Regarding Security

TunnerBear VPN

Recorded on December 3rd, 2016

I’ve never worried too much about using a VPN. I don’t use one when I’m just on 3G/4G, and I only connect to a small handful of wifi networks other than home during the course of the week. But recent changes in “the world” have made me more paranoid.

One service that comes up repeatedly is TunnelBear. It’s a free VPN that’s super easy to use on iOS. You can pay for it, too, but you can get a long way by topping-up your available data by periodically doing a pre-formatted tweet that advertises TunnelBear. They give you a tweet, you post it, and then you automatically get another chunk of data.

There’s some debate on Reddit about how trustworthy they are. I glanced at their privacy policy and they flatly say that they don’t do logging, which is good. I don’t know - even if they don’t have bulletproof privacy, I think it’s still better to funnel my traffic through a VPN than through a wifi network outside of home.

I’m tempted to just go for the $49.99/year unlimited option, but for now, I’ll see how the free one works.

Why You Should Put a Post-It Over Your Laptop Camera - Note to Self | WNYC

Recorded on February 25th, 2016

WNYC’s excellent Note to Self podcast recently interviewed a journalist who submitted himself to a personal white-hat pen-test. There are surprising and scary ways people can get to your stuff (or shut you down entirely) if they really want to. Little Snitch is starting to look like a better idea than ever:

Spoiler: This episode will make you want to put a PIN on your phone provider account. It’ll possibly make you want to download a security program like Little Snitch. At very least, it will probably make you want to cover up the camera on your computer.