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”

Privacy Hack: iOS Low Power Mode

Recently my iPhone dropped below 10% and the low-power mode indicator popped on. As soon as I plugged the phone in I switched off low power mode and then wondered why I was in such a hurry to do so. So, I look into iOS low power mode to see exactly what it is doing. What I found surprised me, and made me realize I should probably leave it on more. Continue reading “Privacy Hack: iOS Low Power Mode”

NordVPN: iOS-Friendly VPN Option

My search for an alternative, iOS-friendly VPN has led me to NordVPN. I have had my eye on NordVPN for quite some time. It is recommended by https://www.privacytools.io/, which is a strong recommendation. Nord has over 2,100 servers in 59 countries. It also offers a ton of features including VPN-chaining, a kill-switch, and Tor-over-VPN. NordVPN is also very affordable, coming in at $69.00 for 1-year of coverage and $79.00 for a two-year subscription. Continue reading “NordVPN: iOS-Friendly VPN Option”

Book Review: A Kidnapping In Milan

A Kidnapping in Milan is a book that I’ve meant to read for a long time. I finally got around to it a couple of months ago. Readers of this blog would doubtlessly enjoy this work. It touches on several major themes that I talk about here and on the podcast. Make no mistake – this isn’t a technical manual, nor is it written from the viewpoint of a privacy advocate. This is the story of how some very focused investigators unraveled a mystery using modern (2004+) technology. You don’t have to be a fortune teller to read between the lines of A Kidnapping In Milan and pick out techniques to use as part of your own operational security. Continue reading “Book Review: A Kidnapping In Milan”

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 found there’s a lot to like about it, and it is officially my “backup browser.” This Brave review will explain its features and how to use it. Continue reading “Privacy & Security Browser: Brave Review”

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 trustworthy or no longer meets my needs. This is part of a larger push to have pre-selected alternatives to the apps and services that I rely on for privacy and security. With this in mind I headed to https://www.privacytools.io/ and began my search for an iOS-friendly VPN. Continue reading “The Search for a New iOS-Friendly VPN”

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, you know…privacy. Continue reading “The Ultimate Security & Privacy Gift Guide”

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. Continue reading “Radical Personal Finance Podcast Interview”

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. Continue reading “Wire Private Messenger”

3DSC 2.21 – Request Your Free Annual Credit Report

Identity theft is an increasingly common crime. The fallout from an identity theft can be financially ruinous. If you are not already doing so, you should request your free annual credit report(s). Continue reading “3DSC 2.21 – Request Your Free Annual Credit Report”