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Month: September 2015

On Balancing Security, Safety, and Convenience

On Balancing Security, Safety, and Convenience

There is a long-standing adage among security “people” that says convenience and security are ever at odds (or perhaps a bit more precisely put, inversely proportional). As the convenience of a given system goes up, its security will necessarily go down. Generally speaking this is true.  The convenience of a system is lent to authorized and unauthorized users alike. I would like to deal with specificity rather than generality in this post, however, and closely examine the relationship between these…

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Secure Your Physical Perimeter Part I: Rings of Security

Secure Your Physical Perimeter Part I: Rings of Security

I am a fan of security of all types.  I enjoy thinking about security theory and examining security problems.  I like messing with security systems, both offensively and defensively.  My interest in security is not confined to the digital world – I also greatly enjoy entertaining problems and considering solutions to physical security.  As such, this post will begin a series of posts on physical security and serve as a jumping-off point for a number of future posts. This post…

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Secure Notes for iOS: Codebook Secure Notebook Update

Secure Notes for iOS: Codebook Secure Notebook Update

One of my favorite features on my iPhone is the ability to take notes.  Sadly, one of my least favorite features of my iPhone is the Notes’ inability to be encrypted or password protected, and its annoying tendency to backup to email accounts when you least expect it.  Because of the lack of security inherent in the native Notes app I began looking for a replacement several years ago and found Codebook Secure Notebook. Codebook is a refreshingly simple app…

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Privacy and Security Considerations when Upgrading to Windows 10

Privacy and Security Considerations when Upgrading to Windows 10

With free upgrades to Windows 10 fully out in the wild the migration to the new OS has been, by all accounts, a resounding success for Microsoft.  Though Windows 7 will doubtlessly remain king of the hill for the immediate future, with 75 million downloads in the last month Win10 is making serious inroads.  Though popular out of the gate, it has not been received without some legitimate complaint.  There are some major privacy issues with the new OS. Express…

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Privacy Compromising Updates in Windows 7/8.1

Privacy Compromising Updates in Windows 7/8.1

Since the release of Windows 10 it has been no secret that Windows is collecting a great deal of data about its adopters be default.  Though some of this tracking cannot be opted out of most of it can, and this blog will cover these techniques for Win10 next week.  What is more alarming (at least to me) is that Windows is quietly installing some of these privacy-invading “features” on Windows 7 and 8.1 machines in the form of updates. …

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