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!
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Checklist 22: Tor and the Dark Web
Beyond social media and online shopping sites, there’s a whole lot to the Internet that the average user simply can’t see. We’re talking, of course, about the so-called “dark web” which is only accessible with the Tor Browser. On today’s episode, we’ll be discussing this hidden side of the internet, and the special browser needed to access it.
Checklist 21: Must-Have Third Party Security Apps for Any Mac User
On today’s episode of the Checklist podcast, we’ll run down some of the security apps which are “must-haves” for any user. We’ll cover what these apps do, what sets them apart, and why you’d be wise to have some of them installed on your Mac.
Checklist 20: 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.
Checklist 19: 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.
Checklist 18: 016 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!
Checklist 17: 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.
Checklist 16: 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.
Checklist 15: 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.
Checklist 14: 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.
Checklist 13: 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!
Checklist 12: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.
Checklist 11: 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.
Checklist 10: 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.
Checklist 09: 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!
Checklist 08: Best Practices for Login and Password Security
On today’s episode, we’re hitting best practices when it comes to login and password security — simple steps you can take to keep your accounts from falling into the wrong hands, and what to do in the event that your password has been compromised.
Checklist 07: New Security Features in macOS Sierra
On today’s episode, we’re talking about the latest version of Apple’s desktop operating system, the newly rebranded macOS Sierra. Specifically, we’re going to be focusing on some of the new and expanded security features found in macOS 10.12.
Checklist 06: Identify and avoid online scams in 5 easy steps
Internet criminals can be pretty devious, and it’s becoming increasingly harder to determine legitimate sites from fake ones these days. In today’s episode, we’ll go over five ways to identify and avoid online scams, helping to keep your personal data (and the contents of your bank account!) out of the hands of online con-artists.
Checklist 05: 5 Easy Steps to Prepare your Mac before selling it
On today’s episode, we’re going to run down a checklist of steps to take before selling, donating, or giving away your old Mac. These steps will ensure the secure removal of your personal information and data from your old computer, and help make your transition to a new computer go as smoothly as possible.
Checklist 04: 10 things to do when setting up your new Mac (Part 2)
In today’s episode, we’re covering the remaining five items on our list of 10 things to do when setting up a new Mac. We’ll be covering specifics when it comes to protecting your data, and discuss the best ways to safeguard your privacy.
Checklist 03: 10 things to do when setting up your new Mac (Part 1)
In this week’s episode of The Checklist, we discuss the first five items on our list of 10 things to do when setting up a new Mac to strengthen your security. Next week, we’ll cover the remaining five items, including specifics on protecting your data and safeguarding your privacy.