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DIY Cyber Guy is for anyone that wants to keep hackers out of their computers. The DIY Cyber Guy, David W. Schropfer, interviews with the world's leading cyber security experts to give you easy to understand tips, tactics and tools to protect your invaluable data, and your irreplaceable reputation online.
 
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Finally, the beginning of a set of standards for the digital age that is as easy to use as “Common Sense Media.” The DQ Institute this week launched the DQ Global Standards Report 2019 which is the world’s first attempt to define a global standard for digital literacy, skills and readiness across the education and technology sectors. With Digital C…
 
Recently a letter signed by 50 psychologists was sent to the American Psychological Association (APA) accusing psychologists working at tech companies of using “hidden manipulation techniques” and asks the APA to take an ethical stand on behalf of kids. Is this malicious intent on the part of tech giants, or is it just a design that worked too well…
 
Can you imagine having to tell your customers that the product they bought from you is gone? Their account is gone? Their data is gone? Would your business survive? Exactly that happened to a a company called VFEmail this week. How can you make sure your small business - or your home - is doing the basics to prevent critical loss? Our guest is cybe…
 
In this episode, we tell you about the rise of a new kind of credit card skimmer that can steal your credit card number at the gas pump. But this is different in two ways: it is inside the pump so you cannot see it, and the stolen cards are retrieved via Bluetooth which is easier for the thief. This hack is spreading fast because the clock is ticki…
 
In this episode, we discuss the worldwide impact of blockchain from the perspective of a person who advises governments – George Goognin. George is a Board Member of the Mile Unity Foundation, which educates governments and enterprises on how to apply blockchain technologies. George is the co-founder of peer to peer loan system Karma, and he is vic…
 
Spear phishing. It's when a hacker crafts an email or social media post designed to get you to click a link or open an attachment. And it is the most prevalent threat to both business and personal computers today. According to the FBI, it is also the method that hackers used to create the infamous hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) dur…
 
This week on DIY Cyber Guy, my guest is cybersecurity and privacy expert Dr. Chris Pierson. We look at a recent Amazon Dot vulnerability that sent out 16-second recordings of conversations in people’s homes. Also, hackers figure out how to easily use an expired hotel room key to actually make a master key - we will tell you how to check to make sur…
 
Ransomware. It is the virus that actually makes money for the attacker. At first, it was randomly deployed, just like the nuisance viruses of the past, indiscriminately finding victims through phishing and spoofed websites. But the game is changing, as the Georgia cities of Atlanta and Savanna found out the hard way. Special Guest, Cybersecurity ex…
 
Companies that offer free services, like Facebook and Twitter, are for-profit companies. So where is the profit if the service is free? It could be in an 'upsell' product, like LinkedIn, which means that some useful features are not available in the free version of the product and require a subscription fee to access. Another common profit model is…
 
This week, I had the privilege of interviewing a real hacker about how hackers hack. Their tools, tactics, and tricks – and we will tell you exactly how to protect yourself and your family. Our guest is Moe Sani, who has been an “ethical Hacker” for over 14 years. He began hacking at age 15, and has worked as a hacker and penetration tester for sev…
 
This is still a terrible time to buy a new computer! Why? Uncertainty around Intel’s latest Spectre fix, plus a series of back-doors were just discovered in AMD chips. Wait to buy a computer, if you can – this episode explains why. Also, Microsoft is back-peddling on its March 13, 2018 update because it may cause your compute to crash – among other…
 
The largest internet DDoS attack in history briefly shut down several popular sites, I’ll tell you what happened and why you need a little patience this week. Bottom line: News of the death of Internet is premature! - Update on Intel, and why I am still recommending that you avoid buying computers with certain Intel chips inside. But that could cha…
 
Bitcoin. Crypto currencies. You probably know computers are involved with this stuff, and computers use electricity. Did you know that the computing power needed to process a Bitcoin transaction may get so large that the electricity cost could outpace any revenue? Actually, that has already happened in some parts of the world where electricity is n…
 
Do you use Facebook? This episode is ‘must listen’ for you! Facebook has a new ‘Protection’ product that is the opposite of protection, or at least the opposite of privacy. Actually, it meets the definition of spyware. We will tell you what information they want to collect about you, and how to avoid this feature. Also, we talk to the Chief Executi…
 
There are several manufacturers and providers, and HUNDREDS of products, that you need to avoid, including some big names like Intel, Adobe, Kaspersky and maybe Huawei. We don’t make these recommendations lightly because we know that if all of our listeners stop buying these products, it will hurt the business of legitimate companies. However, the …
 
The Equifax hack was historically bad, with the data of over 145 Million people exposed, which is now for sale on the Dark Web.Now, that data is being used to file fraudulent tax returns, which lets the bad guy get your tax refund. So, when you go to file your taxes this year, you may find that Uncle Sam thinks they already sent you a refund. We wi…
 
There is a new Tinder hack! Tinder is potentially leaking lots of information about you; listen to find out more. The biggest cryptocurrency hack ever (no, it’s not Bitcoin). YouTube gets an ad “bug.” And Spectre won’t go away. We have a guest, Ben Rothke, with lots of great tips, and we answer a few listener questions, too.…
 
This episode focuses on two large tech companies which set all of up a line of products with a default username of “admin” and a default password that is also “admin.” And, you may be surprised to learn that you own one of these items – and have to fix it! Our guest is Philip Andreae who will help us understand why we can’t swipe our credit cards l…
 
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