Welcome to The Digital Resilience Show, a podcast hosted by David Wild that helps you use digital technology in a way that is secure, private and robust. If you like the show, please check out the other resources on the MyDigitalResilience website including The Personal Digital Resilience Handbook and The Digital Resilience Blog. You can find The Digital Resilience Show on SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple, Google, and Stitcher. You can also follow the RSS feed. Episodes are listed below in reverse chronological order including links and shownotes.

Episode 10: Digital resilience using non-internet technologies

April 4, 2021

Today we are looking at technologies that are not Internet connected, or that allow you to function without using the Internet. This includes various forms of radio, mesh networks, and ways to store and access files without the Internet.

Show notes: Radio communications: check out information about amateur radio on the ARRL website. For amateur radios, cheap Chinese radios are now very popular, such as the Baofeng UV-5R ($39.75). For a more robust radio, consider the Yaesu FT-4XR ($79.95). For personal FRS radios, a good choice is the Motorola Talkabout T600 ($119.99). For an AM/FM radio, consider the Sangean MMR-88 ($69.99) that also includes a built-in weather radio. You can access the Primary Entry Point (PEP) radio map here. More information on weather radio can be found on the NOAA website, and my favorite weather radio is the Midland WR-400 ($69.99). Information about public safety radio frequencies and systems is on RadioReference, and a great all-round scanner that works with most systems is the Uniden Home Patrol 2 ($483.97). Mesh networking apps include Briar and Bridgefy. For better range, try GoTenna Mesh which can even be used to create city-wide coverage. For non-Internet cloud check out NextCloud. Knowledge Reboot Kits: check out Project Gutenberg and Kiwix.


Episode 9: 10 digital resilience gear recommendations to buy with your stimulus check

March 14, 2021

Wecome to the gear episode. Today we are going to geek out and talk about digital resilience gear, and some carefully thought out recommendations for equipment you might consider buying if you have a bit of money left over from your stimulus check (for US listeners).

Show notes: here are my 10 recommendations:

  1. Book - the Personal Digital Resilience Handbook or Organize for Disaster
  2. A bunch of cables - USB mini, C, lightning plus adapters. Check out this 3-in-1 cable plus a Desktop USB adapter and a Car Adapter.
  3. Mic Lock for blocking your microphone on computer or phone.
  4. Power bank - check out the GoerTek ES-982 25,000mAh with solar charging and flashlight.
  5. MySudo subscription.
  6. ProtonVPN subscription.
  7. Sync.com subscription.
  8. Portable SSD Drive - I like the Samsung drives such as the Samsung T5. For cheaper alternatives, look for regular hard disks or USB flash drives. I currently like the PNY series USB flash drives.
  9. Cellular LTE data hotspot. The Rolls Royce model is the Nighthawk M1 LTE Hotspot but cheaper alternatives are available if you search for LTE hotspot. Remember to get data service on a differnet network than your cellphone.
  10. AM/FM and weather alert emergency radio. I like the Sangean MMR-88


Episode 8: Threat Modeling

March 7, 2021

How do you decide what the priorities are for your digital resilience? How much resilience is enough? How many backups do you need? How much privacy do you need? Today I describe a way to make those decisions through a process called Threat Modeling.

Show notes: The New Oil Threat Modeling Page.


Episode 7: The Texas disaster and surviving infrastructure failure with Rakesh Bharania

February 26, 2021

We have a really special show for you today. We are joined by Rakesh Bharania, a worldwide expert in rebuilding technology after a disaster, to talk about the situation in Texas, cascading infrastructure failures, and what you can do to prepare yourself and your community for infrastructure failure.

Show notes: Rakesh Bharania's Linkedin


Episode 6: How to evaluate online services for digital resilience

February 20, 2021

We all depend on multiple online services every day for basic life functions such as shopping, doing our taxes, having meetings. But how do we know if these services are digitally resilient? In this episode we are going to be talking about how to evaluate online services for our four dimensions of digital reilience: reliability and redundancy, sercurity, privacy and control, and how to have a robust digital resilience strategy for using online services.

