Thursday, April 25, 2019

A picture is worth a thousand logins

from here

I used to bypass facial recognition with photographs all the time a couple decades ago. Supposedly there are ways of preventing that from happening now but apparently they don't always work.

Security theatre of the absurd

found on Reddit

It's even funnier when you remember that this all takes place "under the sea".

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I'm sure people without fingers would love gumprint recognition

from here (source article)

People want so desperately to get rid of passwords that they'll grab onto anything, even garbage like this. Biometric authentication is complicated, and the worst enemy of security is complexity. That complexity makes it fragile, and that's not a good property for a security feature to have.

Leaking in a galaxy far, far away

found on Meme Base

On the one hand, some people might like to send Wikileaks' Julian Assange to a galaxy far, far away, but on the other hand it would really spoil the story.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

What could possibly go wrong?

from here

Always be wary of advice to disable your AV. Unless it's causing a problem that's literally stopping you from using the computer, there should be another way to deal with the problem.

And if it is causing a problem that's preventing you from using the computer, only disable it for the few moments it takes to change whatever setting needs changing or uninstall whatever update needs uninstalling. You don't want to leave the door open to attackers too long and you certainly don't want to risk forgetting it's disabled.

They are still out there

found on Your Account Has Been Hacked

With all news about large scale data breaches and governmental cyber-attacks, but the bottom of the barrel still exists. Don't focus so much on the things in the news that you forget about these guys.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Now where's B and A?

from here (image source)

I just viewed some videos of how this thing works and it's actually pretty neat. It seems you can program in your own combination (something you can't do with traditional padlocks). As such, I fully expect an usually large proportion of the ones found in the wild can be opened with the Konami code or some variation thereof.