DIY Cyber Guy

DIY Cyber Guy
Tips, Tactics and Tools to Keep Hackers Out of Your Computer

#34 – Like Problem Solving? Try a Little Coding
Apr 20 • 16 min
Software development sounds daunting, but taking the first step to learning to code is easier than you think. Find out how on this episode of @DIYcyberguy, with cybersecurity expert and author, Charles Givre.
#33 - Hackers Exploiting Covid19 - Keep Your Business Protected
Apr 15 • 16 min
Hackers have never been more depraved - attacking hospitals and labs that are fighting Covid19. Learn valuable tips on how protect your home or your business with Konstantine Zuckerman, CEO of Cybri.
#32 - Deep Fakes - Protect Yourself and Your Kids
Nov 15, 2019 • 14 min
Images of you and your kids can be manipulated and exploited - how to remove these images from the internet.
#31 - What You Need to Know About Access To Your Private Network Cameras
Nov 1, 2019 • 22 min
More than 500 police departments across the USA have partnered with Ring Doorbell (an Amazon Company) to create a new kind of widespread surveillance system. What you need to know, and what to do about it.
#30 - Serious Issue with New Macbook OS ‘Catalina’
Oct 14, 2019 • 9 min
Over 200 apps are breaking in the new mac operating system, ‘Catalina.’ Easiest fix: simply do NOT upgrade to Catalina until the problem is solved.
#29 - iPhone Users May NOT Want to Upgrade to iOS 13
Sep 20, 2019 • 6 min
If you share reminders and to-do lists in the iPhone app called ‘Reminders,’ there are two important reasons why you may *not* want to upgrade to the new iOS13, yet. Also, an update on iOS13 security issues.
#28 - The ‘Common Sense Media’ of Digital Literacy
Apr 5, 2019 • 27 min
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…
#27 - How Teens are Digitally Targeted, and What To Do About It, with Denise DeRosa
Feb 22, 2019 • 18 min
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.…
#26 - How Small Companies Prevent Cyber Attacks
Feb 18, 2019 • 22 min
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…
#25 - Stealing your Credit Card at the Gas Pump
Nov 8, 2018 • 24 min
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…
#24 - Advising Russia and China on Blockchain
Oct 18, 2018 • 16 min
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…
#23 - Why You are Vulnerable to the Hack That Exposed the DNC
Aug 15, 2018 • 23 min
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…
#22 - The Reddit Hack - What You Need to Do Right Now
Aug 9, 2018 • 21 min
Another major hack is in the news; this time it is Reddit. If you have a username and password on Reddit, even if you have been using a pseudonym, listen to this episode for tips and tactics to keep yourself safe online.
#21 -What You Need to Know Before You Test Your DNA
Aug 7, 2018 • 28 min
Do you want to find our more about your family history by doing a DNA test, or maybe you want to give a DNA test as a gift? You need to know which testing companies protect your DNA data (and which do not)! Our special guest is Jules Polonetsky, CEO of…
#20 - When is a Coin NOT a Coin? Avoiding ICO Pitfalls
Aug 3, 2018 • 24 min
What’s The Difference Between Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings? The answer may surprise you. Listen to Blockchain compliance expert Diana Adachi before turning your money into ether! Episode #20.
#19 - Blockchain - What Everyone Must Know
Jul 18, 2018 • 25 min
Blockchain could have as great an impact on communication and culture as the Internet itself. Find out why, and what you need to know about blockchain, with technology expert Ari Zoldan. Episode #19
#18 - Avoiding The Hacks That Kill Companies Like Yours
Jul 16, 2018 • 31 min
Did you know that 60% of small businesses that get hacked go out of business in less than 6 months? It’s true, and it’s avoidable. Listen to expert tips from cybersecurity guru Peter Clay. Episode #18
#17 - Why Blockchain Is Safe, But Cryptocurrencies Are Not
Jul 12, 2018 • 14 min
The most vulnerable part of cryptocurrency is blockchain, its the individual’s private key. How do you protect yours, and how do you keep hackers from staling your funds? Listen to this episode for expert advice from blockchain expert Dr. Serhii…
#16 - How to Avoid Electronics that Spy on You
Jun 21, 2018 • 44 min
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…
#15 Ransomware Successfully Attacking Cities
May 30, 2018 • 31 min
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…
#14 - If You Don’t Pay For the Product, You ARE the Product
May 14, 2018 • 22 min
Companies that offer free services, like Facebook and Twitter, are for-profit companies. So where is the profit if the service is free? A common profit model is to collect and sell your data, which is one of the ways Facebook makes money. My guest to…
#13 - Secrets From A Hacker - How NOT To Get Hacked
Apr 12, 2018 • 63 min
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 several companies around the world – and he is on DIY Cyber Guy today to talk about his…
#11 - Why You Should NOT Buy A New Computer This Week
Mar 22, 2018 • 58 min
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. Episode #11
#10 - The Biggest Internet Attack In History Is Not Over - Yet
Mar 15, 2018 • 57 min
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! Episode #10
#9 - Is Bitcoin Dead? The Small, Cold Truth.
Mar 8, 2018 • 60 min
Bitcoin. Crypto currencies. 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? But don’t count Bitcoin out just yet. Also, we will talk about to return guests…
#8 - Avoiding Facebook Spyware, and Quality Security Tools
Mar 1, 2018 • 53 min
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. We will tell you what information they want to collect about you, and how to avoid…
#7 - What NOT to Buy! Tech Products You Must Avoid.
Feb 22, 2018 • 58 min
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. Guest: Cybersecurity Expert Raffael Marty. Episode #7
#6 - Losing Your Tax Refund and Other Fun Tales From The Equifax Breach
Feb 15, 2018 • 53 min
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…
#5 - Spectre and Gwyneth Paltrow
Feb 8, 2018 • 55 min
Understanding the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities is complicated, so we use an old Gwyneth Paltrow movie to help explain what is happening. And, if you are buying a new computer, we explain why to avoid Intel (for now); the problem with some of their…
#4 - New Tinder Hack, A Crypto Heist, And Bitcoin ‘Creep’
Feb 1, 2018 • 53 min
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…
#3 - Attack of the Internet of ‘Thingys’
Jan 25, 2018 • 54 min
We have a sobering report from the World Economic forum. And, by ‘sobering,’ we mean: if you don’t already have a drinking problem, this could cause one! We also talk about the IoT Christmas, and new things to watch out for. Plus we have a great interview…
#2 - Two Admins Walk Through a Back Door…
Jan 18, 2018 • 53 min
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…
#1 - Melting Down Your Computer
Jan 11, 2018 • 56 min
We have a great show today filled with simple things you can do to avoid the major hacks and attacks happening on the internet right now. No computer science degree necessary – just do it yourself! Our guest is Shahid Buttar of the Electronic Frontier…