The Privacy, Security, & OSINT Show

By Michael Bazzell

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 Jan 11, 2019

 Nov 22, 2018


Your weekly dose of privacy, digital security, and open source intelligence (OSINT) news and opinion.

Episode Date
119-How to Find Hidden Recording Devices
This week, my guest is Tom Gibbons, and he will explain the best ways to locate hidden recording devices such as microphones and cameras. Also, I have a slew of recent privacy news and a new OSINT tip to discuss. Support for this show comes directly from the IntelTechniques online OSINT & Privacy video training. We now have over 85 hours of content, with more added every month. Listeners of this show always receive a 25% discount at to all episodes at SHOW NOTES: Apple Update HOW TO FIND HIDDEN RECORDING DEVICES: Tom Gibbons Thermal Imaging Camera: Network Scanning Apps: OSINT: Data Removal Workbook: Affiliate Links: PIA: ProtonVPN: Amazon: Silent Pocket:
Apr 12, 2019
118-How Neighborhood Watch Watches You
This week I call a company which provides neighborhoods with license plate readers, plus a new email breach notification API in the OSINT segment. Show Notes: New (Cheaper) Silent Pocket Faraday Bags: now offline HOW NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH WATCHES YOU: Discussion & Call OSINT: Data Removal Workbook: Affiliate Links: PIA: Amazon: Silent Pocket:
Apr 05, 2019
117-This Week In Privacy
This week I discuss the latest privacy news and threats including the new Apple credit card, more spy cameras in hotels & Airbnbs, another family tracking DB leak, and how to make $122M sending out bogus invoices. Plus, an “Offense/Defense” style of the OSINT section returns with Finally, Listener questions tackle Walmart surveillance video and the removal of sponsors for the show. Show notes at: Support for this show comes directly from the IntelTechniques online OSINT & Privacy video training. We now have over 85 hours of content, with more added every month. Today, I posted the video from yesterday’s webinar about email address investigations. Listeners of this show always receive a 25% discount at
Mar 29, 2019
116-OSINT Basics & Careers
This week long-time guests Justin Seitz and Jason join me to talk about Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) basics and careers. We start from the beginning and work our way through a potential career for you in the growing OSINT community. Show notes at
Mar 22, 2019
115-Back to Basics: The Costs of Privacy
This week I talk about the costs associated with privacy. I provide my top-5 list for each category: Free, Affordable, and Expensive. I also present an OSINT segment about license plate searching. Show notes can be found at Support for this podcast comes directly from my online training. Listeners always receive a 25% discount at
Mar 15, 2019
114-Fallout from the Previous Show
This week I discuss the aftermath of last weeks show about the data which Apple stores about us, and present ten new sources for downloading your data from the biggest online companies. Whether you are a casual surfer, online investigator, or extreme privacy enthusiast, you should see what is being shared about you! I also bring back the Listener Questions segment, and this week is all about OSINT. Show notes at:
Mar 08, 2019
113-The Creepy Things Apple Knows About You (and Me)
This week I discuss the documents received from Apple disclosing the data stored with my various Apple IDs, and discover that my alias accounts did not disguise my true identity. Show notes at
Mar 01, 2019
112-Privacy Lessons from the Road
This week I discuss some lessons learned when attempting anonymous travel, the most recent privacy related news, Facebook’s search changes, and a site that generates photos of people who do not exist. All episodes and show notes can be found at
Feb 22, 2019
111-Back to Basics: Phones & MySudo
This week I revisit the need for an anonymous telephone and explain my latest use cases for MySudo. Later in the show, Paul Ashley, CTO at Anonyome Labs, joins me to give us the latest MySudo updates. Listen to all shows or subscribe: Show Notes:
Feb 08, 2019
110-Testing Your Online Security
This week I discuss easy ways to test your VPN, DNS, Browsers, extensions, and custom settings. I also revisit canary tokens as a test of your potential exposure. All episodes and show notes can be found at
Feb 01, 2019
109-Privacy News & Buscador 2.0 Release
This week I talk about the latest privacy news and David Westcott joins me to announce the official release of the free Buscador OSINT Virtual Machine. Listen to all episodes at
Jan 25, 2019
108-Our TV's, Doorbells, & Private Messengers Are Spying On Us
This week I discuss the latest smart-home threats and Justin Seitz joins me to talk about how you may be exposing your IP address on instant messengers.
