Humane Tech

By Jeffrey S. Kaye

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Too often we work at the pleasure of technology. This is backwards. Technology should serve our needs and support our humanity. Instead, we can use tools to translate our desires into the language that technology requires. You aren’t alone in this…I will be your guide. Together, we'll protect our personal privacy, security, and get better use of technology.

Episode Date
The Evacuation Episode
17:31
The Evacuation Episode Hurricanes, fires, COVID-19, and online school...the world is a challenging place for most of us an horribly frightening for many. What can we do to stay safe when we're suddenly displaced. LINKS FROM THIS EPISODEFREE ANTIVIRUS/ENDPOINT PROTECTION Sophos Home (free and trial versions) - https://home.sophos.com/en-us.aspx (https://home.sophos.com/en-us.aspx ) - There are lots of options for good endpoint protection. I'm offering Sophos as an option because it works well, is easy to install and get running, and is free for 30 days. It's also available for both macOS and Windows. VPN ProtonVPN (free and paid versions) - https://protonvpn.com/ (https://protonvpn.com/) - I'll be talking in depth about VPNs in a future episode. As with endpoint protection software, there are other good VPNs. I believe ProtonVPN is one of the best for both security and privacy. Next Episode!As I upload this episode, the air quality is greatly improving and it's actually raining. If things remain relatively calm, we'll be back on schedule with Cybersecurity Essentials #3: Backups. If you're enjoying the podcast please leave a review and subscribe. If you have comments, questions, concerns, or suggestions please email us at humanetechpodcast@protonmail.com. (mailto:humanetechpodcast@protonmail.com.)
Sep 19, 2020
Multi-factor Authentication (Cybersecurity Essentials #2)
17:07
Multi-factor Authentication (Cybersecurity Essentials #2)What if there was a way to keep people out of your accounts even if they did steal or hack your password? There is and it's time to get it on every account you have. LINKS FROM THIS EPISODEDATA BREACHES, LEAKS, AND OTHER COMPROMISES If you haven't looked yourself up in Have I Been Pwned https://haveibeenpwned.com/ (https://haveibeenpwned.com/)please do it now! If your information has been compromised please change your password at any listed sites. This database is not all inclusive and there are other ways to search for your information but this is a good start. WARGAMES (1983) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WarGames (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WarGames) MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION APPS Authy - https://authy.com/ (https://authy.com/) - Use it just about anywhere including sites that say they're only offering Google Authenticator. Google Authenticator - https://www.google-authenticator.com/ (https://www.google-authenticator.com/) - Review it for yourself, but I think you'll prefer Authy. Microsoft Authenticator - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/account/authenticator (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/account/authenticator) - It's probably no surprise that Microsoft's own MFA app works great with Microsoft online accounts. It will also work as a replacement for Google Authenticator. Hardware Authenticators aka Tokens YubiKey - https://www.yubico.com/ (https://www.yubico.com/) - YubiKeys are very well known in the security world and have been trusted for a long time. Compared to the free apps the YubiKey options may seem very expensive. If you can afford them, they are much better than the apps. A warning, though, they can be complicated to initially set up. Once they're working, they're amazing. OnlyKey - https://onlykey.io/ (https://onlykey.io/) - OnlyKey has options are less expensive and have more features than YubiKeys. Like YubiKeys, they can be more difficult to use than MFA applications. OnlyKey If you're enjoying the podcast please leave a review and subscribe. If you have comments, questions, concerns, or suggestions please email us at humanetechpodcast@protonmail.com. (mailto:humanetechpodcast@protonmail.com.)
Sep 04, 2020
Passwords (Cybersecurity Essentials #1)
17:37
