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Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

Release Date: 12/03/2022

Solar Storm Apocalypse? Myth or Reality? Protect Your Grid (and Life) show art Solar Storm Apocalypse? Myth or Reality? Protect Your Grid (and Life)

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

Have you ever considered the impact of a powerful solar storm or an unexpected Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) on our way of life? This article dives deep into the resilience of our electric grid in the face of these potential threats, exploring the concerning "what ifs." Solar Flares and EMPs: Disrupting Our Connected World Solar Flares: These are massive eruptions of energy from the sun's surface. A powerful enough solar flare can induce electrical currents in our power grids, potentially causing widespread blackouts and damage to transformers. Electromagnetic Pulses (EMPs): These are bursts of...

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eSIM Exposed: Safeguarding Mobile Privacy & Combatting Hacks show art eSIM Exposed: Safeguarding Mobile Privacy & Combatting Hacks

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

  Chris's $10,000 smartphone hack is just one instance of a concerning trend of cyberattacks. Today, we're delving deep into eSIM technology, a game-changer in mobile privacy and security. Cybersecurity Concerns: The rise in hacking incidents highlights the urgent need for robust cybersecurity measures, especially in the mobile space. eSIM Technology: Exploring the intricacies of eSIMs reveals both their potential and the security challenges they present. Online Privacy: With eSIMs becoming more prevalent, understanding their impact on online privacy is crucial for users. Combatting...

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Disappear Online: Expert Tips for Digital Cleansing! show art Disappear Online: Expert Tips for Digital Cleansing!

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

  In today's digital age, our online presence can become cluttered and overwhelming, affecting not just our digital identity but also our cybersecurity and privacy. Let's delve into the expert secrets of digital cleansing to ensure a safer and more secure online journey: Understanding Digital Clutter: Learn how digital clutter impacts your life and why it's essential to tidy up your online presence. Cybersecurity Concerns: Uncover the risks posed by unchecked emails, unused accounts, and shares, and how they can compromise your cybersecurity. The Importance of Online Privacy:...

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Defend Your Digital Domain: Transforming Home Networks for Cybersecurity show art Defend Your Digital Domain: Transforming Home Networks for Cybersecurity

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

Hey there! Is your home Wi-Fi a potential cyber threat? Let’s bolster your network's defenses! Here's what you'll find in this guide: Privacy Concerns: Understand the risks associated with a vulnerable home network and the importance of safeguarding your personal information. Wi-Fi Security: Learn how to secure your home Wi-Fi network to prevent unauthorized access and protect your devices. Smart Devices: Explore the security challenges posed by smart devices and how to mitigate these risks effectively. Network Segregation: Delve into the concept of dividing your home network for...

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Unlocking the Secrets of Online Privacy: Cracking the Code to Secure Chats show art Unlocking the Secrets of Online Privacy: Cracking the Code to Secure Chats

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

Have you ever paused mid-message, wondering who might be lurking in the digital shadows? I've delved deep into the realms of online privacy, spam prevention, encryption, and the intricacies of organizing your digital life to keep your conversations secure. Join me on this thrilling journey through cyberspace as we unravel the secrets of safeguarding your chats. Here's what you'll discover in our expedition: Privacy in the Digital Age: Uncover the nuances of online privacy and learn how to navigate the digital landscape confidently. Combatting Cyber Threats: Dive into the world of...

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Defend Your Inbox: The Ultimate Plus Addressing Privacy Solution! show art Defend Your Inbox: The Ultimate Plus Addressing Privacy Solution!

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

Hey there! Ever find yourself drowning in a sea of spam emails? 📧 Fret not! I've got the perfect solution to not only declutter your inbox but also fortify your online privacy and cybersecurity. 🛡️ Introducing the ultimate guide to digital clean up, with a focus on plus addressing for enhanced privacy and organization. No more sifting through unwanted emails – this guide is your ticket to a streamlined and secure email experience. 📥 Here's what you'll find in this comprehensive guide: Privacy Reinforcement: Learn how plus addressing can act as a shield, allowing you to...

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Online Advertising Transformed: Google's Move Beyond Cookie Dependency show art Online Advertising Transformed: Google's Move Beyond Cookie Dependency

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

Hold onto your hats, tech enthusiasts! 🎩💻 Get ready for a seismic shift in the digital landscape as Google bids farewell to cookies, ushering in a new era where privacy is more than just wishful thinking. Say goodbye to the cookie craze! 🍪🚫 In my latest deep dive, "Digital Clean Up: Navigating Google's Game-Changing Shift in Online Advertising," I'm unraveling the intricacies of this groundbreaking move and what it means for all of us navigating the vast realms of the internet. 🌐🔍 Here's what you can expect in this enlightening journey: Advertising Evolution: Explore...

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Crack the Code: Mastering Windows Security and Digital Clean-Up Tactics show art Crack the Code: Mastering Windows Security and Digital Clean-Up Tactics

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

In the fast-paced world of technology, your Windows device needs the ultimate defense against cyber threats. I've revamped the guide, diving deep into the realms of anti-virus protection, cybersecurity, and online privacy. Here's your roadmap to a digitally clean and secure future: Windows Defender vs. Norton vs. Malwarebytes: Uncover the strengths and limitations of each superhero in the battle against cyber villains. The War Against Malware: Arm yourself with knowledge on the latest malware trends and the tools to combat them effectively. Guarding Your Cyber Fortress: Explore...

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Boost Online Privacy: A Cyber Spring Clean show art Boost Online Privacy: A Cyber Spring Clean

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

Is your digital realm resembling a messy attic? Files overflowing like forgotten knick-knacks, an inbox resembling a confetti blizzard, and social media feeds choked with digital dust bunnies? Fear not, fellow data denizens, for spring cleaning season has arrived – and this year, we're reclaiming our online peace of mind! But unlike dusting cobwebs and decluttering drawers, taming our digital wilderness requires a different arsenal. Forget brooms and vacuum cleaners – we're talking AI-powered assistants, data-detective hounds, and even a digital shredder for those long-dormant devices...

