Do you leave your house key under the mat? (7/27/19 Part 2)

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So, your local police department want help catching the bad guys. You want to help, right? But, to do so, they insist that you always leave your house key under a door mat so they can always have access to your house “when they need it.” They promise they won’t tell anyone about the key, and promise nobody will ever abuse it. Back Doors, and Why They are Bad Sounds great, right? Law enforcement has been asking for weaker encryption and “back doors” in encryption for decades. They insist it’s only to get “the bad guys,” won’t get abused, and doesn’t really pose a risk to the public. Bologna, you say? We agree. Join us as we talk about that! https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614003/trumps-justice-department-calls-for-encryption-backdoor-law/ https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/fbi-weaker-encryption-is-a-worthwhile-tradeoff-for-law-enforcement-access-to-data/458622/ https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/05/caleatwo   This podcast is brought to you by Audible!

Shopping 101: Where to buy, how to pay (6/15/19 Part 2)

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So, you’ve figured out what you want to buy. You’ve done the research, you’ve set your budget, and now… TO BUY THE THING! Shopping Basics – part 2 Oh, if only it was quite that simple. We live in a “buyer beware” world, and you need to look after yourself. So, we’ll be covering a few things you’ll need to ask yourself! Where to buy? Local or Online? Are there reviews of the store? Return policy? Customer service? Paying for it (paypal, credit, debit) Extended Warranties: yay or nay?

Tis the Season for Disaster Preparedness (6/8/19 Part 1)

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Its Hurricane Season! Yay! Are you ready for the possibilities the season brings? Hurricane Prep, General We talk about getting ready for disaster readiness in general. When is the best time to get ready? Now! Now is the time! https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php https://www.cdc.gov/features/hurricanepreparedness/index.html https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?cpac https://ptwc.weather.gov/index.php?region=2

Free! Free! But is it? (5/18/19 Part 1)

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Its been said, “if you’re not paying for it, you’re the product.” Its also been said, “the first one is free!” How Free Is it? When things are free or even cheap, is there a price you’re not seeing up front? How are they making their money? What’s the real cost? We talk about that this hour! https://www.forbes.com/sites/sujanpatel/2015/04/29/7-examples-of-freemium-products-done-right/#59c610646f15 https://www.symantec.com/blogs/threat-intelligence/mobile-privacy-apps NOTE: Due to a tech glitch, part of the show is missing.  Hey, they even happen to us, sometimes!

Lock boxes and Gambling… uhm… (5/18/19 Part 2)

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So, your friend plays a game. And in that game there are these boxes that show up. And they’re just a dollar (or so) to open. You could win some cool stuff if you’re lucky! No big deal, right? Loot! Well, it turns out they’re big money. https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/05/senator-hawley-announces-bill-banning-loot-boxes-pay-to-win-mechanics/ https://massivelyop.com/2018/09/17/international-regulators-co-sign-declaration-to-investigate-lockboxes-and-skin-gambling/ https://www.polygon.com/2019/5/7/18534431/fortnite-rare-default-skins-bullying-harassment