Posts Tagged ‘security’
  • Everybody panic: GSM algorithm cracked. This is not a repeat of 2008…2003….
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 3:07 pm
    For the next few weeks be afraid, very afraid. Karsten Nohl, an encryption expert with PhD. in computer engineering from the University of Virginia has successfully cracked the algorithm that secures the billions of calls that populate the GSM airwaves around the world each and everyday. What does it mean? On the surface it shows that the GSM technology may be ready for another security update as listening in on wireless GSM calls just became a tad easier. As tempting as it is however, resist...
  • Card counting a favored hobby. Better rethink that strategy.
    by Mike
    Posted October 16th, 2009 at 8:13 am
    My feelings on card counting are rather positive. Positive because going into a casino, the odds are so monumentally against you, it almost makes more sense to simply open your wallet and tip it upside down leaving all of your cash/plastic on the floor because that's essentially what happens to most. If someone can figure out a legal way to tip the odds in favor of the little guy looking for a buck, then why not? First, if you didn't know, card counting is the simple act of a person keepin...
  • Windows Marketplace for Mobile getting kill switch/remote kill
    by Mike
    Posted September 16th, 2009 at 9:15 am
    Now, I'll start by saying that Microsoft is not the first entity to employee a kill switch in their App Store. Their are also kill switches in Android and Apple's App Store. However Microsoft's approach or at least the way it's been presented leaves me a tad more worried than other stores do. Why so? Well, like the name implies, the Microsoft supported kill switch automatically remove any app blacklisted and/or removed from Windows Marketplace for Mobile after said app has already been app...
  • iTwin is to digital bits what charms are to little girls
    by Mike
    Posted September 15th, 2009 at 6:41 am
    Remote desktop while a very handy and useful technology is so old. Something new, exciting, and fresh needs to come along however. But what could take the place of something so ubiquitous? iTwin would like you to consider them as a potential candidate. iTwin is a USB stick that one person shares with his bestest friend or colleague as to allow them to securely share information (much like remote connection) between two computers over the web. The possibilities of such a device of course a...
  • Pull a fast one on thieves, Store your valuables in your trailer hitch with the “Hitch Safe”.
    by Mike
    Posted September 8th, 2009 at 6:30 am
    Let me start by saying that when I am in need of a safe place to store a particular valuable, usually the inner sanctums of some sort of building or secure compartment in a car is my first choice. The makers of the "Hitch Safe" would like you to rethink your old perceptions of safety by including your trailer hitch in the short list of places you consider top secret and safe enough for your most precious items. Instead of keeping your dear dead grandmothers priceless wedding ring or thousand...
  • Saint USB Flash Drive/Security Key locks up your files from prying eyes
    by Mike
    Posted September 2nd, 2009 at 11:38 am
    If you've ever had the misfortune of losing your precious laptop only to realize all of the files that are now subject to foreign eyes, you no doubt know that rock in your gut feeling. Even worse, that rock-in-gut feeling will be the least of your worries if you work for some important company and you lost company secrets a long with your laptop. Now not only does your gut have a rock stowing away inside, but you'll also be getting pretty familiar with the unemployment line. Such accidents ...
  • Run for the hills — WPA encryption cracked [From the department of: It's not really that bad]
    by Mike
    Posted August 27th, 2009 at 1:49 pm
    At first, the title may start your heart into a flurry of disassociated beats leaving you lost, scared, and hopeless. While a team of researches in Japan did in fact crack WPA encryption, the world is far from over. First, how did they do it? Simple. By exploiting a flaw in the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) they managed to blow a WPA TKIP protected network wide open. Now again, this is easily fixed -- simply switch to WPA AES or move on to greener, more heavily fortified WPA2 pas...
  • Super secure your data with the Padlock Encrypted Hard Drive.
    by Mike
    Posted August 20th, 2009 at 7:14 am
    Maybe the Personal Safe Flash drive doesn't hold enough data for your liking. Do you need gigs upon gigs of secure storage? Where the Personal Safe flash drive falls short, the Padlock Encrypted Hard Drive excels. What truly makes this drive a secure powerhouse is that it is secured at the hardware level meaning that if a half-way intelligent thief rip the drive out of the case, your data will still be secured by either 128 or 256 bit encryption. Adding a further monkey wrench into any pry...
  • As date of Tiananmen approaches, China’s Great Firewall cometh…and taketh
    by Mike
    Posted June 2nd, 2009 at 6:53 am
    The Chinese Government in the digital/computer age has over the last several years made headlines around the world as various sites, services, and news events have been blocked by their "Almighty Firewall". In an age of free information transport, it really is a shame the Chinese government skews their peoples' views on world issues and even internal ones. As the anniversary date of the Tiananmen Square Massacre approaches, the Almighty Firewall is being kicked into "block happy" mode. Many...
  • Completely turn of UAC in Windows 7…throw out the welcome mat and beg the hackers to come in.
    by Mike
    Posted January 30th, 2009 at 10:10 am
    One of Vista's many complaints was the UAC.  Just about everytime you make any change you were prompted to enter your password, a miniture hassle.  However, in Microsoft's attempt to appease their quickly defecting customers, they've made UAC in Windows 7 less obtrusive as well as changing stuff under the hood.  In 7, it is now possible to write a script that completely shuts UAC off.  "Awesome" you shout as you jump up and down.  Get a tissue because soon after you shut if off, you wi...
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