Tuesday, May 31, 2016

If You're Going Fast Enough That This Looks Real You Should Probably Slow Down

from here (source image)

This is either ridiculously dumb (because, lets face it, that's how it looks) or secretly genius for only being able to fool the people most in need of fooling. I can't decide which it is.

To Catch A Thief

This seems like a pretty ingenious way to deal with a thief - the first time. Pretty sure if they come back they're going to know what to do the next time.

Also, at the end, look at how considerate that criminal was, holding the door open for the officer so that the officer didn't also get stuck in the trap room. I guess he didn't want to put the officer through what he'd just experienced. Either that or he didn't really want to get away. I know what you're thinking, of course the officer had a partner, but if the door closed then the partner might try to free the officer on screen and that would give the thief a chance to escape.

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Authorities Really Need To Make Up Their Minds

from here (source image)

People keep saying that privacy is dead, but it's really hard to imagine a world without privacy. This is one of the things that happens in that world. It happens a LOT. Everything we do to perpetuate the species would be done in public, not private, because it's a world without privacy.

Keep Checking Those Privacy Settings

found on Invisible Bread

One of the awful truths about the Internet is that you aren't the only one who gets to adjust your privacy settings. You need to occasionally re-check them because sites can and sometimes do revert the settings back to default, especially when there's a new feature they want you to try out (or just when they feel like it).

Unfortunately, privacy settings also tend to be safety settings (because privacy help to protect your safety). The above scenario could have gone a LOT worse and underscores the need to keep those privacy settings fresh and configured the way you need them to be.

Friday, May 27, 2016

If Only The Dirt Would Stay On The Inside

from here

Sandboxes are great ideas, but they are not as perfect or easy to use as they might seem. Just like real sandboxes, stuff on the outside gets in and stuff on the inside gets out, and it's up to you to try your best to control that.

Never Underestimate Your Adversary

found on I Can Has Cheezburger

Some people will (correctly) point out that it's unhealthy and unhelpful to treat every situation as adversarial. There are times when collaboration is called for (and it's certainly being displayed here by these furry little adversaries), but if you're trying to prevent something (anything) then there are adversaries involved somewhere, and if you underestimate them you are bound to get an unwanted surprise.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Who Says Updates Make Us Safer?

from here

Talk about extremely out of date - the US government manages it's nuclear forces with computers that are 40 years out of date. I don't think there are enough patches on Earth to get them caught up with the times.

But that being said, do you think we'd be better off with current systems that researchers and criminals alike are cracking every day or with systems that are so old most researchers have never seen them in person?

Checkmate, TSA

found on Fail Blog

Not that you can actually use logic to defeat the TSA, but liquid is just a state of matter that many things (including the plane itself) can reach under the right circumstances. Likewise, the water vapour coming out of our mouths when we breathe condenses back into a liquid under fairly normal circumstance - and it's not like the TSA is in a position to take anyone's breath away.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Somebody Give Him A Hand With The Concept

from here (source image)

It seems obvious, but obviously it's not as obvious as it seems. There is no privacy in public, so don't publicize your privates

Where's The Beef?

found on Reddit

Sometimes I wonder about the selection criteria used when choosing who gets to join the police force.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This Security Is Off The Scale

from here (source image)

Yeah, I'm not trying a bump key or impressioning attack either. Frankly, I suspect that snake would perform it's own impressioning attack and I want no part of that.

That's A Heck Of A Dog

found on Reddit

Obviously it's not a dog, but does that make it seem any safer to go snooping around that house? No, I didn't think so.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Encrypt Early, Encrypt Often

from here

We often hear the advice that we should use encryption more, but why? Well, maybe you can think of reasons why you'd want to conceal things from criminals, or your parents, or your spouse, or even your annoying little brother or sister. Surely you can think of something you want to keep away from the nosy people in your life.

Jim Stickley: How Secure Is Your Hotel Safe?

Well, on the one hand, a thief would have to get past your hotel room door first before s/he could open your safe. On the other hand, however, those doors aren't exactly difficult to get past either.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Other Naming Problem

from here

I can't be the only one having difficulty remembering the difference between VeraCrypt and TeslaCrypt (or any of those other crypto-ransomware families). Anti-malware companies - couldn't you find less confusing names?

My Web Of Trust Is Broken

found on Metaphorical Inking

Is this the past or the future? PGP seems like something from a bygone era, but faking everything on social media certainly seems like the future.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Don't Worry, It's All GUID

from here

Inspired by a post on the Virus Bulletin blog.

Some Gifts Are Too Good To Be True

found on Pleated Jeans

There's something so familiar about this, but I can't quite put my finger on it

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Freeze! Drop The Phone!

from here (source image)

If you can believe it, this concept comes from a company called Ideal Conceal.One has to wonder about what kind of ideal world those folks live in.

Confessions Of A Gym Troll

found on Memebase

Y'know, I'm a Canadian, and even I can think of better things to put in the playlist for trolling purposes than those two particular artists.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Testing Positive For Stupidity

from here

I have to hand it to the Texas cops who came up with this strategy, it's actually quite clever.

