Tips And Tricks

How to Prep Your Phone for International Travel

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

How to Prep Your Phone for International Travel

You’ve bought your plane tickets, booked your Airbnb, stocked up on tiny shampoo bottles. The only thing separating you from that summer jaunt to Mexico or the Bahamas or the south of France is the plane ride, and setting up your phone to come along with you. Sure, vacation should be the time to power down, disconnect, and focus on the people in front of you. But that doesn’t mean giving up the option of getting directions from Google Maps or documenting your exotic meal on Instagram. Using your phone abroad used to be complicated, expensive, or both, but it’s getting easier and easier. Here...

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3 Ways to Boost Your Family’s Online Security This Holiday

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

3 Ways to Boost Your Family’s Online Security This Holiday

Along with strategically avoiding any remotely political conversations, now’s the perfect time to help your loved ones better understand their personal digital security. They need it now more than ever. It’s a whole lots easier to walk someone through a security hygiene lesson when you’re both in the same room. The simpler the better, and there’s nothing quite as straightforward as an in-person lesson. “You don’t want to add things that might make it more complicated for people to use a technology, but some of it is pretty simple and really adds an extra layer of protection,” says Michael...

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Some Basic Security Tips for the Clinton Campaign (and Anyone Else)

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

Some Basic Security Tips for the Clinton Campaign (and Anyone Else)

The hacks on coming. Even as reporters were still poring through a Wikileaks dump of emails stolen from the accounts of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff earlier this year, someone compromised the Twitter account of her campaign chair, John Podesta, and tweeted a pro-Trump message. Since the team clearly continues to be targeted, now seems like a good time to run down some basic security hygiene. None of this is advanced infosec. It wouldn’t, by itself, stop a determined hacker, especially one with ample, state-sponsored resources. The good news, though,...

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What to Do With Your Old iPhone

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

What to Do With Your Old iPhone

Did you just preorder a new iPhone? Planning to upgrade in the near future? Give some thought to how you can make the best use of that old device you’re leaving behind. Sell It to Amazon You could sell your device as an independent seller on Amazon, but the easier path is to let Amazon sell it for you. You can use Amazon’s trade-in service to get an estimate based on your iPhone’s capacity, finish, and condition. Amazon gives you a mailing label, you send in the phone, then Amazon gives you a gift card for the prearranged amount. The company sells the phone to some stranger for a profit, and...

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People, Please Don’t Store Private Data in Your Address Book

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

People, Please Don’t Store Private Data in Your Address Book

There’s been some controversy over the data that Donald Trump’s campaign app collects. Though the America First app asks before accessing anything on both Android and iOS, it gathers and stores the data from smartphone address books as soon as it is granted permission. The situation probably doesn’t sound like a big deal, especially since the app requests consent, but if you store valuable private information in your contact lists—like security codes, passwords, health information, or social security numbers—it definitely poses a threat. But if you’re doing that, you’re doing it wrong....

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What Is Full Disk Encryption?

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Tips And Tricks | 0 comments

What Is Full Disk Encryption?

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about encryption and what the FBI terms its “Going Dark” problem—its inability to read the communications of surveillance targets because more and more data is being encrypted. And while the end-to-end messaging encryption that protects data in transit in apps like WhatsApp get a lot of press, it’s a problem that applies equally a data at rest. The kind that full-disk encryption is designed to protect. That type of protection did get significant attention during the recent FBI-Apple battle over protected data on the San Bernardino shooter’s...

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