Author Archives: Binary Blogger

Binary Review: Rachio WiFi Smart Sprinkler

This is a personal review of the Rachio WiFi Smart Sprinkler controller. I was so impressed by what it did for my watering and my water bill I felt I had to write a review about it. A month ago my 10 year old, standard sprinker controler started to malfunction. It wouldn’t start properly, the […]

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Epsiode 537 – Truly Effective Security Programs Are Business Focused

Cybersecurity is technical in nature but it’s really a business problem to solve. This episode how aligning to the business will take your security program to the next level.  Be aware, be safe. Become A Patron! Patreon Page *** Support the podcast with a cup of coffee *** – Ko-Fi Security In Five Don’t forget […]

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Episode 536 – Microsoft Making Multi-Factor Mandatory On Cloud Service Providers

Most companies use Cloud Service Providers (CSP) when they move to Office365 for many reasons. However, most CSPs will retain high level access to your email and files and not every CSP has they same level of security practices. This epsiode talks about Microsoft’s new mandatory rollout of multi-factor authentication on CSPs.  Be aware, be […]

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Episode 535 – Tools, Tips and Tricks – OSINT Framework

This week’s tools, tips and tricks covers the OSINT Framework. This episode goes over the website, what you can find on it and why you should add this to yout collection. Source: OSINT Framework Be aware, be safe. Become A Patron! Patreon Page *** Support the podcast with a cup of coffee *** – Ko-Fi […]

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Episode 534 – Mozilla Is Tagged With 2019 Internet Villian, I Say Congrats

Mozilla was tagged by UK ISPs as 2019’s Internet Villain. This epsiode talks about why, why Mozilla should be proud and you as a user should applaud this. Be aware, be safe. Become A Patron! Patreon Page *** Support the podcast with a cup of coffee *** – Ko-Fi Security In Five Don’t forget to […]

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Episode 533 – IoT Strikes Again – Turns Out Amazon Is Keep Your Recordings Forever

Amazon Echo devices record your voice and creates transcripts on what you said. After a letter from a US Senator more of the curtain is being pulled back on Amazon’s privacy practices. This epsiode talks about what has been revealed about Amazon’s retention practice and what this means for your privacy.  Be aware, be safe. […]

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Episode 532 – IoT Strikes Again – Insecure Devices Need To Be Discarded

Millions of IoT devices from security cameras to baby monitors contain severe security vunlerabilities. Many vendors are not reponding to the reports, patches are not being creates and in some cases the devices cannot be fixed. This epsiode talks about a shared recommendation from researchers on what to do if you have these devices on […]

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Episode 531 – Average Breaches Cost Over $4 Million, Are You Ready

A report from Radware and Merrill Lynch details that the cost of a breach in 2019 is over $4.5 million. This episode talks about the report and the areas where the costs are felt the hardest.  Source Report. Be aware, be safe. Become A Patron! Patreon Page *** Support the podcast with a cup of […]

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Episode 530 – Why You Should Not Pay The Ransom From Ransomware

The past few weeks two cities in Florida were hit by ransomware and they eventually paid the ransom. This episode talks about the danger of doing that and what you can do to help prevent damage from a ransomware attack.  Be aware, be safe. Become A Patron! Patreon Page *** Support the podcast with a […]

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Episode 529 – Have A Happy And Safe 4th Of July Weekend

I wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. Be aware, be safe. Become A Patron! Patreon Page *** Support the podcast with a cup of coffee *** – Ko-Fi Security In Five Don’t forget to subscribe to the Security In Five Newsletter. —————— Where you can find Security In Five —————— […]

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Episode 528 – Things To Thnk About Before Using A Password Manager

Passwords managers can provide increased security and management capabilities around your accounts and passwords. This episode talks about a great article I came across about things to think about before using a password manager. Source article by Stuart Schechter. Be aware, be safe. Become A Patron! Patreon Page *** Support the podcast with a cup […]

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Episode 527 – Minnesota Cop Awarded Half Million After Colleagues Looked Up Her Data

Here’s another story about abuse of access. This epsiode talks about this case and what the State of Minnesota is doing to enable the citizens to protect their data stored on state systems.  Be aware, be safe. Become A Patron! Patreon Page *** Support the podcast with a cup of coffee *** – Ko-Fi Security […]

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Podcast Two Year Anniversary – The Top 10 Episodes

Two years ago on June 9th, 2017 I released the first episode of Security In Five. Here we are two years later, 500+ episodes recorded and no signs of slowing down. The podcast’s longevity and the energy to keep up the dail episode schedule is all because of the listeners and feedback I have received. […]

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Zuckerberg Privacy Joke BOMBS

Mark Zuckerberg, current CEO of Facebook, was speaking at a gathering recently and tried to lightheartedly joke about their privacy reputation. It went spectacularly bad. The moment Mark Zuckerberg tries to make a joke about privacy and nobody laughs: pic.twitter.com/izt7kIhjLz — alfred 🆖 (@alfredwkng) April 30, 2019 If you want to be taken seriously going […]

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DevSecOps Podcast Episodes Recap

The week of April 15th I dedicated every Security In Five podcast episode to DevSecOps and the push to move security left. I was motivated to talk about this push because it’s a concept and challenge I deal with almost daily with my own projects and working with clients. DevSecOps, or DevOps if you are […]

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Apple News+ Is A Rip-Off, There Are Free Alternatives

Apple announced this week their new expansion of their News app a paid subscription model called News+. News+ will allow users to get access to digital magazines as well as special access to Wall Street Journal and LA Times newspapers among others. On the surface this looks like a game changer but this is an […]

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How To Set Your Facebook Settings To Keep Your Profile Secure And Private

Facebook is the primary social network platform right now and you need make sure your account is secured properly and your profile is not wide open to the public. This post is a refresher for you to go in and review your settings. On the left side you will see the menu items, the details […]

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The Most Common Phishing Attacks – An Inforgraphic

This infographic covers the most common phishing attacks. This graphic does a good job on covering all the vectors a phishing attempt could occur from email, text messages, phones calls to USB drives. Phishing is one of the most prevelant cyberattacks and one of the most successful for hackers to pull off. It’s important to […]

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After 8 Years Moving Back To Windows PC from iMac

Recently my Mid-2011 21″ iMac showed its age. No longer able to get Apple OS updates it was time to retire the faithful machine. I beleive this is the longest I have ever had a primary computer still working at my level of expectations. However, as I started looking at a replacement/upgrade I grew sour […]

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Case Study: A Hacked Website Turns Into An Email Extortion Scam

This post is to show you what a real email extortion attempt scam is about. In Episode 408 of my Security In Five podcast I talk about how you shouldn’t completely ignore your email spam folders. That epsiode came out of an experience I had after I reviewed my spam folder and realized one of […]

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