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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 short summaries of interesting security news.

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 6

Welcome back to Loose Leaf Security's weekly newsletter! This week, we're introducing a new section for a tip of the week, either something we learned recently and want to share with you or just a classic that we may have mentioned briefly in a previous episode (like this one!).

If someone forwarded this to you, you can sign up yourself at https://looseleafsecurity.com/newsletter.

Tip of the week

The best way to avoid losing access to your two-factor authentication is to have multiple second factors available. If you're using authenticator apps, one of the stronger methods, it's a good idea to configure an authenticator app on both your current phone and an old phone that you don't carry with you all the time - that way, if you break or lose your phone, you won't lose access to your second factor and need to find a backup code.

Lots of accounts only let you set up an authenticator app once, but you can typically still set up two authenticator apps on different phones at the same time: simply scan the QR codes with both your phone and your backup phone at the same time, and they'll generate the same …

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Other recent articles:

  • Loose Leaf Security Weekly, Issue 5: Happy October from Loose Leaf Security! Or, at least, our calendars say it's October even if the weather here in New York still says it's summer. Regardless, it's always security season. If someone forwarded this to you, you can sign up yourself at … (October 2, 2019)
  • Loose Leaf Security Weekly, Issue 4: As fall approaches, we at Loose Leaf Security are thinking about security questions that ask you about your favorite drink - and how many new accounts this fall could get their password reset with "pumpkin spice latte." At least as far as our … (September 24, 2019)
  • Loose Leaf Security Weekly, Issue 3: Good evening from Loose Leaf Security! We're enjoying the last week of iced tea weather here, but remember, while there's always time for a tea break, there's never time for a break from your personal security! -Liz & Geoffrey P.S. If someone … (September 18, 2019)

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