Today the New York Times Opinion pages offered an editorial titled 'Combating the Real Threat to Election integrity'. Authored by the Times Editorial Board the essay has two faults. One is that it continues to pile on the story that the Russian Government is responsible for cyber attacks aimed at the United States electoral system. … Continue reading Understanding the Real Threat (NY Times Editorial)
Many would consider me an Internet Old Timer. I used 'The Internet'; then ARPAnet back in the days when I worked as a Software Engineer for a US defense contractor. Securing communications and having confidence in message integrity; both in the identity of the sender and in the integrity in the content have always been … Continue reading The State of Internet Privacy? In Shambles. Moving on.
Thoughts about an interesting article that appeared in today's New York Times about the use of cellphone numbers.
Over the past two weeks I've noticed that on my iMac 1Password and Chrome have not been playing nice together. When i try to use 1Password to fill in passwords in Chrome I'm seeing the message “code signature could not be verified” pop-up. In typical 1Password fashion the message includes a link to the troubleshooting … Continue reading 1Password & Chrome on the Mac: “code signature could not be verified”
It wasn't just me. The folks at Wired have noticed that some web sites are not really very password manager friendly. I travel fairly often. Lots of that travel is for work but I do get around on personal business and to get away. One of my go to sites for travel is Hilton dot … Continue reading Websites Intentionally Disabling Password Managers
Perhaps my lowest moment as a user of the Internet came years ago. Until recently if you searched for me by name on Google and used the keyword 'Firewall' you'd see at the top of the search list a reference to an email exchange I had with some anonymous Internet user back in the early … Continue reading Respect and the Internet
In the past week I completed the work for the first MOOC (Massive Open online Course) that I've ever taken. The course was Surveillance Law which I completed via Coursera. Let me start by saying that this course was fantastic. The presenter, Jonathan Mayer from Stanford did a great job delivering a series of short … Continue reading Surveillance Law from Standford University via Coursera
A topic of much discussion of late has been reporting about a Virgina court ruling involving access to a data stored on a phone. In this case a man was charged with assaulting a woman and evidence of the crime was believed to have been recorded. A video of the assault was suspected of being … Continue reading Security Via Fingerprint Versus Pass Code
BBC News is reporting today that Google has updated their search engine algorithm to provide a higher rank to websites that use HTTPS. The web news site Gigaom explains further that the algorithm identifies web sites that use HTTPS / TLS and uses it as a 'light factor' that impacts less than 1% of global queries.
ars technica has a great article that explains recently published Apple guidelines regarding what customer data the company will provide to law enforcement. Reviewing and understanding Apple's position is important as the companies consumer devices such as the iPhone, the iPad, and Mac computers running OS/X readily provide users the capability to use both local … Continue reading New Apple Guidelines Explain What Data the Company Will Provide to Law Enforcement