Jan 18, 2019
107-Listener Questions
This week I attempt to answer the most common questions sent from listeners over the past month. Sponsored this week by @silentpocket & @Authentic8. All episodes available at
Jan 11, 2019
106-Blur Breach, Fake Porn, & Domain Histories
This week I discuss the Abine/Blur breach, more fake porn issues for my clients, and revisit the power of domain registration archives for online investigations. New data removal workbook available at:
Jan 03, 2019
105-Advanced Disinformation & Telephone Archives
This week I wrap up the discussion about disinformation techniques and present a new OSINT tool that pulls historic phone numbers, names, and addresses. Listen to all shows or subscribe at Data Removal Workbook:
Dec 28, 2018
104-Australia vs. Privacy
This week, I talk with Paul Ashley about the Australian Assistance and Access Act and what it means to all of us globally. I also recap the recent OSINT webinar and discuss new ways of searching breach data. Listen to all shows or subscribe at Data Removal Workbook:
Dec 21, 2018
103-Intermediate Disinformation, Reputation Mgmt, & Usenet Archives
This week I continue the conversation about disinformation tactics, introduce the idea of future reputation management, and discuss a recent OSINT project collecting Usenet archive data. Listen to all shows or subscribe at Data Removal Workbook:
Dec 14, 2018
102-A Bad Week for Hotels and Their Customers
This week I discuss the Marriott breach, a sextortion update, and some Facebook search tips involving locations. Listen to all shows or subscribe at Upcoming Free OSINT Webinar: Data Removal Workbook:
Dec 08, 2018
101-Basic Disinformation & Covert OSINT Accounts
This week I talk about basic disinformation techniques in order to achieve greater privacy and better ways to create and maintain covert online OSINT accounts. Listen to all shows or subscribe at Upcoming Free OSINT Webinar: Data Removal Workbook:
Nov 30, 2018
100-Alex Goldman, Frank Ahearn, & Justin Seitz
This week my guests are Reply All co-host Alex Goldman, best selling privacy author Frank Ahearn, and OSINT guru Justin Seitz. Listen to all shows or subscribe at Upcoming Free OSINT Webinar: Data Removal Workbook: Reply All Podcast:
Nov 23, 2018
099-Some Show Housekeeping
This week, I clean up after the last two shows, answering numerous questions and providing clarification on the topics. An important new Offense/Defense discusses testing our OSINT on ourselves before a target, and two questions about anonymous vehicle registration as a response to increased license plate readers. Listen to all shows or subscribe at Upcoming Free OSINT Webinar:
Nov 16, 2018
098-Sextortion, Data Breaches, and Anonymous Browsing
This week I discuss creepy new sextortion attacks, interview SpyCloud about data breaches, and review Authentic8's investigation browser.
Nov 09, 2018
097-A Discussion on Cloud Storage with SpiderOak
This week I present new privacy threats, talk about secure cloud storage with SpiderOak, throw out a new Offense/Defense to consider, and make a couple of phone calls to tackle listener questions.
Nov 02, 2018
096-Lessons Learned From My Latest Doxxing Attack
This week, Jason and I discuss lessons to be learned after an online group tried to dox me because of a forum post. Also, I provide a full review of and we take listener questions.
Oct 26, 2018
095-Better Email with Fastmail
This week I talk with the CEO from Fastmail about making email more secure, plus an extended OSINT segment on using data leaks from combined with public hash data to identify new targets of investigations.
Oct 19, 2018
094-Bruce Schneier
This week I interview Bruce Schneier about his new book and our privacy strategies.
Oct 12, 2018
093-Social Engineering Revisited with Chris Hadnagy
This week Chris Hadnagy joins me to discuss the impacts of Social Engineering on Privacy.
Oct 05, 2018
092-Call-In Show
This week I take random calls live and discuss the topics on listeners' minds.
Sep 28, 2018
091-Privacy vs. OSINT with Justin Seitz
This week Justin Seitz joins me to talk about the impact of OSINT on privacy.
Sep 21, 2018
090-Privacy vs. Online Dating
This week we talk with a group of singles about being private while dating online.
Sep 14, 2018
089-More Privacy Problems
This week I discuss more privacy problems and solutions from my clients, a new OSINT Offense/Defense, and your listener questions.
Sep 07, 2018
088-No, I did not quit the podcast...
This week Michael is driving solo and tackles the latest threats toward your privacy and security.
Aug 31, 2018
087-Staying Private/Secure at Blackhat/Defcon
This week we discuss privacy and security considerations when attending hacking conferences.
Jul 27, 2018
086-This Week In Privacy
This week we discuss the ProtonVPN allegations and other recent privacy-related news. Listen to all episodes at
Jul 13, 2018
085-This Week In Privacy
This week we discuss a potential iOS vulnerability, embedded malware packages, software choice considerations, and new listener questions.
Jun 29, 2018
084-This Week In Privacy
This week we talk about the encryption fails for Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen.
