Friday, October 30, 2020

Will it be a trick or a treat?

found on Huge LOL

This is why it's best to avoid sketchy sites. It's the easiest way to avoid getting bitten.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

A backdoor for one is a backdoor for all

from here

Y'know what's better than telling the government what will happen to the backdoors they're asking for? Reminding them of what's already happened to the ones they had

Edward Snowden on Passwords: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Watch on YouTube

OR... you could use a password manager to generate, store, and even enter strong unique passwords.

And for the handful of cases where a password manager can't help, you can write them down and stick them in your wallet. 

But a good passphrase certainly beats whatever 5 character pass-abomination John Oliver was alluding to at the beginning.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Don't bring a toothbrush to a missile fight

from here and here (image source)

I suppose it's possible that if you throw one of these at someone it might be classified a missile, but I like to think the more probable explanation for Trump's repeated mistake is that he takes his toothbrush into the bath with him for naval play-time.

Now to FOIA my own password

found on Izismile

Y'know, maybe it's not the FBI's job after all. Maybe the Secret Service is the one that has the service for recovering secrets.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

So much for having the best people

from here

 I kinda think someone needs to keep a closer eye on the tweeter-in-chief's cyber-security issues. If someone is trying to report something, that shouldn't fall on deaf ears for an entire presidential term.

Keep Calm Because You Can't Scare The Chief Information Security Officer shirt

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Now, I'm not sure if this is supposed to mean scaring the CISO is impossible or if it's supposed to mean you must never ever do it. I kinda think it's the latter because I can't imaging a CISO I couldn't scare.

Monday, October 26, 2020

The hidden costs of innovation

from here

 It's been decades and people still haven't realized the error of allowing web content in the body of the email. Companies are still paying the price, including Apple playing a ton of money for vulnerabilities including at least some that would allow an email worm to spread and did allow researchers to compromise Apple's network.

With innovation there invariably comes new opportunities for exploitation, and while sometimes it may be difficult to see it coming, in this case it was entirely predictable.

Be afraid Internet giants. Be very afraid

found on Imgflip

Collecting and storing huge amounts of data is a big liability for companies. Many have managed to escape most of the consequences so far, but that's not going to last forever. Some are going to learn the hard way, others may learn the lessons of their peers if they're smart enough.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Pray there's still money in there

from here and here (image source)

 I don't suppose a short ATM is any less secure than a normal one, though I guess being short isn't exactly great in the context of providing funds either.