Thursday, February 20, 2020

Prepare for trouble and make it double

from here and here

I wonder how the people who make Pokemon feel about ransomware named EKANS. I imagine they're as happy as the folks at Hormel were when spam was used as the name for unwanted email - in other words NOT AT ALL happy.

How To Make a Private Computer Screen

Watch on YouTube

In case the laptop privacy sweater is a little too uncomfortable for you when protecting your computing privacy in public, here's another (somewhat destructive) option. I think this is a pretty cool idea so long it doesn't become mainstream - then everyone will have the polarizing glasses and your privacy is gone again. It might also raise some awkward questions when you're going through airport security and they order you to power on your laptop to prove it works.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Freedom of speaking other people's secrets

from here

It takes a special sort of ISP to argue they have the constitutional right to market and sell other people's data without their explicit, informed consent.

Remembering is not the way

found on Imgur

No one can remember strong unique passwords (or passphrases) for every site they use. Use a password manager. It's an elegant tool for a more civilized age.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

No signal, no go

from here

Thanks to Kari Paul for sharing her experience with an Internet-Of-Shit-mobile. Apparently this isn't the only time this has happened. Thankfully these weren't cases where a person was in imminent danger, but those circumstances do exist and it would be horrifying if this vulnerability were exploited to make matters worse.

Faraday Sleeves For Phones

Product Page

Now, I have it on good authority that a proper Faraday cage needs to be grounded for optimal performance, and a sleeve like this obviously isn't grounded, but that doesn't mean that it won't block signals to/from your phone well enough to increase your privacy. It depends on a variety of things so your mileage may vary, but it's certainly an interesting option to keep in mind if you're trying to find a balance between the convenience of having a cell phone and the privacy of not being tracked or listened to surreptitiously.

Monday, February 17, 2020

What could possibly go wrong?

from here (image source)

People are notoriously bad at judging how risky something is, but some people take things even further. Don't follow that link, don't open that attachment, don't put your head there.