Guns to save laptops?

Cryptography and security experts bruce Schneier dug up this little gem: Photographer Matt Brandon was posting a worried blog entry about the future outlook of transporting valuable goods in airplanes. Think expensive photo equipment or laptops. Being forced to put these items into checked baggage usually equates with certain theft or damage. Readers of Matt’s blog quickly…

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On the Internet, everyone knows you’re a dog

According to a famous “New Yorker” cartoon by Peter Steiner, “On the Internet, Nobody Knows You’re a Dog”. That’s no longer true. In fact, today we can tell you’re a scotch terrier, live north of London, enjoy chewing up your owner’s shoes (including brand preference), crave for that special dog food, and have that odd obsession…

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Rest in pieces, WEP: Retire your WEP based WLAN equipment today

I’ve always had this uneasy feeling about WEP secured wireless networks, so when I moved to my current apartment a year ago I purchased WPA enabled devices. Unfortunately this means I cannot use and will not buy a number of nice devices (such as digital cameras with WLAN) secured only by WEP. A lot of…

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Into the Lions Den: Vista @ Black Hat 2006

I almost overlooked it: Stephen Toulouse posted it last week in the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog: As part of our ongoing security efforts, several talks have been submitted for the Black Hat Security Conference 2006, and a total of 5 have been accepted. You can find the track description here. And yes, Internet Explorer…

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Follow the dots…

I’ve tested my recently purchased a Nikon Coolpix S5 compact digital camera. I’ve played with the Macro /Close Up feature and for testing I took a photo of a printout (done on a HP Color Laserjet 3700). To my astonishment, the photo cleary shows the “yellow dots”. As you may know, most color printer manufactures…

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