Category Archives: security

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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security in obscurity

It didn’t make all that much sense to me. Why did the team write their own bug tracking application when they could have either purchased one or used an open source solution.  I guess the team felt that only they … Continue reading

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Security in homogeneous systems

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been quite industrious in creating a new way[1] of tracking documents that could be “borrowed” from a person, business or government against the will of of that entity. This new document protection is the … Continue reading

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security of passwords

It was actually a very long time ago when a friend of mine contacted me about a Word Perfect data file.  It seemed that one of his employees had decided to pick up and leave the company without any notice. Nothing … Continue reading

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