Passwords (Cybersecurity Essentials #1)Our passwords are an essential ingredient to our privacy and cybersecurity protections. They're also a pain, easy to steal, often reused (bad idea), and hard to remember. That said, I want you to forget all of your passwords except two. LINKS FROM THIS EPISODEDATA BREACHES, LEAKS, AND OTHER COMPROMISES Look to see if you've been in one or more data breaches or leaks at Have I Been Pwned https://haveibeenpwned.com/ (https://haveibeenpwned.com/). Safely enter your email address(es). If your information has been compromised please change your password at any listed sites. This database is not all inclusive and there are other ways to search for your information but this is a good start. PASSWORD MANAGERS All of these are end-to-end encrypted (technically it's just encrypted if it's installed on your computer) and are zero knowledge. These terms mean that the organizations creating and managing the password managers can't see, access, use, or change the information you save in their systems. KeePassXC - https://keepassxc.org (https://keepassxc.org) - free and open-source. ONLY works on the computer running the application. Can be synchronized with your other devices but can be tricky to set up and maintain. Does not automatically store any information in the cloud. BitWarden - https://bitwarden.com (https://bitwarden.com) - free and paid accounts available, open-source. Options to store only on your computer, in the cloud, or both. LastPass - https://lastpass.com (https://lastpass.com) - free and paid accounts available, closed-source. Cloud-only. Easily accessible and fully synchronized on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. 1password - https://1password.com (https://1password.com) - only paid accounts available (free trial option), closed-source. Cloud-only. Easily accessible and fully synchronized on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. WEB BROWSERS - Do not save your passwords in your browser(s). If you're enjoying the podcast please leave a review and subscribe. If you have comments, questions, concerns, or suggestions please email us at humanetechpodcast@protonmail.com. (mailto:humanetechpodcast@protonmail.com.)
Aug 28, 2020
The 10 Cybersecurity Essentials
16:31
In this episode, we introduce the 10 cybersecurity essentials for individuals, families, and small businesses. We end this episode with an assignment, your first steps to take in setting up these essential protections and habits. The next ten podcast episodes will focus on one essential, discuss why it's important, and provide steps for moving forward. The 10 Cybersecurity Essentials Passwords Two-factor Authentication Backups Updates Endpoint Protection Web browser setup Ad blocking Virtual Private Networking (VPN) Firewalls Encryption
Aug 21, 2020
General safety and online conferencing
19:59
Humane Tech gets a new structure. Shorter and to the point. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. COVID-19 has us isolating but that doesn't mean we can't be in each others' lives. In episode 2, I bring you general privacy and cyber security tips. Do these seven (7) things and you're in pretty good shape. Then we hit on online conferencing concerns and how to approach them. Finally, I illuminate a few of the threats we need to watch out for. SUPPORT Humane Tech is not sponsored and there are no paid advertisements. Instead, we prop up each other. In this episode, I mention three businesses supporting women in the Portland/Vancouver metropolitan area (this is Oregon and Washington states). Ps & Qs Market (https://www.psandqsmarket.com/) is offering curbside groceries service and take-out meals. Their food is wonderful and so is their staff. Roseline Coffee (https://roselinecoffee.com/) . We ordered two bags over the weekend and expect to brew some up on Wednesday or Thursday. Rose Haven (https://rosehaven.org/) is a day shelter and community center serving women, children and gender non-conforming folks experiencing trauma, poverty, and physical and mental health challenges. Restoring stability and dignity for 3,500 guests annually. They are incredible people and continue to work hard through this COVID-19 crisis. We'll support them as long as we can. We're grateful for you. Let us know what you want to hear next.
Apr 06, 2020
Holiday travel and purchases; Multi-factor Authentication
31:51

There's been a lot of news recently about juice jacking and privacy concerns with smart devices. We discuss this and focus on how to protect yourself using multi-factor authentication.

Smart TVs and Privacy

These concerns have been around since at least 2017 but most everyone I talk to is surprised to know what's going on. Here are some article links for more information:

Juice Jacking

Multi-Factor Authentication (aka MFA, 2FA or two-factor authentication, etc.)

It's pretty clear that I believe that you should be using MFA today, now, get on it! It's been around for years and most people don't know or don't care. Security professionals like me are yelling from the roofs that it's important but few are hearing us.

However, nothing is perfect. Included in the links is at least one article describing issues with two-factor authentication. Deadbolts and other physical locks are not perfect, either, but we use them because they do more good than not. Use MFA/2FA!


You are valuable, your personal information is valuable, let's work together to keep both safe.

Have a great week.

Nov 27, 2019