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🎧 Mobile Privacy: A Modern Oxymoron

Our mobile phones today are chock full of private information and are constantly tattling about our whereabouts and activities. Most phones today have GPS,...
Futurist Gray Scott: Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever 1

🎧 Futurist Gray Scott: Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever

Over five million jobs will be lost by 2020 as a result of developments in genetics, artificial intelligence, robotics and other technological change, according...
"I Am Optimistic About Mankind's Future," says Doc Dave Dockery

🎧 “I Am Optimistic About Mankind’s Future,” says Doc Dave Dockery

The emotional impact technology has had on our lives has unarguably transformed society. The current generation doesn't know a world without computers; yet for Doc Dave...
Masking Your Digital Footprints

🎧 Masking Your Digital Footprints

WikiLeaks dumped almost 9000 pages of secret CIA documents on the web for all to see, detailing dozens of secret hacking tools and techniques....

🎧 Your Privacy is Now Under a Dark CLOUD

Your privacy and 4th amendments rights were dealt another blow last week, while no one was really looking. Congress opened the door to more...
Screen Addiction An Epidemic

Screen Addiction An Epidemic

So here we go—another dire warning of the addictive qualities, and costs, of small screens on children and adults. But is this warning more...
Your Email is as Vulnerable as Sending a Postcard

🎧 Your Email is as Vulnerable as Sending a Postcard

Would you write banking information, passwords, private conversation or any sensitive data on the back of a postcard? Sounds like a silly question perhaps -...
Dark Web Reveals Evil Side of Mankind, Bob Francis

🎧 Dark Web Reveals Evil Side of Mankind, Bob Francis

If you thought you knew all there was to know about the internet - think again! There is a sister universe on the web...
Shaping The New Narrative, Big Brother & Big Media - Sharyl Attkisson 2

🎧 Shaping The New Narrative, Big Brother & Big Media – Sharyl Attkisson

The new narrative today involves; as Sharyl Attkisson puts it 'Shady Political Operatives' - who have essentially taken possession of the minds, bodies and emotions of an entire...
Potential Attacks on America's Infrastructure, Colonel Waurishuk

🎧 Potential Attacks on America’s Infrastructure, Colonel Waurishuk

There are so many basics of life that we take for granted in America, our water; our electrical grid; our phones; our ability to...

🎧 The Mouse That Scored, How Copyright Went Wrong

In the first of a two-part interview, activist and author Cory Doctorow explains how copyright law has failed to keep up with the realities...
How The Bad Guys Trick You Into Taking Their Bait

🎧 How The Bad Guys Trick You Into Taking Their Bait

“Phishing” is one of the most common and most effective ways for the bad guys to get your passwords or credit card information. In...
The 'Cyber-Fairy' Revisited & 'Healthy Seeds' for your new year

🎧 The ‘Cyber-Fairy’ Revisited & ‘Healthy Seeds’ for your new year

While you were sleeping, the Washington cyber-fairy got her way again by convincing Congress to slide language in the omnibus budget bill that arguably violates...
Changing the way we teach our kids, Will Rhame

🎧 Changing the way we teach our kids, Will Rhame

Our kids are spending the bulk of their time on technology - some reports have kids spending as much as 12 hours a day on their...

🎧 Do We Own Any Media We Buy Anymore?

In the second of my two-part interview with activist and author Cory Doctorow, we discuss how copy protection schemes (called “Digital Rights Management”) is...

Security Tips from a Professional Hacker

Should you cover your webcam? Is anti-virus software worth the money? How do you know if you’ve been hacked? How do you know what...
How Dumb Are Your 'Smart Devices'?

🎧 How Dumb Are Your ‘Smart Devices’?

Do you have a “smart” TV? Or an Internet-connected baby monitor? Then you are a part of the Internet of Things (IoT)! Welcome to...
If You Use Public WiFi At The Hotel, Airport, Coffee Shop....

🎧 If You Use Public WiFi At The Hotel, Airport, Coffee Shop….

If you use public WiFi of any sort at the hotel, airport, or coffee shop (AND WHO DOESN'T), then you need to pay attention....
Why CloudBleed Wasn’t So Bloody Scary

🎧 Why CloudBleed Wasn’t So Bloody Scary

The media was once again telling everyone to light their hair on fire over the latest web bug that threatens to expose all of...
Protecting Your Privacy at the US Border

🎧 Protecting Your Privacy at the US Border

What are your rights at the border? It depends on your immigration status, and even US citizens will not enjoy their usual Constitutional rights...
Congress Just Sold You Out (Again)

🎧 Congress Just Sold You Out (Again)

This week I discuss the stunning repeal of Internet privacy provisions with Ernesto Falcon from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Congress narrowly passed a bill...

🎧 Is This a Bitcoin Boom or a Bubble?

