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Automatically Protect All Devices From Internet Malware and Adult Content

With your computers, tablets, and smartphones, you can add a layer of protection against malware by installing quality antimalware software. But what about your printer, smartwatch, doorbell, thermostat… you get the picture. Each of these smart devices are open to a breach, and few offer any option to install or configure security.

80% of Orgs That Paid Ransom Were Hit Again

A new study by Cyberreason has found that 80% of organizations that were hit with ransomware and paid to get the decryption key, were then hit once again with another ransomware. Approximately 50% of the new attacks were from the original criminals, and 50% were from new criminals. Discover how to quickly and easily improve your ransomware defenses.

Secure ALL Your Internet of Things with VPN

Criminals are focusing attention on your IoT devices because they are often far easier to penetrate than servers, computers, and mobile devices. In fact, many of the older IoT devices (when it comes to technology, older may mean three years old) have no functional security at all!

Amazon Set to Share Your Internet With Neighbors – How to Opt Out

Come this Tuesday, June 8, 2021, Amazon will launch the Amazon Sidewalk service. This service for Echo and Ring devices automatically opts-in to share your internet bandwidth with other Amazon devices in the neighborhood.

At first glance, this service is a great idea. Share a small slice of your internet bandwidth – 80Kb/s and a 500Mb monthly cap – with other Echo and Ring devices that have lost connection with their home wi-fi. For example, if your next door neighbors’ Ring doorbell loses connection with the home wi-fi, the it will automatically connect with the neighbor’s wi-fi for uninterrupted service.

Apple’s MagSafe Devices May Affect Pacemakers

As reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the MagSafe wireless charging technology used in Apple’s latest iPhone 12 phones may interfere with cardiac pacemakers.

It was found that the additional magnet used in the new iPhones could cause interference when placed on the skin directly above the pacemaker, or approximately within 0.6″ of the pacemaker. Apple has an advisory stating the iPhone 12 does not pose a greater risk for magnet interference when compared to older generation iPhones.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Office 365 Email Encryption and Prevent Forwarding

No need to use a third-party encryption application if you have an Office 365 subscription and an Outlook.com account. By sending an email from the Outlook.com site, you can automatically encrypt your email, or both encrypt and prevent forwarding of your email.

Google (Finally) Blocking Access to Android Advertising IDs

All Android devices have the option to opt-out of targeted advertising by hiding the device Advertising ID. Google now admits this setting doesn’t do much to protect the user from being tracked. However, starting with Android 12 devices coming late 2021, and then rolling out to all other Android devices with Google Play, true opt-out will come in 2022.

Practical Paranoia macOS 11 Security Essentials Version 5.0.2 Released

Practical Paranoia macOS 11 Security Essentials version 5.0.2 has just released. Includes new cybersecurity and privacy fixes for macOS 11.4. Owners of the Live edition have automatically been updated. Owners of the Kindle version can receive their free update by deleting the current version from their Kindle device, and then downloading the update from their Kindle Library.

New macOS Malware Breaks Apple Security To Take Photos

A new malware has been discovered on macOS (both Intel and Apple silicon Macs). This malware is able to bypass the built-in privacy feature called Transparency Consent and Control. By assuming another apps’ authorization settings, the malware is able to record the screen, take photographs, and other privacy-invading actions without notifying the user. The vulnerability has been fixed in macOS 11.4.

More Reasons to Ditch Your Browser Extensions

Researchers have analyzed 186,434 Chrome browser extensions, finding 2,485 disabled at least one security header. By disabling the security header, the user computer system was made vulnerable to issues such as bypassing HTTPS encrypted connection, cross-site scripting attacks, and stealing browser data. Read more to find how to protect your system, data, and privacy.

The Practical Paranoid makes all of our books available in three formats to best meet your unique needs:

 

  • Paperback.

    This is the traditionally published book. Most are 7.5”x9.25” for easy shelving, reading, and carrying. The biggest advantages of paperback is that you can quickly move through the book, and you can write notes, highlight passages, and even dog ear pages.

  • Kindle.

    The ebook took the market by storm, with Amazon’s Kindle format being the most popular. These are exact replica’s of the paperback editions. You can read a Kindle book on an Amazon reader, any Android or iOS phone or tablet, and macOS and Windows computers. With Kindle books, you can update to the latest book version by deleting the book from your device, and then download the current version from your Kindle Library.

  • Live.

    The Practical Paranoid has taken the ebook one step further. With our Live editions, you will always have the most current version of the book. Live books are exact pdf replica’s of the paperback editions that are viewed online in a browser. Any device that has Internet and browser capabilities will have full access to Live books without even downloading them.

A Great Step-By-Step Guide You'd be Foolish Not to Follow

This reviewer is a 60+, female, self-trained MAC user currently in OS10.8.1 and getting ready to buy a new MAC with Mavericks OS. I purchased and read Marc’s book cover to cover in preparation for understanding the scope of my commitment to get my new Maverick OS computer set-up in the most optimal way, for my home-use network. I want to get it hardened from the get-go. This was the best forty odd-dollar investment I could have made.

Practical Paranoia for the non-paranoid...


I became a client of Marc’s five or six years ago when I said goodbye to Windows, became a Mac shop and put in an OS X server. So when Marc announced his new book, Practical Paranoia, I didn’t waste any time buying a copy.

The reason is simple, when Marc tells you something, you can take it to the bank.

The book is clean, well organized, designed to be completely accessible for the non-geek, and provides step-by-step screen shots and instructions on how to save yourself from the nightmare of data loss or breach.

Best Book on the Subject


Easy to use – I did about half of the recommendations in under an hour. I’m a writer and I run a business from home. I’m not so technically adept. When I travel, I hate packing up all my equipment and putting things in storage to make sure that, in the unlikely event the house is robbed, all my data is safe and I could easily restart my business from a backup in the cloud. This book is a “paint-by-numbers” approach to security for every aspect of a computer system, from backups to email to encrypting the physical drives.

There’s really nothing else on the subject, unless you want to read technical blogs for days. This book has it all in one place and makes it easy for even a normal person (like me).