Make Handbrake work even better with DVDs [libdvdcss]

Handbrake

Handbrake

Handbrake has made a huge breakthrough recently by finally releasing version 1.0 which has been over a decade in the making. It was worth the wait because it truly works well, is stable and is fast. In testing it seems that there are still a few DVDs that Handbrake will mangle or just not process but there is a reasonable reason for that behavior and a fix for those that are geeks-at-heart. Continue reading Make Handbrake work even better with DVDs [libdvdcss]

Secure Erase and wipe your SSD, will it work?

Crucial SSD

Crucial SSD

With all the privacy breaches that have been occurring lately, its no wonder that more users are learning how to completely wipe their disk drives before a disk drive upgrade or passing a desktop or laptop computer on to someone else. This totally makes sense and is a very wise move so your personal information does not get accidentally or intentionally compromised in the future. Wiping traditional hard disk drives is simple enough but what about SSD or built-in flash storage devices That is a completely different story and requires a different approach. Continue reading Secure Erase and wipe your SSD, will it work?

Rip Blu-ray and DVD with the fantastic production version of Handbrake & MakeMKV

Handbrake

Handbrake

Handbrake has finally graduated to full production software status after over a decade of being in Beta and is now known as Handbrake 1.0. Although it may seem like a trivial event, my testing has shown that Handbrake now works better and more efficiently than ever. Continue reading Rip Blu-ray and DVD with the fantastic production version of Handbrake & MakeMKV

NBC News posts CIA barb at Wikileaks

CIA

CIA

NBC news posted the first comment from the CIA regarding the Wikipedia leak into their massive collection of privacy violating software. Naturally The CIA didn’t really say anything other than to Continue reading NBC News posts CIA barb at Wikileaks

Court denies FBI permission to compel anyone to give thumbprint to unlock phone

FBI

FBI

In a single, narrowly scoped, case U.S. Magistrate Judge David Weisman admonished the FBI for using old boilerplate language to demand the ability to force anyone at a raided location to give up their thumb so the FBI could forcibly unload their phone. Continue reading Court denies FBI permission to compel anyone to give thumbprint to unlock phone

FBI Director Comey says there is no privacy

FBI

FBI

FBI director James Comey said that there is no privacy in America today, which is not a shock, other than trying to figure out of he’s not all that clever and is simply playing the part of Captain Obvious or if he is trying to tell us that the system here is so corrupt that we should not have any expectation of privacy. Continue reading FBI Director Comey says there is no privacy

Apple responds to CIA hacking revelation

Tim Cook, Apple

Tim Cook, Apple

Apple has issued a public statement in light of Wikileaks exposure of the CIA’s, likely to be illegal, hacking activities against all popular operating systems. Continue reading Apple responds to CIA hacking revelation

CIA outed by WikiLeaks, violates Obama directive and builds secret hacking division

CIA

CIA

Wikileaks has revealed the latest leak of CIA targets to date. This shocking revelation includes not only exploits against your computer and mobile devices, it also reveals that the CIA has repeatedly violated President Obama’s order to protect our cyber security. Continue reading CIA outed by WikiLeaks, violates Obama directive and builds secret hacking division

1Password is failing to unlock user passwords, leaves them in a lurch

1Password

1Password

1Password is a popular and often recommended password management utility, that I have repeatedly told my followers to steer clear from. As with all other commercial (and Shareware) password management software, it violates my basic rules of computing safety, which I will get to momentarily, in the meantime, 1Password users have been unable to launch 1Password starting this past weekend  Continue reading 1Password is failing to unlock user passwords, leaves them in a lurch

Social photographs can reveal your fingerprints

Fingerprint

Fingerprint

At a presentation of the Chaos Computer Club (Germany), it was announced that Jan Krissler (AKA “Starbug”), a researcher, was able to duplicate the fingerprints of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Continue reading Social photographs can reveal your fingerprints

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