Jun 22, 2018
083-This Week In Privacy
This week we talk about Firefox privacy extensions, Apple security changes, Copperhead OS, PIA logs, Wire support, and our new book.
Jun 15, 2018
082-When Privacy Enthusiasts Die
What happens to all of our encrypted data and accounts when we die? This week, we discuss privacy considerations before we pass.
Jun 08, 2018
081-Nomad Update
This week we discuss RFID blocking, catch up with Jesse and Cameron on their road to nomad life, explain Tinder offense and defense, and answer listener questions.
Jun 01, 2018
080-This Week In Privacy
This week we talk about third parties buying cell location data, EFail hype, GDPR notices, DNA collection at birth, mic blocker fails, a new opt-out workbook, Offense/Defense, and your listener questions.
May 19, 2018
079-Revisit Your Threat Model
This week we talk about different threat models, online photo storage solutions, and various digital security strategies.
May 12, 2018
078-OnlyKey by CryptoTrust
This week we talk with CryptoTrust founder Tim Steiner about the OnlyKey USB device.
May 04, 2018
077-This Week In Privacy Questions
This week we answer six listener questions and tackle an important new Offense/Defense
Apr 27, 2018
076-Huge MySudo Updates from Steve Shillingford
This week, Anonyome Labs CEO Steve Shillingford co-hosts to discuss all things related to MySudo.
Apr 20, 2018
075-A Conversation with the EFF
This week we sit down with the EFF to discuss secure messaging considerations.
Apr 13, 2018
074-The Consequences of Leaving Facebook
This week, Aaron Frankel from In The Rabbit Hole joins us to explain his experiences while moving his business away from Facebook.
Apr 06, 2018
073-This Week In Privacy
This week we discuss Facebook's latest privacy issues, Microsoft censoring your communication, Google tracking, the latest Offense/Defense, and listener questions.
Mar 30, 2018
072-Switching to Linux-Part 4: Hurdles
This week we wrap up our Linux transition with our guest David Westcott, sponsored by
Mar 23, 2018
071-An Inside Look at People Search Sites
This week we get an inside peek of the people search website industry, and learn some surprising details.
Mar 16, 2018
070-Switching to Linux-Part 3: Applications
This week we continue our conversation about switching to Linux, sponsored by
Mar 09, 2018
This week we talk with Nextcloud about secure storage, calendars, notes, and more.
Mar 02, 2018
068-Switching to Linux-Part 2: OS Choices
This week we continue our transition to 100% Linux by discussing considerations for choosing the most appropriate operating system.
Feb 23, 2018
067-Sudden Wealth, What If You Won The Lottery?
This week, we discuss the woman holding out from her $560 Million lottery winning due to privacy concerns, and offer our advice.
Feb 16, 2018
066-Switching to Linux-Part 1: Hardware
This week, sponsors our show and sends us a couple of laptops to help us transition 100% to Linux.
Feb 10, 2018
065-Staying Safe with Mike Seeklander
This week we talk with Mike Seeklander about personal safety, catch-up on some previous issues, present a new Offense/Defense, and tackle your listener questions.
Feb 02, 2018
064-Trusts Update & Employment Privacy
This week Jason co-hosts with Michael to discuss trusts, employment privacy, and DNA testing.
Jan 26, 2018
063-Brave Browser
This week we talk with Jonathon Sampson from Brave about their privacy-focused browser.
Jan 19, 2018
062-Keeping Your Data Private with Standard Notes
This week we talk about Standard Notes, present a new Offense/Defense, and answer your listener questions.
Jan 12, 2018
061-Land Trusts Made Simple with Randy Hughes
This week we talk with Randy Hughes about using land trusts for privacy when owning a home.
Jan 05, 2018
060-Hardware Privacy and Security with System76
This week we sit down with Sri and Jeremy from System76 to discuss their line of computers, disabling Intel's built-in "spyware", and other privacy options to consider with Linux machines.
Dec 29, 2017
059-Michael returns to tackle listener questions
This week Michael returns to talk browsers and we answer many of our listener questions that have piled up. Offense/Defense returns and we explain how your VOIP provider can be determined during your outgoing calls. This week's episode is sponsored by
Dec 22, 2017
058-New To Privacy? Start Here
Privacy is a huge topic and knowing where to start can be overwhelming. This week Drew and I sit down to discuss how to overcome analysis paralysis and develop a plan to reclaim your right to privacy. Complete show notes available at
Dec 16, 2017
057-Financial Privacy & Security
This week Jesse and I sit down with Joshua Sheats of the Radical Personal Finance Podcast. We discuss financial privacy & security issues and why financial stability is imperative to maintaining your personal privacy. Full show notes available at:
Dec 08, 2017
056-De-Google Your Life
This week Jason and I sit down to discuss de-Googling your life and explore alternatives to Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, and more. Full show notes available at:
Dec 01, 2017
055-Privacy Nomads with Jesse & Cameron, Part II
This week Jesse and Cameron update us on their nomad status and give some advice that is valuable to anyone who would like to maintain an official mailing address that is discrete from their physical address.
