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 prevent info from leaking. Is it better for intelligence agencies to hoard software vulnerabilities for use against others, or to report those vulnerabilities so they can be fixed? I delve into this topic in detail, exploring the pros and cons.

What if you could do one simple thing to protect your computer from most critical software bugs? It’s not only simple, it’s free and available to all users of modern Windows and Mac computers – and yet most people never use it! And as a bonus, I answer several of your questions from the mailbag about sharing WiFi passwords, choosing a cloud storage provider, protecting your kids while surfing the web, and things to consider when picking out a new computer!

For Further Insight:
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/04/border-search-bill-would-rein-cbp
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/306525/how-to-configure-and-use-automatic-updates-in-windows
https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2016/08/the_nsa_is_hoar.html

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.