Kev Quirk

How Online Tracking Works

With the numerous Facebook snafu's going around, as well the feeling that new data breaches are being reported daily, privacy is currently top of mind in the tech world. For many, privacy equates to advertising, cookies and tracking, but it's so much more than those three things alone. Having said t...

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Privacy vs “I have nothing to hide”

I wrote an article a while ago about why I’m ditching Android. That article got numerous comments asking why I was so concerned about privacy and asking what I have to hide.

I want to take some time in this article to explain why each and every one of us has something to hide and should probably...

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How Plus Addressing Can Prevent Spam

I noticed recently that I appear to be getting a lot more spam to my mailbox than normal. I don’t usually share my email address if I can help it, so wasn’t sure what was happening. Some digging was required.

It quickly became apparent that most of the spam was being delivered to a legacy account...

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Are Biometrics A Good Idea?

Like most people, I use a fingerprint scanner on both my iPad and my phone, but are biometrics a good idea? Personally, I’m not sure.

This is going to be a relatively short post; more of a question than a full post actually.

For me, it boils down to the old adage of security vs convenience. On t...

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What Is Two Factor Authentication?

Two Factor Authentication, or 2FA as many call it, is the latest buzz word when it comes to adding additional layers of security to your online accounts. But have you ever thought to yourself what is Two Factor Authentication? In this article I intend to go over what 2FA is, what it does, and why...

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How To Secure WordPress

WordPress is used absolutely everywhere; there are over 76 million WordPress sites across the Internet. This popularity makes WordPress a large target for attack, so knowing how to secure WordPress is extremely important.

This very site uses WordPress, so I thought I’d share some tips on how to se...

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Is A Password Book A Bad Idea?

So I was browsing my Twitter feed recently, and I came across this tweet:

If you don’t know, password books are literally a handwritten list of usernames, passwords and URLs that people can use to record their credentials. Think of them as a low-tech alternative to password managers like Bitw...

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Why HTTPS Is Important

You may have heard of Let’s Encrypt, the free certificate authority who are hell-bent on getting HTTPS everywhere. But why is that little green padlock in your browser so important? Let’s take a look…

What Is HTTPS?

I suppose a good place to start would be telling you guys what HTTPS actually...

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Bitwarden – An Open Source Alternative to LastPass

We all know that password managers are worth their weight in gold, and the most popular of these by a large margin, is LastPass. LastPass is great, I used it myself for a number of years, but it is fairly expensive since doubling their prices in 2017. So are there any decent, open source alter...

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Why Your Password Is Probably Crap

You’re a technical person. You don’t need to use a password manager, because you have mastered the art of obfuscating your password so it can never be cracked, right? Wrong! Let’s have a chat about why your password is probably crap…

First of all, if you’re not running a password manager, why not?...

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