Why You Should NOT Buy A New Computer This Week
March 22, 2018
Hosted by David W. Schropfer
This is still a terrible time to buy a new computer! Why? Uncertainty around Intel’s latest Spectre fix, plus a series of back-doors were just discovered in AMD chips. Wait to buy a computer, if you can – this episode explains why. Also, Microsoft is back-peddling on its March 13, 2018 update because it may cause your compute to crash – among other reasons. HP Printers are still being used to penetrate your network, and we will tell you how to make sure you are not at risk. And, believe it or not, even Vape Sticks are not safe from hackers (seriously). Plus, we answer lots of listener questions. Send your questions to email@example.com, and look for expanded show notes at https://diycyberguy.com
DIY Cyber Guy
Thursday at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel
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.)
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.