A collection of 18 posts
🔥HOT DEALS ON FREEZES❄ Infinite Credit Freezes for the Low Price of $0
🔥HOT DEALS ON FREEZES❄ Once upon a very odd and scary time, security and privacy conscious citizens had to fork over anywhere between $10-$50 to evil credit bureaus every time they needed to get a new mobile phone line. This dark age ended on September 21, 2018.
Our Weird Obsession With Keeping Our Trash Bins Clean
SF Bay Area households can cover San Francisco entirely in a thin layer of plastic liner bags every 7 months. A couple years ago, I finally caught up to the reality that lining trash bins with plastics bags is not only a relatively useless endeavor, but also harmful to the environment.
Stop, Drop, & Freeze. Rinse & Repeat. (The Equifax Edition)
Two years ago I was notified that Experian had a major data breach [https://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/10/experian-breach-affects-15-million-consumers/] that affected 15 million customers records including date of birth, social security numbers, drivers license IDs, addresses and more. Despite being in the security industry, I had put off protecting my
The Weekday (Vege)||(Pesce) tarian
This post IS NOT about promoting vegetarianism, veganism, raw vegansism, or eating more healthy. This post IS about how to make your impact on long term sustainable food consumption in a way that you can...sustain...long term. If eating more healthy is a ::ahem:: 'healthy' ::ahem:: side effect of
Your IRS IP PIN Might Actually Hand Your Refund to Criminals, Unless...
Freezing Your Credit - The Gift That Keeps on Giving You thought the worst had already passed. After you got a notification in the mail that your SSN and other personal information had been leaked in a data breach, you enrolled in that feel good free credit monitoring service offered
The Power of 'Undo'
One of the benefits of not having any brand allegiance in the 'smartphone wars' is that I've been able to appreciate subtle differences between brands after bouncing from Windows Mobile, to Android, to iPhone, and back to Android. As much as Apple is heralded for its attention to holistic user
My High School's Mascot Is 'Gator'
So now you know my answer to "What was your high school's Mascot?". But that's OK. I don't actually use this security question anywhere, and if I am forced to answer such a question, I won't actually use the real answer. Answers to typical security questions can be guessed from
Let's Get 2nd Level
The last step in this three [http://www.lessismoreorless.com/2015/12/02/you-only-need-to-remember-4-passwords/] part [http://www.lessismoreorless.com/2015/12/02/my-high-school-mascot-is-a-gator/] blog post, is to enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for any account supporting it (full list here [https://twofactorauth.org/]). 2FA can help you buy some time to
You Only Need To Remember 4 Passwords
Its Time To Simplify Your Password Game Text passwords might be dying, but they aren't leaving anytime soon. You can now use your fingerprint to unlock your phone, your face to login to your computer, and eventually your biorhythms [https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/bionym] to login to virtually anything.
Applying Common Sense to Data Breach Response
I believe some major revisions are needed for post breach etiquette (if you do too, please sign this MoveOn petition [https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/mandate-companies-provide?source=c.em.cp&r_by=18758059] and whitehouse.gov petition [https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/mandate-companies-provide-consumers-basic-identity-fraud-protections-following-data-breaches] ). While there have been some [https://www.
Why Is Experian Asking For My Money After Losing My Social Security Number?
Some of the recent breaches that hit Anthem and Experian are worst case scenarios for consumers. In these cases, your core personal information (SSN, maiden name, previous addresses, etc.) are already housed at these two companies even if you did not explicitly directly give them this information. Events that require
Stop, Drop, and Freeze
Watching that 3rd rerun of Sports Center? Checking Instagram for the 4th time this hour? Unless you are doing something urgent, it is probably worth it to set aside an hour or so right now to drastically reduce your chance of losing thousands of dollars and weeks of time. Have