Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Future Of The 'Internet Of Things'

from here

The more things there are that have computers in them, the more things there are that will need updates. And since we can't even manage to update all our existing computers, a future where there's a computer in just about everything is a future where just about everything will have known, unpatched vulnerabilities.

How Not To Stay Out Of Jail

found on Imgur

Thanks to Reddit user flamingboard for sharing this story about a funny interaction during an oil pipeline protest.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Bike That Needs No Lock

from here (source image)

One of the more effective strategies for preventing theft (or other types of attacks) is to make things undesirable. If the rewards aren't there then the crooks won't come for them. In this case, I don't think anyone wants to steal that bike (it can't be comfortable to peddle).

Thin Walls Are Great For WiFi

found on Izismile

Somehow I suspect these two networks belong to people who live under the same roof but probably wish they didn't. Too bad they can't protect their IRL activities as effectively as they have their access points.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

And They Had A Rotary Dial

from here

You might be thinking "who needs encryption on a phone?", but the truth is that everyone one does because phones aren't just phones anymore. They're computers that also happen to make phone calls, and there's plenty of things you can do with those 'phones' that really do call for encryption.

Trojan Protection

found on Izismile

Sometimes the security you're getting is a distraction to conceal a lack of security elsewhere.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Macros are like a 'Kick Me' sign for your computer

from here

It seems to me that if the feature now has to ship disabled by default in order to avoid providing fertile ground for macro viruses, maybe that's a sign that the feature was a bad idea in the first place.