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The Bigger Insights Privacy & Security podcast helps you live a more private and secure life by exposing the latest threats to your privacy and security and teaching you how to mitigate them. The goal of this podcast is to give you the education and insights you need to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your assets from all kinds of threats, whether those be corporate surveillance, device and browser fingerprinting, creepy and malicious advertisements, data breaches, account takeovers, etc. Bigger Insights is about sovereignty and resilience. In addition to our podcast and blog content, we provide consulting services to clients like you in one-on-one sessions. We help our clients achieve their goals and secure their future through finance, security, privacy, and technology. If you like this content, see our Finance and Technology podcasts as well. Visit biggerinsights.com to request a consultation, read our blog, or contact us. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or feedback: Signal: 513-999-6698, Session: 05846b0603b32799804e1cc96458c373962dcf7f05a676b1a7a273ebc3fcf6b367, Briar: Contact us via Signal or Session to exchange contact info, Matrix: @biggerinsights:matrix.org, Email (Proton): contact@biggerinsights.com. We’re not very enthusiastic about social media (privacy), but if that’s your thing, feel free to follow us: Mastodon: @biggerinsights@mastodon.social, Twitter: @BiggerInsights. Bigger Insights, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company (“we”, “our”, or “us”), provides general educational information on various topics in our podcasts, as a public service, which should not be construed as professional, financial, real estate, business, tax, legal, marital/relationship, family planning, health, or other advice. The content in our podcasts only represents opinions and views expressed by the authors of said content.

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The Bigger Insights Privacy & Security podcast helps you live a more private and secure life by exposing the latest threats to your privacy and security and teaching you how to mitigate them. The goal of this podcast is to give you the education and insights you need to protect yourself, your family, your business, and your assets from all kinds of threats, whether those be corporate surveillance, device and browser fingerprinting, creepy and malicious advertisements, data breaches, account takeovers, etc. Bigger Insights is about sovereignty and resilience. In addition to our podcast and blog content, we provide consulting services to clients like you in one-on-one sessions. We help our clients achieve their goals and secure their future through finance, security, privacy, and technology. If you like this content, see our Finance and Technology podcasts as well. Visit biggerinsights.com to request a consultation, read our blog, or contact us. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or feedback: Signal: 513-999-6698, Session: 05846b0603b32799804e1cc96458c373962dcf7f05a676b1a7a273ebc3fcf6b367, Briar: Contact us via Signal or Session to exchange contact info, Matrix: @biggerinsights:matrix.org, Email (Proton): contact@biggerinsights.com. We’re not very enthusiastic about social media (privacy), but if that’s your thing, feel free to follow us: Mastodon: @biggerinsights@mastodon.social, Twitter: @BiggerInsights. Bigger Insights, LLC, an Ohio limited liability company (“we”, “our”, or “us”), provides general educational information on various topics in our podcasts, as a public service, which should not be construed as professional, financial, real estate, business, tax, legal, marital/relationship, family planning, health, or other advice. The content in our podcasts only represents opinions and views expressed by the authors of said content.

    Email is Insecure – Here’s How to Improve Email Security

    Email is Insecure – Here’s How to Improve Email Security

    Email was never designed to be private or secure, so not surprisingly, it is neither private, nor secure. In the previous episode, we explained the reasons why as well as the risks inherent to email. However, email is so prevalent that it is unfortunately a necessary evil. In this episode, we provide seven recommendations for how to use email somewhat securely. Of course, due to email’s inherent design limitations, you can only use it securely to a limited extent, but some security is better than no security. These recommendations are (1) reducing your reliance on email, (2) using encrypted email providers like Proton Mail or Tutanota, (3) enabling more secure multi-factor authentication (MFA/2FA) options, (4) using your email provider’s native app on mobile, (5) controlling your email address, emails, and other data like contacts, (6) dealing with potentially-malicious attachments, and (7) being vigilant with email links. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: Our podcasts, including this episode, are for informational purposes only. Some of the items discussed may not be appropriate or lawful in your jurisdiction or industry.

    • 20 min
    Email is Insecure – Stop Using it for Sensitive Communications

    Email is Insecure – Stop Using it for Sensitive Communications

    Email is the primary means of sending messages and documents for many people. Unfortunately, email was never designed to be private or secure. Over time, we’ve developed several tools and techniques to help make it more secure. But at the end of the day, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel, email is inherently insecure. Just ask the US military. Millions of military emails are going to Mali (.ml TLD) rather than the military (.mil domain) due to mundane typos. We go into detail about why email is insecure and go over real-world and personal examples. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

    • 30 min
    Are Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) Useless Honeypot Scams?

    Are Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) Useless Honeypot Scams?

    You may have heard others in the privacy and security community call virtual private networks (VPNs) “useless”, “scams”, or “honeypots”, but is this actually the case? There are certainly a lot of sketchy VPNs and creators who shill them, but does that invalidate the thesis for using a VPN? We discuss this issue as well as offer a few tips for using VPNs and Tor to protect your privacy. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

    • 14 min
    Defending GrapheneOS and Daniel Micay

    Defending GrapheneOS and Daniel Micay

    Trouble has been brewing between Daniel Micay, GrapheneOS, and the privacy and security community for several months. This has culminated in Daniel, the founder of GrapheneOS, stepping down as lead developer of the project in late May, 2023. In this episode, we go over this issue in some detail and defend Daniel Micay and GrapheneOS from some of the criticisms and responses they’ve received, which we believe are unjustified. We also share our key takeaways and final thoughts so current and prospective GrapheneOS users can make a more informed decision as to whether they should use this operating system. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: As of the time of this recording, we have no relationship or association with GrapheneOS or Daniel Micay other than the use of GrapheneOS.

    • 14 min
    Should You Use a Dumb Phone for Privacy & Security?

    Should You Use a Dumb Phone for Privacy & Security?

    The constant stream of news regarding mobile phone spyware (e.g. Pegasus) and hacks may have you wondering – should you use a dumb phone for privacy and security? We often see criminals in movies and TV using dumb phones as burners, but does this really make you more private and secure relative to using a smart phone? We answer these questions in this episode, as well as impart some cold, hard truths about the privacy and security implications of voice (PSTN) and SMS. Finally, we wrap up by explaining some of the ways you can improve the security of your smart phone and why this matters. Buy a good quality smart phone, harden it, and keep it up-to-date before you get pwned. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: Nothing in this episode should be construed as legal or other advice.

    • 19 min
    Finding, Sanitizing, and Closing Old Accounts

    Finding, Sanitizing, and Closing Old Accounts

    You probably have more accounts than you realize - perhaps dozens that you’ve opened over the years and forgotten about. Every account you have is a potential liability in terms of your privacy and security. In this episode, we detail: 1. Techniques for finding accounts you’ve forgotten about; 2. Why and how you should sanitize accounts before closing them; and 3. Why and how you should close old/unneeded accounts. We also discuss valuable insights that we’ve gained from our years of experience in decommissioning hundreds of accounts. Of course, anyone can simply delete an account, but there are many nuances to contemplate before doing so because closing an account can have irreversible side-effects. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: We are not attorneys or other legal professionals and nothing in this episode should be construed as legal or other advice.

    • 31 min

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GREAT INSIGHT!

As someone in the process of increasing my privacy and security measures this show is exactly what I needed. It’s practical and insightful! Not sure why the episodes stopped but if you’re reading…crank it back up!

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