My hometown news website recently published an article with the above title authored by University of North Carolina Professor Nir Kshetri. I've never met Professor Kshetri but after reading his essay I posted the following comment. Professor Kshetri is all wrong in his analysis and conclusions regarding monitoring minor students use of district supplied computing … Continue reading School Surveillance of Students Through Laptops May Be Doing More Harm Than Good
CNBC released reporting about Coinbase users falling victim to phishing attacks and subsequently having their cryptocurrency accounts drained. Image from CNBC's Crypto Nightmare reporting Despite the headline of the reporting "Crypto Nightmare: Hackers hacking Coinbase"; no attack on Coinbase itself is included in the reporting. What actually happened was a cryptocurrency investor with a very … Continue reading Crypto Nightmare: Coinbase Users Phished and Robbed
I was greeted this morning by an article by Marc Saltzman for USA Today in my Apple News feed. The article posted under Cybersecurity was titled "Why college students need to use a VPN – and how to pick the right one". While it is a well written article that makes it's case by pointing … Continue reading Students: Prioritize your risks!
Looking at the phishing email I received the other day telling me that my PayPal account had been suspended the next step in my investigation is to determine how it reached my inbox. There are many good resources available that describe manual email header analysis. To start out take a look at this article at … Continue reading Examining PayPal Phishing Email Headers
I received a really authentic looking email message today telling me that my PayPal account had been suspended. Only problem was that he email address the message was sent to doesn't actually have a PayPal account associated with it. But given the effort that must have been taken to undertake this campaign I thought I'd … Continue reading PayPal Phishing…
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
After reading Thomas' article on re-evaluating the safety of Mac OS/X last week I finally managed to bring most of my Apple equipment up to current. I checked all the network devices and updated most of those. My Windows machines are all current. I do have that one Mac that won't run a current OS. … Continue reading Good References on Securing Mac OS/X