Security Stories

“This is Maxwell from Houston, Texas. I am planning a trip to New York city for the holidays, and I was wanting advice on how to keep my Macbook iphone and or iPod secure while using other people’s wi-Fi connections. I would also like to know about Bluetooth security when using my bluetooth earpiece or a wireless keyboard. Thank you. “

First of all thanks Max for todays message. If your listening and you want to ask your questions, feel free to give me a call at:


and yes that is a Google voice voicemail greetings, I just haven’t gotten around to recording a new one.


Congratulations on your trip in December max, I hope it’s an adventurous and life-changing one.


You asked about security, and I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the most secure individual. I’ll share with you my findings in this episode, things that happen to me, and what I’ve used in the past. Hopefully it’ll bring a little value to you.


Before I get into your answer Max, I wanted to tell everyone a quick little story. Two days ago, I received a push notification on my phone informing me that someone was requesting access to my iCloud account from Indiana. I wasn’t in Indiana, and I wasn’t trying to access any of my accounts either. I tapped don’t allow, and to the best of my knowledge the person was not able to access my account. I use apple’s two factor authentication, And you can learn more about it on the Two-factor authentication for Apple ID – Apple Support page.

That’s all weird and all however about 20 minutes later, I got an email letting me know that someone in Indiana had recently accessed my account. I wasn’t using two factor authentication on my Google apps account, now I am, you can learn more about Google’s two factor authentication options on the Google 2-Step Verification page.

These events cause me to be a bit more concerned about my online security, and i’m starting to learn more about the protection I have. This being said however, I am not a security expert and do not claim to be. However, I have found that the following can be useful.

In your situation, i suggest you look into a VPN. VPN stands for virtual private network, and it allows you to connected devices to a network that will encrypt the traffic going from the location you’re accessing to the Internet resources. This means that people who are on the same Wi-Fi network can’t Watch what you’re doing digitally, as all they would see it as an encrypted message of data. You can install a VPN client on your Macbook, iPod, iPad, or iPhone. Of course android devices are also supported as well.

The one program that i have experience with from my deceptive marketing days is a program called Hide My Ass (HMA).

Published by Michael
Assisting small businesses with efficient lead generation, Michael was the Assistive Technology instructor in Alaska until the sudden unexpected passing of his mom in 2012. After that drastic change in his life, and taking responsibility for his 3 younger brothers, Michael decided to learn the tools and tricks for lead generation on platforms small business owners like yourself should be leveraging but don't have the time to.

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