TechFan #220 – Private Eyes

On August 14, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Privacy is back as a big topic for Tim and David this week, as well as Apple Camp for kids, Tim losing music thanks to iTunes, Lenovo installing crapware, and David’s woes with WayTools.

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Windows 10 and Privacy
Lenovo used Windows anti-theft feature to install persistent crapware
Apple Camp for Kids

About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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TechFan #219 – Punching Producers

On August 7, 2015, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

Owen Rubin is back to chat with Tim and David. Topics include Sony selling 25 Million PS4’s, the Top Gear crew finding a new home on Amazon, Windows 10, Android’s massive security issues, original online content, ROKU, Ouya, Razer, and the terribleness that is the Pixels movie.

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About Tim Robertson

Founder Podcast Host of TechFan. Owner Stoplight Network. Father of four, husband to one. Loves reading, podcasting, music, video games, the 1980s, and all things electronic and Apple.

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Take Control of Your Passwords
Author: Joe Kissell
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing Inc.
Price: US $10
88 pages
ISBN-10: 978-1-61542-418-4

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In my years as an engineer working in the defense industry, I had to regularly deal with many levels of security and comply with a multitude of security requirements. Today, I am prudent and reasonably confident and comfortable with my everyday personal computer security. Recently I added a password manager application to my personal computer and mobile devices but suspected I may not be using this application to its fullest capability.

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About David Acklam

I'm a retired professional engineer actively involved in community outreach working with our local educators to help engage our youth in the sciences and mathematics. I enjoy sharing our night sky as an amateur astronomer and volunteer with the Project ASTRO program, the Flandrau Science Center, the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory Kuiper Circle and as a docent with the Planetary Science Institute. I've been a Mac user since 2007.

3 Years of the GMen – MyMac Podcast #449

On March 19, 2013, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast

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Gaz and Guy have been at it for 3 years and no signs of slowing down. What is it about these two people that keep you coming back each week? Their charm? Their intelligence? Their ever so thoughtful insights into the world of Apple? Nah, must be the larfs. This week however, they have a discussion about the seriousness of keeping your Mac secure and what are some of the things to look out for.

Guy’s App Pick: Vizzywig by i4software free!
Gaz’s App Pick: SCOtutor For Mac
People’s Pick: From Troy Muller PrivacyFix

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Take Control of Networking & Security in iOS 6
Author: Glenn Fleishman

Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Price: $10.00
127 pages, Ebook
ISBN: 9781615424122


Did you ever wonder how to set up a mobile hotspot? Maybe you don’t understand the difference between WPA2 and WEP security. What’s the big deal about having a secure password for a home WiFi network? If you ever had any of these question, Glenn Fleishman answers all these questions, and more, in his latest book, Take Control of Networking & Security in iOS 6.

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About Elisa Pacelli

Elisa is a wife, mother to 3 boys, "creative genius", and all-around techno geek. She enjoys reading, quilting, knitting, cruising to Caribbean beaches, and learning new things in the technology world. In the evenings Elisa can be found knitting while listening to podcasts or watching Netflix on her iPad. Listen to her podcast, 3 Geeky Ladies, co hosted with Suzé Gilbert and Vicki Stokes.

Passware Password Kit Forensic 11.5 Review

On April 25, 2012, in Forensics, Review, Security, Windows, by Peter Nikolaidis

Passware Password Kit Forensic 11.5
Publisher: Passware, Inc.
Price: $995
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This month, I obtained a review copy of Passware’s “Passware Password Kit Forensic 11.5”. For brevity’s sake, I’ll refer to it as “Passware” for the rest of this review. Passware is a password recovery/cracking system which has the ability to work on multiple file types. The Forensic Kit version adds more features, such as cracking of filesystem passwords and resetting Windows user account passwords.

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About Peter Nikolaidis

Peter is an entrepreneur, IT security guy, mountain biker, role-player, open-source legend and naturalized Kryptonian. His latest string of letters after his name include GCFE, GCFW, GSNA, and NSFW. Often splitting his time between rural Vermont and urban Boston, MA, while not negotiating galactic peace treaties, he enjoys coffee and networking of various types, and occasionally co-hosting the Pocket Sized Podcast with Scott Willsey. Sometimes he can be found sharing useful, amusing, or annoying tidbits on Twitter.

The Path to Data Privacy and Security

On February 22, 2012, in Opinion, by Scott Willsey

The advent of social networks and cloud computing have brought with them questions about privacy and security, both from technical and ethical standpoints. This was brought to the forefront again this past week, as many iOS users might know, when a social network called Path was found to be uploading its users’ contact information without notifying them that it was doing so.

