Tag Archives: Security

Rolling Your Own Crypto

Via Jean-Philippe Paradis: when you roll your own crypto pic.twitter.com/nRdwPhGpeG — Martin Shelton (@mshelton) May 20, 2016 It made me laugh but it's all too true.

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A Checklist for Backdoor Proposals

The ludicrous and unworkable Burr-Feinstein bill appears dead, a victim of its “do magic somehow” prescriptions and a lack of support from the White House and intelligence agencies. Nonetheless, we can expect more of the same perhaps even from the … Continue reading

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High Entropy

And I'm pretty sure there would be no NSA backdoor. High-rate high-entropy RNG: ask the weather service "how much snow will there be in the next 24 hours". — Nick Mathewson (@nickm_tor) January 23, 2016

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Email Paranoia

If you're paranoid about the security of your email or if you occasionally have the need to send secure messages to someone, the grugq, a well known and frequent commenter on security matters has a very nice gist on securing … Continue reading

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Password Cracking Times

Over at Better Buys they have an interesting post on password cracking times. The post includes an interactive app that lets you estimate the cracking time for various passwords. They also include several examples that show how cracking time is … Continue reading

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Fingerprint Sensors Really Do Improve Security

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a ProgrammableWeb article positing that biometric sensors decrease security. I made the case that unless you were a criminal with incriminating information on your phone, that was incorrect. I went on to … Continue reading

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Why You Should Never Listen to the Media About Security

Irreal, as you probably know, how a dim view of the effectiveness, among other things, of the media. This is particularly true of the technical press, of course, but also holds for the more main stream traditional press. Case in … Continue reading

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75 Free Privacy Tools

Richard Patterson wrote to me about my article on privacy tools and suggested I take a look at his offering, 75+ free tools to protect your privacy online. As Patterson says, you won't need all these tools but you should … Continue reading

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Do Biometric Sensors Decrease Security?

Hitoshi Kokumai over at ProgrammableWeb has a rather silly article arguing that smartphone fingerprint sensors actually worsen security. Strictly speaking, the article is correct in the sense that the government could force you to provide a fingerprint while they can't … Continue reading

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The Reality of Key Escrow

Back in 2000 PGP, a mature and capable company with significant experience in encryption and security, decided that it would be a good idea to provide key escrow for its corporate users. August 2000: a bug in PGP Corp's corporate … Continue reading

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