U2F and second factors to get rid of phishing!

This week’s post in minimal security is about second factors. Apart from password managers, this is perhaps something you can apply that increases your security the most. As we have seen in my post about password managers, passwords can be stolen from websites. A universal second factor (U2F) registered with a website will protect your accounts even if your password has been compromised. One other advantage is that it also protects against phishing. Google reported that…

password manager – minimal effort; awesome security

This weeks topic in minimal security is on password managers. I have a few older post where I talk about passwords and tools or the importance of strong passwords. I want to reiterate password managers this week and give a clear recommendation. If you are curious why you should care about your password read my previous post. Your password is your gatekeeper to your online accounts, your information and therefore your life. I can not stress…

going all sciency in my pantsy!

This is a very brief post about a little project I worked on in my spare time and when I felt frustrated with work. Although, I somewhat wanted to keep myself out of the spotlight I decided to publish a website that shows more of myself. This is to appear more professionally to the outside world. TBH of course everyone does it for his/her own gain; I do not consider myself an exception. I launched a new…

secure email communication with pep

This week will be the most easy advice to follow so far. However, it might also be the most useless (so far). Email encryption is something that all of us should get better at. Until now the problem was that the tools are barely usable for non computer science graduates. Fear not! There is a new tool on the block and it aims to make email encryption as easy as possible. People just have to start using…

secure communication on your smartphone

Welcome back to minimal security! This post is about how to communicate securely with your friends on your smartphone. I am sure we are all worried about sending our cat videos through insecure channels. Fear not! There are messaging apps that will protect you with minimal effort on your side. There is a myriad of choices on the Play store / App store and while there are some hacky nerdy choices out there, people generally should opt…

browsing security one step at a time

This is the first post of my series on using computers securely for non-technologists. This post is about online advertisement. Apart from being a nuisance there have been also reports of distributing malware and viruses through advertisement channels on websites. As one can see, online ads are not only annoying but also a security threat. I am often surprised that not many people seem to use ad block software. 

My advice is to…

minimal security

This is going to be my first attempt at writing consequently and with intent. Up until now, my blog and my posts have been a collection of thoughts, impressions and unstructured information. I have been toying with the idea of putting more effort into my writing and my blog. I decided to make a public commitment to write on a regular basis and this post can be considered as such.

To be able to…

think

I have a new bicycle. My previous was stolen and I doubt the thief will have any fun with it. Its lifespan was long overreached and in order to get it back on its feet, you would have to invest a considerable amount of money. Nonetheless I am sad – it was a nice bike after all and it served me well for many years. With some time invested, I would have been able to fix it….

ebook comic conversion the hard way – azw3 to epub

I recently wanted to convert an AZW3 comic to EPUB because I prefer EPUB as a free format. However, no matter how much I tried to get Calibre to do the conversion with various output settings, it always distorted or clipped the images. I tried to brute-force my way through the settings after deliberately choosing settings. Not even heuristic processing helped in any way. So I decided that there has to be another feasible way to convert….

resuscitation

I have not written a blog post in a long time. I have been immersed with work, friends, change and life in general. The good thing is that this has always been an experiment without a clear goal and therefore the journey is what is interesting. However, lately I felt that I should write again for several reasons. One is, why have a blog in the first place when nothing is going on. No one needs another…