Show notes: OpenSignal App, ToS;DR, DownDetector. Reminder: the four step plan is: 1. Ensure you have a reliable Internet service with at least on backup; 2. Critically evaluate the online services for resilience; 3. Have and regularly use an alternate for any critical service; and 4. Have a non-internet backup plan for anything critical. The evaulation critera are Terms of Service, Business Model, Data Security, Reliability, and Extractability.


Episode 6: How to evaluate online services for digital resilience

February 20, 2021

We all depend on multiple online services every day for basic life functions such as shopping, doing our taxes, having meetings. But how do we know if these services are digitally resilient? In this episode we are going to be talking about how to evaluate online services for our four dimensions of digital reilience: reliability and redundancy, sercurity, privacy and control, and how to have a robust digital resilience strategy for using online services.

Show notes: OpenSignal App, ToS;DR, DownDetector. Reminder: the four step plan is: 1. Ensure you have a reliable Internet service with at least on backup; 2. Critically evaluate the online services for resilience; 3. Have and regularly use an alternate for any critical service; and 4. Have a non-internet backup plan for anything critical. The evaulation critera are Terms of Service, Business Model, Data Security, Reliability, and Extractability.


Episode 5: Avoid being a cat on Zoom using compartmentalization

February 11, 2021

You have probably all seen the the hilarious viral video where a lawyer in an online court on Zoom appears as a cat avatar. This is the latest of a long list of embarrasing things that have happened when people have inadvertently crossed over different parts of their lives, in this instance presumably letting a kid use their work computer. In this episode, we talk about compartmentalization, and how it can increase your digital resilience by keeping different parts of your life separate.

Show notes: The cat lawyer on Zoom video, blog post on compartmentalization.


Episode 4: How to keep your basic information private

February 5, 2021

How can you give away your name, phone number, email and address... without actually giving away your name, phone number, email and address? In this episode we are going undercover! I explain a strategy for keeping your basic information like your name, address, cellphone number and email private, by having alternate sets of information that you can give out.

Show notes: AT&T selling location information, ProtonMail, MySudo, AnonAddy, NameCheap.


Episode 3: Explaining the Gamestop saga and what it teaches us about digital resilience

January 29, 2021

In this episode I explain the Gamestop Reddit saga, and use that to bring up some key lessons about digital resilience and money, including the differences between online services, banks, bitcoin and cash.

Show notes: GameStop saga: RobinHood, Wallstreetbets subreddit, CBS News article on the saga. Banks and FDIC insurance: Check out FDIC and note PayPal is not FDIC insured (although they may be experimenting otherwise). Cash: Top places people keep cash at home (avoid these!!). There are plenty of other lists online.


Episode 2: An effective backup strategy for files, photos, videos, email and social media

January 25, 2021.

What would happen if your hard drive failed or you lost access to your Google or Apple account? In this episode I describe four technologies and three backup strategies you can use to make sure that your files, photos, videos, email and social media content are safe.

Show notes: Synchronization: three popular cloud synchronization services that meet the requirement for zero-knowledge end-to-end encryption are Sync.com Pro Solo (setup instructions are here), Tresorit Business Plus, and SpiderOak OneBackup. For peer-to-peer synchronization, use SyncThing (setup instructions are here). NextCloud. Hard, SSD and USB drives: I have found Samsung SSD drives to be very reliable, such as the T5 2TB Portable SSD. Here is the 4TB hard drive I bought from Best Buy for under $100 WD Easystore 4TB Hard Drive. My current favorite USB flash drive is the PNY Pro Elite, available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB versions. To encrypt an SSD or USB Flash Drive, use VeraCrypt device encryption. Email and social media: Email can be backed up using Thunderbird, and for social media instructions for downloading your data are available for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Episode 1: Three digital resilience steps you should take now

January 21, 2021.

The events of the last few weeks have brought up numerous issues relating to the vulnerabilities of our digital lives. In this episode I define digital resilience and give three steps you should take now to reduce your vulnerability on social media and the cloud.

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