st1716: Equifax is hacked AGAIN! Your online Idenity is at risk [Podcast]

Equifax, one of the largest collectors of data about you in the world was hacked AGAIN! Learn about what this new hack and the last hack means for you AND how you protect yourself.

st1712: Is Disney Spying on your Children? [Podcast]

Keeping your children safe on line

The Walt Disney company has been slapped with a lawsuit alleging violation of COPPA. This law says that companies can not collect personal information on children without permission from their parents. In 42 identified apps, Disney may be violating that law. What does this mean, how do you protect your child’s privacy? We explore this and more in this episode.

Here is the full list of the apps in the lawsuit:

“AvengersNet”

“Beauty and the Beast”

“Perfect Match”

“Cars Lightening League”

“Club Penguin Island”

“Color by Disney”

“Disney Color and Play”

“Disney Crossy Road”

“Disney Dream Treats”

“Disney Emoji Blitz”

“Disney Gif”

“Disney Jigsaw Puzzle!”

“Disney LOL”

“Disney Princess: Story Theater”

“Disney Store Become”

“Disney Story Central”

“Disney’s Magic Timer by Oral-B”

“Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures”

“Dodo Pop”

“Disney Build It Frozen”

“DuckTales: Remastered”

“Frozen Free Fall”

“Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot”

“Good Dinosaur Storybook Deluxe”

“Inside Out Thought Bubbles”

“Maleficent Free Fall”

“Miles from Tomorrowland: Missions”

“Moana Island Life”

“Olaf’s Adventures”

“Palace Pets in Whisker Haven”

“Sofia the First Color and Play”

“Sofia the First Secret Library”

“Star Wars: Puzzle DroidsTM”

“Star WarsTM: Commander”

“Temple Run: Oz”

“Temple Run: Brave”

“The Lion Guard”

“Toy Story: Story Theater”

“Where’s My Water?”

“Where’s My Mickey?”

“Where’s My Water? 2”

“Where’s My Water? Lite/Where’s My Water? Free”

“Zootopia Crime Files: Hidden Object”

st1708: Solving Crime One Smart Phone at a Time [Podcast]

Tracking apps are becoming more useful in helping the police solve crimes.  In this episode we explore a specific case and talk about how you might want to set up your own phone.

 

How to Track Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone

How to Set Up and use Find My iPhone

 

st1701: 2016 – A SmartTech Year in Review [Podcast]

It is amazing how, when a year comes to an end, we tend to forget all of the things that have happened.  2016 has been a crazy year in a lot of ways, but it has been a diverse technology related year.  So in this episode I review some of the technological events of note through the eyes of the SmartTech podcast.  Be sure to share your favorite technology related events or gadgets in our comment section or on our Facebook page.

Illustration provided by Pond5

 

st1604: Apple VS the FBI: Balancing personal privacy with national security [Podcast]

Steve Cook published a letter on the Apple website explaining how, in their opinion, the recent request and court order by the FBI unduly put the security and safety of millions of American citizens is peril.

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In other words, the FBI wants Apple to rewrite their iOS operating system to remove encryption and security safeguards, update the phone of Syed Rizwan Farook, and make the data on the phone available to the FBI to fulfill a search warrant.  Farook and Tashfeen Malik entered a holiday party in San Bernardino, CA, and killed or injured 31 people in what is presumed to be a terrorist attack.  Apple argues that they do not have the encryption key or the information stored on the phone in a readable format and have done all they can do to assist the FBI in their investigation.  The FBI disagrees.  In this episode, we explore the danger of the government or anybody for that matter having a master key to all data on all devices.  Is our loss of privacy worth the claimed increase in personal and national security?

Tim Cook’s Letter to the public

Apple answers specific security questions

Although I don’t agree with his conclusions, I think this is one of the most straight forward rebuttals to the argument I make in the podcast.  As you will read, I don’t think his conclusions are accurate.  But it is a good read!   Cut The Crap, Apple, And Open Syed Farook’s iPhone