interest in how government agencies exploit cell phone activity you should read Hunting El Chapo by Andrew Hogan. The technical specifics are dated but the concepts, like link and network analysis, are not. Continue reading “Book Review: Hunting El Chapo”

Extreme Uses of Privacy.com

Note: This is a guest post from my friend Scrappy. We’ve met in person a couple of times and he has really impressed me with his dedication to privacy, and pushing the limits of Privacy.com. He wanted to share some of his experiences and I am very appreciative.

Ever since I listened to Episode 15 of the Complete Privacy & Security (CPS) Podcast I have been hooked on private payments. For those of you that are new to the privacy world and have not heard of privacy.com,  it’s a free service that allows an individual to create masked debit card numbers. These can be used to make purchases without companies knowing who you bank with and your individual debit/credit card numbers. Continue reading “Extreme Uses of Privacy.com”

The Most Private VPN: Mullvad VPN

In my search for iOS-friendly VPNs, I ran across of Mullvad VPN a review by ThatOnePrivacyGuy. If you follow TOPG you know he doesn’t suffer shoddy VPNs and is extremely exacting in his review methodology. He’s also beholden to no one, and if it ain’t right, he’ll say so. I don’t agree with everything he says, but if he says something is “easily has one of the best VPNs [he’s] ever seen or used,” it’s worth taking a look at. My review of this VPN probably isn’t going to tell you much that you can’t learn from his, but there are a couple of features that I wanted to shine a bit more of a light on. Continue reading “The Most Private VPN: Mullvad VPN”

System76 Galago Pro Hardware Review

This post contains a brief review and some photographs of the System76 Galago Pro that I have been reviewing for the past several weeks. Overall I am impressed with the Galago Pro. out of the box it is reminiscent of an older MacBook Pro, if not quite as streamlined. Let’s take a closer look at this computer, starting with a top-down, straight-on shot of the lid. Continue reading “System76 Galago Pro Hardware Review”

iOS-Friendly VPN: Windscribe VPN

One of the most rewarding parts of running this blog is getting to interact with readers. I learn a lot from you all, and your questions force me to challenge some of my own assumptions about security and privacy. A reader recently wrote in asking me about Windscribe VPN. I have to admit that my first reaction was to tell the guy to go check That One Privacy Site, imagining an abyssal review of this unheard-of VPN. Reading further he said it got a decent review from TOPG, so I checked it out. It turns out he was right, so I decided to give Windscribe VPN a deeper look. Continue reading “iOS-Friendly VPN: Windscribe VPN”

Encrypt Your Thoughts with Standard Notes

I am and always have been fan of note-taking applications. I am a prolific note-taker, and while I like taking notes on paper, I don’t always have my favorite notebook on hand. So, I resort to taking notes on my phone. For a while I used Codebook Secure Notebook despite it’s $3.99 cost. The ability to encrypt my notes made the cost worth it, but they lost me when a password manager was rolled into it. When iOS rolled out its encrypted version of Notes, I migrated to this. iOS’ Notes have become overly complicated, so I’m been looking for a replacement. Recently several podcast listeners wrote in about Standard Notes, so I gave it a try. Continue reading “Encrypt Your Thoughts with Standard Notes”