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Surviving The Password Apocalypse, part 2

Its been 10-ish years since I first wrote the post about password security, and a lot has changed since then but a lot has stayed the same. Yes, all the old rules still apply (no short passwords, no words from the dictionary, don't reuse passwords, etc.), but now there are [Read More]

How To Survive The Password Apocalypse

Some time ago, I said that passwords were not secure and that I would be doing a blog post about it so you would know what to do. At long last, this is that post. When I first posted that warning to Facebook, I had just read an article talking [Read More]

Dark iClouds on the Horizon

With all of the rush to "cloud computing," few people are taking the time to think about what it means.  Those who are able to understand "the cloud" are not really explaining it well to their friends and families. I am probably guilty of this as well. So I want [Read More]

Hacker, Crackers and Pirates, Oh My! (Part 3)

Ok, so I've talked about hacker and crackers, so now its on to Pirates. But wait, what is a Pirate? Am I talking about "Arrr! Shiver me timbers!" or "I'm going to download this movie"? Actually, neither. What is meant by "pirate"? Well, it depends on who you ask. According [Read More]

Hacker, Crackers and Pirates, Oh My! (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about hackers; who they were and who they are, as well as a look into their motivations. Now, in this second of three posts, I am going to give crackers a similar treatment. "Crackers" are the least known of all of the computer hobbyists [Read More]

Hackers, Crackers and Pirates; Oh My!

Hackers are in the news at the moment, and there is a great debate over who and what is or is not a pirate, so I thought I would take some time and give some detail and a little background and these people: who they are, what they're doing, and [Read More]

What is Jailbreaking?

What is "jailbreaking" you ask? What does it mean? Why is it called that? Jailbreaking is the term used by owners of iPhones and iPads when they want to use more features of the device than Apple will allow. If you have an "Android" device, the term is "rooting" because [Read More]

On The Nature of Technological Progress

Next week will be the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, 2001. At that time, the only way people knew about the attacks was through traditional broadcast media; TV and radio. Today, when momentous events occur the first notice of them is produced by citizens who broadcast news [Read More]

On The Nature of Computers

With the news of Steve Jobs' departure from Apple, I am reminded of all the things he did to world of computers that has changed everyones life. In the early days of computers, there was one choice for a Personal Computer: IBM. It was a white or beige box, with [Read More]

Data Breaches and You

PC World has an article on corporations' overall response to securing your data against breaches. What is that response? "We dont really care about our customers as long as our brand still looks good." For the more nuanced explanation, go here. But, fear not; for there is a solution to [Read More]