Windows 10 and FAT32

Recently, I needed to format a thumb drive to FAT32 in Windows 10 (adding the BleemSync hack to the Sony PlayStation Classic). I could swear the last time I had to do this, the option was there. Today the only options were exFAT and NTFS. Ugh. Windows! Well, I found a nice free tool that allows you to perform this task: Ridgecrop Consultant’s FAT32 utility. Once you visit their site, click on the picture to download the utility.

There’s another option. You can type ‘cmd’ where it says “Type here to search” from the Windows 10 menu. Once the command terminal is open, type (replacing “X” with the drive letter):

Format /FS:FAT32 X:

This method will likely take hours to format the drive.

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Internet Security Habits, tips and tricks

Urban Knish discusses some good internet security habits in the age of data collection and man-in-the-middle attacks.

Relevant links:
Firefox Browser, Ghostery Plugin, HTTPS Everywhere, NoScript
ProtonVPN, AstrillVPN, Private Internet Access VPN
Tor Browser for the computer
Tor Browser for IOS
Tor Browser for Android
TailsOS

Phishing victim hacks back

Protonmail, a secure email provider admitted in a tweet to hacking an entity that was impersonating its service in phishing emails. In the United States, this is illegal but Protonmail is located in Switzerland. The company promptly deleted the tweet.

I actually use this service and highly recommend it. Encrypted, secure email located outside the United States is highly preferable to companies like Google and Yahoo that sift through your data, commoditize it and use it to target ads at you. I’m not cool with that or the implications that governments may be spying on me.