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How to Clear Your MacBook’s Touch Bar and Secure Enclave Data →

Justin Pot, writing for How-To Geek:

Planning on selling or giving away your MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar? Even if you wipe your Mac and reinstall macOS from scratch, it won’t remove everything: information about your fingerprints and other security features are stored separately, and may remain after your wipe your hard drive.

Woah. I was not aware of this. Something to keep in mind if you’re planning to sell or transfer a recent Mac. Hit the link to see how to clear this data.


Best home security cameras of 2018 →

Michael Ansaldo, writing for TechHive:

To help you find the best security camera for your needs, we outline the key features to consider and share the results of our testing. Whether you’re looking for an easy way to check on your kids and pets, or a full-service sentinel to monitor for intruders, we’ll help find the right product for your needs.

This is a nice roundup, and other reviews share its praise for the Netgear Arlo. But I’m looking for two features that aren’t addressed here – HomeKit support, and compatibility with Synology’s Surveillance Station package. Cameras with support for the former are in short supply. I’m going to let this market settle a bit before investing too deeply in the home surveillance market.


Just Desserts for the Online Ad Industry

Lily Hay Newman, writing for Wired:

Ads that automatically redirect you from your daily browsing to a flashy sweepstakes have long been an incredibly annoying facet of the internet. But the versions that have evolved on the mobile web are particularly vexing, because they can trap you with a pop-up “notification” and nowhere to go. And a recent surge in these mobile pop-ups, even on reputable sites, has left people more frustrated than ever.

Somehow yesterday’s article by Alex Hern, writing for the Guardian, seems very relevant:

Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the introduction of a new privacy feature from Apple that prevents users from being tracked around the web. Advertising technology firm Criteo, one of the largest in the industry, says that the Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) feature for Safari, which holds 15% of the global browser market, is likely to cut its 2018 revenue by more than a fifth compared to projections made before ITP was announced.

With annual revenue in 2016 topping $730m, the overall cost of the privacy feature on just one company is likely to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

These are two separate but related issues. The push back against online advertising arose because of how readers were being abused with privacy violations, and by ads that destroyed the browsing experience. What did these advertisers expect?


LastPass Security Flaws Disclosed

The link below takes you to the best explanation I’ve seen on two recently disclosed LastPass security flaws. A few thoughts: Read more


1Password’s Best New Feature

1Password update

1Password’s 4.5 update for iOS introduced several improvements, including a new coat of paint to bring it more in line with the look of iOS 7. The AgileBits blog recently contained a post setting forth all of the improvements of the update, yet the update that was most important to me wasn’t listed.

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How to Backup Your LastPass Passwords to 1Password

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No, LastPass fans, the title of this post doesn’t mean that you need to tell me I’m an idiot for switching. LastPass is still my favorite password manager, although I do enjoy 1Password’s user interface. I recently decided, though, that it would be prudent to have a backup of my passwords in a secure place, outside of Lastpass. I already had a license for 1Password, so that seemed like the perfect spot. Here’s how I backed up my LastPass passwords to 1Password. You could use the same method to migrate from LastPass to 1Password, too.

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LastPass Sentry Notifies You When Websites Leak Your Credentials

Monitor site for hacking

It seems like every day we read of a website that has been hacked, and had its users’ login details leaked. One of my favorite services, LastPass, now offers a service to help you discover if your information was leaked by a website. The service, LastPass Sentry, uses PwnedList to monitor whether your credentials have been stolen.

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3 Fast and Easy Ways to Determine If Your Passwords Are Up to Snuff

password strength

If you follow tech news at all, you know of the epic hacking of Mat Honan’s digital life. His story didn’t involve weak passwords, but generally underscores how important it is for all of us to take an inventory of how secure we keep our online information. One component of this involves your passwords, and one step in password security is making sure that your passwords are strong.

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Thwart Criminals With Your 650K Volt iPhone Case

yellow jacket iphone case

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes the Yellow Jacket iPhone case. If you’ve ever been bothered by the bulk of the stun gun that you carry around in your front pocket, then the Yellow Jacket might be the iPhone case for you.

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Do You Run Anti-Malware Software On Your Computer? [Reader Feedback]

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The past year has seen the shattering of the myth that Macs are impervious to malware. Despite this, I don’t run resident anti-malware software on either of my Macs, opting instead for a program that scans for viruses on demand. Am I tempting fate?

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