Tik Tok and you don’t stop… (8/8/20 Part 1)

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President Trump signed an executive order concerning TikTok and its owner ByteDance, plus Wechat and parent company Tencent. But on top of that? Their subsidiaries and companies they have a business interest in might be affected too! TikTok and slippery slopes Join Jonathan, LD, Sam and special guest Danno! https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-tiktok/ https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-addressing-threat-posed-wechat/ For more reading: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/trump-plans-tiktok-wechat-ban-declares-apps-national-emergency/ https://www.pcgamer.com/every-game-company-that-tencent-has-invested-in/ https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/7/21358252/tencent-wechat-ban-trump-executive-order-consequences https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/beware-of-find-my-phone-wi-fi-and-bluetooth-nsa-tells-mobile-users/ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/centre-bans-59-mobile-apps-including-tik-tok-uc-browser-others/articleshow/76694828.cms#:~:text=India%20Business%20News%3A%20The%20government%20of%20India%20on,apps%20terming%20them%20to%20be%20prejudicial%20to%20the https://www.zdnet.com/article/pentagon-bans-military-from-using-devices-with-gps/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/07/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-mostly-and-love-my-threat-model/

Hacking of the State Sponsored variety! (7/18/20 Part 1)

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Aaaah, hackers. There’s been a bunch of hacking in the news! In this hour we talk about state-sponsored cyber-attacks. Analysis of alleged Russian Cyberatttacks on COVID Vaccine Labs Why do countries do this? Well, reasons vary, but here we go…! If you want some reading on it, here are some for you. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53458122 https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/iran-state-hackers-caught-with-their-pants-down-in-intercepted-videos/ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/russia-linked-hackers-accused-of-targeting-covid-19-vaccine-developers/

Hacking for Fun and Profit (7/18/20 Part 2)

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If you want fun and profit, apparently computer system hacking is a promising field! Analysis of the Twitter Bitcoin Hack Jonathan did a bunch of research so you can hear his thoughts this hour! https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/15/21326200/elon-musk-bill-gates-twitter-hack-bitcoin-scam-compromised https://slate.com/technology/2020/07/why-cryptocurrency-advocates-think-the-twitter-hack-could-help-bitcoin.html https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/16/twitter-hackers-made-121000-in-bitcoin-analysis-shows.html https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/07/whos-behind-wednesdays-epic-twitter-hack/

Farewell Flash, we hardly knew thee. (7/11/20 Part 2)

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Macromedia Flash, later Adobe Flash. If you’ve been online since the 90’s, you probably know about Flash. Its being retired this December 2020, and will no longer be supported! We take a look at this iconic part of online history. Flash is done We talk our thoughts and memories, with help from a great article from Arstechnica! https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2020/07/the-rise-and-fall-of-adobe-flash/ Now, Alert Internet Surfer Dan called in and tickled Jonathan reminding him about the Digicomp Mechanical Computer! Check it out! https://www.retrothing.com/2009/10/build_your_own_.html#:~:text=The%20Digicomp%20is%20a%20plastic%20mechanical%20computer%20from,into%20something%20that%20resembles%20a%20Jetson%27s%20parking%20garage.

Those Darn Bad Guys on Social Media… (6/27/20 Part 2)

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The baddies are really, really pains in the keister. Hijacking Social Media We talk about it today, whether we like it or not, because it is an election year. Additionally, social media seems to be quite divisive, doesn’t it? Its not an accident! https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/03/baloney-detection-kit-carl-sagan/ https://www.bbc.com/news/av/business-38919403/how-do-fake-news-sites-make-money https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/18/this-is-how-the-internets-fake-news-writers-make-money/ https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/06/24/how-fake-accounts-constantly-manipulate-what-you-see-on-social-media/ https://www.mcafee.com/blogs/consumer/family-safety/spot-fake-facebook-account/ https://www.wikihow.com/Reveal-a-Fake-Facebook-Account https://opendorse.com/blog/how-to-spot-fake-social-media-followers/  

Are you Authentic(ated)? (6/13/20 Part 2)

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2FA ought be a part of your digital life. Authenticate This! Yes, it is annoying. But, its not as annoying as someone accessing your account after stealing, hacking, or figuring out your login! Many sites and services offer 2FA via text message, but unfortunately that is the weakest form of it.  https://www.cnet.com/how-to/do-you-use-sms-for-two-factor-authentication-heres-why-you-shouldnt/  https://www.protectimus.com/blog/sms-authentication/  So, tell me about some of them…  Much like sports teams, the overall landscape does change from year to year, so what’s “best” this year might not be next year. This is a good thing, though.  https://gizmodo.com/the-best-authenticator-apps-for-protecting-your-account-1840711013  https://www.pcworld.com/article/3225913/what-is-two-factor-authentication-and-which-2fa-apps-are-best.html 

News Catch-up Show! (4/11/20 Part 1)

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We’re catching up with the NEWS! After spending two weeks covering tips about staying at home, working from home, checking information and more? Yeah, we’re a little behind… Headline News April 2020 Quick update from the EFF regarding securing Zoom: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/harden-your-zoom-settings-protect-your-privacy-and-avoid-trolls Dell’s BIOS protection: https://blog.dellemc.com/en-us/dell-technologies-bolsters-pc-security-todays-remote-workers/

Zoom! It’s wildly popular with growing pains! (4/4/20 Part 1)

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Zoom.us provides an increasingly popular web-conferencing service that people are using in this time of working from home and social distancing. But, like any good thing, this overnight growth spurt has some growing pains! This previously professional service is now being used for social connection by seemingly everyone, meaning the jerks have come along too. Zoom! Security – Part 1 Join Jonathan, LD, and Sam as we talk about some of the problems Zoom is having!

Is Your News FRESH? (3/14/20 Part 1)

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Checking That News! Information has an expiration date! What is the date on the website? No? Red Flag. Do they cite where they got the information from? If not, Red Flag. If they do… Is the cited source the original source? If not, go back to #2. If it is…? How old is it? Are there available updates? Places/things notorious for out of date information: Social Media “Special interest” sites Internet forums Where to get up-to-date information? Straight from the horse’s mouth as applicable (your bank, government office, etc) Find good, reputable sources for applicable information. Don’t be afraid to ask experts in the field And a quick update on COVID-19 on Maui (valid 3/14/20): https://www.staradvertiser.com/2020/03/14/breaking-news/two-visitors-on-kauai-test-positive-for-coronavirus-county-officials-announce/ Plus Arstechnica’s updated FAQ on it: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/dont-panic-the-comprehensive-ars-technica-guide-to-the-coronavirus/