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What Does it Mean to be Able to Afford Something?

Most everyone will agree that you shouldn’t buy things that you can’t afford, yet so many do. Why is that? It seems to us that one of the reasons for this is because many don’t know what it means to be able to afford something. Spoiler alert – it doesn’t mean you have enough money in the bank or have just enough income to cover it. In this episode, we’re going to give you some things to think about when you’re doing your budgeting, financial planning, or considering making a large purchase like a home, car, wedding, etc. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

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Should You Use a Dumb Phone for Privacy & Security?

The constant stream of news regarding mobile phone spyware (e.g. Pegasus) and hacks may have you wondering – should you use a dumb phone for privacy and security? We often see criminals in movies and TV using dumb phones as burners, but does this really make you more private and secure relative to using a smart phone? We answer these questions in this episode, as well as impart some cold, hard truths about the privacy and security implications of voice (PSTN) and SMS. Finally, we wrap up by explaining some of the ways you can improve the security of your smart phone and why this matters. Buy a good quality smart phone, harden it, and keep it up-to-date before you get pwned. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: Nothing in this episode should be construed as legal or other advice.

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Why the 2020s Decade Will Likely Be Inflationary

One of the biggest macroeconomic debates of today is whether we’ll experience inflation or deflation over the coming years. If you survey 50 economists, you’ll come up with 50 different answers. However, after much research, our opinion is that the 2020s decade will likely be inflationary in terms of the purchasing power of the US dollar (USD) within the United States. We explain our reasons why, supported by data, as well as deflationary risks that consumers and investors should be mindful of. It should be noted that although we expect inflation in aggregate, we also believe that, similar to the 1940s and 1970s, we’ll likely experience volatile waves of inflation and deflation. This presents risks and opportunities to consumers and investors who follow these macroeconomic trends. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: Nothing in this episode should be construed as tax, financial, or other advice. Investing involves significant risk, which may not be appropriate for your situation. Consult your financial advisor before making any investments.

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Bitcoin’s Fundamental Flaw That No One’s Talking About

Bitcoin has a lot going for it. It has a very robust network, is rather decentralized, can’t be duplicated, etc. We’ve all heard the sales pitch. However, Bitcoin has a fundamental flaw that no one’s talking about. When it comes to privacy, frankly, we’re a little concerned. It’s no longer a secret that Bitcoin isn’t very good for privacy, but we’re convinced that Bitcoin’s transparent, public ledger will prove to be a bigger liability for investors than most realize. In this episode, we explain our reasoning for these concerns, as well as ideas for mitigating them moving forward. We also provide a business’ perspective, in terms of the risks of accepting Bitcoin as payment (e.g. tainted coins), which is too often overlooked and will hinder Bitcoin’s adoption as money. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us. Disclaimer: Nothing in this episode should be construed as tax, financial, legal, or other advice. Some of the material discussed in this episode may not be appropriate, applicable, or lawful for you depending on when you consume this content and your jurisdiction. Investing in cryptocurrency involves significant risk, which may not be appropriate for your situation. Consult with your financial advisor before investing in and cryptocurrency.

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Why You Need a NAS (Network Attached Storage)

A Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a dedicated storage device that you interact with over a network. As time goes on, we accumulate more data and bigger files. Our storage needs seem to be outpacing the amount of available storage capacities on off-the-shelf PCs. In this event, where should you store your data? You can store it on an external hard drive, but these provide neither the storage space, nor the data protections a NAS will provide. You could also store your data in “the cloud” (someone else’s computer), but this presents serious privacy and security risks. In this episode, we explain these issues in more detail in addition to other benefits a NAS can provide (file sharing, media server, etc.). Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

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Don’t Use LastPass, Use These Instead

LastPass is better than nothing, but is it the best password manager for you? We discuss pros, cons, and alternatives worth considering. LastPass has a lot going for it: Many features, good MFA support, handy password tools, emergency access, etc. However, LastPass has many issues to consider. LastPass has a terrible security track record – not something you want from a security service. Go to Wikipedia and read how many incidents they’ve had. In 2022, a hacker breached their corporate vault and stole their users’ vaults. We’ve since discovered that some users vaults are unnecessarily vulnerable to being cracked and LastPass wasn’t encrypting all vault contents (e.g. URLs). Most LastPass clients are closed-source, which hides poor privacy and security practices. We’ve discovered Google trackers in the LastPass iOS app and LastPass collects sensitive data (e.g. location) that other password managers do not. LastPass is also quite expensive relative to alternatives. For privacy, security, and financial reasons, we encourage users to consider KeePass and Bitwarden. Note that we are NOT sponsored by Bitwarden and have no relationship with Bitwarden at the time of publishing this episode. Visit us at biggerinsights.com to request a consultation or read our blog. Please consider making a non-deductible contribution to help us break through Big Tech suppression and keep this podcast going. OpenAlias: contribute.biggerinsights.com. Monero (XMR), Bitcoin (BTC), and Litecoin (LTC) addresses at biggerinsights.com/support-us.

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