Online Privacy & Security Checklist

Recently, I posted about the important of using a password manager. The feedback I got from that post was overwhelmingly positive, and inspired me to draw together a checklist of things you can do to generally improve your security and privacy online. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, and items can be ranked from common sense to borderline paranoia but all will help to improve your online privacy & security.

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You Should Use A Password Manager

Let’s talk about security. I’m sure the majority of you have a bunch of keys that you carry around with you on a daily basis. Maybe one for the house, the car, possibly the office. Maybe a bunch of smaller keys for garages, sheds, gates, padlocks, etc. Now imagine instead of all of those keys, you had only one key. Great, you might think, now I only have to worry about remembering one of them. Now imagine someone stole that key, copied it, and had access to every item that was previously secured by that key. Your house, office, garage, shed, gates, padlocks… Not sounding so great now is it?

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An Apple network could be a worrying thought

I wrote recently about my thoughts on the future of Apple and why it makes sense that they will eventually become a network. I maybe got carried away somewhat and didn’t explore the negative aspects of this progression, of which there are certainly a few.

First and foremost would you put all your eggs in one basket? It’s an obvious bad move when you consider there is a single point of failure. One company who manufactured your device, created the operating system you’re running, and controls the network from which you fetch content. The thought of that should probably make you uneasy.

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Apple as a network

Imagine a world where the Internet was freely available, wherever you were with no monthly fees, no mobile carriers or horrible public wifi to deal with. A world where your iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device truly just works. I believe that in 5 to 10 years time we won’t need to worry about who provides our ‘pipe’ to the internet. We’ll simply buy an Apple device and it’ll be ready to go out the box. No data limits, no fair usage policies, no roaming charges, just the capabilities of the device, available anywhere and everywhere. Whenever and wherever you need it.

That, will become the offering.

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Apple Watch – 5 ‘Yes’ moments after the first weekend

After what seemed like an almost eternal wait, I received my Apple Watch (Black aluminium sport) on Friday and have been using it over the weekend. I’ve been asked for my initial thoughts by a couple of people so I’ve decided to summarise here. In short, this is what a watch should be. It feels like a somewhat inevitable but welcome evolution of the traditional wrist watch. I won’t launch into a full blown review right now, but I’ll highlight a couple of key ‘yes’ moments…

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Apple TV Revamp

The internet is currently awash with rumours of an Apple TV revamp this year at WWDC. I suspect we will see some updates, but i’m not convinced they’ll be what everyone wants to see. It suddenly made sense for me a few days ago, looking at the Apple Watch, and how Apps are developed as extensions to your iPhone, what if the revamped Apple TV supports Apps in the same way?