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TidBITS#953/10-Nov-08

Perhaps we’re secretly paranoid, but security is on our minds again this week. Glenn Fleishman reports on a weakness in WPA that opens a vulnerability in wireless connections, and he analyzes its actual threat level. Joe Kissell is more proactive with his review of PGP Whole Disk Encryption, which finally brings the capability to encrypt an entire startup disk – but with some important caveats. Fortunately, Kevin van Haaren isn’t paranoid at all (as far as we know), and is more than willing to share his experiences replacing his old Palm Zire with an iPod touch as a personal digital assistant. And in this week’s TidBITS Watchlist, we note the releases of Nisus Writer Pro 1.2, Sandvox 1.5.2, Envision 1.2, Apple’s Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 2.3, HistoryHound 1.9.6, and PopChar X 4.1. Finally, as Thanksgiving approaches, we’re giving away copies of “Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner” with any other ebook purchase.

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Securing Your Disks with PGP Whole Disk Encryption

For the first time since the days of Mac OS 9, ordinary Mac users can now encrypt their entire startup disks using a new product from PGP. Joe Kissell examines this new capability to determine if it's the best thing since partitioned hard disks, or just another tool for keeping your data safe.

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Confessions of an iPod touch Convert

Have you considered abandoning your PDA for an iPod touch? After much soul searching and factor weighing, Kevin van Haaren decided to do just that. Here's a look at why he made the change, and how the iPod touch stacks up against his former PDAs.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/10-Nov-08

One of the most popular Mac topics returns to TidBITS Talk: is anti-virus software for the Mac worth buying and using? Readers this week also congratulate Adam on surviving the New York City Marathon, wonder about AirPort reception in the MacBook Pro, discover how to print a list of Finder items using Firefox, and discuss whether the iPod touch can be used for VoIP calls.