Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Someone should get a refund

from here

Pretty sure the answer is no. Even if you argue that it was protected between the time it was leaked and the time it was cracked, that was only a couple of hours, and if it was that easy to crack then there was never really any meaningful protection there in the first place.

The war on math is fought on many fronts

found on Imgur (source article)

It's not just wishful thinking (and ridiculous demands) about secure crypto backdoors anymore. Now simply solving equations in public marks you as a suspicious character.

Monday, November 12, 2018

And their privacy will fly the coop

from here (image source)

Pretty sure birds won't be expected to pay for that bird house, so instead their data will be collected, analyzed, productized, and resold.

Now pull my other leg

found on the I've Been Mugged blog

They all say it, but it's all just talk. If they really took it seriously then a lot of the things they make sure won't happen again would have been addressed before, not after, so that it didn't happen the first time.

Friday, November 9, 2018

The government must love them

from here

While this article suggests that Cisco's patching of it's 7th back door in a year is a good thing, I can't help but suspect there are still more. Normally you think of backdoors as being a rare occurrence, but Cisco has clearly deviated from that norm and it makes me think that their backdoors are like rats - if you see 1, there are 20 more you don't know about.

Vesselin Bontchev comically observed that if your house had 7 backdoors there wouldn't be room for walls.

Maddox: How to tell if you're vulnerable to CIA hacking tools


Watch on YouTube

One of the signs not covered in the video - if your computer has a button on it with a power indicator, you're vulnerable.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

What a buzzkill

from here (source article)

Just another reason why it may still be better to get your weed the old fashioned way. Those folks have got more practice at keeping secrets.

Go find your own screen to look at

found on Memedroid

And to think, you probably willingly take a tiny pocket sized computer out with you into crowded locations where people are bound to be looking at your screen.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Secret ballots on public ledgers

from here

I should be surprised that anyone thinks blockchains and elections are a good fit, but I'm not. There are people who think blockchains are good for everything.

They've got the car theft problem licked

found on I Can Has Cheezburger

It doesn't so much deter as it disorients. I could see it help to slow thieves down so they don't make a quick get away.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Except in Kentucky

from here

Gosh, I sure home nothing bad happens as a consequence of intentionally leaving an election-related server wide open like that.

Is there something about Kentucky that Americans know but the rest of us don't?

Typing blind

found on Imgur

The longer the password, the greater the fear typos - because, when you can't see what you typed, you don't know how far back you have to go to fix it.

Monday, November 5, 2018

These "secret" websites sure are convenient

from here (source article, source image)

Here's a quick tip for those old folks who run intelligence agencies: get someone who understands how the Internet works to come up with online communications channels, not someone who just used an online site building wizard to set up a web site for their uncle.

This may take a while

found on Reddit

Brute forcing good encryption, without the benefit of anything that could help you take shortcuts, is one of those things where the sun will burn out before it happens.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Not exactly a good hiding place

from here

On the one hand, the chef that killed, cooked, and served a person to people expecting vegetarian cuisine is clearly a dangerous person - but on the other hand, he's clearly also a moron. No reasonable person would think they could trick vegetarians into eating long pork unnoticed.

When you use a password manager

found on Meme Guy

I don't know most of my passwords. I let a password manager remember those details for me.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

So that's why people like it so much

from here

I've worked in open, highly collaborative environments for my entire professional career and I'm very team-oriented - so it took me an entire month of working from home to realize the privacy benefits.

If someone had just told me to look at it from a privacy perspective I never would have hesitated.

Don't leave home without it

found on Miss Techy

Is a VPN right for you? If primary school kids are installing VPNs on their phones in order to get around website restrictions on their school's wifi, then maybe ask yourself why haven't you found a reason to use a VPN yet.