Chrome is an awesome browser that has been lauded for its exemplary security model. However, as we have become painfully aware of, privacy and security are not equivalent. Traditionally, Mozilla’s Firefox has been a champion of users’ rights, but, by default, it is likely not the most secure browser.
Lately, there have been several, excellent resources geared towards hardening Firefox, and I want to condense and share what I have learned. Aside from making your browsing experience more secure and respectful of your privacy, you will see performance gains, as well.
I have been utilizing these customizations for several months, and have been very happy with the results. So, without further ado, let us get to it!
Continue reading Securing Firefox
Desktop and mobile platforms have distinct strengths and weaknesses, and they fill an essential void in a modern, digital lifestyle. Yet, they often don’t play well together, particularly if you adopt multiple platforms (e.g., OS X for desktop, Android for mobile).
Exchanging information between desktop and mobile devices is an important function. Traditional ways of handling such actions (e.g., email, syncing services like Dropbox) are serviceable, but are often overkill.
There is a need for a more efficient solution and Pushbullet does an admirable job.
Continue reading Reach Desktop-Mobile Nirvana with Pushbullet
Continually, reports surface that describe flaws in proprietary products and services. All such things, regardless of whether they are open or closed source, have imperfections that might lead to insecurity. Yet, it can no longer be assumed that these flaws are accidental. Continue reading Open Source, Hope, and the Surveillance State
Update 09/21/2014: Continually, new updates for the Kindle Paperwhite change its software’s appearance and functionality. Therefore, some of the screenshots and material in this series may not reflect the most up-to-date representation of the product. However, what remains should be applicable to the current Kindle Paperwhite, and is, hopefully, helpful.
In the first part of my Kindle Paperwhite review, I made the case for why I thought it was a paragon of what a modern, reading device should be. Now, I’d like to share some tips and tricks that might optimize your Kindle Paperwhite experience. Continue reading A Reader’s Paradise: Kindle Paperwhite (Part 2)