#117 Stephanie Losi

Stephanie was a senior Bank Examiner for the Federal Reserve and has promoted security awareness for CERT and others. Today she sits down to talk about what we can and cannot do to protect ourselves and keep our personal information safe. We also geek out about AI for a moment! - Recorded in Midtown Manhattan

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Here are Stephanie's tips:

"1.) To make sure your computer's firewall is on: On a Mac, open System Preferences, open the Security & Privacy preferences, and click the Firewall tab. Bonus: Click on Firewall Options and check Enable Stealth Mode to make your Mac less discoverable. (It will stop responding to some common network reconnaissance techniques.) On a Windows PC, open Control Panel and then Windows Firewall to see the firewall status. If you want to get fancy and try some alternative firewalls for Windows, there are many options, such as ZoneAlarm Free Firewall or Comodo Firewall. You only really need one firewall, so choose the one you prefer. 

2.) Use a VPN on public Wi-Fi networks, whether or not they require a password for access. A VPN encrypts the traffic you are sending over the network, so anyone snooping on traffic won’t be able to decipher yours. I use Witopia, which has good support and is fairly easy to set up, but there are many options. How to use a VPN: Log on to a public Wi-Fi network. Once you are connected, BEFORE doing anything else or visiting any other sites, log in to your VPN service. Then launch your web browser and you can surf more securely. 

3.) Consider a password manager. You can use one that stores passwords on your computer, for example Keychain Access or KeePass, or one that stores passwords online like LastPass. It’s a personal choice. Pluses: You don’t need to type your passwords each time you want to use them. Copying-and-pasting passwords protects you from key loggers (malicious software programs that capture your keystrokes in an attempt to capture your passwords). Caveats: Use a strong master password, and don’t forget it or you could lose access to your passwords permanently (especially with some password managers that store passwords on your computer). Also, be aware that online password managers can be and have been compromised, so be prepared to change your master password promptly if you receive notification of a compromise. 

4.) You can reduce the amount of data stored about your web searches by logging out of your Google account before searching, as well as frequently clearing your browser cookies/history/cache or using Private Browsing or Incognito Mode. If you want to search the web with no trace, consider using DuckDuckGo, which does not track or store search queries at all. For example, to clear your browser data in Chrome: From the Chrome menu, choose Clear Browsing Data and check off as many boxes as you like. Be aware that this will leave you logged out of websites such as Facebook, and you’ll have to log back in later. 

5.) Don’t plug untrusted USB drives (flash drives) or other untrusted devices into your computer. They can introduce malicious software directly to your system. (We didn't discuss this, but I think it's important to mention here.)

6.) Consider hard drive encryption if losing your laptop would be catastrophic from a data-leak perspective. Caveat: If you forget the password to decrypt your hard drive, you will lose access to your data. Some programs allow you to create sub-drives on your hard drive and then encrypt just those sub-drives. Caveat: Same as for whole-drive encryption: Don’t forget the decryption password or you could permanently lose access to your data! 

7.) If you’re taking your smartphone into a high-risk situation (as defined by you), you can remove as many email accounts and apps as you want from your phone. It’s easy to reinstall them later. 

8.) Think of email as a postcard that you send to someone. Other people along the sending path may be able to read it. One possible solution for privacy is Canada-based Hushmail, which allows end-to-end encryption of email messages. Caveat: Both sender and recipient need to have Hushmail accounts with strong passwords and check the “encrypted” box before sending messages with the service. Be aware that Hushmail can decrypt emails on their end and will do so if they get a request that’s enforceable under local laws, so use it for privacy, not illegal activity.

9.) Rather than sending plain-text texts, you can use end-to-end encryption for messaging. Two possible solutions are the Signal app and Off-the-Record Messaging. Remember to periodically delete local messages from your phone/device; otherwise, losing your device could expose all of your messages.

10.) If you’re on Windows, an antivirus program may be useful, but you certainly don’t need to have 20 antivirus programs running at once. Some options include Windows Defender, AVG and Avast, but there are many others. 

Further Reading: There are lots of guides online to securing your computer. One interesting guide is at https://spideroak.com/infosec and gives you some different perspectives on ways to secure your online accounts."



#107 Lucie Fink

Lucie is the joyful personality showing the world how to experiment with their lifestyle, 5 days at a time. I meet up with her in her midtown apartment to talk about her work, ideas, and life.

