Should I buy a used Chromebook?

Should I buy a used Chromebook?

Should I buy a used Chromebook? I asked myself that question for years. And argued with myself about it. Finally I decided to take the plunge and bought one. Here are the pros and cons to buying a used Chromebook, and what you should look out for to protect yourself.

Overall I recommend them. For less than the price of a year of Lifelock, you can do something that really will make a difference in how secure your personal finance is.

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Inherent risk definition

Inherent risk definition

Sometimes you’ll hear insurance professionals, banking professionals, computer security professionals, and other people who deal with risk talk about inherent risk and its counterpart, residual risk. If these are unclear to you, or you just need a refresher, you came to the right place. Let’s take a look at a simple inherent risk definition and example, as well as residual risk.

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Budget pfSense build with workstation parts

Budget pfSense build with workstation parts

I’ve written about pfSense before. It’s a router project based on FreeBSD, a free Unix project that never gained the popularity of Linux but is perfectly capable in its own right. But it doesn’t run on router hardware. It’s designed to run on a PC. But a lot of pfSense builds get expensive. So let’s look at a budget pfSense build. Let’s see what we can do for around $100-$150.

I see a lot of pfSense builds with price tags of $300. If you’re OK with using used equipment, you can build a nice machine for half that. And you don’t have to give up quality either. In fact, I’ll argue that building one my way gains you quality. Let’s get to it.

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Why is collaboration important?

Why is collaboration important?

Why is collaboration important? I once worked someplace that had collaboration as a core value, but not all of its employees collaborated. So I learned first hand why collaboration is important. It’s one of the best ways to be successful without making enemies.

I’m a security professional by trade. Security professionals are notoriously bad at collaborating. Collaboration may be the only thing I do better than other security professionals I’ve met, so I see the importance of it. And not just in security, and not just in IT.

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