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Beyond Delete: The Ultimate Guide to Shredding Sensitive Digital Trails show art Beyond Delete: The Ultimate Guide to Shredding Sensitive Digital Trails

Craig Peterson - Secure Your Business, Your Privacy, and Save Your Sanity

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It's not your imagination: Shopping on Amazon has gotten worse

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/interactive/2022/amazon-shopping-ads/

[Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post]

Sure, Google and Facebook are chock full of ads, too. But on Amazon, we're supposed to be the customers, not the eyeballs for sale. We're paying Amazon to buy a product and probably paying for a membership in its Prime two-day shipping product.

When you search for a product on Amazon, you may not realize that most of what you see at first is advertising. Amazon is betraying your trust in its results to make an extra buck.

I call it the "shill results" business. Even when they contain a tiny disclaimer label — as do Amazon's — these ads can be misleading because they fill up spaces people have every reason to expect to collect trustworthy, independent information.

Privacy…

Tor vs. VPN: Which should you choose?

https://www.welivesecurity.com/2022/11/18/tor-vs-vpn-which-choose/

Tor and a VPN can significantly help you keep prying eyes away from your online life, but they're also two very different beasts. Which suits your needs better?

Tor is focused on anonymity. It relies on a network of servers, known as Tor nodes, located worldwide. These servers are set up by volunteer individuals and organizations that allocate their resources, computer, and internet bandwidth to support the network operations. Tor connects you to a random network of at least three nodes.

VPN providers rely on a network of dedicated servers. Once you connect to them, your IP address will be hidden from the websites you visit, and only the VPN you're using will know your real identity. Most reputable VPNs claim not to keep records of your online activity but do not provide anonymity.

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5 Free Tools to Check If Your Browser Is Safe and Private

https://www.makeuseof.com/free-tools-test-browser-security/

  1. Privacy Analyzer conducts various tests to help you gauge your browser's safety. To launch it, press the START TEST button. In a few seconds, you will get five detailed reports explaining what the website you visit knows about you.
  2. Qualys BrowserCheck scans a browser for potential vulnerabilities and other security issues and notifies users if they need to remove a plugin, install an update, etc.
  3. Cover Your Tracks is a competent tool that tests if your browser protects you from tracking
  4. AmIUnique determines if your browser is leaving a unique fingerprint online, making it easier for advertisers to target you. In addition, it is more detailed (and technical) than Cover Your Tracks.
  5. Cloudflare's tool will check if you are using a DNS resolver, analyze if you can be attacked via your browser, check if threat actors can see the certificates of websites your browser connects to, and so on.

Also included in the article is what to do if your browser fails, with recommendations on browsers and settings.

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Thinking about taking your computer to the repair shop? Be very afraid!

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/11/half-of-computer-repairs-result-in-snooping-of-sensitive-data-study-finds/

If you've ever worried about the privacy of your sensitive data when seeking a computer or phone repair, a new study suggests you have a good reason. It found that privacy violations occurred at least 50 percent of the time, not surprisingly, with female customers bearing the brunt.

Researchers recovered logs from laptops after receiving overnight repairs from 12 commercial shops. The records showed that technicians from six locations had accessed personal data and that two shops also copied data onto a personal device. In addition, devices belonging to females were more likely to be snooped on, and snooping tended to seek more sensitive data, including sexually revealing and non-sexual pictures, documents, and financial information.

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Google Changes Maps URL & Now Can Track You Everywhere - Even When You're Not Using Maps

https://www.instapaper.com/read/1556652472

maps.google.com was the defacto domain for Google Maps. Also, for as long as I can remember, I allowed this domain to use the location services of my browser.

Yesterday I was asked to allow the usage of location services for Google Maps seemingly out of nowhere. Of course, I accepted. After all, I just wanted to check a route to a local business and was in a hurry. Back home, I opened Google Maps again and noticed maps.google.com now redirects to google.com/maps. This implies that the permissions I give to Google Maps now apply to all of Google's services hosted under this domain.

Spies…

U.S. Bans Chinese Telecom Equipment and Surveillance Cameras Over National Security Risk

https://thehackernews.com/2022/11/us-bans-chinese-telecom-equipment-and.html

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) formally announced it would no longer authorize electronic equipment from Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua, deeming them an "unacceptable" national security threat.

"The FCC is committed to protecting our national security by ensuring that untrustworthy communications equipment is not authorized for use within our borders, and we are continuing that work here," FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a Friday order.

OpenSource…

Misconfigurations, Vulnerabilities Found in 95% of Applications

https://www.darkreading.com/application-security/misconfigurations-vulnerabilities-found-in-95-of-applications

Nearly every application has at least one vulnerability or misconfiguration that affects security, and a quarter of application tests found a highly or critically severe vulnerability, a new study shows.

With open-source software comprising nearly 80% of codebases, it's little surprise that 81% have at least one vulnerability, and another 85% have an open-source component that is four years out of date.

Scams…

New extortion scam threatens to damage sites' reputation, leak data

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/new-extortion-scam-threatens-to-damage-sites-reputation-leak-data/

An active extortion scam targets website owners and admins worldwide, claiming to have hacked their servers and demanding $2,500 not to leak data.

The attackers are sending emails with "Your website, databases and emails has been hacked" subjects. The emails appear non-targeted, with ransom demand recipients from all verticals, including personal bloggers, government agencies, and large corporations.

Even though these emails can be scary to those website owners who receive them, it is essential to remember that they are just scams.