• What these experiments actually are
• How one hacks their lifestyle
• Dealing with negative comments
• Opening up about yourself publicly
• Balancing depth with commercialization
• Creating content for VR
• Would you give up your heart or your mind?

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#106 Michelle Poler


Michelle faced 100 fears in 100 days and survived. She now helps others identify and face their fears while building a community.
• How she did the project of facing fears
• The types of fears you will face
• How to approach fears
• Overcoming personal fears
• Going beyond cultural fears
• How to build a brand and business around helping others
• Overcoming your fears is a good way to help others

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#98 Sonya Esman


Sonya started her career creating youtube vides while a teenager in Toronto. Now a fashion blogger, model and youtuber. We were put together for an editorial and she changed my perspective on NYC life. We decided it would be fun to shoot together again and recorded this conversation between the two projects. 

In this episode we talk about:
• What it means to be a Free Spirit
• Spotting our own prejudices in the connected world
• How being an influencer allows one to live a life with more freedom
• Ways things can improve for businesses connecting with influencers
• Embodying love
• Dealing with depression as a spiritual person
• Spiritual games to play

This show is dedicated to Autumn! Happy Lovetober! 

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#82 Eileen Kelly


(Positive Sex Advocate, Teacher, Blogger) Eileen Kelly (aka KillerAndASweetThang, aka Leezy) is a feminist, and postive-sex blogger who is doing amazing things for internet youth culture and education. Today's show is about sex, culture, social media, feminism, where we are at as a culture and where we are going with online folk culture. 


#81 Douglas Rushkoff

(Media Theorist, Author, Luminary) One of the worlds most important minds appears on today's show to talk a little about how human reality has been pre-programmed for 400+ years. We touch on his new book (Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus), the illuminati, economics, family, social media, community and more.
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#71 Zach Leary

Today's guest is Zach Leary! We briefly discuss life growing up with a father, Tim Leary, who was known for opening an alternative way of living in the world. We dig in deeper to discuss futurism, spirituality, social activism, ethics of living in modern times, consciousness and so much more. We address the elephant in the room: the shit has hit the fan and there is no turning back, and what can we do about it now?

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#68 Arvind Palep


Arvind directs and produces the most amazing CG commercials and videos with his NY based company, 1st Ave Machine. In addition to this he is working on a book, a movie and helping YouTube stars develop shows. I visit Arvind at his LA home to catch up and talk about the inner and outer worlds. This is a recording of our conversation covering social media, science fiction, politics, hustle, art and more.

Record September 20th, 2015 in Los Angelas, CA

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#53 Brandon Stanton (Humans of New York)

Through documenting Humans of New York (HONY), Brandon Stranton has created a blog showcasing the people in Gotham and the stories that have shaped their lives. While his work started as a simple photographic essay of colorfully dressed people he found on the street, it eventually morph into an intimate digest of accounts shared by the people he was photographing. Over time Brandon began to extract and broadcast their stories of deeper feelings and instances of transition mixed with candid humor. Eventually these stories shaped an online community of 13+ million followers which continues to share their collective thoughts and emotions regarding the subjects and their matter. 

Today Brandon and I sit down to talk about the world we live in: a place where, once warmed up, people are more comfortable to talk about personal matters with a stranger than they are with their loved ones. Today's show discusses:

  • Creating HONY through good stories

  • The effects of interviewing 10,000 people

  • Working to find the individual story of each person through presence

  • The Key to life is…

  • Keeping it grounded beyond your worldview

  • Is Brandon a Reptilian Overlord?

  • Working beyond definition

  • Being a New Yorker with a larger-than-life project

  • Approaching strangers and cutting through

  • Broadcasting to strangers vs connecting with the people closest to us

  • Changing with friends

  • Sincere connection with each other

  • Manifesting your dreams for control and freedom

  • Living in the work is the reward

  • Let go of monetary concerns to get power in your life

  • The worlds dumbest question

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#50 Lindsey Wixson

Lindsey is a model with a sincere drive to get people interested in looking at our role with community and the environment. We talk about purpose, environmentalism, using social media for change, depression, inner talk, community, and more. Coming from a very unique perspective socially, Lindsey presents a fresh take on the concerns of the emerging youth generation regarding the direction we're going as a species, and how she is applying her concerns by actively working on building her environmental goals.
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