Melting Down Your Computer

January 11, 2018
Hosted by David W. Schropfer

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Welcome to DIY Cyber Guy! We have a great show today filled with simple things you can do to avoid the major hacks and attacks happening on the internet right now. No computer science degree necessary – just do it yourself! Our guest is Shahid Buttar of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, speaking about net neutrality and privacy issues. Also, we answer questions from our listeners. Plus, we have a packed list of news items, including: - Meltdown and Spectre - a problem that could effect practically every computer, tablet and smartphone - Problems with WD My Cloud products issue that are easy to fix - an issue preventing Windows updates for people who don't use MS Defender - an unusual hack involving SONOS and Bose - A new product that Facebook is testing that everyone should avoid - Something you need to know if you let your internet browser remember store your passwords - a new low in personal data collection. ...and more!

DIY Cyber Guy

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.)

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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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