Do you know where your software’s been? If you’re downloading your apps and driver software from third parties, you may be getting more than you bargained for. Software download sites may be attaching unwanted extras to your installers in order to make money. And bad guys are also hacking these sites to trick you into downloading malware. I’ll tell you how to ensure your software is pristine.

In other news, Equifax admits that it lost even more sensitive information in the massive hack that affected over 145 million customers last year. Some key Apple source code in revealed that may help hackers attack your iPhone. And Lenovo announces critical bugs in the WiFi software on many of its ThinkPad laptops.

Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.