PCM25: Are We Making Ourselves Too Vulnerable Through Tech?

Sometimes the tech that makes our lives so much better can also lead us to a place of extreme vulnerability.

That’s the running theme of episode 25 of the PC Mike podcast, where so much of the tech news these days seems to deal with other people trying to mess with the lives of other people – be it looking at highly personal photos and videos captured and stored on our devices to hijacking our actual cars and trucks.

Take, for instance, the Jeep that was hacked as part of a story Wired magazine did this week. A couple of hackers were able to use the Jeep’s WiFi to gain complete control of the vehicle.

Sounds almost made up, like a plot to a 1960s sci-fi TV show, right? Well, it isn’t and it’s just part of the discussion about how vulnerable we make ourselves through the use of tech.

That, plus our apps of the week on this week’s PC Mike podcast.

First Things First: PC Mike’s Simple Solution to Revenge Porn

The show kicks off with PC Mike’s take on Microsoft becoming the latest tech company to fight revenge porn and offers up what he thinks could probably be the easiest solution to the problem. (Read more) [2:22]

Tech News of the Week: The Jeep Hack, Microsoft Windows Updates, YouTube’s Time Machine

Hackers Kill a Jeep Using WiFi: Wired magazine did a story that has reignited the discussion about car hacking. You can read the great story here. Mike and PC Mike Producer Andrew Dietderich talk about the subject. They also mention a PC Mike podcast from earlier this year in which the guest talked about how easy it is to manipulate a vehicle remotely. You can hear that episode here. [6:43]

Microsoft Rushes Emergency Security Fix: Microsoft has been busy lately sending out a ton of updates for Windows, but perhaps none more important the so-called emergency fix they pushed out earlier this week. You can read that story here. Mike and Andrew talk about the importance of downloading and installing the updates, along with a discussion about Windows security in general. [12:50]

Associated Press Puts a Million Minutes of Historical Footage on YouTube: Associated Press and British Movietone have delved deep into their respective archives to put one million minutes of historical footage on YouTube (Read more) [20:31]

App of the Week: Mobile Yogi – Apps to Make It Easier and Cheaper to Do Yoga

From reduced stress to better sleep and everything between, many people have discovered the benefits of yoga. Fortunately,  a number of great apps are available to make it more convenient and less costly than ever.

The Yoga.com app is meant for everyone, from those just starting out to yoga gurus. The app helps users understand exercises better with HD video and 3D muscle images for each pose. It offers more than 300 poses and breathing exercises along with 45 predefined yoga programs. Yoga.com costs $3.99 and is available for iOS and Android.

The Daily Yoga app offers more than 400 poses with videos and more than 50 yoga sessions and programs. Users can chose from poses geared to the level of yoga they’re at, from casual to intense, and pick from sessions that last between five and 45 minutes. It’s free for iOS, Android and Windows Phone but to get full access you’ll need to pay for an upgrade.

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Pocket Yoga offers more than 200 illustrated pose images showing correct posture and alignment along voice and visual instruction guides. Pocket Yoga also allows users to choose between 27 different sessions with varying duration and difficulty and you can track progress and unlock new environments along the way. Pocket Yoga is available for Android, Windows Phone, and iOS, including Apple Watch. (Read more) [22:51]

Online Learning – Free Trial for PC Mike Listeners

I get asked a lot about finding online courses for learning how to use photography software such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom CC, which are both on my recently updated list of tech gear. I talk about how I benefited from taking online courses as well as a special deal available only to PC Mike Techcast listeners at pcmike.com/lynda, where you can even try it free for 10 days and see if online learning works as well for you as it has for me. By the way, they have more than 3,300 courses to pick from – including more than 100,000 video tutorials – in subjects ranging from photography, video and audio to graphic design and web development. With Lynda, you can get:

– Unlimited access to all 3,314 courses – more than 100,000 video tutorials
– Learn new software and stay up to date

Listeners of the PC Mike podcast can get a free 10-day trial. Try any course. Start your trial now and see what you can learn. Just go to http://pcmike.com/lynda to get the free 10 day trial.

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Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.
  • exbioman

    Microsoft has lots of updates. You’re using IOS which I know nothing about, because I’m not an Apple fan. But fire up your Android device or a Linux distribution. Same. Update, update, update. By the way, I love my Windows phone.