Maria Varmazis is a marketing freelancer and writer for cybersecurity companies around the world, and the co-host of the "Sticky Pickles" podcast.
She is also your favorite Trekkie.
May 23rd, 2019 | 51 mins 34 secs
2fa, china, google, hackers, phishing, scam, social media
Don't hire a hacker, they might scam you! What works and what doesn't when it comes to protecting your email account? And China's controversial social credit system comes under the microscope.
April 11th, 2019 | 30 mins 45 secs
In this special "splinter" episode of the "Smashing Security" podcast from September 2017 we tackle the tricky subject of backups - When did you last backup your data? How and what should you backup? And where should you store them?
Lots of questions and Graham gets to do his Tina Turner impression.
March 28th, 2019 | 47 mins 37 secs
asus, data breach, hotel, malware, motel, privacy, shadowhammer, supply chain
An app leaking private conversations and intimate photographs is ignoring requests to fix the problem, hackers poison a security update sent to ASUS PCs, and how to protect your privacy in motel rooms.
February 28th, 2019 | 57 mins 24 secs
facebook, insurance, linkedin, malware, perfect night in, rude words, swatting, tetris, twitter
Why is Tampa's mayor tweeting about blowing up the airport? Are hackers trying to connect with you via LinkedIn? And has Maria succeeded in her attempt to survive February without Facebook?
Plus, after last week's discussion about the legal battle between Mondelez and Zurich Insurance, we have a chat with security veteran Martin Overton to take a deeper look into cyberinsurance.
January 10th, 2019 | 51 mins 8 secs
bear brook, bug bounty, exploit, facebook, hacking, louis theroux, marie kondo, twitter, vulnerability, zerodium
Twitter and the not-so-ethical hacking of celebrity accounts, study discovers how you can pay someone to quit Facebook for a year, and the millions of dollars you can make from uncovering software vulnerabilities.
November 29th, 2018 | 1 hr 50 secs
business email compromise, fbi, fedex, google maps, grinch bot, passwords, phishing, scam
How are scammers stealing your money through Google Maps? Why did the FBI create a fake FedEx website? And how are US senators hoping to stop Grinch bots ruining Christmas?
October 25th, 2018 | 50 mins 32 secs
bitcoin, cia, data breach, elon musk, facebook, privacy, scam, the good place, twitter
A Facebook friend request leads to arrest, Twitter scams ride again via promoted ads, and adult websites expose their members. Oh, and Graham finds out what Rule 34 is.
October 4th, 2018 | 51 mins 28 secs
2fa, conference, conservative, facebook, hack, star trek, the one show, vulnerability
Millions of Facebook user accounts put at risk after hack! The UK Conservative party's conference app causes a privacy omnishambles! And Facebook (again) has been doing something naughty with the phone numbers you give it for security reasons! Oh, and Maria gets very excited about something to do with Star Trek.
August 16th, 2018 | 48 mins 14 secs
alex jones, chess, def con, infowars, las vegas, octopath traveler, privacy, sextortion, twitter
Just how did sextortionists get (some) of the digits in your phone number? Why are some hackers saying they won't be going to DEF CON in Las Vegas anymore? And should Alex Jones from InfoWars be banned from Twitter?
July 5th, 2018 | 37 mins 10 secs
bob's burgers, data leak, dating, doctor who, facebook, jodie whittaker, privacy
Doctor Who's TARDIS has sprung a data leak, Facebook's creepy patents are unmasked, and an app to keep women safe on dates has surprising origins.
May 24th, 2018 | 51 mins 13 secs
a very english scandal, ben whishaw, donald trump, encryption, fbi, hugh grant, jeremy thorpe, moment, mugshots, paddington 2, percentages, sharenting
A website which demands money if you want your police mugshot removed, could "sharenting" lead to a rise in fraud and identity theft, and how could the FBI have overcounted encrypted phones so badly?
April 26th, 2018 | 28 mins 8 secs
Should you quit Facebook? How do you delete your Facebook account? What do you need to consider before leaving Facebook for good? And what's the easiest way to successfully go cold turkey on Facebook?
April 12th, 2018 | 39 mins 13 secs
bertram fiddle, hacking, harriet harman, kemi badenoch, passwords, politicians, sirens, t-mobile, vulnerability
Politician admits to hacking a rival's website, T-Mobile Austria ends up in a Twitter security storm, and siren systems are hit by a Rick Astley attack over the airwaves.
February 15th, 2018 | 49 mins 42 secs
amazon, amazon echo, cryptomining, furbies, poppy, youtube for kids
Cryptomining goes nuclear, YouTube for Kids gets scary, and TV ads have been given the green light to mess with your Amazon Alexa.
February 1st, 2018 | 45 mins 26 secs
bob dylan, deepfakes, dexter the peacock, fitness trackers, ransomware, strava, the other favorites, tor
Fitness trackers breaching your privacy, how anyone can create convincing celebrity porn, how ransomware authors are getting ripped off by scammers, and much much more!
November 9th, 2017 | 41 mins 33 secs
agony aunt, crunchyroll, doctor who, malware, passwords, privacy, robot, sophia, star trek, stranger things
Passwords are under the microscope again, CrunchyRoll leads anime fans to malware, a sexy robot gains Saudi citizenship, and Carole begins her career as an agony aunt.