DIY Cyber Guy

By David W. Schropfer

About this podcast   English    United States

DIY Cyber Guy is for anyone that wants to keep hackers out of their computers. The DIY Cyber Guy, David W. Schropfer, interviews with the world's leading cyber security experts to give you easy to understand tips, tactics and tools to protect your invaluable data, and your irreplaceable reputation online.
15 episodes · since Jan, 2018
May 14, 2018
Companies that offer free services, like Facebook and Twitter, are for-profit companies. So where is the profit if the service is free?  It could be in an 'upsell' product, like LinkedIn, which means that some useful features are not available in the free version of the product and require a subscription fee to access. Another common profit model is to collect and sell your data, which is one of the ways Facebook makes money. My guest to discuss this issue, and many more, is Dan Lohrmann, Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. and an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author. He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency.
April 12, 2018
We talk to a real hacker about how hackers hack. Their tools, tactics, and tricks – and we will tell you exactly how to protect yourself and your family. Our guest is Moe Sani, who has been an “ethical Hacker” for over 14 years. He began hacking at age 15, and has worked as a hacker and penetration tester for several companies around the world - and he is on DIY Cyber Guy today to talk about his experience, and how to avoid the UN-ETHICAL hackers. Also - the city of Atlanta was (literally) taken hostage buy a particularly aggressive rent somewhere attack. Lord and Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue lost 5 million credit cards. Landlords are also getting hacked – or at least taken – by cryptominers. We also talk about tax-season hacks and how to protect yourself. We also are recommending Frozen PII ( to anyone who wants to protect themselves from identity thieves. And much more.
April 5, 2018
Bitcoin. Crypto currencies. You probably know computers are involved with this stuff, and computers use electricity. Did you know that the computing power needed to process a Bitcoin transaction may get so large that the electricity cost could outpace any revenue? Actually, that has already happened in some parts of the world where electricity is not available at low prices. But don’t count Bitcoin out just yet. New computers, based on electrons on an impossibly cold silicon chip, may create a *quantum* leap that could change everything! Also in this episode, we have cause to celebrate this week! Net Neutrality’s defense took a big step forward, thanks to Washington State! Also, we will talk about to return guests: Dr. Dale Meyerrose, Retired Major General, US Air Force (, and Will Maxson, an Assistant Director at the FTC (
March 29, 2018
We have another great show for you show today, including: A sobering report from the World Economic forum. We talk about the IoT Christmas, and new ways the hackers user these devices, We have a great interview with David Redekop of DNS Thingy who discusses the Internet of things, Botnets, and more. And we wrap up by answering a few listener questions. This show not about telling you at you want to hear – its about telling you what you need to know to be aware of damaging things on the internet. It’s is about putting tools in your hands so you don’t have lie awake at night worrying, but you don’t put your head in the sand either. You can keep yourself and your data safe – and this show helps you do that. Be aware, and protect yourself online.
March 15, 2018
- The largest internet DDoS attack in history briefly shut down several popular sites, I’ll tell you what happened and why you need a little patience this week. Bottom line: News of the death of Internet is premature! - Update on Intel, and why I am still recommending that you avoid buying computers with certain Intel chips inside. But that could change soon. - Microsoft will facilitate Intel Code Update! Great news – easier for Windows users – BUT BACKUP your systems!! - Flash is declining faster than we expected! Great news! ===OTHER LINKS: ==== ** My Guest Charles’ Blog ** My Guest Charles’ Twitter Feed: ** FREE CHAPTER via ebook: ** For show notes and more, go to
Feb. 22, 2018
There are several manufacturers, and HUNDREDS of products, that you need to avoid, including some big names like Intel, Adobe, Kaspersky and maybe Huawei. We don’t make these recommendations lightly because we know that if all of our listeners stop buying these products, it will hurt the business of legitimate companies. However, the nature and the scale of the vulnerabilities in these particular products leave no room for doubt – for now. Hopefully, more information comes to light in the future that can resurrect some of these products (except Adobe Flash, which should be removed from every computer everywhere, ASAP). Also, we have a fantastic guest – Mr. Raffael Marty from Sophos who will be here to talk about some great tools (free and paid) that you can use to keep yourself safe. Be aware, stay informed, and avoid the traps on the internet - listen to DIY Cyber Guy every week.
Feb. 15, 2018
The Equifax hack was historically bad, with the data of over 145 Million people exposed, which is now for sale on the Dark Web. Now, that data is being used to file fraudulent tax returns, which lets the bad guy get your tax refund. So, when you go to file your taxes this year, you may find that Uncle Sam thinks they already sent you a refund. We will tell you what to do. Also, we take a deep dive into how Google Voice Search, Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa, and even Apple’s Siri – all record and store your voice every time you use it! We will tell you how to get rid of those recordings, and block them from happening again.

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