Monday, July 24, 2017

Traveler's Jackpot

from here

No security is perfect. Something (or someone) always falls through the cracks, so if you happen to be one of the lucky few, count your blessings and maybe buy a lotto ticket.

Encrypted USB Flash Drive

product page on Amazon

I'm not trying to say this is the best option. I know there's software-based full disk encryption products that can create encrypted volumes on flash drives, and that's probably the way I would go, but I also know that those kinds of approaches can be complicated and difficult for some people to use. There's no one-size-fits-all security, and this might just be the best option for some people. As weak as I'm sure the PIN code the average person enters is likely to be, it's probably still better than no encryption at all. This isn't going to protect your secrets from the government, but it might just protect them from a sibling, a spouse, or a thief of some sort.

Plus, it can serve as the thin edge of the wedge that gets people thinking more about securing their data.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cheaper locks mean fewer knocks

from here

They say that locks just keep honest people honest, but they don't say anything about creepy (though I suppose picking your lock in the middle of the night while you're asleep is pretty creepy).

Not all locks are created equal, though, so next time you have to pay for a lock you might want to think of it as an investment and not skimp on it.

MD5 is not alive

found on Meme Generator

The cryptographic hash function MD5 has been deprecated for over 2 decades and people still use it. We tell end users to keep their software up to date, but where's the hand wringing over software vendors keeping their security knowledge up to date? MD5 is dead, stop trying to bring it back in your software projects.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

F-ing Mathematics, How Do They Work?

from here

This is one of the most absurd image macro memes I've ever used, but it fits well with one of the most absurd statements I've ever heard a politician make about encryption.

That moment when you realize you should have had a password

found on Randowis

Passwords can prevent more than just someone pretending to be you.

Be sure to check out the other excellent comics on Randowis.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Let digital Darwinism sort things out

from here

Do you ever get tired of trying to convince people not to do dumb things? I sometimes do and I wonder if maybe it would be better to just let nature take it's course. I try to be more optimistic most of the time, though.