Coffee Shop WiFi, Is It Safe?

A few years back I did a demonstration at KIPCUG on login security, and how I could capture someone’s login credentials using a Firefox plugin called Firesheep. In the demonstration I captured a Facebook users credentials and logged into their account. This was possible at the time because Facebook was not using any encryption in…

How To Spot Scam Email

We’ve all ran across this, an email that comes in that looks legitimate but something about it doesn’t feel right. What do you do with this kind of email? Do you open it to see what it is about. Did your uncle that you didn’t know you had really leave you a million dollars? Does…

How Scammers Scam

There are many scams out there to separate you and your love-ones from your hard earned money. One the most common scams is, you get a message in your email or text that says that your bank account has been charged for a Norton Anti-Virus subscription. The message has a phone number to call. You…

Secure Your Cloud Backup

Can you trust your favorite cloud storage site with your most private stuff? The answer is yes sort of. Google Drive and MS OneDrive are both very popular cloud storage sites. They both secure your data with AES 256bit encryption (very secure) during transfer and while it sets on their servers. The problem is you…

Big Ransomware Attack

The Ireland healthcare system has been hit by the biggest ransomware attack yet. The attackers requested $20 million for the keys to the systems data. The prime minister said they would not pay but I think they may have to because it is projected that the total to get things back in order is $600…

Create A Strong Master Password

Your going to use Bitwarden, LastPass or some other password manager but you need a strong yet easy to remember master-password. There are many strategies for creating good passwords. Here are few of those in this video, but there are many others… Steve Gibson’s Password Haystack is a tool to test the strength of your…

Manage Your Webkeys With KeeWeb

KeeWeb is a free and open-source password manager compatible with KeePass, available as a web version and desktop apps. The underlying file format is KDBX (KeePass database file). KeeWeb was praised by Ghacks Technology News in 2016 as “brand-new” fixing the “shortcoming of a web-based version” of KeePass, and by Tech Advisor in 2020 as…

My LastPass Replacement

You might have heard that LastPass is changing their free account to only allowing one device. The Premium account is only $3 per month but the change has given me an incentive to find a new password manager. I looked at several LastPass, a few were mobile apps only and that was no good. Some…

Are you still using weak passwords?

Week passwords are still a very big problem for the Internet. People are still using “password”, “123456”, and many other notorious expressions. These days if you not using a password manager like Lastpass to generate long, secure passwords and store them, you are not doing your due diligence to protect your information. Here’s Steve Gibson…

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About VPNs

As I mentioned before, for most uses you don’t need a VPN (Virtual Private Network). HTTPS with AES will keep secret from everyone however your ISP (Internet Service Provider) will no what URL your going to. They will not know what your doing there. The popular VPN services like Nord, PIA, Express VPN and others…