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WHAT IS A SECURE CONNECTION TO THE INTERNET? Cellular connections (not Wi-Fi) are encrypted and SECURE. Wi-Fi at Universities, Hotels, Libraries, Coffee Shops, etc. IS NOT SECURE. Any computer on those networks may have malware harvesting EVERYTHING you say, type and read. What about retirement communities and apartment complexes? INDICATORS SHOWING ACTIVE DEVICES ON "YOUR" NETWORK From the command line on Windows PCs and Macs: arp -an netstat -nr Hurricane Electric's Network tools App for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.he.networktools Hurricane Electric's Network tools App for iPhone and iPad https://apps.apple.com/us/app/he-net-network-tools/id858241710?ls=1 From Hurricane Electric's Network Tools: ARP/NDP Routing Table USING A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN) When using a public Wi-Fi network use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN secures your device's internet connection to guarantee that all data you are sending and receiving is encrypted and secure from prying eyes. Iowa State requires its students to use a VPN. Couple of excellent VPN services: ExpressVPN, NordVPN. VPN Reviews from Top10VPN.

BACKING UP YOUR DEVICES There are many options for backing up your stuff, manually or automatically. As an example, Apple engineers were aware of the need for backups and that most people didn't backup. So Apple provides mechanisms to help users backup automatically: 1. iOS/iPadOS allows automatic backups to Apple's iCloud. 2. MacOS allows automatic Time Machine backups to an external drive as well as backups to the iCloud. Worth Reading https://www.macobserver.com/columns-opinions/devils-advocate/the-cloud-is-a-lie/ John Kheit argues that the cloud is a lie. And if you believe in it, you're not only a sucker, you've been brainwashed into accepting your lot as a 2nd class digital citizen. The cloud is a lie because it convinces you of at least two Stockholm syndrome things: (1) you don't deserve to own or control your own data, and (2) security for your data does not matter. Some Popular Backup Options (in the cloud) https://www.apple.com/support/backup/ (now E2EE) https://www.backblaze.com/cloud-backup.html https://www.carbonite.com https://www.dropbox.com/basic Backup Options (locally) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1595430-REG 500GB https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1595431-REG 1TB https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1595432-REG 2TB https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1595433-REG 4TB https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201250 (Time Machine) An Option for Mac users: Erase and reformat a storage device in Disk Utility on Mac https://support.apple.com/guide/disk-utility/erase-and-reformat-a-storage-device-dskutl14079/mac

How to Connect External Storage Drive to iPad & iPhone https://osxdaily.com/2020/05/04/how-connect-external-storage-iphone-ipad USB-C to USB Adapter https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MJ1M2/usb-c-to-usb-adapter Lightning to USB Adapter https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MD821AM/A/lightning-to-usb-camera-adapter Micro-USB to USB Adapter (for Android) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B4GGW5Q sam.wormley@gmail.com