The Mul-T-Lock High Security Lock

This post will examine and explain the Mul-T-Lock high security lock. Besides the Medeco, this is one of the most popular high-security locks on the US market. If you live in a major metropolitan area in North American, you probably walk by these on a daily basis. If you’re looking to improve the lock on your home, you could do a lot worse than one of these. Continue reading “The Mul-T-Lock High Security Lock”

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”

Columbia SC Surveillance Safari

I used to spend a lot of time in South Carolina’s capital city. I had regular work trips to Columbia, usually lasting two to three weeks at a time. I hadn’t been back in several years, but recently I had the opportunity to spend a weekend there, and something has changed. Columbia has implemented a very broad public surveillance system. This post will touch on the Columbia SC surveillance system and discuss some of the implications this raises. Continue reading “Columbia SC Surveillance Safari”

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”

Snowden’s Haven Security App Review

When news broke a few weeks ago that a Snowden-backed security app was out, I was interested. The app, called “Haven” allows you to turn a cheap Android phone into an extremely sensitive alarm system. This offers massive potential for increased physical security; you can leave your stuff in your hotel room with a pretty guarantee that no on is going to get into your room without you knowing about it. With this in mind I started my test of the Haven security app. Continue reading “Snowden’s Haven Security App Review”

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”