It is time to take back control

Q: Which is the most secure browser, Brave, Chrome, or Firefox?

A: Great question! Few people ever give thought to the browser they are using, and just grab the one in front of them.

Let’s start with the 800 pound gorilla in the room–Chrome.

Q: Why do I need to Change Passwords so Often?

A: Actually, changing passwords on a routine basis is very old school, and is no longer mentioned in any US government cybersecurity guidelines.

What was found is that the more often people are forced to change their passwords, the sloppier they became with password creation – making passwords that were easier and easier to hack.

Android Phones Constantly Snoop On Their Users

As reported in a study released 20211006 by University of Edinburgh, UK and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, despite the public discontent over data harvesting by big tech, it is (of course) worse than any of us thought.

Your Location Data is Part of a $12 Billion Market

Something few of us pay any attention to is the location data that our mobile device is collecting and sharing. Literally every single step you take is recorded, archived, and sold. Based on your location data, your gender, income, political leanings, education, pregnancy status, and more can be inferred. Once this information has been sold, it can be used not only for marketing, but to spoon feed you targeted news and alerts.

It is Time For a New Router

A router is a hardware network device that allows other devices (such as computers, tablets, mobile phones, printers, smart watches, smart doorbells, webcams, etc.) to connect to your local area network (LAN), and then trough the router, communicate with each other (such as sending a file to be printed, or opening a file on the server), and connect to the internet.

Q: Would an online dating site request a credit card IMFO for a forgotten password? If fraud, what’s the next step?

A: If you use a credit card to pay for the service, and have forgotten your password, it is routine to use your credit card number to validate your identity.

Q: Can a person remotely control my phone with just my number or email without a password? Is there an app for them to do it?

A: If we are talking state actors, like CIA? Sure it can and has been done. The Pegasus malware has been in the news lately for doing just that. if you are talking hackers or high-level organized crime? There has been no evidence of it ever done.

Q: Why is Security So important to Apple?

Every business, to be successful, must differentiate themselves from the competition.

An obvious differentiator to use is security and privacy. MS has a long history of paying little attention to security and privacy. This makes it easy for a competitor – particularly one with a history of having better security and privacy (Apple) to fill that niche.

Q: What is the best anti-virus software to use with Firefox, and why?

A: Antivirus software typically works with your operating system. But there are a few that are specifically designed for use with browsers. As such, they are browser plug-ins or extensions. Such antivirus tools can block access to malicious websites or downloading malicious files.

Q: How do I hide browsing history from a network administrator?

A: You don’t. That is why they are the administrator and you are not! In any organization I support, attempting such action would be considered a breach of computer policy, with termination as the likely result.

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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).