Loose Leaf Security

Loose Leaf Security

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A podcast about making good computer security for everyone, hosted by Liz Denys and Geoffrey Thomas.
Built-in dangers: physical ports, OS defaults, and remote access
Dec 13 • 36 min
From the fancy new USB-C or Thunderbolt ports on your laptop to the software and settings that came with your operating system, there are a lot of potential security concerns with recent computers. Liz and Geoffrey finish up their series on desktop and…
Malware, antivirus, and safe downloads
Nov 20 • 35 min
Malware, viruses, worms, adware - whatever you call them, you don’t want them on your computer. But how do you keep them away? We take a look at the surprisingly involved process of downloading software from a trustworthy source, as well as the history of…
Backups
Oct 30 • 22 min
Backups are an important part of keeping your devices secure - as mentioned last episode, backups not only help with lost devices but also let you easily and confidently wipe a compromised computer and get back to work quickly. Liz and Geoffrey take a…
Physical attacks to your computers and disk encryption
Oct 18 • 34 min
Liz and Geoffrey are back with a look at physical computer security - just how much trouble could someone cause if they got access to your laptop for a few minutes? - and what sorts of problems disk encryption can and cannot solve. Also, security issues…
Digital photos and privacy
Sep 18 • 24 min
Digital photos contain more than meets the eye: they have metadata and other hidden information that can compromise your privacy. Liz and Geoffrey take a look at Exif metadata and other non-obvious ways that photos from your phone or camera might be…
Security stories: lost phones, a compromised computer, and an unexpected keyboard cat
Sep 4 • 25 min
As a change of pace, Liz and Geoffrey take a look back at security incidents in their own lives and talk about lessons they’ve learned - why phone backups are important, an unintentional security hole, and a security key gone rogue. In security news, the…
Keeping your web browsing private
Aug 21 • 24 min
In the third and last episode in the series on web security, Liz and Geoffrey look at HTTPS and how it keeps your web browsing both private and secure, and they also investigate private browsing or incognito mode and what exactly that mode does for your…
Web security continued: cookies, plugins, and extensions
Aug 7 • 25 min
Continuing our exploration of web browser security from last episode, Liz and Geoffrey look into cookies, JavaScript, extensions, and plugins and discuss how best to mitigate their privacy and security risks while browsing the web. Plus, a serious Reddit…
The history of the Web and an introduction to browser security
Jul 24 • 24 min
The web can be a scary place - but once you get to know it a little better, it doesn’t feel as scary. Liz and Geoffrey go back to 1990 to figure out how the web came to be what it is today and discuss how browsers keep us safe. Also, two very good…
Comparing Android and iOS security
Jul 10 • 22 min
Considering buying a new phone? Liz and Geoffrey compare the different security models of Android and iOS, the two most popular smartphone options on the market. We also talk about California’s new privacy law, a number of recent attacks on cell phones,…
Securing your phone
Jun 26 • 25 min
We take our phones everywhere and trust them with a lot of sensitive information, but have we put enough thought into how to secure them? Liz and Geoffrey discuss different aspects of securing the smartphone you have, including passcodes, location…
Two-factor authentication and account recovery
Jun 12 • 28 min
Last time we talked about strong passwords, but what if there was a better way to secure your account? We look at options for two-factor authentication, including text messages, apps, and security keys. Plus, security news from Apple, one of Liz’s…
Securing your online account passwords
May 29 • 25 min
You’ve heard for years about how to come up with strong passwords, but are those guidelines really true? Liz and Geoffrey talk about new risks to your online accounts, especially with the news of clear-text passwords being mishandled at Twitter and…