Bitcoin has been all over the news lately, and rightly so. The digital “coin” was worth $1000 a year ago, and peaked at nearly...
Learn These WannaCry Lessons Before Round 2 Hits

🎧 Learn These WannaCry Lessons Before Round 2 Hits

The WannaCry virus hit over 200,000 computers in over 150 countries in a matter of days. While WannaCry spread quickly, it had some fatal...
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🎧 Achieving Trust in the Digital Age

Is trust just an emotion or is it more than that? In this week’s episode, I speak at length with Jeffrey Ritter: a lawyer,...

Mobile Privacy: A Modern Oxymoron

Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons Podcast (transcript) Carey Parker: Hey everybody, welcome back to Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons. We've got another interview show for you today,...
NotPetya Malware Strikes, Everything You Need to Know

🎧 NotPetya Malware Strikes, Everything You Need to Know

Lawrence Abrams is the creator and CEO of Bleeping Computer, and he and I delve into the latest malware sweeping the globe called NotPetya...
Intel Closes a Nine-Year Backdoor

🎧 Intel Closes a Nine-Year Backdoor

This week I’ll tell you why you should not be using Microsoft’s Edge Browser, how to find out if you were bitten by a...
Inoculating the World Against Malware

🎧 Inoculating the World Against Malware

The WannaCry ransomware worm spread across the planet is a matter of hours, infecting over 200,000 computers in just a matter of hours -...
Facebook Murder Fantasy

🎧 Facebook Murder Fantasy

Tracy starts out the show talking about being solo during this Easter edition podcast. He talks about the band Green Day and how they...

🎧 Rise of the Machines: Should We Fear Artificial Intelligence?

Will the robots rise up and take over? Or will Artificial Intelligence usher in a Utopian future? These concepts may have seemed like science...
Social Media's Numbing Effect

🎧 Social Media’s Numbing Effect

Social Media, an incredible platform. But has it disconnected us from being more genuine and human? Every time a celebrity passes, social media reminds...
Why I Killed my Company to Save my Customers, pt 2

🎧 Why I Killed my Company to Save my Customers, pt 2

In this final segment, we address the classic conundrum: law enforcement believes that your servers hold key information that would prevent a devastating terror...
Cyber Travel Tips: What To Know Before You Go

🎧 Cyber Travel Tips: What To Know Before You Go

Summer is upon us and for many of us that means travel - but before you even pack your bags, you need to listen...
Don’t Tread on My Bits: Why Net Neutrality Matters

Don’t Tread on My Bits: Why Net Neutrality Matters

Are you ready for the next YouTube, Netflix or Hulu? Then you need to fight to save net neutrality. Today I discuss the threatened...
The Feds Plan For Cars That Can Track & Tattle On You

🎧 The Feds Plan For Cars That Can Track & Tattle On You

The Internet of Things will soon include cars... what could possibly go wrong? If all the cars on the road could tell each other...
When the Hackers Become the Hacked

🎧 When the Hackers Become the Hacked

The Shadow Brokers have dumped a treasure trove of NSA secret hacking tools, proving that even the best secret-keepers in the country can’t always...
Hackers Crack Safes, Teslas, Car Washes and Voting Machines

🎧 Hackers Crack Safes, Teslas, Car Washes and Voting Machines

Chris Romeo regales us with tales of safe-cracking robots, demonic car washes, possessed Teslas, and hacking of voting machines! Where did this all happen?...
Creating and Remembering Killer Passwords 1

🎧 Creating and Remembering Killer Passwords

Passwords are the bane of our modern existence. Why the hell haven’t we figured out a better way to prove who we are? Today...
Our Intelligence Dilemma

Our Intelligence Dilemma

Following the 9/11 terrorist attack, the federal government immediately reformed its existing security programs by creating new bureaucracies. The previously unknown Patriot Act immediately...

🎧 Your Privacy Rights Are Under Assault at the U.S. Border

There are bills before Congress to use drones along our border for mass surveillance and provisions to capturing all manner of biometric data when...
Sociopathic Corporations Operate Like The Mafia

Sociopathic Corporations Operate Like The Mafia

This past Monday I watched some dramatic live coverage from Mandan, North Dakota on Democracy Now’s website. The coverage showed the celebration of the official...

🎧 Old Spectre Causes Computer Meltdown

This week a couple of truly nasty computer hardware bugs were revealed by security researchers. Dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, the exploits take advantage of...

🎧 I’m Deleting Facebook. You Should, Too.

At Facebook, it’s critically important to remember that you are not the customer, you’re the product. None of Facebook’s users pay a dime for...

🎧 How to Live in the Era of Fake News

Jeffrey Ritter, author of “Achieving Digital Trust”, is back to help us understand the phenomenon of “fake news” and to explain why it’s not...

🎧 If You Aren’t Backing Up, Your Data is on Borrowed Time

Do you have backup copies of all your family photos and home videos? What about your tax documents and other financial data? Maybe you...

🎧 Curl Up With a Good (Security) Book for the Holidays!

