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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1174: Nokia is "Back" in the Mobile Phone Business

Yup, there are actual phones with Nokia's name that are on Nokia's website announced at Mobile World Congress in 2017. They are made by HMD Global and, sadly, I don't see any of them coming to the US.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1173: Cloudbleed

My thoughts around Cloudbleed and how it is impacts everyone.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1172: The Great Long Password Debate

How long and complex should a password be? Should sites disable paste on password fields? I ramble on about these two points.

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Workflows for 10Centuries and Pnut.io

Last Updated 18 Feburary 2017

As app.net is shutting down, a number of people are moving onto other social networks. Two members created their own, one being 10 Centuries, which also includes a blogging/podcasting platform, the other being Pnut.io, which has a very similar API to ADN. Both are currently invite only, and I'm happy to share with you if you're interested.

The problem with these smaller social networks is the integrations you might find in iOS or third party services simply don't exist. The good news is: both have documented APIs. Also, apps like Workflow exist that make it easy for non-programmers to actually leverage those APIs.

The end result? I've built a few workflows in the Workflow app that will allow me to utilize both services in whatever way I can get Workflow to allow me to use them. I'm sharing them in case anyone else finds them useful. I may also update them and/or add more in the future. ​ To import these workflows into your Workflow app, which were created with Workflor version 1.7, click on the links below from your iOS device. The Workflow app should open up with the appropriate workflow and offer to install it.

There are comments in the workflows to explain what is going on. However, it takes a few steps in order to actually be able to use these workflows. Specifically, they will require you to create "apps" in 10 Centuries and Pnut. This is necessary in order to get an authorization token in order to use the workflows.

In 10 Centuries, you will need to create an application. Fill in an App Name and Description, click on Create. The screen will refresh and you'll see a Client Key below. That long hex string is what you'll copy/paste (along with your 10C credentials) into the 10C Auth workflow.

10C Apps

In PNut, you will not only have to create an application, but generate a user token. It starts with this:

Pnut Apps

Enter your app info and click create. Scroll down to the Authorize section and click on the "Authorize and Retrieve A Token" link.

Pnut Authorize Token

The only scope you should need for these workflows right now is write_message. The others should not be necessary. This could change in the future. Click on Generate Token.

Pnut Authorize Token

Copy the long string from this screen into your workflow.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1171: Podcast on Pause

I don't think you'll blame me for taking another break from podcasting, under the circumstances.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1170: Curating My Social Media

Social media's been a little much lately. Rather than simply complain about, I'm trying to do something about it.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1169: Heartbeat Password

Apparently you'll soon be able to use your ECG/EKG as a form of authentication, as it is something unique to you. Seems like a bad idea to me.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1168: Returning or Transferring Devices With Sensitive Data

It's amazing how much data now exists on electronic devices of all sorts. That includes things like "Smart" TVs. Make sure to erase the devices before returning or selling them.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1167: The Internet and The Tower of Babel

While the Internet has brought us together, lately it seems to be having the opposite effect. Reminds me of the Tower of Babel.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 1166: Us Versus Them: On Political Parties, Politicians, and Other Controversial Issues

I spent far too long writing this post today and decided it would make a decent podcast, if you're not into reading.

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. This site has served many other purposes over the years, but is currently the home for the PhoneBoy Speaks podcast.

Some other projects I'm doing include: PhoneBoy's Security Theater, a blog where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, PhoneBoy Says, an infrequent personal blog where I discuss more personal issues, and a similarly infrequent personal podcast called PhoneBoy's Opinion, which can be found on iTunes.