Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Brutality deterrent?

found on Piximus

The question that springs immediately to mind is "Does it work?" I mean, on the one hand it's clearly a misleading label, but on the other hand police forces typically don't select for intelligence when screening prospective hires. Could a crossed wire result in a less violent encounter as a result? Who knows? We seem to be at the stage where anything is worth a shot (no pun intended).

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Never underestimate your adversary

from here and here (image source)

The think about knowing your enemy is that you need to know them well enough to know what they're capable of. Now, I'm not saying that your kid is the enemy, but if you knew they were this strong you probably wouldn't waste your money on that childproof lock.

Identity Thief T-Shirt

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This actually seems like a fun shirt to wear to a conference, especially a security conference. I'm sure it'll go over real well.

It's a shame there's surprisingly little difference between the male and female versions of this shirt. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

How not to protect your identity

from here

It's bad enough not wearing a mask (in a pandemic, no less) to an event such as that, but to walk around with your identity printed on a card hanging around your neck? You might as well just have a sticker on your shirt that says "Hi, my name is _________". No doubt while the authorities were struggling to put a name to a face for most of the other perpetrators, in this guy's case all they had to do was read.

Maybe phones should resist interrogation more politely

found on The Very Near Future

Modern phones are already capable of resisting interrogation by authorities by using encryption, but the feds don't like that. Maybe if the phones apologized it would smooth over investigators hurt feelings.

Friday, January 15, 2021

What the feds wish "locked phone" meant

from here and here (image source)

There are so many things wrong with this technique. If someone wants the actual hardware they can just wait until you're about to use it to actually snatch it - that is assuming you can't just unsnap it from the belt (although it sort of looks like you can). It doesn't protect against any other kind of threat except phone thieves. Of course there's also the inconvenience of having to fumble around with a cumbersome lock whenever an incoming call comes in. How many missed calls before you start not locking it at all?

They never ask for permission to be confusing

found on Izismile

I'm sure there's a perfectly logical explanation for that authorization prompt (maybe it's a 3rd party calendar app that wants access to the built-in calendar?), but that doesn't change the fact that the way it's presented is quite confusing to regular people. It almost makes me wonder if this could be exploited by malware somehow.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

The one time you should be a Karen

from here

Honestly, in this one particular context, be a Karen. You're entitled to let technology do the remembering for you.

Secure hard drive disposal

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I don't think anyone will be retrieving the data from these now.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

If unsatisfied customers disappear, is there still a problem?

from here

Thanks to Naomi Wu for working so hard to raise awareness of what is clearly a serious issue, and shame on Signal for not doing more to educate users on the safety considerations of using their app.

In theory, secure messaging is meant to protect those who might otherwise be in danger if the contents of their messages were found out. If at-risk Signal users are getting disappeared under normal usage conditions then the question has to be asked whether Signal is fit for purpose.