The reaction in the online media was pretty much one of condemnation. Certainly Path made several mistakes. First, they should have alerted users that they were going to upload contact information, request permission to do so, and inform them as to exactly why they were doing this and what they were doing with this information. They also should not have sent the information to their servers in plain text rather than as encrypted data, because doing so allows anyone on a public Wi-Fi network to potentially gain access to your contact data if they are sniffing network traffic at the time the contact information is sent to Path’s servers.

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About Scott Willsey

Scott is a long time Apple enthusiast whose first personally owned computer was the original 128k Macintosh introduced in 1984. He has 20 years of experience working with OS X, Windows, and a variety of flavors of Unix and Linux. Scott is host of the Pocket Sized Podcast, a short pocketable podcast about Apple's iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Apple TV. You can find it at Scott can be reached on Twitter at @scottaw or on his podcast Twitter account at @pocketpodcast.

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The Mac OS X 10.7 Lion PocketGuide

On September 27, 2011, in Book Review, Mac OS X, Review, by Mark Greentree

The Mac OS X 10.7 Lion PocketGuide
Author: Jeff Carlson
Publisher: Peachpit Press
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-77661-7, 240 pages
Price: Paperback US$11.99, Book + eBook Bundle US$16.19, eBook only US$9.59

If you’re after a quick pocket guide book that offers more detail than other competing books, I suggest you pick up The Mac OS X 10.7 Lion PocketGuide book.

The author, Jeff Carlson, takes readers through Lion in a way that anyone at any level can adapt to. Within the easy to follow guides in each chapter, readers will find a treasure trove of addition hints and tips to help you perfect your user experience.

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About Mark Greentree

Mark Greentree is the principle blogger and podcast creator of His aim is to inform users at all levels of experience how to get the most out of the Apple hardware and associated software. He is also the lead host on Not Another Mac Podcast, an Apple based round table discussion with Mac users and experts from all over world.

We don’t need no stinking security!
MyMac Podcast 308

On August 26, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast
Gaz’s problems continue with his much maligned Mac Mini and we also talk about security on OS X and how, if you try REALLY hard and go out of your way to do something dumb, you can get malware on your Mac. Speaking of which, we give you a bunch of different ways to use Windows on your Mac. Call our Skype number (703-436-9501)
We would love to have YOU come on as a listener invite! We don’t bite (much).
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Security and the Mac

On March 29, 2005, in Opinion, by David K Every

Some have implied that Macs are safe from Viruses or Worms; thus they are secure or nearly impervious. While I like their enthusiasm, I think they are being a little too optimistic; so some cynical realism is in order.

First, we need to understand the terms. A computer virus (or worm) is a self-replicating program or something that “spreads” and makes copies of itself without permission or the user even knowing about it. These programs “infect” other programs, documents or the system, so that in the future accessing those files will run the virus and spread it even more. Thus a computer virus inserts itself into the users computer or on other programs, like a real virus would invade your cells. Like other life forms, its primary purpose is propagating the species and survive.

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You know how a child has a certain toy or something that is their
“security”? Some have security blankets, teddy bears or even pacifiers (thank goodness for pacifiers). Well, just the other day I found out what one of my security blankets is.

I just moved. No questions please. Through all the hassle of filling
empty boxes, emptying full boxes and carrying heavy furniture (my back is killing me) up and down stairs and just getting acquainted with my new
surroundings, I found myself wandering around my apartment feeling
somewhat out of focus. I didn’t know what to do next. I thought to
myself that I could at least get my computer and printer set up on my
desk. Seemed like a simple project and something that could get done
quickly. You know the routine like I do, first, untangle all the power
cords and the network cable for the LaserWriter IInt. Then get
everything setup and plugged in. Hit the switch on the surge protector (you do have one, don’t you?) and you hear the familiar “Chongggg” that lets you know that all is well with your Mac. That’s when it hit me, that familiar sound. Call me crazy but I immediately sat down and started fiddling with my Mac. I changed a few things like my After Dark module (I really like Nirvana, not the band, but the module from AD 3.0) and I even changed my Desktop to the Teal Blue (#41 in the Desktop Patterns). No big changes; just something to do.

After I had done that, I went about my business to get other things done. Man, there is a lot to do when you move. I noticed that something was different about the way the apartment felt. It seemed more comfortable and the atmosphere was better. I know you’ll think I’m nuts (join the club) but it was because my Mac was working. I’m writing this article right now because I knew that I had to try my best to express this thought and there was no better time than while I feel it.

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