Tag Archives: Security

Schneier on Why We Encrypt

Bruce Schneier has a nice post on Why We Encrypt. Encryption maintains our privacy, keeps our money safe, and, sometimes, saves our lives. Most Irreal readers will be familiar with these reasons but here's another that we hear about less … Continue reading

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There is No Cloud

A handy reminder from vierito5 (via Karl Voit): Periodic reminder: There is no Cloud. It's just someone else's computer. pic.twitter.com/v4MxtTHR0f — vierito5 (@vierito5) June 15, 2015

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Computer Security and the U.S. Government

If you're interested in security, you really should subscribe to the semiweekly SANS Newsbites newsletter. The subscription is free except for the occasional email notifications of SANS courses and events. Each letter comprises a series of short (typically a paragraph … Continue reading

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The TSA and Airport Security

Bruce Schneier talks sense on the TSA and airport security. After recent reports that the TSA missed 96% of Red Team attempts to smuggle simulated guns and bombs through the check points many are asking why we even have a … Continue reading

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Why You Shouldn't Use the Cloud

Karl Voit has a nice post that tells us why we shouldn't trust or use the cloud. There are lots of reasons why we might want to use the cloud and most of us are familiar with them: lots of … Continue reading

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

One of the major beefs that many of us have with the NSA is that they keep doing things that make us less secure. Their latest project is trying to convince Congress to mandate back doors in crypto applications. It's … Continue reading

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Diceware as a Pipeline

If you're interested in picking a passphrase using the Diceware method but don't want to bother with compiling a program for what is most likely a one-off use, you're in luck. Dr. Drang over at And now it’s all this … Continue reading

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The Setup Interview Bruce Schneier

The Setup has posted an interview with Bruce Schneier. Their interviews always ask just four questions: Who are you, and what do you do? What hardware do you use? And what software? What would be your dream setup? It's interesting … Continue reading

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The//Intercept on Choosing Passwords

The//Intercept has an excellent article on how to choose secure passwords that are (relatively) easy to remember. The problem with passwords is that they are almost never secure. Most people choose stupid ones (password, 123456, ) and even those of … Continue reading

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HTTP/2 and TLS

Speaking of nosy Parkers, the Open Web Alliance is annoyed that HTTP/2 will make it harder for them to spy on you and is lobbying against mandatory encryption in HTTP/2. Sadly, they've won the first round. The Open Web Alliance … Continue reading

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