The Checklist Podcast

SecureMac presents The Checklist. Each week, Nicholas Raba, Nicholas Ptacek, and Ken Ray hit security topics for your Mac and iOS devices. From getting an old iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, and other Apple gear ready to sell to the first steps to take to secure new hardware, each show contains a set of easy to follow steps meant to keep you safe from identity thieves, hackers, malware, and other digital downfalls. Check in each Thursday for a new Checklist!

5 Things to Know About Physical Security

On this podcast we frequently talk about the various “digital” defenses that you can set up to protect your Mac and iOS devices. Physically securing your devices is equally important, especially when it comes to protecting your data from prying eyes and grabbing hands in the “real world!” In today’s edition, we’ll cover what you need to know about physical security and some things you can do to improve your device’s safety.

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All About VPNs

VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) are one way you can take matters into your own hands and improve your privacy online. On today’s show, we’ll go over exactly what these are plus how you can use them on your Apple devices.

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2016 iOS Security Year In Review

Last week we took a look back at the defining moments in 2016 for Mac security, and this week we’re giving iOS the same treatment! A lot has happened in the past year, and we’ve got plenty to cover in this episode!

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2016 Mac Security Year In Review

The past year has seen threats new and old targeting Mac users, but it has also seen some significant progress from Apple when it comes to security. On today’s episode, we’ll be covering some of the top Mac security stories that you might have missed over the past year.

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5 Ways Websites Are Tracking You

There are many different ways that websites and advertisers can track your online browsing habits. In today’s episode, we’re covering 5 ways websites are tracking you, why they’re doing it, and what it means for online privacy.

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4 Things to Know About the Muni Hack

It seems like new malware attacks are in the news just about every week. A recent ransomware attack crippled San Francisco’s public transit system, with far-reaching consequences. In today’s episode, we’re going to cover four important things you should know about the Muni hack.

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5 Ways to Secure Your Browser

It’s no secret that web browsers rank among the most popular software for daily use, but this popularity also makes browsers an appealing target for viruses, malware, and hackers. In today’s episode, we’re going to tackle this issue with 5 ways to ensure a safe and secure Internet browsing experience.

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Q&A Grab Bag

On this week’s episode, we’re going to do something a bit different, and rather than focusing on one topic, we’ll be answering some listener questions on-air! Please feel free to shoot us an e-mail if you ever have a question about a topic we’ve covered, have a specific topic you’d like us to cover in the future, or need some advice when it comes to the security of your devices — we love hearing from our listeners!

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Five Tips for Secure Holiday Shopping

It’s estimated that 120 million people shopped online on Cyber Monday in 2015, and that number is sure to be even higher this year! That’s a lot of gift shopping — and a lot of opportunities for something to go wrong. While shopping online is convenient, it also carries some security risks. On today’s Checklist: Five things you can do to make your online shopping more secure.

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Traveling Safely with Your Mac and iOS Devices

Today’s topic: travel. Millions of people travel substantial distances every day, whether it’s for business or pleasure. For the safety of your devices and the security of your data, there are a few things you’ll want to do. Today we’ll look at several ways you can prepare and keep yourself safe on your trip.

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Demystifying Malware Types and Terminology (Part 2)

With malware attacks on the rise, more and more news coverage is devoted to analyzing these threats. On today’s show we’re going to help you make sense of all that security gibberish by demystifying the terminology and acronyms frequently encountered when it comes to malware.

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Demystifying Malware Types and Terminology (Part 1)

On today’s show we’re going to cover what makes a piece of spyware different from a worm, and what makes a keylogger different from adware. Once you can tell the difference between the different types of malware, you’ll be better prepared to understand just how the different types of threats can affect *you*, and which ones are worth losing sleep over!

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