Spectre and Gwyneth Paltrow

February 8, 2018
Hosted by David W. Schropfer

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Episode Description

Understanding the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities is complicated, so we use an old Gwyneth Paltrow movie to help explain why this is happening. And, if you are buying a new computer, we explain why to avoid Intel (for now); the problem with some of their chips may take years to redesign. We answer many listener questions, including a Facebook Messenger attack that is going around (again), a security product that you should uninstall if you have it, and we will explain a new crypto-mining attack that could make you…WannaCry. We announce my free eBook is now available, plus you can now listen to DIY Cyber Guy on your favorite Podcatcher, including iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Overcast!

DIY Cyber Guy

DIY Cyber Guy

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Albert Einstein once said, “If you can't explain it to a six-year old, you don't understand it yourself.”

Sometimes, technology makes us all feel like six-year olds, particularly when we see headline after headline announcing a terrible new computer hack, which threatens to do something awful to each of our computers. But not all hacks are the same. Most hacks target some computer users, and not others. Some are indeed severe, some are just annoying at worst.

The fact is, when a cyber hack occurs, you just want to know two things: does it effect you, and exactly what should you do about it? That’s it. No drama, no superlatives, and no scary headlines. Just advice about how to keep your connected computers safe and running normally without falling in to a hacker trap, or losing your property.

That’s what this program is all about. DIY Cyber Guy airs live Thursdays at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business. (Not intended for anyone under age six.)

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David W. Schropfer

David W. Schropfer

David is the CEO of cybersecurity pioneer AnchorID, and has been building businesses with cutting-edge technology throughout his career, where he helped commercialize several new technologies such as Voice Over IP, cloud computing, and security.

David’s unique insights have been broadcast on NPR radio, CBC radio, and MSNBC. His commentaries and research have been featured in Tech News World Magazine, American Banker Magazine, PC World Magazine, Fast Company, and many others.

He is a frequent keynote speaker, and the author of six books, including his personal bestseller, Digital Habits: 5 Simple Tips to Help Keep You & Your Information Safe Online Everyday. His other books, including industry standards like “The Smartphone Wallet” and “Google Wallet and the New Retail Ecosystem,” were used for years by the media and business people alike to decipher rapidly developing technology ecosystems.

Since graduating from Boston College, David earned an Executive MBA from the University of Miami. He has served on the Boards of Directors for several private companies and a national non-profit organization.

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Episode Directory

April 2018

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February 2018

  • 2/22/2018: What NOT to Buy! Tech Products You Must Avoid. Listen Now
  • 2/15/2018: Losing Your Tax Refund and Other Fun Tales From The Equifax Breach Listen Now
  • 2/8/2018: Spectre and Gwyneth Paltrow Listen Now
  • 2/1/2018: New Tinder Hack, A Crypto Heist, And Bitcoin 'Creep' Listen Now