20 episodes

A podcast about making good computer security for everyone, hosted by Liz Denys and Geoffrey Thomas. We believe you don't need to be a software engineer or security professional to understand how to keep your devices and data safe. In every episode, we break down complex digital security and privacy topics into accessible primers and practical takeaways.

Loose Leaf Securit‪y‬ Liz Denys & Geoffrey Thomas

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

A podcast about making good computer security for everyone, hosted by Liz Denys and Geoffrey Thomas. We believe you don't need to be a software engineer or security professional to understand how to keep your devices and data safe. In every episode, we break down complex digital security and privacy topics into accessible primers and practical takeaways.

    Covering your webcams

    Covering your webcams

    Liz and Geoffrey take a look at how attackers compromise webcams and discuss why it's worth physically covering them. Malware and alleged threats of malware are only some of the avenues attackers take to access other people's webcams; vulnerabilities in legitimate software, like the recent Zoom security flaw, can also be exploited. Additionally, sharing ownership of your devices with another party like your school district or workplace may leave you and your webcams exposed. In the news, the FTC fines Facebook, weaknesses in Apple's iMessage and Visual Voicemail, and U2F support added to Firefox for Android.
    Show notes, timeline, and full transcript on looseleafsecurity.com

    • 30 min
    Password managers: how they should work and when they didn't

    Password managers: how they should work and when they didn't

    Liz and Geoffrey discuss password manager extensions in depth: everything from how they keep your passwords safe from malicious websites to how they sync your passwords between your devices to how they've made mistakes in the past. If you haven't picked a password manager yet, this hard look into the security records of popular password managers sheds light on which companies have earned your trust, but even if you're a long-time password manager user, knowing about their usual pitfalls helps keep you safe from potential future issues. Also, the new iOS 13 has a variety of security implications, and Firefox and Chrome change third-party cookie settings.
    Show notes, timeline, and full transcript on looseleafsecurity.com

    • 46 min
    Two-factor tidying

    Two-factor tidying

    With a wide variety of possible two-factor authentication methods, it's difficult to keep track of which ones you're using - and which ones you could be using. Liz and Geoffrey talk about their personal strategies and how to handle difficult cases like custom authenticator apps. In recent news, there's improvements to using security keys with Google accounts and some surprises with automatic updates.
    Show notes, timeline, and full transcript on looseleafsecurity.com

    • 29 min
    Using a password manager effectively

    Using a password manager effectively

    In a deeper exploration of password manager browser extensions and features for sharing as well as a survey of alternatives to password managers, Liz and Geoffrey go back to the topic of Loose Leaf Security's very first episode and discuss how password managers keep them safe in practice. In the news, a research firm makes dramatic claims about password manager security, and Facebook expands data tracking in worrisome ways.
    Show notes, timeline, and full transcript on looseleafsecurity.com

    • 41 min
    Checks, mobile banking, cash transfer apps, and a bit more on credit cards

    Checks, mobile banking, cash transfer apps, and a bit more on credit cards

    Liz and Geoffrey take a closer look at the security of checks and bank account numbers - a timely topic after a fraudster attempted to steal thousands of dollars from Liz with a counterfeit check - and also at mobile banking, cash transfer apps, and a bit more about credit cards. Plus, better encryption for Android, a major FaceTime bug, and practical lessons from Wells Fargo's day-long outage.
    Show notes, timeline, and full transcript on looseleafsecurity.com

    • 50 min
    Credit and debit card security

    Credit and debit card security

    An important part of your personal digital security is making sure your credit and debit cards are secure. In this episode, Liz and Geoffrey take a look at how attackers clone credit and debit cards, how newer cards resist these attacks, whether it's safer to use mobile payment apps, and how to keep an eye on your credit reports. Also, cell phone carriers continue to sell your location data, and phishing attacks against accounts with two-factor auth have become more powerful.
    Show notes, timeline, and full transcript on looseleafsecurity.com

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

kengetty ,

Great Podcast!!

A really great podcast that is completely relevant in today's world. It's hard to understand virtual security, but Liz and Geoferry provide a lot of necessary advice and homework that will make your on-line life more secure in bite-size episodes. Do yourself a favor and make time for this podcast!

reaperhulk ,

Excellent advice

This podcast breaks down potentially complex security concepts into memorable chunks and actions you can concretely take. The editing is also tight so you get a great deal of information very quickly.

adunkman ,

Share this with your parents!

This podcast presents security in a straightforward way — perfect for sending to your parents to explain things like password managers, two-factor authentication, and physical device security. Clear and easy to understand!

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