Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Ain't nobody got bandwidth for that

from here

It's one thing when your computer needs to update, or maybe an app on your phone needs an update, but when your refrigerator and television and light bulbs and toaster and oven and clothes washer&dryer and kettle and water bottle and salt&pepper shakers and toilet and bed and door lock and thermostat and bathroom mirror all need software updates ... that's just way too many things using what precious little bandwidth you have to try and find updates for themselves.

And that's not even counting the possibility of bad updates that brick the device.

Hunting for purr-sonal information

found on WhiteHat Security blog

Be careful about participating in social media games that involve revealing personal details. Even if those details aren't your password they might be enough to allow someone to pretend to be you and bypass your password.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Someone's going to be sleeping with the fishies

from here

Babies in suits notwithstanding, I have to imagine that cyber-criminals and traditional criminals have butted heads before, and I have a feeling that cyber-criminals are generally ill-prepared to deal with that scenario. I wonder if any criminal underworld figures have had to deal with ransomware on their TV. Many have families, after all, with all the trappings that entails, so it's conceivable that they become victims to some of the same things ordinary people are victimized by.

And how could you know it doesn't?

found on ImgFlip

On the one hand, if you don't have an anti-virus you really have no way to know whether you've caught a virus or not. On the other hand, if you don't have an anti-virus you can be pretty sure that message boxes warning you about viruses on your system are fakes designed to scare you into installing something you don't really want.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

How I benefit from your privacy

from here

Your privacy is good for you and for me, and I would very much like it if your confidential info didn't intrude into my life.

And the backdoors are gonna be YUGE

found on Sizzle

He knows the best hackers. They hacked the election for him, after all.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Not looking so 'smart' anymore

from here

When it comes to failing smart locks, both failing open and failing closed (unlocked or locked) have problem. You need to be able to open the door but you also need to be able to prevent others from doing so. If you can't get in you may be less secure as a result. If everyone can get in you may be less secure as a result. If there is no good failure mode, the possibility of failure should not be accepted.