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Trusting Microsoft

Filed under: July 15, 2013

John C. Dvorak wonders why anyone would want to use Microsoft

Microsoft, despite denials, appears to be in bed with the NSA. Apparently all encryption and other methods to keep documents and discussions private are bypassed and accessible by the NSA and whomever it is working with.

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With that said, do you really want to buy a Microsoft product? Do you want to buy anything that gives easy access to snoops poking around at their leisure?

[Read the full article] at [PCMag.com]


How elite security ninjas choose and safeguard their passwords

Filed under: July 11, 2013

Dan Goodin at Ars Technica has a helpful article about keeping your passwords safe:

“I recently checked in with five security experts to learn about their approach to choosing and storing crack-resistant passwords. They include renowned cryptographer Bruce Schneier, who is a “security futurologist” at BT and recently joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s board of directors; Adriel T. Desautels, CEO of Netragard, a firm that gets paid to hack large companies and then tell them how it was done; Jeremiah Grossman, founder and CTO of WhiteHat Security; Jeffrey Goldberg, “defender against the dark arts” at AgileBits, a company that develops the popular 1Password password manager; and Jeremi Gosney, a password security expert at Stricture Consulting.”

[Read the full article] at Ars Technica


Critical Steps When Your Email Is Breached

Filed under: October 12, 2009

These are extra steps everyone should take at least once a year, or during situations where an account may be compromised:

[Read the full article] over at http://information-security-resources.com


Justifying Mass Surveillance: A Fallacious Myth

Filed under: March 04, 2009

“Regardless of whatever safeguards may have been implemented to safeguard your personal information, it’s a question of when — not if — said data will end up being corrupted or lost.”

From infopackets


Passwords Are Not Broken, but How We Choose them Sure Is

Filed under: February 20, 2009

Bruce Schneier has posted some interesting thoughts (well, everything he posts is interesting, but this is especially so to me) about passwords and their role.

“[...]As computers have become faster, the guessers have got better, sometimes being able to test hundreds of thousands of passwords per second.[...]“

“[...]My advice is to take a sentence and turn it into a password. Something like “This little piggy went to market” might become “tlpWENT2m”. That nine-character password won’t be in anyone’s dictionary. Of course, don’t use this one, because I’ve written about it. Choose your own sentence – something personal.[...]“

Bruce Schneier from an article published in The Guardian.

Read the full article on Bruces blog


Watchdog Group Slams Google on Privacy

Filed under: June 11, 2007

From washingtonpost.com (via slashdot)

In a report released Saturday, London-based Privacy International assigned Google its lowest possible grade. The category is reserved for companies with “comprehensive consumer surveillance and entrenched hostility to privacy.”


Read the full article at washingtonpost.com

Read the report by Privacy International


Vista, XP Users Equally At Peril To Viruses, Exploits

Filed under: June 01, 2007

From CRN Test Center: (via Slashdot)

“After a week of extensive testing, the CRN Test Center found that users of Windows Vista and Windows XP are equally at risk to viruses and exploits and that overall Vista brings only marginal security advantages over XP.”

Read the full article at CRN Test Center


Apple hides account info in DRM-free music, too

Filed under: May 31, 2007

From ars technica:

“…songs sold without DRM still have a user’s full name and account e-mail embedded in them, which means that dropping that new DRM-free song on your favorite P2P network could come back to bite you.”


Read the full article at ars technica


Four ways to hide information inside image and sound objects

Filed under: May 22, 2007

From Linux.com:

Ever find yourself with too many passwords to remember and no idea where to keep them so that only you can find the password list? Creating a password.txt file in your root directory is out of the question, as is a password-protected OpenOffice.org file. A piece of paper hidden somewhere is not a good idea, because after you forget where did you put it, someone else will find it and abuse it. Instead of these approaches, consider using steganography, a method for hiding sensitive information inside some other object, typically a JPEG picture or a sound file.


Read the full article at Linux.com


Escaping the data panopticon: Prof says computers must learn to “forget”

Filed under: May 10, 2007

From ars technica (via slashdot):

“If whatever we do can be held against us years later, if all our impulsive comments are preserved, they can easily be combined into a composite picture of ourselves,” he writes in the paper. “Afraid how our words and actions may be perceived years later and taken out of context, the lack of forgetting may prompt us to speak less freely and openly.”

Read the full article at ars technica