Tag Archives: Security

The Pass Password Manager

A recurrent theme here at Irreal is that you really need to be using a password manager. Let it generate a long, unique, random key for each site and protect those keys with a secure master password (generated by, say, … Continue reading

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Decouple Your Phone from Sensitive Accounts

Laura Shin over at Forbes.com offers some excellent advice for safeguarding your sensitive accounts such as bank accounts, Dropbox, cloud storage, and the like. Some of it is the usual sensible advice such as using a password manager that generates … Continue reading

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If You're Looking for Another Reason to Despise Journalists...

Here you go.

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The Past Comes Due

Irreal oldtimers know that I have often railed about the activities of the NSA and their domestic spying and about the ever more shrill demands by law enforcement that they be given a back door into our cell phones. As … Continue reading

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Storing Secrets

In my never ending crusade to move as many functions as possible into Emacs, I’ve lately been dealing with functions that require a user name and password. For example, part of the mbsync configuration that downloads my emails requires a … Continue reading

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Comments on the Thompson Hack

I’ve written several times (1, 2, 3) about Ken Thompson’s beautiful if terrifying hack that invisibly inserted a back door into all programs generated with the C compiler. “Invisibly” here means that there’s nothing in the C compiler’s source code … Continue reading

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A Security PSA

| ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄ || STOP ||INSTALLING ||SOFTWARE || VIA || CURL | SH || ______|(\__/) ||(•ㅅ•) ||/   づ — postmodern (@postmodern_mod3) November 6, 2016 Who would do this? Even worse is when they ask you to put sudo in front of … Continue reading

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Dangerous Phishing Attack

There is a dangerous phishing attack being targeted (mostly) at Google Mail. It’s clever enough that it has fooled even sophisticated technical users. What happens is that you get an email from someone you know that includes a clickable image. … Continue reading

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Another of Life's Little IQ Tests

If you follow security at all, you’re always seeing stupid things. Often it’s stupidity on the part of users but not always. Here’s an example from a vendor that’s so outrageous it takes your breath away. MWave Australia is asking … Continue reading

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How to Get Started in Security

Parisa Tabriz has a nice post on how to get started as a security engineer. She does mention some resources but the post is not really a check list of things you should do and sites you should visit. Rather, … Continue reading

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