Monday, March 1, 2021

The state says gimme gimme

from here

There's some strange logic going on in this bitcoin mining malware case in Germany. The state is laying claim to the bitcoins under the argument that the bitcoins weren't stolen. No of course not, electricity and computing resources were stolen and converted into bitcoins. If I steal a car and convert it into cash does the state keep the cash? Shouldn't the money go back to the victims to compensate them for what was taken?

Privacy Hack

found on Izismile

It won't stop the person who has it from viewing it, so it's not perfect privacy protection, but it will definitely make it harder for them to distribute it.

Friday, February 26, 2021

It's just not right

from here and here (source article)

Trust is difficult to gain but easy to lose, so I have to wonder what LastPass was thinking when they stuffed their app full of trackers. Did they think no one would notice? Have they never heard the phrase "Trust But Verify"?

LastPass isn't my password manager of choice, but if it had been I'd be looking for a new one now.

Privacy controls must be easy to understand

found on Imgur

In fairness to the person who applied those labels, there doesn't appear to be any other indicator for what the locked state is. Those labels were necessary.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Beware of tacti-camel

from here and here (image source)

I think it may be time to update our threat models about camels. Some of them may be capable of more than we anticipated (even if it's only inadvertently when the gun gets knocked around).

Tom Scott: This Video Is Sponsored By [Censored] VPN

Watch on YouTube

A breath of fresh air about VPNs. Don't believe the hype, but don't count them out either. They have their uses, it's just those uses are harder to market towards.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

And for his next trick...

from here and here (image source)

I don't want to steal this 4-legged escape artist's thunder, but I think that cage may have a false top.

You stole from the wrong person, buddy

found on Reddit

People can't steal something from you if you don't have it in the first place. That goes for money but it also goes for data - that's the logic behind the data minimization advice that online businesses are given (and that they frequently ignore)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

How to fail your stealth check

from here (source tweet)

They say life imitates art, but if you have art on your face, maybe your life shouldn't imitate that.

In God We Trust All Else We Virus Scan mug

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Yes, virus scans are still a thing. No one seems to talk about it anymore, though. The more security is made invisible from the user's perspective, the more it seems like we're forgetting about things like this.