Posts Tagged ‘security’

27th September
written by Chris

Like many Americans, I watched the Presidential Debate last night. I could spend pages on what was said and not said by both candidates but one line from Secretary Clinton really stood out to me as a technology professional in the field of Cyber Security.

“We need to make it very clear — whether it’s Russia, China, Iran or anybody else — the United States has much greater capacity. And we are not going to sit idly by and permit state actors to go after our information, our private-sector information or our public-sector information.” (more…)

7th August
written by Chris

Elliott Kember, has a post on his blog right now discussing an apparent “security vulnerability” in Chrome.  Security Vulnerability is in quotes there, not to mock Mr. Kember, but because the behavior Chrome exhibits is debateable as either vulnerability or feature.  First, let’s walk through the behavior.

If you’ve saved passwords into Chrome, navigate to chrome://settings/passwords and click on a row.  You’ll see a “show” button which, when clicked, displays your saved password. (more…)

15th October
written by Chris

Dropbox, if you for some reason haven’t heard of them, provides cloud storage which syncs files between the various computers that you might own/operate.  I, for example, have a desktop, a laptop, and another desktop at work.  If I want a given file or directory to be available on all three I simply put it into my Dropbox folder and it magically syncs to the other systems.  It’s rather brilliant.

Signing up for Dropbox gets you 5GB of such synced storage to start with, which is pretty decent, but if you want more you can either pay them or participate in one of their seemingly innumerable little sign-up drives to get more space.  I never seem to qualify for those but recently was informed that they’ve started one for folks who sign up on University campuses.

I, as it turns out, still have access to an email address from my days at Radford, so I tossed that one through Dropbox’s entry form and, lo and behold, I got 3GB of additional space.  What’s more, Dropbox informed me that if I sent others to that page I would get an additional 500MB for everyone who signed up. (more…)