Nov 23, 2017
054-Back to Basics: Wi-Fi Security
This week Drew and I dive into the basics of Wi-Fi security: locking down your home network, setting up your device, and best practices for untrusted networks.
Nov 17, 2017
053-Back to Basics: Usernames, Passwords, and Password Managers
This week Jesse and I discuss the very basic but critical topic of usernames, passwords, and password managers.
Nov 11, 2017
052-Protecting Your Kids' Privacy
This week co-host Jason and I discuss protecting your childrens' privacy against Google, Facebook...and their schools.
Nov 03, 2017
051-Protect Your Address with Snail Mail Control
This week we sit down to discuss mail control: how to get the mail you want, without compromising your address or getting annoying junk.
Oct 27, 2017
050-Fiftieth Episode Privacy Round Table
This week we sit down with Drew, Jason, and Jesse for a round-table discussion of privacy and security issues.
Oct 20, 2017
049-Why Every Home Needs a Proper Firewall
This week we talk with Brent from Protectli about the importance of a secure firewall to protect our home networks.
Oct 13, 2017
048-Privacy Nomads with Jesse and Cameron
This week we bring Jesse and Cameron back to discuss their radical new privacy strategy.
Oct 06, 2017
047-Virtual Currencies with Joey King
This week we talk with Joey King from to discuss cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Monero.
Sep 29, 2017
046-All of Our Hardware Is Vulnerable, Let's Fix It
This week we talk with Founder and CEO Todd Weaver about Open-Source hardware. We both learned a lot in this episode and encourage everyone to digest the content of this interview. may be a big game changer in how we choose hardware from now on.
Sep 22, 2017
045-Windows: Part II
This week we continue our discussion about privacy and security considerations for Windows users.
Sep 16, 2017
044-The Equifax Debacle
This week we interrupt our scheduled release to talk about the Equifax breach and our recommended actions. Full Credit Freeze Tutorial at
Sep 09, 2017
043-Windows: Part I
This week, we offer our privacy & security considerations when setting up a Windows computer, tackle listener questions, and provide a new OSINT resource.
Sep 01, 2017
042-A Conversation with KeepassXC
This week we talk with Jonathan White about the KeepassXC Password Manager, tackle listener questions, and provide a new OSINT resource.
Aug 25, 2017
041-Just 30 More Things...
This week we clear out our inbox yet again and tackle your questions.
Aug 19, 2017
040-A Conversation with The Tor Project
This week, we talk with Colin Childs from the Tor Project, answer your questions from last week’s cell phone episode, and present a new OSINT technique for telephone number search.
Aug 12, 2017
039-What Cell Companies Know About Us
This week Mike Dowd stops in to tell us what cell phone companies know and store about us.
Aug 05, 2017
038-Balancing Privacy and Sanity
This week, "Jason" gives us tips for applying privacy strategies while maintaining a family and normal life.
Jul 28, 2017
037-The Forensic Evidence on Our Phones
This week, Josh Huff stops in to talk about the data left behind on our phones.
Jul 18, 2017
036-Andy Yen is back to discuss ProtonVPN
This week Andy Yen stops by to talk about the new release of ProtonVPN.
Jul 11, 2017
035-Wire CEO Alan Duric
This week we talk with Alan Duric, CEO of the encrypted communications app Wire. We also tackle listener questions and offer a new OSINT tip.
Jul 04, 2017
034-Our Sudo Strategies
This week we explain in detail how we use Sudo as part of our daily privacy strategies.
Jun 28, 2017
033-Anonymous Purchase Strategies
This week we discus strategies for making anonymous purchases online and in person.
Jun 20, 2017
032-Catching up from Manila
This week we meet up in person to discuss the past three weeks of Privacy and Security issues.
Jun 13, 2017
031-Just 30 Quick Things...
This week we try to clear out the inbox of questions and complaints received from listeners.
May 24, 2017
030-Faking Your Death with Elizabeth Greenwood
This week we talk with Elizabeth Greenwood, the author of Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, about faking your own death. We also tackle listener questions and provide a new Facebook OSINT technique.
