Security and feudalism: Own or be pwned

Cory Doctorow explains how the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is battling the perfect storm of bad security, abusive business practices, and threats to the very nature of property itself. In the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) there is a need to take action to avoid a dystopian future. Cory identifies the disastrous consequences of DRM being left unchecked and how we need to be fighting for a future where our devices can be configured to do our bidding and where security researchers are always free to tell us what they’ve learned. Find out what you can do to fight for what is right.

Lies vs the Truth

Psychological research has shown that the saying “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, a law of propaganda often attributed to the Nazi Joseph Goebbels, does have some validity. Of course this does not really make something the truth but people start believing it is and among psychologists something like this is…

Bruce Schneier on DDOS

Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks are a big problem affecting the availability of services on the Internet. Problems with business models in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) will lead to these devices to be used in botnets since they are largely insecure low hanging fruit. Bruce Schneier provides some context on…

Geek Summer Reading: Encryption!

Mozilla recommends some books about encryption for summer reading.

Requested Security References

Requested Security References The following are some reference links requested from my Information System Security Officer Orientation course. Reference for Urban Legends and Scams Snopes.com Free Windows Malware Protection Applications: Windows Security Utility Software Windows Anti-Virus Software original Windows Anti-Virus Software update Web of Trust Crowdsourced Website Reputation This browser WOT software can provide warnings…

Best Free Anti-Virus Utilities

I was just asked recently what my recommendations are for best free anti-malware software. I checked my previous recommendations and was shocked that they were made 10 years ago. My how time flies but thankfully sometimes recommendations can stand the test of time. PCMag just made a new set of recommendations (March 1 2016) for…

The State of Computer Security

James Mickens explains the dismal state of computer security. It’s complicated.

DocZone Online Scam Investigation

The video is 45 minutes long but it is well worth watching to really increase awareness about the extent of online scams. The highlights for me were: 419 eBook by Will Ferguson (419 is the Nigerian criminal code for the famous “Nigerian” scam) which is based on an ancient scam from English history “Catfish” documentary?…

10 Reasons Why You Should Search Using DuckDuckGo

If you care about your privacy you really should consider DuckDuckGo as your search engine. You get the privacy benefits and you don’t sacrifice on quality as it is a full featured and powerful alternative to Google and other search engines. This article has been lightly edited from the original article on the hongkiat web…

Privacy for your Searches

If you are interested in protecting your privacy consider using Duckduckgo(The search engine that doesn’t track you) as your default search engine. It has some great features. Duckduckgo is also available as an app for your iPhone. You can read more about Duckduckgo in the wikipedia article.