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NC #613 Steve Jobs Recording 1983, Fisher Price Smart Cycle, Ziro Robotics Kit, Dashlane Caution, ThinOPTICS, Nite Ize, Security Bits

I hosted Eye Chart Radio with Mike LaPlante. Rush Sherman sent us this link to Steve Jobs giving a talk in 1983 I’ve never heard before. CES interviews with Fisher Price, Ziro, ThinOPTICS and Nite Ize. I’ll give you a caution about Dashlane security manager. Then we’ve got Security Bits with Bart Busschots.


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Be Careful When You Create a Dashlane Account

Dashlane logoThis week I received an odd email. It was a message from Dashlane, welcoming me to their password manager service. This was odd, only because I did not open an account with Dashlane.

I contacted them through their support email explaining the situation. I requested that the account be suspended and that they contact me to discuss the implications of this. Christine from Dashlane responded quite promptly, and explained that I could delete “my” account, but she cautioned me that I would not be able to use “my” Dashlane account if I deleted it, and that I would lose all of my data. It was pretty clear that this was a canned response, or else she didn’t read very clearly.

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CES 2017: Ring Floodlight Cam and Stick Up Cam

Allison interviews Jamie Siminoff, CEO of Ring, about their new Floodlight and Stick Up cameras. The Floodlight Cam replaces the traditional motion detection floodlight but adds a security camera and two-way talk capability. The Stick Up Cam lets you hear and speak with anyone on your property and is battery powered with an optional solar panel. The Stick Up Cam is available now and the Floodlight Cam begins shipping in April 2017. The setting is the Pepcom Digital Experience show floor.

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NC #611 Willow, Whistle, VPN for Secure Messaging, CrazyBaby, Cobra Backup Cam, Security Bits

It’s an action-packed show this week. I recommend listening to the latest SMR Podcast, not just because I’m on but because it’s a fantastic episode. We’ve got interviews with Willow about their wearable breast pump, Whistle’s pet tracker and activity monitor, CrazyBaby’s levitating speaker called Mars, Cobra’s wireless backup camera on a license plate frame, and we’ve got a Dumb Question Corner from Uncle Bob about VPNs and secure messaging services. Bart brings us up to date with another segment of Security Bits.


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Dumb Question Corner: VPNs vs End-to-End Encrypted Messaging Services

Vpn diagramIn Dumb Question Corner, Steve’s Uncle Bob asked a really good question. It’s been a while since we did a dumb question so let’s review the rules. A Dumb Question qualifies for such a title if it’s something you feel like you should know the answer to, and figure everyone else must understand something you don’t. The questions are absolutely not dumb but it helps to call them that so you’ll feel ok asking them.

The second rule of Dumb Question is that ideally Allison will be able to answer them. I’ve been known to do a bit of research from time to time to figure out the answer, but in general it’s swell if it’s actually in my field of expertise. That brings us to our third rule, and it’s that you can’t ask me anything about iTunes. With that stage sent, here’s Bob’s question:

My question revolves around whether end-to-end encrypted chat programs like WhatsApp, Signal, and others are necessary if both parties already employ VPN’s? My understanding of VPN’s is that they encrypt all data between servers and mask the original IP address. That being the case, it would seem WhatsApp and other end-to-end encryption tools would be redundant. Another question stemming from this is whether both parties have to have VPN’s on their respective ends, or will it also work if just one party uses a VPN? Just something enquiring minds need to ponder to avoid Alzheimer’s.

I like this question because I knew that all of the information to answer the question was somewhere stashed away in my brain, but retrieving the right bits and assembling them properly was going to be the tricky part. Continue reading “Dumb Question Corner: VPNs vs End-to-End Encrypted Messaging Services”

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NC #609 CES Fun, Akoustic Arts Directional Audio, Belkin, Kwikset Premis Locks, Luma Mesh Router, Security Bits

Steve and I are back from CES with tales of adventure. We’ve got interviews with Akoustic Arts who are developing a highly directional audio antenna, Belkin with a Thunderbolt dock and more, Kwikset with their HomeKit-enabled locks called Premis, and Luma with their mesh routers. After that we have an installment of Security Bits with Bart Busschots.


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CES 2017: Kwikset Premis HomeKit Smart Lock

Allison interviews Ashton Good from Kwikset about their new Premis line of smart locks for home use. Premis smart locks have a capacitive touchscreen and allow you to control and monitor lock status from anywhere using the Premis iOS app and an Apple TV. Premis locks are HomeKit compatible and use Apple’s approved end-to-end encryption to ensure security. The setting is the CES Conference show floor.

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NC #607 Primitive, Lost Voicemails, AirPods, Security Bits

It’s Christmas Day but there’s a fresh NosillaCast anyway – no best of show for us. Allister Jenks joins us to talk about the photo manipulation app Primitive for Mac from primitive.lol/…. I’ll tell you the tragic story of how Melissa lost her father’s voicemails and our joint discovery of how to get them back. I’ll give you my review of the Apple AirPods and we’ll talk about whether Bluetooth on them is fiddly, how they fit, and usability with Siri. Steve will jump in to talk about music playback quality (since that’s not my strong suit. Rush Sherman tells us about how he and I worked out a way to help him support the podcast through Patreon at a price his family could afford. Bart Busschots joins us for Security Bits.


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NC #605 Exercise, IRCcloud, Affinity Photo 1.5, Security Bits

I got to be on the Ritual Misery Podcast at ritualmisery.com/…. In a completely non-tech story I tell you about my path to exercise and give you some really practical tips on how to get in shape yourself. Joe LaGreca and I collaborated on a review of IRCcloud at irccloud.com, which helps you stay logged into all your favorite IRC clients. The folks at Serif have done it again, coming out with Affinity Photo 1.5 for Mac AND Windows that adds HDR, Tone Mapping, Focus Stacking and more. Bart Busschots joins us with his fortnightly Security Bits segment.


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NC #600 WWII Letter, HomeKit, The Printer is a Lie, 3D Touch, Security Bits

600th poster from georgeOn this 600th episode of the NosillaCast, I included the same audio from Chit Chat Across the Pond, which was the dramatic reading of a letter from my father to his family during World War II. Then we’ll discuss why I think the printer is a lie, and I’ll try to convince you that 3D Touch is more useful than you might think. Bart is back with Security Bits.


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