May 09, 2017
029-Android Security with Custom Roms
This week we learn about custom Android roms from Andy Higginbotham, reveal our results of the Faraday bag challenge, answer listener questions, and discuss a new mapping OSINT resource.
Apr 25, 2017
028-Faraday Bags
This week, we talk with Aaron Zar, the founder and CEO of Silent Pocket, about everything related to Faraday bags. Plus, we whine more about Chrome, answer your listener questions, and offer a new technique in the OSINT segment.
Apr 18, 2017
027-Social Engineering with Chris Hadnagy
This week, we talk with "HumanHacker" Chris Hadnagy about the aspects of social engineering regarding privacy and security. Plus, we answer listener questions and a present a new investigation technique in the OSINT segment.
Apr 11, 2017
026-How a Cop Hides from the Internet
This week, we talk with M. A. Drew about his path to complete privacy & security. Plus, we answer listener questions and a present a new investigation technique in the OSINT segment.
Apr 04, 2017
025-Custom Linux Builds for Privacy & Security
This week, we catch you up on Justin's 30 Day Security Challenge and David Westcott joins us to talk about the Buscador Linux build. Plus, we discuss web browsers, answer listener questions, and a present a new investigation technique in the OSINT segment.
Mar 28, 2017
024-A Normal Guy Goes All-In
This week "Benjamin" stops by to explain how he went off-radar, listener questions, plus an OSINT segment on retrieving deleted Tweets.
Mar 21, 2017
023-Michael Buys a New iPhone
This week, Michael purchases and secures a new iPhone while Justin gives out practical advice. Will Michael last a month without Android?
Mar 14, 2017
022-Special Edition: The CIA Leaks
This special edition confronts the latest CIA Leaks that have generated a lot of interest this week.
Mar 10, 2017
021-The Phone Debate: Android vs iOS
This week, we discuss our thoughts on Android vs iOS, and the privacy/security issues with each.
Mar 08, 2017
020-Using YubiKeys for Enhanced Security
This week, we discuss how we use YubiKeys as part of our daily digital security routine. We also welcome Yubico as our first sponsor.
Feb 28, 2017
019-PIA is here to discuss VPNs
This week we chat with a representative from Private Internet Access (PIA) to discuss VPNs.
Feb 22, 2017
018-Listener Questions Part III
This week we tackle another round of listener questions about digital privacy and security.
Feb 14, 2017
017-Andy Yen of ProtonMail
This week we sit down with ProtonMail CEO Andy Yen to discuss secure email communications.
Feb 07, 2017
016-Catching Up from SLC
This week, we meet up at Sudo headquarters in Salt Lake City to catch up on the latest privacy threats.
Jan 31, 2017 CEO Bo Jiang
This week we talk with the CEO of Bo Jiang about masked purchases.
Jan 24, 2017
014-JJ Luna
This week we sit down with J.J. Luna, the original godfather of privacy.
Jan 17, 2017
013-Blur CTO Andrew Sudbury
This week, we sit down with co-founder and CTO of the online privacy company Abine (maker of Blur) to talk about privacy masking.
Jan 10, 2017
012-Listener Questions Part II
This week, we tackle more listener questions about all things related to privacy and digital security.
Jan 03, 2017
011-Nine New Lives with Sudo CEO Steve Shillingford
This week we sit down with Sudo CEO Steve Shillingford to talk about their new privacy app.
Dec 27, 2016
010-Listener Questions Part I
This week, we tackle several listener questions that have been piling up in our inboxes.
Dec 20, 2016
009-That One Privacy Guy
This week we "Talk" with That One Privacy Guy.
Dec 13, 2016
008-Backup Strategies
This week, we tackle important backup strategies.
Dec 06, 2016
007-Email Strategies
In this episode, we discuss our recommended Email strategies for Privacy & Security.
Nov 28, 2016
006-The Cost of Privacy
We discuss the extra costs often related to living a private and secure life. Sometimes, free options come at an unknown cost.
Nov 22, 2016
005-OSINT Strategies for Privacy
In this episode, we discuss our recommended OSINT strategies for Privacy & Security.
Nov 14, 2016
004-Setting Up Your Mac
In this episode, we discuss our recommended privacy and security software and settings for Mac computers.
Nov 08, 2016
003-All Aboard the Privacy Train
Episode 003 interviews two friends of ours about properly proposing privacy changes to an unwilling significant other.
Oct 31, 2016
002-Updates to the book (Part 2)
Episode 2 of The Complete Privacy & Security Podcast. We continue our updates from the book and discuss the differences in TrueCrypt vs. VeraCrypt.
Oct 15, 2016
001-Updates to the book (Part 1)
Episode 001: An update to the book (Part 1)
Oct 15, 2016