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Runner, artist, musician, book nerd & privacy advocate. Owner of Techlore & co-host of Surveillance Report.

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20% complete! Henry has read 5 of 24 books.

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The simplicity cycle (2015) 3 stars

"The Simplicity Cycle provides readers with a roadmap for designing winning new products, services, and …

Great concept, great ideas, but ironically dragged out...

3 stars

The good: The ideas in this book are well articulated & universally applicable to a majority of our lives. Much of our work, health, lives, and relationships are needlessly complex - and this book visually demonstrates why this is a problem and what the general approach is to simplify things.

The bad: This book was twice as long as it needed to be.

If you've never dove into the concepts of minimalism & simplicity for your daily lifestyle, this is a great starting point for the necessary mindset. It's intentionally universal to all applications, professions, people, etc. which also works against it - since If you're looking for a step-by-step guide to simplify a specific area of your life, you won't find it here.

Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons (Paperback, 2020, Apress) 4 stars

Rely on this practical, end-to-end guide on cyber safety and privacy written expressly for a …

Amazing Book, for the Right Audience!

4 stars

Context: I consider myself on the advanced side of the privacy/security world. The goal of this review isn't to sound elitist, but rather to paint an accurate depiction of this book and who it's for.

For someone like myself, this book didn't provide a huge amount of value. There were occasional moments where Parker's input would make me consider different perspectives on privacy that I've never held - such as how individual privacy can directly & indirectly improve the privacy of others. But generally speaking, almost every piece of advice shared in this book I already accomplished on my own journey.

But that doesn't mean this book isn't massively important. This is the information the world needs to hear: How and why to use password managers, what browsers are and how to choose a private one, search engines, phones, 2FA, etc. Parker is able to expertly take advanced topics and …