Required Reading – Linux Liaison

Required Reading

Hello all,

This page is dedicated to listing articles that I think anyone who’s enjoyed any of the things I’ve posted here should read. The topics of the articles/series listed here cover a variety of topics that I’m interested in and also represent what I consider to be quality journalism in the world of technology. From time to time this page will be updated with more articles, with the most recent additions appearing at the top for your convenience.

I hope that you, the reader, enjoy these articles and reach out to me through various social media outlets for any discussion you wish to have regarding an article you chose from this list. If any of these articles are unavailable to you for whatever reason, please email me at linuxliaison (at) fastmail (dot/period) com with the link of the article and the file type you would like it to be sent back in (options are epub, mobi, pdf, txt, csv, json, and xml).

Thank you,
Brandon “LinuxLiaison” Nolet

Password Managers: Under the Hood of Secrets Management

Adrian Bednarek and the team at Independent Security Evaluators take a look at 4 of the most popular password managers and evaluate their security practices. Flaws are discovered in each password manager relating to the exposure of individual credential entries and even exposure of the master password. This is a must read if you’re considering using a password manager or already use one of the four mentioned in the case study; those password managers are 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass. Archived

Goodbye Big Five

This is a series of articles wherein Kashmir Hill, a writer of privacy and technology pieces for Gizmodo, abandons the likes of big tech in a six-week long special project using a VPN build by technologist Dhruv Mehrotra. The lessons one can glean from this series range from being more thoughful about how you spend your time to being more conscious about the information you share online.

A Different Approach to Digital Technology in Schools

Dave Lane, open-source software enthusiast, explores the current and prospective states of the involvement of digital technology in the classroom. A situation is proposed where teachers promote student co-education in order to help students discover the world of open-source software, gain understanding into the landscape of technology, and acquire self-reliance when it comes to software.

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night[…]

Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, Natasha Singer, Michael H. Keller and Aaron Krolik explore a database of “more than a million phones in the New York area.” The implications of having many apps and services on our phone that constantly track our whereabouts are discussed in the context of national security, personal privacy. The Times also conducted some primary research on 20 apps and monitor what types of data about one’s location is being shared and who that information is sent to.

How to Wrestle Your Data From Data Brokers[…]

Jeremy B. Merrill, news app developer for ProPublica, guides the reader through the process of requesting/extracting your data from a few of the bigger data brokers out there including Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The accuracy, detail, and depth of the data requested is analyzed.