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Howard Zinn Quote

A New Kind of Human

I’m not normally a fan of retelling quotes (well, unless I’m quoting myself), but my thanks to our brilliant Andi West for bringing this one to my attention. It is all the more relevant to our security and privacy today than ever.

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Practical Paranoia macOS 10.13

Practical Paranoia macOS 10.13 1-Day Workshop with Marc Mintz

Practical Paranoia macOS 10.13 1-Day Workshop with Marc Mintz Secure your Mac OS 10.13 computer from malware, criminals, snoops, and the whackadoodle ex. Concerned about being hacked? Your identity stolen? Your precious data stolen or encrypted? You should be. Hacking is a billion-dollar enterprise and everyone is a potential target. At risk are your personal and business messages, emails, photos, […]

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How do I remove the guest user account in MacBook?

in macOS, a guest account allows a user to login with the username of guest, without a password. When logging out, anything created by the guest is deleted and the computer returned to its pre-guest status. The “guest” user in current generations of macOS is built into the OS and cannot be removed. However, that doesn’t […]

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How do I safeguard my privacy while leaving my smartphone at a service center?

What a great question! The bad news is that for the technician to do their job, they normally need your PIN. Once they have your PIN, you have completely lost the security battle. I recommend: Backup your device (to the cloud or computer). Reset/erase your device. Hand it over to the tech for service. Note: […]

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If I do not pay for Facebook, does that mean I am its product rather than its client?

Whether or not you pay for something such as Facebook is not relevant to whether or not you are a product. What makes you the product is if Facebook is making money from you other than any payments you may give. And they are. They make money with the information about your likes, your dislikes, […]

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What would you do if your phone was stolen and the thief sold it?

Buy another phone and get on with my life. Oh. Wait. I have an iPhone. It has hardware encryption, so neither the thief nor the buyer can access my information. It is automatically backed up, so all my apps and data will repopulate a new iPhone. If this were the worst thing to happen to […]

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Is it unusual that I have never used virus protection on my computers and have had no problems?

How do you know? Poorly-designed malware introduces problems on a system. Well-designed malware often goes for years (potentially forever) without detection. If you have macOS or Linux computer, the potential for malware is low. If you have windows, the potential is very high.

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Why won’t Mac computers get some types of viruses?

Viruses are just computer programs, or sometimes Scripts. All computer programs and scripts are written to work with specific hardware configurations. And just like you can’t put Microsoft word for windows on a Mac and have it run, you can’t put windows viruses on a Mac and have it run. By the way, the same […]

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What are the symptoms of computer viruses?

If I may, a better phrased question is “what are the symptoms of a poorly designed virus“. The reason for the change is that a well crafted virus will not have any symptoms showing on your computer. There have been many examples of malware that have been in place and operating for years with nobody […]

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Can the government force you to unlock your gadget?

I am not an attorney, and am not providing legal advice – just the advice of someone working in cyber security. To my understanding, you can be compelled to provide your password. The issue of fingerprint is being argued – but it is terribly simple to obtain your fingerprint from any surface you have touched […]

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