What is Your Threat Model?

This is the first post in a series I’m working on involving tailoring security and privacy to you. While there are best practices that apply to everyone a good part of our online security and privacy is a personal thing and can vary greatly depending on factors such as who we are, what we do for a living and others. Continue Reading

Making FitBit Work for Me: How FitBit Really Has Made Me More Fit

Keeping active, much less in shape, has been a challenge of mine for years but really ramped up four years ago when I started working at home. One of the best ways I’ve found to keep myself active when sitting at home all day is my FitBit. From it’s gamification to it’s step goal I’ve spend the better part of the last three years making it work for me and I can definitely say that it has helped me improve my health more than any other device or technique. Continue Reading

From Apple to Google (and more): My Adventure in Escaping the Apple Ecosystem

Yesterday I wrote about an experiment I’m doing in trying out Google Pixel and Google Fi alongside my iPhone 8+ on AT&T. While hardware has been part of the experiment it hasn’t been the only change I’ve made. In addition to switching hardware I’m giving up on my long-held mantra of trying to stick entirely with Apple’s native software on my devices rather than using the alternatives.

To date I can’t say there has been anything bad about sticking with stock apps such as Reminders, Calendar, Safari, Mail and more. In fact, as all my devices have been Apple for quite some time it made things incredibly easy to do as these are the only apps that can really interact in iOS thanks to Apple’s limitations on the system. They mostly worked for me too. I was able to live with the weird limitations in each app when I never had to worry about them all syncing properly across devices.

The catch is, particularly over the last year or so they often don’t sync as well as claimed and limitations in the various apps, particularly Mail, Safari and reminders have left me longing for good alternatives for quite some time. My switch to Pixel was the catalyst I needed. I simply don’t have a lot of data to worry about about it is the perfect time to start moving off of Apple’s services to those that work best where I need them. Here’s where I’ve gotten so far: Continue Reading

Pixel 2 XL vs iPhone 8+: A Week of Using Both

I’ve been on iOS since March of 2012 when my HTC Evo died at SXSW and Radio Shack only had an iPhone 4S in stock. For years it was great. It all worked together so well that by October of this year my wife and I had, collectively, 3 Macs, 2 iPads, 2 Apple Watches, 2 iPhones, a couple of Airport Expresses, an Apple TV and a Time Capsule. This includes my 2016 15″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, my 9.7″ iPad Pro, my Series 2 Apple Watch and my iPhone 8+ on AT&T’s network and for the most part it has all worked for us. This past week however I finally took the step of ordering a Pixel 2 XL on Google Fi. I’m not sure I’ll ever look back. Continue Reading