Security

Cybersecurity Advent – Day 06

Today’s Cybersecurity tip is: enable multifactor authentication (MFA) or two-factor authentication (2FA) You’re already familiar with authentication, which is proving you are who you say you are. The most popular way to authenticate to a service or system online is using an email address and password. These are considered “something Read more…

Security

Cybersecurity Advent – Day 05

Today’s Cybersecurity tip is: encrypt everything Encryption seems like a scary topic to a lot of people; and if you get into the weeds of the algorithms used and salts and hashes … it certainly can be. But for most people in everyday life, encryption boils down to securing data or Read more…

Security

Cybersecurity Advent – Day 04

Today’s Cybersecurity tip is: backup your devices If you’ve never experienced a hard drive crash on your computer or your mobile phone completely dying and you lose everything on your device … consider yourself lucky. We put a lot of information, time, and effort into our devices, and if we ever Read more…

Security

Cybersecurity Advent – Day 03

Today’s Cybersecurity tip is: review your computer’s privacy settings It’s no secret that companies gather information about their customers. The problem is when we don’t pay attention and let them gather everything about us and our habits. While their service may be great, and their intentions innocent, if they’ve got Read more…

Security

Cybersecurity Advent – Day 02

Today’s Cybersecurity tip is: use anti-virus and anti-malware Adding another layer of security is installing an anti-virus AND an anti-malware program on your computer AND your phone. Macs, Windows, iPhones, Androids … all of them are potentially vulnerable. Also, no single anti-virus program can catch everything, but something is better than nothing. Read more…

Security

Cybersecurity Advent – Day 01

Today’s Cybersecurity tip is: update your devices The most effective way to stay safe is to run the latest patches and software updates on your computer and mobile devices. While we hear all the time about zero-day vulnerabilities, most exploits happen because of known vulnerabilities that have been in the Read more…

Security

Cybersecurity Advent Calendar

Starting on Friday, December 1, I’m going to post a series of security tips to help people learn to keep themselves safe on their computers, on their phones, and online. While I’m using the “advent” aspect of a child’s advent calendar, these aren’t religious-based or meant to imply anything other Read more…

Food

Organic Foods Aren’t Healthier

For the record, I don’t shop for organic foods because they’re healthier. I shop for them because they’re grown and/or produced without the use of (or with severely limited use of) pesticides. According to this article in The Telegraph the other day, an amateur entomological society in Germany has been Read more…

Android

Testing from Android

Nifty, eh. Not only did I manage to get WordPress up and running for a couple domains, I also managed to tweak it to access from the Android WordPress app. It’s been too long since I’ve messed with technical stuff; I need to make a habit of it. So yeah, Read more…

Security

Password123

A security analyst working for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provided guidance back in 2003 that was used as the basis for a lot of security policies. His guidance was that passwords should be complex (special characters, numbers, mix of upper/lower case, etc.) and changed frequently … Read more…