eye on security
TOPIC: John Miley, researcher and writer for the Kiplinger Letter in DC joins us this week to help explain Net Neutrality, why it’s a big deal, and what all the recent commotion and political hubbub is all about – just in time to figure it out before the bill proposal from the FCC expected next Thursday, 2/28! We cover the basics, but also get into the weeds a bit with unintended consequences, and considering whether this will really do what everyone hopes it will, or just put smiles on a lot of lawyer’s faces …
Before that, Mike and Dave scare the bejeezus out of listeners with an ever-growing list of hacks and security breaches, including one that literally REQUIRES you to pound a spike through your hard drive to fix it! Then our favorite regular geek Jay Garmon helps us get our trivia on this week with a great bio brain bender:
What was the original structure (later recognized as incorrect, in favor of the double-helix) of the DNA molecule proposed by Watson and Crick?
Cool sites of the week include:
- Kiplinger – Best place to get more info about the Kiplinger resources including the Kiplinger letter.
- FCC’s Open Internet – Find out more about net neutrality straight from the horse’s mouth at the FCC’s official site on Net Neutrality (or, as they like to call it, the “Open Internet”)
We cap the hour off with our podcast only song of the week “Tongue Tied” by GroupLove!
TOPIC: A great show this week for anyone concerned about getting hacked or – worse yet – simply LOSING all those passwords you’re forced to create every website you go to! Rob Dinuzzo (but you should call him “Roboform” Dinuzzo – it’s a nickname we’re hoping will catch on quick) joins us and spreads his knowledge and advice around freely.
For more info and to check out a great way to start being more secure today, look into the very friendly Roboform products yourself … in fact, that’s going to be our one cool site of the week this week:
- Roboform.com – The place to go, it’s just that easy! Roboform covers many OS and mobile devices, and comes in a wide variety of free and inexpensive offerings.
TOPIC: It’s a tough week for movies and TV with Sony hacked and CBS and Dish battling it out (guess who loses that fight? Hint: it’s neither of them!) Jay and I also have a great time discussing how Stephen Hawking uses Swiftkey programming to recreate his communications and – OF COURSE – we get deep into the first Star Wars trailer!
Don’t miss this geek trivia question from Jay Garmon:
What other vertebrates were also “along for the ride” on the Apollo 17 mission?
Not a lot of time, but we do sneak one cool site of the week in:
- Google Express – Can’t get what you want from Amazon Prime, or don’t want to pay their premium? Now you can get same day and next day delivery on items you buy via Google shopping! Note that this is not offered everywhere yet (we don’t get it north of Chicago yet, but if you’re in a major city you might be covered).
Great, rocking little tune “Get Free” by Major Lazer will finish us off!
TOPIC: Frustrated with pop-ups, pop-unders, pre-load video ads and more? Worried about inadvertently clicking an ad and winding up in a malware vector site? Today we talk with Ben Williams of AdBlock Plus, arguable the most effective, respected, easiest to use and free-est ad blocker plugin and extension out there!
As an added tech bonus, Mike earns some sort of badge by coordinating a call from a Canadian visiting Panama City (that would be our intrepid co-host and world explorer Dave “Sparky” Saganaki), geek trivia and related great stuff from Louisville resident Jay Garmon, and successfully brings our interviewee in from Germany – all at the same time!
Speaking of geek trivia:
46 years ago this week, the Soviet spacecraft Zond 5 was the first to accomplish a feat often wrongly attributed to the Apollo program. What important spaceflight first did Zond 5 accomplish?
On the coolsites watch today, we’re going to direct you this way:
- AdBlock Plus – What we’re talking about!
A truly podcast only podcast only song of the week is the super nerdy, java loving “Java Life” rap from Oracle!
TOPIC: Today we’re joined by Robert Siciliano from McAfee, who provides a great rundown on what you should be worried about going online this holiday season! We cover the gamut from android malware and driveby infections, to wrong transaction email phishing, scareware, and why you may not be as safe with that Mac as you think!
With Jay Garmon and Dave notably absent, Mike takes the opportunity (as usual) to rant. This week, Mike gets freaky about SOPA, and waxes on about what’s required for tablets to really take off in the marketplace.
Somehow, things stay on-track and on-time enough that we get some really great coolsites of the week too!
- McAfee AllAccess – Robert mentions McAfee’s awesome, comprehensive security package on-air in our interview, and it’s definitely worth checking out!
- idTheftSecurity – Robert’s personal website, with tons of great information, software links, video and more. If you ended the show wanting more Robert, this is the place to go!
- 2Houses – Great site for coordinating and communicating for separated parents managing children.
- PDFGeni – Search engine specifically designed to help you research and find complete – and free – pdf books online!
Podcast only song of the week is the jumping and fun “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO!
TOPIC: This week we have the privilege of giving away TWO sets of iFrogz DJ Style Headphones! Plus Dave gets his own set to style for us, so the TechTalk team look is now complete … If you missed our review of these very cool (and great value) headphones, the blog entry is right HERE. The winners this week were ‘CurtIsHere‘ and ‘JimBred‘ – we’ll be contacting them for shipping info right away!
Didn’t win one yourself? Well, we’ve got two more to give away, so make sure you sign up for the newsletter – we’re picking winners out of the newsletter list now, so that’s all there is to it! Fill out the form HERE and you’ll be automatically entered in our giveaways from here on out!
In addition to all of that excitement, we of course have a blast with Jay and Geek Trivia, and then follow that up with a rousing discussion of viruses, STD’s (that’s “software transmitted diseases” if you didn’t know), malware, and the current state of fear. You can get great insights, information, and products at www.pctools.com anytime of course, but nothing beats having Mark on the phone to answer questions and give us the lowdown in our regular ‘Eye on Security’ spot!
Of course what would TechTalk be without our cool sites of the week? This week is no exception, with some really awesome sites:
- MS Office Live – Got a (free) LiveId? Well, now you’ve also got a fully functional sharepoint-style place to share project notes, to-do lists, shopping lists, contact information, whatever you can think of!
- MS SharePoint Designer – You don’t need sharepoint to use this better than decent web creation software … it’s not quite on par with my personal (and very expensive) favorite, Dreamweaver, but if you’re looking for something good and free, this is a great piece of software!
Our podcast only song of the week this week is the pumping DYOT by Dab Hands – tune it in! Catch you next week when we interview Mike Miller, prolific tech author at large!
TOPIC: January 24th – Mark is Back! Our prodigal Australian PC Tools security son went off and got hitched, had his long-haired hippy brother in town, and did all sorts of great stuff we all wish we could do. Then he comes on our show and gets serious about security, letting us in on ways that you can get protected from Conficker! And of course we’ve got the usual great Geek Trivia of Jay Garmon, three (count them three!) cool sites of the week and our podcast only song is “The Geeks Were Right” by The Faint!