phone security – protect your digital soul

Smartphones are central to our lives. Everyone uses them and they hold every possible piece of information about us. They contain our digital soul and therefore phone security is an important topic. I am regularly shocked at how many people do not use a lock on them. On our phone we have browsing histories, photos, downloads, access to all accounts (mail, social media, banking, etc.), basically our identity. What people often forget is that the phone acts…

gk64 – typing happiness while on the go

This post is not about security or philosophy, which I usually like to write about. If you want to read a post like that I suggest you read my post about password managers. This entry is about hardware, especially the one I use to write these lines. Recently while being abroad I noticed that the quality of my interaction with technology is influenced heavily by my keyboard. For three weeks I only had a rubber dome…

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….