Zooming the Web and Learning Your Ms — Mac Geek Gab 820

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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It’s hours before WWDC begins, and there’s just enough time to get Mac Geek Gab into your hands ahead of the new stuff we’re all about to learn. And, with that, we can still learn at least five new things, including how to Zoom (and unzoom) the web, how to encrypt your files, why you might want to change your cable modem password, and what those three Ms mean. Buckle up, press play, and enjoy the ride with John and Dave!

Cloudflare Introduces DNS for Families

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Cloudflare has introduced DNS for families that adds an extra layer of protection to keep kids safe online. There are now two extra variants of the DNS service. can block malware, and can block both malware and adult content.

Introducing for Families — the easiest way to add a layer of protection to your home network and protect it from malware and adult content. for Families leverages Cloudflare’s global network to ensure that it is fast and secure around the world. And it includes the same strong privacy guarantees that we committed to when we launched two years ago. And, just like, we’re providing it for free and it’s for any home anywhere in the world.

Good to see Cloudflare offer more options for people. They aren’t the only company doing this either; I’ve rounded up four other private DNS services to use.

Cloudflare Tool ‘Is BGP Safe Yet’ Tells You if Your ISP is Safe

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Cloudflare recently released a tool called Is BGP Safe Yet. It lets people check whether their ISP has security protections against BGP hijacking.

Those improvements are most effective with wide adoption from ISPs, content delivery networks like Cloudflare, and other cloud providers. Cloudflare estimates that so far about half of the internet is more protected thanks to heavy hitters like AT&T, the Swedish telecom Telia, and the Japanese telecom NTT adopting BGP improvements. And while Cloudflare says it doesn’t seem like the Rostelecom incident was intentional or malicious, Russian telecoms do have a history of suspicious BGP meddling, and similar problems will keep cropping up until the whole industry is on board.

Neither my ISP nor my VPN provider are safe against hijacks.

4 Private DNS Services to Use on iOS and macOS

· Andrew Orr · Deep Dive

Switching from your ISP’s DNS servers is good because your browsing history could be sold. Here are four private DNS servers to use instead.

Cloudflare Releases Warp VPN for Everyone

· Andrew Orr · Link

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Cloudflare announced its Warp VPN earlier this year and created a waiting list for it to be rolled out. Although the company had technical difficulties, the list is gone and Warp VPN is available for everyone today.

Let me start with the apology. We are sorry making WARP available took far longer than we ever intended. As a way of hopefully making amends, for everyone who was on the waitlist before today, we’re giving 10 GB of WARP Plus — the even faster version of WARP that uses Cloudflare’s Argo network — to those of you who have been patiently waiting.

This Friday I intend to publish a list of five VPN apps for iOS, and Warp will be included.

Cloudflare Ends 8Chan Service in Wake of Recent U.S. Shootings

· Andrew Orr · Link

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The U.S. got a fresh wave of mass shootings over the weekend. A couple killers had posted their manifestos on 8Chan, and Cloudflare is ending its service for the website.

8chan is among the more than 19 million Internet properties that use Cloudflare’s service. We just sent notice that we are terminating 8chan as a customer effective at midnight tonight Pacific Time. The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths. Even if 8chan may not have violated the letter of the law in refusing to moderate their hate-filled community, they have created an environment that revels in violating its spirit.

CloudFlare 'Let The Internet Down' Says CEO

· Charlotte Henry · News

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CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince said a bug in his firm’s software brought down major web services and was originally misdiagnosed as an attack.

Cloudflare Creates New Warrant Canaries

· Andrew Orr · News

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Yesterday Cloudflare released its transparency report for the second half of 2018. It revealed it’s expanding its use of warrant canaries.

This Scary EU Piracy List Could Break the Internet

· Andrew Orr · News

The list of websites that should be banned for copyright infringement is kind of funny. And also scary because politicians don’t understand technology.

Cybersecurity Tech Accord, Cyberwar Is Now, Social Network Inertia - ACM 458

· Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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In this episode, Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet dissect the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, a pledge by 34 tech companies to do something vague and unlikely. The timing for the announcement is somewhat interesting because we are in the middle of an undeclared shadow cyberwar. They cap the show analyzing what it might take for any new social network to supplant Facebook.