How to stay reasonably safe in the connected world

by Volker Weber

There is a huge tidal wave of malware coming at you. It's going to target devices that are not reasonably secure and it's going to target gullible people. If you have grown up with a PC and your ability to install about anything that lands on your computer, from sources unknown, you are sitting right in the middle of the crosshairs. And Norton is not going to protect you.

Here are a couple of rules for people who know their stuff. I won't reach the completely clueless.

  1. Do not jailbreak your device. It removes an important layer of security. Yes, you will unfortunately have to pay for your software. If you root your Samsung phone, Knox is disabled, forever. And for a reason.
  2. Stay out of the mainstream. Attackers will always attack the dominant platform. There is more to gain, because there are more potential victims. And frankly, more stupid people.
  3. Choose devices that get regular updates. Choose vendors that publish change logs. Those are the ones that fix problems and tell you about it.
  4. Never install anything from "other" sources. The most stupid warez I have seen are cracked copies of "secure" apps like Threema. You have no idea what you are installing. And on some platforms you have no way to ever remove what you just installed. Even if the app disappears from your launcher.

Take a hint from this list. It shows supported platforms for a spyware. Try not to be this guy.


haha, first time I'm happy Windows Phone isn't supported ;-)

Thomas Baschetti, 2014-08-06 19:20

One year ago I made the decision for a Debian desktop combined with Google Nexus mobile devices and it feels good to see confirmed this wasn't the worst move. As a heavy Threema user I can't imagine who would ever install a cracked Threema app. Well, maybe I can.

Philipp Sury, 2014-08-08 13:09

Those are people that are smarter than others and can pinch a penny.

Volker Weber, 2014-08-08 13:37

Recent comments

Bert Oberholz on Drucker gesucht at 16:48
Andrew Magerman on Apple CEO Tim Cook on equality at 15:58
Dirk Steins on Drucker gesucht at 15:47
Volker Weber on Apple CEO Tim Cook on equality at 15:37
mark myers on Apple CEO Tim Cook on equality at 15:33
Ben Poole on Apple CEO Tim Cook on equality at 15:30
Alfons Berger on Drucker gesucht at 15:29
Chris Frei on Apple CEO Tim Cook on equality at 15:13
Haiko Hebig on Drucker gesucht at 14:22
Volker Weber on Apple CEO Tim Cook on equality at 14:03
Martin Kautz on Apple CEO Tim Cook on equality at 13:59
Per Henrik Lausten on ConnectED 2015 at 13:45
Martin Kautz on Drucker gesucht at 13:44
Hubert Stettner on Drucker gesucht at 13:41
Andy Brunner on Apple CEO Tim Cook on equality at 13:38
Frank van Rijt on Drucker gesucht at 13:32
Markus Dierker on Drucker gesucht at 13:29
Ursus Schneider on ConnectED 2015 at 13:11
Hubert Stettner on Katryna Dow :: Shift Happens at 12:54
Andreas Imnitzer on ConnectED 2015 at 12:49
Otto Foerg on ConnectED 2015 at 12:32
Hubert Stettner on Microsoft Band at 12:16
Matt White on ConnectED 2015 at 11:48
Thomas Lang on ConnectED 2015 at 11:34
Andy Brunner on ConnectED 2015 at 11:34

Ceci n'est pas un blog is a personal website published by Volker Weber a.k.a. vowe. I am an author, consultant and systems architect based in Darmstadt, Germany.

rss Click here to subscribe


About me
Amazon Wish List
Frequently Asked Questions
Follow @vowe on Twitter

Local time is 16:54


Tip jar


As most of my articles roll off the front page rather quickly, I am making an archive of previous posts available here. You can also use the handy search box at the top of the page if you are looking for something particular.

Last 30 days
More archives

Mobile tag for this page

© 1992-2014 Volker Weber.
All Rights Reserved.