Make Sure Your 'Squirtle' Has Protection

found on Just Post

Of course, if you're more or a 'Lickitung' you may need something a little different than this.

Monday, May 16, 2016

What Do You Mean You Encrypt The Passwords?

from here

While it is technically possible to use a hash function for encryption, encryption refers to a process that can be reversed and if you're using a hash function then there's a really, really good chance that reversibility is not a feature you want. It's certainly not something you'd want for passwords.

Fence Fail

I do feel sorry for this gentleman who put so much effort into this fence, but you really need to understand the capabilities of who or what you're trying to stop. Never underestimate your adversary, even if it's your own pooch.

Friday, May 13, 2016

At Least You Don't Have To Worry About Anyone Finding It

from here

I've been unlucky enough to lose data this way. Not this kind of data, mind you. In truth, I'm not sure people actually bother to collect porn anymore when there's a firehose of it online.

Are You Feeling Lucky, Passenger?

If you're going through airport security it's probably best not to test your luck as even the most benign passengers can find themselves the unlucky recipients of extra TSA scrutiny (and abuse).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Now You Have Lockless Entry

from here (source image)

Keyless entry is bad enough, with all the exploits car thieves are coming up with. I'm sure lockless entry is even worse.

Bobby Tables' Yearbook Photo

found on Imgur

Thanks to Alex Girard for pointing this reference to the famous XKCD comic out to me

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Slow But Steady Gets Out Of This Place

from here (source image)

Nothing spoils plans quite like underestimating your adversary. From time to time it's important to consider the possibility that they're capable of more than you know. You can learn a lot by reserving judgement and actually observing them.

How To Troll Your Wife/Girlfriend

found on Laughing Squid

If you want to piss off your significant other, locking up their ice cream seems like it would do the trick.

This is apparently a thing you can actually buy, and I guess if you're sharing a fridge with people you don't trust maybe it's a good idea, but only if you only use it for ice cream, because I can guarantee anything else you put in there will be a vector for retaliation.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Giving High Security A Bad Trip

from here (source image)

It's unlikely that computers are going to be any better at facial recognition than people, and this makes my eyes cross so I can only imagine the problems a biometric identification or authentication system would have with it.

My OpSec Brings All The Cops To The Yard

found on Dump A Day

So your new beau is an escaped convict. That's probably not the sort of thing you should post on Facebook, then.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Only Way To Pass This Test Is Not To Take It

from here

Whether it's a program that could be a password stealer for all you know, or a website that shares your password in the clear with dozens of advertisers, there's really no good way to implement a password strength test without expecting users to do something unwise with their passwords. Password strength testers really need to go extinct because they do not help improve people's security, they promote insecure behaviour.

(Just a reminder: as cool as dinosaurs may be, you don't want to be a security dinosaur).

Confessional 2.0

found on google image search

Now that it's easier than ever for people to find out about the terrible things you've done (because you share them online), maybe someone should figure out a way to make seeking forgiveness easier too. Maybe download the Forgiveness app and click Hail Mary three times or something. I mean, we're busy people, who's got time for going to church?

Friday, May 6, 2016

They See Me Scannin', They Hatin', And Braggin' About How They Don't Use AV

from here

So either I've misused this meme by making the caption too close to reality, or that reason experts ignore the whitelisting component of many modern AV suites is too ridiculous to be true.

None Shall Pass - They'll Bypass Instead

found on Labaq

A locked gate isn't going to do much good if you can just go around it.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

How To Protect Food At A Fat Farm

from here (source image)

Anyone who is actually stopped by this turnstile probably wouldn't be able to get through the doors on that place anyway.

Creepiest Anti-Theft Device Ever

found on Memebase

That would certainly make me think twice about stealing the car or anything in it (or near it). Also good if you own a failing pants store and need to drive up demand (plenty of people will need a new pair after seeing that).

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

That's No Microsoft Representative

from here (source image)

When it comes to people offering you unsolicited help, the best policy seems to be to tell them "Don't call us, we'll call you".

No Thanks. I'm Good

found on All About Anything

So much better than those boring "Beware Of Dog" signs. This deterrent I might actually listen to.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Watch Out For Those Sharks

from here

Not to disparage those good threat intel companies, but when there's blood in the water... well, I think you can guess where that's going.

I Thought "Please" Was The Magic Word

Well, this is a bit of an odd one. Technically robbery does refer to taking by force or threat. If you don't use or threaten to use force, your lawyer may actually have something interesting to work with, but that's something for the lawyer to tell his/her buddies over drinks. I don't think you'll get to keep the money just because you said "Please".

Monday, May 2, 2016

Phat Rhymes Reveal Crimes

from here (source article)

Well, if you can't figure out how "Loose Lips Sink Ships" applies to your life in the hood, maybe will make it more clear.

(An operational security idiot is still a security idiot, right?)

I Feel Safer Already

found on Gunaxin

It's good to know that airport security has been solved and the guards have now been freed up to do more important things like play Solitaire.