Holiday Shopping Security
November 20th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Thanks to everyone you attended my presentation last night. You were a wonderful group and had great questions.

Secure Online Shopping from Michael Sauers

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Orange tsa luggage lock
October 3rd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

THE TSA IS learning a basic lesson of physical security in the age of 3-D printing: If you have sensitive keys—say, a set of master keys that can open locks you’ve asked millions of Americans to use—don’t post pictures of them on the Internet.

A group of lock-picking and security enthusiasts drove that lesson home Wednesday by publishing a set of CAD files to Github that anyone can use to 3-D print a precisely measured set of the TSA’s master keys for its “approved” locks—the ones the agency can open with its own keys during airport inspections. Within hours, at least one 3-D printer owner had already downloaded the files, printed one of the master keys, and published a video proving that it opened his TSA-approved luggage lock…

Source: Lockpickers 3-D Print TSA Master Luggage Keys From Leaked Photos

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Experts vs. non-experts security
July 28th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

If you ask the average person what the best ways to protect themselves online are, they’ll give some true answers—but they’ll likely be different than the answers you’d get from a security researcher. Here’s the difference.

Google, in a paper they’re presenting at the Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security this weekend, asked two groups—experts and nonexperts—what they do to stay safe online. While the nonexperts provided some good answers (like using antivirus software), the experts placed certain items as much higher priority, as shown in the above graphic.


Source: How the Experts Protect Themselves Online (Compared to Everyone Else)

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Chromebook Restrict Sign On
June 23rd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

By default the Chrombook allows anyone with a Google account to sign in. But for some, that amount of sharing might be a little too open. If you would like to limit who can sign in to your Chomebook to a specific list of users, open settings and search restrict. You’ll be guided to the “Manage other users…” button. Click that then check “Restrict sign-in to to the following users:” and add the allowed usernames in the box. Click Done and close settings and now only those on your list can sign into your Chrombook. (Don’t forget you may also want to disallow Guest access too.)

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Johhn Oliver & Edward Snowden banner
April 6th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.

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Ian Urbina
January 2nd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Ian Urbina, author of The Secret Lives of Passwords, talks about what passwords mean to people beyond their access to email or social networking accounts. Published on Dec 29, 2014

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December 16th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Here’s the video of my LastPass presentation from the Nebraska Library Association Conference presented on 10 October 2014.

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LastPass Change Password Automatically
December 16th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

LastPass Change Password AutomaticallyIn case you needed yet another reason to use LastPass…

We’re excited to announce that the Auto-Password Change feature we released to our Pre-Build Team last week is now available for all users in beta. LastPass can now change passwords for you, automatically. We’re releasing this feature for free to all our users, on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox (starting with version 3.1.70).

Auto-Password Change already supports 75 of the most popular websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest, Home Depot, and Dropbox. When clicking “edit” for a supported site, a “Change Password Automatically” button appears.

Once clicked, LastPass opens a new tab where it logs in for you, creates a new password, and submits the changes on the website, while also saving them to LastPass. Next time you log in to that website, LastPass will autofill with the newly-generated password. And all you had to do was click a button!

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November 14th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig interviewed Edward Snowden at Harvard Law School on Oct. 20.

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October 24th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

WualaI’ll admit that I’m being a bit facetious with the title of this post but there’s a tiny bit of truth hiding in it.

This morning I received the following notice (read the PDF) from Wuala informing me that their secure storage will no longer be free come January 1, 2015. For those of you not familiar with Wuala, think Dropbox but with end-to-end trust-no-one encryption. Granted, for 5GB of space you need only pay $12/year so I’m thinking I’ll pay it. But there goes the one free secure Dropbox replacement that I was aware of.


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