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Loose Leaf Security is an independently produced podcast from Liz Denys and Geoffrey Thomas about making good computer security practice for everyone. 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.

You can find Loose Leaf Security on many podcast clients or stream our episodes in your web browser. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

In addition to podcast episodes, we'll also be covering some security- and privacy-related topics in blog-style articles, where we can go into more detail than we could in an episode. We also send out a weekly newsletter that includes a practical tip about improving your personal digital security, short summaries of relevant security news, and any thought-provoking articles we've seen about digital privacy and security.

If you're new to Loose Leaf Security, you might want to check out our archives for some suggestions on where to start and a complete list of our episodes, articles, and reference materials.

Our latest episode:

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.

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Other recent episodes:

  • 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… (June 27, 2019)
  • 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… (May 16, 2019)
  • 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… (March 20, 2019)

See all of our episodes sorted by release date, most recent first.

Our latest article:

Loose Leaf Security Weekly, Issue 15

It's finally snowing (at least where we are), and soon there will be enough snow to build a snowman. Be careful with giving your snowman a corncob pipe and a button nose, though. Those distinctive features can be easily identified by facial recognition cameras, and if your snowman plans to run and have some fun past the traffic cop who hollers, "Stop," it will make him much easier to track. Your neighbors' smart doorbells might even be sending video of his face straight to the police department. It's much safer to stick with the classic carrot nose if you want Frosty to be back again someday.

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Tip of the week

When you're traveling or otherwise away from your home or office all day, you may find your phone's battery drained before you get back to your normal charging locations. USB charging stations are increasingly common, especially at airports or train stations, but since USB connections were designed to transfer power and data, it's possible that "charging-only" USB port will try to plant malware on your device or access your files - an attack known as …

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Other recent articles:

  • Loose Leaf Security Weekly, Issue 14: We're back from Thanksgiving - and we're still working on eating all the leftovers in our fridges. You know, good security is kind of like leftovers: you do have to spend some time on prep work, but it pays off for a long while afterwards. If… (December 7, 2019)
  • Loose Leaf Security Weekly, Issue 13: Good morning, and happy Thanksgiving to our US readers! Often, security and privacy news can be disappointing, worrying, and even dystopian, so we thought we'd use this Thanksgiving newsletter to take a moment to cover some security and privacy… (November 28, 2019)
  • Loose Leaf Security Weekly, Issue 12: With the cold season comes ... cold season, and being stuck in bed with a cold is even less fun if you don't have any hot tea to drink. That's what happened to Geoffrey last week, and it got us thinking about the value of backups and even imperfect… (November 23, 2019)

See all of our articles sorted by release date, most recent first.