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Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons Podcast

A Podcast on Computer Security & Privacy for Non-Techies


Last Episode Date: 10 June 2024

Total Episodes: 380

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10 June 2024
Anom: The FBI’s Phone Company

Encrypted communications are important for everyone, even if you have nothing to hide. But they're also important when you're trying to hide global criminal operations. Drug smugglers and money launderers have special needs when it comes to secure messaging. Several phone co...

3 June 2024
Migrate to Mastodon

Most major social media platforms are a hot mess. Your feed is filled with tons of crap you never asked to see and your data is mined mercilessly to serve you targeted ads. The promise of having a place to trade interesting posts with friends and family is now muddied up wit...

65 min
27 May 2024
Why Privacy Matters

Our privacy has never been more threatened. While some of us are vaguely aware of this, most of the rampant data collection and sharing is completely opaque. And the consequences are more dire than most of us realize. We can't afford to be complacent. We need to push back, t...

67 min
20 May 2024
How to Choose a PIN

Security experts talk at length about how to choose a good password - but we don't often talk about how to choose a good PIN code. A recent analysis by a researcher shows popular patterns humans use when choosing PIN codes, and therefore what you should avoid doing. In th...

71 min
13 May 2024
Inside Ukraine’s IT Army

Russia has been hacking Ukraine for at least a decade now, but since the invasion of Ukraine in February of 2022, the cyber war has changed. Instead of being a tactical element, cyber war is now a full-fledged strategic aspect of the conflict, on both sides. At the outset, U...

49 min
6 May 2024
Please Quit Chrome

Google's Chrome browser has dominated the planet - both on desktop computers and mobile devices. Furthermore, many other popular web browsers are actually based on the same Google-made Chromium browser engine, including Microsoft Edge and Brave Browser. This gives Google an ...

72 min
29 April 2024
The Rise of CBDC

AI has been grabbing all the tech headlines, but cryptocurrency is still innovating and changing. One of the primary goals of cryptocurrency was to be decentralized and therefore not controlled by governments like fiat currency. That is about to change. Central Bank Digital ...

68 min
22 April 2024
Just Do It: Freeze Your Credit

You've heard people like me recommend this for years. It's time to just do it: freeze your credit report. There are really no downsides at this point. For example, it's now free everywhere in the US, by law. It's also free to temporarily "thaw" your credit. And it's gotten a...

80 min
15 April 2024
Protecting Kids Online

There's a lot of nasty stuff online - things we would prefer our kids not see, at least not until they're mature enough to handle it. Our elected representatives have proposed various regulations to try to protect kids online, and while this is obviously a laudable goal, the...

70 min
8 April 2024
Answering Listener Questions

Today I answer some of the most interesting listener questions from the past several months, including: how to do you get SMS 2FA codes while traveling abroad; should I periodically change all my passwords; how do hackers attack IoT devices inside my home network; can a webs...

58 min
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