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.

Giving three fingers to scareware

found on Meme Generator

It is possible, at least in theory, to interrupt the execution of malware before it has a chance to do anything. Better to not let it open in the first place, though.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Internet is full of strangers

from here

A recurring theme in cyber security is that the lessons we learn in real life don't seem to get applied to the online world. We need to do a better job of drawing parallels between the two worlds.