Category Archives: security

Do smart phones create insecurity

The title is actually a bit harsh. Smart phones just like any other IT tool or can be used securely or insecurely. I don’t usually think about this until recently. A colleague told me of how he had a death … Continue reading

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Physical security = security

Papa, I cannot log into this old computer. I don’t have the administrator password. I work in IT so I actually know better. It all started when my son came home with an old computer monitor from school on the … Continue reading

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Deep fake in an environment of fake news

I remember reading an internet joke which was a job placement. It was looking for someone who would be willing to work for 40 hours a week, clean up messy spills and deal with diapers and up to 128 hours … Continue reading

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More like postcards than like letters

Every couple of years, sometimes more often, some politician or law enforcement officer brings up that encryption is preventing them from doing their job. Just recently reported in Arstechnica was such an article about the US Attorney General William Barr. … Continue reading

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Man in the middle, then and now

When the internet started, a long long time ago, things were a bit more trusting. This isn’t all that surprising as the internet actually started as ARPANET which was a research network created with funding from the US department of … Continue reading

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Failed CCTV

CCTV means closed circuit television. At my mothers work her car was scratched hugely. So the next time I was at my mothers work I noticed that there were security cameras around the building. So yesterday my mothers friends bike … Continue reading

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safe computing – passwords

Have you ever done something despite the knowledge that it isn’t really safe?  This generic sentence could be anything from jaywalking to unprotected sex. In my case, the situation is perhaps a both more mundane and a 21st century problem.  I do … Continue reading

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Chasing the little green lock

I wanted for the longest time to both convert this blog from http to https. Computers are ever more powerful and my site is pretty simple – it should not have been a big deal.  Not only that but with the … Continue reading

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The carrot and the stick

Google pushes web towards more security It isn’t really news any longer, Google is pushing to secure the web.  Just like any parent they have decided that the carrot isn’t working out quite as planned and now they are using … Continue reading

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enhancing the privacy we still have

Is privacy is simply too much work? The problem is not that technology cannot help out but in my case it seems that I am constantly installing or setting up new computers or virtual machines and there is never the … Continue reading

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