Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Kids say the darnedest things

found on iFunny

Remember when kids would just say "My dad can beat up your dad"? I guess it was inevitable that technology would seep into those kinds of exchanges.

Things have also gotten a lot more violent and dark, which is troubling.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The one time a back door would be useful

from here (source article)

I don't know about you, but I think I'm going to stick with dumb locks for the foreseeable future.

And my admin password is an Icelandic volcano

found on Meme Base

Yeah, no, not that volcano, a different one.

It probably wouldn't be a good idea for Harinelina to use this as a password, of course, but with that many characters, it's pretty good even without numbers and symbols.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Passwords don't make everything more secure

from here

Thanks to Bloorjack Horseman for reminding me of this problem. Though I haven't encountered it (yet) with Adobe Reader (probably because I use something else to view PDFs), I have seen needless sign-in requirements added to other things, like Visual Studio.

You might think that forcing you to log into an app makes it more secure. Taken to an absurd extreme you might even think this would solve the problem of software vulnerabilities because PoC exploits wouldn't even be able to pop CALC.EXE without knowing the right password.

But here's the paradox - the more things that require passwords, the more people will get burned out from entering passwords and ultimately the more it will encourage people to not only use simple passwords but to also reuse them everywhere.

Adding sign-in requirements to things that could (and for a long time did) work perfectly well without them is just going to exacerbate the password problems we're already struggling with. It will make security worse, not better.

Now you can have even better (national) security

found on Reddit

By all accounts, Apple seems to have done a really good job of protecting the biometric information people are recording on their phones. But even if they did a perfect job, do you think Apple's competitors will all be so diligent?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Which one(s) do I whitelist in NoScript to make it work?

from here

And if that wasn't bad enough, frequently adding a source to the whitelist will uncover still more untrusted sources that you didn't even know about before.

Who wants to feel loved by my spam folder?

found on Memedroid

I suppose if you look really hard, you too could find an actual use for spam.