It’s been quite a prolific month of writing for me, so I’ve divided it into more sections than usual. I’m also thinking of sending this out weekly instead of monthly, and will be surveying RSS subscribers to see if you’d prefer a weekly (or biweekly) newsletter to this. But for now, here are links to 17 articles or posts I wrote for WIRED, Forbes, Experience Life, Made Man, the Freelancer, and the Sports Post in/for July.
Security News This Week
This is a weekly roundup of security news I write for WIRED; each headline is just one story of seven to 10 that I link to and summarize.
Your VPN Probably Isn’t Private (7/2) (WIRED) Also XKEYSCORE, NSA spying, WaPo encryption, and some new malware named after your favorite cartoon characters.
The Crypto Wars Ain’t Over (7/11) (WIRED) From Dutch spying to German spying to more U.S. spying, the crypto wars ain’t over. Plus spoofing in Chrome, financially-motivated hackers, cyber war games, and more.
Laura Poitras Is Suing the Government (7/18) (WIRED) An emergency UK spy bill deemed unlawful, an ACLU lawsuit, issues with RC4 ciphers, a Java 8 exploit, a Hacking Team client feeling the sting, and an identity thief getting 13 years in the slammer.
Anonymous Says It Hacked the Census Bureau (7/25) (WIRED) The U.S. Treasury intelligence service is vulnerable to hackers, Facebook can’t challenge search warrants, it may be easier to sue over data breeches, Microsoft says goodbye to revenge porn, Malaysia censorship, Pakistan spying, and more.
The Five Online Security Measures You’re Probably Doing Wrong (Forbes) Google compared security tips made by experts and non-experts, and I spoke with the amazing Micah Lee to make sense out of them.
Security Made Simple–In Photos: Five Online Security Measures You’re Probably Doing Wrong (Forbes) A slideshow with five action steps for securitizing your shit; kind of a simplified version of the post above.
What You Can Learn From the Ashley Madison Hack (Even If You Don’t Want to Cheat on Your Spouse) (Forbes) Some strategies for online security when visiting sites you maybe don’t want people to know you’re on, with tips from Fred Jennings (who is not your lawyer) and Jessy Irwin.
Why Did A Security Form Mysteriously Ditch a ‘Privacy’ Product? (Forbes) A bit of speculation on ProxyHam.
Not Ready To Disable Flash? Try Click-To-Play Instead (Forbes) I spoke with technologist Garrett Robinson on ways to protect yourself from Adobe Flash’s rotating door of 0days without breaking everything or ruining your internet experience.
For Social Engineering Scams, The Best Security Patch Is Education (Forbes) A story about losing my ID while I was traveling in California…
Why You Shouldn’t Freak Out Over Windows 10’s WiFi Sense Password-Sharing Feature (Forbes) I explain why WiFi Sense isn’t the worst idea in the world.
Fitness Fix: Preventing Shin Splints (Experience Life) Some great exercises from Francesca Conte.
Expert Answers on Exercising With Your Dog (Experience Life) Dawn Celapino talks about how to include your dog in your workouts.
Expert Answers On Why Your Face Turns Red When You Exercise (Experience Life) A dermatologist explains it all.
Should Writers Respond to Comments on their Articles? (The Freelancer) I spoke with Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Cyrus Farivar, Monica Guzzman and Maryn McKenna on whether journalists should read and respond to comments.
This Wedding Photographer Also Shoots The Most Amazing Storm Pics You’ve Ever Seen (Made Man) A really fun slideshow with some of Mike Olbinski’s best stormchasing photos.
Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler’s Gnarly Street Fight (The Sports Post) This exclusive story explains what happened in the parking lot hours after a seminar…