Tuesday, July 16, 2019

This may be harmful. Are you sure?

from here

You don't have to click Yes (or OK) on all the prompts. Consider trying the other buttons from time to time. Read and think about the dialog boxes to figure out the best thing to click.

Is your WiFi this secure?

found on Reddit

I'm sure you could find an answer to this online, but if you could get online why would you need the answer to this?

Monday, July 15, 2019

How not to implement the "Forgot Password" feature

from here

This Japanese 7-Eleven security incident is a great example of why idiot-proof systems aren't good enough anymore. You need to make them asshole-proof too.

What not to take to the airport

found on Izismile

This woman is going to get secondary screening, tertiary screening, and then whatever screening comes after that. That bag seems tailor made for causing problems at airports.

Friday, July 12, 2019

ZIP files and BAT files and DLLs - Oh my!

from here

I understand that technical jargon can be tough sometimes because it doesn't mean anything unless you're steeped in the technical minutia of the field in question - but fileless malware is just bad jargon.

A layperson looks at the word and then looks at what the word is being used to describe, and you know what they'll think? They'll think "No. This can't be the right word. There must be some mistake. That's not what this word means." This isn't a problem of the word being abstract, it's a problem of the word being too basic and too well defined outside of the field, and that definition contradicting how it's used inside the field.

Somebody came up with this term (turd), and they did a bad job. I understand that there may be a need for a word to encode the concept, but this is not that word, you need to go back to the drawing board.

Eureka! We've solved the problem!

originally tweeted by Joe Schmoe

Thanks to Joe Schmoe for this meme showing how antivirus vendors can really get that much sought-after property of having no false positives.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Hang in there, $10s and $20s

from here

Using an hydraulic spreader to open ATMs is a pretty clever trick. Buying the thing on eBay is even better. Who needs shady dark web marketplaces when you've got eBay?