While you have some down time over the holidays, it’s a great opportunity to learn something new. I humbly suggest some cybersecurity and privacy...

🎧 Choosing the Safest Web Browser

In our next installment of the Castle Defense 101 series, I’ll help you to choose the web browser that will keep you safe and...
Google's Psych-War On Police No Laughing Matter

Google’s Psych-War On Police No Laughing Matter

Those who don’t believe that there is an active War on Police are naïve. This war impacts law enforcement officers on many fronts including...

🎧 The Best & Worst Cyber-Gifts of 2017

The gift-giving season is upon us and technology presents are always popular! But what you may not realize that the hackers and marketers out...

🎧 File Your Taxes Before the Bad Guys Do!

It's that time of year again: tax time. And that means it's also high season for identity thieves and scammers. Millions of people are...

🎧 Project Galileo: Ensuring the Silent Voices Are Heard

Many of the most important voices on the web today are individuals or small, low-budget organizations: human rights groups, investigative journalists, political dissidents, and...

🎧 Using Ad Blockers to Tame Those Annoying Web Ads

Web ads are the bane of our web-surfing existence, and yet people repeatedly reject the notion of paying for web content. How do we...

🎧 Make Your New Years (Cyber) Resolutions!

It’s that time of year again - time for New Years Resolutions! While you consider going to the gym or maybe drinking a little...

🎧 Goodbye Privacy, Hello Panopticon

Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not tracking you! And just because you feel that you have nothing to hide doesn’t mean...

🎧 The Fight for Net Neutrality Isn’t Over

Net Neutrality suffered a severe but expected setback this week when the new FCC repealed the protections enacted in 2015 by a 3-2 party...

🎧 Upholding the Bill of Rights in Cyberspace

Can law enforcement force you to divulge your passwords? How do you limit the scope of a search warrant on an iPhone? Is powerful...

It’s Time for Everyone to use Secure Email

In the era of mass surveillance, our communications are being hoovered up, searched and stored by both corporations and intelligence agencies, without a warrant...

🎧 Facebook’s Two-Faced Privacy

Facebook has wants your face. Guess we should have seen that coming. While Facebook has been using face recognition for years now, it began...

🎧 Authorized Personnel Only: Saving You from Yourself

You know the best way to limit what malware can do on your system? Limit what YOU can do! Software on computers generally inherits...

🎧 Doing the Cybersecurity Two-Step

Despite being available for seven years, less than 10% of Google users have taken advantage of two-factor authentication. And yet, two-factor (or “two-step”) authentication...

🎧 A Nasty Worm in Your Apple Product (and How to Fix It)

It’s been a rough week or so for Apple products, in particular their new Macintosh operating system version called High Sierra. A horrendous security...

If you don’t know what Facebook knows about you, you should – and you will, when you read this!

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google, Instagram... we commonly refer to these services as "social media". The premise is that they allow you to easily...

🎧 Beware the Reaper – Lock Down Your LAN

We have a lot to catch up on! This week we discuss a Bad Rabbit, a grim Reaper, and some risky Russians. A new...

🎧 You Should Know What Facebook Knows

Have you ever really stopped to consider the sheer amount of data Facebook has on you? How long have you had your Facebook account?...

🎧 Beware Geeks Bearing Gifts

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...

🎧 Data Privacy Day: Take Control of Your Data

Data Privacy Day is upon us, and today is the day you take back your online privacy. And I’m going to help you do...

🎧 Don’t Tread on My Internet: Saving Net Neutrality

Chairman Ajit Pai and the FCC voted to gut net neutrality late last year - but the fight is not over. The United States...

🎧 Best Buy Geek Squad or Spy Squad?

Would you take your computer in for repair if you knew the technicians would be scanning your hard drive looking for anything suspicious while...

TECH DEMENTIA

Once upon a time there was this thing called a map. It was a large paper graph showing bridges, roads, highways and signs. Today...

🎧 Who Was at the Scene of the Crime? Google Knows!

Google truly does know everything. Law enforcement is now turning to the search company to locate potential crime suspects. Google owns Android and Waze,...

Locking Down the Internet of Things (IoT)

With all the news of the Reaper malware that’s infecting Russia and Ukraine, and reminders of the disaster of last year’s Miria botnet, it’s...

🎧 Defending Your Home From Rogue IoT Devices

Our electronics and appliance manufacturers are desperately trying to turn all of their “dumb” products into “smart” ones by connecting them to the Internet...

🎧 Why You Need to Ditch WhatsApp

Ever since WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for a staggering $19B, the extremely popular global messaging app has been losing its focus...

🎧 We Now Live in the Golden Age of Surveillance

Phil Zimmermann fought a multi-year court battle and risked years in jail in order to defend your right to privacy. Phil created an email...

🎧 GDPR: Here I Come, Ready or Not

On May 25th, the European Union will begin enforcing the GDPR - a sweeping set of regulations designed to return control of user data...