security

The Need For Better Passwords

Submitted by jean-paul on Sun, 03/26/2017 - 15:02

Every time I read a story about breached or stolen accounts, like the one linked to below, I am reminded that not having a good solution for passwords can be devastating.

It's critical, especially for businesses, to have strong passwords, and that goes for anywhere the business operates. Online banking and domain registrars are obvious targets for hackers, but a strong password on those particular services is likely going to be less inconvenient than something more often accessed, and by more people, like email.

Are You Searching From UWO Wireless?

Submitted by jean-paul on Tue, 10/02/2012 - 01:21

Most people by now have heard of sidejacking. That's where a bad person (and a laptop) connect to one of the unencrypted wireless access points at school, and listen for the cookies of other students who are also connected and browsing the web. It's trivial to accomplish, and there is no easy way to detect it. It has been publicized as being the method used to hack your facebook or email. This hack can easily lead to partial or full identity theft.

A New Method Of Internet Security

Submitted by jean-paul on Sun, 07/22/2012 - 16:35

"The internet is not secure, and neither is your data."

"It is the norm to assume that no thought needs to be given to how our trust is managed."

"Our current method of securing transactions over the internet was designed before there was a need for it, and the concept of "authorities" was only added as an afterthought."