Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Why not both?

from here

The news that Avast (the anti-virus software brought to you by International Talk Like A Pirate Day) is selling the browsing data it collects to 3rd parties is definitely more than a little disappointing. One could imagine that they're trying to take out the competition; in which case one might accuse them of anti-competitive behaviour, but who wants healthy competition in that industry? It's certainly fair to say this represents a significant conflict of interest and a profound ethical lapse, however it remains to be seen if other members of the AV industry will hold them accountable since they've got such a terrible track record of doing that in the past.

Garfield's Cyber Safety Adventures: Privacy

Watch on YouTube

Better watch out for cheese_cat12 and others like him. You never know what their true intentions are.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Burnt arm in 3...2...1...

from here (image source)

Skillet grease can be quite painful. I've seen some clever solutions that problem, but this is not one of them. The part of her in the most danger of getting burned is also the part with no protection at all.

Now that's a weird threat model

found on eBaum's World

I don't know what happened in there in the past that the establishment wants to avoid repeating, but it seems like it must be one heck of a story.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Wasting those scammers' time is just an added bonus

from here

I wonder if this would demoralize catfishers. I tend to think I would be demoralized if I discovered myself in that position.

Ain't nobody got time for your social engineering

found on Reddit

We all know what's up when some alluring stranger messages us online, and we all lead busy lives, so the bots should cut out the pretense and just get down to business.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Mass Surveillance: The Home Game

from here and here (image source)

I like to imagine this is what people who flunk out of spy school do in their spare time - try to capture the glory of what could have been.