Security and Privacy

Malware, viruses, hacks, and anything else that may compromise your identity online, computer, or digital device.

How can I encrypt my data?

Windows BitLocker

Episode 1712

Dan from New York, NY

Dan wants to encrypt all his data, so nobody can ever see it once he's gone. He already uses VeriCrypt and BitLocker. But he also has DVDs with image files and he wants to encrypt them. ISOs? Leo says that Dan can create ISOs of his DVD data. You import the data onto your hard drive and then destroy the DVD. Then you can encrypt the files using VeriCrypt or BitLocker the hard drive. 

Why does Facebook keep allowing others to change my password?

Authy

Episode 1710

Joe from Glendale, CA

Joe got an email from Facebook saying his password has been changed. He changed it and turned on 2-factor authentication, but the password keeps getting changed back. Leo says that's a scary thought and he probably got bit by a phishing scam and that Facebook didn't send him an email at all. Leo says if it was legit, the first thing the hacker would do is change the email notification. 

Bug in iOS 14 Notifies Others of What's In Your Clipboard

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There's a bug in iOS14 that notifies everyone in your contact list what is in your clipboard. 56 apps are getting the data from your iOS clipboard and then passing it along to others. Leo says it's a common tool in app development to access the clipboard, but the bug is making it sharable. 

Meanwhile, LinkedIn is getting sued for sharing the contents of the clipboard as a violation of California's new privacy law. Linked in claims it was all done unintentionally, and Leo believes that's the case.

 

Is Windows Defender the best AntiVirus?

Windows Defender

Episode 1708

Jim from Calabassas, CA

Jim wants to know if Windows Defender is sufficient to protect his Windows machine against malware. Leo says yes and now. You are your own last line of defense and your online behavior can undo the hard work Defender does to protect you. Don't click on links in an email. Only get your software from original vendors. Keep DEFENDER and Windows 10 up to date.

Defender is as good as any other antivirus, but safer since it's designed specifically for Windows. 

Is my data on the dark web?

HaveIBeenPwned.com

Episode 1706

Ed from Huntington Beach, CA

Ed is worried because he got a warning that his data has been found on the dark web. What can he do about that? Leo says you can't really do anything. Data breaches happen all the time. You can change all your passwords, and Leo recommends doing that with your bank, and if your credit card number has been compromised, you can change that. But in most cases, the dark web compromise is mostly your email address, and that's it. 

Check out HaveIBeenPwned.com to see if your email information has been grabbed. 

Should I use NextDNS?

NextDNS

Episode 1702

Pete from Amesbury, MA

Pete heard about a device to keep his iPad private called NextDNS. Does it use a VPN? Leo says that DNS is essentially the internet address system in IP numbers. DNS is the phone book for it. NextDNS bypasses your ISP so that they don't know what you're browsing on. It will encrypt the traffic to NextDNS and back. But your browser is still visible. The thing about VPNs is that they are a tunnel that encrypts everything and slows things down. Leo uses NextDNS on all his devices, but you'll go through the free tier pretty quickly. But it's not very expensive.

Why Can't I Log Into Gmail?

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Episode 1701

Daisy from Huntington Beach, CA

Daisy is a teacher, who is now doing distance learning with her kids and she's having issues logging into her district Gmail account. She gets a google sign-in page that opens when she goes to Google Hangouts. She now can't get into her account. Leo suspects that is a phony phishing scam that has gotten her credentials and then locked her out. Leo suggests contacting the district IT office and have the password reset and 2-factor authentication set up so that it won't happen again. 

Should I Uninstall My Adobe Flash Security Utility?

Episode 1697

Dino from Claremont, CA

Dino uses a label program to create address labels. But after an update, it stopped working. Support wants him to uninstall the Adobe Flash Security option. Leo says that's a problem because flash is a security issue itself and turning off the security app makes you vulnerable. Leo also recommends exporting out data and then finding a better label program.