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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 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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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.

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 2.20 – Initiate a Credit Freeze

3DSC 2.20 – Initiate a Credit Freeze

Identity theft is an incredibly invasive and potentially devastating form of crime.  It can cost tens of thousands of dollars, ruin credit, and consume countless hours of time.  One of the best tools for preventing identity theft is what is known as a credit freeze (sometimes called a security freeze).    Today’s task is to initiate a credit freeze for yourself and all members of your family, including your children.  If your children have a social security number they, too are…

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Another Reason to Use Cash

Another Reason to Use Cash

I was recently in a taxi in Seattle. As the taxi made it’s way through the city’s crowded streets I happened to looked down at the interior of the rear passenger-side door. A placard placed on the door validated one of the many reasons I prefer to use cash as much as possible.

Blur Privacy Service

Blur Privacy Service

I’ve mentioned the Blur privacy service a lot in the past but I’ve yet to fully review it. This post will serve as review, how-to, and as a chance to point out some important security features of the service. So what is Blur and why would you want to use it? That is hard to put into a single sentence. Most importantly for me, Blur offers a one-stop location from which I can mask my email address, my phone number,…

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Privacy.com: Protect Your Bank Accounts

Privacy.com: Protect Your Bank Accounts

It is no secret that I am a major fan of Blur, the privacy service that allows you to mask your email address and phone number. One of my favorite features of Blur is credit card masking – the ability to create one-time-use credit card numbers that are billed to your real credit card. A new service has come along that allows you to create one-time use credit card numbers. The service is a little bit different than Blur, and…

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The Complete Privacy and Security Podcast

The Complete Privacy and Security Podcast

This post is a special announcement – Michael Bazzell and I have decided to take the next step in the Complete Privacy and Security journey and produce a podcast. The first episode of the show, appropriately called The Complete Privacy and Security Podcast, will be released on 1 November, 2016, and will cover updates to Chapters 1 through 10 of the Complete Privacy and Security Desk Reference, as well as a discussion about encrypted email providers.